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Margaret Long

Age: 72

Occupation:Retired Administrative Assistant

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Pacific Princess (New)

Sailing Date: 2009-09-3

Itinerary: Alaska Conisseur Voyage

The atmosphere on this smaller Princess ship was warm and friendly. I was amazed at the number of senior passengers on board and noticed there were only two children. My husband and I have cruised with Princess since 1999 and have now tried all three sizes of ships. We much prefer the smaller one. The service was outstanding both in the dining room and the buffet and the purser were able to answer any questions we had quickly and thoroughly.

The on shore tours were well organized when it came to disembarking for them and there was plenty of time to take in all the attractions we had booked. All in all, Princess rates number one with us both for service, convenience and cost.

The food was well-prepared. There were plenty of dishes to chose from, and as always the service was excellent. One or two nights there appeared to be an over-abundance of shell fish and other sea food, but there were also other entrees that are always available. Our waiter, Melchor, was "Johnny-on-the-spot" with his exceptional service.

Our stateroom was on deck four, oceanview and was very comfortable. Nayely, our room steward, kept it sparkling and ready for our use just moments after we left it to go to breakfast. The bed was queen-size and conducive to a good night's sleep.

There seemed to be plenty of things to keep everyone occupied during our days at sea and the library was filled with some wonderful books, jigsaw puzzles, and comfortable armchairs.

There was really only one excursion that was disappointing and that was the wild-life search in Icy Strait. This was more the fault of our guide, Elizabeth, seemed more interested in telling us about her family and her ex-boyfriend the entire tour than she did telling us about the wild life in the area. When asked if she had ever been confronted by a bear on the boardwalk, her answer was, "Oh sure." You just back away very slowly and don't take any flash photos."

Overall this cruise was one of the best we have taken. We first went to Alaska in 1999 on a sea, land, air tour of the inside passage. We went on the Sea Princess and thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. This cruise, aboard the Pacific Princess, was a bit different in that we did not see many wild animals, but the scenery was breathtaking. I was especially taken with the awe-inspiring view from the top of Mt. Roberts in Juneau.

I want to take time here to commend our captain for his decision to stay in Seward overnight and most of the next day due to a very severe storm in the Gulf. His actions in so doing kept a lot of people from being injured or seasick and even though it meant missing out on a stop at Kodiak Island, he did the right thing. My husband and I would definitely cruise again with Princess.

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