Crown Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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2-3 cruises

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2 out of 5

Scenery was Beautiful, the cruise itself was not so great.

Sail Date: May 28, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 231

Alaska is absolutely gorgeous!  The native islanders are a great group of people.  The stores on board are comparable in price, but a few of the sales people have been on board too long and want to sell, but don't want questions.  The food was catered for Indians and Asians, having the same things with different names day after day.  The sit down dining is the way to go if you want to truly enjoy a meal.  Casino was great place to get rid of frustrations..and we found that winning was possible and that the casino appreciated us spending our money there. (We received a tray of chocolate covered strawberries the morning after I won 2 times in one day).  The train ride is a must.  IT MADE THE TRIP WORTHWHILE! Saxman Indian Village was  a great educational show with the natives!  Do  the  space needle in Seattle on your on, the cruise line only gave you an hour and that was only enough time to climb the ramp going up, to get your picture taken and then go down.  Unfortunately, there was not enough time to actually retrieve the picture or shop for gifts before you had to climb unto the bus.  The cruise line was not accommodating with transfer to the hotel our travel agent got for us because it was not one of their hotels of choice.  That was a nightmare!

Cabin / Stateroom
Balcony gave us a great view, worth the upgrade. The bathroom had a continuous smell in it like an outhouse from day one. Unfortunately the whole side of our boat on the 15 floor had flushing issues for a few hours on one of the last days. It was fixed, but no notice was given to us prior to our using it that it was not working. Many other cabins had the same issue of no notice, so it made for a crappy situation....lol
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Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
The comedian Stephen Cauollette was fantastic! He made our bad experiences disappear when we watched his show! The cruise singers and dancers were good. The magician had a good show but it had a dark side to it at times.
Service and Staff
Marian was a super guy! He was so nice and cheerful and wanted to make sure that we had a good time. We didn't mind tipping him a second time because he helped us in so many ways.
Food and Dining

Tip

Know that not all staff really understand English. Know that you will feel as if you are cattle being prodded through, but everything was done with a smile on their face and laughter in the voice. The front desk all had different answers for the same question.



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