Overall.... Cruise was good experience

Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Island Princess

7 Night Voyage Of The Glaciers Southbound (Anchorage To Vancouver)

Sail date: May 31, 2017

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: E314

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We enjoyed seeing the purity of the Alaska Inside Passage.  Alaska and Canada were very beautiful.  Port visits were much enjoyed, but Juneau and Ketchikan ports were not long enough, and we felt like we were rushed.  The price of the excursions purchased on the ship were expensive.  We did research and were able to find less expensive excursions that we felt were very enjoyable.  Be aware that the Saxman Totem Poles in Ketchikan take about 15 minutes to see, and you can not enter the main structure.  If you don't go with the ship, it costs $5 to see enter the area with the Totem Poles. We rented a car for a long day in Skagway, and it cost us about $165.  We drove to Whitehorse, Canada and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Yukon Pass and the Summit.  This was much less expensive than the two of us taking the train excursion. 

Our room service was very good, and overall, staff on the ship were very helpful. The only complaint I had about our room was that the shower curtain was about 1 inch too short, and every time we showered the bathroom floor got very wet.  

It was sometimes unpleasant on the ship due to the large crowds.  Prior to departing for Ports, there were so many people trying to eat breakfast, there was literally NO place to sit.  We would have to wander around with our plate of food until someone left a table.  We had to grab the table before it was cleared so no one else would beat us too it.  The buffet food was OK, but the restaurant food was much better quality. 

The visit to Hubbard Glacier was not as enjoyable as we expected, as we stayed a far distance from the Glacier.  There was another large cruise ship ahead of us, that got much closer to Hubbard Glacier.  We were told by the ship "Naturalist" over the loud speaker that we were going to get closer to the glacier, but we never did.  

For the first week of June, the weather was still cold for most of the trip.  We had a lot of wind and rain, so be prepared for the weather.  Dress in layers so you can enjoy the outdoor portion of the cruise. Take a rain poncho and umbrella just in case.  

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Happy with our cabin, and did not mind the "obstructed" view that was due to a life boat. Beds were comfortable and room staff did a nice job of cleaning room and giving us ice everyday as we asked. Complaint is that ship needs to invest in LONGER SHOWER CURTAINS so the bathroom floor does not get all wet every time someone showers.

Ship tip

Book your own excursions... if you know how to do so on your own. It is much cheaper. Take warm clothes and rain gear so your trip is not ruined by bad weather. There are LOTS of people trying to do the same thing at the same time, so plan for this when getting off & on ship, shows fill up fast.

Ports of call

Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska

1 out of 5
Nothing there to see or do. It is very small and industrial. It is beautiful if you don't look at the town. There are time frames to get in and out of the town due to the shared train tunnel.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
We rented a car and saw everything we wanted to see at a much cheaper cost.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Needed more time at the port to do the things we wanted to do.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
We booked our own tour and had a great time. It rains A LOT there so be prepared.

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

3 out of 5
To much of a big, crowded city for us. We rented a car and went to Whistler to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
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