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This was our Anniversary cruise and this time we went with Alaskan Cruise Virgins. Our friends had been on other cruises but never to Alaska so when we mentioned that we were going to Alaska for our Anniversary they decided it would be a good time to come along and find out what all the hype was about. A good time was had by all. We flew in the day of boarding - went with Princess EZ Air and had no problems with the flight or the pick up from Seattle Airport. We have found that if you keep checking the website the EZ Air package cannot be beat, we have done it several times and never had problems. Picking the ship was easy - the Crown left one day prior to our anniversary so it was perfect for celebrating our anniversary on the actual day -May 24th. This was our first time on a ship of this size, we prefer smaller ships - our last cruise was on the Pacific Princess. The ship was totally sold out - so tons and tons of people, which did not prevent us from having a great time with our friends. Never had to wait in any lines and while it was crowded, we could still enjoy the ocean and the ship. The ship was in great shape and we loved our balcony. We don't participate in many of the on board activities, choosing instead to spend time with our friends, or just finding a nice quiet place to read a good book. I did go to one show and it was fine, not like a Vegas show, but what can one expect on a small stage? The only activity we all participated in was the wine tasting and as always we really enjoyed it. The service on this ship was excellent. The staff, with the exception of one person at the passenger service desk were all great. Everyone said Hello with a smile. Not sure I could do this every day, working seven days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day.. I would like to especially do a shout-out to two people that went the extra step in making our cruise special.... The Head Waiter in the anytime dining room Mariam (s/p?). He would make sure that we were immediately seated when coming down for dinner and he would have the wait staff bring us special treats - huge plates of cheese and prosciutto to go with our wines. What can I say? We like fine wines and don't mind spending a little to get a good bottle! The second person I would like to mention is the bartender in the Adagio lounge - she made our evenings so much fun every night. Her staff was terrific as well. If your on the Crown be sure to go visit her. This bar is located on the 16th floor and tucked away next to Sabatini's. It's a well kept secret, and has a very relaxed atmosphere. We decided to celebrate our anniversary with a special dinner at Sabatini's. The atmosphere was great - the restaurant on this ship is on Deck 16 and has gorgeous views. Our friends and my DH had the lobster and all agreed that it was very salty and that the lobster in the main dining room was much better - just something to keep in mind if your into lobster. We had no complaints regarding the dining room food, all meals were great and service from all the waiters was outstanding. We had Anytime Dining and never had to wait to grab a table even though there were 5 of us. DH and I had all our breakfasts in the dining room as well, we prefer being served and avoid the buffet when we can. We only ate in the Buffet twice and really had no complaints. It's just not our thing. Having done Alaska several times, we always try to pick out something new to do in each port. Our first stop was Juneau and we did the Whale Watching Tour, booked through Princess. 20 people on the little boat and we got to watch a whale teaching her baby to breach. It was amazing and a great tour. I recommend, if your a first timer go to Mendenhall Glacier and take a nice hike - it's a beautiful place and our first time Alaskan Virgins did this and loved it. Next stop Skagway: We have done the train on prior cruises and found it to be long and tiring, this time we decided to do it on our own. Rented a car and drove up to Emerald Lake on our own. The views along the way are breathtaking and we were able to stop and take some great pics. DH is a amateur photographer and was very happy with his results. We had several bears and cubs cross the Highway as we were driving up to the Lake. There are no restaurants or gas stations along the way except for one small town called Carcrosss. We stopped at the bakery and had some great Cinnamon Rolls. It was an adorable town and became one of our favorite little stops along the way. The colors of Emerald Lake are amazing and we got some great pics. If you have time there is horseback riding available - keeping that in mind for our next trip to Alaska. Tracy Arms: What can one say about the amazing Glaciers. It was awe inspiring. Last time we went to Tracy Arms we could not get in due to ice - this time Princess actually offered a tour on a smaller boat that would take you right up to the glaciers. It's expensive but if you only have money to do one thing - do yourself a favor and book this tour. Can't say enough about this tour. There are two small boats, each holds about 100 to 150 people, so you have to book early. The boat captain takes you so close to the glaciers that you can almost touch them. He also takes you to Sawyer Glacier and to a few waterfalls. One of our friends happened to be standing outside when we got to the waterfall and she got soaked, so be warned, they do get up close. It was truly the best adventure of the entire cruise. Ketchikan: No tour planned here, but the town is so close that you can do your own walking tour. We happen to see a tour company offering a very reasonably priced tour at the dock and since our friends had never been, we decided to take a chance and go on this tour... Oh my God, what an adventure. The tour guide was very old and very confused and told us about everything at least 5 times - 80% of what he told us was probably not true and he left a passenger stranded at one of our stops. One very nice local actually gave the lady a ride back to our tour bus so all ended well We heard him mumble to himself that he probably should not have been doing this tour. I can't explain this, but we all had a really good time and laughed until we cried. Needless to say he did not get a tip and we heard that our tour was the last one he did. At the very least our friends got to see a little bit of Ketchikan..... Victoria: Did not get off the ship, treated this as a sea day. If you have never been, book a tour to Bouchard Gardens... Seattle: Friends picked us up and gave us a tour of Seattle. The last time we were in Seattle we took the ship tour prior to getting on the plane. It gave us a good overview of the city. It's a fun city, so would recommend if you only have a few hours just do the bus tour with Princess, better yet, spend an extra day in this beautiful city. Disembarkation went well. We had anticipated getting off the ship around 9 and that is just what happened. Immigration and Customs went smoothly. We had taken advantage of Princesses offer to take our luggage to the airport so we would not have to worry about luggage when our friends came and picked us up and it worked well. Luggage arrived home same time we did. The cost was $20 per suitcase but keep in mind only certain airlines work with Princess, we were lucky that our airline Alaskan Air partnered with Princess. In Summary : We had a great time on the Crown Princess and our friends are already talking about taking another cruise to Alaska, as for us, we have already booked another cruise and will be giving New Zealand a try on the Dawn Princess. I want to praise Captain Justin Lawes on handling the small fire we had on board the ship in a professional and non panic- inducing manner. All passengers were directed to go back to their cabins and Captain Lawes gave us updates every ten minutes or so. The entire incident lasted maybe 40 minutes and everything went back to normal. Would definitely sail with this Captain again!!! Happy Cruising to everyone.

Fifth Time to Alaska

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Georgiane

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
This was our Anniversary cruise and this time we went with Alaskan Cruise Virgins. Our friends had been on other cruises but never to Alaska so when we mentioned that we were going to Alaska for our Anniversary they decided it would be a good time to come along and find out what all the hype was about. A good time was had by all.

We flew in the day of boarding - went with Princess EZ Air and had no problems with the flight or the pick up from Seattle Airport. We have found that if you keep checking the website the EZ Air package cannot be beat, we have done it several times and never had problems.

Picking the ship was easy - the Crown left one day prior to our anniversary so it was perfect for celebrating our anniversary on the actual day -May 24th. This was our first time on a ship of this size, we prefer smaller ships - our last cruise was on the Pacific Princess. The ship was totally sold out - so tons and tons of people, which did not prevent us from having a great time with our friends. Never had to wait in any lines and while it was crowded, we could still enjoy the ocean and the ship. The ship was in great shape and we loved our balcony.

We don't participate in many of the on board activities, choosing instead to spend time with our friends, or just finding a nice quiet place to read a good book. I did go to one show and it was fine, not like a Vegas show, but what can one expect on a small stage? The only activity we all participated in was the wine tasting and as always we really enjoyed it.

The service on this ship was excellent. The staff, with the exception of one person at the passenger service desk were all great. Everyone said Hello with a smile. Not sure I could do this every day, working seven days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day.. I would like to especially do a shout-out to two people that went the extra step in making our cruise special.... The Head Waiter in the anytime dining room Mariam (s/p?). He would make sure that we were immediately seated when coming down for dinner and he would have the wait staff bring us special treats - huge plates of cheese and prosciutto to go with our wines. What can I say? We like fine wines and don't mind spending a little to get a good bottle! The second person I would like to mention is the bartender in the Adagio lounge - she made our evenings so much fun every night. Her staff was terrific as well. If your on the Crown be sure to go visit her. This bar is located on the 16th floor and tucked away next to Sabatini's. It's a well kept secret, and has a very relaxed atmosphere.

We decided to celebrate our anniversary with a special dinner at Sabatini's. The atmosphere was great - the restaurant on this ship is on Deck 16 and has gorgeous views. Our friends and my DH had the lobster and all agreed that it was very salty and that the lobster in the main dining room was much better - just something to keep in mind if your into lobster. We had no complaints regarding the dining room food, all meals were great and service from all the waiters was outstanding. We had Anytime Dining and never had to wait to grab a table even though there were 5 of us. DH and I had all our breakfasts in the dining room as well, we prefer being served and avoid the buffet when we can. We only ate in the Buffet twice and really had no complaints. It's just not our thing.

Having done Alaska several times, we always try to pick out something new to do in each port. Our first stop was Juneau and we did the Whale Watching Tour, booked through Princess. 20 people on the little boat and we got to watch a whale teaching her baby to breach. It was amazing and a great tour. I recommend, if your a first timer go to Mendenhall Glacier and take a nice hike - it's a beautiful place and our first time Alaskan Virgins did this and loved it.

Next stop Skagway: We have done the train on prior cruises and found it to be long and tiring, this time we decided to do it on our own. Rented a car and drove up to Emerald Lake on our own. The views along the way are breathtaking and we were able to stop and take some great pics. DH is a amateur photographer and was very happy with his results. We had several bears and cubs cross the Highway as we were driving up to the Lake. There are no restaurants or gas stations along the way except for one small town called Carcrosss. We stopped at the bakery and had some great Cinnamon Rolls. It was an adorable town and became one of our favorite little stops along the way. The colors of Emerald Lake are amazing and we got some great pics. If you have time there is horseback riding available - keeping that in mind for our next trip to Alaska.

Tracy Arms: What can one say about the amazing Glaciers. It was awe inspiring. Last time we went to Tracy Arms we could not get in due to ice - this time Princess actually offered a tour on a smaller boat that would take you right up to the glaciers. It's expensive but if you only have money to do one thing - do yourself a favor and book this tour. Can't say enough about this tour. There are two small boats, each holds about 100 to 150 people, so you have to book early. The boat captain takes you so close to the glaciers that you can almost touch them. He also takes you to Sawyer Glacier and to a few waterfalls. One of our friends happened to be standing outside when we got to the waterfall and she got soaked, so be warned, they do get up close. It was truly the best adventure of the entire cruise.

Ketchikan: No tour planned here, but the town is so close that you can do your own walking tour. We happen to see a tour company offering a very reasonably priced tour at the dock and since our friends had never been, we decided to take a chance and go on this tour... Oh my God, what an adventure. The tour guide was very old and very confused and told us about everything at least 5 times - 80% of what he told us was probably not true and he left a passenger stranded at one of our stops. One very nice local actually gave the lady a ride back to our tour bus so all ended well We heard him mumble to himself that he probably should not have been doing this tour. I can't explain this, but we all had a really good time and laughed until we cried. Needless to say he did not get a tip and we heard that our tour was the last one he did. At the very least our friends got to see a little bit of Ketchikan.....

Victoria: Did not get off the ship, treated this as a sea day. If you have never been, book a tour to Bouchard Gardens...

Seattle: Friends picked us up and gave us a tour of Seattle. The last time we were in Seattle we took the ship tour prior to getting on the plane. It gave us a good overview of the city. It's a fun city, so would recommend if you only have a few hours just do the bus tour with Princess, better yet, spend an extra day in this beautiful city.

Disembarkation went well. We had anticipated getting off the ship around 9 and that is just what happened. Immigration and Customs went smoothly. We had taken advantage of Princesses offer to take our luggage to the airport so we would not have to worry about luggage when our friends came and picked us up and it worked well. Luggage arrived home same time we did. The cost was $20 per suitcase but keep in mind only certain airlines work with Princess, we were lucky that our airline Alaskan Air partnered with Princess.

In Summary : We had a great time on the Crown Princess and our friends are already talking about taking another cruise to Alaska, as for us, we have already booked another cruise and will be giving New Zealand a try on the Dawn Princess. I want to praise Captain Justin Lawes on handling the small fire we had on board the ship in a professional and non panic- inducing manner. All passengers were directed to go back to their cabins and Captain Lawes gave us updates every ten minutes or so. The entire incident lasted maybe 40 minutes and everything went back to normal. Would definitely sail with this Captain again!!!

Happy Cruising to everyone.
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