Island Princess Cruise Review by Tom Brown: Sunny, warm Alaska
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Sunny, warm Alaska
My wife and I took the Island Princess south from Anchorage on July 6, 2011. This was our 6th cruise but first on Princess. We found this ship to have many of the same features of ships on RCI,Celebrity and Norwegian. If you like those cruise lines' ships of 2 to 3 thousand passengers you will feel at home on the Island Princess. This ship is a little smaller though, but we didn't think that hurt our enjoyment.
We had a balcony cabin on deck 11. It was fine except its shower was probably smaller than any of our previous cabins. We are average size people and had not an inch to spare. The cabin also had no couch, just a basic chair instead. The bed was comfortable,hot water was quick,hanging space more than adequate and we heard no noise from other cabins.
Food was usually good (some excellent) and service mostly good. We ate in the main dining rooms every night. Breakfast on a ship is a favorite part of any cruise for me especially in the main dining room and this More did not let me down. We did not eat in either of the two specially restaurants but heard grumbling about the length of the three hour dinners in the Italian room.
A definite strength of this cruise was the entertainment. The singers and dancers and the comedian in the main showroom were probably the best we have had on a cruise. The comedian's routines were a little on the adult side because his overall topic was adult relationships, but it wasn't filthy. In general this ship seemed to have more entertainment choices than others we have been on.
My wife had one of the Spa's combination treatments for a reduced price which was offered one day. She says it was worth the lower price, but full price?
Few reviews mention the casino on any ship. We played in this one almost every night and some days at sea. A few of the video poker machines have good pay tables. The penny slots were fun and profitable enough so we felt we got our money's worth. I played live poker at the one electronic poker table. They offered some tournaments as well as live games which usually started about 9 p.m. and went until about midnight. The players were a blend of casual players (some who were new to poker) and a few experienced, better players. Players were all friendly.
This ship had almost no announcements on the intercom and that left some people not aware of info that was found in the written sheets.
The ports all offer interesting excursions but we just took one...the train ride in Skagway to the top of the pass. We enjoyed the scenery and the narration.
Getting off in Vancouver worked well. They even ran ahead of schedule! The cab to the airport was $33 American plus tip.
In summary, we won't hesitate to take this ship again. Less
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