Age: 31 to 40
Number of Cruises: First Cruise
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Sun Princess
Sailing Date: August 21, 2000
Itinerary: Voyage of the Glaciers
*First off, I'd like to thank the others who submitted their reviews. They were very helpful
Embarkation: It was pretty simple, there were no long lines, and we practically boarded the ship immediately.
The ship was HUGE! The size was totally unexpected, I pictured something smaller. The main atrium was pretty grand, and nicely decorated. It was a beautiful ship. 5 Stars here. I felt like I had a hotel and mall traveling with me. There was a library, a theatre, disco, gym, sports court, health club, spa & sauna,three pools, jacuzzis, business center, kids center, teen center, arcade, dining places and bars galore, card room, and even a caviar bar!
Horizon Court Buffet on Lido Deck: 4 stars
Terrace Grill: 3 1/2 stars
Verdi's pizza: 4 1/2 stars
Dining room cuisine: 5 stars
The coffee at the Horizon Court was cold and awful, but the Dining Room coffee was real good. In my opinion, Princess does not need any improvement here, except on the Lido deck coffee. I was happy with the food any place I ate.
One thing Princess needs to improve are their staterooms for families. We got an outside quad (category F)since we were a group of 4, two beds came down from the top (like bunks). The outside doubles for 2 people were a lot more spacious, so I recommend in getting s suite if you have a family.
Most of the people on board were retired couples. There were some baby boomers, not too many singles, and lots of kids.
Bringing your kids:
I recommend bringing your kids on this ship. The kid and teen centers were very popular and most people don't seem to mind children.
Our steward was very friendly and kept our room pretty tidy. Our waiter and assistant waiter were attentive, and very efficient. No matter where you were on the ship, crew members would greet you, and smile. Princess has great service.
Alaska was probably the most beautiful place I've been to, and I'd go there again. The iternarary on Princess was well-planned, and we'd get to spend more time on land than other cruises. Their private lodges were rustic and charming. I will not mind one bit on going on another cruise with Princess.