We chose this cruise because Princess has been cruising Alaska for 50 years, and the advice we got was they do Alaska best. We chose this time of year because of lack of crowds/families, although our ship was full. Also more sunny days, no mosquitoes. No salmon and perhaps not as many whales and blooming flowers. It’s a trade off I suppose.
We are hikers and do prefer it a bit cooler for that. The ship was a good size, not a mega ship which we did not want. I would have preferred a smaller such as the Coral Princess, but this itinerary worked best. The staff is friendly, the programs were excellent including talks from naturalists and Glacier Park Rangers narrating the cruise thru Yakutat Bay and Glacier Bay. The ship’s public areas were elegant and updated. However the cabins and pool areas look a little tired.
The food in the buffet was just average, Sometimes below average even at breakfast.
We ate in the dining rooms for dinner and even breakfast on sea days, The poolside pizza and burgers were good.
All in all it was a good value for the price. Everything was well organized and the staff helpful and friendly.
We did a 3 day land package and while I definitely recommend seeing Denali Etc. I would not do the Anchorage package with two nights at Denali. We flew to Anchorage and had 3 nights in 3 different lodges, with luggage to be outside your door by 6 or 7 am. Bus rides didn’t get you to your next location until noon or early afternoon .
Try to stay at least 2 nights in one place if you want to have an unhurried experience.
There is nothing to see in Anchorage, unless you want to venture to Seward, from what we heard. Start in Fairbanks if possible, and then you can pick a 2 night package near Denali. For about $100 you can connect to Fairbanks from Anchorage and save yourself alot of bus time. Wish we would have done so, since we only had limited time for the land tour. Do another day if you can.
Definitely take the train from Denali to the ship. I have read many comments about lack of space in the seating area, and this is absolutely not the case unless you require a huge carryon for the trip on the train.
The food was good and if you tell your hostess you would like to have lunch onboard, she will put you on the list. People are taken down in groups to the dining car. If you wait til noon to mention you want lunch , yes it will be a wait.
For us Princess was the right choice to see Alaska.
Decor average, plenty of storage. Beds comfortable. Bathroom old and tired. Didn’t think it was worth the money for a balcony. We preferred being up on deck a moving around to different vantage points. They looked small and cramped.
We were on deck 5 near midship,
which was very convenient to the Piazza.
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