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14 Night Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

14 Night Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Vancouver
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Ketchikan
  • Day 4
    Juneau
  • Day 5
    Skagway
  • Day 6
    Glacier Bay
  • Day 7
    College Fjord
  • Day 8
    Whittier
  • Day 9
    Hubbard Glacier
  • Day 10
    Glacier Bay
  • Day 11
    Skagway
  • Day 12
    Juneau
  • Day 13
    Ketchikan
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Vancouver

Royal Princess

Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Sixteen dining options provide an excellent variety

Cons

Lacks popular aft pool found on other Princess ships

Bottom Line

Classy, modern ship with a traditional air


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: June 2019
We did this cruise for the itinerary, overall the cruise ship was good. Food was pretty good, boat was big enough not to feel too crowded, decor was nice and fairly new, entertainment (except for the very funny comedian) was ok, ... Read More
We did this cruise for the itinerary, overall the cruise ship was good. Food was pretty good, boat was big enough not to feel too crowded, decor was nice and fairly new, entertainment (except for the very funny comedian) was ok, enrichment was also ok (some presenters seemed very politically motivated)... just the facts would have been better. Beach Club for teens was excellent. Embarkation and getting off the boat were both easy; we registered and checked out in advance. We did see lots of unhappy people sitting around on the last day waiting for their luggage as we left. Our steward and waiters were good. Room was adequate, good space for closet and our things. Worst parts were the too small balcony (seriously) and the room got really small when the drop down bunks were being used. 3 people in this room were ok... 4 is more difficult. Beds and pillows were comfortable. Movies under the stars is a nice idea but was too cold on our trip. We moved and watched in our cabin, which was nice. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We flew into Vancouver a few days early to have a look around. Stayed at the sunset inn and suites - it wasn't anything fancy but very clean/comfortable and in a really good location within easy reach of most things, plus a lot of ... Read More
We flew into Vancouver a few days early to have a look around. Stayed at the sunset inn and suites - it wasn't anything fancy but very clean/comfortable and in a really good location within easy reach of most things, plus a lot of shops/food just a street over. Check-in was good from the Princess side but getting through security/immigration was a bit tedious. Probably almost 1.5 hours in total between security and immigration. Royal is a nice ship with good/friendly staff. Only negative was the sailing path outside of Vancouver island rather than the smoother, more scenic path between Vancouver island and the mainland. We had an aft cabin on deck 9. I really wasn't sure about this choice with a lot of negative reviews. Honestly, it was great. I just wiped over the balcony handrail each time I went out there with my hand to see if there was any soot before sitting or leaning. Only found a small amount twice across the 7 days. This cabin was also great because it his huge, and half covered unlike most of the other aft cabins. The other huge benefit is the lack of wind which meant I was out there, in the Alaskan weather, in shorts and t-shirts most of the time. We had D731. Ketchikan was the first stop. We went on a 4-person zodiac ride around the bays which was really good. Next up was Juneau. We were scheduled for the dogsled helicopter glacier tour but this was cancelled due to weather. We booked a zipline tour from a local booth and this was pretty good. Next was Skagway where we did an ATV tour. This was pretty good as it included a 45m ferry ride to another town to/from the tour. The buggies were pretty good but it was just a little dusty due to a lack of rain, and a lot of mozzies. Last day was Glacier bay which was really good and definitely one of the highlight days for us as we like lounging around on the balcony watching the world sail by. There was plenty of wildlife to see in the bay and between the other ports. Few orcas, humpbacks, plus heaps of otters and other things. Because of the excellent viewing off the aft balcony, we didn’t really see any of the onboard shows, and very-much unlike us, hardly even went to trivia or other activities. We really did spend a lot of time out on that balcony. I can't comment on the MDR as I never visited it, but the buffet food was very good. Enrichment activities were very good. After the cruise, we had a 6 night Denali Explorer land package. This started with a train ride from Whittier to McKinley park. The train ride was good, and definitely a good change from the bus rides for the rest of the trip. McKinley park itself wasn’t our favorite, mainly because it is a 1h bus ride ($10) to the nearest town/shops, and where most of the tours depart. They do have some good talks on mountain climbing and other things though. The wifi only works in the main lodge too, so nothing in the rooms. Here we did the Canyon whitewater jetboat ride which was great. Next up was the Denali park. This was really good as it had shops and activities close-by, plus was generally a really good park. Here we did the Tundra wilderness tour which was pretty good, and a black diamond ATV which was ok, but not great. Our final stop was Fairbanks. The resort itself is pretty good. They included a riverboat and gold dredge tour, which were ok, but not great. We went on the midnight sun ATV ride which was definitely the best ATV ride we have ever been on (and we have been on quite a few). The resort is a fair way from town center, but don’t waste your money on the bus ride in there ($10) it was very disappointing. Probably better off getting a taxi to the local shopping center. Princess do run these land operations really well. Well scheduled buses everywhere, pre-checked into each resort with a welcome package and access cards handed to you en-route. Alaska is a lovely place, but those mozzies are an enormous annoyance. Bring up a really good repellent, and even then just expect to be bitten a lot. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
My wife and I have had a cruise to Alaska on our bucket list for most of our married lives! We took this cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary and it could not have been better! Princess Cruise lines had a moving Memorial Day ... Read More
My wife and I have had a cruise to Alaska on our bucket list for most of our married lives! We took this cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary and it could not have been better! Princess Cruise lines had a moving Memorial Day gathering! They also have a Military Veteran's get together! My wife and I are both U.S. Air Force veterans! We enjoyed meeting fellow veterans and hearing their stories of military service! There were two incidents within our cabin that were quickly corrected! The toilet that ceased flushing was made operational within two hours! A desk area light bulb that failed was replaced within an hour!! The only negative during this entire cruise was beyond Princess' control. The embarkation process was changed from the usual board as you will to a structured boarding "due to two ships in port and departing at the same time". The fact of to ships departing should not have been a problem. Difficulties arose when the port authority shunted the passengers from both ships into the same security check line!! Only AFTER clearing security were the two groups divided!!! Read Less
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