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I have to say straight away that the natural beauty of Alaska is GREAT, and reading the following review should not deter anyone from going to see such a wonderful place. Looking over the side of the ship to see Pacific White-Sided ... Read More
I have to say straight away that the natural beauty of Alaska is GREAT, and reading the following review should not deter anyone from going to see such a wonderful place. Looking over the side of the ship to see Pacific White-Sided dolphins and Orca whales playing in the ship's wake is a real thrill. The train ride in Skagway is Great - The Glaciers are AWESOME. So for the Natural Beauty part - Alaska REALLY ticks all the boxes. We did tour Denali park an Anchorage on our own - had a great time. On morning of Sept 11 we dropped off the car at the airport, took a taxi to Alaska RR station and got the train ride to Whittier. It was a really neat to see whales, seals and eagles along the way as the train travels along the waterfront. And we weren't even on the ship yet! Cool! Now for the Princess part...did we come back "new"?... not really. More like "disappointed". We had paid extra for the full "suite" experience because we were looking forward to the nice amenities Princess would provide to us - wowzer we were surprised... The main problem wasn't that the balcony decking in suite C703 was broken with sharp holes - ask me how easy it is to get bloody feet if you're not wearing shoes. The balcony roof leaked in the rain and dribbled water down the sliding glass door into the room. The shower didn't work (trudge up 3 flights to the spa to get a shower), the hair dryer wasn't working, there were other people's clothes left in the drawers (the room was cleaned that well prior to our arrival) and the bed was worn out years ago. The main problem was that after we talked to the room steward & the front desk on the ship...and then calling the front desk and even trying to call the Princess main landline from Skagway: Absolutely nothing got fixed. OH - the front desk told us they'd have maintenance crew up there right away. They were pleasant enough. And we did see maintenance crews working on everyone else's bathroom. Apparently they didn't like us though since our room never got serviced. We tried asking several times....nothing. The only contact I've had with Princess since then was I got in touch with their "Customer Relations" department - and they say it'll be at least 10 WEEKS before anyone at Princess will get in touch with us. That's how much Princess cares really cares about their customers. They need to do better. Just keep that in mind if you book Princess... I would highly highly recommend you get a newer or more recently refurbished ship. The size and design of Coral is OK, but boy - at least for C703 - that lady needs to go in for some TLC. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I wanted to get my National Parks Passport stamped at Denali NP and Glacier Bay NP. This land/cruise tour offered those opportunities. We were escorted from the time our plane landed in Fairbanks until we arrived at Vancouver Airport a ... Read More
I wanted to get my National Parks Passport stamped at Denali NP and Glacier Bay NP. This land/cruise tour offered those opportunities. We were escorted from the time our plane landed in Fairbanks until we arrived at Vancouver Airport a week later. All excursions were extremely well organized and presented. We loved everything we experienced on shore. Aboard the ship, we found it difficult to get around the first few days. We seemed to spend a lot of time trying to figure out where we were and where we needed to be, so we spent most of our time in our cabin watching the tv. We attended something in the Princess Theater because we thought it would help us understand how to get the most out of what was offered. It was all bout jewelry and shopping. I wish they would consider an orientation seminar to familiarize novice cruisers with the ship and how to maximize the cruising experience. Don't assume everyone has prior cruise experience(s). Prior to our cruise, I had always heard how wonderful the dining experiences were. We thought the food was ok, but certainly not great. There were many food offerings from cuisines that we just weren't familiar with, so when those options were passed over, we weren't left with much. Buffet food was usually lukewarm and one evening, my dinner was lukewarm. It was just a small negative blip on our vacation, not important enough to ruin it. We didn't take advantage of any activities. Again, it took a while to figure it all out, and when we finally did, the things we were interested in happened when we were off the ship or at dinner. After dinner activities were passed by because we were too tired from our busy day to stay up and participate. For us, the cruise experience was ok, but the land experiences were incredibly awesome!! No regrets at all! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were excited to travel with a group of friends on our first Alakan cruise. The check in was awesome. On the night of our 2nd day my husband became ill....bronchitis like symptoms. The next morning he and I went to ... Read More
We were excited to travel with a group of friends on our first Alakan cruise. The check in was awesome. On the night of our 2nd day my husband became ill....bronchitis like symptoms. The next morning he and I went to breakfast....many people were displaying signs of illness. My husband then went back to bed where he spent the next 2 days. The following day 3 more in our group were ill....same symptoms. These things should have happened that would have prevented a rapid spread of this flu... The buffet should NOT have been self serve. Masks given to anybody coughing! The fees to see a Dr. are high....and quarantine with very poor room service is prohibitive of people wanting medical attention. The food was cold, and overcooked at our evening dining sitting on 2 occasions. The entertainment was repetitive 3 shows were almost the same by the same comedians. The night before we disembarked ....my husband in quarantine got a call at 10:30 PM....saying he would have to be off the ship by 7 am the next morning after being cleared to do so.Why a call so late to a sick person asking him to leave so early the next morning? This is careless. He contacted the medical center and was cleared. Thankful we could join our friends to leave the sick ship. We have decided Ocean cruising is not for us. This trip of a lifetime very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose Coral princess to take us around Alaska's inner passage because friends recommended it. It is a smaller ship which I think is perfect for Alaska. Our service was good. The way the food is now a days, I make sure we go to a ... Read More
We chose Coral princess to take us around Alaska's inner passage because friends recommended it. It is a smaller ship which I think is perfect for Alaska. Our service was good. The way the food is now a days, I make sure we go to a specialty restaurant for really good food. The coupon book you receive first day has a BOGO deal that will save you $25, but must be booked that day. Be sure to book Sabatinis at least twice and right away! We could only get in once because I waited.We purchased a Balcony dinner served in our room for $100 for the two of us. It was fantastic and I highly recommend it. It includes a cocktail, apps,bread,champagne,flower arrangement, photo,white glove service, choice of filet and/or lobster, fab salad, crabcake encroute and 2 desserts! Best steak and lobster I ever had! I am not one for shows, so I didn't attend any. Hub went twice to hear soprano.We watched movies in room. We had a balcony which was a splurge. If your don't get one ,there are plenty of places to see 360 degrees on top deck. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our first cruise and it was a little disappointing. My expectations were sorely not met. The embarkation was very confusing. We were not given any direction upon boarding and were handed papers without any explanation. When we ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was a little disappointing. My expectations were sorely not met. The embarkation was very confusing. We were not given any direction upon boarding and were handed papers without any explanation. When we asked what we were given the crew stared at us like we were crazy. We had to find our cabin on our own as the crew just pointed to the elevator and said "go up to 8". Our cabin was not turned from the previous guest. The room had hair that wasn't ours everywhere and dirt on the ground. Our steward tried their best but I don't think they understood what we were trying to convey. We were pleasantly surprised by the size. Overall the food wasn't what we were expecting. We were expecting interesting food that we couldn't get anywhere else. It was mediocre at best. There was a good selection of vegetarian options. The pizzeria was probably the best. It was also difficult to get drink orders outside of sitting at the bar. The International Cafe was the most consistently good service and food. The public spaces were nice and the themes were interesting. The entertainment was not what we were expecting. We were expecting multiple different types of entertainment but there wasn't any. There was one theater show and 2 comics the whole 7 days. Most of the activities were during the day while in port, and in the evening it was just sales pitches or musicians performing in the bars. A lot of the interesting things overlapped and you had to choose what was more important, movie under the stars or the comedian or eating dinner, you couldn't do it all. Lastly the crew... some that were nice and greeted us every time we walked by but there a lot of rude interactions. Multiple times the front desk where the interaction was aggressive and rude. I called to ask if the coupon book was delivered to our room and the crew member repeatedly told me the book was "redeemed "and that I "needed to look better". When I walked down there the extremely rude staff told me again that the book was redeemed and then proceeded to call and yell at our steward. The front desk forced our steward off his break and come talk to us which cause our interaction with him strained and uncomfortable the rest of the trip. The worst was the Medical staff. They made my mother feel as though she was being punished for being sick due to the food and would not explain anything. The only saving grace of this cruise was the fabulous weather and scenery. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our travel agent recommended Princess and we chose it because the travel dates worked the best for our schedules. This was our first cruise. We took a train from Denali to Whittier where we boarded the ship. The train ride was long but ... Read More
Our travel agent recommended Princess and we chose it because the travel dates worked the best for our schedules. This was our first cruise. We took a train from Denali to Whittier where we boarded the ship. The train ride was long but comfortable and scenic. Embarkation went smoothly. The muster drill was delayed so we had to eat a hurried supper at the buffet. The ship seemed old and outdated. Several times we smelled a sewage type smell. The pizza was good but the other dining venues were underwhelming. We ate in the dining room once for breakfast. It took 45 minutes to get our food and it was cold. The butter wouldn’t even melt on the toast. Most of the food on the menu was the same food offered at the buffet. We ate at the Bayou Steakhouse and the steak was tough. The food at the buffet was just ok. Nothing was hot, just lukewarm. There was not a lot of variety in food options. Our cabin size was adequate but the furnishings were outdated and worn. The bathroom was small and there seemed to be a leak behind the toilet. There was a magician/comic who was pretty good. There was another comedian that was not very good. We played several of the trivia games and they were fun. The White Pass Railroad in Skagway and 5 glacier seaplane tour in Juneau were our favorite excursions. We did not enjoy Ketchikan that much and our bear watching excursion was the most expensive one we did but was also the least enjoyable and biggest waste of money. Disembarkation was smooth. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Went with another couple for four nights land on our own and seven nights cruise. The mini-cabin stateroom was great. Nice layout, clean, and very comfortable. Most of the staff was friendly. The dining room food was good. The buffet food ... Read More
Went with another couple for four nights land on our own and seven nights cruise. The mini-cabin stateroom was great. Nice layout, clean, and very comfortable. Most of the staff was friendly. The dining room food was good. The buffet food was okay. We had an amazing experience cruising past a huge pod of orcas that lots of people missed if they didn't have an exterior view while dining. There was a low-key announcement about this that my husband thought should have been much more enthusiastic. We skipped a lot of the usual activities and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery from our balcony. The Northern Lights made an appearance, but again the ship wasn't very good about communicating where to see them on the ship. The mid Lido deck was lit up like daylight so that wasn't going to work. Some of the excursion descriptions were misleading and overpriced, such as the Animal Planet Bear Country and Wildlife Expedition (save yourself $ and take the Rainforest Sanctuary Walk) and Backcountry Zodiac Expedition (mostly a boat ride, very little backcountry on land). Whale watching in Juneau and Skagway Rail trips were much better. We did much better excursions on our own in Fairbanks (Aurora Pointe Activity Center for Northern Lights $32) and Denali (Fly Denali glacier landing plane ride $550 and Denali National Park non-narrated shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center $43). The train rides to Denali and the ship were very enjoyable. The looong disembarkation taxi line in Vancouver was a bummer. Still, I think a cruise is the best way to see the glaciers in Alaska and I'm glad I did this trip before all the ice melted away. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was one of the very first cruises my husband and I ever did. We had such great memories of it that we wanted to do it again. Unfortunately, now that we have over 15 cruises with various cruise lines under our belt, Princess has lost ... Read More
This was one of the very first cruises my husband and I ever did. We had such great memories of it that we wanted to do it again. Unfortunately, now that we have over 15 cruises with various cruise lines under our belt, Princess has lost some of her luster. This was a land-sea tour and the land part was great, although some of the Princess lodges along the way are in need of new mattresses and updating. The excursions were outstanding with the best being the jet-boating up Devil's Canyon to a Category 5 rapid out of Talkeetna at the McKinley Lodge. The cruise part of the tour was rather a let down. The ship was nice, the excursions continued to be good, but Princess left a lot to be desired. Making a buck every way possible has become more important than customer/passenger service. They nickel and dime you for all it's worth. Water in your stateroom and elsewhere is $2.00 a bottle. The only drinks provided with meals are water, tea, or coffee. You can not leave your stateroom without being accosted by a photographer trying to document... and sell back to you,,,your every move. There is a Princess Shopping Concierge who gives a daily lecture on what jewelry to buy in the next port and the daily Princess Paper contains a daily Shopping Spotlight Newsletter and map showing you the location of her highlighted stores. This is what Princess now does well- bringing in the money. The shows were mediocre. The food was mediocre- in all restaurants. They offer Anytime Dining when you can go to eat any time you desire- not just at the 2 traditional seatings. When signing up, it sounds as though you can eat at any restaurant, including the Traditional one. This is not true. You are limited to only two separate restaurants- the Bernini and the Donatello with the Donatello available only after 7:30. Can't even think of one memorable meal we ate! All and all- this was one of the worst cruises we'd been on. By time you were done with this cruise, it probably would have been cheaper going on an all-inclusive cruise. Very disappointed in Princess! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We were two families with three kids total, ages 15, 14 and 9. Having read some of the recent negative reviews, we kept our expectations low but they were all greatly exceeded. From the moment we stepped on the ship, the staff members ... Read More
We were two families with three kids total, ages 15, 14 and 9. Having read some of the recent negative reviews, we kept our expectations low but they were all greatly exceeded. From the moment we stepped on the ship, the staff members were friendly and helpful. Because it’s such a small ship, many of them got to know us personally and addressed us by name. We found the ship in great condition and very clean with crowding only in the dining room, food court and during major entertainment options and tours. For the most part, the ship felt pleasantly uncrowded. There were lots of comfortable indoor seating areas, both within the venues and in the walkways, to view the scenery indoors. I also enjoyed daily walks on the Promenade deck when conditions allowed. We had a mini-suite with a balcony on deck 10 that easily seated 4+ people and we opened the door so that it adjoined to the balcony of our travel companions, which made coordinating plans and hanging out very easy. (Bring bungee cords or duct tape to secure cabin door open if you plan to do this.). We spent a lot of time on our balcony and, when that was too cold, on the aft deck on deck 10 which was less affected by the wind and had comfortable lounge chairs. The bed was very comfortable but the pillows were too high for our taste. The sleeper sofa was quite uncomfortable with a hard bar in the middle and it sloped down from foot to head. Our amazing steward, Robert Orena, solved the bar problem by bringing a second mattress to put on top which he stored behind the sofa each day. We solved the sloping problem by reversing the head and foot of the bed. The food in the main dining room for dinner was better than expected. There were some amazing items, many very good items, and just a few misses which are likely chalked up to personal preference rather than poor food quality. Service was efficient and our head waiter got to know our personal preferences very quickly. The breakfast menu in the main dining room was a little disappointing in its limited choices so we only ate there one day. The Horizon Food Court had plenty of options each morning to make us all happy for breakfast. For lunch, we had the most amazing wood-fired pizza at the pizza day at Sabatini’s. We wished we could have repeated that! We also really enjoyed the pub lunch at The Bayou. The International Cafe is a great place to get a nice speciality coffee or high quality snack or dessert 24 hours per day. They also have a full bar. Regarding the children and teen clubs, the 9 year old enjoyed many themed activities at the kids club and the 14 year old boy, who loves gaming, enjoyed the teen club. The 15 year old girl, who does not enjoy gaming, didn’t frequent the teen club. The adults’ favorite entertainment on ship was the Crooners Lounge piano bar which we attended each night. Don Juan was a great musician with a varied catalogue and great personality. The servers there were also very fun and attentive to us and to our children when they joined us. We also enjoyed some of the trivia contests as well as the Voice of the Ocean contest. The days in Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay were both amazing! We were very close to the glaciers and had great weather for viewing the scenery. A light puffy coat or similar was required, but it was very pleasant. They also have blankets for passenger use on the top deck. In Skagway, we rented a car and drove up to Emerald Lake and Carcross. It was a great day despite the strong, frigid winds. Our whale-watching trip in Juneau was canceled due to rough conditions so we just toured the town briefly. In Ketchikan, we had to use a tender to get into town which was a more cumbersome process. We enjoyed a walk up to the salmon ladder and along the boardwalk there. While there were a few unique shops, for the most part the shopping seemed the same in all three ports and very similar to any other tourist town. Embarkation and disembarkation were both extremely efficient. It took us less than 30 minutes to get from check in to our rooms, although the luggage came much later. We did a self walk-off with our luggage. We left our room at 7:50 a.m., walked to the dining room meeting place, then immediately off the ship and to a waiting taxi. We arrived at the Vancouver airport by 8:40 a.m. Each family had the 4 device Medallion internet package which we purchased at a good price pre-cruise. (I think it was $105 for the week.) For the most part, it could not handle video streaming but we were always able to text each other through iMessage and could easily download and reply to emails and access basic web sites. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was the trip of our dreams. We flew to Anchorage 4 days prior to our sailing and rented a car to go see Mt. McKinley and other places in the area. This allowed us to see the things we wanted to see and do the things we wanted to do. ... Read More
This was the trip of our dreams. We flew to Anchorage 4 days prior to our sailing and rented a car to go see Mt. McKinley and other places in the area. This allowed us to see the things we wanted to see and do the things we wanted to do. If you are in the McKinley area, 229 restaurant (mile 229 of the Parks Highway) is a must. Five-star dining at its finest and the prices are reasonable. We took our own transfer from Anchorage to Whittier. It stopped at the Wildlife Refuge Centre which was good to see. I was travelling with a mobility scooter and embarkation could not have been better or easier. From the moment we approached the ship till we disembarked seven days later the crew were wonderful. You can tell that they take great pride in working on such a wonderful ship. The new Medallion program that Princess has designed is fabulous. It identifies you when you approach your cabin door and unlocks. You can order food or drinks from anywhere on the ship and the staff will find you. You can even locate other members of your party through it. We chose Anytime Dining and never had to wait to be seated. The food was fabulous and plentiful. The ship is large enough that even with a full load of passengers, you do not feel crowded in any way. We mainly booked our own tours using the Alaska Tour Saver Book. It got us 2 for 1 tickets onto the train in Skagway and the Whale Watch in Juneau. Even though we did not use a lot of coupons, it more than payed for itself several times over. We had been savouring going to Alaska for a long time and this trip was the absolute dream come true. Thank you Princess and all the crew of the Royal Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our first Princess cruise did not disappoint. We had a club class suite ob deck 12 with a wonderful balcony and a beautiful suite. Huge closet with many hangers and drawers with a safe. The bathroom was big and very nice. There was a long ... Read More
Our first Princess cruise did not disappoint. We had a club class suite ob deck 12 with a wonderful balcony and a beautiful suite. Huge closet with many hangers and drawers with a safe. The bathroom was big and very nice. There was a long shelf under the sink for all your extra things and bags. The tub was deep and really nice as was the shower. Our new luxury bed was exactly that. Wow it was so comfortable after a long day it was a joy. The ship was bigger than I thought and beautiful. Many things to do every day. The food was great but we also had a club class dining room with our own menu. We had lobster several times, filet mignon, beef wellington, lamb chops, king crab and more. The pizza on the pool deck was amazing as were the burgers, hot dogs and fries. For these you had to wait in a long line as they only cook a few at a time. The free ice cream was very good and they have an attendant that fixes you ice cream for you so that kids don't fool around with the machines. I thought this was excellent ! The service was impeccable. Some of the entertainment was great. The first night with the "Encore" singers was mostly opera and not to my taste. The games were fun and the cruise director Matt O was fun to work with. The International Cafe was open 24/7 and the service was excellent. Many coffee drink, hot and cold plus pastries and food for every meal time and late night. We took a Princess Whale excursion along with Mendenhall Glacier visit which both were fabulous. The walk to the ports was a bit long and long long walk ways . We had very good weather all week too. The ship was sold out so it was very busy and active. Lots of kids running around unsupervised, which I disliked. The photo's we got turned out good. we did not get the pkg. All in all we liked the ship very much and thought the crew was good. Some spoke others didn't. We also had the land sea pkg with Princess and they did our air as well called EZAir. The took care of changing luggage on other planes and it was always where it was suppose to be when we needed it. Princess tour and sea pkg was very good and we didn't have to wonder what we were doing. Each day you got a letter in the eve telling you what was ahead and where to go and what time. I think they did a fantastic job for 14 days of flying, buses, trains, trolleys, and shuttles. I would recommend this type of pkg for a first visit to Alaska on land then cruise. We did land first since it is more moving around and much more tiring. The land portion is very busy if you want to see a lot of wildlife and Park. There is a lot of transportation from one place to the other then the train takes you from the last place to your ship. We were on the new Medallion cruise and ours worked very well as did the medallion internet service. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My family and I wanted to experience Alaska and Vancouver. We did the 3 day land excursion and seven day cruise on the Coral Princess. Words cannot describe the overall amazing experience we had. It was surreal from the land, the ship, ... Read More
My family and I wanted to experience Alaska and Vancouver. We did the 3 day land excursion and seven day cruise on the Coral Princess. Words cannot describe the overall amazing experience we had. It was surreal from the land, the ship, entertainment and dining perspective. The views Princess afforded us on land at each lodge and during transportation throughout Denali National Park was unsurpassed . We saw Caribou, otters, sealions, bald eagles and glorious whales. The landscape we viewed was majestic. The land and cruise staff was always pleasant and could not do enough to enrich our experience. My father caught a pink salmon on a Princess salmon fishing excursion. A chef on board in our dining room prepared my father’s catch perfectly just for us. The taste and presentation was amazing; a highlight of our trip. The entertainment was culturally diverse and enriched our experience on this cruise. If you have the chance to see Megan Brunning, the soprano on board, her voice is a gift to the world. My teens went to the “Beach House” teen club frequently and enjoyed the many activities planned. They even met some friends from all over the world who they still are in contact with. I could go on and on with moments that exceeded our expectations. Princess gave us wonderful memories to last a lifetime. The land/cruise experience through Princess was so highly organized and it’s attention to detail was beyond exceptional and comes with my highest recommendation. Embarking couldn’t have been more simple. We did the 3 day Denali National park through Princess and took the train with 180 degree views through the glass top train. While on the train to the port in Whittier, a Princess agent did all our checking in process so embarking was a matter of walking right on! Simplest I have ever experienced in a cruise. Our luggage was already in our cabin when we arrived. Disembarking was just as easy, we walked off with our luggage at 745a before anyone else and the taxis were right outside waiting to take us to our hotel in Vancouver. We explored Vancouver on our own over the next 2 days which I highly recommend. Doing it through Princess would probably been easier but the city was easy to navigate using public transportation. Uber does not exist there. Hop off and on again bus is super easy and convenient. My teens said this was their favorite trip and they have traveled extensively through the US and Europe. We would definitely return to Princess in Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Had the time of my life. Great Ship and polite crew. Went Club Class. Food was great and the scenery in the Fjords was breath taking. One small not so minor thing was the "at sea internet". It only worked about 10 ... Read More
Had the time of my life. Great Ship and polite crew. Went Club Class. Food was great and the scenery in the Fjords was breath taking. One small not so minor thing was the "at sea internet". It only worked about 10 percent of the time with a connection speed of 25K. Dial up would have been faster. I brought this to the attention at the main desk and it was a wast of time. I had to wait until we got into port to roam on shore side cell connections and ended up running up a 1200.00 bill to get my business done. Now, the Trip up on the Island Princess was without fault. Everything was perfect. Customs waits were excessive. DO NOT bring more luggage than You need. You'll be sorry. The internet connections were lightning fast and reliable. We booked a back to back cruise with Princess and coordinating between the two cruises was a disaster. It was if there was two different cruise lines. Princess needs to work on that. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Alaska is a great destination for sure. Our family had a great time during our vacation - we took both the land trip and the cruise. The destinations and the ports are all awesome! We have made some great memories. During the land trip, ... Read More
Alaska is a great destination for sure. Our family had a great time during our vacation - we took both the land trip and the cruise. The destinations and the ports are all awesome! We have made some great memories. During the land trip, the train ride is great. Also during the cruise the glacier bay experience was breathtaking The cruise itself was 'meh'. If you have a young family, like we did, it was not fun while you are on the ship. The activities for the kids is lacking as compared to other cruise lines that I have taken. While the production shows was good, the other things were not as great. Towards the latter part of the cruise, we actually stopped going to the actives and spent time doing our own things. The food is good. Note the timings though. Some of the wait staff were really nice and went above and beyond. Take a few shore excursions to enjoy the natural beauty. We took a few and it was worthwhile. Bottomline, loved the vacation/destination. But not the cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We always wanted to try Princess...when friends asked us to join them on Princess we jumped at the chance. First the good: Itinerary was great...especially the Hubbard glacier and Glacier Bay Park. Really great close up views of ... Read More
We always wanted to try Princess...when friends asked us to join them on Princess we jumped at the chance. First the good: Itinerary was great...especially the Hubbard glacier and Glacier Bay Park. Really great close up views of glaciers with park rangers giving commentary. The bed was really comfortable. Unfortunately, those are the only good comments I have. Now the not so good: The food! The buffet food was the worst I have ever experienced on a cruise. Rice was crunchy, food was bland, limited selection. All 6 in our party felt this way. One dish was Italian bowtie pasta. It was nothing more than pasta with canned tomato sauce poured on it. The dining room food wad a bit better, but nothing spectacular. The service in the buffet and the dining rooms was pretty good. The service elsewhere on the ship was so-so....the crew seemed to be unhappy. Our cabin steward didn't learn our names like we've experienced on all previous cruises. The cruise director was irritating...at the conclusion of shows everyone would get up and start making their way out of the theater...then the cruise director would come out to make announcements. He'd tell everyone to sit down....so everyone had to turn around and go back to their seats...very irritating! How about making the announcements before the show? The bartenders didn't know how to make many of the drinks on the bar's specialty menu. They had to read the menu to make the drinks...really slow. We had problems with billing...I bought the premier drink package and was billed for drinks that should have been included. Guest services corrected the error. My wife purchased 3 spa treatments (to get a discounted package) and paid ahead of time. After each spa treatment our account was billed again. Not cool. I doubt we will ever sail Princess again....very expensive and terrible value. It amazes me when I read the positive reviews regarding food....maybe we just had bad luck? My wife and I (and the others in our party) were shocked at the poor food quality. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I just completed my second Alaska cruise and it was amazing but what will make this cruise stand out in my memory was the crew of the Royal Princess. For this trip, I joined five others so we had a group of six and two ended up in ... Read More
I just completed my second Alaska cruise and it was amazing but what will make this cruise stand out in my memory was the crew of the Royal Princess. For this trip, I joined five others so we had a group of six and two ended up in wheelchairs just before the cruise. That last fact (ended up in) was important because only one of them had a handicapped room. The cruiser with the wheelchair and non-handicap room could not even get his chair into the room on the first day. That was true until a crew member suggested a method that even allowed him to maneuver it without help. It was still tight in the room and I would suggest that anyone finding themselves in need of a last minute wheelchair try to get a better room and/or use a transit chair but what is important here is how helpful the crew of this ship was to mobility challenged cruisers. They were more amazing than the stunning Alaska scenery!! The trip was a complete success and it was due both to the quite unique sights and sounds of Alaska and to the competence and kindness of the crew of the Royal Princess. Over and over no matter what the location (dining room, theater, Piazza, store or even cabin hallway) the crew always stepped in to help clear the way or make it easier for the wheelchair bound to relax and enjoy the event. This ship is a pure joy to be on. The events and entertainments are all great fun, without exception! Because of Princess's partnership with the Discovery channel, this cruise had interesting lectures and guest speakers that enhanced our enjoyment of the unique Alaska sights. With six people, came six different ideas of what "fun" meant and yet each of us found exactly what we needed on this cruise. I will sail Princess from now on. They not only offer great locations but they back up their offerings with great service and that makes a great vacation for everyone! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We were asked to join a group of family that were planning this trip with their friends. We traveled as a party of 16 - and had a blast!! We booked a land and sea package and added 2.5 additional days in Vancouver, BC. I wish we would ... Read More
We were asked to join a group of family that were planning this trip with their friends. We traveled as a party of 16 - and had a blast!! We booked a land and sea package and added 2.5 additional days in Vancouver, BC. I wish we would have added more time in Vancouver. It is a wonderful city - with so much to offer if you like to hike, bike, eat and drink! We booked an excursion in every port we stopped in. The train, suspension bridge and garden lunch in Skagway was a delight. In Juneau, we were sadly disappointed to find that most morning plane or helicopter rides are cancelled due to low cloud coverage. We had booked a helicopter ride to Mendehall Glacier followed by a salmon bake. Since my husband and I had to "split" our preferences for this excursion, my husband (and actually me too!!) were disappointed that our tour was cancelled in the morning because of cloud coverage - so we were rescheduled for the afternoon which meant we had to give up the salmon bake. We were refunded $60 - which irritated me a bit - as the salmon bake itself is $60 a piece. So......for Juneau........book any "flight" tours after 12pm! In Ketchikan, we chose the backwater tour - a wonderful tour that took us in a little rubber boat (w/motor) through some inlets to check out seals, eagles. Never saw a bear or moose. The boats accommodate 3 people comfortably. However, they book the rafts to accommodate 4 people. My husband was lucky enough to get perched on the side of the boat - hanging on and riding backwards. The water was rough - and he spent the majority of his boat ride getting beat up by the pounding of the boat - and unable to anticipate the waves - as he was riding backwards. If you book this cruise, demand no more that 3 people be in your boat. The ship was wonderful - the comedians were off the charts!.. Service was excellent everywhere. The staff is well trained and very professional. I was disappointed in our dining service - disappointed with Princess cruises - not our staff. There should be more servers working the evening dining room. You'll see staff tripping over themselves in the buffet dining room - not so in the main dining room. We dined as a group of 16 - in Concerto - my time dining. Drink service was very slow. I don't believe it is a reflection on the staff - just that staff has been given more tables to serve than they can adequately serve - and perhaps the bar is too far away? If you didn't order 2 drinks at the same time - and preferred a glass of wine for dinner let's say - you needed to order it when you ordered your pre-dinner cocktail - or that "dinner" cocktail would be served AFTER you were done with dinner. Somehow Princess needs to work the kinks out with that. The medallion fobs were great for getting in your room. NO fishing for a key to get in. However, using that fob in other areas of the ship - not so smooth. In the casino - very frustrating - with a huge learning curve - that will cost you $$ if you're not careful. ALWAYS sign into your machine first - or your $$ goes to the person's account who played before you. I guess they assume no one travels with cash. Or that no one likes to play machines "anonymously" without having an account that the casino can track. So - not five stars because of level of dining service, too many people on boat excursion and casino usage of medallion. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I was drawn to the drop and go rate. I was an very good deal. I also let the cruiseline choose my stateroom. I asked for a non obstructed balcony room. We got a handicapped accesible room which was much larger than most. We know this may ... Read More
I was drawn to the drop and go rate. I was an very good deal. I also let the cruiseline choose my stateroom. I asked for a non obstructed balcony room. We got a handicapped accesible room which was much larger than most. We know this may never happen again but it was a nice large room. I did enjoy the fact that this cruise was mostly adults. There were very few children under the age of 10 on this ship. I dont think kids would enjoy this itinerary. I am debating taking my 18 and 23 year old even on this in the future. I think other ships and itineraries are more suitable for children especially. This is a very laid back cruise. I liked that. I was expected Princess to be an elite class above the other two lines I have cruised. I felt the ship itself was up to par and equal however, nothing here stood above the rest except price. The shows were only singing and comedy shows. I am used to seeing Theatrical productions. The last show I saw on Royal Allure (Mama Mia) really raised the bar for others. I also found myself bored some nights. The comedy show was full both nights. We never got in. I saved money and booked my excursions on line with the help of trip advisor. Had some great excurisons. The only one I booked through the cruiseship was the train in Skagway. I would say the dining was fair. Nothing exceptional. Same as most. No enternatinment by the waitstaff for Anytime Dining. Royal still had that. No midnight or dessert buffets. Other ships have special ones. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We took the land part of the cruise first and then rode the train to Whittier where we boarded the ship. The medallion use on the ship was so easy to set up and use. It was so nice not to have a key to board or to open your stateroom ... Read More
We took the land part of the cruise first and then rode the train to Whittier where we boarded the ship. The medallion use on the ship was so easy to set up and use. It was so nice not to have a key to board or to open your stateroom door. Embarking and disembarking was easy with the medallion. The ship is huge. It is easy to get lost but the crew is very helpful if that should happen. The cruise director on land (Debbie Whelan) was terrific. She was witty and informative and kept you up to date on to your next move etc. The lodges in the Denali National Park were wonderful as were all staff members and tour people. Couldn't ask for better. The train ride to Whittier was great. Conductor and crew were very informative and funny. Kept the 8 hour ride very enjoyable. Having the medallion made it easy to board the ship upon arrival and at each stop that it made. The different tours to take were a little expensive. The few tours we took were worth it. We did not do the $200 or over tours, that is up to each individual to decide on. The rooms on land and on the sea were great. Very comfortable beds and pillows and the rooms were kept clean and comfortable. We had a mini suite which was worth the price. The room was spacious enough to move around. The food on the ship was excellent whether you ate in the dining rooms or the buffet tables on Lideo deck 16. The entertainment was excellent. The comedians were terrific as was the crew entertainers that sang and danced. All in all, this trip was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This is a review of the cruise portion of my Tauck Grand Alaska Journey. The tour was 7 days on land, and 7-days on sea aboard the Golden Princess. This is different than my typical cruise review, because my experience was unique to being ... Read More
This is a review of the cruise portion of my Tauck Grand Alaska Journey. The tour was 7 days on land, and 7-days on sea aboard the Golden Princess. This is different than my typical cruise review, because my experience was unique to being on a Tauck tour, even on the ship. We had pre-reserved cabins. We did our own shore excursions as a group. We had private receptions on the ship. We had 2 pre-arranged dinners as a group at the Specialty Restaurants (Crown Grill, Sabatini’s Trattoria). We sat as a group at 2 of the Anytime Dining restaurants. We were free to eat where we wanted at any time. We got the beverage package. Because of illness I caught on the bus portion of my tour, I did not spend as much time enjoying all the shipboard amenities as I usually do. I did attend 2 of the Production Shows in the Princess Theatre. The singing and dancing were very good. I enjoyed the comedian Ken Boyd in the Vista Lounge. I liked the Bohemia Duo, especially when they played classical and contemporary melodies in the Piazza. I thought the selection of Movies Under the Stars on the big screen on the Lido deck was too limited. On a previous Princess cruise (on a larger ship), there was a dedicated movie channel on the TV in the cabin, and you could select the movie to watch. On this ship, pre-selected movies were shown. It was not possible to get a schedule of movies throughout the day. This is likely just another example of old technology on this older Princess ship. On my previous cruise, I learned about the Princess@Sea communications on the ship, which I came to appreciate. You turned on Wi-Fi on your phone or other device (and turned it to airplane mode, so there would be no cellular roaming charges), connected to the Golden Princess network, entered the web address “golden.princess.com”, created an account, and you were in. You can view the daily itinerary (instead of carrying the Princess Patter around with you) and locate where on the ship each activity is taking place at. You can get information on shore excursions. You can send a text message to another passenger who has set up an account. The service is free, because you only need to use free, local Wi-Fi on the ship. There are no cellular charges. You can also use the app to view Onboard Deals, Future Cruise Deposits, General Information, and Locations, Hours & More (for lounges, restaurants, etc.) However, implementation of Princess@Sea on the Golden Princess was disappointing. I suspect the technology was a challenge on an older ship like the Golden Princess. Many times, the ship Wi-Fi would be down, and you could not access the daily itinerary. To text another guest on the ship, you needed their Customer ID. Unlike on my previous Royal Princess cruise, you could not search by first or last name. You’d have to go to the person and ask him/her for their Customer ID which was generated when an account was created, which you could enter in your contacts, so you could find their name to text to. This was a nuisance and probably resulted in much less use of the app. Also, unlike on my previous Princess cruise, you could not view your stateroom charges. You had to visit the Guest Services desk in person. I was very disappointed in the app. My wife and I had a mini-suite on Dolphin deck (Deck 9, Cabin D608). There was storage space scattered throughout the cabin, including 2 drawers in the nightstand on each side of the bed. The room had a spacious sitting area with a sofa and second TV. There was an in-room refrigerator and safe. However, the layout of the rest of the room was cramped. One person could easily slide a suitcase under the bed. The other person had to repeatedly maneuver the suitcase in a 2-foot area between the bed and the cabin wall to get the suitcase out. The spacious closet was by a large set of storage shelves and the bathroom. It was a cramped space. You could not access the shelves (and safe) or the closet, while someone was trying to get in and out of the bathroom. This is just poor design, and may have been considered acceptable when the Golden Princess was first cruising. Other more modern ships do not have this configuration issue. The queen bed was comfortable, but had a very thick comforter. If you didn’t turn down the temperature in the room at night to at least “cold”—both thermostats—then you would get too hot under the comforter. The bathroom was spacious. There were pump bottles in the combination shower/tub—one for shower gel, and one for combined shampoo/conditioner. You might want to consider bringing your own conditioner. A bar of soap was provided in the bathroom. There were storage shelves above and below the long vanity. There was an outdoor balcony, but it was not covered. I had not thought to check that when I selected the room. I just assumed that all balconies had a ceiling so you could sit outside if it was raining, and you would have some protection from the sun. But, no. You could see cabins several decks above you, and been seen on your balcony from those cabins. The room steward Joao did an excellent job keeping the room clean. He even brought ice daily for the ice bucket. I found the breakfast area on the Lido deck, Horizon Court, to be on the small side (compared to other ships I’ve been on). There was often a line to get eggs, French Toast, bacon, sausage, etc. in the morning. I never ate at one of the dining rooms for breakfast. The food, even in the specialty restaurants, was OK, not great. Some entrees I found to be very salty. There were adequate selections on the dinner menus. Some of the desserts, including the Baked Alaska, were very tasty. The best margarita on the ship was the “24K Margarita” at the Wheelhouse Bar. Instead of salt, you could get sugar on the rim. One advantage of the ship was its somewhat smaller size compared to other cruise ships. It was small enough to get into the narrow fjords in Glacier Bay, which was a definite advantage. I enjoyed the onboard narration during scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage. You could turn on the TV in your cabin (to either channel 36 or 37) and hear the narration. If you didn’t have a good view from the balcony of your cabin, you could go forward on Deck 7 (Promenade) and then climb up a couple of flights to go to the bow of the ship for an unobstructed view and to listen to the narration. I enjoyed the presentations by the naturalists about the sights, flora, and fauna. Be aware that on this 7-day cruise, there are two formal nights. Most did not wear tuxedos or formal gowns. There were guys wearing a dress shirt and slacks. A few wore a sports coat. Many women wore cocktail-like dresses. One of my observations on cruises is that ships never provide enough hooks in the cabins to hang stuff on. There were none in the cabin. I would have brought several strong, magnetic hooks (e.g., from Home Depot), but I was weight limited for my tour (which was an error in the Tauck documentation). Compared to other ocean cruises I have been on, one amenity was missing. There were no daily newspapers/bulletins. You could find out news by tuning into BBC, MSNBC, or Fox News on the TV in the cabin. Here are some tips for getting extra shipboard credit. Before the cruise, you can provide evidence to Princess Cruises that you are an honorably discharged member of the military (submit a copy of your DD214). You can also purchase and provide proof of ownership of 100 shares of Carnival (CCL) stock. You can also purchase a future cruise voucher that entitles you to shipboard credit on a future cruise (voucher cost on this ship was $100 per person, good for 2 years, fully refundable); the amount of credit depends on the length of the cruise and the category of cabin you book. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Book with Princess because I thought Princess was a step up from Carnival and they'd been cruising Alaska for 50 years. Plus I wanted to get close to Hubbard Glacier and the glaciers in Glacier Bay. Coral Princess is old and parts ... Read More
Book with Princess because I thought Princess was a step up from Carnival and they'd been cruising Alaska for 50 years. Plus I wanted to get close to Hubbard Glacier and the glaciers in Glacier Bay. Coral Princess is old and parts of it feels dated. Our Cabin had plenty of space and storage and a nice balcony. Our cabin Steward was great. The food was not impressive, but at least I wasn't tempted to overeat and didn't gain an ounce on my trip. The entertainment just kept repeating itself. There were a few good acts, but all the performers were the same people every evening just rotated them around the ship. I thought they'd bring on some Alaskan locals, but didn't. We did a Cruise-Tour with the land portion first; and referred the land portion over the cruise portion. The excursions we booked were all great fun. Scenery was good, too. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The itinerary and stops were great but the ship seems to be a little tired overall and maybe not the best value for the buck. So my vacation started with three days in Anchorage on my own.At this time the wildfires were pretty strong ... Read More
The itinerary and stops were great but the ship seems to be a little tired overall and maybe not the best value for the buck. So my vacation started with three days in Anchorage on my own.At this time the wildfires were pretty strong and every day there is a hazy smoke that you can smell and see that obscured the mountains. It was summertime and the highs are almost in the 80s which was unusual acording to some of the locals there. We wore T-shirt and shorts and maybe jeans towards the night time. Also the sun never really goes down it’s always bright even in 2 to 3 in the morning it’s still somewhat bright.We did not go to did Dinali Ben stayed up and stay with in a good area. The wildlife conservation was I want to visit worth doing it’s still nearby. I went fishing out of Seward for halibut caught my limit which is essentially 20pounds worth of halibut. Then I went to a nearby reindeer farm I forgot the exact name but that was the greatest little jam and I highly recommend it. It’s basically a giant petting farm but you get to see reindeer feed them EC moose and ox and elk. OK so to start the cruise we took a shuttle bus from the company ACB. it took about an hour from the airport through the tunnel which was neat onward to Whittier. The bus stops right in front of this giant white tent where the people take your luggage literally two steps away from the bus. Then from that tent you walk into the main building which has nice clean bathrooms and proximately up to 20 people to help check you win. Literally as soon as you get off the bus it took over 20 minutes to get onto the boat it was ridiculously fast. Maybe since the boat is smaller the embarkation is this fast I never had it this fast and easy before. There was no waiting around or anything you just literally get off the bus and non-stop walk and sign in and you get on the ship. Now this is when it gets a little disappointing. My neighbor said princess what is the best cruise experience he’s ever had. Also we read how princess is so good with service and the food is so good and that is basically the mid-level premium line for Carnaval. So I was expecting a little better type a cruise since I’m used to that type a level of service, my previous cruises been on Royal and Disney And Norwegian. We boarded the ship around 5 PM since it was going to leave around 8:30 PM. I expected our room to be completely ready to move-in but as we walked onto the boat into our room it was already been halfway prepared and we met our Steward. Man did he look tired and he reeks of smoke he Musta had just taken his break but he wasn’t the friendliest of guys but he wasn’t mean either he was just indifferent. Now here is my single most worst complaint. The room just smell like sweat. It came from the bedsheets mainly and pillows. It just smelled so bad he couldn’t sleep when you lay down your head on the pillow pillow that smells like sweat is the kind of sweat mold smell where when you leave wet laundry in your washer and forget it you forget about it for a few days and then you try to put in the dryer it’s that type of smell was really all the water sweaty smell in those from everything the sheets and the pillowcases even the actual pillows and maybe some of the carpet and even the lampshade it was just the most awful sweat smell like a possibly think of. finally we just couldn’t deal with it anymore and it was already now 10 PM since we ate dinner and came back and then decided my goodness we can’t sleep in this condition we can’t sleep with the sweaty smelling sheets. So then of course at this time the steward was off service and we had to go to the front desk. Now here is my second complaint. The front desk was manned by a single person at this time and it was a huge line now of like 10 people waiting with various complaints. This is ridiculous there should be more than one person manning The desk especially on the first day of embarkation since many people will most likely have some questions and things to address. AnyWho I told him while emergently I don’t expect them to replace all the sheets of all the beds system or four of us to replace so I said just give me a few pillowcases for an now and will deal with it and then the following morning. how do I mention how much the bed sheets and pillows smell like sweat man that alone totally destroyed my experience with princess. The onboard Internet Wi-Fi is not the best either. The instructions are horrible on how to set it up on your iPhone or iPad. Thank goodness there was an on-site IT guy who helped me set it up on my phone. This guy was probably the most busiest over the next few days. I frequently saw lines of like 20 people every morning at his desk ask him how to set up and sign up for the Internet service. He was very helpful and unfortunately he had to deal with poor instructions on the procedural level that needs to change somehow and princess. Now the food was kind of OK. It wasn’t the best I didn’t have that much variety of coarse it’s a smaller ship so I guess that’s the norm. And as compared to Royal or Norwegian The variety Wasn’t there especially at the buffet and choices of specialty dining. The coral princess had essentially two specialty dining restaurants, Sabatini Italian and Bayou Creole steakhouse. There’s also a third pop-up specialty dining restaurant featured in the buffet area called the crabshack. We ate at the Italian and crab shack and both Route K but for $30 seems a little not too worth it. But I did notice that desserts on princess cruise are actually quite good and probably the best of any cruises I’ve seen. Especially on that this specialty dining area is the desserts are different then you get from the buffet and main dining. so if you want to get like those weird special desserts that you see online in a like exploding round ball of chocolate and stuff I think it’s specialty dining is where you get them but I’d never saw any of those in the main dining room or the buffet area. But overall the food quality was decent it’s not the best of the cruises I’ve been on and I haven’t been on any premium cruise lines yet. Now they told me princess service was phenomenal and top-notch. I did not experience this. The service was a mixed eclectic group of various nationalities I believe from the Philippines, Italy, Romania, and the US. It must’ve been towards the end because boy everyone seems so tired and indifferent. No one was really mean but then again no one was really going out of their way to help you or be helpful it was a very passive style of service if you ask a question you get answered but you have to go around asking the questions and you have to go around asking for help. I’m probably spoiled and it’s not real problem for most cruisers but it does seem so distinctive. Here’s an example whenever I go out to a bar I’ll sit stand there and wait to make eye contact with the bartender. Usually the bartender will say “how can I help you”. But most the time they just stand there staring back at you until you have to say oh can I have a drink and then they usually have some type of banter but then there’s usually no verbal response so go ahead and make your drink and then they’ll give it to you.And then when you received a drink you say “thank you” and they usually say something like you’re welcome but again silence no response. It’s not bad service or they are being mean but it’s like an inch difference like they just don’t care seem to go out of their way to say you’re welcome enjoy your cruise I hope you have a good time tonight. multiply this type of service amongst all the people on the cruise line. From the dining to your steward to the guy trying to sell you the Tanzanite rings, it was kind of unusual I never seen this behavior before then again maybe I’m spoiled with the other cruise lines. My app is a comparison it would be Disney where they are actually over the top and go absolutely crazy with proactive service and there another premium cruise line they’re probably mid-level so that’s what I was expecting a princess from all the reviews and friends telling us how incredible princess Service was. The entertainment was pretty bad for me. I’m the type a guy with doesn’t really go to the casino. I don’t really like to drink or smoke or dance. I enjoy the gaming activities like bingo or game shows. I really enjoy Broadway style productions like they have a Disney and royal. I’m not really into that whole lounge music atmosphere or those weird disco dancing nights that they have on three shifts this is not my thing. The coral princess unfortunately was all about lounge music and dancing and little to no production shows our main act shows. He did have one production show called silk which is interesting take on the Korean folklore story. But only had one night of showing they should’ve shown that three or four nights thousand fabulous show instead all the other night they had weird disco nights and 80s music nights in bazaar cabaret dancing. I mean who cares about watching people dancing randomly on stage and singing nonsensical music I just don’t find those type of shows entertaining at all. And there were enough game Activities on the boat maybe only two a day. I remember on Norwegian it was constant think there is literally a game events in the atrium on the Norwegian boat every single day and was fun to be interactive with other folks with them. We brought the family with children and people say Alaska cruises are not child friendly and mostly for elderly adults. The kids club on princess was the absolute surprise. it actually is the reason why the cruise is up to a two star for us. For me to CRUISES) a one star but the kids cover so exceptionally phenomenal and made the kids happy that it basically alone justified the cruise. The staff there were absent remarkable and they had constant crafts and events to do during the kids club. If your kids are very craft like especially at the young age like five years old then this kids club is probably for them. Every night they’ll bring back to the room little trinket such as stuffed toys and T-shirts that they would hand color themselves pirate hats and balloon animals. The actual facility is very small and we were Kinda somewhat scared especially when the teacher told us over 500 kids signed up. This tells you how many kids are on the boat and is somewhat family oriented is not as adult oriented as you would think. Another complaint is that since this cruise is basically scenery in emphasis. It would have been nice if the cruise director proactively pointed out things during the cruise in real time. For example if there is a pod of whales swimming next to the boat it would be nice if he could just announce at him or the captain or somebody on the boat should announce overhead hey hey guys there’s a pod of whales next on the port side take a look. But no one dead and you have to basically look on the side of the boat on your own for hours and hours is trying to look for something. Nurs Sup, it’s about the stops and scenery sons particular cruise. One of the main reasons why we took this particular shift even though we knew was older and smaller was that it actually went into glacier Bay. Only a few of the smaller bus can go on to glacier Bay that we were told such as princess and Holland. Now of all the glaciers, the Hubbard bay stop what is the most impressive one. That glacier is absolutely huge and everything you see on line we see has many little broken icebergs everywhere in a gigantic wall of white looking nice that’s it that’s Hubbard. There is an excursion we take a smaller boat for about $250 which seems steep for only two hour excursion but that boat gets like within a couple hundred feet from the Glacier up close and the cool princess cruise but basically stops about a mile away which seems far and you can see the Quetion we need binoculars. I highly recommend that boat excursion even though cost a lot for like two hours you get right up to the glacier which is the whole point Of this entire cruise trip to gets closer to glacier and crashing and breaking and floating a part. now you gonna hear this from a few people but quite frankly the glacier Bay national Park wasn’t that great. And all you see roughly 2 to 3 other glaciers but you’re much much smaller than Hubbard and you don’t get that close to them either. You only get to see a few seals and maybe one whale and then I also saw one moose. The only real benefit is that the national Park Rangers get on board your ship to help explain what the glacier national Park is all about. In brief the other stops like Seward and Ketchikan and Juno we’re decent and I highly recommend excursions. I realize Alaska is a different type of cruise it’s not so much the boat it’s really all about the excursions. My favorite excursion was from Ketchikan Which involves a wilderness boat ride and seafood dinner at Silver king Lodge. we ended the cruise in Vancouver which is a beautiful city but man what a hassle doing all their customs and passport deals. In hindsight will be better just to go in and out of Seattle that way you have to deal with customs or anything of that sort. While Vancouver we do the hop on hop off option and direct airport we did deliver your bags directly there. It was a kind of pricey excursion price for it but it’s worth it just to have them take the luggage directly from your room on the boat essentially directly to the airport it’s all you do was hang out in Vancouver and then when you’re done you took their subway bus directly to the airport in 40 minutes. Oh by the way the international concourse in Vancouver is phenomenal it’s very fancy with the fancy shopping I saw a $60,000 bottle of whiskey for sale it’s in sane and very beautiful selfie in the airport airport lounges vancouver it’s pretty just decent international airport on your way back to the US. In summary the boat was not the best experience we won’t cruise with Princess again in Alaska. The excursions and stops are great and that’s where the real value of the trip is. If I had to do Alaska over again Since I have kids I would’ve picked the largest newest boat With the most activities and still go to Hubbard glacier as a primary stop. Glacier Bay national Park is not the most important stop in my opinion and you don’t need to go on some all dirty boat just to go to the club just to go to that park. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The service, the cleanliness, the delicious food, the kindness of crew, the beauty of the ship , everything was so, so pleasant and satisfactory. We choose this cruise because we wanted to see the Hubbard Glacier and took the excursion ... Read More
The service, the cleanliness, the delicious food, the kindness of crew, the beauty of the ship , everything was so, so pleasant and satisfactory. We choose this cruise because we wanted to see the Hubbard Glacier and took the excursion which was wonderful. We had the opportunity to interact with other guests when eating at the Bordeaux restaurant that is very elegant. All the meals there were fabulous and the service pronto and great! The buffet restaurant was very clean and then food was very good with a great service. The amenities offered were numerous and the shows offer at the theater were spectacular, first clase, the actors were passionate and felt deeply what they were doing. There was a soprano with an incredible voice! Coral Princess and it’s crew deserve 5 Stars! We can really recommend this cruise to Alaska that is so beautiful. We really thank the crew that took care of us! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My in-laws raved about their north-bound cruise that they took 13+ years ago, having unlimited lobster tail and the adventures that they had. So our group of 7 included 1 teenager, 4 adults in their 50's and my in-laws (between ... Read More
My in-laws raved about their north-bound cruise that they took 13+ years ago, having unlimited lobster tail and the adventures that they had. So our group of 7 included 1 teenager, 4 adults in their 50's and my in-laws (between 80-90). Four of us did the land tour three days prior, flew out to Fairbanks, traversed our way south visiting Denali to meet up with three others in our party at Whittier. One should not be embarrassed if needing further assistance when you have mobility issues. The food was great at our later in the evening sit-down dining. Depending on our schedule and priorities, not all of us could make it to the any time dining for breakfast or lunch. However, the greeter to that area was a bit harsh stating that they could not seat us because our entire party was not there and that there was limited seating availability. The latter was false and my in-laws were sporting walking canes. If it were not the gentleman in the teal jacket saying it was ok to come in, we'd be stuck loitering at the dining entrance. Our wait staff team were great in handling our dietary needs, looking our for gluten free and sugar free. If you didn't have enough from the sit down dinner, there was the Horizon Buffet that closed at 11 pm and International Cafe that was opened 24/7 offering small bites and snacks, kind of like what they offered during high tea that they offered daily from 3-4. The hot beverage at the Cafe was not complimentary. The buffet offered all kinds of salads, sandwiches, hot food items. If you wanted a pizza or hamburger, then you go to the pizzeria or grill. The pizzeria was accommodating to make gluten free pizza. There was ice cream, two flavors vanilla and chocolate. We did any time dining for most breakfasts and lunch. You have to be mindful that they have shorter hours and limited menu. There was a set menu with a couple of items of the day, including dessert. To back up what the cruise director mentioned in our muster station talk, at all restaurants there were hand sanitzer stations, including hand wash basin outside of the buffet. The older couple had a mini suite with a balcony on deck D, of which we enjoyed as much as we could. Since the bed was soft for them, the cruise staff was very accommodating in placing a board between the mattress. Their cabin had a bath tub with a shower head. We saw spectacular views from their balcony, with others sitting out on their balcony callng out in seeing sea creatures, such as otters, whale spouts, etc. Without going to an off-shore excursion, we were able to see Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier, as the ship would re-position itself. However, we were not close enough to hear the glaciers calving, as a fellow passenger described when she went on the excursion in a smaller boat that was dwarfed by the 40 foot tall glaciers. The inner cabin was ok on Deck E, a single bed on each side of the wall. Our port hole was a direct view of one of the life boats. The 13 year old in our family was not impressed with the teen area. She had more fun with her other siblings cruising on Disney. However, she would play cards with us in the Game Room, if table available or late night at the buffet. Second day on the cruise we had an opportunity to take pictures with mushing puppies. So many people were excited. We had a great time on the White Pass train ride in Skagway, something that my in-laws recommended. We learned about its history and the purpose for the rail system. Afterwards, we took a shuttle to go into town. At the other ports of call, Juneau and Ketchikan, we did a bit of walking and shopping. At the latter there were at least three stores that sold smoked salmon in a can, box, or jerky. This is a type of cruise for the older folks. The only group exercise classes were yoga, pilates, cylcing, and HIIT. No Zumba, nothing aerobics. Not a treadmill person so we walked deck 7, as 2.8 times around equal to 1 mile. On the second to the last day, we attended a cooking demo by the head sous chef and that was capped off with a tour of the kitchen. We entered from the any time dining room and at the end of the tour, we took this escalator and entered the sit-down dining room. During the entire cruise, there were t-shirt deals, 2 for $20. There were sales to be had on the second to the last day, most merchandise from previous cruises, such as the Caribbean and Mexico. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We wanted to take our family on an Alaskan cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. My wife and I had taken this exact same itinerary 10 years ago and we knew from experience our family would enjoy it. Eleven of us did the land ... Read More
We wanted to take our family on an Alaskan cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. My wife and I had taken this exact same itinerary 10 years ago and we knew from experience our family would enjoy it. Eleven of us did the land tour from Anchorage to Denali before the cruise, and then we were joined by 5 more at the ship for the cruise. We had a total of 16, 8 adults and 8 children. The land portion went great, Princess really handles the land portion well and we all enjoyed the McKinley and Denali lodges. Our rooms at both locations were very nice. We stayed in the newer A/B lodge at the top of the hill and our rooms were very modern and spacious. The train ride from Denali to Whittier was a highlight of the trip, especially since we got to see Denali mountain several times along the route. Lunch in the dining car was very good. They came around to see who wanted lunch and then came and got us as our time approached. Food was also very good--highly recommend the reindeer chili. Embarkation at the ship was handled well. Princess reps boarded out train at Wasilla and we completed the embarkation process prior to arriving at Whittier. Even so, by the time we got off the train and into the terminal the lines were long going through security and that took awhile to get onboard. We had set dining at 7:30 pm with two tables to accommodate our family. Although we wanted earlier dining, this worked better for us as we were getting back from excursions late on several days. Dining seemed to take longer than usual so we started ordering our desserts when we received our entrees to ensure we made the 9:30 entertainment in the Princess Theater. We took multiple excursions and everyone enjoyed them. My favorite was the Denali flight and glacier landing from Talkeetna. Hint, if the pilot starts talking about the right seat being open during his preflight spiel, quickly raise your hand for that co-pilot seat. I did and I had fantastic views of the mountain and scenery from the front of the airplane. Puppies came onboard at Skagway and the lines were very long but they moved well. It took about 30 minutes for us to get our turn and then our pup slept the entire time. Glacier viewing was superb on the south bound trip. Onboard naturalists and part rangers gave informative and interesting talks about flora, fauna, and natural sights. Angelito, our cabin attendant, was the best ever. He went beyond what is normal to ensure our cruise was the most enjoyable one we've had. Disembarkation went very smoothly and there were lots of taxis available to take us to our hotel. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019

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