Island Princess

3.9 out of 5

Overview

Island Princess is a medium ship, carrying 1970 passengers and 895 crew, and sails from Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida and Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia.

Sails from: Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida, Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia, Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska

Cruises to: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska, Coastal - West Coast, Alaska - Inside Passage

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Our first cruise was terrific!!

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Our first cruise, I was very skeptical, I didn't want to leave the ship. Food was bountiful and great, mush to do, and Alaska is amazing!!! We participated in many activities, never felt bored. The naturalist on board was excellent, very down to earth, who really seemed to enjoy teaching us.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Alaskan Adventure of a lifetime!

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Overall, this was a very good cruise to Alaska. I enjoyed meeting new people, seeing some beautiful scenery, and learning a lot! I would recommend Princess to anyone looking to cruise to Alaska, as an affordable choice.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

A pleasant experience

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If you want to go to Alaska and see some beautiful scenery a cruise is a great way to go. Do your research so you see what you want. Timing is everything for weather and seeing wildlife. I am not a seasoned cruiser so I cannot speak for which is best but Princess did live up to their expectations.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

poor response on cabin problem

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The cruse updated us to a better cabin to start. The room was a handicap room which was a larger room. The first night we took a shower and had water all over the floor. We reported it and two man came with a machine sucked up the water and said hair was clogging up the drain. They fixed  that but there was a awful smell in the room , after 4 days of dealing with the not so nice plumber they corrected the problem , the fixed the problem , after dealing with that we were given a small compensation, but we had to deal with the smell. of something he could have fixed in four days, the deck supervisor finally showed up on the fourth

day to smell it for himself (poor response

Overall the cruise was very nice and lived up to our expectations

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Overall.... Cruise was good experience

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We enjoyed seeing the purity of the Alaska Inside Passage.  Alaska and Canada were very beautiful.  Port visits were much enjoyed, but Juneau and Ketchikan ports were not long enough, and we felt like we were rushed.  The price of the excursions purchased on the ship were expensive.  We did research and were able to find less expensive excursions that we felt were very enjoyable.  Be aware that the Saxman Totem Poles in Ketchikan take about 15 minutes to see, and you can not enter the main structure.  If you don't go with the ship, it costs $5 to see enter the area with the Totem Poles. We rented a car for a long day in Skagway, and it cost us about $165.  We drove to Whitehorse, Canada and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Yukon Pass and the Summit.  This was much less expensive than the two of us taking the train excursion. 

Our room service was very good, and overall, staff on the ship were very helpful. The only complaint I had about our room was that the shower curtain was about 1 inch too short, and every time we showered the bathroom floor got very wet.  

It was sometimes unpleasant on the ship due to the large crowds.  Prior to departing for Ports, there were so many people trying to eat breakfast, there was literally NO place to sit.  We would have to wander around with our plate of food until someone left a table.  We had to grab the table before it was cleared so no one else would beat us too it.  The buffet food was OK, but the restaurant food was much better quality. 

The visit to Hubbard Glacier was not as enjoyable as we expected, as we stayed a far distance from the Glacier.  There was another large cruise ship ahead of us, that got much closer to Hubbard Glacier.  We were told by the ship "Naturalist" over the loud speaker that we were going to get closer to the glacier, but we never did.  

For the first week of June, the weather was still cold for most of the trip.  We had a lot of wind and rain, so be prepared for the weather.  Dress in layers so you can enjoy the outdoor portion of the cruise. Take a rain poncho and umbrella just in case.  

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  • Price: $$

  • Size: M

  • Total Passengers: 1970

  • Total Crew: 895

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.20

  • Built: Jul 2003

  • Refurbished: 7 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 12

  • Total Cabins: 987

  • Cabin Categories: 34

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esartin
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Feb 18, 2015

Choose the early dinner seating and ask to share table with at least 4 other guests. You will make new friends and spend the dining time sharing experiences. Take a shawl (or dress warmer) when dining. Don't miss any of the shows and get your seat 30 minutes early to be able to get a seat.

Johngold
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Contributor Level: Captain
Oct 27, 2014

If you have a chance to meet the guys at the egg station... they will make you a great breakfast.

lindajray192
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Aug 12, 2014

If you want to see the shows in Princess Theater, opt for the 1st seating for dinner.

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