Island Princess Cruise Review by buckeyecruiser44081
- Sail Date: August 2017
- Destination: Alaska
This is the same trip that we made last year except this time it was with a group of friends. The last time we were on the Island Princess we took the ship from Whittier, AK to Vancouver, BC, to Ft. Lauderdale, the last Alaska voyage and on to the first Panama Canal voyage. It felt like we had just left the ship and we were back on it. We started in Fairbanks going south to Whittier. Stopped off in Denali and would recommend the "Music of Denali" on arrival day. The Kantishna Experience was well worth the time, 13 hours on a school bus, and the expense to see wild animals as well as the wilderness. Not sure how the cruise lines chooses people to sit in the rail cars, but we had one with tables and others had airplane style seats with trays and power outlets. There were not any significant changes made to the Island and it looks like it has been under a lot of wear. We were in a mini-suite and it was very nice to have all the extra room. The Alaskan cruise made the ship feel nice and the staff was excellent. We are Platinum level so getting on in Whittier was a breeze and since we had made travel arrangements with Princess E-Z Air, travel to the Vancouver Airport had no problems. We looked forward to the English Pub during our day a sea near Vancouver which was very good. If you like fish and chip, then this is for you. Order 3 portions and split the one extra. Most of the nights we had excellent dining room service and two nights we took way to long in the dining room. One night we did not get offered coffee or tea with our dessert. Show were very good; however, there were times when the dancers looked like they had forgotten their steps. All of the singers were excellent and the one comic was not very funny. He tried to make people laugh by picking on the attendees and embarrassing them. Just not funny. All in all another excellent trip and looking forward to the next Princess cruise.
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