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Sail Date: August 2019
This was our first cruise and it was a little disappointing. My expectations were sorely not met. The embarkation was very confusing. We were not given any direction upon boarding and were handed papers without any explanation. When we ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was a little disappointing. My expectations were sorely not met. The embarkation was very confusing. We were not given any direction upon boarding and were handed papers without any explanation. When we asked what we were given the crew stared at us like we were crazy. We had to find our cabin on our own as the crew just pointed to the elevator and said "go up to 8". Our cabin was not turned from the previous guest. The room had hair that wasn't ours everywhere and dirt on the ground. Our steward tried their best but I don't think they understood what we were trying to convey. We were pleasantly surprised by the size. Overall the food wasn't what we were expecting. We were expecting interesting food that we couldn't get anywhere else. It was mediocre at best. There was a good selection of vegetarian options. The pizzeria was probably the best. It was also difficult to get drink orders outside of sitting at the bar. The International Cafe was the most consistently good service and food. The public spaces were nice and the themes were interesting. The entertainment was not what we were expecting. We were expecting multiple different types of entertainment but there wasn't any. There was one theater show and 2 comics the whole 7 days. Most of the activities were during the day while in port, and in the evening it was just sales pitches or musicians performing in the bars. A lot of the interesting things overlapped and you had to choose what was more important, movie under the stars or the comedian or eating dinner, you couldn't do it all. Lastly the crew... some that were nice and greeted us every time we walked by but there a lot of rude interactions. Multiple times the front desk where the interaction was aggressive and rude. I called to ask if the coupon book was delivered to our room and the crew member repeatedly told me the book was "redeemed "and that I "needed to look better". When I walked down there the extremely rude staff told me again that the book was redeemed and then proceeded to call and yell at our steward. The front desk forced our steward off his break and come talk to us which cause our interaction with him strained and uncomfortable the rest of the trip. The worst was the Medical staff. They made my mother feel as though she was being punished for being sick due to the food and would not explain anything. The only saving grace of this cruise was the fabulous weather and scenery. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
Our travel agent recommended Princess and we chose it because the travel dates worked the best for our schedules. This was our first cruise. We took a train from Denali to Whittier where we boarded the ship. The train ride was long but ... Read More
Our travel agent recommended Princess and we chose it because the travel dates worked the best for our schedules. This was our first cruise. We took a train from Denali to Whittier where we boarded the ship. The train ride was long but comfortable and scenic. Embarkation went smoothly. The muster drill was delayed so we had to eat a hurried supper at the buffet. The ship seemed old and outdated. Several times we smelled a sewage type smell. The pizza was good but the other dining venues were underwhelming. We ate in the dining room once for breakfast. It took 45 minutes to get our food and it was cold. The butter wouldn’t even melt on the toast. Most of the food on the menu was the same food offered at the buffet. We ate at the Bayou Steakhouse and the steak was tough. The food at the buffet was just ok. Nothing was hot, just lukewarm. There was not a lot of variety in food options. Our cabin size was adequate but the furnishings were outdated and worn. The bathroom was small and there seemed to be a leak behind the toilet. There was a magician/comic who was pretty good. There was another comedian that was not very good. We played several of the trivia games and they were fun. The White Pass Railroad in Skagway and 5 glacier seaplane tour in Juneau were our favorite excursions. We did not enjoy Ketchikan that much and our bear watching excursion was the most expensive one we did but was also the least enjoyable and biggest waste of money. Disembarkation was smooth. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Cruise to Alaska on Princess Ruby Aug 24, 2019 RT from Seattle, WA. We invited friends to go, their first Princess cruise and their LAST. Their desire was to see Alaska. Due to Princess' contract air carrier Delta, our friends ... Read More
Cruise to Alaska on Princess Ruby Aug 24, 2019 RT from Seattle, WA. We invited friends to go, their first Princess cruise and their LAST. Their desire was to see Alaska. Due to Princess' contract air carrier Delta, our friends endured the first day at the airport, due to Delta delay 3 times (supposed mechanical issue). Our friends arrived at Seattle dock at 3:28 p. m. and could not board the ship due to the gangway being pull up. TAKE AWAY - EZ Air by Princess IS NOT a guarantee you will make the ship on time, nor does their insurance provide assistance for extra expenses. BTW - there were several couples involved with the Delta delay and missing the ship in Seattle. Our friends were flown to Juneau, where NO one would take the Delta Vouchers given to them - taxi, hotel or food - be aware this is an out of pocket expense, which you may get reimbursed for, friends are still working to get their money back (Sept 7, 2019). The next day when the Ruby arrived in port our friends had to wait for people to disembark before they could get on and the 4 of us had a 2:00 p.m. excursion scheduled. We advised the passenger service desk they were boarding in Juneau due to missing the ship in Seattle, because of Delta. Once they were on the ship and Passenger Services provided them the necessary cruise card we headed to their assigned Cabin, only to discover that the guaranteed Cabin they booked in May had been assigned to someone else, so we go back to Passenger Services. (Passenger Services also had their steward take the luggage to the guaranteed Cabin and we advised him he needed to meet us at the Desk to discover what Cabin they would now be assigned). It appears that Princess gave our friends an upgrade Cabin from Deck 12 to Deck 5 - we are still baffled by the upgrade. At least they had a Cabin and NO they will NOT cruise Princess again. Upon returning to the Service Desk, I requested to speak to a Manager 4 times and was refused each time - s/he was busy. No one cared was the message being sent. In the meantime, where were their excursion tickets, the specialty dining coupon and the photo coupon - these never arrived at the new cabin and for the remaining days of the cruise they were back at the Passenger Service Desk every day, including needing to request the documents for Canada and disembarkation. The Passenger Service Desk was NO Service Desk and the Captain's Circle Hostess was NO help, either. Every time our friends went to the Desk they had to deal with someone different and had to restate their experience to another person. What a NIGHTMARE and NO they will NOT cruise Princess, again. By the 7th day of the cruise a customer service rep called our friends to offer a credit of $275 pp for their . . . The above info is for those, who fall for the "refer a friend" promotion Princess has available. We like our friends more than we like cruising! As for our trip - we did not "come back new", my husband and I were never stressed out so much on a vacation and we have had many trips over 30+ years - Princess ships; planes; trains; road trips, etc. We both have noticed that the QUALITY of Princess Cruises has declined over the past 10 to 12 years, and understand it is due to Carnival acquisition. We once enjoyed Princess Cruising and often tell others about the WONDERFUL experiences we have had, but we can no longer say that and will no longer promote them. Except for the specialty dining, the food is OK, nothing outstanding. Service in the dining room Botticelli was lacking this time, not sure why but appeared to be less staff. Service for breakfast at the Da Vinci was exceptional. Service in Crown Grill was exceptional, as always! Our embarkation was very smooth and easy. Having driven to Seattle we were able to walk off - this disembarkation was the GREATEST we have ever had. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
The cabin was fine, and the cabin steward did a good job. Nothing special except ice - no towels folded into animals, for example. The food was medicre, except for pizza and hamburgers, which were very good. The dining room food, ... Read More
The cabin was fine, and the cabin steward did a good job. Nothing special except ice - no towels folded into animals, for example. The food was medicre, except for pizza and hamburgers, which were very good. The dining room food, though, clearly showed efforts at cost cutting - New York strip steaks were a little on the tough side, for example, and I think that the scallops were not scallops, but rather a whitefish cut to look like them. They were tiny! Deserts in the sit down dining area were good, but those in the buffet area tended to be dry. Service in the dining room was lackadaisical in some cases. Drink packages did not appear to be a good deal. An upgraded meal in the main dining room was as expensive as at a good establishment on shore, which seems odd - after all, you have already paid for some meals. Nevertheless, it felt as if we were subjected to a constant upsell. The music in the production shows was good, but the choreography was clumsy in two of the three relevant shows. The magician was good; the comedian was doing impressions of old comedians - using their jokes - which wern't all that great when the originals gave them (exception - excellent Jack Nicholson impression). Good naturalist, but this was his last trip. One of our party was hadicapped. Good help getting that person on board at the beginning, but none with debarking or reboarding for shore excurions. This was our first and last experience with Princess. Previous trips with both Carnival and Royal Carribbean were better for food, service, and onboard shows. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise because of the Greenland destinations. Greenland has almost no tourist infrastructure and traveling both to there and while there is difficult. We wanted to compare Greenland with Iceland. The embarkation process ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Greenland destinations. Greenland has almost no tourist infrastructure and traveling both to there and while there is difficult. We wanted to compare Greenland with Iceland. The embarkation process was very smooth. I did notice they took our pictures twice, once at the service agent counter, and again three minutes later upon entering the ship. We had obtained our Medallions by mail prior to the cruise. Our balcony cabin was OK, and we noticed they had relocated the room TV to high in a corner instead of on the wall directly in front of the bed. That made it somewhat easier to navigate the narrow passage between the bed and the wall, but not as convenient to view. We liked storing suitcases under the bed. The large open closet area was nice. The bathroom was tiny tiny, as was the shower. But everything seemed to work, and we soon learned to leave a towel on the floor to keep it dry. But all was not rosy. First, the few pros: Food was OK- variety, quality, presentation, etc. Deserts, especially baked goods, uniformly taste a little "off", probably because there are few if any American trained chefs working on the ship. Open seating in the dining rooms was generally prompt. All the food service staff were aware of and knowledgeable about gluten free diet requirements, and very helpful in preparing gluten free versions of many menu items. Cabin service was simply great. Some of the many cons: The ship simply was not matched for the demographic profile of the passengers. There were basically no children on the ship, and average age was certainly in the 60's. The ship is a "newer" vintage, and recently remodeled to boot. But remodeling reduced or at best retained the size of common areas, using the space gained for more cabins. More passengers might enhance Princess's bottom line, but it made this ship CROWDED. The buffet area was always packed with people uncertain about their selections. This produced traffic jams within the food service areas. The seating areas were always generally full, resulting in lots of looking for space to sit while food cooled in your hands. Shows were OK, but finding seating for them was tedious. The theater only held 725 people, and generally only two showings were offered. Do the math. Roughly 1/2 of the people wanting to see shows were turned away. The non-answer provided by the smug cruise director responding to complaints was "go earlier". Princess made a delayed response to withering criticism by finally scheduling repeat matinee showings for some of the shows. There were few-to-none enrichment lectures. No lectures on Greenland culture, habitat or history. No lectures about upcoming ports. There is basically no tourist infrastructure yet in Greenland, so no opportunity to see anything inland. There are basically no interior roads. The few extraordinarily expensive excursions offered were limited to guided walking tours in town, or small boat trips up the fjords. The shortage of excursion space was exacerbated by Princess allowing Ships Officer's families preferred access, bumping paying customers who wanted a seat with a terse "sold-out, you should have booked your tour earlier" response. I'll give Princess sort of a pass on this because we didn't have high expectations going in. We did gain "bragging rights" in simply having set foot on Greenland soil. Tendering ashore is problem prone and slow, with delays getting from ship to shore approaching two hours at times. Many of the staff appeared to be simply going through the motions. But considering the conditions under which they serve, I can't blame them much for that. Non-theater entertainment was hit and miss, with some lounge shows bordering on terrible, and rewarded by large scale walkouts. The much ballyhooed "Medallion" (including Internet) needs some work. Internet is expensive and in the North Atlantic, very slow. Princess charged us for three drink services which we didn't make- which shouldn't be possible in a Medallion environment. The guest services agent we asked to reverse these charges clearly thought we were lying, and only reluctantly credited our account for the three services in dispute. There was universal dissatisfied grumbling about the cruise in virtually every conversation we overheard or participated in with fellow passengers. That cast a pall over the trip, and we probably won't use Princess again because of this stain. They could have done a heck of a lot better. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Our balcony cabin with of a sofabed on deck 15 in a nice quiet location which we choose diliberatly had been given to someone else. We only found this out onboard and not at checkin. We were given a mini suite instead but sadly the ... Read More
Our balcony cabin with of a sofabed on deck 15 in a nice quiet location which we choose diliberatly had been given to someone else. We only found this out onboard and not at checkin. We were given a mini suite instead but sadly the location was so bad we spent most of our cruise sleep deprived from the noise the crew made dragging tables and chairs around from midnight till 1am and then again at 4am. Complaints fell on deaf ears. Cabin wasn't ready, shelves were dirty, floor dirty, not enough toiletries for 3 in a room. We had to find our own luggage as it went to the wrong cabin. Buffet food - mostly Chinese food & same nearly every evening. Main dining rooms was pretty poor quality food so we choses not to dine there. Speciality restaurant: Harmony (Chinese) was average and not worth the extra cost. La Mer main menu not great but we ate Chef Darren Maclean's own menu 2 nights running and this was the only decent food onboard. staff took our drinks away whilst we had a photo with chef after the nine course & wine paring evening. pool deck Free ice-cream worst I've ever had. Buffet area has Plastic plates & bowls which is terrible. Buffet staff could not manage and tables sat dirty unless you asked staff to clean them. Gym area is poor, stretching area always used for seminars, Kareoke mostly Chinese songs. Ports: Shimizu isn't a great port but credit to the people of this small town who went out of their way to be helpful. Also Kochi isn't worth stopping at. Osaka should be an overnight stop there is so much to do and no time to do it. Took 3 excursions with Princess, they were good but expensive, I do question the time wasted on lunch which is included in the full day excursions. The ship is CROWDED. Everyone I met on the ship said it was ridiculous how many people are squeezed into rooms onboard. 6+ in small balcony rooms. Staff told us 4000 Chinese passengers were onboard when it should have been 3000. Apparently the ship just added more beds to cabins, shocking, is that allowed?. This is a cruise for the China Chinese only, it does not work for anyone else. The cultural differences will defiantly impact on you. Spitting in the pool, spitting on plates in buffet, shouting, pushing in, children in the adults only area throughout the whole cruise. I met several Chinese passengers from Singapore and Hong Kong who felt very uncomfortable with the behaviour of the majority passengers. There were 2 good shows at the theatre and thats about it. The language issues made most entertainment difficult. This cruise felt budget, unsafe, lawless and to be honest insulting. Disembarkation was chaotic, no crew around to help, passengers missed flights as they were unable to get off the ship in time, we just made it to the airport for our flight but we had to make a lot of noise to get off. Shameful. This is not how you say goodbye to customers, get some training. I do NOT recommend this cruise to customers outside of China. This cruises is totally aimed at China Chinese only. This cruise was certainly no Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
This was our 11th cruise with Princess. This is our first negative review. Very disappointed in management's poor decision to cruise Alaska with this ship. First, the Royal did NOT go inside Vancouver island as advertised. ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise with Princess. This is our first negative review. Very disappointed in management's poor decision to cruise Alaska with this ship. First, the Royal did NOT go inside Vancouver island as advertised. Second, we were UNABLE to get into Juneau Aug 20 because the winds were beyond the "operational capabilities" of the Royal Princess. By the way, weather.com said the winds were about 13 knots. All other large ships sailing that day and that week got into Juneau with no problems. We missed a major brown bear excursion via sea plane ... this was the most recent of many cruises on a Princess ship and we're pretty upset they sent a ship to Alaska that was not able to navigate the waters with ease........and with safety. Earlier in the year, Southeast Alaska Pilots Association (SEAPA) was worried about the Royal's ability to maneuver in these waters.....and it was suggested to have tugs stationed to help the Royal due to her limitations. But apparently due to the expense of the tugs, the cruise line balked at the price of the service. Third, Royal's poor maneuvering capabilities (and planning) affected us in another way as well. Namely, just 3 days before departure Princess notified us that the Royal was going to depart one hour before the previously scheduled departure time ... due to tides. Really! I skippered a small boat for 8 years and I can tell you that any skipper can look up what the tides will be like months or even years in advance. This last minute change forced us to change our flight date by an entire day.......and we had to purchase last-minute accommodations in a very crowded and, therefore, expensive Vancouver hotel. What was Princess thinking sending this ship into Alaskan waterways. We have cruised many times on Princess and we would never have thought the company would have made such an error in planning. The Royal Princess is a beautiful vessel and we enjoyed the creature comforts, entertainment, and food. But, it is of overriding importance that the ship the cruise line chooses for a particular voyage is fit for the trip being offered. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Leaving from Seattle was a nice plus for me. Getting to ship was easy and embark process was quick and easy. Had a balcony cabin, and having a balcony was my favorite part, especially with all the fjords and passageways. The room was a ... Read More
Leaving from Seattle was a nice plus for me. Getting to ship was easy and embark process was quick and easy. Had a balcony cabin, and having a balcony was my favorite part, especially with all the fjords and passageways. The room was a bit dated but overall was satisfied and it was very clean. Plenty of space for a stateroom . Decor could be updated. Dining was absolutely awful. Both anytime dining options were very very bad. Service was mediocre. Other options for food was the buffet which was just ok, the international cafe which had almost the same selection all week and almost as bad as main dining. Didn't try the pay places because we figured would be equally bad. The theater entertainment was pretty good, nice shows etc. A lot of the onboard activities were kind of a joke though. The cruise director was super cheesy and overall vibe of the cruise was very cheesy. How many times can you be begged to clap for the same thing. Maybe some people enjoy this type of thing, just not for me. To be fair to the cruise director he did a great job, I just think he had to play to the vibe that princess wanted. The cruise was mainly folks over 55 and families with young kids. Stateroom service was wonderful. Room service pretty good as well. Ports seemed a bit rushed, especially Victoria and Juneau. Shore excursions were overpriced. The lumberjack show is awful. Overall service staff isn't very friendly or helpful. Alaska was great but would not recommend this brand or ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
This was our first and last Princess cruise. We have been on over 25 cruises on various lines and never encountered such terrible customer service before. Their team is incompetent and excels in" customer service non service". ... Read More
This was our first and last Princess cruise. We have been on over 25 cruises on various lines and never encountered such terrible customer service before. Their team is incompetent and excels in" customer service non service". Anything we asked about was oh, that's not us you have to call .... or we'll take care of that when (in reality, if) we get to it. For example, it took us over a day to get our TV fixed and that only happened after we asked about it twice and got management involved. My husband's luggage was not delivered for over 5 hours and no one cared in the least. The reception team in the Coral Dining room was cold and always had a excuse why we could not dine there. I am glad the Island dining staff was competent or we would never have gotten a dinner table. That said, our room steward was wonderful as were the dining room waiters and bar staff at Crooners, The food was good. The ship is older and the bathrooms dated, but the plus side is the veranda cabins were bigger than we have had on newer ships. However, the staff at the service desk and elsewhere in the ship was deplorable and a constant hassle. They also double charged us for an excursion and would not correct it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
My family choose this cruise because it was my parents wedding anniversary and the whole family wanted to explore an area we had never been. We were all left pretty disappointed with the entire experience. Some of the destinations were ... Read More
My family choose this cruise because it was my parents wedding anniversary and the whole family wanted to explore an area we had never been. We were all left pretty disappointed with the entire experience. Some of the destinations were better than others (good-Quebec City, Portland, Halifax....not so good-Saguenay and one was awful - Sydney, NS) but my primary criticism was largely with the ship and their inability to make the experience more kid-friendly. This ship has a recently renovated kid splash area which seemed very nice from the photos. However, on our initial tour of the ship I noticed that there were some major design flaws, principaly the splash area was all painted concrete, The area is intended for kids to move around to different stations but there is no traction at all on the concrete and the coating of paint made it especially slippery. My 3yr old and 5 yr old both slipped twice within the first 3 minutes of using it and lost interest shortly thereafter. Throughout the cruise I never saw more than 1-2 children in the area at a time and most of the time it was completely vacant. My primary criticism was with the family-friendly pools. This cruise was through an area of Canada-New England where the temperatures ranged from 55 degrees at night to 75 degrees during the day. While the pools were heated the first day, Princess absolutely refused to heat the pools following that first day and the deck attendants always had a different story as to why. Initially we were told they couldn't be heated, then we were told the adult-only pools were the only ones heated, and then that they didn't feel it was necessary. The water temperature in my estimation was almost always in the mid 60's, too cold for my 3 yr old and cold enough that my 5 yr old would only go in sparingly. In general, the pools were not used often by other guests and the temperature was a frequent complaint we had heard throughout the ship. With many of the excursions not particularly kid-friendly and the size of the room, the size you would expect on a cruise, this really inhibited our ability to entertain the kids during the day. We did utilize the kid's activity programs at night and I will commend Princess and their staff for the Discovery Camps. The staff was great and their 7-10pm evening activities were very well organized Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
First the positives: Great embarkation/disembarkation process. Very efficient. Itinerary was nice and Alaska was beautiful. That's where the good ends. For the negatives: This was the most outdated ship I've been on. The back ... Read More
First the positives: Great embarkation/disembarkation process. Very efficient. Itinerary was nice and Alaska was beautiful. That's where the good ends. For the negatives: This was the most outdated ship I've been on. The back deck smelled like sulfur/sewage most of the time. The Casino smelled different but equally as bad. We toughed it out an gambles a few times but no one in our party was offered a free drink while playing (maybe that is a company policy but their sister company carnival offers drinks to players). Very noisy near our state room making it hard to rest. Paper thin walls where you could hear your neighbors conversations. Beds not very comfortable. We booked twin beds but arrived to a one bed and had to wait until the beds were separated before settling in. Most activities on the ship were nickel and dime scenarios trying to separate you from you money. The food was just ok. dining room was a bit better but not by much. Most events were very unorganized. Many of which not starting on time and then not allowing you to get to something else in time after. I've been on several cruises and this is the first bad experience I've had. Maybe it was just this particular ship but not anxious to try Princess again in the future. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Poor guest services. Reported room with noises. Later a broken water pipe outside our door. Two days with noisy air dryer outside door with cords going past door entrance. Complained to guest services and they did nothing. Just smiled and ... Read More
Poor guest services. Reported room with noises. Later a broken water pipe outside our door. Two days with noisy air dryer outside door with cords going past door entrance. Complained to guest services and they did nothing. Just smiled and said they would fix it. A few days later the hair dryer was smoking and sparking and killed the electric outlet to dryer. They brought in a handheld dryer until they could replace the permanently attached one. Then back to the air dryer on the floor again. This has been the worst cruise experience and feel overcharged and inconvenienced without even a hint of credit or room change offer. Since there were Carnival and Princess name plates on staff I feel we got a low budget Carnival cruise but paid for a Princess experience. I have traveled a lot. Princes always seemed to be fair but this trip in combination with Carnival staff was horrendous. A bad storm was coming into Japan so we passed two ports and headed towards our final port. It was a bummer. The other bad part was not being able to get off in Yokohama early to maybe see Tokyo. We were stuck on a ship, redirected to a different port then skipped two other ports to just sail until we reached our destination. Also, do not use the EZair as they gave us the worst flight times in early morning, twelve hour, seven hours and an overnight layover to get to Japan, then an early morning return flight. Do not understand why they use American airlines to get there and Delta for the return flight. Would have been nice to have only one airline to deal with. Terrible flight times and not coordinated with port arrival and departures. Consider this your warning or heads up on the poor EZair flights. Will never use EZair again. Diamond Princess boat is old from 2004. Stated refurbished in Feb 2019, but I could not see what was updated. The atrium staircase is worn out. Carpets and furnishings are dated. No any time dining on Diamond in Japan cruises. Twenty dollars extra charge for lobster and crab for dinner. It is really more a Carnival low budget cruise than a Princess experience cruise. The dining room takes the filet mignon and slices into small pieces to call it medallions. Skimpy portions in dining room. Horizon food court has the typical flavorless food items. Worn out napkins. Bed was comfortable and had many layers of pillow toppers on it. Shore excursions are pricey. Many ports there are low cost shuttles to the fireworks and parades. I recommend the low cost shuttle versus the over priced excursion and reserved seat (shared bench) to the fireworks and parades. The shows are very small actually a person juggler, one person magic act, small music numbers, nothing really to write about. Long gone are the days of full production shows. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
When looking for a British Isle vacation, this Princess Cruise seemed to be our best fit.... I wish we could have a do-over. The ship was older and the layout for many areas was poor. But we could have over-looked many of the negatives ... Read More
When looking for a British Isle vacation, this Princess Cruise seemed to be our best fit.... I wish we could have a do-over. The ship was older and the layout for many areas was poor. But we could have over-looked many of the negatives if the food and activities on the ship were, at least, tolerable. That was not the case. The food in the buffet, (which is our go-to after a long day) was, terrible. After trying every salad dressing, I gave up on eating salads on this trip. Desserts were also not worth eating. Each one of us (5 in our group) found a few things that we could tolerate eating. We then ate those few things throughout the trip. Towards the end, we found ourselves eating cheeseburgers and pizza on deck 15... not what we had in mind for good cruise food. We ate at the Crown Grill and Sabatini’s. Though our meals were better than the buffet or the dining room foods, we would never have returned If these were restaurants in our own city. And paying $29/person was quite a bit for a meal that consisted of, for example, noodles with jarred Alfredo sauce and crumbled bacon. The, much promoted, chocolate desserts were comical to us. The quality was extremely low. In addition to the food, we purchased the alcohol packages for 4 of our 5... (our fifth doesn’t drink.). That fifth person was billed for drinks that the others drank ... not sure how that’s even possible with the new Medallion. At the bar, we also found that many of the wines were priced outside the alcohol package. So to have a good glass of wine, (like a drinkable Pinot Grigio) one would have to pay for it ... even though they had bought an alcohol package. And the coffee ... was so terrible. To get a normal cup of coffee, we had to go to the Cafe and stand in a long line. The restaurants and buffets served a coffee product ... bad stuff. The two things that were great about this cruise were the itinerary and the beds. We had saved for a year for this vacation and were so disappointed that we chose a Princess Cruise Ship. We will never make that mistake again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
I chose Princess Cruises based on the strength of the cruiseline's reputation and the many glowing recommendations of my travel agent and friends. I was incredibly disappointed in the land portion (7 days) of our Cruisetour that ... Read More
I chose Princess Cruises based on the strength of the cruiseline's reputation and the many glowing recommendations of my travel agent and friends. I was incredibly disappointed in the land portion (7 days) of our Cruisetour that preceded the actual cruise which probably set us up for a disappointing experience on the ship. Princess has been doing this a long time and this shows in the seamless embarkation, disembarkation, and handling of our luggage. These things went extremely well. However, so many other things that COULD have gone well didn't... and I attribute this to the volume of business Princess handles. The excursions staff are poorly trained and so when things don't go as planned, no one knows how to handle the situation. Missing buses, mis-handled excursions, and incorrect billing are all things that happen... but they also need to be remedied and not addressed with a shoulder shrug. Amenities should also be as advertised. The "Fun Zone" was closed on the ship, the video arcade removed, and the space where Princess Links was supposed to be located was nothing more than some old astro turf with a few cup holes. Kid-friendly really means "kid-tolerant" as there was nothing for my young boys to actually do that was age appropriate aside from parking them at the Kids Club. (Needless to say, they aren't anxious to cruise with Princess again although we might be able to get them on a Disney ship.) NOTE: I spent a lot of time walking around the ship to entertain my boys and our favorite game became spot the broken stuff. The busted and missing railings count was up to 7 when I disembarked. As for the food. I don't understand why so many people rave about it. The Horizon buffet is mediocre and there is so much sodium in the food, it make me feel sick. We had dinner at the Crown Grill which was delicious (which should be with the extra charge!), but our celebratory Wedding Dinner at Sabatini's could have been bested by The Olive Garden. Our main courses were simply inedible, overcooked to the point where we couldn't even cut the shrimp. The special Crab Shack night was fun, but definitely not worth the $29 cover charge per person. Fortunately we tried Donatello's and it proved to be the best choice; so we dined well here for the remainder of the week. What did got well was the attentive service by staff in the bars and restaurants. These members of the staff work incredibly long hours and they make an effort to ensure the passengers are having a good experience. The same can be said for the Steward who cared for our suite. There were plenty of entertainment choices for the varied tastes of my family members (Bingo and the game show style events were our favorites), but the Lotus Spa (which I really looked forward to) was a bit of a disappointment. Services were of average quality (mani/pedi, massages, facial, blow out, and a shave were all had by my family) for premium prices which was expected, but the hard sell of products by the staff was extremely distasteful. The adjoining Fitness Center was also a bit of disappointment as hygiene wasn't a concern. I showed up for the yoga class which was held in the same area as spin class... and the instructor didn't even pretend to clean the gross floor before rolling out a bunch of dirty mats for the passengers. I have never felt so ripped off for the $17 I spent for the class. If you have read my review and gotten to this point, I do want to say that a lot of people around us LOVED the cruise. I can see how a lot of people wouldn't have cared about any of the things I mentioned. If you don't have young children, have low expectations for the quality of your meals, and just want to be on a floating hotel where you can drink, be entertained, and see some sights in Alaska, then a Princess cruise IS for you. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
I booked our honeymoon a year in advance and we decided to splurge on a suite for our honeymoon. I have spent hours reading reviews and suggestions on Cruise critic so I will try to give back by covering the different aspects of a Ruby ... Read More
I booked our honeymoon a year in advance and we decided to splurge on a suite for our honeymoon. I have spent hours reading reviews and suggestions on Cruise critic so I will try to give back by covering the different aspects of a Ruby Princess Cruise, both good and bad. Because we had a suite the embarkation process was great. We got on board around 3:30. We had reservations for Crown Grill (free because we were in a suite) so we didn’t want to eat too much. Cabin-Our cabin D737 was great. So nice to have a large cabin on a cruise. We were completely aft which I worried about having to walk too far, but it wasn’t bad and the view was amazing. I have to say for 2 people my husband and I agreed the suite wasn’t necessary. However , we did love the perks from the suite. The nightly canopees were too fancy for us, so we didn’t order anymore. Liked the daily fruit. We told our steward exactly what we wanted in the fruit delivery. Also asked for ice and bottled water every evening. Food- this was the biggest disappointment. My husband and are are not fancy eaters. That’s one reason I chose Princess. My last princess cruise I found the food constantly good and not too fancy. This time the food was mediocre to tasteless. The buffet had a large variety but the food was wasn’t good. I did love the breakfast buffett. I had French toast, bacon, fruit, oatmeal everyday. We did order room service breakfast a few days and I still went up to the buffet for more. For lunch we ate in the Club Class dining room. That was very nice for lunch. I had a hamburger from Salty Dog Grill by the pool (different from the Salty Dog Grill Cafe that you pay for) it was okay. Crown Grill for dinner was worth it. Service and food were excellent. We ate in the dining room for dinner 2x . Again the food and service was good. Horizon Buffett has a lot of variety, but the food wasn’t good. Entertainment- the magician was excellent. The big production the second to the last night was great. My husband and I didn’t find the comedian funny at all, we left early. My husband enjoyed the lounge singers each night. We did the deluxe ship tour $ 150 per person. We loved it. Very interesting and a great swag bag. Skagway zip lining at Grizzly Fallswas fantastic. Glacier Bay was disappointing . Not Princess’s fault. I visited it years ago, there were not really any impressive views. I kept telling my husband just wait. Then the announcement came on that we were leaving. I couldn’t believe that was all. Overall, we won’t be sailing Princess anytime soon. We plan on trying another company. Keep in mind, these are just our opinions. I’m sure people loved the food and entertainment. I’ll answer any questions you may have about the Ruby or having a suite . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
Sadly our reasoning for the choice of ship and cruise line was determined by the lack of available and desired cruise destination with our usual cruise provider, cunard. The following are the few good points : Embarkation and ... Read More
Sadly our reasoning for the choice of ship and cruise line was determined by the lack of available and desired cruise destination with our usual cruise provider, cunard. The following are the few good points : Embarkation and diaembarkation Balcony room steward Customer service desk Waiter service at dinner The following are the negative points : Wines, spirits and beers massively and for the quality of the wines in particular, overpriced. Service slow, and non existant if you were not lounging near the pool. Food quality at dinner, not fine dining by any stretch of the imagination, poorly plated and presented and regularly undercooked. Wine waiter knew nothing about the wines on offer and was only interested in constantly overfilling the glass to push sales. The entertainment was average at best,,, we only managed to access one show at the 10.15pm slot (we chose an 8.00pm dining time) as the theatre was full from earlier diners remaining seated along with there sleeping children, preventing any opportunity to gain a seat, i refuse to stand to watch any show for this reason. Overall a poor shipboard experience. NEVER to be repeated. Ruined the holiday Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Main attraction was an opportunity to visit ports on eastern shore of Canada and the United States. I chose Princess because my previous cruise experience was very good. This cruise is much different than expected. Upon landing in Fort ... Read More
Main attraction was an opportunity to visit ports on eastern shore of Canada and the United States. I chose Princess because my previous cruise experience was very good. This cruise is much different than expected. Upon landing in Fort Lauderdale Princess personnel provided little assistance other than yelling, herding, and selling transfer vouchers. The voucher for transportation between airport and pier required additional wait till me of more than forty minutes, another stop in the airport and holding any carry on luggage upon your lap due to the fact that metal rods were installed along the upper shelf to prevent anyone from using them. Upon arrival to the ship contradicting directions were provided passengers regarding what should be done with luggage. Crowding and screaming resumed throughout the boarding of the ship. No one assisted with direction to rooms, food, rest area, etc. As the trip continued the Captain made several long winded announcements that were misunderstood because he could not speak English well. On one occasion he announced "an investigation of a matter is underway." Many passengers were certain the crew was investigating. "MURDER!" The Cruise Director provided little introductory information regarding any port. No excursions were described. The threat that "you can miss the boat when your excursion is purchased directly. Princess also enjoyed price gouging, for example HOP ON HOP OFF in New York posted rate of $55 sold for $99. Exiting the ship became a hide and seek game at every port. No announcements were made to inform passengers at what level the gangway would be placed. Entertainment on this cruise was excellent, however the theatre is so small one must arrive at least thirty minutes early. The Princess has also implemented system in which a madallian Is given each passenger. The madallian are several colors depicting how many times you have been with Princess. Elite and Platnum levels were paraded by guests having a lower medallion status. The crew appeared unprepared for any medical emergency. A passenger who could not breathe required more than five minutes to receive medical assistance. His help appeared after the ship captain announced the need. The ship Doctor provided assistance two hours daily. Another passenger fell getting off the boat. He was not helped by any Princess staff. Upon his return to the ship after visited nag the hospital he found all of his belongings had been packed. He had to beg the doctor to return to the ship and his room. He was charged $250 for the packing and cleaning of his room. I share these stories due to the fact that more than fifteen percent of the passengers appeared to be ninety years old carrying canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.Elite and Platnum members will brag and boast of the wonderful time they enjoyed on this cruise. Good for them. I regret that I will be unable to reach this high social status. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We have sailed twice with Princess , but never again, a good itinerary, on paper not matched by poor and expensive excursions, our last cruise around Japan for the summer festivals was magical , the dining ... Read More
We have sailed twice with Princess , but never again, a good itinerary, on paper not matched by poor and expensive excursions, our last cruise around Japan for the summer festivals was magical , the dining was top class, the excursions pricey but well done a good cruise experience ,although with poor and limited entertainment it had an old feel to it,however we booked the Canada and New England because of the itinerary lots of ports we hadn't visited looked good on first viewing, if only it had met our expectations, we had a balcony cabin as per previous cruises, good balcony and cabin tight shower!! , The zero entertainment supplied ( as standard), wears you down the cruise became a chore after dinner,which was of very high quality but con't make up for poor/no entertainment.this and extremely expensive ship's excursions,that left you with a feeling of having been milked for cash ,for very little. our night's usually ended in the starlite lounge.in search of some nightlife.The entire cruise had a really old feel, yes it had a large quota of 60+ passengers with disabilities,I,am 55 and disabled I walk using a stick but I'm not ready for horlick's and bed ,after dinner every night,The misery was completed by booking Princess own disembarkation package this supplies transport at disembarkation consisting of a coach from Quebec port to Montreal airport,which is booked prior to embarkation,months before, the coach journey took 3 hours,for which we were pre warned the fact that wwe wer taken to the airport 10 hours before our flight is damndable ,considering we were moved off the ship at 11.00 am to start our disembarkation, to get to Montreal airport for our 11.40 pm flight (10 hours in Montreal departures)come back new, I certainly didn't after that! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We have been on about a dozen cruises, yet this was our first with Princess. The cruise began well enough. We embarked in Dublin and were literally in our cabin five minutes after arriving at the port. Unfortunately, it was all downhill ... Read More
We have been on about a dozen cruises, yet this was our first with Princess. The cruise began well enough. We embarked in Dublin and were literally in our cabin five minutes after arriving at the port. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. The room was an unobstructed Oceanview in a quiet area of the ship. The shower consistently flooded, the faucet water rarely produced anything but piping hot water, and exhaust while in port was potent throughout most cabins. The food in the main dining room was really mediocre when compared with every cruise line we've taken, and our waiter was...also for the first time...less than friendly. We ate at the buffet a few times...the food was kept lukewarm, they were always out of several dishes, and the spread is so small we couldn't believe it. Pizza also wasn't anywhere near as good as its been on any other cruise line. I had a milkshake at the ice cream vendor...it was so bad...depressing. The ports were the highlight of the cruise. There are many...only a few sea days on this cruise. Unfortunately, the ship remains in port very late, which means the shops and casino are closed often. In addition, there aren't many activities going on except on sea days. The result was more time spent without entertainment in the evenings or those days we didn't go ashore. I know this sounds bad, and I've read and dismissed my share of these...please heed my advice and book a different cruise. We ended up changing our flight and disembarking a few days early because we had such a poor time. I am writing this as we sit...and have been sitting...onboard waiting to disembark. We've sat here for over an hour already with our disembarkation group. This will be our last Princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Chose a connoisseur land/cruise tour based on advice from travel agent and brochures. Amenities not as stated in the brochures. Cruise did not meet our expectations. Length 7 days. Embarkation and disembarkation ok until you get ... Read More
Chose a connoisseur land/cruise tour based on advice from travel agent and brochures. Amenities not as stated in the brochures. Cruise did not meet our expectations. Length 7 days. Embarkation and disembarkation ok until you get to lengthy customs. Ship entertainment very sparse at best. Not as stated online and in the brochures. Only 2 short shows the whole week. Nothing for 19-21 year olds to do. Food average in the buffet and anytime seating. Crown Grill dining the best. No whales sited. Our stateroom was on deck 16 and unfortunately there were very noisy kids on deck 17 running up and down ALL DAY & ALL NIGHT! Port stops ok. Typical tourist stuff. Skagway was fun. Museum, downtown shopping and a show representing the old "red light" district. Excursions were plentiful. We did our own and saved money. Glacier and wilderness the best. Tram (dont take if you don't like heights...1800 ft off the ground)in Ketchikan and shore plane tours ok. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
The ship is veru old and dated. The bathroom in the cabin was not cleaned well and smell of urine after a few days. The disembarkment was very disorganized. Staff were not available to give instructions or answer questions. The ... Read More
The ship is veru old and dated. The bathroom in the cabin was not cleaned well and smell of urine after a few days. The disembarkment was very disorganized. Staff were not available to give instructions or answer questions. The entertainment was lacking and the variety of entertainment was disappointing. The sheets and pillow cases were not changed the entired ten days of the cruise. The onboarding was easy and quick. Other than not having enough instructions the disembarkemnt was easy as well. The alcoholic drinks were good. Our waiter was friendly and accommendating. I've been a lot of cruise and by far this was the worst experience I ever had. The only reason I choose this cruise was becauase Costco Travel included excussion package for the cruise. Honestly, I not recommend anyone to take this cruise. Others that tried other cruiseline have a far better experience than I had. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This was my family's first cruise on Princess and I have to say we are extremely disappointed. We experienced so many issues, the most important being with poor quality of service. Here is some of what we experienced: - Nights two ... Read More
This was my family's first cruise on Princess and I have to say we are extremely disappointed. We experienced so many issues, the most important being with poor quality of service. Here is some of what we experienced: - Nights two and three we had horrible (and by horrible I mean nonexistent) service at dinner. Our other tables in our large party were literally finishing their entrees and we had yet to receive our appetizers. I still could not tell you who our assistant server was after our 7 night cruise because he was nowhere to be found. On night three no one came to our table for over a half hour. - The toilet in one of our rooms clogged like clockwork every night for the first three nights and instead of apologizing and fixing the problem the plumber essentially accused us of putting something other than toilet paper down the toilet (we didn't). When we would try to call the desk to have someone repair it no one would answer the phone, forcing us to walk to the lobby each time. After the third time the toilet broke, we went back to the desk and I could see one of the women at the desk mocking me as I spoke to her colleague. In front of my face. I work in the hospitality industry and can assure you that while direct and frustrated, I was very polite and calm while interacting with him. Completely uncalled for. Finally the next morning the plumber actually disassembled and repaired the toilet instead of the usual quick-fix from the previous nights. It worked fine after this. - The toilets in the public women's rooms were often filthy and would remain this way for hours. - The currency machines were out of order 80% of the time. The machines to check your account balance were down the last two nights of the cruise, causing insanely long lines at the front desk. When directed to the desk to exchange money, they acted as though guests were a bother. Every crew member we spoke with at the front desk was incredibly unprofessional and far from friendly. - In fact, most staff we interacted with on the cruise were unprofessional, unapologetic, and rude, making it very apparent they do not enjoy their jobs and do not wish to be there. After constant issues, sometimes all you want is a seemingly genuine apology, and we never received that. Not once. - Like I said, the attitude of most staff we encountered was poor to say the least. A couple examples: We watched an employee in the photography studio on the last night of our cruise yell (loudly!) and berate an elderly woman who took a photo of one of her pictures, not realizing this was not allowed. He followed her around the store yelling loudly for everyone to hear, demanding she delete the photo immediately. This was NOT the proper way to handle this situation and everyone around was mortified and embarrassed for her. Another night while shopping in Calypso Cove if you needed assistance from a staff member you would not receive it. Why? The two working were arguing in front of the store. - Want a drink at night? If you are directed to a bar that is supposed to be open until 11pm, prepare to get there only for them to be completely shut down and unable to pour you a drink by 10:30, a half hour before closing time. This happened twice at Adagio. - Spa staff was polite and helpful, until there was a concern with one of the treatments. Their demeanor then completely changed and became curt and defensive. - Disembarkation was chaotic. We did the walk-off option as we had to be off the ship early, and our entire group had to carry our 50+ pound suitcases down over ten flights of stairs because it was impossible to get an elevator. Three of the five elevators were marked 'R' for reserved and the other two were at capacity for over twenty minutes before we opted to take the stairs. Two people in our party who were unable to take the stairs waited over 45 minutes for an elevator. Children, seniors, and everyone in between were lugging their gigantic suitcases down the stairwells. POSITIVES: - Our stateroom, while dated, was always very clean. Our steward Winston was so friendly, always asking about our day with a genuine smile. - The restaurant 'Share' by Curtis Stone was excellent. We loved our food and entire experience here and agree it was definitely worth the up-charge. We wish we came here more than once - The Ports of Call were great. We loved each destination. It should be noted that we did not book any of our excursions through the cruiseline, only outside companies. - Embarkation was smooth, quick, and efficient. As first-time guests on Princess, we are beyond disappointed. After one day of this, we thought 'maybe this is a one-off.' But the continuous issues and unapologetic staff day in and day out made this vacation far from relaxing. We had high hopes and expectations and this cruise did not live up to them. For all of these reasons I would not recommend Princess cruiseline. I have no experience on their other ships but this one specifically was disappointing. I have sailed with three other cruiselines and have never experienced such poor service. My family spent a ton of money for what should have been the trip of a lifetime and while the ports were fabulous (again, excursions not booked through Princess) our time on the ship was stressful, agitating, and honestly shocking. Read Less
Meh
Sail Date: July 2019
Price, location, timing. Wanted to try another cruise line. Overall it was meh. Some poets were great. Others could have skipped. Wait staff in restaurants and our steward were great. Everything else was mediocre or even subpar. ... Read More
Price, location, timing. Wanted to try another cruise line. Overall it was meh. Some poets were great. Others could have skipped. Wait staff in restaurants and our steward were great. Everything else was mediocre or even subpar. Lotus spa thermal suite is a rip off. Want my $200 back or will not even consider this cruise line again. Bed was excellent. Anytime dining dinner was also very good. Buffet was okay. Excursions were okay for the price but should have gone sled dog instead. Crew was overall adequate but some not as friendly as they should have been. Had a double charge on a cookbook and heard that happens to others. Seemed very fishy and had to spend 45 minutes of my own time on cruise to correct it. I bet some never do and they just get extra money. Shouldn’t have happened at all. Should have been a lot quicker and not been my problem. I won’t even consider going on this cruise line again unless they refund the $200 for the Lotus spa thermal suite. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
In comparison to other cruises that we have taken, there were some obvious similarities as well as differences. Some services were great, some weren't. I will break it down (We took 7 day cruise with Coral Princess from Whittier to ... Read More
In comparison to other cruises that we have taken, there were some obvious similarities as well as differences. Some services were great, some weren't. I will break it down (We took 7 day cruise with Coral Princess from Whittier to Vancouver). Embarkation/ Disembarkation: We boarded from Whittier, Alaska which is a fairly small port. Ours was the only ship. Luggage drop off and check in was very smooth as we already have our luggage tagged. We were in the ship in less than 20 minutes after we got off our bus (by the way, bus ride from Anchorage to Whittier was great and quite scenic. I highly recommend doing this if possible). Similarly, disembarkation was fairly smooth. One pointer is that they would drop off instructions out of your stateroom for luggage tags. If you want to change the time you get off ship, just go to customer service and they will be happy to change the tags for you. On the subject, we were considering transfer by cruise line from Vancouver cruise port to the airport which was 29$ per person if arranged by Princess. However, we decided to use private taxi service which was only 30 Canadian dollars for minivan taxi and was very comfortable. Please note that there is no Uber or Lyft in Vancouver. We did not get greeted while boarding in the ship like we have with Disney or Royal Caribbean. They both provide very warm welcome upon entering the ship. This was definitely missing here with Princess. Ship: Ship looked average size. Not too small, not too big. It was fairly easy to get to our stateroom with minimal help from staff. First impression of ship was that of a fairly clean, well maintained ship with passengers over 50. Cabin: Since we have one year old traveling with us, we decided to choose Ocean view rather than balcony that we typically choose. Stateroom was very clean, well maintained and didn't seem too cluttered. Proper use of the space was very evident in comparison to some other ships we have been in. Overall, good experience. Dining/ Service: As we had issues with this, I am going to combine the two. First day on the cruise, we went to talk to Maitre D as some of the people in our group wanted changes made to our menu which is what we have done for every cruise we have taken without issues. Usually, they are HAPPY to accommodate as it is very simple request. Maitre D on Princess gave us lecture on how US regulation doesn't allow him to cater different menus as he has to worry about food and guest safety. He made it sound like we are cruising for the first time. The request was as simple as providing Chinese/ Mexican/Indian food items for some of the meals for example. I don't see how that interferes with US regulations. He was very difficult to work with. Even some of the servers in buffet dining area (Horizon dining) were far outright rude. When we went to first night of dining, we made similar request to head server and he was very accommodating. Our servers in evening dining area were great. Food quality was above average but nothing to brag about. Not many choices besides Pizza and burgers in off times. Evening snacks were good. We did not have internet service for the entire first 24 hours and could not get internet manager to come on the phone to explain why. Even after that there were issues. When it worked, it was fast. On last day, they sent us a letter stating that we would get refund of one day as a gesture. Gesture would have been to make entire package complimentary. Giving money back for the service not used is not gesture, it is expectation. As Princess won't allow me to buy internet per day, they should not be allowed to refund it for a day either. For the inconvenience of no availability of internet, proper customer service would have been apology and full refund in my opinion (by the way, I am still waiting for my one day refund). Entertainment and activities: Limited choices of shows, very few performances. Big screen didn't show too many movies. Definitely can improve. Ports and shore excursions: As Alaska cruise is mainly about excursions, I would strongly recommend pre-booking excursions either directly with Princess which is what we did or independently. We saw many families who wanted to book on the ports and could not get as they were all sold out. We also strongly recommend checking charges. We have a one year old who was charged for all excursions when we pre-booked it but when the passes came, his passes didn't. Upon inquiry, they told us that infants under 1 are free for all excursions. However, we still got charged at the time of booking and yet to see refund. Conclusion: Alaska is a must see destination anyway. I strongly recommend cruise with excursions to enjoy wilderness as few friends who explored Alaska by renting a car and hotels at the same time we did cruise felt that they did not get to see as much when we compared notes and pictures. However, I would pick right cruise. It seemed like Princess Cruise was not family friendly with less family oriented activities with rude staff. Princess needs to change culture with focus on customer service for paying customers. We will probably not use Princess for our next several cruises. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We always wanted to try Princess...when friends asked us to join them on Princess we jumped at the chance. First the good: Itinerary was great...especially the Hubbard glacier and Glacier Bay Park. Really great close up views of ... Read More
We always wanted to try Princess...when friends asked us to join them on Princess we jumped at the chance. First the good: Itinerary was great...especially the Hubbard glacier and Glacier Bay Park. Really great close up views of glaciers with park rangers giving commentary. The bed was really comfortable. Unfortunately, those are the only good comments I have. Now the not so good: The food! The buffet food was the worst I have ever experienced on a cruise. Rice was crunchy, food was bland, limited selection. All 6 in our party felt this way. One dish was Italian bowtie pasta. It was nothing more than pasta with canned tomato sauce poured on it. The dining room food wad a bit better, but nothing spectacular. The service in the buffet and the dining rooms was pretty good. The service elsewhere on the ship was so-so....the crew seemed to be unhappy. Our cabin steward didn't learn our names like we've experienced on all previous cruises. The cruise director was irritating...at the conclusion of shows everyone would get up and start making their way out of the theater...then the cruise director would come out to make announcements. He'd tell everyone to sit down....so everyone had to turn around and go back to their seats...very irritating! How about making the announcements before the show? The bartenders didn't know how to make many of the drinks on the bar's specialty menu. They had to read the menu to make the drinks...really slow. We had problems with billing...I bought the premier drink package and was billed for drinks that should have been included. Guest services corrected the error. My wife purchased 3 spa treatments (to get a discounted package) and paid ahead of time. After each spa treatment our account was billed again. Not cool. I doubt we will ever sail Princess again....very expensive and terrible value. It amazes me when I read the positive reviews regarding food....maybe we just had bad luck? My wife and I (and the others in our party) were shocked at the poor food quality. Read Less
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