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Cruise 14N, 7 days at sea and 6 on land, our first cruise. The Alaska cruise on the Island Princess was the better half of the vacation. Synopsis, would rate the sea portion a 7 of 10 and the land portion a 5 of 10. Cabin was small but standard and not what you would normally expect for paying that much at a nice hotel. Room service was not bad, but considering that you are paying $20 a day for room service, it is just standard. Ship was clean and well maintained. When you buy a cruise, remember that that is what you bought a cruise. Anything else is added on. Ice cream, spa treatments, cooking classes, exercise classes, computer classes, etc. And you are a captive. ie. when you get on the ship they take pictures of you, then you can purchase them for only $40. It became a joke for folks taking pictures of each other on the ship. On the last day I found the work out area and two days before we found the naturalist doing her thing. Somewhat disappointing. Food was mediocre. I would best describe it as good cafeteria food served with a lot of fol-de-rah. The first night the wait staff was more concerned with selling me their cook book than with providing a dining experience. All extras including the specialty restaurants are pricey and not worth the additional cost. You can eat pasta for only $15 extra. Ports of call were a disappointment. Most are tourist traps where they drop you off at for a day. Excursions are way overpriced but it seemed that that was the going rate for Alaska. Souvenirs of native art are extremely overpriced!!! The high point of the trip was the glaciers. Awesome, and they give you enough time to view the glaciers. The land package was even more disappointing bringing you to their hotels and trapping you there. Talkeetna was a waste of time except for the viewing of Denali. Note: only 20% of visitors see the mountain. Denali again was a waste of time. The National Park Service Natural History Tour is a complete waste of time. Fairbanks was the best of the 3 stays in the land tour. Food at the Hotels is below the standard fare of a chain restaurant and overpriced. Wildlife in May-June was almost nonexistent. Binoculars do not do much good and only bring white or black dots into larger white or black dots. Wildlife does not concentrate until mid-June for viewing. The salmon have to be running for the wildlife to be in the spots to see them. Then you must book and excursion to see it. Scenery, mountains are great, land is tundra or sparse trees. The Rockies or mountain states are far better. Compared to other vacations I would give this a 6 on value and quality was below what I had pictured cruising to be. Others on the trip remarked on how the quality had gone down in recent years.

Island Princess - Alaska

Island Princess Cruise Review by Bob

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2007
  • Destination: Alaska
Cruise 14N, 7 days at sea and 6 on land, our first cruise. The Alaska cruise on the Island Princess was the better half of the vacation. Synopsis, would rate the sea portion a 7 of 10 and the land portion a 5 of 10. Cabin was small but standard and not what you would normally expect for paying that much at a nice hotel. Room service was not bad, but considering that you are paying $20 a day for room service, it is just standard. Ship was clean and well maintained. When you buy a cruise, remember that that is what you bought a cruise. Anything else is added on. Ice cream, spa treatments, cooking classes, exercise classes, computer classes, etc. And you are a captive. ie. when you get on the ship they take pictures of you, then you can purchase them for only $40. It became a joke for folks taking pictures of each other on the ship. On the last day I found the work out area and two days before we found the naturalist doing her thing. Somewhat disappointing. Food was mediocre. I would best describe it as good cafeteria food served with a lot of fol-de-rah. The first night the wait staff was more concerned with selling me their cook book than with providing a dining experience. All extras including the specialty restaurants are pricey and not worth the additional cost. You can eat pasta for only $15 extra. Ports of call were a disappointment. Most are tourist traps where they drop you off at for a day. Excursions are way overpriced but it seemed that that was the going rate for Alaska. Souvenirs of native art are extremely overpriced!!! The high point of the trip was the glaciers. Awesome, and they give you enough time to view the glaciers. The land package was even more disappointing bringing you to their hotels and trapping you there. Talkeetna was a waste of time except for the viewing of Denali. Note: only 20% of visitors see the mountain. Denali again was a waste of time. The National Park Service Natural History Tour is a complete waste of time. Fairbanks was the best of the 3 stays in the land tour. Food at the Hotels is below the standard fare of a chain restaurant and overpriced. Wildlife in May-June was almost nonexistent. Binoculars do not do much good and only bring white or black dots into larger white or black dots. Wildlife does not concentrate until mid-June for viewing. The salmon have to be running for the wildlife to be in the spots to see them. Then you must book and excursion to see it. Scenery, mountains are great, land is tundra or sparse trees. The Rockies or mountain states are far better. Compared to other vacations I would give this a 6 on value and quality was below what I had pictured cruising to be. Others on the trip remarked on how the quality had gone down in recent years.
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