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Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Emerald Princess

7 Night Inside Passage With Tracy Arm Fjord (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 21, 2017

Ship: Emerald Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: E504

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

The boat was huge--over 3,000 passengers. So there was lots to do, but an awful lot of people to work around when you were doing it.  Made for some long lines getting off at the ports.  But the staff was very helpful and I appreciated the truly personal contact.  While you could do things online if you wanted to, there was always a PERSON available to help you.  So nice.


So many activities on the ship were tied to purchasing jewelry or art or photos very tiresome.  And there was a gratuity for EVERYTHING.  I bought a cruise cookbook at a wine tasting (for which we had to pay an additional charge) and was told that they didn't have the book right there, but that I could pick it up at the bar later that day.  So I did, and found a 15% gratuity had been added on to the cost of the book, because it had been handled by waitstaff.  Sigh.


The food was AMAZING.  Awesome.  Waitstaff was superb.  We elected to use the anytime dining and really enjoyed sitting with different people every night.  


Entertainment was excellent.  The broadway-style shows in the main theater were exceptional, but we particularly enjoyed the ventriloquist and the magician in the lounge, as well as the local entertainer that was brought on board in Skagway.


Princess has a LOT of stuff on the top of the ship (Lido deck on up) and it was difficult to find your way around.  I noticed the Holland America ship that we were paralleling throughout the cruise had a much more "flat" top, so that you had a panoramic view from almost anywhere on the top deck and could walk just about anywhere without having to climb stairs to go around something.  I would much prefer that open deck to an intrusive outdoor movie screen which really didn't add anything to our experience at all.  Most of the time it was too chilly or windy or rainy to enjoy it.  Better if they would show the movies on the stateroom screens and open up the deck.  But  then I guess they wouldn't be able to sell as many drinks, hmmmm?


The scenery was indeed breathtaking.


Our stateroom was quite suitable.  Though the shower/bath was small, the tradeoff was that our room was more spacious and we had a LARGE open close space. Very good room attendant.


All in all, it was a very good trip at a reasonable price.



Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
So many of the activities were tied to selling something. I went to one that said we would learn about watches, and all we learned about was how to buy expensive ones.


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

Didn't have a child, so didn't pay attention to the children's programs

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Really appreciated the large closet space and the roominess of the cabin. It didn't bother us that the bath/shower was rather small, because when we go on a cruise, we're not intending to spend our time there!

Ship tip

Just be aware you will be "encouraged" to buy art, jewelry, watches. A lot of the onboard entertainment is tied to this. Also, every time you buy a food item outside of the regular dining, there will be a gratuity. You do not have a choice. It can add up pretty quickly if you are not careful.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

3 out of 5
Seattle is an expensive town, and on a nice day is crowded. Be prepared to walk some significant hills when exploring the Pike Street area and the waterfront.

Ketchikan, Alaska

3 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Go on the tramway. You do not need to purchase a tour to do so. They sell tickets for it right on the dock, and they're good for all day. So you can go up and down as many times as you want!

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
Go to the show sponsored by the Eagles Club. It was not cheap, but it was worth every penny!

Victoria, British Columbia

3 out of 5
Much too short time in port to do anything worthwhile.
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