Island Princess Cruise Review by double happiness quilting: July 2011 Island Princess Alaska cruise
Overall Member Rating
July 2011 Island Princess Alaska cruise
Our cruise on the Island Princess was very nice and we had fantastic sunny weather all the way until the last full day. Princess had a naturalist on board, who spotted animals and did mini lectures, which was nice. Our room was always clean, new towels, cookies at night, candy on pillows.
Some of the things we didn't like: the laundry rooms were in disrepair; SMOKING!!; commercialization of the ports was ridiculous and the onboard shopping thing was just nuts. We felt like Princess had it's hand in our pockets all the time! Let's face it, unless you have the bucks, this byline they go by 'escape completely' is unattainable. More ping pong tables would be an asset as all the teens tie them up all day long.
We also felt like we were very uninformed about how things went. We eventually figured it out, but maybe a little flyer 'new cruiser tips' would be good.
Food. Supper in the anytime dining 'Bordeaux' was great. We didn't want to go formal, so two nights we More had to eat elsewhere. Sabatinis and the Bayou Cafe were not an option as $20 times 4 when you have two little kids who won't eat much is a waste. Forget dinner in the Horizon cafe. YUK. Pizza is excellent. Coffee is awful.
We never got the complete scoop on the drink cards. My kids have never had soda, so that didn't seem like a good idea. Coffee card for that yukky coffee? no thanks. But then when I went to get one of those (free) midget ice cream cones, there were a lot of other items, not for free. !? no prices listed though. We did not book any port activities with Princess, but I did a lot of research and we did great things at lesser prices. All our port activities were SUPER!
All in all, a great time, but I wouldn't be adverse to checking out another cruise line next time.
Oh, and disembarkation. We had an 11:30 flight, so Princess had all of us early flights gather in the Bayou at 6:30 AM. They pick up your baggage the night before. All the people moving part went fabulously, but then we waited an hour at the airport for the truck to deliver the bags. Not so good at the baggage moving part. Less
Read more Island Princess cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Island Princess Review >>
Cabin review: MEB214 Mini-Suite with Balcony
We had a mini suite with balcony; B214. One big bed and a twin up (out of the ceiling) and a twin down. It was cramped when the bed was down, but all in all, was fine. Balcony was nice but we had smokers on either side and a CIGAR smoker below. P U Plenty of storage, quiet location, and close to the front so when they were looking for whales, out of our door, hang a left and outside you went.Read All Mini-Suite with Balcony (ME) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Unfortunately Just an Average ...
Loved the cruise and ports.
1st Alaskan Cruise of Season o...
First cruise on HAL
Not a Very Happy Bunny
Cool Coastal Cruise
Quick Repositioning Trip
Go for the food.