Overall.... Cruise was good experience
Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska
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.
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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.