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Dawn Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
10 Night Alaska Inside Passage (San Francisco Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 19, 2007
Ship: Dawn Princess
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 10 years ago

There were 12 people in our group ranging in age from 50 to 81. A great time was had by all. We enjoyed meeting at the pool where some swam while others sat and read or visited. There was always a discussion about food, what did we eat for breakfast and what would we be having for lunch and dinner. The chefs always pleased us with what was on the menu. We loved whale watching from the ship decks. The weather was sunny and warmer than we thought. After the nightly shows we walked around the deck stargazing. The ship was clean. The crew were all very helpful and entertaining.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was bountiful at all times.


5 out of 5
You have to participate. I truly think you get out of a cruise what you put into it, we're joiners. We took dance classes. played in the golf tournaments, swam, went to all the shows we could fit in and read our daily newsletter to plan our next days outings.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room was kept filled with clean towels and fresh fruit. They even folded my husband's clothes that he left lying about everywhere.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We were surprised how large our stateroom was. We didn't miss having a window at all.
5 out of 5
We took the train tour which was fantastic and great for all ages. I spent most of the trip standing between cars outside taking pictures. There is so much to see like waterfalls and glaciers that I couldn't click the camera fast enough. This town is small enough to walk all around.
3 out of 5
We took a bus to the castle which was fun. We walked back to town via the governors mansion and gardens. We enjoyed seeing the houses and yards of local people as we walked. We felt the city itself was very touristy and overpriced.
5 out of 5
In Sitka we walked from the dock to the Raptor Center. We were told it was a 1 mile walk. It was longer than a mile and with older folks it was a challenge for them to walk up the final hills. We called a taxi for them to get back to town. This took up a lot of our time in port. Along the way we stopped at a creek that will filled with salmon which was a treat.
Don't Miss: Eat a reindeer hotdog at the cart across the street from the Ben Franklin store.
5 out of 5
In Juneau we took a helicopter ride and landed on a glacier. This was a highlight of our trip. I was afraid and had to pee 3 times before getting on the helicopter but it was fun and thrilling and a great view. After our flight we came back into town and called a taxi from the visitors center. The driver charged us $30 for 6 people for 3 hours. He gave a a tour and took us to see the glaciers. This is much cheaper than the ship tours.

Pros: We loved joining in on the daily shipfunctions like the golf tournaments, cooking demos etc.

Recommends Dawn Princess? Yes!

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