Grand Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

North to Alaska....!

Sail Date: May 11, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Two of the highlights of the cruise were the spectacular train ride up to the Klondike from Skagway, and having cocktails at a former brothel and a tour of the facilities after our return from the mountains by tout-bus.


The main event was seeing a glacier calving - watching a chunk of ice the size of a ten-storied building breaking off and falling into the sea was awesome. Glacier Bay in itself was humbling - nature in its own environment. Great photo opportunities.


Two of the bartenders aboard ship (Rafael  and Lloyd) were very hospitable. They made us feel as though we had dropped in for cocktails at our local pub in San Francisco. The price of libations was also on par. Our stateroom steward was very efficient.


With one exception, the meals were very high quality and of a good variety both in the dining room and the buffet. The one exception was the very tough and gristly baked beef short-ribs - even the waiter couldn't cut through the meat for me - I suggest that this particular dish be prepared in a pressure cooker to tenderize the meat.


In Victoria BC I bought a Havana Cuban Partagas #2 cigar and enjoyed it in the Snookers (smokers) Bar aboard ship while sipping Remy Martin VSOP cognac - the last time that I had this exquisite pleasure was in Japan in 2004. Luxury in its highest form.


Starboard balcony stateroom is the only way to cruise from San Francisco - as in the expression "POSH" which is the acronym for "Port Out, Starboard Home" - because you get to see The City in its early morning panoramic majesty as the ship slips in under the Golden Gate Bridge to our final destination.

Cabin / Stateroom
Stateroom steward was very afficient.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Very smooth and efficient except for inadequate availability of porters at embarkation (most were apparenttly still at lunch when we arrived at the pier.)
Ship Quality
Big ship is the way to go - less rocking and pitching.
Destinations and Excursions
Please see above.
Onboard Activities
Loved the casiono and Snookers Bar.
Children's Programs
I didn't attend any, but my companion did and she loved it.
Service and Staff
Rafael and Lloyd - great bartenders, please see above.
Food and Dining
Great variety and very plentiful.
San Francisco, California
I live here.
Juneau, Alaska
Very well stocked heath-food/vitamin store on 4thn street.
Skagway, Alaska
Take the mid-day train ride up to the Klondike..!
Cruise Glacier Bay
Watching the glacier calving.
Victoria, British Columbia
Havana Cuban cigars are available for you to wenjoy aboard ship, but do not bring into USA (still considered to be contraband with heavy penalty).


Bring some laundry detergent with you. Purchase the pre-paid tipping option, but also bring extra $1.00 bills to tip for extra or special service. An extra $20.00 tom the stateroom steward at the start of the cruise will get you priority service throughout the trip. Stow your suitcases under bed.

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