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This was the first of our bucket list trips and found Alaska to be wonderful and exciting. We had done the northbound 7 day cruise from Vancouver to Whittier on the Crown and then a 4 day cruise tour to Fairbanks. The ship was OK and the food typical, but nothing to write home about. The dining rooms were very oddly placed and we found ourselves getting turned around a lot during the week. We did have a specialty dinner in the Crown Grill that was very good and had excellent service. We were very lucky as not having to experience too much rain and spent a lot of time outdoors even in the coolest of temperatures where we enjoyed the burger center and the pizza counter on the outer deck for lunch. Although I am not one for ship entertainment, my wife felt the entertainment less than good, but we totally enjoyed the comedian (Katz). The event schedule during the days were sparse and on the last day, evening events on the schedule crammed together. We also found the ships officers/upper staff to be non-existent. We have sailed on other cruise lines that the officers were always apparent and always quick to introduce themselves and chat with passengers, but not so on this ship. Our cruise tour was awesome starting in Whittier and making our way north staying at different Princess lodges with McKinley and Denali being our favorites. The train ride was informative, but we had quite a few non-English speaking people in our car who were very loud and made it difficult to hear the narration of our surroundings. Be prepared to spend a small fortune for food as you are kind of locked in to all of the lodges for eatery choices. The one thing about these lodges are that they all lack are safes, so carry your passport and most valuables with you. Embarkation was ok, the lines were a bit long. Good thing we had a terrific cab driver who got us right in to the terminal and later, disembarking pretty seamless, but very wet due to the rain. After all being briefly said, this was a wonderful experience, but with the pricing, I know now why this was a ‘PRINCESS’ cruise…..prepare to ante up…. CRUISE TOUR McKinley Lodge….After disembarking the train we motor coached to Talkeetna. We opted to get off and tour this small town and enjoy an open air restaurant for lunch. Then got a shuttle to the lodge where you can enjoy sitting around the fire pits at night having a drink and doing a meet and greet and waiting for Mt McKinley to clear enough to see it at 100%. At the Denali lodge we took an 5 hour narrated excursion into the park….wish we would have done the 8 hour trip that went deeper into the park. The Princess Lodge in Fairbanks was the final destination. Since most of the flight s back home was at night, we opted to rent a car and tour on our own starting in the interesting town of Northpole, Alaska…then on to the Falmouth Auto Museum and the University  

Alaska..Beautiful/Crown Princess...SoSo

Crown Princess Cruise Review by bobndiatsea

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2014
  • Destination: Alaska
This was the first of our bucket list trips and found Alaska to be wonderful and exciting. We had done the northbound 7 day cruise from Vancouver to Whittier on the Crown and then a 4 day cruise tour to Fairbanks. The ship was OK and the food typical, but nothing to write home about. The dining rooms were very oddly placed and we found ourselves getting turned around a lot during the week. We did have a specialty dinner in the Crown Grill that was very good and had excellent service. We were very lucky as not having to experience too much rain and spent a lot of time outdoors even in the coolest of temperatures where we enjoyed the burger center and the pizza counter on the outer deck for lunch.
Although I am not one for ship entertainment, my wife felt the entertainment less than good, but we totally enjoyed the comedian (Katz). The event schedule during the days were sparse and on the last day, evening events on the schedule crammed together. We also found the ships officers/upper staff to be non-existent. We have sailed on other cruise lines that the officers were always apparent and always quick to introduce themselves and chat with passengers, but not so on this ship.
Our cruise tour was awesome starting in Whittier and making our way north staying at different Princess lodges with McKinley and Denali being our favorites. The train ride was informative, but we had quite a few non-English speaking people in our car who were very loud and made it difficult to hear the narration of our surroundings. Be prepared to spend a small fortune for food as you are kind of locked in to all of the lodges for eatery choices. The one thing about these lodges are that they all lack are safes, so carry your passport and most valuables with you.
Embarkation was ok, the lines were a bit long. Good thing we had a terrific cab driver who got us right in to the terminal and later, disembarking pretty seamless, but very wet due to the rain.
After all being briefly said, this was a wonderful experience, but with the pricing, I know now why this was a ‘PRINCESS’ cruise…..prepare to ante up….
CRUISE TOUR
McKinley Lodge….After disembarking the train we motor coached to Talkeetna. We opted to get off and tour this small town and enjoy an open air restaurant for lunch. Then got a shuttle to the lodge where you can enjoy sitting around the fire pits at night having a drink and doing a meet and greet and waiting for Mt McKinley to clear enough to see it at 100%.
At the Denali lodge we took an 5 hour narrated excursion into the park….wish we would have done the 8 hour trip that went deeper into the park.
The Princess Lodge in Fairbanks was the final destination. Since most of the flight s back home was at night, we opted to rent a car and tour on our own starting in the interesting town of Northpole, Alaska…then on to the Falmouth Auto Museum and the University
 
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Cabin Review

Cabin R341
Our balcony cabin was typical of that of other cruise lines except that we noticed that our balcony was covered by an overhang. Not so for the lower level balconies that were open and exposed to the elements. So, in inclement weather and having one of those cabins, you probably had over paid to have a balcony. We liked the idea of a walk-in type closet for our clothing and had ample storage for all of our necessities. The bathroom on the other hand seemed a bit small and being the shower was not a full enclosure, we had wet floors more than often. We also wished that they would have the Weather Channel on cabin TV so that you knew to dress for the day. Our cabin attendant was prompt, friendly and maintained our room to our expectations.
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