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Reviews and information said Princess specialized in Alaska more than other lines and had access to Glacier Bay. While we had concerns about Princess cruises the price and itinerary were unbeatable. Travel agent advised to go with low expectations since we had cruised before with Royal Caribbean. He was exactly correct. Everything was satisfactory, nothing was exceptional. The staff was indifferent and did the bare minimum. Waiters brought food and nothing more. Cabin steward was a housekeeper, no towel animals or other effort. Ironically the ship was beautiful. The cabin was amazing, E202. The food quality was good, the menu was not. We only chose to eat in the dining room 3 of 7 nights because of this. The production shows were well done but the themes were out of place in Alaska. One was a Chinese fable and the other was about New Orleans. The comedian was hilarious which was great since reviews before the cruise said Princess doesn't have comedians. David Moore, in the Crooners bar at night was great, wish we had found him earlier in the cruise. His time overlapped with the production show times. Cruise director staff was amazing and had more and better activities than many cruises. Game shows, trivia and dance classes everyday. This was important since there were only 2 1/2 days in port. This could have been a 5 star cruise if the crew had cared.

First Alaskan and First Princess Cruise

Island Princess Cruise Review by tailor33

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Premium Oceanview
Reviews and information said Princess specialized in Alaska more than other lines and had access to Glacier Bay. While we had concerns about Princess cruises the price and itinerary were unbeatable.

Travel agent advised to go with low expectations since we had cruised before with Royal Caribbean. He was exactly correct. Everything was satisfactory, nothing was exceptional. The staff was indifferent and did the bare minimum. Waiters brought food and nothing more. Cabin steward was a housekeeper, no towel animals or other effort. Ironically the ship was beautiful. The cabin was amazing, E202.

The food quality was good, the menu was not. We only chose to eat in the dining room 3 of 7 nights because of this.

The production shows were well done but the themes were out of place in Alaska. One was a Chinese fable and the other was about New Orleans. The comedian was hilarious which was great since reviews before the cruise said Princess doesn't have comedians. David Moore, in the Crooners bar at night was great, wish we had found him earlier in the cruise. His time overlapped with the production show times.

Cruise director staff was amazing and had more and better activities than many cruises. Game shows, trivia and dance classes everyday. This was important since there were only 2 1/2 days in port.

This could have been a 5 star cruise if the crew had cared.
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Cabin Review

Premium Oceanview
Cabin O6 E202
Front corner port side. Very large. Great layout. No noise from theatre. Some noise from anchor but not a big deal. Long walk to the room. Very rough on bumpy seas.
Emerald Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Glacier Bay
    So many glaciers, such incredible views. We stayed here over an hour and the captain slowly spun the ship so everyone could see everything even from their balconies.
    Glacier Bay made this trip.
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  • Wildlife Tour
    Luke, our guide, was awesome. Hiked and saw mother and cubs in a stream. The cruise lines tour was to stand on a viewing platform with 100 people while we were a group of 12 and we went to multiple locations.
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  • Dog Sledding
    Sled ride was longer than expected. Information talks about the dogs, sledding, and races was very interesting. Got to pet all 16 dogs then got to meet a retired dog and meet and play with puppies. Not the photo op the cruise line offered in the atrium. I got to hold the puppy for 5 minutes and one fell asleep in my arms.
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  • Kayaking
    30-45 minute bus ride with friendly bus driver and 2 guides sharing information. Amazing kayaking trip, 2 person kayaks--raincoat was provided. There were 3 guides for the 8 kayaks, which was good since one kayak wasn't able to complete due to a knee injury. Great photo ops.
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  • White Pass Scenic Railway
    This was a combined excursion. The kayaking guides, Toby and Meg, gave excellent commentary about the pass, gold rush, area, animals. Our small group got our own train car apart from the others that booked the train ride.
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  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
    As opposed to zoos in the lower 48, this zoo was all orphaned animals in natural habitats, not cages. The variety of animals was incredible; brown bear, black bear, polar bear, tigers, wolves, foxes, coyotes, wolverines, etc. We did the Discovery guided tour and went behind the scenes. The keeper fed the tigers through a chain link fence feet in front of us. So incredible.
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