Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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4 out of 5

Vancouver to Alaska - May 2016

Sail Date: May 11, 2016

Reviewed: 6 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

We were lucky to have incredible weather at our three Alaska port visits. Blue skies and warm allowed us to enjoy our excursions and shopping without foul-weather gear. The smaller ship size (2000 passengers) allows for a more personal experience without long lines and crowding. Being an Alaskan cruise it is colder, so layong by the pool in your Speedo is very questionable.  The food was fantastic and we had fun in the casino. The only downside would be the constant selling of photos, drinks and other items. You wamt to relax, but the push was exhausting. Offer one free shipboard photo and move on. Otherwise, we had a great time on the Island Princess and then we continued onto the 5-day land tour to Denali and Fairbanks. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Lots of extra room without a balcony. It was too cold to use the balcony anyways. We went to the bow deck just outside our corridor to the front (bow) for viewing.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Had to pack everything by Dinner the night before departure wasting half our last night onboard.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
65 and up cruise. Only saw 6 kids the entire time! Yeah!
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
Ketchikan, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Glacier Bay
Whale life was almost non-existent during our May visit. Glaciers were beautiful.
Cruise College Fjord, Alaska
Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska
Watch the late movie on the Lido Deck when your pulling in. We saw thw latest Star Wars (7) and it was still light at midnight.

Tip

We used early seating at 5:15 to avoid the later rush. Had great seating partners and wait staff (Edmund and Edwin). Take your own glass of wine to dinner to save a little.



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