Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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Experience
4-6 cruises

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4 out of 5

Fabulous scenery!

Sail Date: May 18, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Beautiful ship kept very clean. Rarely felt crowded. Some of the railings had been removed for maintenance, and some others were in need of revarnishing. We had wonderful clear sunny weather the whole week, but if it had been too rainy, foggy, or misty to see the mountains, glaciers, forests, and wildlife the experience might have been quite a bit different.

Pros: The amazing scenery, glaciers and wildlife, seen from our own balcony.

Cons: Small shower with fluctuating water temperature.

Recommends Island Princess? Yes!

Service and Staff
Staff were polite but not overly friendly. We had a few occasions when we needed waiter service but the waiters were too busy talking with each other to notice.
Ship Quality
Nice layout, with staterooms generally away from the noisier public/entertainment areas. Laundromats on most decks.
Food and Dining
Very good food, with portions small enough you could order something from each course before getting full.
Cabin / Stateroom
Beautiful stateroom with a private balcony. Wonderful view of the scenery through the sliding glass door and from the balcony. We were lucky and got the balcony as a free upgrade to an "ocean view obstructed" guaranteed stateroom. We would have greatly regretting not spending the extra dollars to get a guaranteed balcony stateroom if we had not lucked out.
Entertainment
Good activities, but we were generally too busy watching the scenery to do many of them. It was full daylight from before 4 AM to past 11 PM, and the scenery was wonderful almost the whole time, so it was hard to break away to eat or do other activities.
Skagway, Alaska
We went on several hikes along the shoreline and into the mountains above the port. Many more trails were available. Great port for hiking right from the ship.
Juneau, Alaska
The sea kayaking excursion was great, but might have been miserable in bad weather. Gold panning would at least be authentic in this port, where there were active gold mines until recently.
Ketchikan, Alaska

Don't Miss: Totem poles around town and at some of the museums.
Ketchikan, Alaska

Don't Miss: Totem poles around town and at some of the museums.
Juneau, Alaska
The sea kayaking excursion was great, but might have been miserable in bad weather. Gold panning would at least be authentic in this port, where there were active gold mines until recently.
Skagway, Alaska
We went on several hikes along the shoreline and into the mountains above the port. Many more trails were available. Great port for hiking right from the ship.


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