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7 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

7 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Seattle
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Juneau
  • Day 4
    Skagway
  • Day 5
    Glacier Bay
  • Day 6
    Ketchikan
  • Day 7
    Victoria
  • Day 8
    Seattle

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Excellent service and array of dining and entertainment options

Cons

Upselling is a bit excessive

Bottom Line

Friendly ship, with plenty of dining options


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: June 2019
As stated in the title, this was our very first cruise. We took it to celebrate my son's high school graduation so it was my husband, myself and my son sharing our midship balcony cabin. Maybe it's because we've never ... Read More
As stated in the title, this was our very first cruise. We took it to celebrate my son's high school graduation so it was my husband, myself and my son sharing our midship balcony cabin. Maybe it's because we've never cruised before and didn't know what to expect but we all had a fantastic time. The cabin was tight but we knew it would be and we had everything we needed so when we were there, we were comfortable. I was grateful for all the reading I did on cruise hacks because the magnetic and suction hooks, plastic over-the-door shoe holder and poo-pourri I brought ensured we could all comfortably fit our things and avoid unpleasant smells. :) The only minor complaint we had was that it was difficult to see the t.v. from 2 of the three beds so we often were cramming together on one twin bed to watch things. It should have been mounted above the little alcove cabinet instead of on the wall, but other than that, we made do just fine. The balcony was a wonderful amenity that I'm glad we opted to pay for with this itinerary. One of my top reasons for wanting to visit Alaska was to view wildlife and with the balcony I could wrap myself up in a blanket and sip wine whilst spotting whales, porpoises, otters and eagles. That was truly amazing. Also, while we were in Glacier Bay we had the best view we could hope for because the captain made sure both sides of the boat had ample viewing time. I know on some cruises people recommend saving money by skipping the balcony but in my opinion this is not one of those cruises. Get a balcony. Waking up to the beauty of another port or being able to watch the majestic mountains glide by in your bathrobe were not to be missed. We only ate in the buffets, Cafe Caribe and Horizon Court, because we always forgot to make reservations at the other places but were 100% satisfied with the food there. I had read some complaints about the buffets before we went and I have to say I'm mystified. It was as nice as any high-end buffet I've ever been to. Impeccably clean (someone is always stationed at the entrance to make sure people use hand sanitizer) and filled with a huge variety of tasty favorites with some exotic choices. Everything we ate was prepared well and delicious. We went during busy times and had no trouble finding a place to sit. Water was served to us promptly and our dishes cleared quickly. Every single staff member we encountered there or elsewhere on the ship was friendly and polite. The highlight of the entertainment for us on the cruise was the onboard naturalist Michael Mogdalewski. We were a bit taken aback by his appearance at the first talk we attended because he didn't strike us as "outdoorsy" but we quickly learned not to judge the book by its cover because Mr. Mogdalewski knows his stuff. He gave several talks on wildife, the indigenous people of the area and narrated much of our time in glacier bay over the ship's p.a. system. His style of storytelling is truly riveting. The final talk he gave in Club Fusion about how climate change and other human activities are impacting the environment had us in tears. He cares deeply about the things of which he speaks and it shows. We did some other things like karaoke night, trivia and the art auctions, but didn't enjoy any of them nearly as much as we did his talks. Honestly, all the other stuff like the constant hype over the jewelry "sales" and art "giveaways" were super cheesy - verging on annoying. We couldn't figure out who spends thousands of dollars to be on a cruise and then wants to spend thousands more on art and jewelry they could buy from home but hey, to each their own! We booked our own excursions for each port and saved a ton of money as well as allowing us to be on private/semi-private, smaller groups. Who wants to be in pristine wilderness on a giant bus or huge boat? Plus the cruise automatically tacks on its profit for something you can do yourself. They try to scare you about independent operators who might bring you back late for boarding time, which is nonsense. All the excursion folks know exactly when the cruise ships dock and depart and guarantee to get you back on time. We were never even close to getting back late, so trust me on this one, you will have more fun by researching and customizing your own experience with one of the amazing companies at each port. Embarkation and disembarkation were simple and easy for us. Overall, the best vacation of my life thus far. I would definitely cruise again and hope to return to Alaska - this was a fantastic way to be introduced!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
We wanted to take our kids and grandkids to Alaska. This cruise fit their schedules. Food was poor to mediocre. One breakfast at Horizon Court is an example. Eggs, cheese slices and bread all the same temperature then I was served cold ... Read More
We wanted to take our kids and grandkids to Alaska. This cruise fit their schedules. Food was poor to mediocre. One breakfast at Horizon Court is an example. Eggs, cheese slices and bread all the same temperature then I was served cold coffee, very diluted orange juice and "ice water" with 2 small ice cubes floating in it. Service carts in hallways made passage difficult, I often had to fold up my wife's walker and carry it. Room attendant and dining room servers were pushy and rude at times. Almost forced to buy bottled drinking water, which was not only extremely overpriced but then they added an 18% "gratuity" to bottled water,. Could no longer order ice water from room service, even with food. Disimbarkation was like a "Chinese fire drill", completely disorganized. On shore excursion in Kechikan, nobody knew where we needed to go or how we were supposed to get to the venue except by walking several blocks, my wife is mobility challenged. Someone finally did get a cab for us but it was very frustrating. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
This was a family trip to celebrate an anniversary. 10 folks going to have a wonderful time and we really did. Embarkation was ideal, first one on the ship and off to lunch right away. Rooms were ready very soon, and cabin was very ... Read More
This was a family trip to celebrate an anniversary. 10 folks going to have a wonderful time and we really did. Embarkation was ideal, first one on the ship and off to lunch right away. Rooms were ready very soon, and cabin was very clean and ready for our week. Food on the cruise was fantastic. Everything from room service, to coffee to main dining room and buffet, all were great. Buffet was easy for all of us, and we were able to get seating for the group. Went to Juneau and hiked up to Mount Roberts. Took us 2.5 hours but it was well worth it, not much mud, but the views were wonderful. Nice place to have a beer at the top after the long hike, and the tram company even gives you a free ride down the tram if you spend $10.00 each if you hike up the mountain. Service on the cruise ship was great, the Cruise Directors staff was so much fun. Zumba was a real treat, and a great workout. Daily games and trivia were entertaining and kept everyone involved. Movies on the TV were very good, lots of different venues. All in all this was a wonderful cruise for all ages, teens had a great time, older folks enjoyed shopping and outdoor activities and evening activities. Looking for a way to enjoy a great week with everyone in mind, this might be the perfect trip. Disembarkation was just as easy as getting on the ship. This is just about the easiest trip you will ever have. Read Less
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