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Island Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Island Princess - A Great Ship

Island Princess Cruise Review by sheila31

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

The Island Princess is a great ship. We have been on many newer ships and this one although not brand new does not disappoint. The food, cabins, public areas, entertainment, and itinerary to Alaska are exceptional. We had a larger than usual balcony. Also, on most Princess ships the closet area is bigger than those on other ships. The production numbers in the theater were better than the usual fare seen on cruises. The tours we took in Alaska exceeded our expectations. Another nice touch is that Princess had a naturalist on board to tell us about Alaska and the sea life that may be visible outside the ship. We had no problems with either the cruise or the before and after land tours taken through Princess. The Island Princess offers a fantastic voyage. Highly recommend the ship, Princess and the itinerary. We are booked on two more Princess cruises.

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Cabin Review

Cabin BB C326

Our cabin was clean and fine. The closet space was ample and better than other cruise lines. Our cabin steward kept the cabin clean. The balcony was bigger than most and this made it easier to view the glaciers when we did the scenic cruise days. Only downside was that the shower was very small.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Glacier Bay

We saw the glaciers and saw it calving along with a thunderous boom. Wished we had more time to view the glaciers. Very fair how they turn the ship around so everyone can get a view of the glaciers.

White Pass Scenic Railway

The train ride was great and the narration informative. We did not have a full car so we were able to walk around to get great photos. Our train ride went up to the Yukon Territory where we eventually met up with our bus. The barbecue lunch was better than expected. This lunch stop also had a museum, a petting zoo and a iditarod sled ride. The bus took us to Carcross which is a small town. We really enjoyed this tour.

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The Gardens were beautiful especially the upside down tree. We learned a lot about salmon at the hatchery

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Mendenhall Glacier

We booked one tour that took us to Mendenhall Glaciers, the Gardens and the Hatchery. Mendenhall is basically a tour on one's own. There are paths to take that get one closer to the waterfalls and the glacier. .

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Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is a must see. It is magnificient and beautiful. The layout makes it easy to see everything. We stayed overnight in the Empress Hotel and had high tea, another must.

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We disembarked here but continued on a land tour with Princess. Vancouver is very nice and offers lots to do. We went to Stanley Park and did the hop on, hop off bus.

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