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Grand Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Grand Princess

7 Night Voyage Of The Glaciers Northbound (Vancouver To Whittier)

Sail Date: June 20, 2015

Ship: Grand Princess

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cabin Number: E420

Traveled As: Large Group

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review Summary

See below. Room was small but adequate for us. We traveled with my parents and brother's family (total of 9; 6 adults, 1 teenager, 2 kids). Horizon Court (buffet) breakfast was good; lunch and dinner was adequate (repurposed food); salty. Getting pizza, hotdog, etc from the grill during lunch was easy. Formal dinner took 2.5 hours - much too long! Service was slow though attentive when they were present. Alberto's Pizza was good, as well as the sandwiches in the lounge. After all the excursions and better understanding the city, it was not worth booking the expensive city tours when you can walk it yourself. The lumberjack show, dog sledding (summer camp), and White Rail & Yukon Pass train ride were all great and fun for the kids.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food overly salty; during formal night, it took 2.5 hours to get through dinner (service took too long). Horizon Court breakfast was good; lunch and dinner was adequate (saw lots of the same food repurposed); lines were long and only one side was open at a time, with so many passengers, they should open both sides of the food court in parallel.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
Not all the venue shows were good.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Arnel Fernandez was our Stateroom Steward. Always greeted us with a smile, provided what was requested, efficient turndown service.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Small, but made it work with two adults and one child. Stateroom Steward turned down the room at night and in the morning.

Ports Of Call

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
Small city; lumberjack show was fun for kids. Didn't need to book an expensive city excursion since it was so small.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Again, small city; walk it yourself instead of the expensive excursion. The summer camp dog sled was fun. Took the tram up to the summit for great views.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
Road the White Rail & Yukon Pass train up to Fraser, attended the gold panning (long intro), and walked the city ourselves. Expensive excursion, can walk the city yourself. The rail trip was worth it.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Weather was cloudy and wasn't able to see as much as we had hoped.

Cruise College Fjord, Alaska

5 out of 5
Great views.

Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska

3 out of 5
Only there for disembarkation. See notes there as getting off the ship was frustrating for those with private transportation.
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