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Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise hoping for spectacular scenery and we weren't disappointed! It was end of season and prices were discounted in every port because businesses wouldn't see cruise ship passengers until next spring. Weather ... Read More
We chose this cruise hoping for spectacular scenery and we weren't disappointed! It was end of season and prices were discounted in every port because businesses wouldn't see cruise ship passengers until next spring. Weather was outstanding, blue skies most of the time so snow-covered mountain ranges were visible. Excellent photography opportunities. Sailing into Glacier Bay was a special treat. Watching and hearing multiple glaciers calving is not to be missed. Ice-blue pieces of glacier floated by the ship. It's amazing that only 1/3 of the chunk is visible above the water line. Some were as big as houses, so it gives you an idea of how massive they are. Many had sea lions basking on top. Food and service were outstanding. Club Class cabin had separate anytime dining area with no waiting. Food was better than Celebrity which up until this cruise was our favorite. The only negative was food at Sabatini's which was lukewarm at best, and tomato sauce was runny and bland. Don't waste your money for a "premium" meal. . Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
My travel companions and I could accommodate this date. In addition, others we know recommended the timing. We had perfect clear weather the entire trip. Lots of wildlife sightings and breathtaking glacier calving are unforgettable ... Read More
My travel companions and I could accommodate this date. In addition, others we know recommended the timing. We had perfect clear weather the entire trip. Lots of wildlife sightings and breathtaking glacier calving are unforgettable memories I will carry forever. Our cruise director was very funny and engaging. The shows I saw were fun and entertaining, and the food was excellent. Most of the wait staff were excellent as well. The musical shows were marvelous but too short. The entire ship was immaculately clean. I would love to have seen more of the naturalist as the beauty and vastness of the wilderness overwhelmed me. The Captain did a good job maintaining our up close view of the glaciers calving, and I understood that we saw some things that are not always possible because of the perfect weather. Overall, this was a great way to experience Alaska and all that it offers Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Highly recommend the Alaska Cruise Tour adventure. (We recommend doing the tour first, then the cruise. Princess is so organized and takes such good care of you.) We decided to explore a few other cities prior to joining our Cruise ... Read More
Highly recommend the Alaska Cruise Tour adventure. (We recommend doing the tour first, then the cruise. Princess is so organized and takes such good care of you.) We decided to explore a few other cities prior to joining our Cruise Tour. We started in Anchorage, rented a car, and explored the city and surrounding areas (Old Town on 4th street, a quilt shop, and THE BRIDGE for dinner and to watch locals fish). An item on our bucket list was to make sure we went to the Arctic Circle and to go to the MOST northern city in North America, Point Barrow, but chose to do it our way. We flew to Barrow AK and yes, we did touch, and put our feet into the Arctic Ocean. We stayed a couple of days at the King Eider Inn, rented a car. We drove everywhere in that small town. We met a man and his daughter who asked us to join them when they went to their fishing nets that evening. We got many photos of them and enjoyed their company. Yes, they had many fish in their gill nets. The father went out in his kayak and the daughter went out in waders! What brave people,they are to domths in the icy cold Arctic Ocean! We visited the local market and experienced sticker shock. Who would have thought a gallon of tide detergent would cost over $58.00, and a 30 roll pack of TP over $40.00, and 30 bottles of water would be over $38.00. We then flew to Fairbanks prior to our Tour, rented a car, and spent 4 days exploring the sites: Pioneer Park ( previously called ALASKA LAND in the 1960’s), the visitors center, the Muskox Large Animal research Center at the University of Alaska, a local Saturday market. We also drove to the North Pole, Alaska,so we (me actually) could see where Santa lives! I visited a local quilt shop and bowl making store. We enjoyed the Tours prior to our cruise, PRINCESS was so organized with all of the pre printed luggage tags, room keys, and itinerary details. I wondered how they could pull it off. We did have to wait a few hours, in McKinley Lodge to get into our room as it was not ready when we arrived. BUT, we did find our room and found that our luggage had arrived. They could use more housekeepers so the rooms would be done faster. The Fairbanks and McKinley lodges were ready when we arrived. The Fairbanks DISCOVERY II paddlewheel Tour (with Princess) was superb. At first we thought it would be like a Disneyland ride and we’re not too excited. Were we in for a surprise! Everyone needs to go see this one! The float plane demo, the Susan Butcher dog sled race narrated by her husband, the salmon catching-filtering- drying, etc., was excellent. Of course we were blessed with warm sunny weather. Regarding the cruise. Loved the small ship....met lots of lovely people. Spending a whole day in GLACIER BAY was a big highlight for us....we had sunny weather and it was a GREAT adventure. Too many times people are whisked in and out of a tour but PRINCESS made sure we had a good viewing and they made sure everyone on both sides of the ship could see ALL the glaciers. This was on my husbands bucket list and he was NOT disappointed. Embarkation and disembarking was smooth. We recommend this trip....especially taking the tour portion first, then the cruise. The reason? Packing up ones belongings every 2-3 days, on a land tour, can be tiring. And, one needs to be in good shape physically. We saw several elderly having trouble ambulating the lodges, the trails, and the hills. We decided to call the TOUR portion our adventure, and our CRUISE the relaxing part. Highly recommend this trip. We would love to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We absolutely recommend this cruise! This cruise was on our bucket list and now we want to repeat it! The scenery was breathtaking! Glaciers, mountain ranges, whales... Alaska is a wilderness to be preserved and enjoyed for ... Read More
We absolutely recommend this cruise! This cruise was on our bucket list and now we want to repeat it! The scenery was breathtaking! Glaciers, mountain ranges, whales... Alaska is a wilderness to be preserved and enjoyed for generations! It is a vast wonderland everyone should experience. The ship and its crew exceeded our expectations. We were pampered and treated with respect by everyone. The food was phenomenal and abundant. Formal dinners (2) if you desired, casual dinners, and of course, the ever popular buffet with panoramic views out the front of the ship. Food in all dining venues was top notch - including escargot (my first), lobster, king crab and salmon! Prepared by a superb chef! Even the pizza and deck grill were enjoyed! Not a detail was overlooked. Onboard activities were very organized and abundant, ranging from naturalist presentations, comedians, wildlife photographer, Photography lessons, behind the scenes tour of the Kitchen (very cool), movies under the stars, dancing lessons.... Something for everyone! Food, cabin, service and scenery was exceptional! Highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We wanted a trip that left and returned to either Seattle or Vancouver. This itinerary fit the bill and had good scenic glacier cruising. We had a mini suite aft, no balcony but extra cabin space with a large window and a viewing deck ... Read More
We wanted a trip that left and returned to either Seattle or Vancouver. This itinerary fit the bill and had good scenic glacier cruising. We had a mini suite aft, no balcony but extra cabin space with a large window and a viewing deck right outside our door. Cabin c202. Had a full bath with tub and was very spacious. Port stops were mostly good, although there isn’t much in Whittier. We booked all of our own excursions and had some great ones by float plane to see the bears and by small boat to see the whales and glaciers. We enjoyed this trip although in a few ports there were 3 or 4 ships which were too many for the size of the towns. We were happy we had booked our excursions before we left home due to the number of people in some of the ports. Service was good overall but the “Anytime dining” is a joke. They offer reservation times that coincide with the two traditional dining seatings. If we didn’t call by 8:30 in the morning we couldn’t get a time other than 5:15 or 5:30 and were seldom back onboard by then so only were able to eat in the dining room 3 out of 14 nights. Otherwise we ate in the buffet, which was okay occasionally but not my choice. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Alaska has been on my bucket-list. Princess tour-cruise (we did land portion first, which was great) and this ship was recommended by a family member who had done the same cruise several years prior. We booked a year prior which had a ... Read More
Alaska has been on my bucket-list. Princess tour-cruise (we did land portion first, which was great) and this ship was recommended by a family member who had done the same cruise several years prior. We booked a year prior which had a 'Sip & Sail' offering for mini-suite or above - well worth it! Very, very impressed with seamless organization of entire cruise scheduling (including land portion) from embarkation to disembarkation. We were VERY satisfied with cabin, ship and steward. Cruise days among glaciers were spectacular. Bucket-list expectations were fully met. Alaska is gorgeous and breathtakingly beautiful. We chose timed seating for dinner, but would probably choose 'anytime dining' in the future to allow for more flexibility in our schedule and to take in shows. Daily show times conflicted with later seating (our seating was at 7:30p) and the later show too late in the evening for us. Menu variety was very good. Service good in dining rooms, despite a few mix-ups in orders. Beverage service in dining room somewhat slow in response, but acceptable. Buffet breakfast and lunch had good variety, but can get crowded on cruise days making seating a bit more challenging to secure, but can be found. Breakfast also offered in one of the dining rooms (limited hours). Shore excursions expensive thru Princess. Similar excursions are offered by others at ports at less cost (but be careful to ensure tour times with others meet ship timing for sailing). Our whale watch with Juneau tours out of Juneau, for example, was $50 less per person and used a smaller vessel - perfect! Highly, highly recommend this cruise overall. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
WE chose this cruise because of this was a part of the United states we most wanted to explore, WE are in our 70's and are just strartingto do a lot of traveling and have chosen Princess because of the wounderful adventure they ... Read More
WE chose this cruise because of this was a part of the United states we most wanted to explore, WE are in our 70's and are just strartingto do a lot of traveling and have chosen Princess because of the wounderful adventure they offer. Our first cruise with with family and was great but the second cruise was just the two of us and this one also. We plan on many more with Orincess. The staff is wonderful, the ships are clen and beautiful. Navagation on getting around the ship is very easy. Going ashore has never been a problem weather by tether or docking and time limits ashore give plenty of time for excurshings. The food aboard is excellent wether it be the evening dining, buffet, or just a hamburger,pizza or an icecream come is great. Swimming is wonderful weather pemitting, the pools and hot tubs are always very clean. Deck chairs comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We cruised the inside passage of Alaska for a week. No complaints at all. Our cabin attendant Maria was very pleasant as were all of the waiters and other staff. Our room was refreshed a couple times a day. Plenty of storage space which is ... Read More
We cruised the inside passage of Alaska for a week. No complaints at all. Our cabin attendant Maria was very pleasant as were all of the waiters and other staff. Our room was refreshed a couple times a day. Plenty of storage space which is very handy. A large picture window so we had a good view. We were on the 5th floor. The shower is very tiny but we made do with it. You get used to it. Also the hairdryer was terrible. They need upgraded. We actually spent minimal time in the room as there is much to do on the ship and in the ports. We saw a great comedian one night and stopped in at a couple other shows. There was plenty of room on the ship. Could always find a place to sit. Enjoyed the movies under the stars. Blankets and popcorn were provided. Several bars with friendly efficient servers. Nightly buy one get one for a $1 drinks in one of the bars which we enjoyed. The ship was very clean at all times. Never saw dishes sitting around or any garbage. The staff worked continuously to maintain the ship. I saw some stains on carpets here and there but that’s to be expected when you have over 2,000 people on the ship at all times. It was an older crowd on the ship so not a lot of partying happening like on some other cruises we have been on. And the food....I can’t imagine complaining about it. We did eat in the dining room every night. Never had the buffet for dinner but why would we when you can be waited on and enjoy scrumptious appetizers, salads, desserts and several main entree choices each night such as lobster tail, scallops, crab legs, gourmet burgers, fresh Alaska salmon, filet mignon, beef tenderloin and so many other options. All of the food was well prepared and if you don’t like something the extremely friendly and humorous servers are happy to bring you something else. Enjoyed room service coffee and juice every morning. How nice to have coffee in bed while enjoying the view!! Oh and the bed was heavenly. The most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. We did eat at the buffet a few times for breakfast or lunch. There was always a good selection of food and the servers were prompt with delivering drinks to the table. It’s amazing how well they can feed so many hungry people! If people complain about the food they need to remember it’s a buffet. It will never compare to the dining room food. Good pizza each day and the grill served afternoon snacks along with the usual grill fare. The ice cream shop was a little disappointing. I would prefer something more but not a reason to give a negative review. We certainly enjoyed our week and recommend the Island Princess Cruise. The scenery was just breathtaking as we traveled the inside passage. Our 3 ports had plenty to do and see. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
There is so much to choose from with the onboard activities. The nightly performances were outstanding with an excellenlt comedian, good music, costumes, and scenery that would make you think you were at a broadway production. The other ... Read More
There is so much to choose from with the onboard activities. The nightly performances were outstanding with an excellenlt comedian, good music, costumes, and scenery that would make you think you were at a broadway production. The other activity we enjoyed was the naturalist who was most informative about the glaciers, bears, and life in Alaska. The food was wonderful and the service could not have been better. We were counting on family photographs, and all of the pictures were so good it was hard to choose. The photographers are very professional and work with you. The price is also reasonable. The glaciers are breathtaking, and the ship allows a lot of time for viewing. The excursions were excellent with very knowledgable guides. We would highly recommend the Eagle Preserve Rafting and Wildlife Quest in Skagway (ask for Tom Lang, an excellent tour and river guide), the Mendenhall Glacier Helicoptor tour in Juneau, and the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Walk in Ketchikan. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
If I could give zero stars I would. From terrible food to abhorrent customer service, Princess Cruises made what would have been a wonderful journey to Alaska an absolute nightmare. They lied on their sales material, not to mention ... Read More
If I could give zero stars I would. From terrible food to abhorrent customer service, Princess Cruises made what would have been a wonderful journey to Alaska an absolute nightmare. They lied on their sales material, not to mention promising they could provide babysitter and then waiting until we were on the ship to tell us they cannot do so. The excursions were obtusely expensive and they make it IMPOSSIBLE for you to cancel. Princess nickel-and-dimed us at every turn. What's worse is that for 3 whole days, the ship didn't go to port...which means that all on board were forced to eat only Princess food and pay Princess prices for alcohol, with absolutely no other options. Lastly, getting on and off the ship was a downright nightmare. Never has a staff been less prepared, not to mention less friendly and helpful. Absurd. Princess is downright unethical and unpleasant. I very strongly suggest an alternate cruise line. Read Less
Island Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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