As the wife and I were sitting at the dinner table around July of 2017 the subject of our 25th wedding anniversary came up.
We both decided that we would like to do something special for this occasion. I don’t remember at this time which one of us suggested a cruise (It probably was me), however we had recently received a mailing on Princess Alaska cruise tours promoting their Sip and Sail offer.Having done two previous Alaska cruises but never a land tour, this was an appealing choice.
After going to the Princess website we decided on the May 9th 2018 date for our adventure! I contacted Amanda our Princess Cruise Consultant on August 15th and booked the 10 Day Denali Explorer Sip & sail promotion with Captains Circle Launch Savings. To book this cruise, we used one of our Future Cruise Credits which we had purchased on our last cruise.
As we booked so early, we had the opportunity to select a Caribe Deck Balcony cabin, C242. We love these cabins because of their larger half covered balconies, perfect for Alaska.
The cruise reserved, I started looking for flights and much to my surprise I discovered that using Princess EZ Air with transfers was the way to go. We departed Omaha NE on a non-stop to Seattle, then on to Fairbanks arriving at 10:30 pm.
The next 3 days were spent touring Fairbanks, and Denali Nat. park, ending with a 5 hour train journey to Whittier to board the Golden Princess.
We arrived at the port around 6:30pm and were in our cabin within a short time as our check-in was accomplished before we left the train, and we were given our cruise cards at that time.
A full review with photographs will be posted as soon as I get my overgrown lawn under control, and all of my photos uploaded.
But for now.
The Good: Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Puppy's in the Piazza, Skagway
Sunny weather in Ketchikan
The Bad: Crew attitude
Food Quality (dining room)
Entertainment (Stage shows)
The UGLY: Drips in hallways, and throughout the ship (hopefully water)
Strong sewage odor in the forward parts of the ship!
Long lines at the Customer Service Desk
Regardless of these issues, we still had a good time on this cruise and would repeat it again, but perhaps not on this ship!
Your Mileage my differ.