Excellent guest speakers, disappointing ship

Grand Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
7 Night Voyage Of The Glaciers Southbound (Whittier To Vancouver)
Sail Date: June 13, 2015
Ship: Grand Princess
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: E604
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Alaska - awe-inspiring, of course!  Grand Princess is old-fashioned,  poorly designed, dark in many areas.  Unfortunately there was a viral outbreak on-board and I was one of the many hundreds affected.  Spent most of the cruise isolating myself from others and unable to enjoy the food.  (The buffet was not well-presented and the food luke-warm anyway.)  Only managed to eat in the main dining room 3 times as I was not well and had no appetite.  2 of those times I chose to sit by myself so as not to share my "germs".  On the other occasion I shared at a large table.  One of the other people at the table was wearing a Nascar-type jacket and red ball-cap, which was never removed.  As Princess reminds it's guests that no ball-caps are allowed in the main dining room at supper, I wondered why the staff did not, tactfully, address this issue and ask the person to comply?  There were 2 boys, aged approx. 8 and 14, at the same table, (from a different family), who were dressed appropriately and very well-mannered.  What message did it send them to be sitting next to a person wearing a baseball cap to the supper table??  There were excellent guest speakers on board and some entertainers and shows were brilliant.  My cabin steward, Nes, was professional and efficient.  I was surprised that there were no obvious extra measures taken to sanitize handrails, elevator buttons, etc., even after the captain announced that there was a viral outbreak amongst the passengers.  I will be sure not to take any Princess ships with less than a 5* rating in future.

 

 

 

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining room- good, buffet - no.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Could not participate in much due to illness

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Some very good shows and talented in-house and guest performers. All guest lecturers were excellent.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Nes, my steward. Ramil in Michaelangelo.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
As a solo traveller I paid a premium for this cruise. I found the atmosphere and decor to be old and stale!

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Old-fashioned but extremely clean.

Ship Tip

Desserts very good! Enjoy the Zumba!

3 out of 5
No time there. Transfer bus driver could have given more of a commentary en-route to ship.
5 out of 5
Beautiful day!
5 out of 5
Fabulous scenery on a beautiful day
3 out of 5
Cannot review as I was too ill to enjoy. It looked delightful. Historic.
3 out of 5
Only walked in to town, charming.
3 out of 5
Only walked in as I had the ship's virus!! Friendly and helpful residents
3 out of 5
Easy disembarking. Hop-on/off bus was close, convenient and very informative.
Was this review helpful? 1

Leave a Comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.

Other Reviews Of This Sailing





*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top