Island Princess Cruise Review by dipsey2
- Sail Date: May 2016
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Our cruise was great, the only complaints we had was our cabin E725 Island Princess has a obstructed wall on the balcony would have rather had it open wall, and where the room is located you can feel the rutters, our celebrations were not celebrated on the ship as noted but on the land tour they went over above. Having been on the Island Princess before we missed the entertainment venue that they turned into cabins, and the gym is like a cave now due to the new cabins. We were glad to hear they will not do the remodel the same on the Coral Princess so if we sail to Alaska again we will choose Coral or another ship. If you have not sailed on the Island Princess before you wouldn't know. Also they pushed picture sales more this time, it would be nice if Princess would just load you photos on your cruise card and if you wish to purchase pictures when you return home you could do so. ( like disneyland does with their photo card)
Our cruise tour land option lodges were great!!! Our favorite was the Copper River lodge, we also visited Denali, Mt McKinley and in Ancorage the Captain Hook Hotel. In the FYI of cruise tours it states that meals are not included on the land tour and it list the average costs plus tips.
The bus from Copper River to Denali is a long ride, pack snacks and or a lunch. They do stop at a place for lunch but we were not all told that the sandwiches were $10 and the soup $10 each not worth $40, had we known we would have just got one or the other. The Lodge Manager and staff have a ceremony every night for colors and retreating the flag plus they honor all veterans, firefighters and police, very touching my husband thought this was a great, he also received a letter thanking him for his service and a pin.
In Denali the best excursion was Homestead Husky Kennels, Jeff King's dogs and staff were amazing. Extend your Tundra tour it is well worth it for the park that comes with the package. The upper part of the lodge does get crowded for buses and tours but downstairs is nice and the grounds great.
In Ketchikan the Wilderness Cruise and Silver King Lodge Seafood feast was wonderful, best meal we had, plus we seen an Eagle, guides threw fish in water and the Eagles came down to feed, plus whales. Well worth the price!!
McKinley we went to Talketna and visited the Ranger station where all climbers check in to Summit Denali (the great one) plus had breakfast at the Roadhouse.
All and all a great vacation!!
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