We chose this cruise because we ran out of time planning a trip to Alaska on our own. We had friends who had done the cruise a couple of weeks before and they said it is a wonderful cruise, scenic, and with good stops/excursions. I was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we ran out of time planning a trip to Alaska on our own. We had friends who had done the cruise a couple of weeks before and they said it is a wonderful cruise, scenic, and with good stops/excursions. I was not expecting much. I am a "I am never going to cruise again" person after my first and only cruise before this (21 years ago!!) Now I feel dumb! What a beautiful ship, what excellent service, what a great choice of restaurants and what FUN!
As to the ship, it's refurbished, very comfortable and easy to get around. It's very lovely and anywhere you choose to take a selfie, you'll look good! The starboard side is heated, so sitting on the deck on a cooler/cold day (yes, even in July/August!) was not an issue. Lots of outside deck chairs and the view is spectacular. There were 2100 people on this cruise and I would not have guessed unless I decided to eat in the Horizon dining room (buffet) which I did a couple of times for breakfast.
Our cabin was an interior which I selected with the help of people on this site, so THANK YOU!!! We were in Cabin 521C, 10th floor. It's midship and very quiet. No window, no problem, remember, it's just a place to sleep and it had a very, very comfortable bed. Besides, it's Alaska, it's daytime all the time and I like to sleep in a quiet, dark room. I would choose this room again, no problem.
BUT FOLKS, PLEASE NOTE: Do reserve THE SANCTUARY on your scenic cruising days!! Especially when you go to Glacier Bay National Park! This is a MUST. We did, just by accident as this was a day they had four chairs, and it was the BEST way to see the glaciers. It's limited in seating, you're not 5/6 people deep at the rails, and they feed your breakfast, lunch, snack and drinks. Bonus: Princess Cruise mug and Sanctuary ear covers/head wrap. Your own lounge chair and blanket. We had a beautiful day for Glacier Bay and would do it again in a heartbeat. Well worth the price of admission!
Your first meal on the ship is in the Horizon dining, and the food was great and the choices were plentiful. We had a scheduled time in the restaurant on the sixth floor, but anytime fine dining (i.e., not buffet) was on the fifth floor and just amazing. There were three other restaurants that were available, but for pay. We went to the bars at these restaurants, but I had no complaints about the food, so it was easy to stay with the dining options already included.
Plenty of entertainment, most of it wonderful, some of it reminded me of my first cruise, very dated. Funche, Sound Explosion and a solo guitar folk singer were very talented. The chef and head Maitre d' had a fun show about cooking, funny and sweet. We are not big on entertainment, so I am not your best source for this type of information.
We did plenty of excursions, do that as to your taste of adventure, but we loved the Nenana Whitewater rafting, the raft trip down and the UTV adventure! The Discovery Paddle wheel ride and Gold dredge was super fun!
Exiting the ship was such a breeze, honestly, I have not ONE complaint! This ship and it's crew are professional, organized and just wonderful people who enjoy their jobs.
Go. Go and have fun! I hope you all have as much fun as we did! Yes, we're going again, no doubt! Read Less