Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Alaska at it's best

Sail Date: May 25, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

This is a great way to see Alaska.  We had a room with a balcony and I recommend this because you can sit in your room and look at the beautiful country on the days you are not in port.  They have a naturalist on board that discussed the points of interest as you pass by which added to the beauty of the land to know the history.  They broadcast his talks over the loud speaker and on the in-room TV.  The Island Princess is a nice ship with all the usual cruise ship amenities;  the exception to this is the entertainment was exceptional. Both the stage shows and the groups in the lounges were much better that other ships that I have been on.  This was our third trip to Alaska so we so we only took 2 excursions, but from our experience and talking to the people that we met the excursions offered by Princess are exceptional.  Dinner is always good but some nights the choices were not as robust as other cruises that I have taken.

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Cabin / Stateroom
The suite gives us a couch to sit upon so that we don't need to sit on the bed all the time. We found this very convenient. A little more room to move around while getting dressed and watch the scenery is also nice.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
I like the layout of Princess staterooms. The bathroom and bedroom has the closet separating them giving a noise separation. Thus anyone in the bath does not disturb someone sleeping. Some other cruise lines do not have this layout.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Some nights the menu choices were not as robust as other cruises that I have been on.
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
if you are flying from the states to Vancouver to catch the cruise to Alaska, you have to go through customs twice (entering Canada then again before boarding the ship to enter the US). Customs has long slow lines. Be prepared to wait in both lines.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
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Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska
There are no taxis or rental cars out of Whittier.


It rains a lot in Alaska. When it rains and is windy it is really cold. Take an insolated waterproof coat for any excursion on the water and a light jacket for other times. Ask to be seated at dinner with at least 4 other people then you can share stories about their day and excursions.

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