We chose Princess because we wanted to do an Alaska cruise + spend some time in Denali.
The cruise was first rate. Food, entertainment and staff were excellent. We ate in the main dining room late seating. The food and choices were excellent as was the staff and adjoining table mates. The comedy show was great. I think the comedian was AJ Jamal. The other shows were very good too.
We had good weather for early in the season. Didn’t really care for the ports. But it’s Alaska so choices are limited. We arrived in Vancouver a couple of days early and really enjoyed that lovely city! That’s where we did a whale watching tour on our own and saw whales. Glad we did as we saw no whales cruising. We stayed at the Marriott Pinnacle in Vancouver and were able to walk over to embarkation in about 10 minutes even with our suitcases. Do not forget your Medallion at home like I did. It was a chore to get another one aboard ship!
The White Pass train in Skagway was amazing as it was a beautiful sunny afternoon and the views were spectacular. But, be forewarned, the train ran 90 minutes behind schedule due to sharing the track with trains bound in the opposite direction. You get on the train, go up the track about 2 miles and you just sit there for an hour and a half - so maybe bring something to do. Cruising through glacier national park was beautiful and well narrated by the NPS staff. College fjord was also a visual treat. There are plenty of places on deck for viewing but is it’s a nice day, consider paying the fee for cushy lounge chair with blankets in the Sanctuary. We also had good views from our balcony.
Do not bother to do the 3 day add on in the parks. It’s very little time in the parks and a lot of time on busses and trains. It was soooo disappointing but I should have done more research. The Princess lodge rooms, which you are only in for about 12-16 hours anyway are in need of renovation. This early in the season, they were woefully understaffed. Waits were long in the restaurants and the food was mediocre. If you are going to do the parks, you need at least a week. We were always rushed and saw little wildlife although Denali peak was clearly visible with no cloud cover. So that was a treat.
Mini suite was Spacious with plenty of storage. Liked the bath tub/shower combo. We didn’t use the tub but it certainly made for a spacious shower. The balcony was small in my opinion. But, since it was an Alaska cruise, we really only used it for viewing the scenery. The bed was very comfortable and our room steward, Frederico, was great!
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