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Crown Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
7 Night Alaska Inside Passage With Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 11, 2016
Ship: Crown Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: C414
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

My wife and I went on this cruise to celebrate our retirement. It was a first cruise for both of us, so our expectations were pretty high from having looked at web sites, YouTube videos of this and other cruises, etc. I can honestly say, almost everything was perfect, and those things that weren't perfect probably couldn't have been improved upon much if any at all (eg. embarking and disembarking the ship which for those of us in our mid 60s were pretty hectic). We read reviews here before we left, and frankly, some of them concerned us. Having spent the week on the Crown Princess, we can only surmise that some people just can't be satisfied. The food on board was superb, the service excellent, cleanliness was impeccable throughout the ship. The entertainment, both in the theater and elsewhere was excellent. Although the ship was full, we never waited for very long to do anything. We don't have any other cruise line to compare Princess with, but I can't imagine any of the others being much better. There just wasn't any room for significant improvement. We can't wait until we take our next Princess cruise.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Hard to believe that preparing food for this many people three times a day could be this good. The fine dining restaurants (eg., Michaelangelo's) were excellent.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We heard (and it turned out to be so true) that for the Alaska cruise, a balcony cabin is a must. Granted, it costs more, but for the trip through Glacier Bay alone, it was worth the extra cost. We used the balcony A LOT, even when it was a bit chilly out there.

Ship Tip

As stated above, a balcony cabin is almost a must for the Alaska cruise. On recommendations, we got a cabin mid-ship, and that turned out to be smart. We weren't too far from anything, and the ride there was smooth.
Correction on the picture of the chefs: they were preparing fruit, not dessert.

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The stop here ended up being less than four hours, hardly worth getting off the boat.
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