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We chose this cruise for the departure port and itinerary, but I wouldn’t change anything. The ship is older and doesn’t have all the wizz bang features of the new ships, but that’s not why you cruise to Alaska. I didn’t notice any maintenance issues or problems with cleanliness. No funny sewerage smells or problems with air conditioning. Our stateroom was always clean and very comfortable. The size was not massive, but more than enough considering the amount of time we spent outside our cabin. Overall the crew were very friendly and efficient. I agree with some of the comments about the buffet, but if you choose carefully you can still have a good meal every time. If you time your meals correctly there are virtually no queues and we always found a table. Remember there is another seating area towards the back of the ship on both sides. We chose traditional dining for dinner and were able to get a table for two after requesting it on the embarkation day. We had to share for the first night, but had our own table for the rest of the cruise. The menu is adequate and again with careful choices you can have a lovely meal every night. The Crown Grill was excellent. Great food and service. Alaska was amazing! We even saw the Northern Lights (on the departure out of Haines and only for about fifteen minutes). I would happily cruise on the Grand Princess again. We’re already planning to repeat this cruise with our kids in a couple of years.

Oldie, but Goodie!

Grand Princess Cruise Review by Dievlieger

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
We chose this cruise for the departure port and itinerary, but I wouldn’t change anything. The ship is older and doesn’t have all the wizz bang features of the new ships, but that’s not why you cruise to Alaska. I didn’t notice any maintenance issues or problems with cleanliness. No funny sewerage smells or problems with air conditioning. Our stateroom was always clean and very comfortable. The size was not massive, but more than enough considering the amount of time we spent outside our cabin. Overall the crew were very friendly and efficient. I agree with some of the comments about the buffet, but if you choose carefully you can still have a good meal every time. If you time your meals correctly there are virtually no queues and we always found a table. Remember there is another seating area towards the back of the ship on both sides. We chose traditional dining for dinner and were able to get a table for two after requesting it on the embarkation day. We had to share for the first night, but had our own table for the rest of the cruise. The menu is adequate and again with careful choices you can have a lovely meal every night. The Crown Grill was excellent. Great food and service. Alaska was amazing! We even saw the Northern Lights (on the departure out of Haines and only for about fifteen minutes). I would happily cruise on the Grand Princess again. We’re already planning to repeat this cruise with our kids in a couple of years.
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Cabin Review

Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin OY E620
We had a great view between two lifeboats. Be careful though, because some of these cabins look straight into the lifeboats with no outside view at all. You can see the view from your cabin by Googling the cabin number and clicking on images. The cabin was big enough and very comfortable. Not a load of cupboard space, but again, sufficient. The on demand tv and movie service was excellent. All free of charge and a great selection of programs and movies. We had a few movie nights after a late dinner. The room attendant was excellent and never felt intrusive. I would definitely book this cabin again!
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    You can easily walk from the ship to the ABEF in about ten minutes. The entrance is only $15 for adults. I think the official excursion charged around $35, but that did include transport (good if you have mobility issues). The other advantage of doing it independently is that we were able to spend as much time as we liked there without having to rush off to the next thing.
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  • Mendenhall Glacier
    The glacier was ok. The salmon hatchery was quite interesting and had a great little aquarium inside too. The salmon bake was delicious. A little tight on space if you get there at the same time as another group, but everyone found a spot. Nice little walk up to the waterfall as well.
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  • Alcatraz
    Very interesting! We spent a lot more time on Alcatraz than we expected to. Book well in advance and try to get an early morning ferry. The island fills up pretty quickly during the day.
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  • City Tour
    Hop on, hop off bus. Look for good deals online. The operator will match the online deals, so don’t just pay the advertised price. We did all three bus routes and it was well worth it. Legroom upstairs is very tight. Much better downstairs, although you do miss some of the views then. Commentary depended very much on who was driving. Some of it was great, others just let the recorded system do the talking.
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  • Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest
    Comfortable boat. Good commentary from the crew. Solid three hour excursion. We saw sea otters, seals and lots of whales. Book the early departure. They pick you up at the ship and then drop you off in town afterwards. This avoids the long queues for the shuttle busses from the ship to town.
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  • Victoria
    Very pretty town, but the stop was too short to do anything meaningful other than some quick souvenir shopping. Would love to visit again to see more of the area.
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