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San Francisco to San Francisco by way of the inner passage to Alaska. Eleven days of comfortable cruising, great service, no lines, exciting excursions and great food. The worst part of this cruise was San Francisco, not a great city anymore but the rest of the cruise was outstanding. Balcony room was smaller than my Oceanview on the Emerald but it had a nice balcony that is essential on an Alaska cruise. Anytime dining was great due to food. The wait staff was not up to par and for the first time I could tell anytime has less care than having defined dining and servers. Not bad, they just didn't seem to care. Horizon Court Buffet was excellent. Wait Staff, food quality, temperature and appearance were all top notch. I never had to wait for a table at breakfast or lunch, a first for me. Pizza on Deck 14 and Alfredo's on Deck 5 were very good. Salty Dog grill was also good. Fast service, food was hot and the new pager notification system sped everything up. Explorer Bar was outstanding, the bar staff and wait staff were excellent at night. Entertainment was nice, several new games and things to do made it interesting. Cruise Staff was not the best we've seen but overall pretty good. The only negative was the Asst Cruise Director ruined the Marriage Match Game, usually one of the funniest things all cruise but this time a yawn fest. Casino was good, too much smoke. I wonder how long it will be before they stop all smoking inside the ship? Perfect weather led to more outside activities and they were all good, some very interesting. Highlight of the trip was easily the Chef's Table Dinner. We've done this several times on Princess and other cruise lines and the Grand's was the best due to the Executive Chef and Head Maitra Di. Perfect meal, superb service and entertaining, mutual respect between the Chefs and the Wait Staff led to an amazing meal.

Grand Princess on the Inner Passage

Grand Princess Cruise Review by oldracer

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
San Francisco to San Francisco by way of the inner passage to Alaska. Eleven days of comfortable cruising, great service, no lines, exciting excursions and great food. The worst part of this cruise was San Francisco, not a great city anymore but the rest of the cruise was outstanding. Balcony room was smaller than my Oceanview on the Emerald but it had a nice balcony that is essential on an Alaska cruise.

Anytime dining was great due to food. The wait staff was not up to par and for the first time I could tell anytime has less care than having defined dining and servers. Not bad, they just didn't seem to care.

Horizon Court Buffet was excellent. Wait Staff, food quality, temperature and appearance were all top notch. I never had to wait for a table at breakfast or lunch, a first for me.

Pizza on Deck 14 and Alfredo's on Deck 5 were very good. Salty Dog grill was also good. Fast service, food was hot and the new pager notification system sped everything up.

Explorer Bar was outstanding, the bar staff and wait staff were excellent at night.

Entertainment was nice, several new games and things to do made it interesting. Cruise Staff was not the best we've seen but overall pretty good. The only negative was the Asst Cruise Director ruined the Marriage Match Game, usually one of the funniest things all cruise but this time a yawn fest. Casino was good, too much smoke. I wonder how long it will be before they stop all smoking inside the ship?

Perfect weather led to more outside activities and they were all good, some very interesting.

Highlight of the trip was easily the Chef's Table Dinner. We've done this several times on Princess and other cruise lines and the Grand's was the best due to the Executive Chef and Head Maitra Di. Perfect meal, superb service and entertaining, mutual respect between the Chefs and the Wait Staff led to an amazing meal.
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