Golden Princess to Alaska: Golden Princess Cruise Review by rickyace33

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Golden Princess to Alaska

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle
After our cruise on Freedom of the Seas, any subsequent ships naturally appear less glitzy, as was the case with Golden Princess. Also, there is no flow rider. However, we found the other entertainment, such as the stage shows and musicians were far superior than Royal Caribbean.

As for the food, we always eat at the buffet on every cruise, mainly because we prefer not to dress up while on vacation, and because we like to see what there is to select from, and maybe get another serving of the things we like. We found the main courses,like chicken, fish, etc. to be lacking in flavor, as was the salad dressing, which tasted like it came from a bottle; but, the desserts were outstanding.

The piazza area has soup, sandwiches and desserts (complementary), but for some reason, you have to pay for coffee, even if you just want regular coffee!
Also, there are never enough tables or chairs in this area if you want to sit and listen to the pianist and More musicians.

The internet worked well, though slower than you have at home.

Our only major complaint is that apparently September is too late to go to Alaska. The weather was cloudy, drizzling and cold. We found out the second or third day when the naturalist gave a talk, that the whales head back to Hawaii in September. We never say one whale the whole week. Less

Published 10/12/12

Cabin review: D419

The mini suites are very nice, with plenty of room, closets, drawers, etc.,but for some unknown reason, Princess has decided that those balconies should not have a roof over them. We had three out of seven days with misting rain. We could have still sat outside if we had had a cover on the balcony. These rooms cost more than regular balcony cabins. Yes, they are larger and include a sofa, but you trade off the balcony cover for the sofa!

Port and Shore Excursions

City Tour

The rainforest and the glacier were very interesting and well worth the tour. The salmon hatchery is a joke. There is one person who stands on the ramp and speaks into a very poor microphone for about 5 minutes. There is one "ladder" to see, then they run you inside to the gift shop. The salmon hatchery in Seattle is far superior, with many more pools and viewing areas, and it is free.

Lumberjack Show

The lumberjack show was a bad excuse for trying to hustle tourists. There were several young men attempting to convince us there was some sort of competition between them. They did a few stunts that were mildly interesting, but not worth the time or money to us. Very young children might be amused.

Totem Bight State Park

Do not waste a penny going to see either of these attractions. We got the feeling that the totem poles were manufactured and painted by someone trying to make a buck. The clan house, they admit is a "replica".

White Pass Scenic Railway

This train ride was very unique. The scenery was nothing special on one side of the train, but they make you switch sides on the return trip, so everyone gets to see both sides. We enjoyed it, though younger people may think it boring.

There is a lot to see in Victoria, but because we got there around sunset, we did not plan to get off the ship. Who wants to see Butchert Gardens in the dark?
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