15 Anchorage Romantic Cruise Reviews

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 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
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
Expect a boat that is not only old but is in disrepair. There were multiple railings missing with straps as replacements. Inside our cabin a drawer and ceiling light was broken. Later in the cruise our door lock broke and needed to be ... Read More
Expect a boat that is not only old but is in disrepair. There were multiple railings missing with straps as replacements. Inside our cabin a drawer and ceiling light was broken. Later in the cruise our door lock broke and needed to be replaced. We even had trouble with the toilet flushing. It wasn’t stopped up, by the way. It just wouldn’t flush. All of this could have been overlooked if the staff throughout didn’t make you feel like intruders instead of a welcomed guest. We saw our cabin steward on the first day and never saw him again. Towels were left unchanged, dirty glassware was left in cabin. From the dinning room to the computer room staff hardly said hello let alone provide a service. We actually walked out of dinning when ignored for 20 minutes. Alaska, on their other hand is a must see! It was absolutely stunning. We loved Hubbard Glacier and took the shore excursion for a closer look. The day spent in Glacier bay was also breathtaking. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We took the Southbound cruise from Wittier to Vancouver. We did a land vacation first and took the train from Denali to Wittier to board the ship. The embarkation process was flawless. A Princess representative came on board the train in ... Read More
We took the Southbound cruise from Wittier to Vancouver. We did a land vacation first and took the train from Denali to Wittier to board the ship. The embarkation process was flawless. A Princess representative came on board the train in Anchorage and checked us all in prior to getting to Wittier. Once we arrived in Wittier, we were able to go straight through to security and board the ship immediately. We got on board kind of late, so there wasn’t much opportunity to explore before muster drill. After muster, we went back to our cabin and unpacked just what we needed for the night. Then, we headed to the Horizon Court to look for something to eat. Although the buffet area is very large, the selections and the food was just average. It was less than I expected. However, there is plenty of space to sit and it never felt crowded when we ate there, either that night or for any other meal. For the most part, we just ate breakfast there and stopped by for snacks after our excursions. The wait staff was very attentive in bringing drinks and bussing tables. We had first seating for dinner in the main dining room. We like to eat early, but 5:00 was early, even for us. We had to rush to get there after some excursions. Again, the food was just average. I think that’s the best most of the cruise lines can do these days in order to put out decent food and be cost-effective. I know it was an Alaskan cruise, but I felt like there were too many seafood selections. Of course, had I liked seafood, I might have felt differently. I always found something on the menu, though. My favorite dinner was the short ribs. That meal was delicious. Service was very good. Salvadore and Ngurah, our wait team, were very customer-oriented and engaging. Salvadore was very accommodating with my requests for additional vegetables. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants. We did eat at Alfredo’s. The Hawaiin pizza was very good and the tiramisu was the best dessert on the ship. We also had pizza out on deck and it was very good, too. We did an excursion in every port. We did the White Pass train ride, with panning for gold and a BBQ lunch in Skagway. The scenery on the train ride was gorgeous. We had fun panning for gold. I would have been a very poor prospector, though. Definitely not my calling. Lunch was good, with plenty to eat. In Juneau, we did whale watching with a visit to Mendenhall Glacier. The whale watching trip was awesome. We saw several whales, including a mother and calf. We were lucky enough to see the calf breech. It was a lot of fun. Then, we took a bus to the glacier. It was disappointing that we only had an hour to visit. We didn’t have enough time to go to Nugget Falls, but we did go to the photo point and the visitor’s center. We got some good photos out of both parts of the trip. At the last port, Ketchikan, we did an eagle quest, totem pole and light house tour. The boat ride was fun, the crew was great. We saw several eagles and nests. We saw the totem poles and lighthouse from the boat. At all the ports, we were there long enough to get some shopping in after the excursions. My favorite day on the ship was the scenic cruising of Glacier Bay. We saw a whale off the side of the ship and some harbor seals. The glaciers were incredible. I highly recommend an itinerary that includes Glacier Bay. We attended some of the shows. We enjoyed the entertainment. We also attended some of the enrichment lectures. They were interesting, I’m disappointed that we missed Libby’s Iditarod presentation. We weren’t back from port yet. The puppies in the piazza were adorable but there were a lot of people wanting to hold them so we just watched from the higher deck overlooking the piazza. The ship was nice. It never felt crowded and I never saw any lines. The crew was friendly. I liked the piazza. I loved the new mattresses and pillows in our cabin. I loved the medallion. It was so nice to hear the door unlock as we walked up to it. It made paying for things easier, too. We never used it to order drinks so I don’t know how well that worked. I hope they roll out the medallion to all their ships soon. All good things must come to and end and the cruise certainly did with a horrible disembarkation process. We didn’t get off the ship until almost an hour past our scheduled departure time. There were delays along the way. To top it off, our luggage was not at the airport when we arrived. A large group of people on our bus had only about an hour until their flight. Princess had us start filling out lost luggage forms so they could ship our luggage to us. Luckily, the luggage arrived right before we had to check in for our flight. It was very stressful. Princess could have handled this better. Princess definitely knows how to cruise Alaska. I would recommend them for an Alaskan cruise. 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
Alaska was on our bucket list so we did one week land tour and one week ship cruise. Princess did not disappoint! The staff onboard was professional and courteous. Our cabin and all public areas were always clean and neat. We started ... Read More
Alaska was on our bucket list so we did one week land tour and one week ship cruise. Princess did not disappoint! The staff onboard was professional and courteous. Our cabin and all public areas were always clean and neat. We started in Anchorage for the land portion of our tour. The hotel we were in, Hotel Captain Cook was located within easy walking distance to shopping, eating, and park/waterfront trail. -The Star Princess was very nice. The cabins are plain, but are in good repair with plenty of storage space (closet and under bed for suitcases). Plenty of hangers in the closet and a separat area of shelves with a safe. Our steward was very efficient, friendly, and professional (Albert Garcia). He kept our cabin clean and neat, assisted us in timely pressing of our formal night clothes, and he was always mindful of our coming and going in order to take care of our daily cabin cleaning and nightly turndown service. -The cabin was just the right size. We were in L206 and had a balcony (I think a must for an Alaskan cruise). We were on the port side, which is good for a southbound cruise. Our cabin had the basic furniture and was in good repair The A/C could have been colder for us. We slept with the balcony door open and still was not cool enough for us. The bathroom is fine so long as only one person is in it at a time. Above our room was the aerobics room, but we never heard any noise or music from it. -Dining was great. Our service was always efficient and professional (food and drinks served timely). The menu options each night were great (king crab legs, lobster, always a fish dish, vegan dish, etc.). In addition to the dinner option each night, there were the Princess standbys offered every night (i.e. shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, salmon, fettuccini, cheesecake). -Horizon Court is the buffet option offered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was open 0600-2300 each night. It had great variety and quality food options. I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful service here too. Tables were quick turned over (so no long trolling for a table), beverage service was professional and timely. The buffet areas were always clean, which is not easy task with 3000+ guests coming through at least once, if not two, three, or four times a day. There was also the International Café (paninis, sandwiches, desserts), pizza café (pretty good pizza it was), and the burger grill (more than burgers (veggie burger, chicken, hotdogs, brauts). If you can't find food you like onboard...it's YOU, not the ship. Also, on sea days there is afternoon tea, and if you don't like the time of the tea (3:30-4:15), you can get very similar sandwiches, scones, sweets in the Horizon Court. -We did not partake in any of the entertainment (except the married couple game show, always a great laugh on any cruise line). I particularaly enjoyed the Naturalist onboard. She was a wealth of information on the wildlife and environment in Alaska. She would take times to point out wildlife over the loudspeaker (public places only, not your cabin). In your cabin you could tune in on TV to hear her. You could be anywhere on the ship and know whether to look port or starhboard for whales, sea otters, Bald eagles, etc. -Anywhere we interacted staff, (dining, guest services, bars) we encountered friendly and professional staff. They even offered a Breast Cancer 5K walk onboard during one of the at sea days. A $15 minimum donation, which Princess matches. The gym looked great. We looked at it the first day with the best of intentions, but never got around to using it :) Ports/Excursions: Lots of great options, but overpriced as any cruise line. All the ports we pulled into were an easy walk into town. No need for a bus or taxi if you are just walking around town. -WHITTIER, AK- This was a transfer, train to ship. We did not visit Whittier and that was fine with us. Not much to see there. HUBBARD GLACIER, AK - Absolutely wonderful. We had a balcony cabin so the Capatain turning the ship from port to starboard and allowing time to view the glacier was wonderful! We kicked back on our balcony with a beer and enjoyed glacier calving and beauty. GLACIER BAY, AK- Great! So many glaciers and wild life to see. The scenery and time spent here was perfect. Appreciated the time spent facing glaciers on port and starboard sides. SKAGWAY, AK- Our zipline shuttle tour guide was great. Zipling was okay (11 lines, not that long). We did one in Cabo years ago that we liked better. It said there was a snack included which equated to marshmellows and water. The town of Skagway was cute with self guided walking tours. Most of the shopping (as in all the towns, was owned by the cruise lines. I prefer the local shops). Loved the Skagway Brewery. We also had time to hike a bit in Skagway...good uphill hike! JUNEAU, AK - We spent most of our time at Mendenhall Glacier (Tongass Nation Park). Great time hiking the trails, visiting the Visitor Center. We also had a beer at The Hangar in town. It was nice to look over the water and watch the bush planes take off and land. KETCHIKAN, AK- My favorite port! We kayaked, walked the town, Creek St. is quaint, and the salmon spawning trail was interesting. We had a beer at the local Fraternity Order of Eagles (FOE) and sat out on their deck on Creek St....watched seals playing with each other. The beers were only $3.50 each and I thought it was very nice of this private club to let us hang out there. VANCOUVER, CA - Did not see, just a transfer. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The picturesque views were amazing - like postcards everytime with looked out the window. The staff onboard were friendly and very helpful. The accommodations were spacious for a cabin, and we were pleased with the amenities in the room. ... Read More
The picturesque views were amazing - like postcards everytime with looked out the window. The staff onboard were friendly and very helpful. The accommodations were spacious for a cabin, and we were pleased with the amenities in the room. No complaints there. The housekeeping staff left delicious chocolates and cute towel/origami shapes for us every day. The restaurants onboard served excellent food choices. Even the 24 hour buffet had delicious options. We had room service a few mornings and they were prompt and the food was hot. We would definitely recommend an Alaskan cruise! The excursions were amazing and very well organized. We got to fly in a helicopter, sea plane, and visit a glacier. We also got to watch beers hunt for salmon. Overall it was an amazing experience. One that we will not forget!! We would definitely go again, and perhaps in a group next time. Thank you! 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
Love the service on this ship, from bar staff, to wait staff at dinner to room steward. Just excellent. Even at the buffet they went out of their way to make sure we had a our drinks. Our wait staff went above and beyond for us every ... Read More
Love the service on this ship, from bar staff, to wait staff at dinner to room steward. Just excellent. Even at the buffet they went out of their way to make sure we had a our drinks. Our wait staff went above and beyond for us every night, remembered every one of our special requests each night. Best service I've ever had on a cruise at dinner. Our room steward was very efficient and took care of our every need, remembered all of our special requests every day. The entertainment was geared more towards the 60 plus crowd, which we understood, since over 80% of the crowd was 60 plus. However, that left us a little bored at times with the daytime and evening activities. They really could work on more variety of activities for this cruise, since outside activities are limited due to the weather being too cold for outside pool, and deck parties like on Caribbean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The cruise ports are pretty much the same amongst all Alaska cruise options. They are over saturated with the same jewelers and shopping that are sponsored by the cruise industry. The senic crusing in the fjords and at the glaciers was ... Read More
The cruise ports are pretty much the same amongst all Alaska cruise options. They are over saturated with the same jewelers and shopping that are sponsored by the cruise industry. The senic crusing in the fjords and at the glaciers was great though. The shore excursions could be found for half the price on land and I highly recommend the Jeep Self-Guided Tour in Juneau. The food was average and only one or two items were memorable. What was memorable was the poor dining service. The pastries and desserts were very well made and were the memoranble food items. Do be prepared to be nickeled and dimed with Princess - everything is ala carte. Pay for a cup of coffee on Deck 5, but if you go to Deck 14 it is free? I mean come on Princess it is the same coffee. Group fitness classes are also extra dollars - every gym on the planet has free spin classes, but Princess charges $15 per class! The Enrichment Activities provided by the National Park Servive (who came onboard at Glacier Bay NP) and the guest native Alaskians was a highlight of the trip. They did add to the trip. The cabin service was above average and our cabin steward was very professional. Now, this is my second time on this ship. The first time I was on it was 15 years ago. According to Princess they “refurbished” the ship this year - some new flooring? To use an analogy from real estate - they did a quick flip of the ship by adding some new flooring, maybe a coat of paint, new hull logo, and added mattress toppers to the beds. The paneling and almost all items that are visible in the ship are original and are very much showing their age. Chairs in the dining room did not match each other, mirror mouldings were missing sides, cfl light bulbs flickered, carpets were stained, lounge chairs on deck had tears throughout, cabin furnishings were all worn, etc. Finally, I feel it necessary to comment on the production shows. Now, I live in Las Vegas and work around professional entertainment venues - I literally see some of the best entertainers in world monthly. With that said, the entertainment on the ship was some of the worst I have seen on a cruise ship (this is my 8th cruise). Maybe if I had more overpriced and under poured cocktails I would have found them better, but 2/4 singers in the production cast could not make it as half-priced wedding singers on land. The dancers were mostly decent, but honestly when one of the male dancers practically collapses onstage during a lift of one of the more Rubenesque female dancers it is disappointing. The production value of the shows was good, but again when only 2 of 4 singers can execute it is just a recipe for disappointment. I do want to call out one performer who is a guitarist by the stage name of Philly - she was above average! Her personality and performance ability was awesome! Overall, for the “last minute” reduced price we paid for this voyage we were satisfied. If we had paid the full rate my review would be harsher. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We need to celebrate our 40th anniversary and our daughter's 20th anniversary and our grandson graduation from high school. THIS WAS OUR 4 TIME TO ALASKA BUT OUR DAUGHTER'S FAMILY FIRST TIME We had the best time. Our kids ... Read More
We need to celebrate our 40th anniversary and our daughter's 20th anniversary and our grandson graduation from high school. THIS WAS OUR 4 TIME TO ALASKA BUT OUR DAUGHTER'S FAMILY FIRST TIME We had the best time. Our kids loved it . They were amazed with everything.. From the ship to the ports. This was the best family vacation for us.. We went on a dog sled ride, we went on a train ride, we panned for gold, we went in a mine to see how the cut out the rocks to find the gold. The scenery all over was amazing. The cruise ship " The Star princess" was great, the staff we had contact with were very nice funny and professional. Our cabins were great Our room 505 mini suite. There was 6 of us traveling. Myself and husband have traveled with princess several times before with no bad thing happening. We really love to cruising. This was our daughter's family first time they said it was amazing.... Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose Crystal because we had heard if was a luxury experience. We paid top dollar for this cruise. Unfortunately, the Serenity was rather mundane -- nice but nothing special. The food was OK but not better than other cruises we have ... Read More
We chose Crystal because we had heard if was a luxury experience. We paid top dollar for this cruise. Unfortunately, the Serenity was rather mundane -- nice but nothing special. The food was OK but not better than other cruises we have taken on other lines. The food portions in the dining room were small -- not a bad thing on a cruise -- but they were unnecessarily small in the wrong ways. Example French toast with berries in the main dining room included two toast triangles, four blueberries and three thin slices of strawberry. An appetizer of prosciutto and melon featured 4 tiny cubes of melon -- each about 1/4 the size of a marble. Cutting back on melon Crystal?? The preboarding experience on Crystal was the worst we have ever had. Other passengers expressed the same frustration with getting any information from Crystal directly. They would only communicate with us through our travel agent even for the most mundane requests. Onboard the staff was exceptional although hampered by Crystal's procedures. The onboard entertainment was very good but there were only four performances in the main theater in seven days. Onboard wifi was overly complicated -- expensive if you didn't continually log out and log back in. All-in-all it was an enjoyable cruise but since our expectations for Crystal were very high -- we were disappointed. Our next cruise will be on a less expensive line such as Royal Caribbean or Oceania Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Star Princess was a worthy ship. Basically when choosing between the different itineraries, I was looking for Anchorage to Vancouver. I was very happy with the itinerary, stopping at Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau and ... Read More
Star Princess was a worthy ship. Basically when choosing between the different itineraries, I was looking for Anchorage to Vancouver. I was very happy with the itinerary, stopping at Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. We took advantage of excursions in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan and was very happy with the ports of call. That being said, I was ultimately pleasantly surprised by how awesome the ship experience was. There was constant entertainment and activities. The head waiters in the anytime dining took care of me. I have a gluten intolerance and they took special care to let me see the menu the night before so I could order in advance. Every evening there was a movie playing on a bigscreen on the 14th deck as well as many recent releases on the television in our cabin. We took a cha-cha dance lesson, there was karaoke and dancing as well as very entertaining shows in the theatre..we very much enjoyed their show "British Invasion". Every afternoon there was a string trio playing in the Piazza which we made sure to attend. In the evenings after catching dinner and/or a show we especially enjoyed the music in Crooners Bar. The lounge singer "Funche" was very fun and had a huge catalogue of music. Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, The Beatles and many more. He did all the hits. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2016 with Princess Cruise Lines. We flew into Fairbanks to begin our 3 day ground trip. It was our first time on Princess cruise lines. It was a great experience. We were well taken ... Read More
My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2016 with Princess Cruise Lines. We flew into Fairbanks to begin our 3 day ground trip. It was our first time on Princess cruise lines. It was a great experience. We were well taken care of from arrival until we boarded the ship. I was in awe from observing the midnight sun. The ground lodging was was wonderful at all three locations. The train ride was great with windows large enough for viewing and taking pictures. This allowed us ample view of Mount Denali. The mountain view come in better and larger with each mile traveled.The quality of the food on board was better than other lines I've been on. But I wanted to comment on the shopping experience and it is this: the prices become more reasonable at the ports towards the end of the trip. Save some money! The furs were not as inexpensive as I wanted, but all the ports offered comparable prices. I would definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016

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