Great Ports, Beautiful Scenery, BUT not a great ship

Grand Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Grand Princess

10 Night Alaska Inside Passage With Tracy Arm Fjord (San Francisco Roundtrip)

Sail Date: May 28, 2017

Ship: Grand Princess

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: C710

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

My husband and I absolutely loved the views and scenery from our balcony.  The ports of call were great selections and overall we loved where we were BUT we did not love how we got there.  The Grand Princess is very poorly designed.  The dining room held 1200 to 1300 hundred people people and only had 2 elevators to get people to it.  And there were no restrooms on that level.  So if you needed to go during dinner you had to wait for an elevator then walk 1/3 length of ship and then back 1/3 and back down elevator.  All in all a 15 min or more delay.  The atrium in the ship cut through decks 5, 6 & 7.  So those of us with a walker have to continually wait for an elevator to ride up or down 1 floor.  Very inconvenient.  The theatre for the pre or after dinner show held approx 750 people and there were between 2000 and 2500 people looking to sit.  There were only 8 seats for the companions of wheelchair persons.  This is absolutely rediculous!  Due to the nature of these inconveniences we will never cruise with the Princess line again.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
There was nothing wrong with the food but there was nothing memorable about it either. Just run of the mill food.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Very limited activities and those were rather childish. Egg drop, paper airplane challenge, etc.

Entertainment

1 out of 5
We only were lucky enough to get a seat at 1 show and that was because we came 45 min early. It was only okay singing and dancing.

Children's Programs

N/A

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward and waiter at dinner were outstanding.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Extremely poor design and lots of rust and grimy areas.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room was a good size and had a very large balcony (6 x 10). There was plenty of closet space and lots of cubbies and drawers. The only problem was that you had to step down approx. 4 inches out of the bathroom and when the floor was wet it created a hazard.

Ports Of Call

San Francisco, California

3 out of 5

Ketchikan, Alaska

1 out of 5
The entire dock area was nothing but jewelry stores. Turns out , we learned later, Princess owns 4 of the chains that were everywhere.

Juneau, Alaska

1 out of 5
Again, everywhere jewelry stores and the most expensive of all excursions. We skipped the ship trip to the Mendenhall glacier at $295.00 and found one from the visitor center for $25.00 per person. Shame on Princess for such a ripoff.

Skagway, Alaska

3 out of 5
This was a true quality port. Completely restored 19th century store fronts and boardwalks. Beautiful mountain scenery.

Victoria, British Columbia

3 out of 5
Our itinerary only allowed for a 5 1/2 hour stop. But we managed to get to the Butchart Gardens for a 2 1/2 hour visit and it was amazing.
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