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We chose this cruise in order to experience the Panama Canal transit. We were welcomed at the airport and transported to the ship. Embarkment processing was completed within five minutes and disembarking from ship to shore was completed ... Read More
We chose this cruise in order to experience the Panama Canal transit. We were welcomed at the airport and transported to the ship. Embarkment processing was completed within five minutes and disembarking from ship to shore was completed within 15 minutes. Our cabin stewart did an amazing job as well as our dining waiter. The meals were great and the main show each evening kept you well entertained. We found time to relax, read books from the library, and made new friends each day. We took advantage of excursions at each port and found them very informative and interesting. The off-road excursion was one that stood out as we traveled the back roads in Mexico and saw how corn was ground and cooked to make tortillas. The town tours provided us with the local history and background of the local areas.I would recommend this cruise for anyone desiring to experience the canal transit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Always heard the Alaska Cruise was a great one to take. I was impressed with the decor and cleanliness of the ship. It was well laid out, with lots to see and lots of activities to take p[art in. We tried a few and enjoyed them a lot. ... Read More
Always heard the Alaska Cruise was a great one to take. I was impressed with the decor and cleanliness of the ship. It was well laid out, with lots to see and lots of activities to take p[art in. We tried a few and enjoyed them a lot. Engine trouble before we left port caused over a twelve hour departure delay, causing us to have to skip the Juneau stop and the glaciers. Although this was very disappointing, it was still a great and enjoyable cruise. The shows we went to were very well done and very enjoyable. The professional level of the entertainers was very high. The sailing was surprisingly smooth, (we expected a bouncier cruise), and the movement was mostly un-noticeable. The selection of food in the Horizon Lounge Buffet "blew my mind". I did not ecpect to see such a wide variety to choose from. The Staff overall were exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was a great cruise. Princess does a good job on their Alaska cruises. Their attention to detail was top notch. No glitches whatsoever. Service was excellent the whole week. The food was very good in the Horizon Room (the buffet), ... Read More
This was a great cruise. Princess does a good job on their Alaska cruises. Their attention to detail was top notch. No glitches whatsoever. Service was excellent the whole week. The food was very good in the Horizon Room (the buffet), but it was crowded and noisy. Dining was better in the dining room we were assigned to. Food was excellent - like dining in a 5 star restaurant every night. We used the buffet for breakfast and always ate dinner in the dining room. We also ate in two of their specialty restaurants - Sabatini's and the Bayou Grill. Also very good. Every night we received a "newsletter" outlining the next days' schedule, activities, news, etc. The embarking and disembarking procedures were flawless. Before departure we had experienced a long day of airline flights and a horribly long process to clear Customs in Vancouver. Once Princess took over for our transportation to our ship, it went very smoothly for check-in and getting to our room. Made us feel much better. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We boarded the Island Princess in Vancouver. The Vancouver port is beautiful, but the embarkation process is spread out throughout the terminal. You went from one end to another end and back which didn't seem very efficient. It was ... Read More
We boarded the Island Princess in Vancouver. The Vancouver port is beautiful, but the embarkation process is spread out throughout the terminal. You went from one end to another end and back which didn't seem very efficient. It was very organized just not efficient. In my opinion, the ship itself was the perfect size for an Alaska cruise, small and intimate. We had an aft balcony suite and I can't say enough about how wonderful it was. We could sit on the balcony comfortably most of the time, because the wind was blocked. Even in Glacier Bay we did not need heavy coats to enjoy the balcony. We had Club Class anytime dining. The food was very good in the dining room and our wait staff were excellent. The buffet was ok, but it was hard finding a table and the variety was limited. The pizza on board was very good, great crust! We ate at the Bayou Cafe but not at Sabatini's. The Bayou food was good. I felt the entertainment could be improved upon. I wish there was a production show every night and that the comedy shows had there own theater. There could have been more activities during the day also, but you come to Alaska to see the sights, not for the ship activities. Our service throughout the ship was great. Everyone was attentive and helpful. Our room steward was wonderful. Our excursions were whale watching in Icy Strait Point, dog sled camp in Juneau, and White Pass Train in Skagway. They were all booked through Princess and were all great. Each of them was only part of the day, so we had plenty of time to walk around the ports also. I have to say my favorite was probably the dog sled camp. It was informative and lots of fun. Disembarkation was a breeze! It was so organized and smooth. Kudos to Princess for making it so stress free, especially when you don't want to leave! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I enjoyed being on the smaller Island Princess. My cabin was on deck 8 and I highly recommend it as it was easy to walk downstairs to meals and other activities. The food was excellent. The cruise directors staff were all very fun, ... Read More
I enjoyed being on the smaller Island Princess. My cabin was on deck 8 and I highly recommend it as it was easy to walk downstairs to meals and other activities. The food was excellent. The cruise directors staff were all very fun, especially the Cruise Director Natalie. I don't think anyone does Alaska better than Princess. The puppies in the piazza were super fun. I loved the Iditarod lady who spoke and showed pictures. Entertainment was good and live music was always going on somewhere around the ship. Alaska itself was gorgeous. The 2 days cruising the glaciers was phenomenal. Arriving in Whittier and having a private tour on our way to Anchorage Airport was just icing on the cake. Very relaxing cruise. Very few ties on formal night. I love the size of the Island Princess, but really did miss not having the 24 hour International Cafe to get snacks. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This cruise was chosen because the Inside Passage cruise has been a bucket list item for many years. It totally exceeded our expectations. The Island Princess was extremely accommodating with great passenger to staff ratio. The staff and ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because the Inside Passage cruise has been a bucket list item for many years. It totally exceeded our expectations. The Island Princess was extremely accommodating with great passenger to staff ratio. The staff and crew were fantastic, and were genuinely happy to attend to our needs. The balcony cabin was excellent, and maintained extremely well. Each Port entry was handled efficiently and smoothly, again with great service from the crew. Being a smaller ship in the Princess lineup, the Horizon Buffet was less catered for than on larger ships, but there was always great service and choices. The other food choices, Pizza, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Ice cream, Bars, were all excellent. The access to bars was superb, Crooners, Wheelhouse, Explorers, and all had plenty of seating. The on-board entertainment around the ship was great, with a great selection of entertainers. The anytime dining was very good, and again the service was excellent. There were 26 of us in the group, and staff and crew always made every effort to accommodate our needs. All in all, the cruise was the best we have experienced, and will certainly cruise again with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We were on the Island Princess for one week Alaskan cruise Northbound (July 31, 2019 to Aug, 7, 2019) traveling from Vancouver to Whittier. We really enjoyed this itinerary, Voyage of the Glaciers, and the ship! With approximately 2200 ... Read More
We were on the Island Princess for one week Alaskan cruise Northbound (July 31, 2019 to Aug, 7, 2019) traveling from Vancouver to Whittier. We really enjoyed this itinerary, Voyage of the Glaciers, and the ship! With approximately 2200 passengers, we never felt crowded or lost. We particularly enjoyed having a room toward the front of the ship as the Horizon buffet was also at the front, and it had an excellent view with so many windows facing the front. Our balcony room was on the Dolphin (9th) deck. Our balcony view was magnificent, particularly because the weather cooperated so well. Sunny skies, around 70 degrees each day, and not one drop of rain throughout our cruise. Our room was kept super clean by Jovey, our room steward. Clean is a biggie with us, and we especially enjoyed a carefully cleaned bathroom with towels replaced throughout the day by our room steward. We learned the layout of the ship on our first day of cruising. The atrium covers three floors and is lovely with the glass elevators for an added touch. We enjoyed the theater productions, especially the dancers, singers, and male comedian (Delena). Anytime dining was wonderful too; we enjoyed ordering from a menu and the staff was extremely helpful. We are an active, retired couple. This was our fourth cruise to Alaska in six years, so we have a frame of reference concerning Alaskan cruises. On the previous three Alaska cruises, my husband and I traveled alone as a couple, but this time we asked my husband's sister and her husband to join us. It was fun watching them see Alaska for the very first time. And, the Island Princess certainly made our cruise very memorable, from the food to the staff. Everything went well on this trip, and we highly recommend the Island Princess for a relaxed, memorable, and enjoyable journey to Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We wanted to see he coast of Alaska and had cruised with Princess before. They offered a package that included airfare, transportation and the cruise. We enjoyed everything. My husband uses a motorized scooter on the ship. All the ... Read More
We wanted to see he coast of Alaska and had cruised with Princess before. They offered a package that included airfare, transportation and the cruise. We enjoyed everything. My husband uses a motorized scooter on the ship. All the ports and lots of the excursions could accommodate the scooter. Touring the Glaciers was incredible! Especially College fjord. Having a Naturalist as per of the crew was wonderful. His commentary as we cruised through the Glaciers was perfect and we enjoyed his seminars. This ship is smaller than the last few ones we've been on, so there weren't as many shops and the casino was small. The food in all the restaurants and the buffet was good and there was a nice variety. All the crew were very pleasant and helpful. The ship is easy to get around - my husband uses a motorized scooter on board so that is an important factor for us. Also, on this cruise, all the Ports and quite a few of the excursions could accommodate the scooter. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The next cruise is already being looked into because we had such a great time. The entertainment was very professional and had plenty of variety. The Dining and food selection had many options to fit even the most picky eater. ... Read More
The next cruise is already being looked into because we had such a great time. The entertainment was very professional and had plenty of variety. The Dining and food selection had many options to fit even the most picky eater. Service is second to none! The views of the Glaciers and ocean creatures were fantastic. We traveled with 18 people from many ages categories. everyone had several things they enjoyed and will remember about their special family vacation. The excursion were fun, timed perfectly, educational, exciting, entertaining and very enjoyable. The activities on the ship were fun and varied. Game shows, mysteries, dancing, games, animal watching, crafting, wine tasting, auction, swimming, just to name s few. The teenagers enjoyed meeting other teens in the youth club. The 18-20 struggled with meeting people their own age and had limited access to appropriate activities for them on the ship. The land portion had wonder coach drivers who enjoyed sharing interesting information about the areas we rode through. One thing that we wished to have done before the cruise started was to explore Vancouver, Canada. The land portion was breathtaking but felt very rushed. I might switch to having the land potion of the trip fist and the cruise second. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I wanted to see what is becoming the last frontier in the most comprehensive way. Alaska is so huge that a cruise seemed the most efficient and relaxing way to go about it. Arriving just in time for the summer solstice festival in ... Read More
I wanted to see what is becoming the last frontier in the most comprehensive way. Alaska is so huge that a cruise seemed the most efficient and relaxing way to go about it. Arriving just in time for the summer solstice festival in Anchorage got the trip to a great start. Mingling with the natives and having my first taste of reindeer sausage got me in the mood for our Alaskan adventure. My husband along with another couple (close friends) took in the Alaskan midnight sun and hiked the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail topped with a birthday dinner at the Glacier Brewhouse with a waitress with just the right amount of sassiness! What a first day! And because of Princess organization, it just got easier from there. Just a little pre-planning of what we needed to have on our person, and our luggage showed up at the next stop without us having to lug it. No need to check-in - keys pre-delivered to us! Land highlights included a side-trip stop in Talkeetna - good beer, good shopping, and good meeting the legendary mayor - a cat! Loved the treehouse at Princess Mt. McKinley Lodge where other guests loaned us their binoculars to get a glimpse of that elusive summit of Denali. But nothing could beat the all-day Kantishna Denali Park tour - where a mama bear and two cubs literally sauntered along the side of our bus. Caribou, moose, fox - all made an appearance for us! Felt quite lucky as I know that this is not Disneyland and animals cannot be made to appear. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and the history of the park, and I am now a Fannie Quigley fan! What better way to conclude the land portion with a glass car train-ride back south to Whittier where we saw the best view of Denali, rivers, and forests with amazing service and narration. Just like the rest of the trip, the transition to ship was seamless. I am not sure how they get 600+ people off the train and onto the ship without long lines and waiting. We were in our stateroom in minutes. This was my first cruise and although the stateroom was compact, the furniture/cabinets were well-designed with plenty of room for all our luggage. Having a balcony was key for me as I loved sitting in a private space with my husband to watch the water, glaciers, and islands. The good was good in the buffet, and our service at the Provence dining room was exceptional. I liked the sinks to wash hands right by the buffet - I felt everything was done to keep the ship germ-free. We loved playing games/cards in the library, and listening to the singers who encouraged taking requests and sing-alongs. I definitely recommend having excursions booked at each port as the actual towns are touristy stocked mainly with souvenir shops. The land tour and excursions were the excitement portion of the trip. The cruise with all the fine service and entertainment was the relaxation portion of the trip. In tandem, this was a perfect mix of adventure, education, and rest! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
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
This was a bucketlist cruise for our family aged 83-17. We all really enjoyed it. The onboard activities kept everyone busy. The ship is older, but nicely maintained. We enjoyed the whale watching in Icy Strait, my son loved the ... Read More
This was a bucketlist cruise for our family aged 83-17. We all really enjoyed it. The onboard activities kept everyone busy. The ship is older, but nicely maintained. We enjoyed the whale watching in Icy Strait, my son loved the zip line. We enjoyed the summer dog camp and the fishing in Juneau. The ship chef prepared our dinner the next night with our fish. That was delicious! We enjoyed the Skagway train ride. We did the bus up and the train back with Liarville. The food was very good. The portage glacier transfer was spectacular. The nightly entertainment was fun and we all enjoyed the comedian and magic shows. We rarely had to wait for dinner and we were a party of six. The specialty dining was the only disappointing dinner - good food, just not worth the money. I had a massage and updo at the salon. I’d highly recommend them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I picked this cruise because of the scenic cruising of Glacier Bay and Prince William Sound. Glacier Bay and College Fjord were fantastic. Great views from Aloha 727 suite with wrap around balcony. Cabin is spacious, wonderful bath. Bed ... Read More
I picked this cruise because of the scenic cruising of Glacier Bay and Prince William Sound. Glacier Bay and College Fjord were fantastic. Great views from Aloha 727 suite with wrap around balcony. Cabin is spacious, wonderful bath. Bed was very comfortable. Pillows were too soft. We didn't explore departure city of Vancouver since we just arrived the evening before. Might have been nice to arrive a day sooner & do the hop on hop off bus. We stayed at a hotel within a 10 minute cab to cruise terminal. Nice city, easy walk to dining. We ate at the Italian Tomato which was wonderful. Embarkation and disembarkation very smooth. Able to go right to our suite. Did take awhile to get our lugguge. Suspect very smooth for non-suite passengers also; they seem very organized. Service on ship was fantastic by everyone. These people work very hard and are so professional. I think they work a lot of hours and they will not complain when you mention it (notice same person working late at night is working again in the morning). Suite & ship in general in very good condition. Dining was excellent. Accommodated special dietary request of gluten free. Shows were very good. Icy Straight point: Enjoyed whale watching excursion and saw mama & baby humpback. Also enjoyed the small nature trail and museum. Juneau: arranged for independent excursion to Tracey Arm Fjord which was great. For the amount of time left in port after that, only walked around a little; didn't want to spend money to do the gondola since didn't have time spend on top of the mountain. If hadn't done Tracey Arm, would have done gondola & Mendenhall glacier. Skagway: walked around town, really liked seeing it & then did the shorter train trip which was good. Did a non-Princess land tour from Whittier to Denali.The weather on this trip was amazing. Was lounging at the swimming pool in Vancouver on the ship & swam. It was a mistake not to pack a pair of shorts & only 1 bathing suit. Each stop had sunny warm weather. I detest the cold. I was only cold on this trip when I went outside without my heavier coat for a little bit on the later part of this cruise. Did not travel with children. Feel like internet should have been free for the amount of money we spent. Also had to ignore a lot of flyers/promotions for jewelry, etc, but no big deal. Took advantage of suite benefit of free laundry service which was cool. One interesting issue we did have was that you are not allowed to take food off the ship, at least not officially. The all day independent excursion could not accommodate GF lunch. Didn't know ahead of time that I would not be able to get a to go GF lunch to take off the ship. In addition to fantastic service from Princess, service on all excursions during & after this trip in Alaska was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Alaska is a beautiful place and our cruise on the Island Princess was great! Cruising Glacier Bay and was the highlight--be sure to spend time with the park rangers. The park rangers give a presentation and were also on the upper deck ... Read More
Alaska is a beautiful place and our cruise on the Island Princess was great! Cruising Glacier Bay and was the highlight--be sure to spend time with the park rangers. The park rangers give a presentation and were also on the upper deck for many hours with the passengers. We saw both Margerie and Lamplugh Glaciers. The staff in the MDR and our cabin steward were awesome. My only complaint would be the specialty dining at Bayou Cafe--worst meal of our entire cruise--food was poor quality and the service even worst--wish we had skipped the Bayou and gone to the MDR instead. We were really happy with the food in the MDR doing anytime dining--never had to wait too long for a table. The food at the buffet was great for breakfast and lunch. Also the Grill had crab cakes from Tracy's King Crab Shack the day we were in Juneau. The show Encore was the best show of the cruise. Also be sure to catch Funch, the piano man entertainer. He puts on a show one night in the theater, but you can also listen to him every night in Crooners Bar. Stay away from the jewelry store--Effy--they are extremely pushy. The ladies crafts were nice. Made a nice "Alaska" bracelet and luggage tag. Enjoyed the trivia, the art auction and the Voice of the Ocean. The cruise director was great--always around day and night. Cruising College Fjord was beautiful. We did the Princess Transfer for Disembarkation and highly recommend it. After the cruise we spent a week touring Alaska on our own in a rental car--a little bit of work to arrange it all on our own, but it was nice to be on our own schedule and more affordable than booking the land portion as a Princess Cruisetours. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was the best vacation ever. Alaska was wonderful. The scenery was unbelievable. The Naturalist, Mark, was interesting and entertaing. You should go to his presentations. The dining room service and food were great. We had ... Read More
This was the best vacation ever. Alaska was wonderful. The scenery was unbelievable. The Naturalist, Mark, was interesting and entertaing. You should go to his presentations. The dining room service and food were great. We had wonderful selections given to us by our waiter. The junior waiter had our drinks ready each night. The ships singers and dancers were the best entertainment. We didnt care for the comedians. Balcony is the way to go. We could sit and relax as we watched the beauty of Alaska. Our steward was great....always willing to help us. He made sure we had blankets to sit out on balcony. The ship is small but that was fine. One friend enjoyed thd hot stone massage...he went three times. The land portion of our trip was just as great. Weather was wonderful. We just layered each day and then took things off if it got warmer. We were able to see Mt McKinley two days in a row. Great time was had by all 5 of us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose to sail on Princess because they are one of only a few cruise lines allowed to go up into Glacier Bay. My sister and I took an 11-day "cruisetour" which was a 7 night northbound cruise from Vancouver and 4 nights on land ... Read More
We chose to sail on Princess because they are one of only a few cruise lines allowed to go up into Glacier Bay. My sister and I took an 11-day "cruisetour" which was a 7 night northbound cruise from Vancouver and 4 nights on land - 2 at Denali, 1 at McKinley and 1 night in Anchorage. It also included the train from Whittier to Denali on Princess's own glass-domed railcar and all the subsequent transportation. We flew into Vancouver the day before the cruise and had a wonderful visit touring this lovely city and Stanley Park. The day of the cruise we walked about six blocks from our downtown hotel to the cruise port. The Island Princess is a beautiful ship and we were pleased to find everything was fresh and clean. The crew was amazingly friendly and always accommodating. It isn't a huge mega-ship (2200 guest capacity) and it provided a casual atmosphere with little crowds in the dining rooms, buffet, entertainment offerings and on the decks watching the amazing Alaskan scenery. They had Mark Harris, a top-notch naturalist, onboard who gave talks about AK and what we'd see, and when we arrived at the glaciers he did a live commentary of the sights. We had two specialty dining experiences - I didn't like the Bayou Café because the "New Orleans" food was not authentic and not very good IMO but the Crab Shack was better with the king crab legs. With both restaurants we didn't feel it was worth the $29 per person cost. (I suppose Princess is to blame for having such a great menu in the MDR and a vast array of offerings in the buffet.) Our agenda on the cruise was one day at sea, then to Icy Straight (a lovely little community), to Juneau (where we took an independent bus to Mendenhall Park - amazing! - and walked around the friendly city), then to Skagway (also a nice little town where we took the Princess excursion "To the Klondike Summit" - at $45 it was a bargain and a fabulous tour - and walked a gorgeous trail near the airport right by where the ship was docked). The last two days were at Glacier Bay and College Fjord, two extraordinary experiences, where the ship just floated around and we could absorb the majesty of the sights. Mark's commentary helped us learn more about the glaciers and appreciate them beyond their awesome beauty. The next day we arrived in Whittier (no time to see anything there) to begin our land tour. The debarkation was seamless as we easily walked from the ship to the train. (Our luggage was collected the night before and transported separately to each location, so no worries.) The 9 hour train ride with a knowledgeable narrator was great and that evening we were transported to first class lodging at the Princess Denali Lodge. Princess included an excursion of Denali National Park that took 4-5 hours and it was awesome. We walked some of the trails around the visitor's center and walked back to the lodge. Two days later we went by bus (with driver narration) to Princess McKinley Lodge where we stayed one night. Both Princess Lodges are peaceful and the McKinley Lodge is very secluded. There weren't many options about dining except at the lodges (especially McK) so meals were a bit expensive but the restaurants were nice. On our last day we took a bus (with driver narration) to Anchorage and stayed at the Captain Cook Hotel, a very nice hotel. The next morning we checked out but left our luggage with the concierge and rented bikes to ride the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. We saw two moose grazing in a quiet area a few feet off the trail. A fabulous day, although a bit tiring after the 12 mile bike ride. At the end of the day we retrieved our luggage and took a taxi to the airport ($20) and waited a few hours in the pleasant airport for our 1am flight home. Yes, I would definitely go to Alaska again and Princess will be my first choice! We loved the land part of the adventure but I doubt we would take it again because what we experienced satisfied our longing to see Mt. Denali (previously known as Mt. McKinley). Apparently only 30% of visitors get to see the mountain and we saw it two days in a row! We felt very lucky about that and the other great weather we had - no rain on the whole trip! We weren't sure about going early in May but we saw snow on all the mountains and people said it wouldn't there later in the season. We'd like to go back again late in the season (September/October) and hope to see the Northern Lights. They call Alaska the Last Frontier and with the help of Princess we discovered it is an amazing place and hope to return some day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
All was really, really, perfect !!! The personal, the restaurants, the menus was excellent. All the services was perfect. The differents excursions was so nice and the organization was excellent and really fast. My best cruise ... Read More
All was really, really, perfect !!! The personal, the restaurants, the menus was excellent. All the services was perfect. The differents excursions was so nice and the organization was excellent and really fast. My best cruise off all time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Timing as we needed to get away for a short break without flying anywhere. Have travelled with Princess a number of times before but not recently. Found the overall experience better than expected. Space in cabin very good. Food and ... Read More
Timing as we needed to get away for a short break without flying anywhere. Have travelled with Princess a number of times before but not recently. Found the overall experience better than expected. Space in cabin very good. Food and beverages very good as was service in most ket areas. Production numbers in theatre outstanding as good as Broadway/ London productions. On a negative point had my only steak in dinning room on last night of trip, NY Strip. It was very, very tough full of grizzle but other nights made up with quality dishes. Service in dinning room pretty good for the most part and the dialogue with the more experienced officers in dinning room very good. Their experience showed through and they a efeective representatives for Princess. While not a direct responsibility of the cruise line it would be worth your time to complain to Vancouver Port Authorities about the appalling conditions of the taxi service after the cruise. They give a very bad impression on Vancouver but the travellers from overseas seemed to be impressed with Vancouver on all other aspects. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We have completed a Coastal California cruise previously and had such a nice time we wanted to take the cruise again. We loved the Island Princess. It is a smaller ship but great for those cruisers who like to meet people and enjoy a ... Read More
We have completed a Coastal California cruise previously and had such a nice time we wanted to take the cruise again. We loved the Island Princess. It is a smaller ship but great for those cruisers who like to meet people and enjoy a smaller ship experience. Lots of wood used which made it seem warm and inviting. Entertainment was really good with a standing ovation one night for one producation. There is a Sabatinis and Blue Bayou Cafe on board. We ate at Sabatinis and had a good meal and wonderful service. There were lots of activitities including Harmonica lessons and Quilling as well as bingo. The ports were one of the reasons we chose this cruise. With Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria and the beautiful Victoria BC one can't help but have a great time on shore. I recommend Butschart Gardens in Victoria. Beautiful experience if you love gardens and Muir Woods / Saulsilito in San Francisco. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
It was on our bucket list to do the whole of the Panama Canal, Fort Lauderdale:- Embarkation, arrived the day before, and thankful we did, the flight from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale, which should take 5 hours inc., airport time, ... Read More
It was on our bucket list to do the whole of the Panama Canal, Fort Lauderdale:- Embarkation, arrived the day before, and thankful we did, the flight from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale, which should take 5 hours inc., airport time, took 15 hours, due to malfunction of a A/C button, Embarkation was a breeze, best ever from 17 cruises with 6 different cruise lines. Arrived at 11am, checked in, on board and lunch with-in 1/2 hour. Cabin, A627, balcony, (we usually have inside, but choose the balcony to celebrate our anniversary). Very nice, large and spacious, lots of closet space and hangers. Bathroom the usual ship board bathroom, shower small, we’re 135 and 150 pounds, and we had problems, The cabin steward very nice, can’t remember his name and I’ve lost the paper with it on. We found the comforter too hot for us, he found a light blanket for us to use instead. Dining:- We had “any time dining “ as we east early at home, the MDR opened at 5.15pm every evening, we chose not to eat every evening meal in the MDR, we alternated with the buffet. We also had two B/F’s in the MDR. Lunch and the rest of the breakfast were in the buffet. The food in both areas were excellent and hot, and very tasty. I have a “blue cheese” allergy and the chef at the buffet come and talked with me to assure if there was any blue cheese in anything, it would be noted. Entertainment and Activities :- The evening theatre was excellent, by far the best we’ve seen on a cruise line. The singers and dancers out did them selves, as did the ships orchestra. Through out the ship, there were other performers who were just as good too. During the day I attended all the trivia, and as many games as I could. The cruise director and his 5 crew staff were just a riot, lots of fun. Service:- Service from all the crew, whether the desk, dining, bar, photography etc., were great, always smiling. Ports and excursions:- Ports from F. L to the Panama Canal, we have done them all before, so unless I was looking to send off emails, didn’t get off the ship, used it as another Sea Day. Panama Canal:- didn’t take any tours, relaxed on the balcony and watched the world go by, Puerto Amador, Puntarenas and San Juan Del Sur, just walked around the port. Huatulco Sur:- just walked around town. Puerto Vallarta:- Took a taxi to the “New Beach”, don’t now how new, but it is a quaint beach area, has some interesting statues along the boardwalk. Los Angeles:- Took a four hour ship tour “ Easy City Tour” not what we expected, we thought we would see some “ stars homes”. but no. It was a waste of time and money. Santa Barbara:- A very nice town, just took the shuttle up the Main Street, and saw the Mission museum, San Francisco:- I booked a Alcatraz tour on line, for the first ferry 8.45, you have to book at least a month in advance. It’s an easy 5 minute walk from the cruise port. A very interesting place, and well worth a visit. We took a “bicycle tutu”, along the boardwalk to catch the “ cable car” there was at least an hour wait, and after an hour in the cold wind, we gave up. Took a taxi back to the ship with a small detour to see some sights. Astoria:- a quaint sea side town, there’s a shuttled around town, you pick up at the dock. We visited the “Marina Museum “ Victoria:- Had a taxi tour around town, have visited Victoria before. Vancouver:- Disembarkation time. Very easy, One thing that did puzzle us we didn’t go through any customs either in Victoria or Vancouver, not even at the airport. We did see 12 police embark at Victoria, so may be they check our customs cards there, as we had to fill them out two days before hand. We didn’t travel with children and there was only a hand full on board, Would I travel with Princess again, yes, it was our first time with them, (have sailed 17 times all told) and really enjoyed the ship and line. I liked the way all the entertainment, from trivia, games and musicians and theatre were on two decks, 6 and 7, making it very easy to get from one to another. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Loved going through old locks on this smaller ship. Doesn’t matter which side of ship you select as one can’t be sure which locks you will go through. As it turned out we had the view of locks on the port side as we went through on ... Read More
Loved going through old locks on this smaller ship. Doesn’t matter which side of ship you select as one can’t be sure which locks you will go through. As it turned out we had the view of locks on the port side as we went through on right hand side of old locks. Tip: booking the Sanctuary which on this ship is aft gave us great views of both sides and back. For the front view we had to leave for forward of ship but this was quite crowded. We went down to our port side balcony a few times for a different perspective. Loved being in Sanctuary though as they opened for our reservation at 6am and we stayed all day. Costs extra but worth it. The PC expert gave several talks prior to and after locks. He was interesting and informative. Thought the food was very good. Like the changes in MDR which now offers a select Timon of “starters” then entrees. The Curtis Stone pot pie is excellent! The daily burger offered in MDR is changed up daily and quite good too for a change of pace and likely popular with kids. Drink prices continue to be very reasonable ranging from $8.50 - $10 on average. Ship is in pretty good shape but may be getting close to needing some refurbishment. Definitely smaller ship in comparison of Grand Class which requires some planning. For instance we generally went to Princess Theater or other venues 15-20 min before show times to get a good seat. Not an issue but for those who arrive a minute before it may be hard to find multiple seats together. The chef Gaetano and maitre d’hotel Sylvio are an awesome team. We did Chef’s table which was one of the best culinary experiences of my foodie life! Highly recommend!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Cabin with Balcony Dolphin 235. Had been planning this trip for about a year and a half. Was a bit concerned after reading so many negative reviews about the ships adding 150 cabins in 2015 without increasing the public space. Our fears ... Read More
Cabin with Balcony Dolphin 235. Had been planning this trip for about a year and a half. Was a bit concerned after reading so many negative reviews about the ships adding 150 cabins in 2015 without increasing the public space. Our fears were unfounded as we found the ship to be no more crowded than any of our past cruises with Princess. The ship was in clean and in good repair. Our cabin was in good condition and the flat screen TVs that have been installed since our last cruise were a nice addition. Note- we had some service people in our room one afternoon that were installing hardware on the TV that will be allowing on-demand viewing of movies and shows. We always opt for any-time dining as we don't do Formal nights, and enjoy the buffet as much as the main dining room. Food, as always was excellent in both venues. Entertainment was what we have come to expect with Princess. I did not care for the 3 productions shows, but my partner did. The magician was great, though a bit raunchy for the crowd lol. Sonia, one of the guest female vocalist was amazing. As stated by others, you need to get to the theater a little early as it does fill up, but we never had an issue and almost always sat in the same spot. Service started off a bit "surly", but once they realized that we said please and thank you and actually engaged in conversation with crew members they warmed up. We heard so many rude and demanding older passengers, it is no wonder the wait staff starts off that way. We booked all of our excursions with Princess, and had one at each port. Very well organized! Overall Princess once again provided us with a memorable and relaxing vacation! Thank you to Chris, Duval, Nelly, Sammy, Tania, Giri, Manuel, Emil and Marius for your great service, it is crew like them that make this cruises pleasurable. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Considering it's age the ship was in good condition.I always wanted to see the Panama Canal .We did the boat tour of the lake and saw monkeys and birds.In Columbia we went to the bird sanctuary and saw the countryside. Saw the same ... Read More
Considering it's age the ship was in good condition.I always wanted to see the Panama Canal .We did the boat tour of the lake and saw monkeys and birds.In Columbia we went to the bird sanctuary and saw the countryside. Saw the same birds and monkeys at the boat dock in their sales area up closer. Did swim with stingrays and the Hell tour, always loved the Cayman Islands. Limon we did the Rain forest walk,I do not recommend this for anyone with walking problems. You go up a steep hill and it's loaded with rocks to see a couple of frogs,it had a great view of the Caribbean sea .Saw a lot of poor and trashy cities that you should not go into un-escorted in Colon and Limon. The ship's crew was efficient and treated us well. The food was above par. Wife liked the lobster but not the rice it was served on. Maybe its just me but I feel that now that they have all these specialty restaurants on the ships the great food is served there at a cost. Here is a thought for Cruise lines . Offer menu items to be served off the specialty menu in the regular dining room. One partner may want a great steak and is willing to pay the price while others in same party are not willing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My husband and I chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Panama Canal. I had taken this cruise 5 years ago with a friend and I knew my husband would enjoy the itinerary and seeing the Canal. And I knew Princess was a reliable ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Panama Canal. I had taken this cruise 5 years ago with a friend and I knew my husband would enjoy the itinerary and seeing the Canal. And I knew Princess was a reliable company. We did not explore Ft. Lauderdale since we are Florida residents and have been there many times. My husband prefers cruises that we can drive to and from, so this itinerary was suitable. The ship was nice and not overdone and gaudy. It was a bit shop worn in places, but it did not affect our enjoyment. All the staff we encountered throughout the cruise were friendly and helpful. We upgraded to a Club Class mini suite with a balcony and we are now totally spoiled. The Club Class dining was great. We never had to wait in line to get a great seat in the restaurant and the waiters were excellent, remembering our names and preferences. The extra menu choices for the Club Class were always great. The extra room in the mini suite was perfect for a 10 day cruise. There was LOTS of storage available and the cabin location was very convenient. The only disappointment in the Club Class Mini Suite was the promised daily afternoon hors d'oeuvres. They were mostly tasteless and dry. After 2 days we didn't order them anymore. We enjoyed the "movies under the stars", seeing many Oscar nominated movies we had missed last year. It was nice to also be able to see the movies in our room the next day if we missed in on deck in the evening. Because we saw a lot of the movies, we missed the shows in the Princess Theater, except the last night. It was an excellent show and we were sorry we missed the others. The orchestra was fabulous and the singers were sensational. We were disappointed that we could not stop in Grand Cayman. The seas were too rough for the tenders to get us to the island. But some extra activities were added for the additional day at sea. The passage through the Panama Canal was awesome. We had our breakfast on the balcony as we watched the intricate process unfold before us. We bought jewelry in the EFFY store on board. Unfortunately, when we disembarked, it triggered an alert and we had to be escorted to a "special" customs agent to see if we needed to pay any duty. This seemed totally unnecessary since EFFY emphasized that their jewelry was made in the USA and was duty free and duty exempt. Our "special" customs agent was not at her station when we got there. We were delayed about 45 minutes by this process and much annoyed. (This wasn't the fault of the cruise line, though) Another annoyance was that we sailed from Terminal 2 and returned to terminal 19. Shuttles were provided, but the drivers and vans were not efficient. We got on and off 3 shuttles before we were on our way to our car. (again not the fault of Princess) Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
On my bucket list for years and could never convince my past wife to get on a ship and the timing was right. I have read some of the reviews and cannot agree with them as they sailed at a bad time. My cruise was FANTASTIC, the Panama Canal ... Read More
On my bucket list for years and could never convince my past wife to get on a ship and the timing was right. I have read some of the reviews and cannot agree with them as they sailed at a bad time. My cruise was FANTASTIC, the Panama Canal visit was the highlight, on board service was excellent and I never had to wait to be seated. The waiters did not hover over you but watched and knew when attention was required.I was not pressured into buying more drinks than I wanted. Ten days and not a bad meal, food was top notch. The buffet on deck 14 was all anyone could hope for. Housekeeping was above and beyond, I had an ocean view cabin (605) and it was always kept neat and tidy, any time that I left for a walk or a meal, things were tidied up while I was away. There was always something on the go for entertainment and the movies under the stars helped end the evening on a high note.I am giving it some serious consideration for an Alaskan cruise and it if possible definitely be on the Island Princess. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
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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