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3rd cruise to Alaska. 4th time on Princess; and the last. Nothing lived up to expectations. Dining experience was better on last year's Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska, but I never expect much from Royal. Cabin was nice. Entertainment was nothing special; walked out on both production performances. Sound was way too loud. On the plus side, staff was nice. Cabin was always clean although to bathroom smelled of sewer gas and they have discontinued towel animals -- always a fun thing to see when returning to the room in the evening. They also discontinued the end of cruise kitchen staff parade. Dining room menu was limited, causing me to have always available salmon and chicken 4 of the 7 nights. Chicken was so tough I needed a steak knife to cut it. Salmon was always tough and overdone. But service was excellent. Lido breakfast looked and tasted like it was made around 2 AM and then kept in warmer trays until people arrived. Probably just as well the kitchen parade was cancelled. In the post-cruise questionnaire Princess asked about friendliness of the ship's officers. I thought the ship was on auto-pilot. No senior officer ever spoke or appeared. The weather was a bit raw, causing restricted access to the open decks and overcrowding the indoor public spaces. Nevertheless, Alaska is always nice to visit. In Juneau, visit "The Hanger" for lunch; it is at the end of the pier. The Alaska State Museum, an easy walk from the ship, is also great.

Alaska is always nice to visit

Royal Princess Cruise Review by TiredGuru

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
3rd cruise to Alaska. 4th time on Princess; and the last. Nothing lived up to expectations. Dining experience was better on last year's Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska, but I never expect much from Royal. Cabin was nice. Entertainment was nothing special; walked out on both production performances. Sound was way too loud. On the plus side, staff was nice. Cabin was always clean although to bathroom smelled of sewer gas and they have discontinued towel animals -- always a fun thing to see when returning to the room in the evening. They also discontinued the end of cruise kitchen staff parade. Dining room menu was limited, causing me to have always available salmon and chicken 4 of the 7 nights. Chicken was so tough I needed a steak knife to cut it. Salmon was always tough and overdone. But service was excellent. Lido breakfast looked and tasted like it was made around 2 AM and then kept in warmer trays until people arrived. Probably just as well the kitchen parade was cancelled. In the post-cruise questionnaire Princess asked about friendliness of the ship's officers. I thought the ship was on auto-pilot. No senior officer ever spoke or appeared. The weather was a bit raw, causing restricted access to the open decks and overcrowding the indoor public spaces. Nevertheless, Alaska is always nice to visit. In Juneau, visit "The Hanger" for lunch; it is at the end of the pier. The Alaska State Museum, an easy walk from the ship, is also great.
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