Grand Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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4 out of 5

Alaskan cruise with land package

Sail Date: July 04, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

      Nice "quieter" ship experience than we were used to with other cruise lines. Not all the loud music and games . . . . the beautiful Alaskan mountains are your entertainment. At night they offer "Movies under the Stars" by the pool complete with popcorn. Cookies & milk offered each afternoon and yummy. Naturalist board the ship (by ladder as we sail toward the glaciers) and narrate about the Alaskan experience and glaciers. Glacier Bay is unbelievable and you can see seals floating by on icebergs and cute otters. Was 84 degrees in Vancouver and Juneau so some summer clothes needed plus the "layered" clothing. Ketchikan was where we found the best buys! Entertainment was just so-so but we loved the Staff Game shows. KAREN from England was a "hoot". 



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Food and Dining
Average but they did serve lots of salmon and seafood since Alaskan cruise. At buffet there is a smaller buffet that you have to ask for peanut butter (didn't know they had it till day 4) and it has good vanilla ice cream at night you have to ask for. Poolside soft serve not good so only had once.
Service and Staff
All of crew was very nice and attentive. Loved Elmer our room steward.
Outside entertainers not as good as the Grand crew was. Surprised by that! Staff game shows hilarious, don't miss.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Loved how we received our itinerary each night with excursions tickets in it. Best was we received room keys and luggage tags before each land hotel so no check in needed.
Ship Quality
Older ship but super clean and I liked all the wood everywhere.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Grand had the best system for this I have ever had on a cruise ship. So many people with so many different times for excursions that you are given your times and place to meet. Well done!
Cabin / Stateroom
Plenty of storage space and nice balcony with rubber mat on it. Really helps soundproof when people are moving around their deck hairs. Never heard a neighbor either thru the walls and bed and pillows perfect. At this time of year sunny all but about 4 hours so if drapes are open you wake up at 3:30am!!
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
Hotel food was high at Four Seasons but a few blocks away is Cafe Crepe. Don't miss this one!!!
Ketchikan, Alaska
Nice little town and prices the best the entire trip. Bought a T-shirt tehere that was double the price in Anchorage.
Juneau, Alaska
One main road that does not go around island and one bridge. Cute and quaint.
Skagway, Alaska
Easy walk into town "if" ship is docked close by. Can do $5 round trip on bus & jump on and off.
Cruise Glacier Bay
Wonderful and best to see from the very front of the ship so you can see all around. Wear many layers and gloves & hat good to have. Not as cold on sides.
Cruise College Fjord, Alaska
Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska
Everyone gets bag tickets and time for departure on train plus assigned seating on train if going to Wilderness Denali lodge. Train by ship.


At the International cafe on 5 there is a small area with sandwiches, salads, and lots of desserts and you can get them all throughout the day. However, the coffee bar right beside it costs for all coffees. Small musical groups preform there and warm cookies along with milk are offered. Yummy!!!

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