August 2015 - Golden Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage
My husband and I wanted to celebrate our 60th birthdays in a special way. So we joined 13 of our friends and relatives on an August 2015 cruise to Alaska! The Golden Princess sailed right out of our backyard...practically. We live approximately 35 miles from SFO, so it was a PLEASURE not to have to fly anywhere to catch the ship. Driving across the Bay Bridge, I really got excited when the Golden Princess came into view. It looked big from a distance but it's HUGE up close & personal. The boarding process was very smooth. However not having a diagram of the ship with us, it took some time finding our cabin. We caught up with our group as we "set sail" and cheered & toasted as we cruised under the Golden Gate. It was a beautiful sight with weather to match!! Speaking of weather, we had sunshine, mild temps & blue skies for most of the trip. Even the locals said it was very unusual. I overpacked (surprise!). Everyone working on the ship was helpful & courteous. The food choices were extensive and delicious (you name it & I think we were served it!), however the overly attentive waiters made us feel rushed sometimes, even though there were plenty of open tables at the late seating. I purchased the "Beverage Plan" and felt it was worth the money. My husband & I went on several of the shore excursions and enjoyed them. They give you a quick peak into life in Alaska. Looking back, I would have chosen a couple of the more pro-active ones (Dog sledding, speed boat, seaplane). Glacier Bay was spectacular!! In the evenings we had fun in the casino! Overall we had a great time and being with family/friends made it more special. We tried to be up on deck for pics when we crossed under the "Gate" coming home, but alas that was the one morning we accidentally slept in! We've already started planning for our next cruise!!