We flew to Vancouver on Friday, and Princess put us in our own taxi for the ride to the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Beautiful location, convenient to walk to restaurants, shopping, etc. On Saturday, they took our luggage and we just walked down the waterfront boardwalk to the cruise terminal instead of waiting for the Princess bus. Our cabin C227 was ready when they let us board.
In Ketchikan, we took the “Lighthouses, Totems & Eagles” tour, which was very nice. We saw many eagles and they provided hand sanitizer, binoculars, snacks and everything else we needed.
In Skagway, we took the “Yukon Jeep Adventure and Klondike Summit” tour. This was really fun. The Jeeps were 2014, the scenery was beautiful, and we all had CB radios to keep in contact. We teamed up with 2 Australians, and we kept switching drivers so everybody had a chance to drive.
The highlight of the cruise was Glacier Bay National Park. They delivered a map in our cabin, and we listened to the naturalist and followed along with exactly where we were and what we were seeing. The captain turned the ship to port for 30 minutes, then he turned it starboard for 30 minutes.
Coral Princess is a beautiful ship. The elevators were very fast and never crowded. The halls are fairly narrow. Our cabin steward, Noel, was wonderful – always there when you needed him, but never hovering around our door. My only negatives were the scratchy, harsh towels and the limited choices in the buffet for lunch & dinner. I think they try so hard to appeal to all the different types and nationalities of people who are on the ship, then they want to accommodate the vegetarians, the gluten free, and other special diets, that they fill up the buffet with these items. Just my opinion. Breakfast was great and the servers always brought drinks quickly. Room Service was fast, accurate and cheerful.
Now the worst part of our trip: Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage. We paid dearly for this extension (one night) with transfers, and we were promised a 5-Star hotel. I had to call the front desk and finally go down and visit with the Princess people before our luggage was delivered to us – 2 hours after we checked in. We were totally disappointed with all aspects of this part of our trip. The furniture was worn and dated. A half-wall was in the bathroom between the sink and the toilet/tub area. The only light in there was over the sink. Add a dark brown shower curtain and you have a very dark tub area. Our room location was absolutely the worst. Our memory of Anchorage will always be a parking lot view from the 5th floor of Tower 3. We were surrounded by beautiful mountains and the ocean, but you could not see them from our window. We heard noisy traffic all night, especially deafening motorcycles.
Alaska is beautiful and one of the best ways to enjoy it is on a cruise ship.