This was my wife's and my 13th cruise, our 11th on Princess. We Spent two night before the cruise at the Double Tree Hotel in Seattle. We booked it through Princess. We left the hotel around 11:30 am and were in our stateroom by 12:30 pm. The embarkation process went very smooth. Our stateroom and balcony were well laid out and the closet/drawer and bathroom space were more than adequate. for a two week cruise. We ate lunch in the buffet which was very nice with a wide selection of well prepared food. The servers and dining area personnel were very friendly and helpful. They made you feel welcome and greeted everyone with a smile. Our luggage arrived soon after we returned to our stateroom. Unpacking is always a lot of fun deciding where to put what. But we got it done. and it was soon time for the ever necessary evacuation drill. Because the ship is small it was fairly easy and was over soon. We attended the sail-away party on decks 9 and 10. It was a lot of fun. After that it was time for dinner, we meet our table mates and our waiters. What a wonderful group of people. Over the course of the cruise we bonded and developed some good friendships. Our waiter, Tiwari, and assistant waiter, Vincent were tremendous. As well as, our head waiter, Hermino.
Our schedule port of call were: Ketchikan, Skagway, Valdez, Seward, Kodiak, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, and Victoria BC. Because of bad weather and rough seas Kodiak was canceled, so we stayed in Seward and extra day. We also spent a day in Glacier Bay. Over all it was a wonderful cruise. Our only personal complaint related to Princess's beds. The are very hard and uncomfortable. Our travel agent suggested that we ask out steward if they had a foam rubber pad that could be put over the mattress. there was, he did and after that we got a better nights sleep. The other complaint is one in general involving the laundry on board. the is one public laundry room with four washer and driers for 670 passengers on a two week cruise and NO "special" laundry service offered. In general Princess has an excellent product, but its beds are the one area where it needs vast improvement.
Valdez! We took the shuttle bus into town and toured it. To include the
local museum. In the afternoon, we took a Princess sponsored excursion
to Thompson Pass and Worthington Glacier. While it had rained all
morning, it was only cloudy in the afternoon and I got some good
photographs of the glacier, as well as Bridal Veil Falls and Horsetail
Seward! During the Morning we took the Shuttle bus into Seward and
Walked around and shopped. In the afternoon we took a Princess
sponsored excursion "The Best of Seward". We took a "school bus" to
Exit Glacier and hiked over rough terrain to the edge of it. It was
rough on many in our group which consisted mainly of senior citizens.
When we got back to the ship we learned that Kodiak, our next port of
call had been canceled because of rough seas and bad weather.