Getting to Alaska
Our flight to Seattle was on a Virgin Airlines Boeing 787 in Economy. We had looked to upgrade to Premium Economy but the price was prohibitive. It was a good flight with decent food and great cabin crew. Immigration at Seattle Airport was a nightmare, taking an hour to actually get into the immigration hall and another hour to get seen. The immigration official was very polite. As per our instructions, we got the hotel shuttle from the airport to the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. This was ideally located about 5 minutes from the airport. It is a VERY large hotel and I had read reviews about long queues at the Front Desk, which was indeed the case, taking about 20 minutes to get to the front and get checked in. Our room was somewhat old-fashioned but clean and comfortable with very comfortable beds. We had a very pleasant dinner at the 13 Coins restaurant a few minutes along the road from the hotel. We had booked the whole flight package through Princess and they had very kindly booked us on to an Alaska Airlines flight to Fairbanks at 0630 the next morning, meaning a 4am wake-up call...
Quiet and comfortable. In very good condition for the age of the ship. Large flat-screen TV on wall but remote not very intuitive - you couldn't key in a channel number so had to scroll through channels all the time. Very comfy beds. Air-con efficient. Shower stall VERY small.
A stunning day aboard the ship in Glacier Bay. Great commentary from the National Park Rangers brought on board. Excellent Glacier viewing.
An easy transfer from the Princess Train to the Ship in Whittier. We had been checked-in on board the train and had priority boarding due to our Elite status, so there was no wait at all.