Tony & Janice
Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Coral Princess
Sailing Date: n/a
This is our forth cruise and first with Princess. We enjoyed this cruise and strongly recommend to others who are planning for Alaska cruise.
We spent 2 days at Anchorage prior to the cruise. No sales tax there, if you want to buy souvenirs, I suggest to get them at Anchorage.
Embarkation went very smooth. We took Princess coach bus from Anchorage airport, thought that it was quite expensive, i believe it was $50pp, pre-arranged. Stateman was nice and clean, compare to other cruise ships that we've been to. Restaurant staff are nice and friendly, from buffet to main dining room. One thing we like about Princess is it has tranditional and anytime dining options. The nights we want to catch a show, we have option to have dinner at anytime dining and no waiting needed. Other cruise lines offer anytime dining but waiting time is horrible. Food is good, I would not say excellent. Besides 2 formal nights, they have different themes almost every night, such as Italian, American, etc. Lobsters on one of the formal night and, of course, Alaskan king crab. The wait staff service is excellent, including at the buffet area. Shows are excellent, compare to other cruise lines. For any Alaskan cruise, I strongly suggest balcony staterooms since you will send most of the time on cruising the glacier bay. There are different activities and we enjoyed the ballroom dance classes the most. They also have tour to their kitchen, which is awesome. The last night was formal night and they have champagne waterfall party which we think was great.
Formal night pictures are little bit more expensive than some other cruise lines. One thing we didn't like about is the security. When you get back on to the ship from any port of calls, the crews only check your cruise ID and didn't request any legal documents.