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Sean M

Age: 24


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Golden Princess

Sailing Date: 2012-11-11

Itinerary: Alaska

Can't wait to head back! We plan on repeating the exact same cruise, as everything was just so perfect and gorgeous. Worth every penny.

Princess Cruises Review: Golden Princess:

Our ship was in excellent condition, and the crew was constantly working to repaint outside surfaces, and keep everything clean. We had anytime dining, and definitely loved it. There were plenty of seats indoor and out, and it was rarely too cold to sit outside. That being said, we had perfect weather every day of the trip in mid-August, a truly rare occurrence in Alaska!

The crew was wonderful, helpful, and friendly. The food was good, plenty of variety. Don't be deterred by those reviews bashing the food. Princess has the best food of any cruise line: not an opinion, a fact.

Definitely get a balcony: you won't want to miss seeing the glaciers from your bed.

The only downside is that if you don't book your excursions online at least a week before the embarkation, then you have to book them on the ship. We missed out on a few things we wanted to do, but really enjoyed what we did anyway.

Juneau Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Rafting

This was a wonderful excursion. We were transported to the glacier lake, and given suits and boots to protect our clothes from any splashes. Our guide steered the raft, and we were able to touch actual icebergs in the lake, even ripping chunks off and tasting the fresh ice! There were some light rapids, nothing dangerous or too rough, but enough to make the ride exciting in spots.

Our guide gave us plenty of interesting information about the area. We also were handed cups and encouraged to try the glacier water, so clean and delicious! Definitely an experience to remember.

Juneau Excursion: Evening Whale Watching

Amazing! You may not see whales from the cruise ship, so a separate excursion is recommended if you are hoping to see whales. We saw plenty of huge, gorgeous humpback whales, and at a very close distance, an incredible experience!

Skagway Excursion: Rock Climbing

A great time, with great guides. All levels of expertise are welcomed, as you are able to move at your own pace.

Skagway Excursion: Dog Mushing Camp

This was by far the best excursion we went on in Alaska, and the best excursion I have done on any cruise trip. While everything in Alaska was gorgeous and amazing, this excursion was truly off-the-charts.

My boyfriend and I chose this because I am a huge dog lover, but this trip isn't just about dogs. You are picked up at your port, told about the area from an experienced guide, then transferred to an all-terrain open air vehicle which drives you literally vertical up a mountain side. This in itself was a wonderful tour--but we weren't even 1/2 way through with the excursion!

Up the mountain, you are greeted by dog mushers, and groups of 16 dogs, all ready to go! It is very exciting, as the dogs are happy to see you, and love their work so can't wait to pull you off. You sit down in a large golf-cart type vehicle and away you go! The dogs are excellent, and respond with a word from the instructor, who is at the back of the vehicle during the ride.

Tip: sit in the front seat for the best ride!

After a thrilling ride, you are taken back down to the camp, where you are able to visit, hold, and kiss the puppies as much as you want. There is also a fascinating lecture about the history of the Iditarod.

The best part of this excursion was definitely the guides. In many of the ports, college students from the continental U.S. come up during their summers to work in the tourist industry. Therefore, you don't get a sense of the real "Alaskan" from their tours. These guides, however, are in it to train with the dogs, and are much more knowledgeable and invested.

A truly wonderful tour. I can't wait to get back to Alaska and do it again!

Ketchikan Excursion: Kart Adventure

A great ride. Be careful when they say "if you break it, you buy it” since they mean it!

Victoria Excursion:

We went to a few local pubs and talked with some older Canadians. Make sure you're back on ship on time--they WILL leave without you!

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