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#1
California
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Hey everyone - we’re late with this review considering this cruise was months ago, but I finally got around to scanning patters (eek!) so here goes.

The 10 night itinerary is a big improvement over the seven night Alaska experience. I really enjoy the extra time even if it’s mostly spent at sea. The Dining And room stewards were exceptional on this sailing. We would see our room steward exercising during the daylight hours which I found surprising- I have no idea how he had energy left after cleaning all the rooms in our section. LOL.

We had sunny beautiful weather in Ketchikan and went to the Alaska rain forest sanctuary and on the bear walk. I recommend a bug spray if you’re going to go on this excursion.

In Juneau we did a tour which combined the salmon bake, whale watching tour, and mendenhall glacier. It was beautiful but a bit rushed. At the end of that tour we still had extra time so we ventured up the Mount Roberts tram and went for a hike. It was beautiful and dramatic. A little bit too pricey, but the views were worth it.

In Skagway we took the train. It was the highlight of our journey. I would do it again and again - even on a rainy cloudy day.

In Victoria we didn’t have much time so we opted for high tea at the Pendray teahouse at the Gatsby mansion. More affordable than tea at the empress and a lovely experience.

The food was above average. My favorite menu item was on the second to last night- Crab legs. A giant heaping bowl of them, halved and ready to peel the meat from. Incredibly high quality- aah! So wonderful. You know how some people order multiple lobster tails? I would’ve been the girl asking for another bowl of crab, if I wasn’t stuffed!

Overall it was a delightful cruise. We booked an inside cabin and well we missed having a balcony we saved a few thousand dollars and enjoyed the back terrace attack near the adults only pool when we needed to escape for some fresh air.
Here are the patters and a few photos :-)
http://www.cruisetipstv.com/download...alaska-cruise/

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#2
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Thanks for the report and beautiful photos!
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California
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Originally posted by Keith1010
I really enjoyed the report and the beautiful photos.

Keith


Thank you Keith!
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NCL Jewel to Mexico: November 2015
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: August 2015
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Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: Cozumel & Belize: February 2015
Norwegian Star to Mexico: December 2014
Carnival Inspiration to Catalina & Ensenada: May 2014
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Carnival Splendor to Mexico: September 2012
HAL Westerdam: Half Moon Cay, Tortola, St. Maarten, Nassau- November 2005
Diamond & Princess X3- Mexico & Alaska 2004 & 2005 Mexico 2010
Holland America Oosterdam Family Cruise: Mexico- December 2006
HAL Maasdam: Canada/New England August 2006
Carnival Imagination- March 2007 Caribbean Corporate Incentive Cruise
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#6
California
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Originally posted by Host Clarea
Thanks for the report and beautiful photos!


Our pleasure!


See you on the high seas!
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Grand Princess: 10-night Alaska
Carnival Miracle: MR, May 2017

Star Princess: Sea of Cortes and MR, November 2016
Carnival Imagination: September 2016
NCL Jewel to Mexico: November 2015
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: August 2015
Golden Princess to Alaska: 2015
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: Cozumel & Belize: February 2015
Norwegian Star to Mexico: December 2014
Carnival Inspiration to Catalina & Ensenada: May 2014
Carnival Imagination to Ensenada: January 2014
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: November 2013
Grand Princess to Alaska: May 2013
Carnival Splendor to Mexico: September 2012
HAL Westerdam: Half Moon Cay, Tortola, St. Maarten, Nassau- November 2005
Diamond & Princess X3- Mexico & Alaska 2004 & 2005 Mexico 2010
Holland America Oosterdam Family Cruise: Mexico- December 2006
HAL Maasdam: Canada/New England August 2006
Carnival Imagination- March 2007 Caribbean Corporate Incentive Cruise
Royal Caribbean- Feb 2010 Corporate Incentive Cruise
NCL Star- Mexico- November 2007
Carnival Spirit- Mexico December 2009 & October 2011
#7
California
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Originally posted by easyboy
Appreciate your feedback and the nice photos!


Sent from my iPhone using Forums


Thanks!


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Grand Princess: 10-night Alaska
Carnival Miracle: MR, May 2017

Star Princess: Sea of Cortes and MR, November 2016
Carnival Imagination: September 2016
NCL Jewel to Mexico: November 2015
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: August 2015
Golden Princess to Alaska: 2015
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: Cozumel & Belize: February 2015
Norwegian Star to Mexico: December 2014
Carnival Inspiration to Catalina & Ensenada: May 2014
Carnival Imagination to Ensenada: January 2014
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: November 2013
Grand Princess to Alaska: May 2013
Carnival Splendor to Mexico: September 2012
HAL Westerdam: Half Moon Cay, Tortola, St. Maarten, Nassau- November 2005
Diamond & Princess X3- Mexico & Alaska 2004 & 2005 Mexico 2010
Holland America Oosterdam Family Cruise: Mexico- December 2006
HAL Maasdam: Canada/New England August 2006
Carnival Imagination- March 2007 Caribbean Corporate Incentive Cruise
Royal Caribbean- Feb 2010 Corporate Incentive Cruise
NCL Star- Mexico- November 2007
Carnival Spirit- Mexico December 2009 & October 2011
#8
San Diego, California
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I was on the same cruise, and like you enjoyed the Grand


Thanks for the memories
Srpilo
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uk
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Thanks for posting; we’re on the same cruise this August and really looking forward to it .
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#10
California
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Originally posted by srpilo
I was on the same cruise, and like you enjoyed the Grand





Thanks for the memories

Srpilo


Thank u! We got pretty lucky with the weather didn’t we!?


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Our cruise experiences:

Grand Princess: 10-night Alaska
Carnival Miracle: MR, May 2017

Star Princess: Sea of Cortes and MR, November 2016
Carnival Imagination: September 2016
NCL Jewel to Mexico: November 2015
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: August 2015
Golden Princess to Alaska: 2015
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: Cozumel & Belize: February 2015
Norwegian Star to Mexico: December 2014
Carnival Inspiration to Catalina & Ensenada: May 2014
Carnival Imagination to Ensenada: January 2014
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: November 2013
Grand Princess to Alaska: May 2013
Carnival Splendor to Mexico: September 2012
HAL Westerdam: Half Moon Cay, Tortola, St. Maarten, Nassau- November 2005
Diamond & Princess X3- Mexico & Alaska 2004 & 2005 Mexico 2010
Holland America Oosterdam Family Cruise: Mexico- December 2006
HAL Maasdam: Canada/New England August 2006
Carnival Imagination- March 2007 Caribbean Corporate Incentive Cruise
Royal Caribbean- Feb 2010 Corporate Incentive Cruise
NCL Star- Mexico- November 2007
Carnival Spirit- Mexico December 2009 & October 2011
#11
California
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Originally posted by villauk
Thanks for posting; we’re on the same cruise this August and really looking forward to it .


My pleasure :-) hope you love it!




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Our cruise experiences:

Grand Princess: 10-night Alaska
Carnival Miracle: MR, May 2017

Star Princess: Sea of Cortes and MR, November 2016
Carnival Imagination: September 2016
NCL Jewel to Mexico: November 2015
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: August 2015
Golden Princess to Alaska: 2015
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: Cozumel & Belize: February 2015
Norwegian Star to Mexico: December 2014
Carnival Inspiration to Catalina & Ensenada: May 2014
Carnival Imagination to Ensenada: January 2014
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: November 2013
Grand Princess to Alaska: May 2013
Carnival Splendor to Mexico: September 2012
HAL Westerdam: Half Moon Cay, Tortola, St. Maarten, Nassau- November 2005
Diamond & Princess X3- Mexico & Alaska 2004 & 2005 Mexico 2010
Holland America Oosterdam Family Cruise: Mexico- December 2006
HAL Maasdam: Canada/New England August 2006
Carnival Imagination- March 2007 Caribbean Corporate Incentive Cruise
Royal Caribbean- Feb 2010 Corporate Incentive Cruise
NCL Star- Mexico- November 2007
Carnival Spirit- Mexico December 2009 & October 2011
#13
Texas
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Looking at booking this for 2019....we are royal cruisers so I don’t know much about the ship. Is there an enclosed area like the solariums on royals ships? I would think that’s a must for an itinerary into Alaska. An place to lounge where it’s warm to read a book and see the scenery on sea days?
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uk
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Sheebah,

May I ask what is the latest time we’d be allowed to stay on the ship on disembarkation day in SF? We are used to being booted off quite early on X and wondered if it was the same on Princess? Our scheduled arrival time in SF is 7am. Additionally, how far is the airport (SFO) from the cruise terminal? Our flight is looking likely to be late afternoon and we’re trying to plan our day. TIA .
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Reflection - Western Med - July 2017
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Constellation - Venice to Rome - August 2016
Equinox - Istanbul to Barcelona - August 2015
Equinox - Ultimate Caribbean & Panama - April 2015
Independence - Northern Europe - Oct 2014
Infinity - Iceland & The Faroes - July 2014
Independence - Caribbean - April 2014
Silhouette - Eastern Caribbean - B2B - April 2014
Enchantment - Bahamas. - Aug 2013
Oasis - Western Caribbean - Aug 2013
Solstice - Oz & NZ - Dec 2012
Navigator - Eastern Med - Aug 2012
Brilliance - Norway - Jun 2012
Navigator - Eastern Med - Oct 2011
Caribbean Princess - New England - Aug 2011
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Liberty - Med Western - April 2011
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Splendour - Med to Venice - April 2010
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#16
California
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Originally posted by villauk
Sheebah,



May I ask what is the latest time we’d be allowed to stay on the ship on disembarkation day in SF? We are used to being booted off quite early on X and wondered if it was the same on Princess? Our scheduled arrival time in SF is 7am. Additionally, how far is the airport (SFO) from the cruise terminal? Our flight is looking likely to be late afternoon and we’re trying to plan our day. TIA .


It varies by sailing but I’ve seen people off as late as 9:30-11am. Sf airport is about 30 min without traffic - more with traffic (usually more like 45-60 min)


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Our cruise experiences:

Grand Princess: 10-night Alaska
Carnival Miracle: MR, May 2017

Star Princess: Sea of Cortes and MR, November 2016
Carnival Imagination: September 2016
NCL Jewel to Mexico: November 2015
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: August 2015
Golden Princess to Alaska: 2015
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: Cozumel & Belize: February 2015
Norwegian Star to Mexico: December 2014
Carnival Inspiration to Catalina & Ensenada: May 2014
Carnival Imagination to Ensenada: January 2014
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: November 2013
Grand Princess to Alaska: May 2013
Carnival Splendor to Mexico: September 2012
HAL Westerdam: Half Moon Cay, Tortola, St. Maarten, Nassau- November 2005
Diamond & Princess X3- Mexico & Alaska 2004 & 2005 Mexico 2010
Holland America Oosterdam Family Cruise: Mexico- December 2006
HAL Maasdam: Canada/New England August 2006
Carnival Imagination- March 2007 Caribbean Corporate Incentive Cruise
Royal Caribbean- Feb 2010 Corporate Incentive Cruise
NCL Star- Mexico- November 2007
Carnival Spirit- Mexico December 2009 & October 2011
#17
California
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Originally posted by RandallFlagg
Hello Sheri! I watch your videos quite often! Me and Dw will be in Alaska in Aug 2018 and hope to have a GREAT time! Thanks again!


Ah, thanks so much! Wishing you a wonderful cruise!



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Our cruise experiences:

Grand Princess: 10-night Alaska
Carnival Miracle: MR, May 2017

Star Princess: Sea of Cortes and MR, November 2016
Carnival Imagination: September 2016
NCL Jewel to Mexico: November 2015
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: August 2015
Golden Princess to Alaska: 2015
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: Cozumel & Belize: February 2015
Norwegian Star to Mexico: December 2014
Carnival Inspiration to Catalina & Ensenada: May 2014
Carnival Imagination to Ensenada: January 2014
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: November 2013
Grand Princess to Alaska: May 2013
Carnival Splendor to Mexico: September 2012
HAL Westerdam: Half Moon Cay, Tortola, St. Maarten, Nassau- November 2005
Diamond & Princess X3- Mexico & Alaska 2004 & 2005 Mexico 2010
Holland America Oosterdam Family Cruise: Mexico- December 2006
HAL Maasdam: Canada/New England August 2006
Carnival Imagination- March 2007 Caribbean Corporate Incentive Cruise
Royal Caribbean- Feb 2010 Corporate Incentive Cruise
NCL Star- Mexico- November 2007
Carnival Spirit- Mexico December 2009 & October 2011
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Originally posted by Sheebah
It varies by sailing but I’ve seen people off as late as 9:30-11am. Sf airport is about 30 min without traffic - more with traffic (usually more like 45-60 min)


See you on the high seas!
Thank you for the quick reply .
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Grand Princess - Alaska - August 2018
Eclipse - Southern Caribbean - December 2017
Reflection - Western Med - July 2017
Millennium - Hong Kong to Singapore - December 2016
Constellation - Venice to Rome - August 2016
Equinox - Istanbul to Barcelona - August 2015
Equinox - Ultimate Caribbean & Panama - April 2015
Independence - Northern Europe - Oct 2014
Infinity - Iceland & The Faroes - July 2014
Independence - Caribbean - April 2014
Silhouette - Eastern Caribbean - B2B - April 2014
Enchantment - Bahamas. - Aug 2013
Oasis - Western Caribbean - Aug 2013
Solstice - Oz & NZ - Dec 2012
Navigator - Eastern Med - Aug 2012
Brilliance - Norway - Jun 2012
Navigator - Eastern Med - Oct 2011
Caribbean Princess - New England - Aug 2011
Liberty - Med B2B - April 2011
Liberty - Med Western - April 2011
Constellation - Baltics - Aug 2010
Splendour - Med to Venice - April 2010
Radiance - Alaska - Aug 2009
Brilliance - Canaries & Morocco - April 2009
Navigator - Med - May 2008
Brilliance - Venice Med - Aug 2007
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California
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Originally posted by cruiselvr04
Looking at booking this for 2019....we are royal cruisers so I don’t know much about the ship. Is there an enclosed area like the solariums on royals ships? I would think that’s a must for an itinerary into Alaska. An place to lounge where it’s warm to read a book and see the scenery on sea days?


There is one covered pool area (very nice) and a separate sanctuary that is adults only- two separate areas but nice. This full ship video may help:
Grand Princess Ship Tour https://youtu.be/Y7vnco3EfNI



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Our cruise experiences:

Grand Princess: 10-night Alaska
Carnival Miracle: MR, May 2017

Star Princess: Sea of Cortes and MR, November 2016
Carnival Imagination: September 2016
NCL Jewel to Mexico: November 2015
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: August 2015
Golden Princess to Alaska: 2015
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: Cozumel & Belize: February 2015
Norwegian Star to Mexico: December 2014
Carnival Inspiration to Catalina & Ensenada: May 2014
Carnival Imagination to Ensenada: January 2014
Carnival Miracle to Mexico: November 2013
Grand Princess to Alaska: May 2013
Carnival Splendor to Mexico: September 2012
HAL Westerdam: Half Moon Cay, Tortola, St. Maarten, Nassau- November 2005
Diamond & Princess X3- Mexico & Alaska 2004 & 2005 Mexico 2010
Holland America Oosterdam Family Cruise: Mexico- December 2006
HAL Maasdam: Canada/New England August 2006
Carnival Imagination- March 2007 Caribbean Corporate Incentive Cruise
Royal Caribbean- Feb 2010 Corporate Incentive Cruise
NCL Star- Mexico- November 2007
Carnival Spirit- Mexico December 2009 & October 2011
#20
San Francisco
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Please remember that until the ship is cleared (all passengers have disembarked and B2B have been taken care of), on coming passengers can not board. Not that they will start boarding immediately but. . .
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