Views- Spectacular, Service - Good, Food (Dining Room) - Average, Food (Buffet) - Good

Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
Island Princess

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

Sail date: July 25, 2018

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: E223

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

If the food in the dining room had been better, this would have been a much better trip. The burgers and dogs at the grill topside, were better than the food in the dining room and that shouldn't be the case! Was really looking forward to fresh local seafood (salmon, crab legs, prawns, scallops, hallibut etc.) but was disappointed. My suggestion would be, if you can't provide fresh, well prepared, local seafood, don't put it on the menu. I would expect the quality of seafood we were served in the midwest, but not aboard a ship. Also, dishes that are supposed to be spicy, should be. i.e. jambalya Another thing that bothered us was that there were no food options available after 10PM or in the bars....with dinner being over at 6:30ish and folks drinking for a few hours listening to music, dancing, etc., a snack would have been nice....something more than a few peanuts. Suggestions: chips and salsa or queso, popcorn, assorted cheeses and crackers, soft pretzels, desserts, etc. doesn't have to be fancy, just needs to be available.

Embarkation

4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The premium drink package was well worth the price. The food in the main dining room was average at best. Was expecting fresh seafood. What we got had been frozen and stored till it was prepared and served. The crab legs, lobster, and escargot were rubbery. Was expecting memorable food...what I got was something that I could have prepared better at home.

Wheelhouse Bar

4 out of 5

great music from the 30's to the 60's, comfortable seating, swing dancing, salsa dancing, tango, and jitterbug.

La Patisserie

4 out of 5

Really good coffee drinks (lattes). Service staff was nice.,

Explorer's Lounge

4 out of 5

Loud and busy. good dance music.

Crooners Martini Bar

5 out of 5

Service here was awesome and entertaining. The entertainment was top notch and not so loud that you couldn't carry on a conversation. The seating is comfy. Perfect place to relax and catch up.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Casino

3 out of 5

nice selection of slots even though it's a small casino...it is about average size for a cruise ship tho. little hard to get used to not getting a 'cash out' ticket, but rather any winnings are loaded to your "account"..

Lotus Spa

5 out of 5

Had a wonderful couples massage! Highly recommend.

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Service started out great, but as the week wore on, got less and less great. Except in the Crooner's lounge. The wait staff there was always great.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
getting thru customs was easy and quick. luggage was delivered promptly to our rooms.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

3 out of 5
plan an excursion here. the town is extremely small and very new. the views are perfect, but after 20 min., not much more to see.

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5
lots of T-Shirt shops and jewelry stores with owners/sales people trying to lure you in.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
thoroughly enjoyed the train ride thru White Pass. Liarsville and the salmon bake, panning for gold, and entertainment - food was good and plentiful, panning for gold and the entertainment was fun! Really got a kick out of the Red Onion Saloon tour. Well worth the time and price.

Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska

2 out of 5
depressed little town. if princess didn't stop here, not sure there'd be any activity at all. Plus, hated the ride thru the tunnel.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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