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Discovery Princess Review

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Itinerary picked for bucket list excursions but we missed them all! The Cruise from Hell!

Review for Discovery Princess to Alaska
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6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jul 2022
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Traveled with children

Having visited Alaska a few times this itinerary was chosen for the ports of call and also for excursions to Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier and Train in Skagway. This my first trip using the Medallion and it seemed that despite having everything pre-load before arriving at the port, it still meant checking everything over about 3 separate times. Boarding was long, tedious and absolutely chaotic. Lineups were getting nasty, children fretful all around us and passengers just plain rude! Under staffing and lack of communication did not help. Arriving at the port at 1:00 pm our assigned time we finally set foot on the ship by 2:30 pm. It is my belief we were better off before the invention of the Medallion despite this being during a very active covid season.

Cabin B409 was a beautiful mini-suite just right for 3 generations of women. Lots of room, bright, clean, roomy, lots of closet space and the best part was our room steward Jefferson. He provided the best possible service going out of his way to make our sailing experience the best ever. Friendly and helpful every single day.

Dinner was in the Ketchikan Dining room at 6:00 pm. Because there are banks of elevators on either side of the entrance they posted signs for passengers with or without reservations. Those without reservations were angry that those with reservations were being served first and some were getting testy. We had a great table and the waiters were so much fun we booked our reservation for 5:30 in order to sit at the same table every night. It was perfect. We did find the menu a bit high-brow as we are not foodies and some nights it was very difficult to even find something to eat from the menu. A couple of nights we actually went for pizza or the buffet. When we had booked it was our understanding that all passengers would be required to wear masks in public places. Such was not the case. Due to my age and risk, our party of 3 always wore masks except when dining or drinking. We were stared at a lot there were very few passengers wearing masks as soon as they topped the gangway they were off for the duration of the cruise.

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Mini-Suite with Balcony

Our mini suite was beautiful. It was roomy and had ample closets. It was nice to have a larger bathroom and the amenities provided were high quality. We were in Baja 409 and the view forward was lovely. The larger balcony was really appreciated on the two days of sunshine we had for the duration of our cruise. Bed configuration was 2 twins and the pull out so the beds did not have that extra comfy topper that they use when they are put together as a queen.

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