Excellent cruise to Alaska

Island Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
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Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
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Island Princess

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

Sail date: May 29, 2019

Ship: Island Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

I would sail on the Island Princess again. Excursion staff, food service staff, and cabin staff were amazingly good. Desk staff left a great deal to be desired. Not a great value, dollar for dollar; won't book balcony TBA again. Have had larger inside cabins. Marginalization of smokers still a sore spot; excuse of "worldwide trend" threadbare at best.


3 out of 5
There is just no getting around the cattle call aspect of boarding; however, being able to go directly to the stateroom is much better than being herded to the Lido deck, as on other lines.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Magnificent! These people are doing things I haven't seen in decades. Example: île flottante. What a treat! A simple dish done perfectly. Service staff was flawless. One sour note; food poisoning from mussels kinda ruined one of our nights.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Fitness center was small and windowless. Casino was cramped.


4 out of 5
Very professional. Excellent theater.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Never a fault.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
I think that the continued persecution and marginalization of smokers is dumb.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Tiny; much tinier than one expected with a balcony room. The balcony space was significantly larger than expected; but not all that useful on an Alaska trip.

Ship tip

Eat in the dining rooms.

Ports of call

Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska

3 out of 5
Didn't see much of Anchorage/Whittier; arrived there by Princess train from Denali.

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

4 out of 5
Not really a port call; view of glaciers was impressive

Cruise Glacier Bay

4 out of 5
Not really a port call; view of glaciers was impressive

Skagway, Alaska

4 out of 5
Extraordinarily friendly folks. Bus trip was fun

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
Whale watching was fun.

Ketchikan, Alaska

2 out of 5
Walking tour was very interesting; getting around Ketchikan by bus shuttle is a bad joke. Was given incorrect information by Princess desk staff regarding postal service. Cab ride was inconvenient and expensive.

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

4 out of 5
No excursion; stayed for two days; will return. San Francisco with Canadian money.


3 out of 5
Remarkably smooth.
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