Golden Princess Cruise Review by behoppy2
- Sail Date: August 2012
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Balcony
The food was great, with a good variety and always tasted good. I loved the coffee and since we were on the Lido deck, we could run right down in the a.m. and grab a cup of coffee, pastries, etc. from the buffet and take it back to our room. Same with the good pizza or hamburgers from the Trident Grill. There was always someone standing at the entrance to the buffet line to make sure hands were sanitized. Children under 12 should not be allowed into the buffet food area, as they are the biggest carriers of germs.
Our cruise had a variety of ages for cruising--from young children, all the way up to 80's+, with many couples around our age group (early 60's).
My one complaint about the ports is that there are too many cruise ships docked at one time in the tiny towns, so the shopping and sight-seeing was not pleasant with elbow-to-elbow people. The cruise lines need to figure out a way to stagger the times/days when the cruise ships stop. One of our ports had four cruise ships docked at once! Figure at least 2,000 passengers per ship and that is A LOT of people trying to see and do in a short amount of time. Plus, there is not enough time to do all one would like to do. I hate to be rushed! We opted to stay on ship at Victoria because we had been there before and can go there again on our bi-annual trips to Washington.
It is less expensive to book the shore excursions on line or directly with the tour. We saved about $50.00 apiece by booking the White Pass Train ride ourselves.
For the most part, we truly enjoyed our whole Alaskan Cruise with the weather cooperating, even in Ketchikan and Glacier Bay--it was partly cloudy with temps around the high 60's, low 70's (except Glacier Bay), which was probably in the mid 40's.
We probably wouldn't go on another Alaskan Cruise, only because we want to drive up sometime and really explore the interior. This cruise gave us a taste and an opportunity to see the Inside Passage and the breathtaking scenery
without having to spend too much time or expense.
It was a wonderful experience. Thank you, Princess!
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Mendenhall GlacierWe just bought tickets to ride the hourly shuttle up to the glacier and back. We weren't rushed and wandered around on our own. It was great!View All 649 Mendenhall Glacier Reviews
KetchikanThere was not enough time in Ketchikan to do any excursions. We did go see the Lumberjack Show and did some shopping. I would have loved to see the Misty Fjords, but there wasn't enough time without booking through the cruise line, which is a lot more expensive.View All 1,428 Ketchikan Cruise Port Reviews
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White Pass Scenic RailwayFabulous scenery all of the way up with a good narrative of the history. The weather was clear and sunny. Squealing of brakes most of the way back down--a little hairy.View All 800 White Pass Scenic Railway Reviews
VictoriaWe have been to Victoria before and it's a very interesting and beautiful city. You feel like you're in England with the High Tea, etc. On this cruise, there wasn't enough time to really look around so we stayed on ship and had a relaxing last night's dinner. I wish the ship had stopped in Sitka.View All 958 Victoria Cruise Port Reviews
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