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Old 02-24-2007, 08:21 AM
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I have booked a cruise to Alaska this June for a group from our church. I am wondering if anyone has sailed on the Sun? I have heard good and bad reports about the ship. I know it is an older ship, but is it clean and well maintained. For some it will be their first cruise and I would hate for it to be a bad experience, esp. since I chose the ship and itinary. Any suggestions on meeting places or can't miss excursions? Thanks
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Old 02-24-2007, 10:18 AM
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I have booked a cruise to Alaska this June for a group from our church. I am wondering if anyone has sailed on the Sun? I have heard good and bad reports about the ship. I know it is an older ship, but is it clean and well maintained. For some it will be their first cruise and I would hate for it to be a bad experience, esp. since I chose the ship and itinary. Any suggestions on meeting places or can't miss excursions? Thanks
Posted part of this on the other thread but will repost here. We really like the Sun Princess and her sister ships the Dawn and Sea Princess. They are not as large as the Grand Class so have a more intimate feeling but there are sacrafices with smaller ships in the size of the theaters, lounges, etc. There is no night club high up like on the Grand and you won't find the same type of pools. The Pizza palor is a nice addition rather than pizza by the pool. I don't know what type of cabin you have booked on the Sun but if it has a balcony they are much different on this class of ship than they are on the other Princess class ships. The balcony on the Sun, Dawn and Sea are cut out of the hull so they are not totally open. There is metal on the lower portion where the plexi glass is on the other ships and metal on both ends of the balcony thus the overall feeling is much more like a huge glassless window. Depending on where you sit on the balcony and how tall you are you may have to stand rather than sit to see the ocean.

It has always been very clean and well maintained and the service we have had has been wonderful. All Princess menus are the same the only difference comes with the head chef. Each chef has the ability to interpret how he wants to prepare the menu item so you might find some differences in the presentation or seasonings.

Having been to Alaska once by ship and twice by land my suggestion is to read about all of the ports and see what is available then decide what appeal most to you. Read the shore excursions offered by Princess to get a good idea what is offered even if you decide to do independent touring. The experience the scenery, wildlife and the Alaskan experience you will have to take excursions that get you out of the port towns. I believe you itinerary is Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Juneau is the largest city/town with more to do close to town but the other two ports are very, very small towns that hold not much more than shops. The train in Skagway taking you up White Pass Summit and into the Yukon is extremely scenic and I would recommend that for a great Alaskan experience. If you are interested in Totems and lumberjack shows you will find Ketchikan is the place for this. But if you want to get out and see the Alaskan wilderness a Misty Fjords Wilderness Cruise or Flight would be unforgettable.

Hope this was the type of information you were looking for. If you have any other questions I'd be happy to try and answer them.
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Old 02-24-2007, 10:41 AM
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Thanks for the response BJS. As long as it is well maintained and clean, I am sure it will be great! So do you suggest booking excursions on the ship or looking for them when you get to port? I have heard a lot about the train tour. I think that one will be a must for us. Should we take the round trip or the bus back?
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Thanks for the response BJS. As long as it is well maintained and clean, I am sure it will be great! So do you suggest booking excursions on the ship or looking for them when you get to port? I have heard a lot about the train tour. I think that one will be a must for us. Should we take the round trip or the bus back?
I know you will have a great time no matter what you decide to do.
I do not advise looking for excursions when you reach the port because Alaska is not like the Caribbean or Mexico where they are waiting to take you some place. Those that do independent tours usually arrange them before sailing. My advice is to go into your Cruise Personalizer on Princess.com and select your excursions as soon as they are available which will probably be now. Princess does not charge you for these excursions before boarding the ship. When you arrive in your cabin the tour tickets will be there for you and the cost will be placed on your shipboard account. A cut off time and date will be posted telling when you must turn in these tickets if you do not want to do the tour. If you return the tour tickets before the deadline your shipboard account will then be credited and you will incur no cost. By doing this you will be assured of tours you want and not be disappointed that they are not available.

We are cruising on the Golden in May and have selected to take the White Pass Railroad up and the bus back to Skagway. There are two options- on one you stop at Bennett and tour the ghost town and have lunch then board the train once again and go to Carcross and the other goes to Carcross for a meal, etc. By taking the train/bus you see much more of the Yukon and get a different, beautiful, experience returning by the road. We have driven the road in a RV and are looking forward to having someone drive us this time. Here is a link to their web site http://www.whitepassrailroad.com/
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Future cruises:
Star Princess - Dec. 2007-Rome- TA
Crown Princess- May 2008 TA & Baltics
Pacific Princess-Nov. 2008-Holy Land & Egypt
Diamond Princess- Apr. 2009 Asia- Bangkok to Whittier
Past cruises:
Golden Princess-2007-Alaska
Sea Princess-2005 Canada/New England
Diamond Princess- 2005 Mexican Riviera
Star Princess- 2004 x2 Med. Venice to Barcelona/ Barcelona to Rome
Dawn Princess - 2004 x3- Southern Caribbean
Grand Princess- 2003 x2 W.Caribbean/ 2004 Panama
Sun Princess- 2003 Mexico
Tahitian Princess- 2003 Tahiti & Cook Islands
Royal Princess- 2003 x2- British Isles / Norwegian Fjords & Iceland
Island Princess- 2003 Panama Canal / 2007 Hawaii
Sky Princess- 2000 China & Orient
Sitmar's Fairwind - 1979 x2- Caribbean/Panama Canal
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HAL-Amsterdam- 2004 Alaska
HAL Ryndam - 2001 x 2- S. America
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Viking Spirit/Pride -2006 Budapest to Amsterdam
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:56 AM
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Thanks for the info. I think that we will try the train/bus tour. And thanks for their website!




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When are you cruising? We might be on the same one - leaving Seattle June 10.
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We are actually going June 24th. So post something when you get back and let me know how it was. Hope you have a great time!
 
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