Golden Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

A trip to Alaska

Sail Date: May 12, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

My first impression of the ship was of its immense size. This was a skyscraper turned on its side. My next impression, upon entry, was of luxury and comfort. We were delighted with our room, and with the ease of boarding, and finding our way. Everything was well organized. The word that comes to mind here is proper. Everything was properly run, and well thought out. Everything was effortless. The ship was filled with things to do, and see, as well as various public spaces, pools, the fitness center, etc. We really enjoyed the shows, and had what may be the best dining experience of our lives at Sabatini's. I left specifics, for the comments below; but they are all positive, I can think of nothing to berate, or about which to complain. Everything should be as well thought out, and run as smoothly as our ship.

Pros: Our experiences in Sabatini's

Cons: You're joking, right?

Recommends Golden Princess? Yes!

Victoria, British Columbia
A very nice city, with a bit of the old world left in it. We only had a few hours here to walk around; but this is not as big a problem as it could have been. Victoria is only 77 miles from Seattle, so after leaving the ship in Seattle, it is always possible to head back here for a day. This is a city of impressive architecture, and European feel. There are statues, squares, and magnificent castle like buildings. There are also little cobbled streets, and alleyways. The city even has it's own China Town.
Juneau, Alaska
This was a good first stop, as it was the largest city we were to visit. Nice place, with great mountain views, and the excitement of our first Alaskan port of call. The Red Dog Saloon is expensive, and a bit over rated; but go there any way. It is a sort of a shared bond of all visitors to Juneau.
Ketchikan, Alaska
This may have been my favorite stop. The place is bigger than Skagway, by a large measure; but is not large enough to have developed the settled feel of Juneau (Juneau actually has suburbs in the adjacent valley). It is also located right next to Misty Fjords NM, which is actually as impressive as its name suggests. Creek Street is pure tourist, but is also very much fun.
Don't Miss: The Seaplane excursions.
Skagway, Alaska
This was a great place to visit, and its history and involvement with the gold fields, as well as the opening up of the area, make it one of the world's magic places. This little town of 830 people, is the smallest place we visited; but it is the only one connected to the outside by road. If you take the bus tour/rail tour, and are lucky enough to get Bruce, ask him about Bruce the Moose, and about Robert Presence. The citizens of this little town work like dogs all summer, so that they can live like kings all winter. This is a town of individuals. Everyone here is on a first mane basis with everyone else, including the mayor, police, and the border and immigration people in Canada. These are also some of the nicest people I have ever met. There are worse ways to live.
Don't Miss: the White Pass Railroad
Skagway, Alaska
This was a great place to visit, and its history and involvement with the gold fields, as well as the opening up of the area, make it one of the world's magic places. This little town of 830 people, is the smallest place we visited; but it is the only one connected to the outside by road. If you take the bus tour/rail tour, and are lucky enough to get Bruce, ask him about Bruce the Moose, and about Robert Presence. The citizens of this little town work like dogs all summer, so that they can live like kings all winter. This is a town of individuals. Everyone here is on a first mane basis with everyone else, including the mayor, police, and the border and immigration people in Canada. These are also some of the nicest people I have ever met. There are worse ways to live.
Don't Miss: the White Pass Railroad
Victoria, British Columbia
A very nice city, with a bit of the old world left in it. We only had a few hours here to walk around; but this is not as big a problem as it could have been. Victoria is only 77 miles from Seattle, so after leaving the ship in Seattle, it is always possible to head back here for a day. This is a city of impressive architecture, and European feel. There are statues, squares, and magnificent castle like buildings. There are also little cobbled streets, and alleyways. The city even has it's own China Town.
Ketchikan, Alaska
This may have been my favorite stop. The place is bigger than Skagway, by a large measure; but is not large enough to have developed the settled feel of Juneau (Juneau actually has suburbs in the adjacent valley). It is also located right next to Misty Fjords NM, which is actually as impressive as its name suggests. Creek Street is pure tourist, but is also very much fun.
Don't Miss: The Seaplane excursions.
Juneau, Alaska
This was a good first stop, as it was the largest city we were to visit. Nice place, with great mountain views, and the excitement of our first Alaskan port of call. The Red Dog Saloon is expensive, and a bit over rated; but go there any way. It is a sort of a shared bond of all visitors to Juneau.


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