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Our 4th cruise to Alaska and we stayed prior to our sail date in Anchorage at the Captain Cook Hotel as part of our Princess package with hotel and transfers to the ship. The hotel was very nice, Anchorage is an easy town to walk about and the transfer to the ship was well organized. We arrived in Whittier about 1:00 and went thru the Preferred Boarding area in less than 10 minutes. We were in e728, Emerald deck, mini suite w/ extended balcony port side. The cabin is a standard Princess mini suite and though clean, the furniture has definitely seen better days. The furniture on the balcony was a mishmash collection of different styles and shapes. The food on the ship in the main dining rooms was good and we have the only time we had issues with the food on Princess was aboard the Royal. We chose traditional dining at 7:45 in the Botticelli dining room and the wait service was impressive. We also had the usual Horizon Court fare, pizza from Alfredo's and burgers and dogs from the grill. Overall the staff on this ship was accommodating and friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip back to Alaska. Skagway - We have done most of the excursions here before so we just shopped and had a great lunch of halibut at the Skagway Fish Company restaurant located next to the cruise dock. Ketchikan - Shopped and went to the Lumberjack show. We just enjoy this show so much and it never disappoints. Juneau- Took the Mendenhall Glacier tour, salmon hatchery and Glacier gardens. Very interesting and our bus driver / guide was the best! The itinerary of this cruise was nice. Long days in the ports and just an overall nice experience. The Grand is still a solid ship but is showing her age here and there however we would not hesitate to sail on her again.

The Grand is.... Well, Still Grand

Grand Princess Cruise Review by PharmacyRx

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2015
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Our 4th cruise to Alaska and we stayed prior to our sail date in Anchorage at the Captain Cook Hotel as part of our Princess package with hotel and transfers to the ship. The hotel was very nice, Anchorage is an easy town to walk about and the transfer to the ship was well organized. We arrived in Whittier about 1:00 and went thru the Preferred Boarding area in less than 10 minutes.

We were in e728, Emerald deck, mini suite w/ extended balcony port side. The cabin is a standard Princess mini suite and though clean, the furniture has definitely seen better days.

The furniture on the balcony was a mishmash collection of different styles and shapes.

The food on the ship in the main dining rooms was good and we have the only time we had issues with the food on Princess was aboard the Royal. We chose traditional dining at 7:45 in the Botticelli dining room and the wait service was impressive. We also had the usual Horizon Court fare, pizza from Alfredo's and burgers and dogs from the grill.

Overall the staff on this ship was accommodating and friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip back to Alaska.

Skagway - We have done most of the excursions here before so we just shopped and had a great lunch of halibut at the Skagway Fish Company restaurant located next to the cruise dock.

Ketchikan - Shopped and went to the Lumberjack show. We just enjoy this show so much and it never disappoints.

Juneau- Took the Mendenhall Glacier tour, salmon hatchery and Glacier gardens. Very interesting and our bus driver / guide was the best!

The itinerary of this cruise was nice. Long days in the ports and just an overall nice experience. The Grand is still a solid ship but is showing her age here and there however we would not hesitate to sail on her again.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB E728
As mentioned above, clean and comfortable yet very worn furnishings. The couch looked like a tired old shoe. The upolstery was worn and frayed and you sank to the springs when you sat down. The bathroom / tub was nice and spacious.
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