Wonderful to see Alaska

Star Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Star Princess

11 Night Alaska Inside Passage (San Francisco Roundtrip)

Sail Date: June 14, 2014

Ship: Star Princess

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review Summary

We enjoyed our first cruise very much and were especially thrilled to see Alaska. The staff on our cruise was wonderful -very polite and helpful. I was suprised that the food wasn't better, though. It was often bland and the desserts were especially flavorless. They looked beautiful, but had little taste. Almost every food item desperately needed seasoning and depth to it. The coffee was almost always awful although we discovered about half way through the cruise that the coffee that you had to pay for in the International Cafe was pretty good. There was plenty of variety in the food and I was happy that I could easily make healthy choices and have a lot of fruits and vegetables, but I wish the food had been  better all the way around. I also thought that the entertainment was mediocre at best. Otherwise, everything was fine. I will say that unless you absolutely LOVE the cruise experience, the trip from San Francisco to Alaska is LONG. Basically, two days spent getting there and two days spent coming back. I was traveling with someone who wanted to leave from SF, but if I were to do it again, I would fly to Seattle and depart from there to avoid the four long days at sea. And lastly, I've read some reviews that Holland tends to attract an older crowd, but if the crowd on this cruise had been any older,  . . . .well, let's just say I don't see how they could have been much older and still be kicking. And, don't get me wrong -- old people are great! But I was surprised that it was such a uniformly retired bunch.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

Does not apply

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports Of Call

San Francisco, California

5 out of 5

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
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