Sapphire Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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4 out of 5

Alaska advice

Sail Date: July 18, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

The ship was clean, rooms weren't too cramped. Service from every single person was professional and warm.

Pros: Great service

Cons: unmet expectations on excursions

Recommends Sapphire Princess? Yes!

Ship Quality
Entertainment
Kid program was great. Would've liked more programming for adults that was culturally related to Alaska. VERY annoyed at a "seminar" on flatter stomachs that was actually a pitch for an expensive 180 (!) day detox program.
Food and Dining
Easy to indulge or eat healthy. Buffet was super convenient. Upcharge restaurants offered truly fine dining.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Not too much where people were hovering, but down to the last individual, we had great service.
Children's Programs
Staff was upbeat. Activities were varied. Would've liked to see other areas of the ship utilized more frequently. My kids were happy to attend.
Juneau, Alaska
Weather was typical- which means annoying rain. Even that couldn't ruin the fun we had at the Dog Sled summer camp. Whale watching was a success to a certain extent- staff was cool and we did see whales...from far away. Blow hole spray and a tail at a distance. From NJ it's a 8.5 hour plane ride and I was a bit disappointed, even though we glimpsed Orcas.
Don't Miss: Dog sled
Skagway, Alaska
Glacier dogsledding advice: Don't get your hopes up! So many people love this experience but apparently MANY never get there due to weather cancellations. We got up in the heli but had to turn back. Very disappointing. Temsco gives a full refund, but if a family is an 8.5 hr plane ride from home and willing to pay almost $2k to do this excursion, it's clearly a high priority. The staff in Skagway was unwilling to call their other location in Juneau to see if we had a chance to do the trip in that port the next day. She said "We can't use our phone lines for that." Wha???? We decided to go for the sure thing in Juneau and went to the Summer Dog Sled Camp. It was worth giving up the glacier to be sure we had the experience. So I would advise trying the heli tour in your first port, and if it falls through, go for the summer camp. PS- many flights in Juneau were cancelled too so we would've been out of luck had we opted to try again.
Don't Miss: I wouldn't know
Ketchikan, Alaska
Weather kept our private fishing/wilderness dining tour from being excellent. Even with 5 hours of unrelenting downpour made this day a favorite for our family.
Don't Miss: private fishing/wilderness dining excursion


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