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Coral Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Coral Princess

7 Night Voyage Of The Glaciers Northbound (Vancouver To Anchorage)

Sail date: June 10, 2017

Ship: Coral Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: P542

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We cruised on the Coral Princess from Vancouver, BC to Whittier, AK in June of 2017.  My husband and I had an unobstructed view room (P542) and my folks were in one of the balcony suites (D702). 


The ship was easy to navigate, and in good repair, however perhaps a little dated (brass hardware was on all the things!).  The staff we interacted with was always friendly and approachable, and hard working. 


Food was good, but not great.  TONS of fresh fruit, vegetables, and salad... but most of the cooked dishes were overly salted.  We adhere to a none-to-low sodium diet, so while it may taste fine to those with a habit of adding a dash of salt to things, to us it was overly sodium flavored.  Also, ALL fish was WAY overcooked, even the lobster at the Bayou Café.  Put the salmon on the grill, count to 10 and call it good.  Any longer and it is rubbery. 


We only booked one excursion through Princess, a zip line in Ketchikan.  When you get off the boat you have to find a person with a number for the tour group you are booked with.  Well, when the cruise ship does not give you that number ahead of time it becomes a bit chaotic (think unorganized carpool lane at an elementary school where the kids don't recognize their parents and vice versa).  We ended up finding a little hut with the name of the zip line park and they directed us to the numbered agent with the waiver forms. 


The alcohol package was not a good fit for my husband and me as a combined $104 per day was more than we would be consuming in drink-by-drink prices, but the selection was decent.  They listed Alaskan IPA on the menu, but it was never in stock.  Disappointing as that was the only IPA on the menu.  And if you have a desire to drink something other than beer flavored water, avoid the beer buckets.  Dos Equis, Heineken, Miller Lite, Coors Light and Bud Light were all that was offered at five for the price of four.  Boooo.  Margaritas were always on point though! 


Our captain made an effort to always notify the ship when whales were spotted by us, or other ships around us, which was great.  He would meander around the ship, even performing a couple magic tricks in the card room for some kids. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our attendant, Michael, was wonderful. We had plenty of hangars and drawer space for our clothes (we packed one suitcase for the two of us) and we still had room to spare. When configured in a joined bed, rather than two singles, the bed is right in front of the window, so we could sit in our room and watch as we would arrive in or out of ports.

Ship tip

If you plan on playing cards, bring your own deck. the ones provided in the card room would make it through four to five games and then start to get weird. You can purchase used cards from the casino for $1, but even then, we got one deck that was oddly oily on the edges.

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
We stayed at the Sunset Inn. It was within walking distance of the port, had a small kitchen in the room, a great breakfast, and tons of dining options just up the road.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
Book the zip line tour. Worth it!

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Barnaby Brewing just opened, check it out. 100% worth it for their Blueberry Pomegranate Wheat. Also, the Alaska Brewing Company tour was very informative and fun.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
Hit up the Jewel Gardens tour where you can blow your own glass ornament. While there is an excursion package through the cruise line, go directly to their website to find a better priced package (it omits the meal). The garden is within walking distance if you are up for a nice stroll of about 25-30 minutes. We enjoyed the chance to stretch our legs. Also, the Ghosts and Good Time Gals walking tour, booked directly with the Red Onion Saloon, is a MUST!!!

Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska

3 out of 5
Whittier does not have a lot going on. Never has.
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