Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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4 out of 5

We had a great time!

Sail Date: August 24, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was our first cruise and we will definitely go back. There was plenty to do while at sea, and the crew was all friendly. The food was great, too!

When shopping - be careful to buy only made in Alaska. You have to search it out, but most of the souveniers are made in China. It's worth it to pay a little more to find the genuine article. Also look for the locally owned and operated shops when jewelry shopping. Most of the jewelry shops close up at the end of the season and go to the Caribbean, but there are some locals. You'll see signs in their window indicating they are local.

Pros: The ship was clean and the crew was wonderful.

Recommends Island Princess? Yes!

Ship Quality
Everywhere we went was clean, even the public bathrooms. We took a day to figure out the layout, but there are maps posted all over to use as a guide.
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
We enjoyed the on ship activities. A pamphlet is delivered each night to lay out the following day. This allowed us to plan out just what we wanted to do.
Juneau, Alaska
We did the whale watching and got really lucky to see about a dozen whales.
Don't Miss: The whales!!
Skagway, Alaska
We took the train up to the Yukon. Wondderful views! The rest of the time we just wandered around the charming town.
Don't Miss: The train
Ketchikan, Alaska
Don't buy a tour for this town. We walked the whole town in under an hour, including the totem museum. We had purchased the horsedrawn trolley tour, which was nice, but by the time we took it we'd seen everything.
Don't Miss: the totem museum

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