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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
Price at booking was inflated, service was lackluster and the cruise facilities were average but a bit dated. Every little thing was an additional fee. Steak at dinner? $30 extra. Fitness classes? $12-$20 extra. Internet? $60 extra per ... Read More
Price at booking was inflated, service was lackluster and the cruise facilities were average but a bit dated. Every little thing was an additional fee. Steak at dinner? $30 extra. Fitness classes? $12-$20 extra. Internet? $60 extra per person. A nicer glass of wine, even though we already had the all-inclusive drink package? Extra! We gladly paid more for the items that were worth it to us, but the over monetization of absolutely everything, was so off-putting that we will likely never cruise with Princess again. Of the entertainment options that were included, the staff did an incredible job. The guest speakers were great, magician was fantastic. Comedian was okay. You will incur a $14.50 expense every day for the auto gratuity that they supposedly give to the staff. This auto gratuity actually decreases the incentive for the staff to be engaging or to provide excellent service since it is already billed to each guest daily. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
An Alaskan cruise was definitely a "bucket list" item for us. We had heard Princess was the best line for Alaska. Our experience on the ship, however, was mixed. Of course the scenery and ports did not disappoint (although towns ... Read More
An Alaskan cruise was definitely a "bucket list" item for us. We had heard Princess was the best line for Alaska. Our experience on the ship, however, was mixed. Of course the scenery and ports did not disappoint (although towns were definitely geared to tourists). However, the customer service, food and activities on the ship were a mixed bag. My sense was about 40-50% of the staff were polite, professional and accommodating. Unfortunately, there were those who made us feel like we were inconveniencing them by asking questions or for directions to restaurants, etc. on the ship. Quality of the food was also mixed. My suggestion is to stay away from the Horizon buffet and stick to the restaurants. Full disclosure - my husband liked the buffet, although he ignored his low sodium diet while dining there. I, being gluten intolerant, found very few choices that were gluten free and saw no low sodium options for my husband. And, of course, the last thing you want on vacation is to be sick. Quite honestly, in this day and age, I was surprised to see how hard it was to get healthy options. Bordeaux was very good, and the Cajun restaurant, Bayou Cafe was great! We did not go to the Provence or the Italian restaurant, Sabatini's, However, the marinara sauce at Bordeaux was probably the best we've ever had. So, if the Italian chef there was also cooking at the Sabatini's restaurant, I'm sure it was fantastic. Be very selective in choosing shore excursions. From what I heard from other passengers, you may want to look into the land/sea trips (Donali, etc.) instead of taking the shore excursions. We went on the "White Pass Scenic Railway" in Skagway, the "Whale Watching and Salmon Bake" in Juneau and the "Lighthouse, Totem and Eagles" in Ketchikan. While they were all good in their own way, some things to be aware of: On the Scenic Railway it was difficult to get unobstructed photos as there were only a few spots where you could stand on the train to get a good view. Also, our guide was new and neglected to point out other scenic photo ops like waterfalls, etc. Hopefully, you will get a more experienced guide. Don't expect to see any wildlife on this ride. The whale watch was great for us because a pod of orcas surrounded our boat and our guide was wonderful! Not sure this (orcas) happens consistently, but, given our experience, we have no regrets scheduling this excursion. Salmon bake was great! The "Lighthouse. Totems and Eagles" excursion was very enjoyable due to the incredible hospitality of the guides. They served snacks and the best hot chocolate ever. However, for views of wild life you will need binoculars. We did see bald eagles and harbor seals. To me, it was worth it to meet the wonderful guides and just enjoy the ride. We did an extra day in Vancouver. If you're into wildlife, you may want to take in the Grouse Mountain Park. We saw grizzlies there. Alaska is a once in a lifetime experience! Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My husband and I are Latinx, in our 30s and decided to do the cruise for our honeymoon. We began in Whittier and ended in Vancouver. The good: - Cruise was small compared to others which makes it more intimate - Food was really ... Read More
My husband and I are Latinx, in our 30s and decided to do the cruise for our honeymoon. We began in Whittier and ended in Vancouver. The good: - Cruise was small compared to others which makes it more intimate - Food was really good, specially in the buffet - Staff was super friendly and helpful - Our cabin was cleaned on a regular basis - Plenty of entertainment option (some a little corny); The musicals were my favorite. - The gym was pretty well-equipped. The not so good: - Cruisers were not diverse in age and/or race (so if you are in your 30s an/or people of color like we are, just be prepare for that). - The ships decor looks like we were in 1980. The carpets are really outdated. - The chairs in our balcony were not so comfy - The tours sold by the cruise were super overpriced. We did the whale watching tour in Juneau which costs $160/pp and did not even include lunch (they gave us one cracker with a piece of salmon on top-ONE) plus we did not get a close view of the whales. - With the exception of Skagway, where we spent almost a whole day, we did not get enough time to explore the other towns and wished the ship would have left at 8pm instead of 4-6pm. - The used two twin beds together to make a Queen bed. We kept sliding between beds. - Too many photographers trying to take pictures of you. It is 2019, we all have phone cameras, we really don't need a professionally picture every time we go somewhere. Final Verdict: Visiting Alaska via cruise is the best way to visit, but I would not recommend Princess and I would urge people to look for something more modern. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Wanted to cruise Glacier Bay so I chose this ship because it is one of the smaller ships. Having cruised numerous times with other vendors this was my first cruise with the Princess line. The quality of the food was sub-par in all the ... Read More
Wanted to cruise Glacier Bay so I chose this ship because it is one of the smaller ships. Having cruised numerous times with other vendors this was my first cruise with the Princess line. The quality of the food was sub-par in all the food venues. The best food was the pizza and it was nothing to rave about. Service was good except for the room stewards who were not the friendliest and seemed to disappear when you needed them. The laundromat token machine never worked the entire 7 days after numerous complaints it was obvious that was not a priority. Go to guest services and get your tokens ahead of time. One traveler had to have her room steward banned from her room because he would repeatly put wet towels on top of her clothes and then deny it. The entertainment was also sub-par compared to my previous cruise experiences. I hope my experience was just tied to this ship and not the entire Princess Line of ships. It appears Princess has the market on the Alaska scene since most hotels, gift shops, resorts plus Holland, Carnival are all owned by Princess now Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This is our second trip to Alaska. This time we did the Connoiseur (?) land & sea. We liked the ship overall, but did find the shower very small, which sounds like a common issue for this ship. But it was manageable. We had an ... Read More
This is our second trip to Alaska. This time we did the Connoiseur (?) land & sea. We liked the ship overall, but did find the shower very small, which sounds like a common issue for this ship. But it was manageable. We had an inside cabin with a window, and it was big enough for the time spent in it. The bed was very comfy, and our steward was friendly and very efficient. We ate mainly in the main dining room. The food was very good, and the portions allowed for all the courses - room for appetizer, entree, and of course dessert! I had halibut one night and it was the best fish I've ever tasted. One night I ordered lobster off the Bayou Cafe menu and I thought it was dry and tough, although my friends had no complaints about theirs. The entertainment was good, but nothing exceptional. We were more entertained by just sitting on deck watching the world go by, although we did enjoy the comedian/magician, and the show we saw by the company was very good. We also enjoyed the naturalist, Mark. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Cabin steward and service throughout ship was good. Cabin well above 70 degrees throughout even though thermostat set on cold. Glad balcony had a door which opened. Food was disappointing- buffet breakfast was a zoo fighting aggressive ... Read More
Cabin steward and service throughout ship was good. Cabin well above 70 degrees throughout even though thermostat set on cold. Glad balcony had a door which opened. Food was disappointing- buffet breakfast was a zoo fighting aggressive people for a table. Lunch and dinner selections big on sushi, Indian....stuff I don't eat. Main dining room more civilized. Food selections inconsistent -ribs tough, muffaletta little meat on a bun. Mixed grill good. Scallops and shrimp 3 miniscule scallops with 3 very small shrimp and a dollop of mashed potatoes. Outbreak of flu then upper respiratory illness. Theatre New Orleans themed show good. Other entertainment primarily trivia, bingo,karaoke, talent show, food demo, selling jewelry. National Park Service presentation good. Glacier Bay was highlight. Booked tour before cruise. Regimented and rushed. It was a way to cover much ground in little time. Logistics of luggage very smooth- was positively amazed. This was a once in a lifetime bucket list trip. It was a father&son adventure. However, convinced me to not take a prepackaged tour or cruise again. At premium prices. Value for price poor. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I am glad we were booked on a small ship and were able to cruise Glacier Bay, but we will never cruise with Princess again. The ship is in desperate need of a complete overhaul. Everything was old and outdated. Princess also needs to ... Read More
I am glad we were booked on a small ship and were able to cruise Glacier Bay, but we will never cruise with Princess again. The ship is in desperate need of a complete overhaul. Everything was old and outdated. Princess also needs to overhaul the food and entertainment onboard. I have never had such bad food on a cruise ship. Not only was the quality and execution bad, the portions were very small. The only decent meals we had were at the Crab Pot and Bayou. While all of the servers/employees did an adequate job, none of them excelled. Actually, our room steward was a little lacking. I had to call to get a breakfast room service card each day and he kept trying to turn down our bed at 5:00 while we were in the room. We really enjoyed the excursions, but they are run by outside companies, so I cannot give the credit to Princess. We also enjoyed all of our time on the land portion of our tour. The only complaint I have is that at each and every location, there were no temperature controls for the room. We had to sleep with the windows open in order to have a little comfort. In the future, we will stick with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
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 September 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
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
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
Sail Date August 2018
Friends getting together for some fun. Some time to recharge. The food, entertainment, service was excellent. The people who work for Princess Cruises we’re always helpful, knowledgeable. The art auction was the best I ever attend ... Read More
Friends getting together for some fun. Some time to recharge. The food, entertainment, service was excellent. The people who work for Princess Cruises we’re always helpful, knowledgeable. The art auction was the best I ever attend Ashley the Direct Pierre the auctioneer and Simone kept us up to date gave us a back ground on all the artists. Ashley work hard to help me make the right decision. I Felt confident that I made the right decision and purchased more painting. As for the crew always polite they always greeted us. The eating areas always clean and top shelf. The cabin crew keep the room immaculate always found clean with my two pieces of chocolate ( William ). Room E622. The Cruise director had us laughing as we dance going up in the elevator for all to see. The excursions were easy to get to. The whale watching was unbelievable the glacier Bay was beautiful and exciting picture perfect. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I booked an 11 day land and sea journey with princess because I was told great things about this adventure. But no one told me it was designed for 55+ Spent a ton of money on this adventure and dissatisfied. 7 days on a cruise ... Read More
I booked an 11 day land and sea journey with princess because I was told great things about this adventure. But no one told me it was designed for 55+ Spent a ton of money on this adventure and dissatisfied. 7 days on a cruise and there were 2 yes 2 fun acts / shows in 7 days. A comedy act one night and a newlywed game... 7 days and this was it. The excursions were great when we got off the ship but spent 2500 on this as well. One my husband and I were looking forward to was the helicopter mad dog sledding, when we got off the ship they told us it was canceled and I needed to find something else to do!! What? Meantime there was a helicopter ride to the top of a glacier not offered to us but instead we had to find this out on our own as we were walking through the town? Casual dinning? No one was happy here either? Fun? How are you.... small talk nope! One place to get coffe / tea / water was in the buffet? No juice. Unless you were dusting down then it was free and only at the table. So expensive and not entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We did a tour package with 6 days on land, Fairbanks, Denali Lodge, and McKinley Lodge before and everything was so well organized. your bags in your room when you arrive at the lodges with no check ins. The cruise went very well, too, ... Read More
We did a tour package with 6 days on land, Fairbanks, Denali Lodge, and McKinley Lodge before and everything was so well organized. your bags in your room when you arrive at the lodges with no check ins. The cruise went very well, too, wonderful narration of the glacier passes that you could hear in your room or on deck. The ship is very good, except lacking the international café for 24 hour snacks. Our cabin was the standard, nice cabin with plenty of room. Great entertainment. Nothing to complain about at all. All these informative lectures on aspects of Alaska added to our knowledge. We had the unique pleasure of seeing Denali very clearly, a 10% chance, for 3 whole days, so that was magical. and all those glaciers. Even though we've done an Alaska cruise before, this one had new excursions, so we didn't have any trouble keeping busy. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This is our 4th cruise with princess so I can compare our experience to the previous cruises. We started this cruise from Vancouver going to Alaska for 7 days. In general all the princess ships are the same design so it was easy for us ... Read More
This is our 4th cruise with princess so I can compare our experience to the previous cruises. We started this cruise from Vancouver going to Alaska for 7 days. In general all the princess ships are the same design so it was easy for us to get around the ship. We had a very nice cabin, very clean with a nice balcony. So as far as the cabin is concern I would rate it 4 stars. But no internet!! What we noticed is that the food got worse compare with the previous princess cruises. 1-The lunch and breakfast buffet are identical every day with not much variety. 2-Because it is colder outside and not too many people sit to eat on the outside deck there is not many places you can find to sit and enjoy your breakfast. In matter of fact some days we had a hard time finding a table. 3- There are red ropes limiting the entry and exit from the buffet to the tables and back only through but not between the food blocks (this is something new compare to other ships) this caused an increase of traffic in the entrance / exit to the buffet. 4- The international café that we enjoyed on the Coral Princess is no where to find on this ship with it’s great French cakes. When I asked I was told that they don’t have it on the Island Princess, just coffee that you can purchase, very sad as we enjoyed a nice music there and a good desert every afternoon but no more. 5- As for the any time dinner there was a long lineup every day average about half an hour, something I don’t remember was at any other ship on our previous cruises. So as far as food I would rate it 3.5 stars. At the end of the cruise we had a bus transfer to the Anchorage airport and the way they handled the luggage was very very bad. The guy in charge, Tony refused to allow us to take our luggage and made us wait beside to luggage storage room for 1.0 hour, many people were angry and it left a very bad taste at the end of the cruise. I have to say that the luggage in Vancouver was handled very well.We like the entertainment and the nature guide. We got an e-mail from Princess cruises to review the cruise but after few days when I tried to respond the web ling was not available and said it was timed out, very sad!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I chose an Alaskan cruise because I am an outdoors type of person and wanted to see the sights before climate change and such make a lot of it disappear. Princess cruise did not disappoint! The Island Princess was beautiful, clean and had ... Read More
I chose an Alaskan cruise because I am an outdoors type of person and wanted to see the sights before climate change and such make a lot of it disappear. Princess cruise did not disappoint! The Island Princess was beautiful, clean and had many nooks and crannies to get away to, read a book or sip a drink quietly as well as constant live music in the Atrium. You could be as busy or as lazy as you wanted. Our cabin was pristine and very well taken care of the entire trip. We had a balcony and I feel that is a must on an Alaskan cruise. We sat and sipped our wine while watching the glaciers, animals and various ports that we stopped at. The food was good. We did the Anytime Dining and that was the perfect choice for us. The only disappointing thing in the dining room was the night we had Alaskan king crab legs. Surprisingly enough, the were terrible. Chewy and strong tasting. I told the waiter and he brought a different meal very quickly. Also, the lobster was not good. The Horizon Court served it's purpose for breakfast and occasionally lunch. The fruit was always fresh and the pastries yummy! We had a great time on our shore excursions and saw many amazing sights! On every tour our bus driver or tour leader was both interesting and fun to spend the day with. I am already planning an Alaskan cruise with my grandson in a couple of years and would definitely go with Princess again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I was a little concerned after reading recent reviews of Island Princess, but in reality everything was great. We were among the first to board, having taken the train from Anchorage. For a couple of hours, it was like we had the ship to ... Read More
I was a little concerned after reading recent reviews of Island Princess, but in reality everything was great. We were among the first to board, having taken the train from Anchorage. For a couple of hours, it was like we had the ship to ourselves. We went straight to our cabins and settled in. I had an aft balcony (B741), which was wonderful, especially when we were leaving port. The bed was comfortable, and the space was adequate. The balcony was private, and I got to use it frequently. The food overall was very good. One night I ordered a dish that was oddly prepared. The waiter watched me try it, and flew right back over to get me another entree. Otherwise, I thought the selections, presentations, and quality were very good. I was traveling with my 22 and 20 year old children, and they also enjoyed the food. We chose the Kroschel Wildlife excursion out of Skagway, which was terrific. The ride to Haines was scenic, and Steve Kroschel is quite a fellow. You won't have another experience with Alaska wildlife like this one. Our other excursion was the float plane over the glaciers with a brunch at Taku Lodge. We had a beautiful flight, a delicious brunch, and a nature hike around the property. I highly recommend both excursions. People say the ship is dated, and maybe there are some signs here and there. I noticed workers replacing carpet and cleaning. The condition of the ship did not detract from my experience. I also love that they play episodes of Love Boat! We saw all three big production shows. They were good, but not great. The one based on New Orleans was my favorite. We also visited the fitness center several times. The equipment was plentiful and in good condition. We worked off a few calories! We had a really good time, and we were fortunate that every time we needed a dry day, we got it. We had a little rain, but nothing like I have read some people experienced. We would recommend this ship and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
It was a last-minute decision to come on this cruise - we booked two weeks before departure (so GREAT rate!! Honestly we paid $100 a day each for this cruise - where else can you get housing AND three meals a day for that? not even at home ... Read More
It was a last-minute decision to come on this cruise - we booked two weeks before departure (so GREAT rate!! Honestly we paid $100 a day each for this cruise - where else can you get housing AND three meals a day for that? not even at home based on where we live, ha ha ha). I therefore didn't do much research at all other than looking at dates and prices - this was the best value so I went with it. We had outside staterooms, no balconies. We were a party of four - me, my son (turned 12 on day of embarkation!) and my parents (age 80 but not old 80). Just as background I live in Washington DC and they live in New York City...so we are big city people. We departed from Whittier (Anchorage) - flew into Anchorage the night before which i was glad we did. We both had flight delays. I would have liked more time in Anchorage itself to go to one of their museums - i thought we had a couple hours in the morning but was misinformed by "Princess En-Route" about the transfer times from downtown. Princess has bus transfers shuttles that leave from downtown Anchorage to the port (very very convenient!) but it leaves ONLY at 12 noon, whereas shuttles from the airport leave every hour until 5pm (the folks on the phone didn't get it right, luckily the great folks at check-in at the downtown departure point set us straight). The transfer ride from anchorage to Whittier was interesting even though the driver talked WAY too much. It was just under a two-hour ride from Anchorage to Whittier. The itinerary itself was great. the scenery is amazing and honestly I had no idea how breathtaking it would be. one stop was Glacier bay - WOW. just WOW (note, the ship goes into this bay and eventually stops right in front of the Margerie Glacier. You don't get off the ship.) My understanding is there are very few ships which can go into this area bc of environmental and size requirements. I'd highly recommend it if you're trying to decide. You'll never see anything like this! The Holland America Volendam was on the same itinerary, FYI, if you want to compare the Island Princess itinerary to something else). Our port stops were Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. Enjoyed them all. In Skagway we did a horseback ride in the forest. It was fun and we chose it because my son likes to ride. Most of the ride was thru the forest - then we got out to the flats which was breathtaking. I'd have loved to do the train ride - my parents did that and really enjoyed it. Skagway was a cute town, literally one strip of shops. In Juneau we did a whale watch and a glacier trail hike which was really quite nice. My regret is we didn't do an excursion where you actually hiked on the Mendenhall glacier (i think i misread the description of our excursion and thought we WERE hiking on the glacier - i was wrong). I believe I will wish we had done one where we actually got on the glacier (there are many) that for the rest of my life if i don't go back. In retrospect I should have picked the canoe trip and glacier trek. I guess I'll have to go back. Ketchikan had the busiest town and the most shopping (PLEASE do yourself a favor and first go up to the Creek street shops before going elsewhere). If this is your last stop i suggest holding out to buy stuff here as everything they had elsewhere was also here -but more. We did the float plane flight over Misty Fjords which was absolutely incredible. HIGHLY recommended. The food was great - we did traditional dining. There were some real winners and some so-so but of course all better than one could make at home. The staff was amazing - exemplary customer service! The pizza on board was pretty darn good - thin and crispy crust like us New Yorkers like (ha ha). There were fun and kitchy activities like one would expect on a cruise. We enjoyed them. the production shows were pretty over the top cheesy (we are from NYC and DC please remember) - however we were entertained - the production aspect (costumes, set) were pretty impressive. The one negative on the trip was the spa. The manager was rude all around - the way she spoke to her staff and the way she handled a bad experience i had. The lack of customer service was astounding. Rude and dismissive. Another highlight was Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod (ok back in 1985) came and did a talk. Very cool! Overall I'd go back on this same itinerary in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Island Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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