Star Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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5 out of 5

Off The Beaten Path inland then southbound cruise

Sail Date: May 23, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Cruise was great and cruising after the land portion highly recommended. Land portion is "busy", moving to different location every other night, etc. Cruise is then a nice relaxing end. Only complaint about the Star was an occasional sewage odor. Noticed in different areas of the ship and wouldn't last real long, but quite off-putting. Princess Wilderness Lodges are nice and staffs are very friendly and trying hard to please. BUT the food service is horrid! Long lines, looooong waits for food - which is a real problem when you have an excursion to catch! Excuse we got a couple of times was "sorry, kitchen is overwhelmed". REALLY?? For breakfast, when you have the schedule of how many folks are heading for excursions right there on your computer? You can't figure out to staff for a busy breakfast run? Granted this is early in the season, but this ain't Princess's first rodeo. They should know exactly how to staff by now! Very frustrating. We spoke to several folks on their first cruise and they were very upset. We assured them that once on the ship they'd be happy. But if this had been our first experience with Princess, it would probably have been our last. But to end on a positive note, the nightly flag ceremony and veteran recognition at the Copper River Lodge was lovely and very appreciated by my husband and I (both vets).

Ship Quality
Occasional sewage odor as mentioned above
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Way too much music from the 40s (and we're senior citizens!). Princess needs to update their repertoire.
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska
Cruise Hubbard Glacier
Layer your clothes if going up top. We went from 3 needed layers with earmuffs and hats, to short sleeves within the afternoon.
Cruise Glacier Bay
Skagway, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Ketchikan, Alaska
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
Beautiful city! If you have the time, plan on staying there a couple of extra days to explore.

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