Tips,suggestions for Alaska cruise on Diamond Princess: Diamond Princess Cruise Review by crazyforfun

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Tips,suggestions for Alaska cruise on Diamond Princess

Sail Date: August 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
Here are some tips:

1 Read cruisecritic as it provides extensive info

2 Choose your excursions in advance and book independently using toursaver coupon book.It saves dollars,trust me!

3 Book a port side Balcony for best experience,This is because as you enter Glacier bay the commentry matches the scenery.The ship turns and comes back the same way,so you get the same view on starboard side,but it is rushed and no commentry.

4 Be aware of the sales pitch for the shopping on the ship.I got a shopping supersaver folder at these talks thinking it was free(they were not clear in telling)Was charged $30 later for this.

5 The thermal suite in spa is an excellent idea,but some guests are hogging the thermal beds and will not give it away after 20 min of use.The spa staff could do nothing about it.Think twice before spending $99.

6 The ultimate drinks package is a great value for money.Coffee card is a good idea only if you are a big coffee drinker.Mine More had 10 unused coffee in the end.

7 Use the dining halls for lunch instead of buffet for variety.Specially the English Pub lunch.

8 Tea with scones at 4 is a must

9 Do enjoy MUTS with popcorn and blankets at least once.

10 Skywalkers Lounge is a great place to be for Glacier days especially if you are cold.Beautiful views from deck 18.

11 Sabatini is overrated.Try if you must.

12 Catch some shows in the Theater,it is fun.

13 Go to the Art Auction,Great Art work and free champagne is a bonus!

14 Get room service breakfast on Port Days,very convenient.

15 Take some suction shelf for the shower for your shampoo soap etc.It is really cramped.On the other hand,no need for shelf organiser for the closet as there is ample space.

16 Take layers like Full tshirts,fleece,rain jacket.RAIN PANTS.Rain pants are a must for hiking in rain,dog sledding,or generally walking around city if it is raining(as it does often in the ports)

17 Laundromat takes only $1 BILLS.Also the dryer will not run beyond 25 min;Keep a lot of singles and quarters,to run the dryer cycle again!

18 Don't miss hot waffles at the ice cream place for breakfast,YUM.Ice-cream is free here,but is actually avoidable!

19 On the Skagway bus or train ride up,sit on left.On the way back sit on right side on the train for best views.

20 Request for odd no rooms in the lodges for the land portion as they have best views.

21 Pack lotion for land portion,none was provided.Bug repellent and sun screen is a must too.

22 Hot tubs in Denali lodge is in building 4.Building 10 and 11 are little away from the main lodge.

22 Building 5 has hot tubs in Mckinley Princess lodge and building 25 is away from the main resort.remember odd no rooms are the best.

23 Do take denali shuttle bus to Eielson or farther for best wildlife viewing.First bus from Lodge to park is at 7am and last at 7pm.

24 Free dog demos are at 4pm at the visitors center in the park.

25 Pack a lot of ziploc bags.

26 Do visit the ice-museum and chena hot springs in Fairbanks.It is 1 hr drive from downtown.

27.Enjoy the views from the deck.Look for wildlife,sea otters,whales,puffins,Seals,Bears,Caribou etc.

Princess will make your experience memorable,no matter what!Make every minute count and sit back and breathe in nature at its best. Less

Published 08/22/12

Cabin review: C

great balcony

Port and Shore Excursions

Mendenhall Glacier

Great views from helicopter.Landing on glacier was awesome Kids did dog sledding and enjoyed a lot.

Potlatch Park

recreated village,with clan house.


excellent guides and super experience

Scenic Drive

Graet guide,James!full of stories

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