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Royal Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Alaska is a Must

Royal Princess Cruise Review by kylemantas

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: Alaska

Alaska has been on our list for a while, so we leapt at this great deal. We knew that Glacier Bay was a definite must, which drew us to this itinerary. The Royal Princess is a Medallion Class ship, which made embarkation and onboard purchases seamless. Other passengers who did not complete the Medallion Registration to become "ship ready" prior to embarkation likely did not have the same experience we had.

We had a Deluxe Balcony cabin. I'm not sure that it was much bigger or better than a regular cabin. Our room steward was amazing. He was attentive, friendly, and accommodating.

We decided to try both add-on dining rooms. The Crown Grill was possibly the best steak I have ever had. The food at Sabatini's was delicious, however, we had an issue with our reservation which led to an uncomfortable dining experience. When we made the reservation with the hostess, we were told about a Buy One, Get One deal. We made our reservation based on this promotion. When we arrived for our meal, the restaurant manager met us at the door and told us that his hostess was mistaken and we didn't qualify for the promotion because we didn't have a coupon. Rather than simply honoring the promotion as outlined by the hostess, the manager threw his hands up, and we left. He later found us on the ship (thanks to the Medallion's tracking capabilities) and offered to honor the promotion after all.

The Cruise Director and her team were fun, however they seemed tired and less excited than other ships we've sailed.

We purchased the Enclave Package for access to the thermal suite in the Lotus Spa. We quickly made friends with the spa staff, and enjoyed our daily relaxation sessions.

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We spent the night in Anchorage and enjoyed our stay. We took a Ghost Tour around the Downtown area. We happened to be in Anchorage for the longest day of the year, which didn't lend to a very spooky haunted tour as the sun was still shining bright.

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay was the reason we chose this itinerary, and the reason we booked a balcony room. We could have watched the Margerie Glacier all day long.

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The show gave a history of Skagway. It was entertaining, though not much higher quality than any other community theatre. The show was at the end of our excursion, which included a bus ride up the White Pass.

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We went on the Allen Whale Watching tour. We were able to see whales, which was the main purpose of the tour. The boat was somewhat crowded, but they sold delicious cocktails that made it all worth it. In hindsight, we saw just as many whales from our balcony on the cruise ship, making this trip seem somewhat redundant.

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Lumberjack Show

The lumberjack show exceeded all expectations. It was funny and exciting - definitely a highlight of our trip.

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