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The Grand , not so grand and it shows. Appalled by maintenance crews entering our cabin even against our explicit direction not to; both when no one was there and when only minors where in the room ( old enough to watch a movie while we dined). Princess felt it appropriate to use our time paid for in the cabin to replace tile/closet doors etc. Rooms are very dated and wear worn. Smoking directly below us ( Emerald 722). We were eventually moved and updated to E732 but then that sprung a serious leak. Wetting our clothes , rugs, etc. The staff is wonderful. Friendly, helpful, gracious. The food is a C+, but I am from SF so standards pretty high. The average age of the cruise was 75+ so it was hard for the kids and sometimes us to blend in. Day time activities sorely lacking mostly geared to loosen your wallet. Major shows very good. Alaska is wonderful. BOOK WHEN OFF THE SHIP FOR EXCURSIONS. I wish i knew that you can save money and get a better idea what you are going to do. All in all I give this cruise a sold C. I would never however sail the Grand Princess again. Did I mention the permeating smell of smoke throught the ship? The casino reeks which is located adjacent to the main theater. I would say if you get a really good deal to go with the knowledge that some areas are lacking. But , if like us you are paying the full amount I would find a better ship.

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Grand Princess Cruise Review by Tdon429

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite with Balcony
The Grand , not so grand and it shows. Appalled by maintenance crews entering our cabin even against our explicit direction not to; both when no one was there and when only minors where in the room ( old enough to watch a movie while we dined). Princess felt it appropriate to use our time paid for in the cabin to replace tile/closet doors etc. Rooms are very dated and wear worn. Smoking directly below us ( Emerald 722). We were eventually moved and updated to E732 but then that sprung a serious leak. Wetting our clothes , rugs, etc. The staff is wonderful. Friendly, helpful, gracious. The food is a C+, but I am from SF so standards pretty high. The average age of the cruise was 75+ so it was hard for the kids and sometimes us to blend in. Day time activities sorely lacking mostly geared to loosen your wallet. Major shows very good. Alaska is wonderful. BOOK WHEN OFF THE SHIP FOR EXCURSIONS. I wish i knew that you can save money and get a better idea what you are going to do. All in all I give this cruise a sold C. I would never however sail the Grand Princess again. Did I mention the permeating smell of smoke throught the ship? The casino reeks which is located adjacent to the main theater. I would say if you get a really good deal to go with the knowledge that some areas are lacking. But , if like us you are paying the full amount I would find a better ship.
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Cabin Review

Grand Suite with Balcony
Cabin S1 E732
Most Aft suite. Best for the views on both sides. Lots of room comparatively. Dated but bathroom and closet good. Couch in poor shape. Really nice big deck. If you are OK with the louder wake and traveling backwards go for it. I would book this cabin again
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Honestly I though it would be more exciting. It was fun and cool to helicopter but the Glacier area is not as awe inspiring the ride is very short and the time up there is short. Not a huge value. but kids liked it
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  • Rainforest Hike
    Decent trip a bit underwhelming for the price. You can catch a free shuttle to totem pole park yourself, but the guide gave us some very good information we would not likely get. He was a local so I liked to get that perspective
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  • White Pass Bennett Lake Adventure
    Easy to get on train from ship. lovely scenery comfortable , the kids where a bit bored. Three hours plenty long enough and time to see the cute town.
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