50 Whittier Senior Cruise Reviews

We have been on about 15 cruises, last one 15 years ago. We have been all over the Caribbean, Mexican Rivera a number of times. Been through the Panama Canal, New Zealand and Australia. First cruise I have been on were I was charged ... Read More
We have been on about 15 cruises, last one 15 years ago. We have been all over the Caribbean, Mexican Rivera a number of times. Been through the Panama Canal, New Zealand and Australia. First cruise I have been on were I was charged for a soda. First cruise I have been on were they wanted to charge me $40 per person per day to look off the stern of the ship. Charged $29 per day service charge for my stateroom and 18% for every drink or soda I ordered. And that was after I paid $4,000 for the cruise. This will be the last Princess Cruise for me. The stateroom was nice, the service was great and the entertainment was good. That embarkation and debarkation was handled great. They did a great job handling luggage on and off the ship. Picked it up at the airport, next time we saw it was in our stateroom. Getting off, put our luggage outside our stateroom and didn’t see it again until we were at the airport. I have to give them a excellent grade on that. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It was chosen for us as part of a local-sponsored cruisetour of Alaska. In all the information we were given ahead of our trip, nothing was mentioned about having a flu shot before going. By the third day on the cruise a bulletin was put ... Read More
It was chosen for us as part of a local-sponsored cruisetour of Alaska. In all the information we were given ahead of our trip, nothing was mentioned about having a flu shot before going. By the third day on the cruise a bulletin was put out about colds/flu being reported on the ship, and I was already experiencing symptoms. I followed the recommendations and went to the medical clinic, where there were numerous very sick people. My symptoms weren't as serious as those I saw, but my concern was for my husband because he has a compromised immune system. I had no fever and the doctor said I only had a cold and I was right to be concerned about my husband. If you were diagnosed with the flu, you and your companion received Tamiflu and any shore excursions you had paid for were stamped and you would receive a refund. When I asked about my circumstance, the doctor told me I would be fine and go ahead and enjoy my excursions. By the end of the next day I had almost totally lost my voice and remained that way the rest of the trip. A couple days after I got sick, my husband became ill also. When I got home, a week after becoming ill, I went to my doctor. He swabbed me and my husband and we both tested positive for the flu. We then received Xoflueza, a flu medicine which we really needed in the first 48 hours, but he hoped it would help us some. He told us we were highly contagious, the first flu cases reported in our area, and to go home and stay away from everyone. He said they had to sanitize everywhere we had been. That's when we realized that when we walked onto the Golden Princess, we walked into the flu, because there was no way there was time between cruise sailings to disinfect that ship. The morning we left the ship, we were told to be out of our cabins by 8AM, because they had to be ready for the next group of people by 11:30AM. We had to wait in the Wheel House Lounge until departure about 10AM, using the public restrooms, having no idea we had the flu. When we left the ship, we collected our luggage and waited in an area until our bus to Seattle arrived. As we stood there, we watched people checking in for the Golden Princess. It's sad to think that people walk into this situation, completely unsuspecting and it's just the luck of the draw who comes into contact with the flu bug. I imagine whoever got our cabin next had an unpleasant surprise waiting for them. Princess doesn't care; they already had our money and made even more money on the medical charges; they don't accept insurance. I've been home nearly two weeks now and I'm not well yet, which has not only been miserable but has ruined other plans I had when I returned home. I hopes this helps save someone else from a disappointing trip!! Also, we got very tired of having a camera in our face every thing we did and the pushy sales on the ship. Some of the crew were pleasant, but many were rude and didn't speak very good English. An example: one evening they had sled dog puppies that you could see and pet. Each puppy was on a pillow and tired and sleepy. When you pet the puppy, they had to take your picture petting the puppy. My cousin, as she walked away from petting a puppy, just reached down and patted another puppy on the head. She was immediately told that she wasn't allowed to pet "two" puppies, that she had already petted a puppy. Of course, all these pictures were for sale, $25 a picture. We mostly dined at the Horizon Court Buffet, because we prefer to dine early and be free to dine as we wish. We were encouraged to dine traditional in the main dining room by the tour group we were with, but that meant dining at 7:15 every night at the same table with the same people and since we wanted more flexibility, we chose anytime dining. I celebrated my 70th birthday on the cruise and we ate at the Crowne Grill. It was very good; the steak was cooked just as we ordered. We especially liked being able to choose a sample plate of the four desserts available. We also ate one day at the pizzeria and once at the burger place; they weren't anything special, but good. We didn't participate in any ship activities, except the Glacier Bay assembly, which was very interesting and informative. We enjoyed viewing the glaciers and wildlife all day, as we wandered in and out and viewed the glaciers from different places on board the ship. We enjoyed all of our shore excursions, despite being ill most of that time. In Skagway we rode a bus throughout the town to the White Horse summit, into Canada and back. It was a nice informative ride, but unfortunately mostly foggy, so a limited view. In Juneau we visited a salmon hatchery, where we enjoyed seeing thousands of young salmon. From there we visited Glacier Gardens, colorful and a nice ride through the Tongass Rainforest and a beautiful cafe and gift shop. Our last stop was at Mendenhall Glacier, which was beautiful and my favorite glacier, that we saw. In Ketchikan we took the Historical Walking tour with a local Tlingit guide. That was the best tour we had while on the cruise portion; it was very interesting and a good look into the local native culture. We also visited the Saxman Native Village in Ketchikan; we were disappointed that the native carver of totem poles wasn't there and the native dance was interrupted by lots of babies crying and noises behind the curtain; not very professional. There were some interesting totems to see. As far as our guides and tour bus drivers, all were very good, giving us a lot of insight into the Alaskan life. Service on the cruise ship was mixed. Our cabin steward was very good, but some of the waiters in the dining areas didn't speak very good English and were almost rude. And some of those in sales situations were downright pushy and rude. We bought some metal pictures on the ship, and when we picked them up a couple days later, the person helping us didn't seem to know they were supposed to be individually wrapped and have hangers with them. We talked to others that had the same problem. There were 3 jewelry shops, a cologne shop, a miscellaneous shop with some clothing and a travel shop onboard. It would have been nice, since it was an Alaskan cruise, to have had more nice Alaskan merchandise. Although there were good things on the cruise, mainly the scenery and wildlife, because of the exposure to the flu and the pushiness of sales, it really dampened our spirits about the cruise ship and we won't likely cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
It was our relatives that were going on and it was recommenced by our travel agent. we were astonished by the number of activities. we were not pleased with the breakfast accommodation especially for the people that wanted a quick ... Read More
It was our relatives that were going on and it was recommenced by our travel agent. we were astonished by the number of activities. we were not pleased with the breakfast accommodation especially for the people that wanted a quick breakfast and cup of coffee without having to pay extra. also, we were not appreciative of the fact that we that we tried on sunday to make a reservation for thursday and we were told that there were no reservations available. this was calling five days in advance. Not happy. when we tried to make a reservation we were put on hold for a long.........................period of time. we finally went to the customer service desk and they were able to get to the dinner reservation call center after a long period of time and they were told there were no reservations available for the rest of the week. (this was on sunday when we were trying to make reservations for a wedding anniversary) !!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had no real problems with the land tours other than the barage of coughing people and found them very well organized and exactly what we had wanted. The staff we could find no fault with and they were well organzied and friendly. ... Read More
We had no real problems with the land tours other than the barage of coughing people and found them very well organized and exactly what we had wanted. The staff we could find no fault with and they were well organzied and friendly. However the cruise part of the trip was a huge disappointment. First there were so many sick coughing and hacking people everywhere.on board and on all the excusions. Having been a nurse I know an outbreak when I am in one and this boat should have declared a respiratory outbreak but did not. Even worse was the food on board. Was that tang they were serving for orange juice or what? It was some powdery substance we know was not real orange juice. The dryed out toast had a crust on it so thick that we needed a chainsaw to cut through. We were basically stuck ordering the same chicken over and over because the selections were mostly fish or pasta. If you wanted a steak you had to pay extra for it. Formal night the menu was no different from any other night. The sauces and dressings were watered down and runny, the fruit loked like it came from a second hand warehouse, our salad had rust on somepieces. We observed one man take a bite of his main fish plate and push it away and another woman next to us the next night ate a sample the spagetti and meatballs and pushed her main entree away as well. Being so sick we ordered room service on the last night.I got the same every day soup of the day which was potatoe and hubby ordered a roast beef sandwich with coleslaw as a side. That coleslaw looked like a dog barfed up in the little bowl. Totally disgusting. When we disembarked it was well organized but those next passengers on their way to Australia we heard, that same day were probably going to have the same nasty respiratory illness on board. We sure didnt expect to pay over ten thousand dollars for a cruise to eat food that I believe our local homeless shelter prepares better. There are way better crusie lines that have their passengers satisfaction as a priority but Golden Princess sure did not. A complete stranger boarding a plane told us she would never sail Princess ever again because of the lousy food and we are in total agreement with her. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The food was ok . The state room was outstanding but it was a upgrade suite . The ship was very big very nice very clean . Staff was very friendly and the food was average at best except in the specialty restaurants it was outstanding ... Read More
The food was ok . The state room was outstanding but it was a upgrade suite . The ship was very big very nice very clean . Staff was very friendly and the food was average at best except in the specialty restaurants it was outstanding . The entertainment on board the ship was very good especially the comedian who we saw two times he was awesome AJ if he was ever around my area I definitely go see him again he was very funny he also did two entirely different routines . The room that does the show run was large it was very comfortable every seat was very positioned so that you could see everything and hear everything is very pleasant experience. Only problem is they didn’t have enough people in there to get you drinks there was like two people in the whole room so you waited forever to get drinks otherwise you have to go get them yourself they need many more people in there if they want to you know so drinks I had a package so it was sort of a pain because I had to go get it myself. The only thing I had a problem with was when you get on the ship they try to sell you all the spa treatments and all this crap you really don’t want in that cost way more than it’s worth in my opinion they take you on a tour which I didn’t want to take . I have been on four different ships and have cruised four different times the ship was nice people and staff were nice the food was subpar especially for the price we paid . Don’t think I take another princess cruise we had problems with our shore excursions half of them well actually three of them out of the four were canceled . You need to be extremely specific on sure excursions times dates ask as many questions as you possibly can whether it’s better to go in the morning the afternoon because we booked morning trips and they were all canceled due to the fact that they were fogged in early in the morning there was also a train that was canceled but that’s because of a rockslide . Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My husbands dream vacation has always been to go to Alaska. We finally saved enough money to go. He is handicapped. We took a land & sea tour, May 14 – 26. It all started with the molded wheel being totally broken off ... Read More
My husbands dream vacation has always been to go to Alaska. We finally saved enough money to go. He is handicapped. We took a land & sea tour, May 14 – 26. It all started with the molded wheel being totally broken off when we arrived at our room at the Denali Lodge. It’s very hard to break them off. I did go to the front desk & the baggage department to report it & advise them their staff should be more careful when throwing luggage around. I also had to go to the front desk 4 times to get a new room card, as our door wouldn’t open. It was very hard for me to go back & forth with my back. They finally sent someone to fix the door. It took over 2 hours to get it resolved. We stayed at the Denali Lodge for 2 nights. We put out our tagged suitcases & wheelchair to be transported to our next hotel, the McKinley. Our luggage arrived but not our wheelchair. The manager was gracious enough to call the Denali. They told him our wheelchair was there and they would send it directly to the Cruise ship Royal Princess. The unacceptable nightmare began there. We had no problem boarding the ship. We never received our luggage until 11am the next day, no wheelchair! We find out that we were assigned to 3 rooms. Our luggage was found in one of the other 2 rooms. We checked with guest services every day. They did give us one of their wheelchairs, but I couldn’t push or maneuver it as I have had 2 back surgeries. My husband has a lightweight transport chair, which I can maneuver. I tried using it for the 1st excursion at Skagway. I couldn’t maneuver it, he even tried pushing me. We weren’t able to go ashore at Juneau because there was no shuttle. We did do a shore excursion at Ketchikan because a bus picked us up right at the ship. We were confined to only part of the ship due to our lack of a wheelchair that I could maneuver. We were at least fortunate enough to be close to the elevators. Luckily we had transport services at the airport for both of us. 11:30pm on the evening we returned home I received a phone call from the Golden Princess asking me where we were. He had our wheelchair. He said they didn’t return to port until June 1st. I emailed lost properties when were returned. Received a return that they have 2 weeks to respond. We had another trip booked for June 5 - 9. We had to borrow a scooter from a friend. Unfortunately it broke down on our 2nd day. Now we have the added expense of fixing their scooter. We were fortunate enough that we had brought 2 of our grandchildren along. They were able to push both of us in wheel chairs. I received a call while on our trip on June 8th, advising me that our wheelchair was being shipped via FedEx. We received it yesterday; June 12th. My husband has had 5 ventral hernia & 2 back surgeries. He has neuropathy in both his feet & lower legs. He also walks around the house with 2 canes. As I stated earlier I have had 2 back surgeries and am in need of another. I feel Princess Vacations could have been more sympathetic as they ruined our Alaska dream vacation. This Alaska vacation was a total disappointment & waste of our money. I feel everything that happened was totally unacceptable & avoidable. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
Love Alaska. The scenery is magnificent and the citizens are great. The weather in Anchorage was rainy and the first day at sea was also. As that was natural, it could hardly have been a negative for the cruise, but it could have been ... Read More
Love Alaska. The scenery is magnificent and the citizens are great. The weather in Anchorage was rainy and the first day at sea was also. As that was natural, it could hardly have been a negative for the cruise, but it could have been better, of course. Otherwise, great. The ships entertainment staff was excellent. The shows were at least as good as any we have ever seen in over 40 cruises on different ships and lines. The ship itself was attractive and not as gaudy as for instance Carnival ships. More traditional wood motifs and much more attractive to the eye than all of the chrome accents on some other ships. The dining rooms were very attractive and the wait staff was attentive and friendly. Princess (Coral) is an very well staffed and attractive ship. It seems I need a few more words to complete my review. This is added for meeting the requirements of the survey. 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
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
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
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 chose this cruise because it was our 40th wedding anniversary. After research and talking with our travel agent we found out that Princess had it's own lodges for the land portion we wanted and was one of the few cruise lines that ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was our 40th wedding anniversary. After research and talking with our travel agent we found out that Princess had it's own lodges for the land portion we wanted and was one of the few cruise lines that could cruise Glacier Bay and get up close to the glaciers. We had previously done 2 cruises with Oceania but their itinerary did not work for our time. We knew Princess would not be Oceania but had heard good things about them also. We did have a wonderful time but some things I wanted to write about. We flew into Fairbans and Princess was there to meet us and take us to their Lodge in Fairbanks. We had a long travel day so we just walked the grounds of the lodge and had dinner outside on the deck to enjoy the beautiful weather and sunshine. The Princes RIverside Lodge sits on the Chena River. The our room was very basic but clean, This lodge could use some updating. Our dinner was very good. They told us that we could pack a bag that they would take ahead to the ship. We would then pack another bag with enough clothes for the next 3 days and our necessities we needed to stay with us. If someone would of told us this before we left it would of simplified our packing at home. The next day we had a morning excursion on The Riverboat Discovery for a narrated cruise along the Chena and Tenana River. We enjoyed this very much. It was a beautiful day and we sat up top of the boat. The narrator was terrific and staff very friendly. You get to watch a sea plane take off and land on the river in front of you. The PIlot talked by radio and it it piped over the loud speaker. Along the way you stop at Susan Butchers Iditarod sled dog kennel. Her husband brings dogs to the shoreline and you watch from the boat. Later at the Athabasca Village they bring dogs to the village and a musher gives a talk. You can also purchase the book of her famous dog Granite, makes a great gift especially for a grandchild. Coming back you get off at the Athabasca Village and young Alaskan Native Guides give talks on native lifestyle, clothing, and fishing. They also tell you about all the homes along the river. The river was kind of muddy but the scenery was beautiful. After you dock they have a gift shop and box lunches for purchase or if your tour includes lunch they have a restaurant. Ours did not and the box lunches were picked over by the time we got to them. They needed more staff at registers and a better system of getting the lunches. We ate outside on a beautiful day. We then boarded a bus for our trip to Denali Princess WIlderness Lodge. This took about 3 hours and we arrived very late afternoon. Our bus driver was Steve and he was great. The Lodge and grounds were beautiful. Our room was just fine. We had to repack and have our bags out early in the morning. We then went for a walk and enjoyed the late sunshine and dinner at The KIng Salmon restaurant. It was very good and we enjoyed our server who was delightful. We had time to do a little shopping in the gift shop and order our box lunch for after our tour the next day. The next morning we went to the coffee shop for breakfast and they told us they didn't serve some of the hot items any longer even though they were up on the board. We then left to go into the Park on our tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about so much of the Park. He was very personable and we enjoyed him. The only thing we didn't like was the part of the tour where you walked to a cabin and a lady talked about what it was like to live there many years ago. I think she thought she was performing a play instead of talking to us, also the mosquitos were so bad you could hardly pay attention. The rest of the tour we saw moose, bald eagles, a bear, way off in the distance and a native Alaskan gave a talk about culture. If we ever get to go back we would love to go further into the park. After retuning to the Lodge we picked up our boxed lunch we ordered and then took a 3 hours bus ride to Mt McKinley Lodge. Our bus driver was ok she seemed to forget quite a bit of what she was talking about and rambled. We went and heard a talk by a lady who was on a expedition to climb Denali. After 3 weeks and an 11 day storm they had to go back. She was very interesting to hear. We loved the Princess Lodge at Mt McKinley. The flowers were beautiful and we sat on the large porch outside. Denali was in the clouds so we did not see it, as most people don't. They had an outside fire pit area which looked very cool but very crowded. At our restaurant we did not have a good experience. We sat at the bar and our server was not polite to us, she was very busy. Finally another man came and helped us and by that time we were getting unhappy. The food was just ok and not worth the hassle of we had to go thru to get it. Our room was nice and in a separate part away from the main lodge. THhe next morning we took a bus ride to Talkeetna, it was pouring rain but our driver was fantastic!. SHe was a young lady with spunk and an interesting story. We LOVED Talkeetna. If we go back again we would stay there and do day trips from there. It is a quirky, colorful town and definitely tourist friendly. We had breakfast at The Roadhouse. You sit at a family style table with anyone. We sat with several local people and another couple traveling like us. The breakfast was great and huge. The bakery was amazing. We got a raspberry cinnamon roll to go and ate it as we walked thru town and did some shopping. They then took us by bus to the train station where we then went to the cruise ship in Whittier. It was an enclosed glass train car and you are assigned seats so you don't now who you are sitting with. The trip is 6 hours to the cruise ship port. We were able to order lunch and drinks on the train. They do a narrative along the way. The scenery is beautiful and we were glad we did it, it's just a long trip. We arrived in the rain at the port. After going thru security, we were the last people on board the ship. Our luggage was in our room, Dolphin Deck Room 333. We had to immediately go to the muster drilll in the Princess Theater. AFter that we went to dinner in the MDR. After a long day of travel we ordered a glasss of wine and they said they did not have that wine. It seemed odd to us since it was the first day of our cruise and they were already out of something. We purchased the beverage alcohol package. They then said they had a bottle of something similar. At this point we were tired and just said ok. Something seemed off, the staff kept trying to sell us things all along, like a wine tasting, photos. We just wanted to eat dinner and have a glass of wine at leisure and not be rushed. We felt that way every time we went to the MDR. We even had to tell our waiter one time to just slow down we didn't want to be rushed that way. Our next day was a sea day and it was cruising Hubbard Glacier. We enjoyed the day very much. Then Glacier Bay National Park was next. The Park Service brought a ranger on ship and she gave a talk and then pointed out high lights as we cruised. Our captain got as close to the glacier as he could and stayed on each side about 45 minutes. It was raining so we went to our room balcony and got fantastic views!. We loved this day. The first day into a port was Skagway. We had booked our excursions ahead of time and 2 planned for that day. The morning we did the White Pass Scenic Railway Tour. If we would have known our train ride previously was 6 hours we would not have done this. It was just ok, didn't need another train ride. The afternoon we did the CHilkoot Train HIke and Float Adventure. They took you out of town in a van to start the hike. This was a 2 mile hike in with a guide who was wonderful and told us all about the rain forest we were in. Then we floated back down the river to meet the van. We loved this. We saw several bald eagles, beautiful scenery and felt like we were experiencing Alaska. It was a Discovery Exclusive Excursion. We got back to town with no time to see the town. It looked nice from the van as we rode thru. We would go back to Skagway. The next day was Juneau. We had booked the Alaska Whales and Mendenhall Trail Animal Planet Recommended excursion. We had another great day!. Our guide met us and we drove out of town to the Mendenhall Glacier Trail. It was a 1 mile hike, really a walk to a lake with a beautiful view of the Mendenhall Glacier. Annie was fantastic, She was very knowledgable and funny. She follows the whales from Alaska in the summer to Hawaii in the winter. She encouraged questions and gave us ample time for photos. We then took the van to a marina and picked up a whale watching boat. It was a smaller boat with only about 25 people on it. The windows all opened and there was plenty of opportunity for photos. They took us as close as possible to the whales we saw and it was AMAZING! Our captain was very good and took us several places and moved with the whales. On our way back in Juneau we drove thru the town and it looked great. I had time to check out a few of the shops before the boat left, it was an early day to leave. Our final stop was Ketchikan. Again we loved it here. Our excursion was The Misty Fjords Wilderness Flight and Cruise. There was about 10 of us on the small flight. Our pilot was great and got us as close as possible to the mountains to take photos. Plenty of beautiful scenery. We then landed at a boat marina in the middle of a fjord. We took a scenic catamaran back to town. The cruise was longer than we expected. They did have light snacks but it was very long. We did have time to go shopping in Ketchikan and ate a late lunch at Annabelle's Chowder House. This was recommended by a local shop merchant who owned a great gallery called Arctic Spirit Gallery. They have beautiful local jewelry and gifts. MIchael is the owner and is wonderful. His wife also owns the store next door. It was nice to have a quality local store to shop in and not just touristy jewelry and souvenir stores. The last day was a sea day. It was beautiful and we spent most of the time outside by the pool. We pulled into Vancouver on our last day early. We had been there before so we were going home. It was a beautiful skyline going into the harbor. Disembarkation was smooth and they had our bags at the airport. Something's about our boat: The Coral Princess is the smaller of 2 boats that cruise Alaska. It was clean but it big need of updating. Our cabin was a balcony cabin. It was clean but definitely needed updating. The shower/tub had a gouge in it and needed to be recalled. The bathroom tile did not match. There was a updated different tile strip on the wall but old harvest gold tile on the floor. Our steward, Raymond was fantastic. Very nice, friendly and did a wonderful job every day. One day they came to so some painting on our balcony when we were gone all day. They never did come back to clean up their paint chips where they had scraped and repainted. You could also see other areas of rusitng and areas where they just repainted over old paint. The 2 shows we went to were good and we enjoyed them. The buffet was very good. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner there during our trip. All the food was good and looked fresh. The staff had a hard time keeping up with cleaning tables. There was also the annoying people selling bellini's constantly going by. All in all we had a very nice trip. The land portion was too much moving for us and bus time. If we did it again we would structure it differently on land. We enjoyed the towns and would go back. The Captain and Cruise Director seemed very good. We enjoyed the Crooners Bar for cocktails, and the pizza and grill for lunches. The outside bar also served good pool side drinks. I am not sure we should of bought the drink package I don't think we drank enough to make it worth while but it was convenient. I don't think we would cruise Princess again. For what you got it seemed expensive and they were constantly trying to sell you more but we wanted this itinerary and the dates were what we needed so we tried it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Land portion was great - except for placing your suitcase in the hallway of the Lodges about 6 am. Nice accommodations at three Princess lodges, pricey food in dining rooms, excellent included tour packages. (By the way, nobody ... Read More
Land portion was great - except for placing your suitcase in the hallway of the Lodges about 6 am. Nice accommodations at three Princess lodges, pricey food in dining rooms, excellent included tour packages. (By the way, nobody mentioned that a FOOD PACKAGE was available for Lodges and train ride! Would have been nice and saved us some money.) Cruise was okay - not bad, not great. Since the ship is smaller, only two real add-on restaurants are available. The Crab Shack used one half of the buffet a few evenings and placed screens to "make it another venue" from the rest of that floor. We were rushed through our meal. As you put your fork down, the next course is in front of you. We had been asked by the server to select our dessert along with our appetizer and entree. Wham, bam describes the feeling. Dinner menu had a limited number of choices every night and the concept of "always available" didn't have things like a simple steak. Speaking of dinner, Princess "Anytime Dining" means anytime that they have a table for you. You can call for a reservation at 8am or stand in line - "anytime that you would like to eat." Our waiter Joey was more than efficient - made dining interesting! Most of staffing was good but a few klinkers who were brand new left room for improvement. Excursions were great - saw things that we had not expected. Mostly reasonable costs for our trips. Will continue to use Princess for future cruises... but will only book larger ships. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose the Coral Princess as we knew that the mattresses had been replaced recently. (We had problems with this on a prior Princess cruise.) The mattress was great! This was the first time we had a mini-suite and appreciated the extra ... Read More
We chose the Coral Princess as we knew that the mattresses had been replaced recently. (We had problems with this on a prior Princess cruise.) The mattress was great! This was the first time we had a mini-suite and appreciated the extra space. Our cabin was on the port side almost at the back of the ship, but there were no issues being so far back. In fact, it's a very quiet location and was convenient to the laundry room. On "glacier days" we had great views from our cabin and the balcony at the back of the ship on our floor. We did our land tour first and everything was well organized, even though it was hard to have luggage out so early. Our train ride to the ship was disappointing as our car had no speaker and thus we had no narration on this long ride. Our bartender did not deliver two of my drink requests. Embarkation was quick and our luggage was already in the room when we arrived. Disembarkation was fine once we corrected our transportation mistake prior to the day. (Somehow we were listed as leaving by plane the same morning, rather than being on our own.) I eat gluten free and the head waiter was very accommodating meeting my dietary needs on-board the ship. He did suggest eating in the dining room where the preparation was controlled. I had no issues, so I am certain my needs were met. Our cabin steward was efficient and accommodated all of our requests. Service in the dining room was good, though at times, slow. We wondered if Princess had cut back on serving staff. Our three shore excursions were as expected. We particularly enjoyed the "all you can eat" crab excursion in Ketchikan. We did the photo glacier/whale watching which was a good excursion, but didn't receive as many photo tips as we had hoped, but it was a small group which we appreciated. We did the nature excursion on Haines Island, but were somewhat disappointed with this excursion. All employees we encountered were friendly and helpful. We only had two disappointments. First, there are few quiet places with light where you can go and read during sea days as it was too cool to do this outside. Secondly, we felt the entertainment was only average. However, we were often too tired to take advantage of shows like we normally do, or times weren't convenient with eating times. Also, the TV system is not as sophisticated as it is on the larger ships like the Royal or even on the Caribbean Princess. All in all, though, if this ship were going to a destination we were looking for, we would book again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Studied the internet with reviews and decided on the Coral based on size, dining, and itinerary. This was our first cruise and it was for our 30th anniversary so it needed to be special. We did the Princess Transfer from the airport to ... Read More
Studied the internet with reviews and decided on the Coral based on size, dining, and itinerary. This was our first cruise and it was for our 30th anniversary so it needed to be special. We did the Princess Transfer from the airport to Whittier. We left Anchorage around 12pm and we were on the ship in less than 2 hours. Going in early May it was too icy to get close to the Hubbard Glacier. I was disappointed but the next day in Glacier Bay made up for it. In Skagway, we too the White Pass train ride. In Juneau, we did the Whale watch trip with Juneau Tours. In Ketchikan, we went salmon fishing with Bill Meck but ended up with Captain Jim Parrott. We didn't catch any fish so I'm thinking it was maybe too early for Salmon. The boat ride was lovely but kinda expensive for a tour of the bay. The highlight of our trip aboard the Coral was the Chef's Table dinner. It was an amazing experience and well worth the extra $95. I have 2 reviews with photos on our trip and the Chef's table. Here are the links. Trip Report: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2506371 Chef's Table: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2509574 Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Overall I was disappointed with the service we received. From everything I had heard and read I was expecting better service. I felt you are constantly nickel and dimed. we also had an unfortunate incident, we paid for the special coffee ... Read More
Overall I was disappointed with the service we received. From everything I had heard and read I was expecting better service. I felt you are constantly nickel and dimed. we also had an unfortunate incident, we paid for the special coffee card, planning on having cappochino coffees through out the week. First day at sea we had our first cup. Terrible, 3 times they tried to remake it. When we asked for a refund, they told us it was non refundable. No where on the card or the ad for it, did it state that. It took over 24 hours before they refunded us part of the monies for the card. We had to pay for the 2 cups of unacceptable coffee. Throughout the cruise, we were constantly approached to buy something. I felt like I was on a Carnival cruise. On a positive note, the entertainment was very good, they had excellent speakers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My DH and I chose the Star Princess because of the timing of the cruise. This was our first cruise and we wanted a very special one. We were going to renew our vows while in Alaska and splurged all the way, The Star Pro: The Star is ... Read More
My DH and I chose the Star Princess because of the timing of the cruise. This was our first cruise and we wanted a very special one. We were going to renew our vows while in Alaska and splurged all the way, The Star Pro: The Star is warm and charming. It is well maintained and clean. Con: The ship is dated with lots of gold decor. Suite C749 Pro: We chose suite C749 because we wanted the wake to be the first thing we heard in the morning and the last thing we heard at night. We were not disappointed. Lots and lots of storage space and the bathroom is big and comfortable. Con: The sofa in our cabin had slats of wood underneath the seat cushions and a block of wood under the sofa. The only thing we could figure out was the sofa was old and that was a way to keep from replacing the sofa itself. Captain and Crew Very nice and polite. Lots of smiles and hellos. Service at the Buffet Pro: The buffet service in the beginning was outstanding. Our glasses were never empty and the staff was on top of things. Con: That was for the first couple of days. After that, the staff would look at our empty glasses and walk right on by our table. This happened to us numerous times. The routine became us trying to find someone for refills. Buffet Pro: Hmmm!!! Con:I guess we thought the food would be like what was shown on the Princess video. We were wrong.There was no buffet of seafood or outstanding dishes. Macaroni and cheese was served twice. Mashed potatoes and gravy were served daily. We had a roasted pig one day and left over roasted pig the next day. They must have confused Alaska for Hawaii. Dessert was not spectacular and no works of art as shown on their video..To sum it up, I can go to a mom and pop restaurant at home and it would be a lot less expensive. Crown Grill Pro: It was the best food we had the entire week. Con: DH and I were put in the back corner on one end of the restaurant and everyone else was on the other side. There was NO ONE sitting anywhere near us. We had obviously been separated from the others.I have wished many times I had asked why they purposely made that decision. We were appropriately dressed so that wasn't the problem. I did wear tennis shoes and they must not have been considered "appropriate." If that was the reason. I would have raised my pant leg to show that a leg brace is attached to my shoe.Our experience was so distasteful that we ate at the buffet after that. Way to go Crown Grill!!! Entertainment Pro: The marriage game was fun. We missed the puppies :-( Con: The comedian wasn't near as funny as he thought he was. In MY opinion, he was insulting to the United States and certain groups of people in this country. He acted a little offended that he didn't receive a complete standing ovation.We would have left during the show but were up front and couldn't leave graciously. Excursions: Pro: The Red Saloon in Skagway was awesome!!! We then went into Canada and enjoyed every second of our trip. Our guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. Con: (not about Princess): I can't comment on the excursions in Juneau and Ketchikan because we didn't get to go. I am very slow going down steps because of my disability. A fellow passenger got inpatient with me and decided to go around me. She caused me to lose my balance and I took a really bad fall. I had (and still have) a horrible sprained ankle. After that, I was sporting a boot on one leg and a brace on the other and my mobility was restricted even more. Pro For Princess: Princess Cruise reimbursed us for our excursions. In spite of the cons, we did have a wonderful and magical cruise. We will sail with Princess again, but not on the Star. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have always wanted to see Alaska, especially the glaciers, so this seemed the perfect opportunity. Our embarkation went smoothie and we found our stateroom easily and we were thrilled with what we found. Unpacking was easy and there ... Read More
We have always wanted to see Alaska, especially the glaciers, so this seemed the perfect opportunity. Our embarkation went smoothie and we found our stateroom easily and we were thrilled with what we found. Unpacking was easy and there was room for everything. The shower was a bit small, but manageable. We had a balcony and it made the trip even better. Dinning was unbelievable. We were treated royally in the dinning room, while was could also kick back and enjoy the more casual buffet. The food was great which ever way we went. If there was a downside to anything, it was because there was so much entertainment and activity that we couldn't keep up and missed a great deal. What we did see was first rate and kept our toes taping or our sides splitting from all the talent and humor. As for the service we received, I can't say enough good things. The staff was always upbeat and helpful It seemed as if they were always around, and yet weather you saw them first thing in the morning or just before bed, attitudes were always positive. I would like to point out a few of the dinning staff that went above and beyond to make our trip a memorable one. Jr. waiter, Rovon Simoes: waiter, Charles Elona, and Head waiter Mr. Erno. They were great. As with the onboard entertainment, there was way more available to do on shore than we could stretch or time to fit. What we did see was beautiful, educational and inspiring. We would love to do this cruise again, I hope it can happen. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our travel agent told us Princess did Alaska the best, so we chose a 3 day land tour and 7 day cruise. We had no problem boarding the ship; check-in was done while we were on the rail car from Denali. We had our cruise cards in hand as ... Read More
Our travel agent told us Princess did Alaska the best, so we chose a 3 day land tour and 7 day cruise. We had no problem boarding the ship; check-in was done while we were on the rail car from Denali. We had our cruise cards in hand as we left the train. Our stateroom B402 was roomy with enough closet space. It was our first time having a balcony and that was great. The bathroom left much to be desired. The shower stall was so small you could barely move or keep the water in. Our stateroom steward was attentive and responsive to any needs. We chose the traditional dining at 5:45 but once onboard the time had been moved up to 5:15. That was too early for us and we missed the best sights at Hubbard Glacier due to early dinner on formal night. The food in Provence dining room was good but not outstanding. Appetizers were often better than the main course. Desserts were very good. Our waiter, Emil, was excellent, entertaining and a wonderful singer. There were several celebrations at our table and he always had a special song. At the Culinary show on the last day, he closed the program singing Andrea Boccelli's "Goodbye." The Horizon buffet was usually very crowded for breakfast and lunch, often hard to find a table. Food was OK but I would have liked stir-fry and pasta bars. Pastries and desserts were very good. The ship itself is older and a classic. With only 2200 passengers, it was perfect for us. The entertainment was good; the final production show, "On the Bayou," was wonderful. The day in Glacier Bay was spectacular. Weather perfect for viewing the glaciers. The park rangers who came on board gave great presentations and narratives during the day. We rode the White Pass and Yukon RR in Skagway. Good ride but we could have done this cheaper on our own by walking to the depot. Getting the train dockside was nice but not necessary for us. Took the Princess excursion to Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. Once again, we could have taken a local shuttle and saved money. We did not do any excursion in Ketchikan, just walked about the town and used the city shuttle. We spent an extra day on our own in Vancouver and had no problem taking the YVR train to the airport the next day. We would definitely look at Princess for future cruises but have no plans yet. Overall, a great trip. The land portion at Princess Lodges was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Great cruise, my third on this line, and first on this ship. Princess does a great job on the Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary. Dining was excellent. We had reserved dining at the early seating and really enjoyed meeting our ... Read More
Great cruise, my third on this line, and first on this ship. Princess does a great job on the Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary. Dining was excellent. We had reserved dining at the early seating and really enjoyed meeting our tablemates. Our waiters, Cesar and Giancarlo, took excellent care of us. The food was very good. I was pleased to see that unlike previous Princess cruises, the same meals were not served in the Horizon buffet. It made dinner more special. I cruised with my adult son who quickly became a convert to more formal dining. We did not try any specialty dining. Really didn't see a need to, the dining room meals were so good. We did have the British Pub lunch when that was offered, and it was delicious - shepherd's pie and fish and chips. Loved having the rangers come aboard and talk during the Glacier Bay trip. I loved the library and the card room in particular of the public rooms. I didn't care for the location of the International Cafe. it was located on the inside next to the casino, and didn't have outside views. I preferred the location on the Grand Princess, in the atrium ground floor plaza, where you could have a cup of coffee and enjoy the excellent entertainment in the atrium. Kudos for having a smoking/cigar lounge. It kept more smokers out of the casino, which functioned as a smoking lounge on the Grand and Sapphire Princesses when I cruised on them. The Sanctuary was lovely. Only used it one time because of the cold, but was relaxing and private. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This trip was on our bucket list. My husband had just finished treatment from prostate cancer and we were celebrating his cancer free status. The timing was right and we wanted to do the land portion before the cruise. We has a great time ... Read More
This trip was on our bucket list. My husband had just finished treatment from prostate cancer and we were celebrating his cancer free status. The timing was right and we wanted to do the land portion before the cruise. We has a great time as the destination was stunning. The ship was just OK as we had sailed on her 10 years ago and loved her then. But after the refit of this ship, we decided it would be the last time we choose to sail on the Island Princess. We noticed that there was always a line for Anytime dining. We always opt for Traditional dining as we like to have the same wait staff each evening. While we did enjoy the crew, service and food, we did not enjoy the windowless gym or the promenade deck that was chopped off at the aft of the ship to make way for more cabins. There is no International Café in the Atrium, and the coffee bar was small and inadequate for the demand each morning. Given the many choices Princess has to offer as to what ship to sail; we would chose to sail on the sister ship (the Coral Princess or any other Princess ship) before returning to the Island Princess. The two scenic cruising days into Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay were jaw dropping and there are few words to describe the beauty of these places. The land portion with the Princess train from Denali to Whittier where boarded the ship was a winner for us. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016

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