Pacific Princess Cruise Review by gtcruisers: Alaska on Pacific Princess
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Alaska on Pacific Princess
This was our 3rd time to Alaska and we choose this cruise to sail on Pacific Princess
We enjoyed our first small ship experience. It is a quaint ship with lovely decor. It was very easy to navigate the public areas. You really have opportunity to meet other passengers as you see each other frequently.
The buffet was closed some evenings ( 3 or 4 evenings ) and replaced with The Bistro which had a sit down and order from menu format. We enjoyed this and found The Bistro to be a pleasant change of pace with ample menu choices. The Chicken Caesar Salad was very good.
We did not do any excursions, but instead enjoyed wandering around the ports. Ketchikan was our first stop and it was raining lightly. Many stores in Ketchikan sell reversible rain jackets for $19.99! Many color options and they are nice jackets. It was raining when we got to Juneau, but it cleared later in the afternoon which allowed us to enjoy a leisurely walk thru town. We found a lovely local More bakery in Skagway called Lemon Rose Bakery and we had our best latte of the week. We tried their lemon lavender cookie and it was very tasty. We talked to many who did Princess Whale Watching excursion in Juneau and they were thrilled to see orcas and also saw humpback whales bubble feeding very close to their tour boat. We will take that tour the next time we go : )
Tracy Arm Fjord was beautiful and we say many seals on the passing ice flows. We enjoyed coffee on our balcony and could hear the roar of waterfalls as we sailed by them. This small ship was able to get quite close to the glacier which allowed for many photos
The final sea day heading back to Vancouver was sunny and warm ( around 20C/ 68F ) and we had beautiful views as we sailed between BC Mainland and Vancouver Island. I saw a whale breach and we had whales and dolphins pass by our balcony (we enjoyed our upgrade to balcony). On the last night we skipped supper in dining room and the evening entertainment as we did not want to miss the spectacular views.
Disembarkation / immigration was a quick process and we walked about 2 blocks to catch Skytrain to Vancouver Airport... only $4 per person to YVR and about 20 minute ride.
A wonderful ship and we would sail on Pacific Princess again. Less
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