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Pacific Princess June 24 – July 1, 2014  This was our second Alaskan cruise and second on a small ship The Pacific Princess was the only ship in port so there wasn’t much traffic around Canada Place, we arrived at about 11:30 and by 11:55 we were checked in and waiting to board, which started at noon. Headed up to the buffet for lunch and wish I had checked the times for the main dining room as there was a long line, took about 30 minutes to get to the food area. This was the only time we encountered a wait, guess everyone came at once and not familiar on how to maneuver through the different food stations. Throughout the cruise they did a nice job of decorating the buffet for the various themes, such as the Mexican buffet and at Glacier Bay the seafood buffet had an ice craving of a bear and fishing net strung about and for food there was: salmon, shrimp, oysters; all very yummy and that is not the full list. Only had a small sample of the lunch as we ordered the Champagne breakfast and didn’t have much of an appetite but looked so good it was hard to resist. On Glacier Bay day we had the Champagne breakfast delivered to our cabin; it cost $32 and has 5 courses, so for 2 people that’s 10 covered plates! Plus coffee, juice, the champagne bucket; this was a very nice experience to sip bubbly and eat good food and watch the scenery of Glacier Bay, well worth it. Had late dinning at 8:00 pm at table # 31 – window table for 8 at the stern overlooking the wake, couldn’t be better! There were so few Platinum & Elite members on this sailing that I made the most travelled list and instead of the luncheon they gave us complimentary access to a specialty dining room and for the first time had dinner at the Sterling. A very nice dinner, black & blue onion soup … hard to stop eating it was so good; the waiter actually suggested we not eat too much of it so we didn’t spoil our appetites. On previous cruises we have never ventured to the Sterling as we’re not big fans of steak – so could never justify the extra fee but must admit the steak was very good, cooked perfectly. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main dining room and to relax a bit between courses. Our cabin number was 8020 and did hear them rearranging the deck chairs early in the morning but the noise was short lived. The bed was the most comfortable I’ve ever encountered on a Princess cruise; I believe the mattress was new as it had a plastic sticker which I noticed under the sheet at the head of the bed. The brand name is Matermoll; “The World of Dreams from Italy”. For the first time ever we had robes hanging the closet, didn’t have to wait until the next day, not sure if it was because we had mini-suite. We had a problem with a sour odour coming from the drains in the bathroom, which was never resolved, the cabin steward and his supervisor poured some sort of chemical down the drains and a plumber came twice but each time we were not there so not sure what the plumber did. I stopped phoning customer service as it seemed the smell was not going to go away no matter what they did; so we kept the plugs in the sink and bathtub and the rubber shower mat over a drain in the floor. In Juneau there was open dining as we had a late departure of 10:00 pm so skipped going to the main dining room and took advantage of the nice weather and we brought dinner brought down from the Pacific Buffet and ate on our balcony. We took Princess shore excursions in Juneau to Mendenhall Glacier and Glacier Gardens which was interesting with the upside down trees and drive to the top of the hill (mountain?) for a good view and also saw the salmon hatchery. Last time in Skagway we took the White Pass rail trip and this time took a motor coach tour to Klondike Summit and to Liarsville where we panned for gold. In Ketchikan we opted to wander around, it rained heavily but got a reprieve in the afternoon and walked along Creek St without using our umbrellas. The Park Rangers gave an excellent commentary while at Glacier Bay. In the afternoon I attended an absolutely fascinating presentation in the Cabaret Lounge by one of Rangers as she told a story about the history of Glacier Bay National Park. Disembarkation was a breeze, had breakfast in the main dining room and went up to the Pacific Lounge to wait for our departure time of 9:30. Very few suites cases remaining so found ours quickly; handed in the customs form and walked a short distance to the taxi queue and a short wait and off we went. All in all a very enjoyable cruise, liked the intimacy of the small ship, we had sailed previously on Ocean Princess so knew what to expect regarding the size. The round trip itinerary from Vancouver suited us nicely.  

Pacific Splendor

Pacific Princess Cruise Review by joyoftravelling

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2014
  • Destination: Alaska
Pacific Princess June 24 – July 1, 2014  This was our second Alaskan cruise and second on a small ship
The Pacific Princess was the only ship in port so there wasn’t much traffic around Canada Place, we arrived at about 11:30 and by 11:55 we were checked in and waiting to board, which started at noon.
Headed up to the buffet for lunch and wish I had checked the times for the main dining room as there was a long line, took about 30 minutes to get to the food area. This was the only time we encountered a wait, guess everyone came at once and not familiar on how to maneuver through the different food stations. Throughout the cruise they did a nice job of decorating the buffet for the various themes, such as the Mexican buffet and at Glacier Bay the seafood buffet had an ice craving of a bear and fishing net strung about and for food there was: salmon, shrimp, oysters; all very yummy and that is not the full list. Only had a small sample of the lunch as we ordered the Champagne breakfast and didn’t have much of an appetite but looked so good it was hard to resist.
On Glacier Bay day we had the Champagne breakfast delivered to our cabin; it cost $32 and has 5 courses, so for 2 people that’s 10 covered plates! Plus coffee, juice, the champagne bucket; this was a very nice experience to sip bubbly and eat good food and watch the scenery of Glacier Bay, well worth it.
Had late dinning at 8:00 pm at table # 31 – window table for 8 at the stern overlooking the wake, couldn’t be better!
There were so few Platinum & Elite members on this sailing that I made the most travelled list and instead of the luncheon they gave us complimentary access to a specialty dining room and for the first time had dinner at the Sterling. A very nice dinner, black & blue onion soup … hard to stop eating it was so good; the waiter actually suggested we not eat too much of it so we didn’t spoil our appetites. On previous cruises we have never ventured to the Sterling as we’re not big fans of steak – so could never justify the extra fee but must admit the steak was very good, cooked perfectly. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main dining room and to relax a bit between courses.
Our cabin number was 8020 and did hear them rearranging the deck chairs early in the morning but the noise was short lived. The bed was the most comfortable I’ve ever encountered on a Princess cruise; I believe the mattress was new as it had a plastic sticker which I noticed under the sheet at the head of the bed. The brand name is Matermoll; “The World of Dreams from Italy”. For the first time ever we had robes hanging the closet, didn’t have to wait until the next day, not sure if it was because we had mini-suite. We had a problem with a sour odour coming from the drains in the bathroom, which was never resolved, the cabin steward and his supervisor poured some sort of chemical down the drains and a plumber came twice but each time we were not there so not sure what the plumber did. I stopped phoning customer service as it seemed the smell was not going to go away no matter what they did; so we kept the plugs in the sink and bathtub and the rubber shower mat over a drain in the floor.
In Juneau there was open dining as we had a late departure of 10:00 pm so skipped going to the main dining room and took advantage of the nice weather and we brought dinner brought down from the Pacific Buffet and ate on our balcony.
We took Princess shore excursions in Juneau to Mendenhall Glacier and Glacier Gardens which was interesting with the upside down trees and drive to the top of the hill (mountain?) for a good view and also saw the salmon hatchery. Last time in Skagway we took the White Pass rail trip and this time took a motor coach tour to Klondike Summit and to Liarsville where we panned for gold. In Ketchikan we opted to wander around, it rained heavily but got a reprieve in the afternoon and walked along Creek St without using our umbrellas.
The Park Rangers gave an excellent commentary while at Glacier Bay. In the afternoon I attended an absolutely fascinating presentation in the Cabaret Lounge by one of Rangers as she told a story about the history of Glacier Bay National Park.
Disembarkation was a breeze, had breakfast in the main dining room and went up to the Pacific Lounge to wait for our departure time of 9:30. Very few suites cases remaining so found ours quickly; handed in the customs form and walked a short distance to the taxi queue and a short wait and off we went.
All in all a very enjoyable cruise, liked the intimacy of the small ship, we had sailed previously on Ocean Princess so knew what to expect regarding the size. The round trip itinerary from Vancouver suited us nicely.
 
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