We boarded Island Princess in Vancouver in an extremely timely manner under cloudy skies. September weather can be iffy up north so our luggage was packed with gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, coats, and the like. Thank goodness!! It was a chilly and rainy week with 60-70 knot winds and rough waters northbound and southbound. We had to veer out into open water and missed much of the beauty of the Inside Passage in both directions. Sad, but true. I refuse to be anything but positive when on a cruise and we certainly had a fun time aboard the Island Princess.
The food was incredibly delicious at every single meal in the main dining room, in the Bayou Cafe, and in the buffet as well. The only exception was the pub lunch offered on the first sea day - skip it. We truly listened to our fabulous waiter (Franco) when he gave us his recommendations. They were spot-on each and every night. I have traveled previously and not followed my waiter's advice and regretted it. The soups, salads, main courses, and desserts were phenomenal.
We enjoyed a few lovely evenings in Crooner's Martini Bar where the service was extraordinary. The piano player... eh. But he was memorable for sure. We enjoyed the production shows onboard as well, but the dance music and quartet were lackluster in every way. There were not a whole lot of game style events in the evening onboard this ship - perhaps the demographics did not warrant them. We found Bingo and a few other adventures throughout the days at sea. But those rough days caused outdoor events to be cancelled. Huddled under the overhang out at the bar on Deck 14 to watch Sunday NFL was a blast though - huddled with our tartan blankets and gear.
Our cabin steward did not go above and beyond as has been our previous experience - serviceable, but that's the extent of it. We went the entire week with a broken lock on our sliding glass door to the balcony. We mentioned it but it never was repaired. Not sure why. Disembarkation couldn't have been smoother and easier. Thanks Princess! Would I sail Princess again? Yep, you bet I would. Would I sail the Island Princess again? Definitely. Would I sail to Alaska the middle of September? Maybe not.