Princess me no more: Golden Princess Cruise Review by PRTEXAS
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Princess me no more
What I liked about the cruise....well of course the scenery of Alaska - truly breathtaking. The food at all the restaurants was good - well, except for the coffee which was tastless and watery. To get a good cup of coffee luckily they did offer a coffee bar - for a price naturally. They also had a naturalist onboard, Kathy who did a great job. Sadly we only saw one show, British Invation and another speaker about winning the Ididarod. The spa services were very pricey for the service offered. The art auction person I found to be condescending and rude, showing pieces that I had seen before. In the past we have purchased several pictures, but I would not have bought anything from this guy.
Ketchikan it was raining but my grandson and daughter went ziplining and had a super time. They spotted a bear with 2 cubs and a deer while whizzing thru the tree tops. Their best shore excursion. I went shopping in town and took a hike on a trail in town. Juneau - well, still raining there - we took a bus to the Mendenhall Glacier and walked to the waterfall. Very worthwhile! Skagway we got a break in the weather with sunny skies. We walked into town for shopping in the morning and had a shore excursion which left at noon for a Chilkoot hike and river trip. Our group was only 5 but it was an enjoyable hike in a lovely spot about a 20 - 30 minute trip from town. I recommend this excursion for those who like to enjoy nature, but if the weather had been wet & cold as it was the first two days....well, I'm not sure! Unfortunately our time in Victoria was only a few hours so we decided it would be too hurried to try to do the Butchart Gardens - I have been there a few times before but it was disappointing that our time there was so brief. The disembarkation was as smooth as I had ever experienced. We were told which lounge to report to & when. We only waited approx. 15-20 minutes and then it was time to go. And finding our luggage was relatively easy. We called a town car to pick us up and take us to the airport which went smoothly.
So summing up. I will not be taking my 9th cruise with Princess. Perhaps with 7 great cruise experiences...it was just too much to ask for to have felt like a "valued" customer on this eighth one. No sense of urgency to addressing my concerns, really. Never offered the champagne, a "motel 6" accomodation with a "kitty litter" smell for 5 days....well, what can I say? Who in their right minds would wish to do that again? Not sure what has happened to Princess - maybe they are under new management. No more Princess for me! Less
Cabin review: AEd215
We were in two D219 originally and D215 which we referred to as Doggy 215 since it smelled as though pets might had been in it (or above us). My comment was the rooms looked like they had been well used & of the Motel 6 variety. Clearly needs to be updated!!! The balcony was nice though and plenty of space to hang clothes.
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