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7 Night Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

7 Night Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Vancouver
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Ketchikan
  • Day 4
    Juneau
  • Day 5
    Skagway
  • Day 6
    Glacier Bay
  • Day 7
    College Fjord
  • Day 8
    Whittier

Royal Princess

Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Sixteen dining options provide an excellent variety

Cons

Lacks popular aft pool found on other Princess ships

Bottom Line

Classy, modern ship with a traditional air


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: February 2019
This was my 48th cruise and 19th on Princess, Buenos Aires to San Antonio. We flew from Phoenix via Atlanta to Buenos Aires and stayed 2 nights precruise at the Hilton. We toured the city and it was very hot and the traffic was awful. ... Read More
This was my 48th cruise and 19th on Princess, Buenos Aires to San Antonio. We flew from Phoenix via Atlanta to Buenos Aires and stayed 2 nights precruise at the Hilton. We toured the city and it was very hot and the traffic was awful. We relied on taxis which were very reasonable. The day of embarkation we received an email stating the ship would be delayed and not to show up before 4pm at the port. The traffic getting to the port was horrific as a container ship had arrived and there were tons of trucks. At the port there was standing room only and no air conditioning as the electricity went out. We waited with 900 people with no water and then had to take a bus to the ship. There were at least 4 stories as to why the ship was delayed. Luggage also had to be transported by bus to the ship. We stayed overnight in Buenos Aires but had no reason to get off the next day and face the obstacles of the port. Our cabin was a DB D332 pretty spacious and decent size balcony, very quiet, good location. There were many Elite passengers so laundry service was slow, we did our own wash one day. We had a bumpy cruise with high winds that made it impossible to go outside. We missed Puerto Madryn although we almost made it to the port but turned around not once but twice to pick up Chilean pilots. More bumpy cold weather but we made it to Port Stanley where we went to volunteer point to see the penguins, this was the best day despite a long drive. We had more cold and windy weather for 12 of 14 days that made it difficult to appreciate the ports we stopped at including Ushuaia, Puerto Montt and Chacabuco. These were tender ports so it was a trial to get on land. At the Captain's Party Captain Nash said he would not sign up for this itinerary again there were so many obstacles, ie, late to port, difficulty tendering not enough tender docks, poor sea conditions, missed ports. I would not recommend this itinerary except for seeing the penguins, very unimpressive and too many sea days which are a snooze. A lot of passengers seemed to use this cruise to get away from colder climates so they were content to sit and read and drink coffee or play cards all day. It was fairly easy to bring wine onboard at these ports, also the ship had some “bargain” wines you could get (I imagine because the wine list changed and they were liquidating some bottles?) Most cruisers were aboard for the 49 passage. We had a good meet and greet, well managed shore excursions with cruise critic people. The food was pretty good especially in the Horizon court. A lot of entertainment in the Piazza including dance and zumba. The production show Silk was a strange melange of pop music and a traditional theme. The shows required getting a seat 30 minutes prior. Debarkation at San Antonio was good as we had a Princess excursion that ended at the airport. We visited a nice winery and had a fair city tour. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
This was the newest Princess ship we have been on to date. It is also somewhat bigger so there is plenty to do and enough places to go, although the library was like "Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard", so if you are a reader ... Read More
This was the newest Princess ship we have been on to date. It is also somewhat bigger so there is plenty to do and enough places to go, although the library was like "Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard", so if you are a reader bring your own reading material. We had a balcony cabin on the Aloha deck toward the rear of the ship. Comfortable and quiet. Easy access to the rear elevator to access the Allegro Dining hall or go top side for poolside activities and the Horizon. We ate most of our meals in the Allegro -- breakfast, lunch (when not in port), and dinner basically for portion control. A few mornings we had early shore excursions and had to be in the departure point close to 7 am, which is when the Allegro opens, so we either got something from the International Cafe or in the Horizon Court. On port days, after our shore excursion, we would have lunch in Alfredo's, the grill, or the Horizon Court.. The HC didn't seem to vary their lunch menu much, unlike we had found on previous cruises. Basically same old, same old, so take out of one dish one day, and another the next, and so on. We found the service in the Allegro to be somewhat slow for our tastes as the average time for any meal was 1.5 hours, which made it close to get to a show in the evening. The CD recognized the problem and had 3 shows, one at 4:30, one that was at 7:30, but got moved to 7:15 or even 7:00, so he adjusted the wrong way, and the other one at 8:30, which is close to bed time for some of us (Hey, it's vacation :-)) After putting up with nothing but singers and musicians on previous cruises, we were pleasantly surprised to have 4 comedians during our 19 day cruise. So Thank You Princess for getting some entertainment worth going to. Also the production show -- The Secret of Silk was fantastic. Hopefully they don't run it into the ground like they did with Magic To Do. You know, you see it once and it's great, you see it on your next cruise and it's OK, you see it on successive cruises year after year and it's not worth going to. Also the in-room entertainment is greatly improved. Instead of a couple of.episodes of Love Boat repeating day after day and a movie running constantly all day, there was plenty of variety to keep one entertained if you're not into the casino and "children's party games" thing. The ports were what you would expect on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires -- a small sampling of the Caribbean, a few ports in Brazil, then Montevideo, and finally BA. The Caribbean are still rebuilding following the 2017 hurricanes, so some of the scenery was remnants of the devastation. Fortaleza, Brazil is a mixture of rich and poor intertwined throughout the city, not much else to see. Salvador de Bahia is also an old city, some historic sites, the cobblestone roads are rough and difficult to walk through, and as we were there just before Carnival, the bands were practicing for the parades so the guide was difficult to hear at times. We had been to Rio, Montevideo, and BA on previous cruises, so we looked for something different in our shore excursions going to Petropolis, quite interesting; a winery via an old steam train, and then the debark. Rio, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires were all quite hot. In Rio, we docked in front of terminal 2, but after exiting the ship had to walk past terminal 3 and then into terminal 4 before we could get to our transportation. That seemed a little strange to me.. The ship had some problems with some people who did not have visas to enter Argentina. They hid on the ship which caused a delay in our departure because the ship could not sail with them on board. So they had to be located and escorted off the ship. This together with the replenishing of items for the stores on board caused a lengthy delay in our departure. As a result the captain lost his slot to enter the single lane channel between Montevideo and Buenos Aires. We had to anchor through the night until the next morning when the channel was clear of other vessels which had moved up in position to cross the channel. Instead of getting into Buenos Aires at roughly dawn and going on our excursions, we were delayed and unable to dock until almost 2 pm. Needless to say the excursions had to be cancelled. The luggage which would have been waiting for us at the airport following our excursion was still on the ship and only gradually off-loaded and taken to the terminal. Information for how we were to get off the ship was not very clear. Fortunately we got to stay in our cabins until we docked. Then had to wait another couple of hours for the ship to be cleared and the luggage taken to the terminal, which was quite a distance from he ship. Released in groups we made our way off the Royal and down to the pavement to walk some distance to crowd onto buses to be taken to the terminal. Getting to the terminal we were joined by passengers from an MSC ship and a Holland American ship which were also debarking. So everyone was in this hot, confined "warehouse" terminal trying to find their luggage. It was wall-to-wall people and trying to find their suitcases among thousands of other suitcases. Once we got out suitcases, we had to slowly make out way outside to the buses that would take us to the airport. Meanwhile, the Royal had a scheduled overnight in BA.before moving on down the Argentine coast. The embarkation was great, probably the best I have ever had. The debarkation was horrible and needs work. Love Boat fans will be happy to know that sometimes when sailing away from a port, the ship's horn will sound the first notes of the theme song. When leaving other ports, it sounds like the home team team just scored a goal at the hockey stadium. The few children that were on the ship were all well-behaved and mostly accompanied their parents. A big improvement over some previous cruises where they run wild on the decks, play elevator tag, and scream and shriek as they run past the cabins. Glad we didn't have to put up with that this time. We are looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Embarkation absolutely fastest, friendliest and most-efficient ever. Really enjoyed this experience, as well as sail away from Fort Lauderdale. The ship is big, and manages crowds well. Anytime dining was a good option, and the ... Read More
Embarkation absolutely fastest, friendliest and most-efficient ever. Really enjoyed this experience, as well as sail away from Fort Lauderdale. The ship is big, and manages crowds well. Anytime dining was a good option, and the Symphony dining room staff is great. Warm greetings, good service and good conversation with fellow passengers, too. We chose this cruise for the new experience to explore the Atlantic side of South America, specifically Montevideo and Buenos Aires. We mostly enjoy sea days for the relaxation, and excursions not a priority. Rio was a nice plus, with a good, albeit brief tour of Sugarloaf. An overnight here would have been welcomed, if anyone's listening. Fortaleza was a disappointment, with a tour guide who barely spoke English, never led the group anywhere, and thanks to a delay exiting the ship had to bring us back early. Salvador has an easily accessible funicular that will take you up the hill to the UNESCO shopping area for 15 centavos each way. They won't take $US, but the ticket girl's brother will sell you 2 pesos for a dollar. Glad we skipped the guided tour up here, because the nicest part is undergoing an urban renewal, and that entire plaza is fenced off. Still, it was a good stroll around the adjacent plaza and shops there. Montevideo is beautiful, and the short tour of the city very informative. People who went out to the ranches said they really enjoyed their experience. We'd heard disembarking in Buenos Aires can be difficult, and inquired about a morning city tour ending up at the Hotel Sofitel despite being booked at the nearby Hotel Sileo. We were told no problem, and booked the tour. We were later told we had to come back down and rebook to the drop off at city center. It took yet another trip to the Shore Excursion Desk to get the name of the hotel, which is the Sheraton Convention Center. As luck would have it, a combination of passengers with immigration issues and a collision of two MSC ships in Buenos Aires resulted in a delay of arrival into that port until about 2pm. This resulted in the cancelation of everyone's shore excursions. Already receiving luggage tags to send our bags to the Sheraton, we were told we needed new tags and would need to find our own way ashore. We later found out we could have kept those bags out for collection and retrieved them at the hotel. We are still wondering why Princess did not verify luggage colors/numbers before allowing passengers off the gangway. Literally hundreds of passengers left the gangway ahead of their luggage being ready. We entered what looked like a stockyard of cattle pushing their way to the edge of the fencing in the unlit warehouse, blocking access to the other end for those of us whose luggage was there. We managed out to the sidewalk to await a taxi. While the cue ahead of us went quickly, there was a forty-minute lull in available cabs once we got to the front of the line. It is unfathomable that Princess did not have any contingency in place for such a delay. Qui L'umbo. It is such a beautiful ship and staff. Our sympathies to our fellow passengers and crew whose plans changed for the worse due to this delay, but enjoy safe and happy travels moving forward. Read Less
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