Grand Princess Okay but Princess not like it was 20 years ago: Grand Princess Cruise Review by SvenL

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Grand Princess Okay but Princess not like it was 20 years ago

Sail Date: July 2014
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle
Took a 7 day cruise up to Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway and tracy arm fjord. Amazing ports of call and Tracy Arm was beautiful beyond words. Ship was overall okay. Excursions are a bit pricey but a must (and worth it) on an Alaskan cruise. Cabins are large and we had a standard outside with window. The last two years I did the three night cruise on both the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Monarch and Majesty of the seas to the Bahamas and to be honest I though the service and food was slightly better on RCCL. I thought that a seven day epic Alaskan cruise would be far classier and of a higher standard than the three night "party Bahama ship", but sadly it was not. We ate diner on board 5 of the seven nights and I would say 2 were barely okay and the three were pretty good with the last two being the best. So overall I'd give the dinners 3 out of 5 stars. What blew my mind was that there was hardly any northern pacific seafood on the menu! I would think that taking a cruise in a part of More the world that has such an abundant seafood diversity and supply that local seafood would be all over the menu. Only a plain grilled salmon (that was fair at best) is available every evening. It wasn't until the sixth night that they offered Alaskan Rock fish (that was delicious). What about some Alaskan crabs? If its too expensive what about crab bisque appetizer? or crab cakes? it just seemed weird to offer branzino fish on the menu (a Mediterranean fish) on an Alaskan cruise. And no lox in the Horizon court buffet for breakfast to be found. Caribbean cruise they have huge platters of lox and in Alaska none??? Princess should evaluate the head chef on this ship. Our cabins were cleaned nicely and turned down in the evening with some chocolates so no complaints there. Though this was the first cruise out of five that I've been on that the cabin steward never came to introduce himself to us. I didn't even know who was cleaning my cabin. The cruise industry needs to raise salary's for the crews and not automatically charge passengers the gratuity per day. Let passengers tip what they deem appropriate. This would offset the slime-balls that don't tip no matter how great the service and would allow the majority of us to tip based on service, and would increase service level to what cruising used to be. And I would say that a good percentage of cruisers would tip over the recommended % if service is good. Princess you need to change some of the cheap art prints around the ship. I mean the same row boat in a Mediterranean lake setting in all cabins and all over the ship??. Send someone to home depot/walmart for some cheap new prints and change it up a bit..please! Anyway, our cruise to Alaska was great. Ports and excursions absolutely amazing, ship okay but disappointing. RCCL or I might try Holland America next cruise for me.

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Published 07/30/14
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