Alaska........ Bears, Eagles and Float Planes.: Sea Princess Cruise Review by Floraljems

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Alaska........ Bears, Eagles and Float Planes.

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: San Francisco
Writing this review I will try and be impartial, although I think I will find it difficult.

We have just returned from a 10day cruise to the Inside Passage of Southwest Alaska. We boarded at San Francisco and were treated to the most efficient service we have ever received when boarding a ship. We were just 20 mins from getting off the bus to our state room. The check in staff of Princess were all so efficient while being extremely friendly and professional this may have been because they were of the more mature age range but I think it was because they were all good at their job.

Sailing out from San Francisco is one of these magical moments, we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge and it was spectacular, beautiful blue skies and no fog.

The next two days were sea days and were quite rough, this is were I feel the ship could have been a bit better organised, there wasn't a lot to do on these days if your not a bingo or dart player and just felt that some More quizzes or some talks indoors would have been more appropriate given the conditions we were sailing in. The movies under the stars was a dead loss and one stage the swimming pool was hitting the screen. That coupled with the fog made watching a movie a complete No No. However it gave you a chance to get to talk to your fellow passengers and make new friends.This is definitely one of the friendliest ships I have been on it may be because it's smaller.

I had read negative reviews the Horizon Court and although we only used it for lunch a couple times it was O.K . We used the M.D for most of our meals and the waiting staff were great.

All the staff that we meet were very professional, helpful and pleasant and nothing was to much trouble for them. We had a balcony cabin which was adequate with enough space for everything. The suitcases fitted under bed and there was enough wardrobe and drawer was kept immaculate by our steward.

We didn't see that many shows because of our schedule preferring to stay off the ship and enjoy the towns we were visiting but we did go to see the comedian and he was good.

Glacier bay :, it is a day of scenic cruising into one of the most fascinating area's. The park rangers come onto the ship and make announcements over the tannoy so you are informed throughout the day of exactly what you are seeing. The also hold a slide show talk in the theatre which is informative and interesting.

We picked this cruise so we could see Glacier Bay and it did not dissapoint.

Coming out from Glacier Bay you see an abundance of wildlife because the waters are so rich, the scenary is so vast and so clear again we had blue skies all day.

Our main reason for choosing Alaska was to see the scenery and the animals and that was spectacular. We were lucky enough to have pure blue skies for most of our trip and no rain except in Victoria. I don't think I will ever better this trip. Less

Published 09/27/11

Cabin review: AB

Port and Shore Excursions

We choose to do all our trips through Princess and in Juneau we went on The whale watch & Mendenhall Glacier trip. we were taken by bus straight from the quayside to the harbour were we picked up our boat that took us to see the whales. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and so enthusiastic as was the Captain of the boat. He knew there was a pod of Orca's in the vicinity and made every effort so we could see them, which we did. He also found Humpback whales for us to see. On returning to the quay side we also spotted our first Bald Eagle. We then were taken to see Mendenhall Glacier were we were split into 2 smaller groups and taken off on trek through the Tongass national forest were the guide explained all the native wildlife, flora and fauna. We then came to a clearing on a beach were we had a spectacular view of the glacier. We were then taken back to Juneau were we got off downtown and explored the shops. We also enjoyed the hospitality of the Red Dog saloon, The Red Dog is a tourist bar but there again the staff were great and the locals very friendly. We then took the courtesy bus back to the ship. Juneau is interesting in itself and definitely worth exploring but as we didn't arrive till 13.30 and has we had pre booked our trips we didn't have enough time to do anything to in depth.

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The ship docks right in the heart of downtown, and the buses for the trips are only a few steps from the security gate,

We went on The Neets Bay Bear Watch, this trip involves going on a float plane and was the highlight of my holiday. I can only say we were maybe very lucky on the day but to see seven bears all at the one time was truly memorable. We also saw seals, bald eagles, stellar jays and sea lions. Again the guide was extremely knowledgeable and very personable which we have found through out all our tours that we took,

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We took a few days extra at the end of our holidays to explore San Francisco. We did the usual Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz. it is a busy bustling place and not cheap to get around in. The cable cars are $6 a trip so the best advice is to get a three day pass for $21 which will give unlimited travel although there are some restrictions.

The restaurants are always busy at dinner time and you can expect to wait to be seated. Although breakfast and lunch time don't seem to be that bad.

A city that never sleeps we were staying in the Mark Hopkins in Nob Hill and although we are quite fit some of the hills are challenging. Not recommended to walk this city in anything but comfy shoes.

Skagway itself is a small town and the main street is full of jewellery shops, I know these towns survive on tourism and if you are accepting of that fact it does a lot of history as well. It's position on the Yukon Border made it a gateway for the gold rush so perhaps the jewellery stores are appropriate.

We went on the Eagle Preserve Jet boat tour and had to go over to Haines on a ferry. The trip itself went without a hitch, fantastic scenery and of course wonderful wildlife pointed out to us by a knowledgeable guide who was enthusiastic throughout. We were also treated to the hospitality of the people who run these trips and experienced my first weeny roast which was a chance to meet the other adventures on our trip.

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