It's probably a great cruise if you're 70+
Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska
Sail Date: July 23, 2014
Ship: Island Princess
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago
I did the Alaskan cruise with my family on the Island Princess. We found the land portion of the tour to be hectic and our accommodations lackluster. Our rooms were what you would expect from any budget hotel, we got two double beds and a mini fridge. The sights were spectacular, but I don't really find this to be a reflection on Princess. All of Alaska is gorgeous, and we could have seen the same things on any other cruise line.
The cruise part of our vacation was equally average. We found that there really wasn't anything to DO on the cruise when you were in transit from one location to the next, the exception being of course the tour of glacier bay. Taking the cruise ship into glacier bay deserves a star in itself - it's amazing that a ship as large as the Princess is able to navigate the ice-ridden waters, and we got very up close and personal with quite an enormous specimen. However, other than that one day, we were left wanting for activities. This was due mostly to our age, I think. It was pretty apparent after a couple of days on our vacation that my parents in their fifties and my brother and I in our twenties were the minority. I say this as nicely as possible: Princess is an old person's cruise line. Most of the other passengers were 70 or older. As such, my family and I felt a bit alienated when it came to the activities, because trivia referred to events that we weren't alive for and BINGO is just not our thing. We ended up eating... and drinking... a lot.
That said, the staff on the Island Princess were phenomenal. They were very friendly (and young), energetic, and entertaining. One of the two stars are for them. We really enjoyed the personalities of our regular bar tenders and our waiter at dinner. The room keepers were also friendly and I enjoyed getting to know them - one caught me dancing in the hallway once and openly laughed at me, he said I reminded him of his daughter. Other than the staff, though, you're better off traveling with Carnival. There's nothing special about Princess.
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If you're going to Horizon for breakfast, go early, or you won't have a seat. Otherwise, go to the dining room. It doesn't take too long to get your breakfast and they always have seating. ABSOLUTELY get a cabin with a balcony if you can afford it, it's worth it for the tour of glacier bay.