Cruiser587
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Island Princess

May 2016 - Island Princess to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Alaska at it's best

This is a great way to see Alaska.  We had a room with a balcony and I recommend this because you can sit in your room and look at the beautiful country on the days you are not in port.  They have a naturalist on board that discussed the points of interest as you pass by which added to the beauty of the land to know the history.  They broadcast his talks over the loud speaker and on the in-room TV.  The Island Princess is a nice ship with all the usual cruise ship amenities;  the exception to this is the entertainment was exceptional. Both the stage shows and the groups in the lounges were much better that other ships that I have been on.  This was our third trip to Alaska so we so we only took 2 excursions, but from our experience and talking to the people that we met the excursions offered by Princess are exceptional.  Dinner is always good but some nights the choices were not as robust as other cruises that I have taken.

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Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia - if you are flying from the states to Vancouver to catch the cruise to Alaska, you have to go through customs twice (entering Canada then again before boarding the ship to enter the US). Customs has long slow lines. Be prepared to wait in both lines.
Island Princess Island Princess - It rains a lot in Alaska. When it rains and is windy it is really cold. Take an insolated waterproof coat for any excursion on the water and a light jacket for other times. Ask to be seated at dinner with at least 4 other people then you can share stories about their day and excursions.

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shared a quick tip for Island Princess"It rains a lot in Alaska. When it rains and is windy it is really cold. Take an insolated waterproof coat for any excursion on the water and a light jacket for other times. Ask to be seated at dinner with at least 4 other people then you can share stories about their day and excursions. "