Grand cruise but not as nice as our first cruise to Alaska: Grand Princess Cruise Review by merrie1108
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Grand cruise but not as nice as our first cruise to Alaska
Embarkation: San Francisco
We spent 3 days in San Francisco prior to sailing. Loved it. Since hotel checkout was noon. We hailed a cab & went to the port. Surprisingly, even though we were fairly early, embarkation was a breeze.About a half hour from hopping out of the cab until stepping onto the ship.We went to our room which was ready & 2 of our bags were already there. The standard balcony cabin on this ship is smaller than what we were used to. Celebrity, Allure & HAL all have a sitting area with a sofa and a coffee table. There was only a chair which you had to keep moving about & a small round table. We usually like a few breakfasts in our room, but that was not an option with the space in this room. The nice thing about Baja deck is the covered / private balcony. Although More the balcony is small, no one can look down on you & since it rains a bit in Alaska, you can enjoy the balcony even on rainy days. A few detractors. There were stains on the sheets (like ink) and a hole in the divet cover. Our room steward was competent, but did not go any extra. Toiletries were only provided when the last of the others were gone. We asked for robes & he did bring them, but they were the smallest, rattiest things you have ever seen.We are average size people. One of the robes barely fit around me with tugging and my husband could not even gets his arms into it.
General comments: Food was good, but not excellent. The Horizon Buffet was well positioned. Usually no line & the ship was full. Plenty of seating since you could go to tables at the back or around the pools. Hubby loves their hot dogs & hamburgers. Some strange choice of entrees some nights in the dining room.Chili for dinner?? We chose Any Time dining since when I booked we could not get a table for 2 for late seating (7:45). I am not sure why, since most of the passengers ate at the 5:30 seating. We requested & got a reserved table for 2 at 7:30 every evening.
If you are looking for high caliber entertainment, this is not the ship for you.Shows were OK, 2 comedians were good and a magician was pitiful!!
Passengers on this cruise were very old. We are an active 65 year old couple. Even our waiters said this group was unusually elderly. Only 40 children on the cruise (it was back to school time). On the plus side, we had many romantic evenings in the hot tubs on deck 15 all alone & there were always lounge chairs available whether in port or at sea whether you preferred shade or sun and most of the loungers were stacked up & not even used.
If it is your first cruise to Alaska, do not pick an itinerary for Tracy Arm. See Glacier Bay, so much better!! Less
Cabin review: BDB701 Balcony
Baja deck (deck 11) is great. It has a covered balcony & 2 flights up are the pools & buffet. We were Starboard in the back. It was convenient for elevators & very quiet.Read All Balcony (BD) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Do NOT go to the Glacier Garden if you are afraid of heights!! Beautiful, but scary!!
Been here before, so just strolled the shops & the pier. Saw Santa & sat on his lap!!
Nice guide, but foggy & could see very little
Double Decker Bus Tour
Rained!! Apparently unusual for Victoria. Again, fog. Defrosters did not work, could barely see out of the window & my window leaked so I was soaked by the end of the tour.