My wife and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary with a Princess land and sea package. After a great time on the land portion of our trip we took a motorcoach to Whittier and boarded the ship around 3 pm with only a short wait. We had priority boarding but it looked like the wait time was short regardless of what line in which you stood. Our luggage arrived in our cabin within 2 hours. We had upgraded to the Club Class mini suite. The cabin had plenty of room, a full size tub/shower and a large balcony. Minimal wear/tear noted. Service from our steward Noly was excellent. He was always friendly and readily available.
In general the condition of the ship was satisfactory. Really didn't spend time trying to find faults with it. One disappointment was that Captain Tuvo was not onboard. After reading many reviews we were looking forward to meeting him. He had gone home two weeks prior to spend some R and R time with his family. We saw the new captain once at the champagne party in the piazza. I went to the fitness center only one time. It was so crowded that I did not return for the rest of the cruise. There are a lot of events sponsored by the various shops onboard and I can see how they can be a nuisance. Don't let it get to you. Just choose like we did not to bother with these events.
Our favorite place to hang out was at the maritini bar Crooners. We met some fun people there. The bartenders Harold and Jazon were the best. A couple of days into the trip the ship ran out of limes. Didn't realize how many people liked limes with their drinks until they ran out.We didn't go to any shows in the theater. We enjoyed listening to the music at the piano bar and in the piazza. However, we did listen to a very talented male singer in the Vista Lounge. We went to see a comedian in the Explorers Lounge. He was mediocre.
We ate all our dinners in the Club Class section of the Portifino dining room. The food was very good and the service was excellent. There seemed to be a high waiter to table ratio. Not sure if it affected the main dining area or not. Breakfast at the Horizon Court buffet was satisfactory but the lunch not so much. Even the salad bar was lacking. The biggest dining disappointment was the Crown Grille. We have never had a problem with the Crown on any Princess ship until now. Both of our steaks were overcooked and our grilled asparagus was unedible. We think it had become spoiled during the week.
We really enjoyed the ports of call and seeing both Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay. We attended several lectures by the onboard naturalist. She would go out on deck 7 forward to help people spot wildlife and talk about the glaciers. In Skagway we rented a Jeep and drove up the Yukon highway into Canada all the way to Emerald Lake and drove back to Carcross to have lunch before heading back into Skagway. Be sure to take your passports with you. While in Juneau we took a photo tour of Mendenhall Glacier and a whale watching trip. Saw lots of whales and eagles. In Ketchikan we just walked around town and window shopped. If you want to buy something at any of these ports buy from stores that are locally owned.
Got off the ship in Vancouver with minimal amount of hassle. We stayed overnight at the Pan Pacific hotel which is at the end of the cruise terminal. Very convenient when hauling your own luggae.
All in all we had a great time and would not hesitate to sail on the Star in Alaska again.
Good size room. Plenty of storage. Nice having a full size tub/shower. Large balcony was great for viewing the scenery or just reading a book.