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I chose this land/sea tour because it gave me 2 full days at Denali. It began in Anchorage with a Princess rep. meeting me at the airport and taking me to the hotel. I had the afternoon free to explore Anchorage on my own. The 1st ... Read More
I chose this land/sea tour because it gave me 2 full days at Denali. It began in Anchorage with a Princess rep. meeting me at the airport and taking me to the hotel. I had the afternoon free to explore Anchorage on my own. The 1st Princess excursion I was supposed to have was Gold Panning in the Wilderness at the McKinley Lodge. When I arrived I was informed it was cancelled, no explanation given. This left me wandering around with no options to fill the void since we would be there only that afternoon. The next morning we traveled by bus to Denali Lodge. I had cancelled the Princess canned History tour (received $100 refund) at Denali and through the Denali National Park Service (NPS) on line, bought a green shuttle bus ticket to the interior of the park. Best darn deal of the trip, the ticket cost $43. We went further into the park (and to some of the most scenic portions!) with excellent narratives given by the drivers. They even stopped the bus for wildlife viewing and photo ops. I was able to get off the bus that had taken me into the park and get on a different bus later in the afternoon when I was ready to go with no problem at all. The double decker train ride from Denali to Whitter (to board the ship) was beautiful. We saw Fall colors at their peak most of the way to the ship. The train was the way to go! I was somewhat disappointed with the cruise portion of the trip after the land tour. It was a constant sell job from the moment you stepped on deck and it did not let up. They were pushing jewelry, buy their jewelry on the ship or buy their jewelry at the ports at the Princess owned Diamond International shops. I would strongly suggest you avoid the whole jewelry sell job. Everything is overpriced and they try and rush you into a sale on pieces that may not be of certifiable quality. This is both on ship as well as at port. On a somewhat related note, other items that were sometimes 'suggested' you try were not disclosed as an additional cost item until it was too late. Buyer beware! Ask if there is a charge before saying yes. An additional note regarding the Island - the food is very bland. They give their dishes fancy names but everything that came out of the kitchens had no flavor, no matter what the dish was. I used the main dining room for dinner, the Horizon Court (buffet) for breakfast and ate at Sabitini's one night for dinner (had grilled steak as everything else looked awful). It was all the same, very bland. At Sabitini's several folks actually returned their first choice dish because it was not tasty and opted for the grilled steak instead. In the dining room for lunch I once ordered a hamburger and fries. The hamburger was hard and dry and the fries were limp. McDonald's does a better job with this simple order! The ports - Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan each had their own vibe. There were several nights where there were Northern Lights, however they were hidden by the cloud cover. I would like to strongly recommend the excursion tour to the Jewell Gardens with Glassblowing. It was a real hands on personal glass blowing experience (and they served lunch at no extra cost!) and then ship your personally made treasure back to your home. The size of the group is limited to 10, so look for it and book it early! The service overall all was average, there was not an area that stood out from the rest. This trip was done by a solo traveler in their 60's with no mobility problems. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
27 years ago I was on a Nile River cruise but had never been on an ocean cruise. So as a newbie my eyes were wide open. We booked this Princess cruise tour because it was the best fit with available dates using my frequent flyer miles. We ... Read More
27 years ago I was on a Nile River cruise but had never been on an ocean cruise. So as a newbie my eyes were wide open. We booked this Princess cruise tour because it was the best fit with available dates using my frequent flyer miles. We have friends who always book Princess and like it. We booked an Obstructed Ocean View Guarantee. The ship sold out and we ended up in an Obstructed Ocean View cabin E334. More on that later. PROS The Princess organization on the land portion was flawless. Buses were there on time and baggage was handled efficiently. Embarkation in Whittier was chaotic due to at lease three trainloads of us stacked up on the other side of the tunnel. The line did move quickly at the ship, though, and we were "soon" in our cabin. CONS No eggs at the salad bar. BOO. I've been in hotels around the world and have never failed to find egg at the salad bar. My pet peeve. 27 years ago I was on a Nile River cruise but had never been on an ocean cruise. So as a newbie my eyes were wide open. We booked this Princess cruise tour because it was the best fit with available dates using my frequent flyer miles. We have friends who always book Princess and like it. We booked an Obstructed Ocean View Guarantee. The ship sold out and we ended up in an Obstructed Ocean View cabin E334. More on that later. With the Princess Riverside so close to the Fairbanks airport and advertising a free airport shuttle, I didn't see the need to purchase transfers. When we finally arrived at Fairbanks after Midnight our room key and baggage tags were none the less waiting for us at baggage claim. And we were told to board the same bus as everyone else. A short ride to the resort and we were in our room in minutes. It took the bags an hour to catch up with us. It was maybe 1:30 AM Alaska time (3:30 AM back home body time) when we finally turned the lights out. I had planned no excursions for the next morning knowing we needed our sleep after a 20 hour travel day. In the afternoon, however, we called Gold Dredge 8 and booked a time later that day. Even with the shuttle cost to their out of town location, we came out ahead over booking through Princess. We enjoyed the dredge tour and we panned our rather tiny amount of gold. The look of gold in the bottom of the pan was still a thrill. I recommend this experience. The next day we boarded a bus for the ride to Denali. Great scenery once we got close to Denali. The first stretch from Fairbanks not so much. Checked in to the Denali Princess and made the obligatory walk across the highway to peruse the souvenir shops. The weather there was cool and on and off wet. We booked no excursions. The following day we did take the shuttle over to the Denali NP Visitor Center to get our National Parks passports stamped. While there we were told about a sled dog demonstration nearby and got in line for that. Park employees conducted the demonstration and we learned they use the dogsleds to deliver supplies around the park in winter. Interesting. Afterwards we got on the free park shuttle and rode it to Savage River and back. Wednesday was the all day train ride to Whittier. We both loved it. Scenery was awesome and we even saw a critter or two. We got to our ship late because of a problem in the tunnel but so did almost everyone else. Thursday we visited Hubbard Glacier, the high point of the cruise for both of us. This is one place not to be missed. A 300 foot high 6 mile wide wall of ice pushing relentlessly to the sea. We were not disappointed and saw several calving events. The sound of the ice cracking just prior echoed around the inlet. Friday more glaciers at Glacier NP. Park rangers on board giving commentary. Saturday Skagway. Must see the gold rush museum. And we walked around town. Skipped the train ride due to a very tight budget. Sunday Juneau. More walking. Monday Ketchikan. Watched the salmon spawning in a nearby stream. Tuesday at sea. Wednesday AM arrived Vancouver and debarked? Consider spending an extra night or two in Vancouver. We did. And took the all day bus and ferry tour to Vancouver Island. Saw Victoria and Butchart Gardens. Big ship cruising was new to me. We explored every nook and cranny of the Island Princess, finding something new each day. We ate twice in the Bordeau Room. The rest of the time in the buffet. The Bordeau Room offered miniscule portions but of course you could always order more. The Horizon Buffet on a top deck at the bow offered great views and ok food. I realize Princess caters to an international clientele and the offering reflected that. But after a week, I was so looking forward to some recognizable comfort food. They had meatloaf that looked nothing like any meatloaf I had ever seen. I didn't try it. One night was BBQ night and everything looked good. We're from Kansas City, the home of great BBQ, and these ribs were disappointing, mostly globs of fat. Way too many dessert choices. Too tempting. The breakfast buffet was terrific. We did watch two performances at the Princess Theater. One a comic and the other doing Whitney Houston songs. Both were well done. We ignored the art auctions and the casino. Neither our thing. A surprise were the performances in the Atrium by a talented String Quartet. I enjoyed all of them. Despite having two thousand passengers on board, we never felt crowded. There were no long lines no matter where we went on the ship. I am not a violent man but I fantasized about tossing the ship photographer overboard. If we want our pictures taken we will find you. I realize this is a profit center for Princess, but............. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The scenery was lovely, the excursions were great. We didn't know what to expect so in the end we had a good time because we were with family. Highly unique cruise experience in terms of destination. Ship was fine and had what ... Read More
The scenery was lovely, the excursions were great. We didn't know what to expect so in the end we had a good time because we were with family. Highly unique cruise experience in terms of destination. Ship was fine and had what you'd expect. Service and food left a little something to be desired. It wasn't the most luxurious of boats but we didn't mind. The room was nice and we had fun with our group. HOWEVER, the crowd is what really brought the experience downhill. There were many elderly folks aboard - I don't know if it was the destination, the time of year, or prince point - we couldn't quite tell - and both my husband and I got very sick because of this crowd who were coughing and hacking all over the ship. It was quite ironic considering how much Princess must have spent on hand sanitizing machines. (That said, they clearly neglected to sanitize door handles, coffee machines, elevator buttons and chair handles.) Secondly, Princess are obsessed with branding themselves and working to suck every hard-earned dollar out of you that they possibly can. It was **heavily** saturated with gift shops at every stop. This is expected on a cruise but got old very quick. You had to walk a considerable distance (or take a physically active excursion) to avoid this. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We did the land and sea packet that was recommended to us my many people and we will pass our recommendation on to others. We experienced the great beauty of the natural form of Alaska and we had the opportunity to interact with the unique ... Read More
We did the land and sea packet that was recommended to us my many people and we will pass our recommendation on to others. We experienced the great beauty of the natural form of Alaska and we had the opportunity to interact with the unique people of Alaska. Princess gave us the opportunity to select wonderful adventures that included train rides, visits to natural wonders and interaction with the dog sleds. We had a balcony, which we normally do not do - but it is a must for an Alaskan cruise. Make sure you bring a rain suit so that the wet weather does not spoil your fun. We enjoyed the ship and the staff. The enrichment activities were spot on. Mark Harris, the destination lecturer was outstanding. Daryl Pederson, extraordinary photographer was an added plus and I hope he continues to be part of the Alaskan experienceThey did a good job. We have no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We were invited to join five couples on this cruise. Eight of us did the land portion and we met up with the other four on the ship. We We flew from CT to Seattle and then on to Fairbanks. We were scheduled to have an eight-hour ... Read More
We were invited to join five couples on this cruise. Eight of us did the land portion and we met up with the other four on the ship. We We flew from CT to Seattle and then on to Fairbanks. We were scheduled to have an eight-hour layover in Seattle, but when we went to check in with Alaska Airlines, they told us we could take an earlier flight that was leaving in an hour. The charge was $25 for each of us. Really sweet! When we got to Fairbanks, the Princess desk was right next to the baggage carousel We got an envelope that had all our information for our first hotel, including keys. As soon as we retrieved our bags, we handed them over to Princess baggage personnel. There were buses that took us to the hotel.When we got to our room, our bags were waiting. We stayed at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside which is located on the Chena River. It was beautiful. There are two restaurants on site and we ate at the pub both nights. Very relaxing and the food was good. Outside of the restaurants, there is plenty of room for groups to gather. They also have a great gift shop. Room was very clean and bed was comfortable. We were hoping to see the Northern Lights but it went from a beautiful, sunny day in the high 50s to being cloudy late at night. We took the shuttle in to Fairbanks but everything was closed! It was Sunday! It was Labor Day weekend! And it was the end of the season! We were able to go to the Visitors Center and spent a couple hours there. Lots to see. On Monday, we took a riverboat cruise on the Chena River. I would highly recommend it. Our guide was fabulous. He had so many interesting stories to share. On Monday afternoon, we took a bus to Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Our bags were in the room waiting for us. Again, the hotel was beautiful. All the views were breathtaking. It had a huge room with tables where people could eat, play games, or just visit. The following morning, we went to Denali on the Natural History Tour. We didn't see much wildlife, but we were part of the 25% who actually saw Denali! Our next hotel was Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge where we stayed on Tuesday night. It was also a lovely property consisting of cabin-style buildings that each contained several hotel rooms. On Wednesday, we left on our bus that took us to the train to Whittier! We were assigned tables on the train and were able to purchase lunch and beverages. It was a beautiful ride and our train guide, Esther, was very knowledgeable and entertaining! We got to the ship late but they held it for us! While we were on the train, our passports were checked and we received our cabin keys. We had quite the line checking in because there were so many people at once. But some things can't be controlled--like tunnel traffic between Anchorage and Whittier. We had a large group (12) and did Anytime Dining. We had two tables of six and changed around every night. The food was excellent! Our servers were excellent! The production shows were good. There was always something going on around the ship as far as entertainment and activities were concerned. Lots to choose from. The first two days were spent cruising the glaciers and they were breathtaking. We enjoyed watching from our balcony but also viewed from other areas of the ship. We took the White Pass Railway excursion in Skagway as well as the trip to Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. We enjoyed both of them. After the cruise, we spent an additional two nights in Vancouver. What a gorgeous city! My husband and I each took one large suitcase and I used packing cubes. We had a backpack for the land trip that we used to carry our valuables while on the buses and train. I also packed a pretty large fold-up bag in my suitcase. When we got to the hotel, I filled my fold-up bag with items I knew I wouldn't need till the cruise. That bag got a tag that said "Take Me to the Ship", we left it outside our room and we didn't see it until we got to our cabin on the Island. Our suitcases followed us from hotel to hotel. I'm happy that we did the land portion first. And I'm also glad we went a day early. The time difference was four hours for us so we had a day to adjust. You know all those jackets everyone recommends buying for $29.99? My husband got one at our first hotel and wore it all the time. Based on this cruise, I'd highly recommend Princess. They know how to move people around seamlessly and gave us a great travel experience to Alaska! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This is second Princess cruise to Alaska. 5 total princess plus 3 others. First cruise tour. Loved land portion. Princess lodge rooms not up to normal Princess standard. Lodges themselves are great. McKinley lodge very isolated. ... Read More
This is second Princess cruise to Alaska. 5 total princess plus 3 others. First cruise tour. Loved land portion. Princess lodge rooms not up to normal Princess standard. Lodges themselves are great. McKinley lodge very isolated. Cruise itself was let down from last Princess cruise to Med in 2012. Caribe deck cabin with large balcony is best option for balcony cabins. Room was clean, steward very attentive, on downside on other lines you get a couch without going to mini suite. Quality of food was very good. Crown Grill was as outstanding as we remembered. On the downside. Fewer choices in main dinning room than in the past. It just seems there was less there to choose from than last time. Buffet was good, but as it was cold in Alaska outdoor spaces were not good choice to sit, inside tables hard to come by at times. Hot tubs are about 98 to 100 degrees. Need to be 102 plus for Alaska. Casino had no holdem tournament which is my only casino pleasure. All in all good cruise ( never had bad cruise). Have pre booked another Princess cruise but may investigate Celebity next time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Working in the service industry I expect much in the way of customer service and i simply wanted to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Princess Cruises Star Princess. It was very apparent that the team on this ship work ... Read More
Working in the service industry I expect much in the way of customer service and i simply wanted to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Princess Cruises Star Princess. It was very apparent that the team on this ship work tirelessly to ensure the very best customer experience is had by all. The Captain was amazing and everyone really enjoyed his great sense of humour. Captain Michael always made a point of coming and speaking to his guests and always finished his messages off with a "bye bye" that was mimicked by guests and staff alike. You could tell how well regarded he was by his team and of course us as his guests on his ship. Our wait staff, our steward in fact every person we had the pleasure of being in contact with were simply delightful and very passionate about what the do. Princess Cruises, you are a shining example to the service industry and a huge congratulations on a job well done. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We had been planning for this cruise for over a year as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. This was our 3rd cruise and overall the experience, both on the land and sea portions, were generally positive. The wait staff on the ship ... Read More
We had been planning for this cruise for over a year as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. This was our 3rd cruise and overall the experience, both on the land and sea portions, were generally positive. The wait staff on the ship was exceptional. They couldn't do enough for you. The captain was very engaging and funny and made an extrordinary effort to steer the ship close to the glaciers, which were spectacular. He also made sure that both the port and starboard sides of the ship had a chance to see these magnificent jewels of nature. Our stateroom, a balcony, was comfortable, with plenty of room for our clothes and other items. The entertainment on the ship was good, if not spectacular. Especially enjoyed Steve, the comedian, who really engaged the audience and had everyone howling with laughter. It was nice to see a comedian who didn't have to use crude or off colored jokes to make us laugh. Also a shout out for all of the national park staff who came aboard the ship and helped up understand all of the beauties of Alaska. They were outstanding, and we learned quite a bit about this last frontier. The only downside of the cruise portion was the food, which we thought was about the same as the two previous cruises we had taken. We believed that Princess was a step up from Royal Caribbean and Carnival, but the food was about the same. Not bad, but not exceptional either. I think we enjoyed the land portion of the experience just as much if not more than the cruise portion. The 8 hr train ride from Denali Princess to Whittier was unbelievable. The scenery, especially the first 2 hours, was gorgeous. I would have preferred if our guide would have talked less and let us just soak in the panoramic views. We also took a plane ride over a glacier from Talkatneeta, which was a once in a lifetime experience. We also got to see close up humpback wales and bald eagles on an excursion from Ketchikan on a rubber raft to a small rain forest island park. Overall we really enjoyed ourselves, and in this 2-week adventure built a lifetime of wonderful memories. . Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose this cruise for the stops and the fact that it was a southbound cruise and the dates fit into my calendar. It was a great cruise. We did have a hiccup and were not able to dock in Skagway due to a rock/mud slide at the port. ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the stops and the fact that it was a southbound cruise and the dates fit into my calendar. It was a great cruise. We did have a hiccup and were not able to dock in Skagway due to a rock/mud slide at the port. Instead we docked at Haines. while disappointing, it was not the cruise company's fault. At least we got to dock and were able to take a water ferry to Skagway and complete our tour. Fortunately I had booked a private tour that was accommodating. The staff on the ship were awesome--they wait on you hand and foot and you never have to wait for anything! (except the elevators). We had a great balcony room. As others have commented, the ship does need to be refurbished in places, but overall, we were very happy with the cruise and Princess. We booked all our excursions outside of the Princess ones so can't comment on that. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I have wanted to cruise Alaska for a while and this cruise was arranged for us after a fortnight in an RV touring the Canadian Rockies. The flight from Vancouver to Anchorage, hotel and train were all arranged through Princess and went ... Read More
I have wanted to cruise Alaska for a while and this cruise was arranged for us after a fortnight in an RV touring the Canadian Rockies. The flight from Vancouver to Anchorage, hotel and train were all arranged through Princess and went smoothly. We were first to arrive at Whittier and had to wait for check-in to open so were quickly on board and luggage delivered quickly. Our first impressions of the ship were good - loved the elegant decor (not glitzy). We had an outside obstructed view but could see over the lifeboat and when we were at the glaciers we went out on deck. Found the bed to be very comfortable and although the bathroom had a few shabby areas, overall not as bad as I expected having read earlier reviews. We ate in the Portofino dining room each night and mostly the food was good. Husband had fish one night which was a little dry and a slightly chewy steak but generally it was okay (only got petit fours one night - another cutback?) Captain Micele Tuvo was great and really added to the cruise with his friendly banter and informative messages including when he woke us all at 5 am so we could see the Northern Lights. He got the ship as close as possible to the glaciers and we were the first cruise ship this year to see the John Hopkins Glacier. Our first port of call was meant to be Skagway but we woke up to find ourselves in Haines due to a landslide damaging the pier. The Shore Excursion staff had a lot of work that morning and we had to replay our day but it worked out wel for us. We had a walk around Haines which is a lovely local town (not touristy) and the local shopkeepers were pleased to see us, very friendly and welcoming. We were going to go on the White Pass Railway but ended up going to the wildlife sanctuary which was very interesting and we saw bears in the river on the way there and back (saw one catch a fish!). In Juneau we went on the helicopter trip to Mendenhall Glacier. We were lucky to be a small group of 4 and the only ones at the glacier which was great. Really go the feel of the size of the glacier actually flying over it and then walking around. This was followed by the salmon bake which was ok. Our final port of call was Ketchikan were we walked around the town, saw a lot of salmon in the spawning area and a young elk which was lurking behind some parked cars! The final day at sea was a beautiful sunny day and we spent the day out on deck whilst cruising through the Inside Passage with Captain Tuvo alerting us when whales or dolphins were around. The cruise director, J C, was one of the best we have come across. We enjoyed the shows we saw and the comedian was very funny. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I love Princess cruising and have gone on several in the Caribbean, but this was my first to Alaska. We first did 4 days land at the Princess McKinley and Denali lodges, then boarded the train to Whittier, Alaska to board the ship. ... Read More
I love Princess cruising and have gone on several in the Caribbean, but this was my first to Alaska. We first did 4 days land at the Princess McKinley and Denali lodges, then boarded the train to Whittier, Alaska to board the ship. Princess has this so organized. About a half mile from each lodge a representative gets on your bus and gives everyone their room key so when you arrive you are able to go directly to your room where your luggage will be waiting or arrive soon. This was also done on the train, which allowed us to get off, get on the ship and go directly to our cabin. This was so efficient, thank you Princess! We loved our cabin, it was very clean and spacious with a large balcony. Our room steward, Ben did and excellent job making sure we had everything we needed. The weather was rainy and cold the first couple of days so most everyone was indoors, yet it was never overly crowded. The newly remodeled Horizon cost was great. Lots of space to get around and not wait in long lines. The food was very good and we only had about a 10 minute wait for a table one night in the formal dining rooms. Every other night we were seated immediately and we had 8 people with anytime dining. We did whale watching, 4X4 adventure and white water rafting excursions and loved all of them. Whale watching was my favorite and we did see lots of whales along with and island loaded with sea lions. If you are planning any cruise, I highly recommend Princess. I have 2 more booked already but they will be in a warmer climate. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Chose Princess for price and based on its reviews. Did the land package before the cruise, 1 night McKinley Lodge, lodge ok, bit older and rustic, great views of Denali Mountain. if it's out! Took bus ride down to town of Talkeetna ... Read More
Chose Princess for price and based on its reviews. Did the land package before the cruise, 1 night McKinley Lodge, lodge ok, bit older and rustic, great views of Denali Mountain. if it's out! Took bus ride down to town of Talkeetna for breakfast, cute town, great place to view mountain is it's out. Food at the lodge was okay. Excursion was UTV - great experience. 2 nights at Denali Lodge, a bit older and rustic. Denali is a commercial area. Took the 4 hour bus tour of Denali Park, was worth it, didn't see a lot of animals, only a few. Sled dog demonstration inside park, a must see! Only ate pizza at this location. Excursion was Covered Wagon Dinner, was okay, a tourist thing to do. Ship on older side, some renovations, but still feels old. Staff was great. Upgraded to suite with perks that were worth it. Laundry service every day, no waiting in line at anytime dinner. Nightly manager's reception with snacks. Embarkation disappointing, embark into a long narrow hallway, was uninviting. Entertainment staff was wonderful. Facial in spa disappointing, not worth cost, massage was good. Excursions on cruise: Skagway - White Pass train ride -beautiful scenery - don't every get off the train. Juneau - Mendenhall glacier by helicopter - excellent; Sled dog camp - fantastic. Ketchikan - salmon fishing - fun and worth it; Wilderness Cruise in the Mystic Fjords - very long (4 hours) beautiful scenery, some wildlife. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
What a fantastic bucket list trip. Started in Fairbanks and a day alone going up the Dalton Highway following The Alaskan pipeline north. Flew back from Cold-foot. Fairbanks was great....riverboat cruise and gold mining (better if 1 hour ... Read More
What a fantastic bucket list trip. Started in Fairbanks and a day alone going up the Dalton Highway following The Alaskan pipeline north. Flew back from Cold-foot. Fairbanks was great....riverboat cruise and gold mining (better if 1 hour shorter). Next day Denali. Skies turned blue for two days. Fantastic. Took Denali jeep private trip. Great experience. Then to Mt Mckinkey Lodge. Very nice. Highlight of trip next day. K2 airline otter plane ride around Denali, glaciers, valleys and mountains. Breath taking. Highly recommend K2. Next to captain cook hotel in Anchorage. Very nice hotel. Met new friends and went to 49th state brewery. Cool place. Got on ship in Whittier. Very smooth transition. Hubbard glacier then glacier national park. Life changing views and Experience. In Skagway, we did a raft trip to see eagles. Really cool. In Juneau we did a whale trip and glacier trip. In ketchican we did a float plane flight and boat trip through the fjord. Our excursions, both private and with princess will never be forgotten because of all we experineced The ship was good. Aging but nice. Food ok, we have had better. Dancing great if you like that. Specialty restaurants were excellent. Now on to bad,horrible. I got horribly sick on the last night. Lost all my contents, if you know what I mean. Temp 100.5. Flu they said on day of disembackment. I was quarantined. Warning to all. Wash your hands, I certainly did. And if you cough or sneeze, please cover you mouth with your sleeve. Please. Not a good way to end 15 wonderful days. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We took the Island Princess as part of an Alaska Cruise Tour. The inland portion of the tour was excellent. This was primarily due to selecting the connisseur tour. While more expensive it probably proved cheaper in the long run. Our ... Read More
We took the Island Princess as part of an Alaska Cruise Tour. The inland portion of the tour was excellent. This was primarily due to selecting the connisseur tour. While more expensive it probably proved cheaper in the long run. Our guide was excellent and informative. We got the best times for the tours and the best seats in the restaurants. Meals were included and very good. Would have cost a lot of money if we would have had to pay for them. We upgraded to a mini suite for the trip and were very satisfied with the accommadations and the steward we had. I requested a room near an elevator as I told the Princess representative I booked with I had bad ankles and leg and did not want to walk too far. This was our first cruise and we were not familiar with the ship. We got a room close to the elevator but in the rear of the ship. However, everything that you wanted to do on the ship was in the front so it involved a lot of walking. The major disappointment for the cruise was the quality of the meals (or lack thereof). We had heard many good things about the quality of the food on the ship. Breakfasts were good. Hard to screw up a buffet. We had pizza for lunch when we were on the ship and it was good. The evening meals were major disappointments. Had one good meal out of the six we had. When I ordered seafood - 3 of the nights it was overcooked and dry. One night the sea bass was do done I couldn't eat much of it. It also smelled very fishy and should not have even been served. Because of the poor quality of the seafood I even violated one of my principles - don't order steak on a ship. Although cooked correctly is usually tasteless. One night our server forgot to bring the soup I ordered. Several other couples on our inland tour had the same opinion of the food. We were also turned off by the "nickel and diming" during cruise. Every time we wanted a specitaly coffee or soda it was $4. I even had to pay for a soda when I wanted one with my dinner. At $57/day per person the unlimited drink option was a useless investment, especially when wine was only 50% off. My wife and I were also turned off by the constant bombardment of advertising for the shops on the ship. I we wanted to go shopping we would have gone to a store. I almost broke out laughing when we went to the new cruisers presentation and the Princess Representative was touting their frequent cruiser program. All smoke and mirrors as if $25/ per person off is an incentive to travel with them again. We have taken several river cruises in Europe and they are the "A" List standard for cruising. Meals are superb. Wine and beer are included with the evening meal and soda and specialty coffee are free any time. Compared to the river cruises Princess gets a C-. I was discussing my this with a concierge at our hotel on the post cruise stay and her comment was that the river cruises were a lot more expensive. My response was that they were the same price so I have the same expectations. After returning I have talked to several people who have said they have heard that Princess Cruises have declined. We will be hard pressed to consider another large ship cruise in the future. We also selected to stay in Vancouver for a 3 day post cruise stay. Princess booked us at the Fairmont Empress on Victoria Island and the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver. Both are 5 star hotels. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We went on this cruise with another couple we knew from college..... We found the process of changing from one location to another VERY smoothly handled... from the airport transfer to the first lodge (in Fairbanks) to the second location ... Read More
We went on this cruise with another couple we knew from college..... We found the process of changing from one location to another VERY smoothly handled... from the airport transfer to the first lodge (in Fairbanks) to the second location (Denali) and then on to the port of Whittier to be first class in every way. Luggage was moved efficiently and was always where it needed to be.... The ship is "mid sized" which meant that we ALMOST knew our way around perfectly by a few days in... that always helps.... The cabin itself with a balcony was comfortable and always cared for well by our steward. We did not use the cruise ship's excursions at all (we always like to plan our own). The entertainment that we did see was good. There was one snafu where many of us were seated in the venue listed on the day's program of activities for a particular show... the venue changed, and by the time all of us who were in that location tried to move to the other we were unable to see the show... not enough seats.... We thoroughly enjoyed the presentations by the on board naturalist, Gloeta. We attended every one of her talks and found them to be information and entertaining at the same time.... a feat not easily mastered.... especially when the topics are glaciers, bears and whales. In our opinion, she should have the biggest venue possible for her talks... they almost always draw a crowd.... It would be nice if they were streamed later in the cruise for those who missed it. We enjoyed the food at the main dining rooms and never used the specialty dining. If Princess were traveling somewhere else we wanted to go, I would certainly not hesitate to travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The ports were great and Princess handled the arrivals and excursions very well. My husband and I enjoyed the touring and we have no complaints about the way the naturalist narrated the on-ship visit to the glaciers. The cruise ship ... Read More
The ports were great and Princess handled the arrivals and excursions very well. My husband and I enjoyed the touring and we have no complaints about the way the naturalist narrated the on-ship visit to the glaciers. The cruise ship left lots to be desired. We had a mini suite and paid for club class. The first evening I spent from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM waiting for a maintenance person to figure out why our toilet wouldn't flush. He had to cut into a wall and although he resolved the issue, the odor in the bathroom persisted all seven days. I had considered asking for another cabin, but when I heard about the problems that others were experiencing, I decided not to do that. Others had water pouring into their suites and large commercial dehumidifiers set up to dry out various areas. The dehumidifiers were also set up in some of the hallways. Other people mentioned the odor that was quite foul—combination of garbage and sewage. I was not impressed with club class. We signed up for it since it was advertised that we would get preferred seating and special selections in the dining room. We did get preferred seating, but there were no special selections. The club class also included canapés each evening. Since they came the first two days without ordering, I was surprised to find that on the third day, they had to have been ordered 24-hours in advance. The food was not what we have come to expect on cruise ships. Our most recent experiences had been on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. The food on those lines was fabulous—tasty and top class. On Princess, sauces had no taste and steaks were tough. I learned after the first few days to order fish, which was much better. The salmon was especially good, but there weren't enough meals that were memorable. Fresh vegetables were scarce and desserts were not that good. We ate dinner late and had been accustomed to attending the entertainment at a late showing on previous cruises. We missed some of the entertainment because we had dinner late. The service up at the pool level was terrible. I had to get up and walk to the bar each time I desired a drink. The app that Princess set up so that we could communicate via text message with other passengers was interesting but not practical. It did not send notifications. So, messages were received, but unless you were staring at the phone or checking regularly, there was no way to know that a message was received. Another thing that I think Princess has to consider is that just because one of the persons in a couple made the arrangements, both will have expenses and opinions. My husband made the arrangements online, but both of our emails were registered with Princess. In advance of the trip, I received many emails requesting that I book excursions. After the trip, only he received an evaluation form. I went online and requested my own form, but did not receive one. Additionally, on the app used for managing expenses incurred while on the ship, he could see my charges, but I could not see his. If it is a "room" account, we should no longer experience such discrimination. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This is the same trip that we made last year except this time it was with a group of friends. The last time we were on the Island Princess we took the ship from Whittier, AK to Vancouver, BC, to Ft. Lauderdale, the last Alaska voyage and ... Read More
This is the same trip that we made last year except this time it was with a group of friends. The last time we were on the Island Princess we took the ship from Whittier, AK to Vancouver, BC, to Ft. Lauderdale, the last Alaska voyage and on to the first Panama Canal voyage. It felt like we had just left the ship and we were back on it. We started in Fairbanks going south to Whittier. Stopped off in Denali and would recommend the "Music of Denali" on arrival day. The Kantishna Experience was well worth the time, 13 hours on a school bus, and the expense to see wild animals as well as the wilderness. Not sure how the cruise lines chooses people to sit in the rail cars, but we had one with tables and others had airplane style seats with trays and power outlets. There were not any significant changes made to the Island and it looks like it has been under a lot of wear. We were in a mini-suite and it was very nice to have all the extra room. The Alaskan cruise made the ship feel nice and the staff was excellent. We are Platinum level so getting on in Whittier was a breeze and since we had made travel arrangements with Princess E-Z Air, travel to the Vancouver Airport had no problems. We looked forward to the English Pub during our day a sea near Vancouver which was very good. If you like fish and chip, then this is for you. Order 3 portions and split the one extra. Most of the nights we had excellent dining room service and two nights we took way to long in the dining room. One night we did not get offered coffee or tea with our dessert. Show were very good; however, there were times when the dancers looked like they had forgotten their steps. All of the singers were excellent and the one comic was not very funny. He tried to make people laugh by picking on the attendees and embarrassing them. Just not funny. All in all another excellent trip and looking forward to the next Princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
In August 2017 a family wedding in BC, Canada found us a long way from our home in the UK. As part of our itinerary we decided to take an Alaskan cruise and Island Princess fitted in with our timetable. We had never sailed with any other ... Read More
In August 2017 a family wedding in BC, Canada found us a long way from our home in the UK. As part of our itinerary we decided to take an Alaskan cruise and Island Princess fitted in with our timetable. We had never sailed with any other company but Cunard so it was with some apprehension that we headed north to Whittier via Anchorage. We made private arrangements for the journey from Anchorage to Whittier arriving at approximately 2pm. Check in was trouble free and we soon found our way to our balcony cabin on Caribe deck. We found it almost identical to previous balcony cabins on Cunard so felt quite at home! There was more hanging space for clothes than we were used to, so that was a pleasant surprise. In size, the ship felt similar to Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, although there was no ballroom - which didn't bother us because we are not dancers! There were ample bars and lounges and we never felt over crowded. We enjoyed the shows in the evening and always managed to find a seat, despite the comments we had read before our cruise. Our days were full and we didn't take part in any of the daytime activities although there were plenty on offer, so I am unable to comment on those. The self service restaurant was at the front of the ship, which meant fabulous views on three sides, and we ate there for breakfast and lunch on most days. There was always a good selection of food available and the staff were very attentive. We had requested late dining at a table for eight In the evening but found ourselves on a table for six. This was no problem and our table companions were great company. The food was of a very good standard and the staff well trained and very pleasant. We didn't try any of the speciality dining areas or any of the other food outlets, other than the ice cream bar, but there was no need to be hungry at any time! The ports of call were varied and we loved the Alaskan scenery. We enjoyed our first experience with Princess and, to prove it, we placed a Future Cruise Deposit before leaving the ship. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Island Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We started our trip with a five-day land tour staying at the Princess Lodges. Alaska was beautiful. The weather for the land portion was warmer (80s) than expected and the cruise portion was cooler than expected. I wish we had packed ... Read More
We started our trip with a five-day land tour staying at the Princess Lodges. Alaska was beautiful. The weather for the land portion was warmer (80s) than expected and the cruise portion was cooler than expected. I wish we had packed warmer clothes for the cruise. We were also told that Aug is usually the rainy season for Alaska something we didn't know. It rained alot during the cruise portion but it was never a rain out so it was OK. The land portion was was busy but we should have expected that since we changed hotel almost every night. The Princess Lodges were comfortable but not particularly fancy. The Lodge at McKinley was the plainest (no hangers in the room) and we felt isolated (Telneeka was an hour away by bus). The highlights of the land portion were the Princess included Riverboat Cruise and gold panning in Fairbanks, Jeff King's optional Husky Homestead Adventure in Denali was a highlight of the trip along with the Helicopter ride in Skagway up to walk on the glaciers. The optional river float in Telneeka was fun but we really didn't see any wildlife. The most overpriced tour ($189) was the optional Mendenhall Glacier/Whale watch. The most disappointing part of the trip was the food on the cruise. We'll sailed on Princes before and this food was not up to par. The starters and appitizers was the best part of the menu but the entrees were disappointing. I didn't have a restaurant quality entree during the cruise in either the Main dining room or in Sabatini's (awful). My wife had two restaurant quality meals, one in the Main dining room and one in Sabatini's. Entertainment onboard was very good with the exception of John Bressler, the piano comic. I purchased the drink package and the mixed drinks were good but was disappointed in the wine selection. We also were disappointed that Princess charged $140 to use the steam room during the cruise when it always has been complimentary in the past. As with most cruises, the merchandising was non stop ($3 for a shot of Lemoncello at every meal). We attended the Capt.'s reception for repeat cruisers which turned out to be one free drink and a half-hour sales pitch. I would never fall for that again. Finally, our room was comfortable and well-maintained but it only had two useable outlets. I'm glad we brought portable chargers for our devises. Princess handled the land transfers, embarkation and disembarkation well. Would I recommend Princess for future Alaska Cruises, maybe, maybe not. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The Island Princess is a great ship. We have been on many newer ships and this one although not brand new does not disappoint. The food, cabins, public areas, entertainment, and itinerary to Alaska are exceptional. We had a larger than ... Read More
The Island Princess is a great ship. We have been on many newer ships and this one although not brand new does not disappoint. The food, cabins, public areas, entertainment, and itinerary to Alaska are exceptional. We had a larger than usual balcony. Also, on most Princess ships the closet area is bigger than those on other ships. The production numbers in the theater were better than the usual fare seen on cruises. The tours we took in Alaska exceeded our expectations. Another nice touch is that Princess had a naturalist on board to tell us about Alaska and the sea life that may be visible outside the ship. We had no problems with either the cruise or the before and after land tours taken through Princess. The Island Princess offers a fantastic voyage. Highly recommend the ship, Princess and the itinerary. We are booked on two more Princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We wanted to see Alaska for quite some time and booked this trip with our friends from central NY. We began the land portion of our trip about 4 days earlier than the cruise. We stayed at three different Princess Lodges, Fairbanks, ... Read More
We wanted to see Alaska for quite some time and booked this trip with our friends from central NY. We began the land portion of our trip about 4 days earlier than the cruise. We stayed at three different Princess Lodges, Fairbanks, Denali, and Mt. McKinley. The latter two were excellent, but the Fairbanks Lodge was just average. We went on a steamboat in Fairbanks...really nice, that was included. It brought us along the Chena River. Next in Denali we did a covered wagon excursion and an included Denali National Park tour. Both were nice, but the covered wagon tour was a little different than we expected. They also offered for rent 4 wheelers, which at some points were on the same path. The noise from them I am sure scared off some of the wildlife and we did not see any. As far as the Star Princess embarkation a big thumbs down from both couples! We were running late as our train arrived just 25 minutes before the scheduled departure. We are in our early to mid 60's and my wife was separated from me at the ramp. I was told to go to the other ramp, even though I said that is my wife. No reason offered for splitting us up. He just did it. He said to me...you go that way. He did the same thing to the other couple...our friends. Very odd to split us up and really not very nice. Complained on ship next day in comment section, and also on the post cruise survey. No response from Princess on either. No one was behind us as we got onto the ramps. All I would have wanted was some logical reason way this was done. Only bad part of the trip! As I mentioned in the title, everything else was top notch. Our room, the staff/crew on the ship, meals, and the Itinerary of our ships ports and glacier viewing were all great. Our Captain Michele Tuvo was extremely friendly and seen all around the ship, stopping by to say hello...and "Bye Bye"! (his trademark sign off for every time he ended speaking) We saw several shows, including an excellent comedian, and a show involving the staff at a food demonstration that including singing and a dance skit. All top notch and very enjoyable. The casino for the four of us was boring. The slots that they had were very limited and specific. If you like variations of Keno games (which we all do), you only find a straight keno game....no excitement! We all love casinos (Vegas, Atlantic City, Native Indian, and other cruise ships) spending many hours playing and having fun. I don't think we spent more than two hours total in this one. Really being honest about having heard a couple of times, other people saying similar things as we were riding on an elevator. We did choose an inside cabin as they were much more affordable. Honestly we did not miss having an outside view or balcony on this trip. The cost of wifi is somewhat high, but there is another option for text messaging. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I must start off by saying the best thing of all was the weather!!!!! We went on this same cruise in 2003 and enjoyed it enough to go back and hope for better weather. Most days in our 2003 trip were cloudy and rainy. Never saw Mt. ... Read More
I must start off by saying the best thing of all was the weather!!!!! We went on this same cruise in 2003 and enjoyed it enough to go back and hope for better weather. Most days in our 2003 trip were cloudy and rainy. Never saw Mt. Denali and very little wildlife. They say only 25 to 30 percent of travelers get to view Mt. Denali. Wonder what the odds are for having 10 straight days of sunshine this time of year? That's what we had and a wonderful view of the mountain. Princess was "over the top" on handling all aspects of our 4 day land tour. All arrangements, especially transfers, were done extremely efficiently from the time we got off our plane in Fairbanks to the time we stepped into our ship's cabin in Whittier. If you are planning a trip that includes transportation between Denali Lodge and McKinley Lodge, we highly suggest you spend the few extra dollars and travel by rail. We would have gladly paid twice the cost. It was a highlight of the trip! The excursions were terrific and that is coming from a couple who have been disappointed in several that we took over the last several years. The guides were knowledgeable and fun. Wildlife sightingsC616 were abundant and my wife fulfilled a desire to see grizzly bears fishing for salmon. Would you believe within 25 feet!! Our guild said that was the closest she has ever been to a grizzly. She (the bear) was only interested in the salmon. If you are interested in photography, consider the Denali Photo Workshop excursion that Princess offers. It is limited to only 4 adults and is a great opportunity to take great pictures and learn some very helpful tips and tricks. Other excursions we enjoyed and would recommend are: In Skagway the "Evening Wildlife Tour in Haine"s, in Juneau the "Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Quest" in Ketchikan the "Rainforest Walk and Crab Fest" (the Dungeness Crabs, fresh caught and fresh served - they were wonderful!). There is a lot to see in Vancouver if you have time or several days - Victoria Island, Butchart Gardens, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown, etc. The Coral Princess was very nice. Well maintained and well staffed. Everything was quite acceptable. If you are getting the feeling that it wasn't super great, We must say that in the last ten years of cruising the food and entertainment on every cruise line we have been on has deteriorated. Not that it isn't still good, it just isn't great. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our fourth cruise and our first since 2004, and our first on Princess (although two prior cruises were with its parent, Carnival). TRANSFER TO SHIP We opted for the transfer to the ship from downtown Anchorage, which was ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise and our first since 2004, and our first on Princess (although two prior cruises were with its parent, Carnival). TRANSFER TO SHIP We opted for the transfer to the ship from downtown Anchorage, which was handled really well. We arrived at 10 AM for a noon transfer, and they were already open and checked us in and took our bags in no time flat. We could even leave our carry-on temporarily while we walked around Anchorage. The bus was clearly outsourced to a local company, as I suspect they all are. The bus was well-maintained and the driver was friendly and professional. The baggage handling was seamless, although it did not appear in our stateroom until quite late in the day, even though we boarded around 2:30 PM. Overall, I recommend the transfer, as Whittier itself is nothing to write home about, and the bus followed the train route exactly. The baggage handling made it so easy! SPA The three of us had signed up in advance for spa treatments on our first day at sea. We went to the spa to confirm our reservations, where the spa manager up-sold my wife and daughter from 50 and 75 minute Swedish to 75 minute Hot Stone massage treatment. The treatments themselves were fine...nothing to write home about, and the stones aspect was about 70% as good as the BEST hot stone massage I've had, from a private practitioner in the Bay Area. So yeah...good enough! And the price seemed normal for resort/cruise spa treatments. I also purchased a pedicure, which was pretty good, but I really didn't need the 50 minute job, especially when it didn't include paraffin treatment already. Downsides: 1 - The ship was offering a free 15 minute "add on" to any massages purchased on board for the first two days of the voyage. They did not mention this during the up-sell, and I only happened to stumble upon it when reviewing the Ship's "Special Offers" on the Princess at Sea website on board. When I went back to ask if we could change to 50 minute sessions, and add on the 15 minutes, I was told we could not because it was within the cancellation period (by about 2 hours) and we had booked it in advance (They DID say they would allow it for my wife, since her original booking was for 50 minutes and they had up-sold her; however, they never did adjust it in practice, but instead added 15 minutes to her 75 minute purchase and still charged the full price). So we were punished for booking in advance......BAD BUSINESS PRACTICE...they should have negotiated something so we felt satisfied, or honored our request to be treated as well as the last-minute buyers. 2 - The cross-selling of products was OBNOXIOUS. At seemingly every turn, from our pre-mentioned confirmation and subsequent upgrades, through the conclusion of the treatment, there was unsolicited SELLING of products, other services, etc. It felt like a used-car sell job. UGH. The upside is that, once I let them run through the pitch and politely declined, they graciously said, "no problem!" What was explicitly clear is that they had been FORCED to do this selling by management, even though I told my therapist that I would not be buying anything and she didn't need to waste her time, she said she needed to go through it. Barf. 3 - I hesitate to mention this, because it's second-hand information, but we chatted with another spa customer, who had arrived for treatment, only to be told that her appointment had been cancelled, and that "someone had already contacted you to tell you of the cancellation." The woman had never received any notice of cancellation, and when she told the manager this, the response was, "Well, this person is VERY experienced and would NEVER have failed to contact you." So effectively, the customer was called a liar. When this customer escalated to upper ship management, the "Customer is probably lying" vs. "Customer is always right" treatment continued, even though she was not asking for ANYTHING except an apology. When the apology finally came, the manager called and said, "Well, I hear I am supposed to apologize..." Having met this Manager, and seen her demeanor, and having chatted with the shipmate for quite a while, I am reasonably certain that our shipmate customer was telling the truth. FOOD and DRINK The Sip and Sail promotion we took advantage of may or may not have been our best financial decision, but it was WONDERFUL. There were VERY few drinks which were not included in the package. Top shelf liquor and very good beers and wines were included. And a 40% discount off bottles of wine was quite welcome. MINOR downside: We brought our own bottle of wine to a premium restaurant one night, and even though we had the booze package, and would have otherwise consumed many glasses of their wine at NO CHARGE, they insisted on charging us the $15 corkage fee....just doesn't make a whole lot of sense, IMHO. Otherwise, the food in the dining room and specialty restaurants (we did Crab Shack and the Cajun steakhouse) was excellent, as was the service. Prompt, efficient, friendly but not obsequious...excellent! SUGGESTION: It's an Alaska cruise. More smoked salmon in the buffet would be nice, and every other cruise we've done featured lots of it...just seemed weird, and the whitefish was not very good. POOLS and HOT TUBS The weather made tubbing accessible, and I even took a swim one day. The pools were clean and the tubs, too. Lots of tubs meant not overcrowded, and the food/drinks were readily available, though we only had waitstaff service about 15% of the time....I think they were focused on those who could write in tips. Pro Tip: If you don't like screaming children by the pool, stay on the outside deck, where it doesn't echo as much... CASINO Games and machines were adequate. But the staff (other than the ebullient Casino Manager and the nice folks at the Cashier cage) were rather sour-faced. They seemed nervous and uptight. Drink service was again VERY spotty for us. CIGAR BAR Very disappointing. Terribly ventilated, obviously neglected room off of the Atrium, it was clearly where the 2nd Class Citizens were banished. No staff on any visit, and the cigar selection was clearly limited, although I never even had an unlocked cabinet look, since no one was ever there. BARS GREAT! Martini's and other drinks were excellent at the Crooners Bar, and the staff was consistently happy, smiling, accommodating and professional. PRICE For what we got, I think the price was reasonable. However, the issues with the odor in the room and the general feeling that much of the staff was scared of messing up....these things will most probably keep us from choosing a Carnival family brand again, and CERTAINLY keep us from the Coral Princess, at least until the Captain is replaced. Remember, it all starts at the top. (PS: We NEVER saw the captain) Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Ports of call were great. Most lodges were nice but lots of coach riding and trains. Saw very little wildlife but weather was fabulous. Got to see Denali finally after the clouds passed. I felt excursions were way over priced but very ... Read More
Ports of call were great. Most lodges were nice but lots of coach riding and trains. Saw very little wildlife but weather was fabulous. Got to see Denali finally after the clouds passed. I felt excursions were way over priced but very well organized by Princess. Our balcony was larger than most we've had. Beds in cabin were the very best and got good sleep. Entertainment during the day was lacking. Entertainment at night was just so so. Thought we should of had more variety and theater seemed so small. If you weren't there several minutes prior to start...no where to sit. Several areas on ship smelled of sewer gas and was extremely bad just outside the theater that you had to cover your nose when walking through. Could smell it in many other areas as well. Dining area nice but if you were seated at a table of eight it took 90 minutes to finish. We did anytime dining and had no waiting time to get it but we ate early at about 5:30. Over all cruise was good but prefer other cruise lines. Felt a little bored on Coral Princess. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017

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