July 2011 Island Princess Alaska cruise: Island Princess Cruise Review by double happiness quilting

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July 2011 Island Princess Alaska cruise

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Whittier
Our cruise on the Island Princess was very nice and we had fantastic sunny weather all the way until the last full day. Princess had a naturalist on board, who spotted animals and did mini lectures, which was nice. Our room was always clean, new towels, cookies at night, candy on pillows.

Some of the things we didn't like: the laundry rooms were in disrepair; SMOKING!!; commercialization of the ports was ridiculous and the onboard shopping thing was just nuts. We felt like Princess had it's hand in our pockets all the time! Let's face it, unless you have the bucks, this byline they go by 'escape completely' is unattainable. More ping pong tables would be an asset as all the teens tie them up all day long.

We also felt like we were very uninformed about how things went. We eventually figured it out, but maybe a little flyer 'new cruiser tips' would be good.

Food. Supper in the anytime dining 'Bordeaux' was great. We didn't want to go formal, so two nights we More had to eat elsewhere. Sabatinis and the Bayou Cafe were not an option as $20 times 4 when you have two little kids who won't eat much is a waste. Forget dinner in the Horizon cafe. YUK. Pizza is excellent. Coffee is awful.

We never got the complete scoop on the drink cards. My kids have never had soda, so that didn't seem like a good idea. Coffee card for that yukky coffee? no thanks. But then when I went to get one of those (free) midget ice cream cones, there were a lot of other items, not for free. !? no prices listed though. We did not book any port activities with Princess, but I did a lot of research and we did great things at lesser prices. All our port activities were SUPER!

All in all, a great time, but I wouldn't be adverse to checking out another cruise line next time.

Oh, and disembarkation. We had an 11:30 flight, so Princess had all of us early flights gather in the Bayou at 6:30 AM. They pick up your baggage the night before. All the people moving part went fabulously, but then we waited an hour at the airport for the truck to deliver the bags. Not so good at the baggage moving part. Less

Published 07/21/11

Cabin review: MEB214 Mini-Suite with Balcony

We had a mini suite with balcony; B214. One big bed and a twin up (out of the ceiling) and a twin down. It was cramped when the bed was down, but all in all, was fine. Balcony was nice but we had smokers on either side and a CIGAR smoker below. P U Plenty of storage, quiet location, and close to the front so when they were looking for whales, out of our door, hang a left and outside you went.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Juneau was better than Skagway, but still, those pesky diamond stores abound. We ate lunch in the Red Onion and had salmon wraps which were huge and to die for! Our self booked activities were a whale watch and Mendenhall Glacier. The transport for the whale watch dropped us at Mendenhall and we took the local bus (old blue school bus) back to port. The whale watch: I tried Harv and Marv's and they don't take kids under 12. I found another outfit, but all booking was through Alaska Galore Tours. SO, we ended up our family and two ladies from Scotland on a fisherman's boat. He was nice, we certainly saw whales and sea lions, but definitely not as advertised. Maybe better than advertised since we didn't have a hundred others on the boat too, but still, not as advertised. "tasty boxed meal" was 'oh there are sodas here and cookies under there".

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Definitely the best of the three ports. We took a float plane ride with Sea Wind Navigation, and they were fabulous all the way through questions, booking, paying, flying, landing in the Misty Fjords, and getting back to the dock. FABULOUS!! They had a van that picked us up and dropped us back at the dock. Then we took a self guided tour of Ketchikan, taking in the fish ladders, eagle center, salmon hatchery, totem center, Creek Street (don't get all excited about the prospect of going there!). We had lunch as a little place called the Haddock Hole, right on the creek of Creek Street. More salmon, but I had halibut. yummy. oh, and all those pesky jewelry stores on the main drag and elsewhere. Try Ketchi-candies on the street where the overhead KETCHIKAN sign is. hmmmm hmmm good.

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This is a nothing little town that the main street has been taken over by jewelry and diamond stores. Our self booked tour was with Dyea Dave and it was fantastic! We went for the whole day up into the Yukon. We saw 3 big bears and two cups and some absolutely beautiful scenery. Dave is quite a character!

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