Diamond Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
2-3 cruises

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5 out of 5

princess will not be my cruise line

Sail Date: May 19, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The cruise through alaska was wonderful as far as the views or ports were concerned. The on board natualist was very informative and spoted many wildlife sightings. But once outside of the cabin and around the ship it felt like we were just trapped on Rodeo drive while being treated like we were filthy passengers. The captain made only one brief comment about some passengers getting sick (which I did not hear) and from that point we were shot by whoever with antibacterial hand wash before entering any dining. Not even allowed to scoop out our own food. Or our drinks. You might think this a good thing, but imagine someone else putting your salad on your plate one ingredient at a time....
I don't smoke but found many passengers upset with the multiple warnings about not throwing ciggarettes overboard even their were NO ashtrays anywhere to be found. In our traditional dining we were seated alone next to the server station and he rushed us through a five course meal in 20 minutes flat!!! It took longer to get dressed up!! The guy literally pulled our plates from us as we had taken our second bite twice..
No entertainment worthy of speaking of. One band was playing to a great big empty room and we went in and sat right up close hoping for dance or two.. noT! THEY FINISHED the song they were on and took a 30 minute break? the waiter, one of 3 standing in there brought one drink in 10 minutes but would never look our way for the next 30.. when the band returned they asked if we had any requests and they laughed at a bob seager request and played something else.. we left. Any way, the scenery and weather was beautiful.. the cabin and stewart wonderful. but dining and entertainment options were just plain awful.

Pros: the views

Cons: the food "situation"

Recommends Diamond Princess? No.

Food and Dining
Ship Quality
Service and Staff
Our cabin steward was very nice. The rest were not interested.. I guess their 15% was included in a big split. nobody would take cash for anything.. they only allowed the card they provided which added 15% tips to everthing and even 3% of winnings in the casino..
Entertainment
Cabin / Stateroom
small balcony was just right.. close to elevator baja level.
Juneau, Alaska
mendelhall glacier and juneau tour..both over rated . we paid 85$ through princess. for the same tour offered right off the ship for 25.
Ketchikan, Alaska
misty fjord seaplane ride made this our favorite port.. their is a place called burger queen just through the tunnel that has what could very well be the best burgers I've ever had.
Skagway, Alaska
train ride was boring but very pretty. worst hamburger I ever ate.


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