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Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Island Princess

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

Sail date: September 05, 2018

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: F726

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Was enjoyable, fun, relaxing & entertaining. Could be as busy as we wanted or as relaxed as we wanted. The only problem was our hot water taking so long to get to our room.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5

Wheelhouse Bar

5 out of 5

The decor was fantastic...so luxurious I thought!

Sabatini's

3 out of 5

I didn’t order the right things. My partner enjoyed his food better than I did.

La Patisserie

5 out of 5

Great coffees and drinks and service!

Horizon Court

4 out of 5

Quite good for a buffet. We ate there a few times. Was nice and bright under the atrium part. And lots of windows, staff, food and drink.

Crooners Martini Bar

5 out of 5

Dani was a fantastic pianist/singer/comedy guy...we loved him. Sammy our server was quite personable...we loved it when he made the Sammy’s side kick and it was delicious!

Bordeaux Dining Room

5 out of 5

Thought there was too much singing of Birthday’s etc. Would be nice to have a mariachi band or similar instead, otherwise it was fantastic!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Fitness Center a little crowded. They use one of the rooms for meetings as well as fitness so that room had all the spin cycles crowded together as if they didn’t want them used. The shows on this ship were amazing? The best I’ve seen on a cruise...This was my 2nd (Norwegian Sun was first) costumes were amazing in the productions...yes...there were productions... with singing, dancing, full sets...it was amazing talent all around!

Lotus Spa

5 out of 5

Had two massages from Cheryl...were fantastic!

Lido Pool

3 out of 5

Wasn’t opened when I wanted to use it (on nice days). Used the hot tub once and that was good!

Gymnasium

5 out of 5

Had everything I needed.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

The Library

5 out of 5

Relaxing but it does get noisy at times. There was tons to do there...puzzles, reading, games...lots of games and puzzles.

Princess Theater

5 out of 5

The best entertainment...costumes, talent, set design...perfecto!

Grand Atrium

5 out of 5

Was beautiful. It reminded me of the Poseidon Adventure or the Titanic’s decor. Always something going on there.

Children's Programs

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Roy, our steward was great...went above and beyond duty when I realized I didn’t have a lint brush and a new top I brought was shedding horribly on my black pants and the ship didn’t sell any in their store. Some waiters were excellent (Alvin, Robert, Constantine) I might have forgotten some of their names already but Alvin for sure served us on Italian night and he was the best! Overall we had great service! I was a bit disappointed in the Italian restaurant as they had asked my partner if we were celebrating any birthdays or anniversaries when he was reserving and he had told them we were celebrating my 65th birthday and when we arrived they asked if I was celebrating my birthday and I said yes but it wasn’t today (my mistake I guess) cause they didn’t do anything special. (They sang HB to others and HA. Actually, they could do with some better singing in the dining room on the boat, maybe add some harmonies or hire a mariachi band would be better) I could have done without all the HB’s to other tables as there were quite a few. I did notice though that they gave the celebrants a beautiful dessert. The buffet was also good and the service pretty good there too.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
A very clean ship and very lovely good quality decor!

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Our cabin was right at the stern of the ship therefore we’d hear when the anchor was being maneuvered and the engine a bit when excellerating. Wouldn’t have been too bad if they’d given us a discount but the boat was full so I guess we were lucky to get a room? The size was adequate to our need and comfortable adjustable room temp. The hot water took about 10-12 minutes to arrive in the shower so we mentioned finally on the last day which was also the first day of the 2nd part of our back to back cruise. There was no follow-up.

Ship tip

Expect to spend more than you think you’ll need as there are merchandise deals on the ship that you may be interested in. If you put blinders on then you might be fine.

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
My home port...all the guests we talked to were very positive about visiting Vancouver.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

5 out of 5
Mostly shopping for us. There was a little shuttle car to take you if you had trouble walking to the buildings.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
No excursion but visited the Arts and Cultural Centre, the fantastic museum, Devil’s Club Brewery (had a couple of good IPA’s. We did two beer flights, awesome popcorn and a delicious appt), visited the Gun Dustillery next door...awesome gin (got a bottle)

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
Did the train ride through White Pass. Excellent tour - young woman (great guide) lots to look at and take pics of.

Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska

4 out of 5
Spoke with one of the local shop owners (an interesting artist) and walked around the town (very small) had lunch at the Inn at Whittier (good Halubut & Chips, IPA, friendly service, beautiful building).

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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