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This is the second time we have taken the Inland Passage cruise from Vancouver to Whitter. Both times with Princess but two different ships. Loved the first cruise and wanted to come back once again and also added the land tour package this time. The Alaska cruises are very popular for good reason. The views, the calm sailing, the interesting ports of call. The variety of excursions and the expierance of Glacier Bay National Park. The cruise is worth doing all on its own. Adding the land portion makes a second type of trip out of it that pairs so well to show off Alaska. The cruise ship Golden Princess was reallynice. We were on the last North bound trip of the year. Long season for the crew but they did a great job for us. Cabin clean, comfortable. We had balcony cabin which was wonderful for this type of cruise. Spent a lot of time watching the natural beauty pass by in front of us right off our balcony. Saw sea turtles swim right below us, whales in the distance. Great ocean vistas, Calm and smooth waters. Whats not to like in this picture? Three ports of call on the cruise not counting Vancouver and Whitter. Each has a lot to offer. We did excursions in each. All enjoyable. Got out on the water on a tour boat out of Juneau for up close whale watching. Took a ferry out of Skagway to Haines and a tour up a river to view bald eagles and brown bears hunting and catching salmon out of a river. Took the duck boat around Ketchikan for a tour of the town and a trip out on the harbour. Great fun all of them and well setup and organized. We set up each excursion through the Princess website in advance and everything went very smoothly in each port. I would recommend yopu spend some time comparing the many options availbe in each port and pick what sounds like the most appealing to you. In juneau there is a tram to the top of Roberts peak with greatviews and hiking trainls around the top. The glacier just outside of town is worth the trip. We did that last crusie. The boat trip this time left from a harbour a bit away from Juneau so there was a nice bus ride with good sights along the way then a great trip out inot the Sound with views all around and many whales. So much to do , so little time! The ship is in port for the shortest time in Ketshikan. The town is small enough to just walk off the ship and go places or take a shuttle bus. It is the salmon capital and there are some hgreat ours around that theme. Skagway is the history stop. Gold rush gateway. The town is small and walkable with many stores and restaurants. A fun place. The train ride over the pass is very worth doing. Tkes some time, you travel quite a ways. We did that previuously so opted to take the tour that went to Haines. A 45 minute ferry ride and then buses up a river to a lake and park/campground. Te guides would stop the bus when nears and bald eagles were spotted along the river and everyone would pile out to see. The guides set up several spotting scopes that gacv closeup views and would take people's phones and take pictures through the eyepiece. Great shots of bears pulling fish from the river! So each port has much to offer. If you are on a tight budget there is much to do by just walking off the ship and exploring on your own. While I highly recomment the excursions as a way to really get out there and see things they are not the only options. You can have a good time with some walking sighseeing, light shopping and lunch and back to the ship. The ship is much quieter during the days in port and you can have much of the place to yourselfs as well. While on board the ship when it is underway there is always plenty to see and do. Good public areas.Activities. Food in the dining rooms was great. Buffet was ok for breakfast and a quick lunch. Very crowded during peak times. Hard to find a table at times. For dinner don't cheat yourself, go to the dining rooms. They are much better in terms of expierance and food qaulity at no additional cost. Yes there are a couple of formal nights. Don't skip them and go to the buffet. Times have changed. In the same dining room on formal nights I saw men in tux's, sports coats ties and no ties. And a couple of stubborn folks in T shirts and jeans. No judgments were being made. We did one specialty restaurant of the two on board. The Crown Grill was very good indeed. You don't get steak like that in the regular dining rooms. During the day there is always pizza avalable and hamburgers and sandwiches by the pool. We didn't starve. Diets are temporaily suspened for the duration of the cruise. Entertaimment was well done and enjoyable. Fitness center well set up. Deck 7 walk around the whole ship very popular. Something every evening. The Princess theatre was our go to spot. Good production shows. Singing, dancing. You will find lots of music in the bars and several large bar venues. Prices are what you would expect. Very comfotable places all throughout the ship. But all of that onboard stuff is a sidelight. Makes the trip nice but the star of the show is the journey itself. If there was no bingo or casino or bars and steakhouses, production shows or shopping locations the voyage would still be well worth it. The real show is off the bow, the port and starboard and aft. Just look around out there for the whole trip and you will feel that you got your moneys worth. We did.

Second Time as good as the First!

Golden Princess Cruise Review by jimf97504

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
This is the second time we have taken the Inland Passage cruise from Vancouver to Whitter. Both times with Princess but two different ships. Loved the first cruise and wanted to come back once again and also added the land tour package this time. The Alaska cruises are very popular for good reason. The views, the calm sailing, the interesting ports of call. The variety of excursions and the expierance of Glacier Bay National Park. The cruise is worth doing all on its own. Adding the land portion makes a second type of trip out of it that pairs so well to show off Alaska.

The cruise ship Golden Princess was reallynice. We were on the last North bound trip of the year. Long season for the crew but they did a great job for us. Cabin clean, comfortable. We had balcony cabin which was wonderful for this type of cruise. Spent a lot of time watching the natural beauty pass by in front of us right off our balcony. Saw sea turtles swim right below us, whales in the distance. Great ocean vistas, Calm and smooth waters. Whats not to like in this picture?

Three ports of call on the cruise not counting Vancouver and Whitter. Each has a lot to offer. We did excursions in each. All enjoyable. Got out on the water on a tour boat out of Juneau for up close whale watching. Took a ferry out of Skagway to Haines and a tour up a river to view bald eagles and brown bears hunting and catching salmon out of a river. Took the duck boat around Ketchikan for a tour of the town and a trip out on the harbour. Great fun all of them and well setup and organized. We set up each excursion through the Princess website in advance and everything went very smoothly in each port. I would recommend yopu spend some time comparing the many options availbe in each port and pick what sounds like the most appealing to you. In juneau there is a tram to the top of Roberts peak with greatviews and hiking trainls around the top. The glacier just outside of town is worth the trip. We did that last crusie. The boat trip this time left from a harbour a bit away from Juneau so there was a nice bus ride with good sights along the way then a great trip out inot the Sound with views all around and many whales. So much to do , so little time!

The ship is in port for the shortest time in Ketshikan. The town is small enough to just walk off the ship and go places or take a shuttle bus. It is the salmon capital and there are some hgreat ours around that theme.

Skagway is the history stop. Gold rush gateway. The town is small and walkable with many stores and restaurants. A fun place. The train ride over the pass is very worth doing. Tkes some time, you travel quite a ways. We did that previuously so opted to take the tour that went to Haines. A 45 minute ferry ride and then buses up a river to a lake and park/campground. Te guides would stop the bus when nears and bald eagles were spotted along the river and everyone would pile out to see. The guides set up several spotting scopes that gacv closeup views and would take people's phones and take pictures through the eyepiece. Great shots of bears pulling fish from the river!

So each port has much to offer. If you are on a tight budget there is much to do by just walking off the ship and exploring on your own. While I highly recomment the excursions as a way to really get out there and see things they are not the only options. You can have a good time with some walking sighseeing, light shopping and lunch and back to the ship. The ship is much quieter during the days in port and you can have much of the place to yourselfs as well.

While on board the ship when it is underway there is always plenty to see and do. Good public areas.Activities. Food in the dining rooms was great. Buffet was ok for breakfast and a quick lunch. Very crowded during peak times. Hard to find a table at times. For dinner don't cheat yourself, go to the dining rooms. They are much better in terms of expierance and food qaulity at no additional cost. Yes there are a couple of formal nights. Don't skip them and go to the buffet. Times have changed. In the same dining room on formal nights I saw men in tux's, sports coats ties and no ties. And a couple of stubborn folks in T shirts and jeans. No judgments were being made. We did one specialty restaurant of the two on board. The Crown Grill was very good indeed. You don't get steak like that in the regular dining rooms. During the day there is always pizza avalable and hamburgers and sandwiches by the pool. We didn't starve. Diets are temporaily suspened for the duration of the cruise.

Entertaimment was well done and enjoyable. Fitness center well set up. Deck 7 walk around the whole ship very popular. Something every evening. The Princess theatre was our go to spot. Good production shows. Singing, dancing. You will find lots of music in the bars and several large bar venues. Prices are what you would expect. Very comfotable places all throughout the ship.

But all of that onboard stuff is a sidelight. Makes the trip nice but the star of the show is the journey itself. If there was no bingo or casino or bars and steakhouses, production shows or shopping locations the voyage would still be well worth it. The real show is off the bow, the port and starboard and aft. Just look around out there for the whole trip and you will feel that you got your moneys worth. We did.
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