Beware of balconies for the mini suites

Crown Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
7 Night Alaska Inside Passage With Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 09, 2016
Ship: Crown Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: mini suite
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We loved the travel itinerary and loved everything about Alaska and the Inside Passage. Boarding and disembarking in Seattle was very easy and convenient.  The on-board programming was 'on-point' and both enjoyable and enlightening.  The major issue we had with the ship was the tiered balcony design.  We stepped up and booked a mini-suite which was very nice but we were on a lower lever and, literally, everyone had a bird's eye view of us anytime we used the balcony.  We felt like fish in a bowl!  It was miserable!  Thankfully it was an Alaskan adventure and the temps were a little chilly for those of us from the South so we didn't use the balcony much.  In a warmer climate, it would have been a serious deal-breaker.  Having traveled on many cruise lines, I have never had a balcony situation like this and have now learned to pay attention to this configuration.  Our vacations are a time we look forward to for relaxation and rest.  Typically our balcony is a major part of this.  The balcony on the Crown Princess, for our purposes, was virtually useless.  Also of note:  we were suppose to have robes furnished with our mini-suite and there were none.  That item was minor in comparison to the balcony situation.  On a positive note, we were pleased with the service we received.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
average

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
a great education for an Alaskan cruise

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
very good

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
beware of the 'tiered balcony' design

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
mini-suite was nice but balcony was uncovered and a 'fish bowl'!

Ship Tip

Glacier Bay was an extraordinary adventure as was all ports on this cruise, but using a balcony for viewing was hindered by the fact everyone on our side of the ship had a bird's eye view of our balcony and everyone using it. Made use of the balcony uncomfortable.

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