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We wanted to see the interior of Alaska, as well as the tidal glaciers and seaports. Our guide on land was outstanding. Alexa was so knowledgeable and she was able to give us history or the area, plus making sure our tours and ... Read More
We wanted to see the interior of Alaska, as well as the tidal glaciers and seaports. Our guide on land was outstanding. Alexa was so knowledgeable and she was able to give us history or the area, plus making sure our tours and accommodations were ready for us. We had Club Class dining, and that was a new experience for us, but and really enjoyed the extras that came with that. Most of all the wait staff was great and there was never a line to get seated. The excursions were very well done as well. We enjoyed the gold panning at Dredge 8, and sternwheel trip on the river, the train ride out of Skagway was over the top. It is a wonder the rail road got built and how the people made the trip to the gold fields was amazing. They must have had the true pioneer spirit. The entertainment on board the ship was fantastic !!!! We really enjoyed the productions shows and the comic was really funny and the singer had a wonderful voice. I highly reccommend this cruise. If you go in Sept. as we did, dress in layers and be prepared for rain and it was chilly late at night when we went out to see the Nnorthern Lights. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I just really have always wanted to take an Alaskan cruise. The Coral Princess in September was a wonderful experience. The crowds were smaller and the weather was just about perfect. There was not a mosquito to be found. The shore ... Read More
I just really have always wanted to take an Alaskan cruise. The Coral Princess in September was a wonderful experience. The crowds were smaller and the weather was just about perfect. There was not a mosquito to be found. The shore excursions were first rate. The stops in Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway offered a variety of experiences. There was plenty of time for shopping and exploring even with taking shore excursions. The Glacier cruising was awe inspiring. Cruising in September means that you get to see even more glaciers because there are some areas that are closed to cruise ships until September As always on a Princess cruise the food was delicious. The Entertainment was professional class. The Crew is always friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.Even the transfer from Anchorage to Whittier was first rate with a bus driver/tour guide who was great telling us about life in Alaska and pointing out interesting things along the way.. We even were able to take a shore excursion in Vancouver after we disembarked and before we had to fly out. Not only did it give us a great overview of Vancouver, it also lessened our time sitting in the airport. Our balcony stateroom offered stunning views. The ship is a slightly smaller ship and that made getting around very easy. Everything went smoothly from embarking to disembarking. Princess knows how to do things right. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We picked this cruise line because of what we had heard from others and that they are one of only two lines allowed into Glacier Bay which was a must see for us. The ship is beautiful, never felt crowded even with 3000 guests onboard. The ... Read More
We picked this cruise line because of what we had heard from others and that they are one of only two lines allowed into Glacier Bay which was a must see for us. The ship is beautiful, never felt crowded even with 3000 guests onboard. The staff is incredible and if you get a change to use the Spa you should splurge for it. The room was excellent and bigger than I thought it would be. The spa services are great! Great food and so many things to do you just don't have time to do them all :-( The Alaska scenery is unbelievable and the scale of everything is enormous. I would definitely do this cruise again so that I could partake in other excursions and shipboard activities that I did not have time to try. Definitely put this cruise on your bucket list. Everything was 1st class aboard ship. The only minus is the internet service. Very bad and not worth the price so don't bother buying the package. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had 2 stateroom cabins with Balconies on the ALOHA DECK A127 & A129. The had a connecting door inside and connecting outside Balconies doors. Cyrus was our steward and took exceptional care of us. We boarded Whittier. Headed to ... Read More
We had 2 stateroom cabins with Balconies on the ALOHA DECK A127 & A129. The had a connecting door inside and connecting outside Balconies doors. Cyrus was our steward and took exceptional care of us. We boarded Whittier. Headed to Hubbard Glacier to Glacier Bay National park. AWESOME!!! Next...Scagway where we did Yukon Expedition and white pass scenic railway Excursion... .AWESOME! A must !! JUNEAU next...did Best of Juneau excursions that was a Fabulous whale watching tour. We saw many whales & got great videos to show family & friends! We also visited the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier and had a Salmon Bake feast at Orca point Lodge. DELICIOUS! In Ketchikan we visited the town, shopping and attended a genuine Lumberjack show. Exciting! AWESOME Cruise! I highly recommend! VERY VERY IMPRESSIVE entertainment on board. Broadway level! Comedy show with AJ Jamel in the Princess theater was AWESOME and funny! Michael Misko was magical with cards! So Impressed what he does with cards! My Granddaughter really enjoyed the Puppies in the piazza! It was a Amazing opportunity for he to meet sled dog puppies for a one of a kind experience. We also enjoyed Encore and Sweet soul music and the Ballon Drop Party was amazing with Cruise Director the AMAZING MATT O!!!!! A great guy I bumped into over and over again on the ship and he was so down to earth each and every time! I think we are friends now! You simply can't go wrong with Princess Cruises!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We used a Princess motor coach transfer from Anchorage to Whittier and it was very efficient. By completing the Ocean Ready process before we left home, the Embarking was super easy. The services once we boarded and before we left port ... Read More
We used a Princess motor coach transfer from Anchorage to Whittier and it was very efficient. By completing the Ocean Ready process before we left home, the Embarking was super easy. The services once we boarded and before we left port were plentiful. Our cabin with balcony was plenty big for the two of us. It had a desk and small sofa with the queen size bed. Bathroom was always kept clean. We picked this cruise for the itinerary and were surprised how much we enjoyed the food and the entertainment. Customer service was always exceptional. We pre-booked all our excursions through Princess. They were expensive, but all providers were very good at their specialty. I highly recommend the Hubbard excursion to get close enough to see the immense glacier size and any calving. The cruise ship does not get very close. We did a special photography safari in Juneau and were very lucky with the whale watching. The boat driver knew how to find the whales.The tour size was limited to 14 people. In Skagway, we took the train/bus combo. Best views were from the bus and are fabulous!. The lunch stop is very touristy. The food was good and the dog sled puppies are fun. Disembarkation was super easy with self carry early departure. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This cruise was chosen because the Inside Passage cruise has been a bucket list item for many years. It totally exceeded our expectations. The Island Princess was extremely accommodating with great passenger to staff ratio. The staff and ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because the Inside Passage cruise has been a bucket list item for many years. It totally exceeded our expectations. The Island Princess was extremely accommodating with great passenger to staff ratio. The staff and crew were fantastic, and were genuinely happy to attend to our needs. The balcony cabin was excellent, and maintained extremely well. Each Port entry was handled efficiently and smoothly, again with great service from the crew. Being a smaller ship in the Princess lineup, the Horizon Buffet was less catered for than on larger ships, but there was always great service and choices. The other food choices, Pizza, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Ice cream, Bars, were all excellent. The access to bars was superb, Crooners, Wheelhouse, Explorers, and all had plenty of seating. The on-board entertainment around the ship was great, with a great selection of entertainers. The anytime dining was very good, and again the service was excellent. There were 26 of us in the group, and staff and crew always made every effort to accommodate our needs. All in all, the cruise was the best we have experienced, and will certainly cruise again with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Great service from our steward, Moore Bjorn to our waiters Arata Mirza and Peradi Gintino. Dinner was very enjoyable every night in the Donatello Dining Room.They went above and beyond on our first cruise. The entertainment was excellent. ... Read More
Great service from our steward, Moore Bjorn to our waiters Arata Mirza and Peradi Gintino. Dinner was very enjoyable every night in the Donatello Dining Room.They went above and beyond on our first cruise. The entertainment was excellent. It started with the 7:15 Princess Theater and continued on at 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15 in the other lounges and bars. Then I finished the night at the casino. The cruise director, Matt was fabulous and always wanted you to have a GOOD TIME!! Matt's crew was excellent too. They hosted bingo, karaoke and game shows to mention a few. The shore excursions were very nice as I loved the train ride in Skagway the best. There were lots of stores and scenery at every port. You need to get off the boat and enjoy the life style of each town. The ship was easy to get around as each floor had maps, so you knew where you were as all times. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
To celebrate our 50th anniversary. Recommend by our travel agent. I had heard that Princess was a great cruise. The entertainment was awesome. The quality of entertainment was very surprising. Great crew and staff. We liked the voice of ... Read More
To celebrate our 50th anniversary. Recommend by our travel agent. I had heard that Princess was a great cruise. The entertainment was awesome. The quality of entertainment was very surprising. Great crew and staff. We liked the voice of the ocean and the games played in the lounges. The cuisine was out of this world. I tried so many new and different foods. The staff was so polite and accommodating. Our stateroom was always clean and well cared for. The bartenders were very friendly and knew how to make anything. Our vow renewal of 50 years was the highlight of our trip. The special discounts and gifts we received for our anniversary were very nice and in expected. What an awesome way to celebrate 50 years of marriage. Thanks Princess for all the wonderful memories of our first cruise. You and your staff know how to treat people and create memories Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This cruise afforded us the opportunity to see the wonders of nature in a relaxing and fun filled way. The service was great. The food was good and the portions were perfect size so that you were able to have all three courses and not ... Read More
This cruise afforded us the opportunity to see the wonders of nature in a relaxing and fun filled way. The service was great. The food was good and the portions were perfect size so that you were able to have all three courses and not feel overly stuffed. Entertainment was funny and had good variety. Drinks were well made. Gym and spa were good. Steakhouse Crown Grill was fabulous. The naturalists on board were very informative about the glaciers and sightings wild life . The ship just hung out and circled about while by the glaciers so that you could see the calving from either side of the ship. Awesome and beautiful. The entire inside passage was extremely calm sailing so that you didn’t even feel like you were on a boat . You could see whales and sea otters from the deck at various times . Very casual in clothing dress on ship and land!! Excellent especially for a first cruise. All of the Princess excursions were excellent . The entire Princess operation is well organized and executed without a hitch in transportation , luggage etc. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We went on this very 1st cruise as a family (2 parents in their 50's & 3 adult children in their 20's in a separate room). I picked this ship and itinerary after hours of researching the best option for us. I knew I really ... Read More
We went on this very 1st cruise as a family (2 parents in their 50's & 3 adult children in their 20's in a separate room). I picked this ship and itinerary after hours of researching the best option for us. I knew I really wanted to be on a smallish ship that could get close to Hubbard Glacier and take us thru Granite Bay (Captain Todd McBain did a fantastic job getting us within 1/4 mile to Hubbard), with full day stops at the ports in Alaska and a balance of enjoyable entertainment for us adults and adult kids. We were not dissappointed. My husband and I especially enjoyed the shows - Encore, Bayou, Cheasa, Comedian, (not magician though as his show was a bit corny) & going to the game shows put on my cruise ship staff. My kids especially enjoyed the games, such as egg drop in the atrium and ping pong contests, trivia, and the other staff led evening shows. The staff was very energetic and our steward, Benjamin Venida, was extremely personable and attentive. We also enjoyed soaking in the hot tub while overlooking the scenic glaciers, watching movies under the stars with blankets they provided for warmth, and my daughters liked reading books in the quiet library. We liked our Anytime Dining experience and the ability to make reservations day of. When we requested seating by the window, we were kindly accommodated and ended up having a regular table (32) which was in the corner by the window. We really enjoyed the lobster and filet mignon especially when we were able to apply our dining credit to the special menu when Sabitini's was booked. We also at in the Bayou Dining rooms which was very nice as well and our waiter was excellent. The food/dessert was generally tasty. The Baked Alaska parade on the last night was fun and we enjoyed hearing the staff sing Happy B-day/Anniversary to guests as well as the taste of the creme brulee - yum! We regularly ate breakfast in the Horizon Buffet which was a great location at the top of the ship with windows surrounding it. The waiters came around asking if we would like beverages. My husband and son ate pizza at the pizzaria. They said the pizza was too hot and the cheese melted quite a bit and it tasted better when it was cold. We also ate lunch at the Grill by the pool area.The seafood chowder was tasty. I felt bad for the poor girl at the ice cream shop who seemed overworked and under appreciated but access to ice cream at anytime was a nice feature. We stayed in an inside stateroom on the Carribe deck (10th floor) in room C517 which I would highly recommend since it is sandwiched between two other stateroom decks. It was quiet, close to muster stations, mid ship so didn't feel much movement. Positivities Loved the enthusiasm of the staff and warm personalities. The atrium was very pretty. Seating near the windows during meal times - lovely. Getting so close to the glaciers. Meeting such friendly guests. Cleanliness. Great shows. I really liked this ship and the open decks, including semi-private one on the Caribbe floor. It never felt really crowded. Everyone was helpful and friendly. Very relaxing and enjoyable experience. Will definetely cruise with Princess again, and specifically Coral due to the size and layout of ship. Some suggestions: We would love to get all the daily Patters (schedules for each day) at the beginning of the cruise instead of day by day so we could plan our dinners (had anytime dining) and entertainment in advance. In addition, we were told in advance that formal nights are sea days, yet were surprised (as were others seated at our table that night) when we learned fairly last minute that the 2nd formal night was the evening we ported in Juneau. My daughter eats a gluten & dairy free diet. The chefs were kind enough to come out to give her recommendations in the dining rooms and she really liked their gluten free bread. Edible options in the Horizon Buffet were not clearly marked. They did not have almond milk that she knew of nor gluten free cereal. We would have liked signage for gluten free and dairy free items and it would be great if they had almond milk and gluten free bread/cereal available. For us, some food, such as eggs and biscuits, were overcooked but they had a good variety of options. My 3 adult kids shared a separate room. The top bunk bed was uncomfortable for my daughter. It was hard for 2 of the 3 to watch tv since the location of the tv was blocked from view though they did not really spend much time in their rooms at all. Perhaps a moveable mount could help. I felt that the pillows were a bit too squishy and my husband and myself in our room and we kept sinking toward the middle of the queen bed though it was generally comfortable. Benjamin Venida was a terrific, personable, and attentive steward. He was cheerful, called us by name, wished us a great day and good evening regularly, and even gave my son a few extra candies which was appreciated. He kept our room very clean. I wrote him a note and wanted to leave a tip and thank him personally, but I didn't seen him the day we disembarked and felt uncomfortable leaving it in my room since the door was ajar. My suggestion: Give thank you notes and tip if you choose when you see your steward; don't wait until the last day. The cruise director (John/aka Mr. Energy) was hilarious. We really enjoyed the staff led gameshows, etc. The big shows were excellent. The comedian was funny, (we would have loved to see his 2nd show but our dinner reservations could not be changed and we didn't know they were going to overlap) but we did not care for the magician show which felt corny. Sales The coupons, sales, and credits were helpful and encouraged me to buy merchandise. I really liked the free gift from Etsy of my pretty silver anchor necklase. A wonderful rememberance of a lovely cruise experience. Photos I wish the photos were less expensive and we could alter the size and have a cheaper package option (less than $150 minimum). They were good quality photos though. Casino We had fun playing Bingo one afternoon. Spa I did not use the spa, but my son did. Wish I could have let him use my credit as it was pricey for his service. Art: I went to the auction, which was fun but went long (it would be great if they could tell you how long it will be since we had to leave early for the wine tasting). My son got art work at a good price but the cost to ship it and time it takes to arrive is a bit pricey and long. Disembark As first time cruisers, this part was confusing to us. The elevators were full and carrying luggage downstairs dangerous. I think I would better plan ahead next time by leaving our large luggage outside our room. Excursions They were wonderful ports. I didn't appreciate that some shops, in particular jewelry shops, had people standing outside trying to convince us to come in and visit. Some ship excursions seemed very rushed - for example, covering too much ground in not enough time, so we booked some excursions on our own. Skagway: We walked off the port and over the creek bridge into town. We saw a man catch a huge fish. We also attended the '98 Show in the Saloon which was fun and ate lunch at the brewery - the beer garden provided excellent views. My daughter did rock climbing/rapelling, while the rest of us took the van up and bike ride down the mountain. A great active scenic option to sitting on a train. Juneau. We bought tickets at the St. Robert's tram (short walk) with a AAA discount at 8am. Were some of the first to board the tram and hike at the top. Definetly hike to the cross and windsock if you have time. Views are spectacular. Afterward, we called a taxi to meet us at the Red Dog Saloon. She drove us to Mendenhall Glacier where we visited the visitor center and walked the paved trail to beautiful Nugget Falls. Our driver on the way back stopped to buy us some lemonade from kids at a stand. Off the clock. They both provided great stories of the culture and of living there as locals. Finally, we ate at the Red Dog Saloon. Had to have the 'Duck Fart' shot which was fun and tasty. Ketchikan: We all had booked excursions in Ketchikan and were very stressed about making it back in time since the time changed and was scheduled to disembark 45 mins. earlier than originally told. This was a tendered location. I wish Ketchikan port stay was longer so it could have been more enjoyable. We walked through town, saw the salmon in the river. My daughters went on the kayak excursion and me - the group canoe and rainforest trip on the lake. (The clam chowder was excellent!) My husband and son went salmon fishing with Baranoff. My husband caught three - son, none. A couple with them gave them their catch and they were all shipped home. We are eating some fillets for dinner tonight. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The cruise was awesome. All of the staff we encountered were very pleasant except for one and I chalk that up for just having a bad day. We all of them occasionally. The reason I say this is, every time we saw this person after the ... Read More
The cruise was awesome. All of the staff we encountered were very pleasant except for one and I chalk that up for just having a bad day. We all of them occasionally. The reason I say this is, every time we saw this person after the "not so good" day, they were always in a pleasant professional mood. Even though Princess states the Coral was completely refurbished a few years ago - it really is need for a complete overhaul again. It is showing its age. Everything was clean. The entertainment we saw was what I would term as "typical". Nothing mind blowing but good. I would suggest to everyone to spend the little extra and opt for a balcony room. It was "post card beautiful" admiring everything from our private balcony while inside the Alaskan passage. You don't have other people bothering you or complaining etc. Our experience at Sabatina's Princess's premier Italian restaurant was nothing special. Actually after my wife and I left - we both agreed the Italian food we prepare in our own kitchen was as good as we just tried. Maybe we had a bad night?? Not sure, but on our next cruise, we would opt for something else. As for the ports and excursions - we opted not to pre-book a lot of excursions and just allow spontaneity to take over when we arrived, we would do much different on next cruise to Alaska. We did pre-book 2 excursions, but would do many more next time. The ports are beautiful and quaint, but way over commercialized !! Depending on how many ships are at port, you could have several thousand people in a small village at same time, which = WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE for me ;) We would book several excursions that would take us away from all of the commercialism at the ports. The bottom line is; would we go back - ABSOLUTELY!! and actually have started to put our thoughts and ideas together for another Alaskan adventure in 2 years. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We loved everything about our land and sea cruise with Princess! The ship was gorgeous. Our mini suite was spotless with a balcony large enough for two. The food on ship was excellent, especially Sabatini's - our favorite meal! ... Read More
We loved everything about our land and sea cruise with Princess! The ship was gorgeous. Our mini suite was spotless with a balcony large enough for two. The food on ship was excellent, especially Sabatini's - our favorite meal! Alfredo's pizza was also delicious. It's a very popular place for lunch so we didn't mind waiting 10 minutes. The wait staff was very professional at all dining venues. We especially liked the International Cafe to grab a cheese plate for happy hour on our balcony. We had coffee delivered to our room each morning and the service was prompt. We went to all 3 shows which were entertaining, especially the choreography. The comedian, AJ Jamal was hilarious! We went to both of his shows and wish he performed more. The cruise director, Matt O. was fantastic! He was very entertaining and so personable. We enjoyed chatting with him throughout our cruise. We got off the ship at all 3 ports and booked our excursions through Princess. Skagway - White Pass Scenic Railway is a must. Juneau - shuttle to Mendenhall Glacier. Rick, our bus driver, was excellent. Ketchikan - Lumberjack Show which was very entertaining. There's not enough time and space to list everything, but it was a fabulous trip. We highly recommend cruising with Princess. They are a class act. Feel free to get back to me with questions. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I took the Royal Princess Southbound on the Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary. The ship was great and the crew were very efficient and friendly. I had booked an inside cabin and it was more than adequate for the trip. I came to see ... Read More
I took the Royal Princess Southbound on the Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary. The ship was great and the crew were very efficient and friendly. I had booked an inside cabin and it was more than adequate for the trip. I came to see Alaska, not hang out in my cabin, so I feel I that I didn't 'miss anything' by having an interior cabin. Food was good - it was all very well prepared and presented. I ate in the main dining room every night and never tried the specialty dinner restaurants. I thought that there was a nice variety of shore excursions to choose from. My favorite was a canoe to and hike on Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. Cruise director Matt O is amazing - I will probably go out of my way to sail on a ship he is working on in the future. I will definitely sail on Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We just completed a 7 day Alaskan cruise on Royal Princess ship. Princess Medallion System, in my opinion, is a breach of privacy. You wear or carry this medallion around your neck on somewhere on your body all the time. It has all your ... Read More
We just completed a 7 day Alaskan cruise on Royal Princess ship. Princess Medallion System, in my opinion, is a breach of privacy. You wear or carry this medallion around your neck on somewhere on your body all the time. It has all your personal info on it. It is used as your cabin key, access to get on and off the ship, drink or any other purchases you make on the ship. The problem we had was another person's picture (whom we had no idea who he was, nor did Princess) appeared on the screen outside our cabin. After 2 days, Princess was finally able to correct. But, anytime you have your medallion on you, and you are near a Princess computer screen (to order drinks, purchase anything on ship, etc) anyone with their medallion on in that area, if you are purchasing or not, your picture info appears on their screen. I believe this is also why it takes bar service so long to ring up your drink - shuffling through lots of photos. Plus the medallion unlocks your cabin door long before you get to your cabin. I feel it should only unlock the cabin door after you swipe the medal on the screen outside your door. And if you are using medallion on Princess - make sure you download the app before you get on ship. It took us an entire morning to get this done. Waited in 3 long lines for staff to assist. First 2, said they didn't know what to tell us, finally the 3rd was able to help. But then you're always attached to iPhone.... and chat feature does not alert you when you have a chat. Also we had balcony cabin on 11th floor (B631). Balcony is very small compared to other cruise lines we've been on. And balcony door very hard to get opened from inside. Dining room - if you want surf/turf or steak will cost an add'l $29/person. If you need to store luggage post cruise, there is a hotel at the end of pier that will store for $10/day. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This cruise was definitely a step up...in food, in service, and in our destinations. We LOVED going to Hubbard Glacier AND Glacier Bay. We were thrilled as we saw whales galore on our Whale Watching tour, and we loved the train at Skagway. ... Read More
This cruise was definitely a step up...in food, in service, and in our destinations. We LOVED going to Hubbard Glacier AND Glacier Bay. We were thrilled as we saw whales galore on our Whale Watching tour, and we loved the train at Skagway. Our outside cabin was arranged differently, and better we felt, than any other cabin we have been in. This is our 4th cruise, and we definitely felt more pampered on this cruise, and that the staff was super happy to be doing their jobs. Ok, specifically, the food now, and the service that went with it. So our first experience eating was at the buffet, and it was wonderful because everyone needed to wash their hands before going to the buffet...great move! Then the waiter's even took our drink orders and put our napkins on our laps if you wanted them to, at the buffet! So you can imagine how awesome the dinners were...the service was 1st rate. And the food was seriously as good as it possibly could get! Great variety each night, and the way the food was presented, and tasted, we could have been at any of the best restaurants in the world. Loved, loved, loved this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
So many events and shows to keep you busy. Best of all, all the staff were super awesome, friendly, attentive and courteous!! We were treated like royalty throughout the trip!!! This reason alone makes us want to do it again! Thank you ... Read More
So many events and shows to keep you busy. Best of all, all the staff were super awesome, friendly, attentive and courteous!! We were treated like royalty throughout the trip!!! This reason alone makes us want to do it again! Thank you Nino, Mariam and Seon! Everywhere you went on the ship were clean! There’s enough staff to ensure you have everything you needed and more! Food was delicious and plenty. There were so many varieties that anyone with specific food allergies or specific diet can find food to eat! On our ship, besides our “typical” dining room, we had two other restaurant to choose from. We decided to have an Italian dish. Right off the bat, the freshly baked bread dipped in olive oil was to die for! The next 5 course meal was so good that even though I was stuffed, I could not pass it up!! We will definitely cruise again and I will make sure we book another princess cruise!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I wanted to see what is becoming the last frontier in the most comprehensive way. Alaska is so huge that a cruise seemed the most efficient and relaxing way to go about it. Arriving just in time for the summer solstice festival in ... Read More
I wanted to see what is becoming the last frontier in the most comprehensive way. Alaska is so huge that a cruise seemed the most efficient and relaxing way to go about it. Arriving just in time for the summer solstice festival in Anchorage got the trip to a great start. Mingling with the natives and having my first taste of reindeer sausage got me in the mood for our Alaskan adventure. My husband along with another couple (close friends) took in the Alaskan midnight sun and hiked the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail topped with a birthday dinner at the Glacier Brewhouse with a waitress with just the right amount of sassiness! What a first day! And because of Princess organization, it just got easier from there. Just a little pre-planning of what we needed to have on our person, and our luggage showed up at the next stop without us having to lug it. No need to check-in - keys pre-delivered to us! Land highlights included a side-trip stop in Talkeetna - good beer, good shopping, and good meeting the legendary mayor - a cat! Loved the treehouse at Princess Mt. McKinley Lodge where other guests loaned us their binoculars to get a glimpse of that elusive summit of Denali. But nothing could beat the all-day Kantishna Denali Park tour - where a mama bear and two cubs literally sauntered along the side of our bus. Caribou, moose, fox - all made an appearance for us! Felt quite lucky as I know that this is not Disneyland and animals cannot be made to appear. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and the history of the park, and I am now a Fannie Quigley fan! What better way to conclude the land portion with a glass car train-ride back south to Whittier where we saw the best view of Denali, rivers, and forests with amazing service and narration. Just like the rest of the trip, the transition to ship was seamless. I am not sure how they get 600+ people off the train and onto the ship without long lines and waiting. We were in our stateroom in minutes. This was my first cruise and although the stateroom was compact, the furniture/cabinets were well-designed with plenty of room for all our luggage. Having a balcony was key for me as I loved sitting in a private space with my husband to watch the water, glaciers, and islands. The good was good in the buffet, and our service at the Provence dining room was exceptional. I liked the sinks to wash hands right by the buffet - I felt everything was done to keep the ship germ-free. We loved playing games/cards in the library, and listening to the singers who encouraged taking requests and sing-alongs. I definitely recommend having excursions booked at each port as the actual towns are touristy stocked mainly with souvenir shops. The land tour and excursions were the excitement portion of the trip. The cruise with all the fine service and entertainment was the relaxation portion of the trip. In tandem, this was a perfect mix of adventure, education, and rest! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Land and cruise option was the way we wanted to go on our second trip to Alaska. Our loved all the evening shows in the Princess Theatre. There were two entertainers that we especially enjoyed - John Bressler and Steve White. Glad we ... Read More
Land and cruise option was the way we wanted to go on our second trip to Alaska. Our loved all the evening shows in the Princess Theatre. There were two entertainers that we especially enjoyed - John Bressler and Steve White. Glad we decided to take this cruise with our Senior Center so that we could experience all the land portion has to offer since our first trip to Alaska was only a cruise. Great dining service at a scheduled time each evening. Our Cabin Steward was Maria for cabin B641 and she was helpful and always said hello to us when we saw her in the hallway. The ship looked like the carpeting had been replaced recently which I like...don't care for worn out carpeted areas. I enjoy BINGO and the caller, nicknamed Baby Face Bingo, was funny and made bingo a lot of fun. Marcus, the Cruise Director, is also great at his job informing us of all activities as well as bring humor into all his chats. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Husband grew up in Fairbanks and we've traveled many places in Alaska, but never to the Southeast area, which is best done from a ship. We booked this trip as a "last minute" vacation less than a month and a half before ... Read More
Husband grew up in Fairbanks and we've traveled many places in Alaska, but never to the Southeast area, which is best done from a ship. We booked this trip as a "last minute" vacation less than a month and a half before sailing and got an excellent price from Vacations to Go. Flew into Anchorage a day early and stayed at a hotel in the mid-town area. There are many hotels in that area and they are the type that provide free shuttle service from the airport and have free breakfast. The shuttle served three hotels and would also go to Walmart and to downtown Anchorage (visitors center). Check out the Market in downtown Anchorage on Saturday morning. Local artisans, along with produce and entertainment and food trucks. We bought authentic souvenirs and met the people who made them. Bought sea salt made in Homer, gold nugget jewelry (mined near Fairbanks), children's book signed by author, etched baleen from Native artist, locally made soap and more. Did not want to go back to the airport and ride a large coach bus to Whittier, so we booked a shuttle from Anchorage Tours and Transfers. It was less expensive. They came to our hotel at 2:30 to pick us up and then other hotels. The mini bus holds 24 and they have a trailer in back for the luggage. We didn't need a "tour", but our bus driver provided lots of information and we had time for a stop at a viewpoint before getting to the tunnel for Whittier. Star Princess was a nice size (one stats description says 2600 passengers). We were on the very large Carnival Vista last year. Cabin size is smaller than Carnival (which we were aware of). Our discounted cabin was a fully obstructed view (seemed like almost the entire 8th deck was obstructed views because all the life boats were hanging in front of windows -- who designed that?!) I thought I wouldn't mind (good price last minute, too cold for a balcony, just this time), but I didn't like it. Even if I didn't have a view, I needed the daylight. Although I read that the ship was refurbished last year, that must have been the public areas. Our room looked tired and needed an overhaul; the drawers didn't work and the furniture style definitely wasn't up to date. Bed was fine. Very large TV. Our room only had one chair, at the desk. But there were two of us and you can only sit on the bed for so long. Our room steward got us another desk chair for the week. Eighth floor was a good location. We could easily walk down one flight to the Promenade deck which became our "balcony." traditional walk around the ship deck with comfortable deck chairs. Seventh floor also had theatre and shops. Also didn't need the elevator to walk down two decks to the 6th for the dining rooms. All three dining rooms looked alike, and really weren't very fancy. Dining room meals were fine, but the quality could have been just a little bit better. I was surprised and pleased with the buffet. Large Carnival ship buffets are spread out too far and serve such large quantities that food is never hot (or warm) and there was no quality at all. On Star Princess the buffet area is compact so you don't have to go far to get your food, and smaller quantities are set out at a time so you have a better chance of the food being hot when you get to your table. I also thought the quality of the food at the buffet was very good and there was a good variety. Servers bring beverages to you and clear dishes promptly. There are many, many excursions (and they are expensive), but there is so much you can do on your own. Long day in Skagway means you can do a few things. We did take a Klondike bus excursion that we could have easily passed on. Skagway is about the gold rush and we wanted to see some of the trail. Our mini bus drove up the road. There really wasn't anything to see. Stopped at the Welcome to Alaska sign and a waterfall coming down the side of the road. The bus driver was good, telling lots of stories and history. But $39.95 per person was way to much for the experience (1 1/2 hours). DO check out the National Park Service in town. They have an information center with films. They also have other buildings in town that you can walk in to or get a free tour. NPS is always excellent. We had a great lunch at the local Sweet Tooth Cafe. And the best part of our day was a trip to Jewell Garden and glassblowing. We arranged this directly with Jewell Garden (later saw there was an excursion at almost twice the price). We took the local SMART bus ($5 all day). Husband was surprised that he had so much fun making a glass orb (it was shipped home). You choose the colors, style, design and they walk you through every step. In Juneau we took the Mt. Roberts tram. Cost is the same from ship or directly and you can walk there from ship. We then took an Uber to the Alaska State Museum (walkable for some, maybe a mile). Museum was excellent. Cost $12. Items from the different Native groups, history about Russians, US purchase, gold rush, WWII, statehood and art. Take about an hour. In Ketchikan we wanted to see the totem poles at the Bight Totem State Park. Park admission is $5. Taxi cost $35 one way and excursion also was expensive. But the city bus is only $2. The bus was crowded and it takes more than a half hour to get there. Spent an hour there and caught the bus back to town. Walked around town. Ate at Alaska Fish House (3 piece sampler fish fry was terrific). Walked around Creek Street area. Found similar souvenirs that were priced higher than in Skagway and Anchorage. Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay were wonderful. Bring layers of warm clothes, and gloves. On Glacier Bay day, ship did not schedule any activities, so everyone was engaged in the glaciers. At Hubbard Glacier, people went to the shopping talk and went to enter raffles, etc. Enjoyed talk by Libby Riddles, first woman to win the Iditarod. I'd do this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise ship because it sails along the inside passage in Alaska, and it is the only ship that has the permission to approach glaciers. The weather was not cooperative, yet we still got to see the beauty of Alaska. In terms ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship because it sails along the inside passage in Alaska, and it is the only ship that has the permission to approach glaciers. The weather was not cooperative, yet we still got to see the beauty of Alaska. In terms of the ship itself. The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth, including all disembarkations for daily visits. The ship is not overly large, which is a blessing. It is also not new, but well maintained and very clean. We traveled with two teenagers, and the accommodations are a bit of challenge. We booked a room with a window and two bunk beds. We were then upgraded to a room with a balcony, but only one bunk bed and a trundle. For two people, this room would have been awesome. Spacious and convenient. However, for four people, it was a bit of a tight squeeze, especially when the trundle was open. We hardly spent any time in our room, and it all worked out well, but for our next cruise we may re-visit the accommodations. The dining was excellent. We actually liked the buffet, and had breakfast there every day. Great assortment of yummy dishes. We also enjoyed the dinners. The food was delicious and the service precise and friendly. Our kids loved the endless pizza, ice cream and burger bars. We did not eat in the specialty restaurants. There was no need. We enjoyed all the entertainers on board. Even our teenagers raved about Howley Magic. In general, all entertainers were fabulous. We went to every show every night. The days at sea were also fun and full of activities. We enjoyed the martini and the fruit demonstrations the most. Miranda, the cruise director, is a wonderful presence, and seemingly does not sleep. The service was lovely, professional and friendly. One exception was the service for the afternoon tea. We went only once because we could not get our server to refill our tea cups or get extra goodies. He was the only cranky person on board, and we did not come back. The ports were well selected, and we were able to explore each port within the allocated time. We especially enjoyed the salmon hatcheries in Kechikan, the hanging gardens in Juneau and the glaciers. This was our first cruise with our children, and as mentioned, they are teenagers. We were worried about them being bored. They both told us that it was the best vacation ever. They enjoyed exploring the ship, the food and most of all Alaska itself. We also enjoyed the ship very much. The promenade deck is a real one and circled the entire ship. It was one of the highlights of the day to walk around and look for whales. The only suggestion is to perhaps hold an early session on good passenger behavior at sea or senior citizens behaving with respect to others. I was amazed at how many elderly passengers felt absolutely no qualms about pushing me and my kids out of the way in the buffet line, or using their canes to shove people in the theater. I understand that the sailing population is an older one, but manners should not be left on shore. Coral Princess, however, was a truly lovely experience for us all, and we would sail with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We did the 7 day land & 7 day cruise & 3 day Vancouver Cruisetour! We did the land first so we could see the interior of Alaska first. The scenery is breathtaking!!! One of the highlights was taking the tour boat out of Homer. ... Read More
We did the 7 day land & 7 day cruise & 3 day Vancouver Cruisetour! We did the land first so we could see the interior of Alaska first. The scenery is breathtaking!!! One of the highlights was taking the tour boat out of Homer. Great scenery & saw a lot of wildlife. Saw glaciers up close & glacier calving up close & the scenery was OUTSTANDING. Our tour director on land was outstanding. He provided us with a lot of good information. I also would recommend that you get the land tour with the meal ticket included. It was well worth it. It was great going on the ship & going to Hubbard Glacier & Glacier Bay National Park. This is the cruise that you need to get a Balcony. We usually get inside cabin but the view on the Balcony was outstanding during this cruise & well worth the extra money! All the ports of call were really great. We extended our cruise with 3 days in Vancouver & Victoria Island. Butchart Gardens are outstanding!!! I wish we had more time. The hotel accommodations at the Empress Hotel on Victory Island & Westin Bayshore in Vancouver were really great. I would recommend the 3 day extension in Vancouver it is well worth it. I would recommend this Princess land/sea cruise to all my friends!!! Worth every penny!!! The VIEW is OUTSTANDING & Breath-taking!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
It was a bucket list item - cruise/tour Alaska. Flew into Fairbanks at 2 am. Land toured down to Whittier. Then cruised from there to Vancouver. Princess took care of us from beginning to end, even got us from and to airports and ... Read More
It was a bucket list item - cruise/tour Alaska. Flew into Fairbanks at 2 am. Land toured down to Whittier. Then cruised from there to Vancouver. Princess took care of us from beginning to end, even got us from and to airports and excursions. My wife and I really enjoyed the experience and left thinking we will do Princess again. We were in cabin D115 and it was a nice view, steady ride. The dining was great, except for the much hyped Crown Grill, where the service was very slow. Save your money and stick to traditional dining - excellent! The entertainment on the ship was great, the comic on board stood out. We went to 2 of his shows! The enrichment activities were just a little boring but still worth it. The best excursion we did by far was ziplining in Talkeetna - highly recommend! We are already thinking of our next cruisetour. Maybe British Isles/Ireland/Iceland? Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This is our third cruise on Princess. Our first was a round trip from Seattle to Skagway, second was a Panama Canal partial transit. This was a trip from Anchorage to Vancouver. It was a great experience. We took a longer ... Read More
This is our third cruise on Princess. Our first was a round trip from Seattle to Skagway, second was a Panama Canal partial transit. This was a trip from Anchorage to Vancouver. It was a great experience. We took a longer transfer/tour from Anchorage to Whittier (Anchorage Tours and Transfers, Half Day Sightseeing Tour). So on the route we got to stop several times for the views of Turnagain Arm and Beluga Point. Redoubt volcano was visible in the distance, which was cool. We saw a few mountain goats on the hillside. But just an easy, carefree transit. We arrived at the ship at about 5 and had no lines at all for boarding. There were 8 of us in a party. We were on the Lido deck, midship port. All the cabins were clean and we were tended to very well. The bed was comfy. I had plenty of hot water any time of day (I did have to override the water temp handle on the shower to allow for hotter water, which some people seemed to struggle with.) The room was quiet and comfortable. We skipped the internet package, but I did opt for AT&T Cellular at Sea, which worked ok for the few days we were totally out of range. But once we got within cell shot, it went away and I could never connect again for some reason. But that was AT&T, not Princess. We'll have a chat with them about that. We ate at Horizon court buffet and the main dining room on various nights. The vast majority of people were scrupulous about washing hands in the basins before entering the dining areas, and staff were present most of the time to encourage that. I saw no evidence of anyone being sick during our trip. I found the food in both venues to be very good overall, with a few misses. I found we were all better off if we paid attention to Virgil's menu recommendations! He knows his stuff. After the first night, he remembered I like a dry martini before dinner, so he would have it ready for me right away. And he and his coworker Ryan kept us filled and entertained each night. High praise for them. I also couldn't really understand some of the earlier comments about ship condition. There's some wear and tear, yeah, but I saw no water running anywhere, nor did I have "sewer smells" anywhere either. ?? No idea what that is referring to. The entertainment was fun, but a few passengers made it awkward for the rest of us by saving huge swaths of seats for their parties. Stupid, but it was a little entertaining watching them get cursed at repeatedly by people trying to find seats! lol. As far as the itinerary, Glacier Bay was very impressive, and the most memorable part of the trip. After a foggy day at Portage the day before, the captain worked hard to give us plenty of time at Margerie glacier, where we saw several incidents of calving, and listened to the constant cracking and explosions as the glacier moved forward. Lots of sea otters floating around as well, which was fun to watch for. Just a remarkable experience. Everyone loved it. On the sea days, I found good spots to sit by a large window, read a book and just watch the scenery go by. Service was quick and attentive. I had a few drinks during the day, and my nightly martini. Our total with tips was about $370. On the way to Skagway, we were accompanied by a humpback whale for a little while. The naturalist on board helped teach us how to spot them by the "blow", and sure enough the entire deck shouted and pointed as soon as one was spotted off the port side. We went on a non-Princess whale-watching excursion (Dolphin Jet Boat Tours) in Juneau and had another great time. Saw numerous whales over 2 hours and learned about their habits and personalities. Well worth the money. Ketchikan was a great place to stop for souvenirs. It was a beautiful sunny day and fun to just walk around. I had a beer in one of the little dive bars and chatted with a local about life there. I found people were friendly and funny. I would not hesitate to recommend this ship or itinerary to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This is a great trip! We were first time cruise takers and the Golden Princess cruise from Anchorage to Vancouver made an awesome first impression on us. The ship is clean, well run, and the staff is professional, courteous, friendly and ... Read More
This is a great trip! We were first time cruise takers and the Golden Princess cruise from Anchorage to Vancouver made an awesome first impression on us. The ship is clean, well run, and the staff is professional, courteous, friendly and extremely helpful. The sights of Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay are awesome!! The three ports of call (Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan) were fun and full of exciting and fun-filled shore excursions. We highly recommend this cruise!!! We also highly recommend that you stay in a room with a balcony. The first two days of the cruise are spent at sea viewing glaciers (Hubbard Glacier on day #1 and Glacier Bay on day #2). Being able to relax on your own deck and watch the glaciers is very enjoyable. Also, since the ship travels in an interior passage and not in the open waters, there is land on both sides of the cruise for you to scan with binoculars for the entire trip. The Alaskan cruise is very calm as there are no rough seas. Just do it and book an Alaksan cruise. You won't regret it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We took the southbound voyage from Whittier to Vancouver. Flying into Anchorage is a treat as you fly over snow capped mountains as far as the eye can see. The journey from Anchorage airport to the port town of Whittier is unique. Your ... Read More
We took the southbound voyage from Whittier to Vancouver. Flying into Anchorage is a treat as you fly over snow capped mountains as far as the eye can see. The journey from Anchorage airport to the port town of Whittier is unique. Your coach is given a "tunnel time", an exact time in which to enter the 2 1/2 mile tunnel that was blasted through the mountain near Whittier. It felt like this was an excursion unto itself. Warm and friendly staff on board the Island Princess and a comfortable number of fellow guests, coupled with breathtaking scenery and warm temps, made this a truly memorable Alaskan adventure for us. We cruised to the Hubbard Glacier along with the Margerie in Glacier Bay followed by the three traditional Alaskan ports, and then one more sea day, in this relaxing itinerary. We sat outside on the comfortable deck chairs as much as we could. After dinner we enjoyed three of Princess' current shows "Encore", "On the Bayou" and the newest "The Secret Silk". They were all Broadway calibre shows. Our comedian was Steve Moris of the Beach Boys and he was hilarious. Love the Voice of the Ocean finale also. Skaway is a self-contained, pioneer town that is ideal for exploring.We went gold panning at the Back Alley Rock Shop, an experience I would highly recommend especially if you have kids. In Juneau we went to a Husky summer camp and hung out with 160 huskies. We learnt about the Ididarod and went on a thrilling dog sled ride summer style, and held a couple of the pups. This was by far the highlight of our port stops. Then in Ketchikan we saw the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show which is always a blast. Shopping for souvenirs and clothing is very good in Ketchikan. If I was to never see Alaska again, I feel that this is the perfect way for this unique state to leave a lasting impression. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018

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