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  1. I leave this afternoon for Vancouver to board the Island Princess tomorrow. I booked these cruises just 24 days ago. It's been a whirlwind. This is my first time going solo. DH is staying home to work. It's his busiest time of the year. I gave him the choice of my waiting to go to Alaska with him in late August or going with him on another cruise then. He'd rather go back to Europe than to Alaska. Fortunately, Princess had a very low single supplement for these cruises. The other ships I looked at were charging solo passengers double, whereas this cruise was only around $100 more. I booked the lowest category of inside cabin as guarantees for both cruises. At the time I booked, there were not any insides available for both cruises. Luckily, the Upgrade Fairy came along and assigned me a great ocean view cabin in a very convenient location--one of Cat. OB cabins on the Plaza Deck. My flights will get me to Vancouver a little after midnight. I'm staying at one of the hotels near the airport with a free shuttle. I plan to take the Sky Train to the port in the morning. I managed to pack everything in one rolling suitcase, which weighs around 40 pounds, and a backpack. Fortunately, I'll be able to get my laundry done on the ship. Princess sent me the entertainment emails for my back-to-back cruises. The guest entertainers are comedian Steve Bruner and magician/comedian Michael Misko on the northbound cruise and comedian Richie Minervini and magician/comedian Garry Carson for the southbound. I'm glad they're not repeating the guest entertainers for those of us on b2b cruises. The cruise director is Natalie Elaine Costa. I haven't heard of her before. We have sailed on Alaskan cruises three times before. The first two were round-trip cruises from Seattle on the Star Princess and Sapphire Princess. The third one was a southbound cruise after a land tour that started in Fairbanks. It was also on the Sapphire. We had a wonderful upgrade on that cruise from an obstructed view guarantee to a cabin with a balcony. It was technically classified as an ocean view because it was at the front of the ship and did not have any furniture due to the winds. It was the perfect place for viewing the glaciers. Depending on the internet connection on the Island, I'll try to keep this thread up to date with Patters, menus, etc. Let me know if anyone has specific questions about the Island Princess or the ports. The itinerary going up is Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and College Fjord. Coming back, it's Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. The only excursion I've booked is the 26 Glacier one on the turnaround day in Whittier. The rollcall for the southbound cruise has been a lot more active than the one for the northbound cruise. Someone has scheduled a meet and greet for that cruise but not one for the northbound one. A lot of folks on it are doing the land tour before the cruise. I'll be interested in hearing about their experiences.
  2. Which deck or cabin do you recommend on the Island Princess for the best view of the Northern Lights (should they appear) or for the easiest and quickest access to the public outside decks? Looking at the deck plan on princess.com, it seems that the Lido and the Promenade decks would be best, in spite of all of those cabins being aft. But I can't tell for sure where the door from the cabin area to the outside Lido deck is. I'd like to book a Penthouse Suite on the Lido deck, but in addition to being very expensive they're already sold out for October 2020 😲
  3. First time sailing on Princess on the Sky Princess....we have the drink package and I am correct that you can use it on their private island? Thk you
  4. Since the removal of the International Cafe, does anyone know what the venues are for espresso drinks (lattes, cappuccinos, etc) for early morning risers? Is La Patisserie open 24 hours? I can't tell from Princess website description. Thank you
  5. I like the floor plan of these two cabins, but I've read a few reviews that there was some vibrations in the cabin. Has anyone who has stayed in these cabins experienced vibrations?
  6. I understand Island Princess has recently been outfitted with Medallion Net. How is the service on the Alaskan Cruisrs?
  7. The January 2021 world cruise out of Los Angeles seems like a fantastic itinerary to me. I am a little bit concerned about sailing on the Island Princess, though, which gets conflicting reviews. It's either a love or hate situation with the Island and with Princess Cruises. Reading the reviews, I can't believe people are commenting about the same ship and cruise line. I have never sailed on Princess and I am wondering if I should just ignore the bad reviews and go for the itinerary rather than the ship? But the cruise is 111 days long and are the Island and Princess good choices for an around-the-world cruise? I would like to hear comments, good or bad, from any of you have sailed on the Island and your comments about Princess. TIA.
  8. This question is for those of you who have sailed on the Island Princess in stateroom C731 which is a mini-suite. I would like to get an up-to-date answer on this cabin, I see a lot of remarks about it being a 'noisy cabin'...like it has a reputation of being such both by Princess and those who have been in it. However, I'm not sure how how current these remarks are. I'd appreciate any feedback by those who have been in it whether it be words of wisdom or pictures. Thanks!
  9. Question to those that have been on all of those or any of those :) Which to you had the best food in the complimentary restaurants out of the 3? Thanks
  10. Would anyone by chance have any photos of either of these cabins and balcony's? Indications a wheelchair can't fit out the door to the balcony, so I am curious how big the balcony is? Is it a sliding door or a normal door like you enter the cabin? Thanks
  11. Was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the aft stateroom PR727 on the Island Princess? I read a very negative review of this cabin. To be fair, the whole review was negative. Not sure why they even went on a cruise. This is an accessible suite.
  12. I just booked my first solo cruise on the Island Princess to Alaska and back. DH has to work this summer. Princess has some great last-minute deals for solo cruises on the Island Princess--not the usual charging double. The roll call threads for both cruises are pretty sparse. Perhaps they'll pick up as we get closer.
  13. We have a hold on Mini-Suite (mid-forward but only the 2nd cabin from mid) for 10 day Panama Canal on Island Princess. Over the weekend a deal came up for a Club Class (same deck) that (when all bonuses, prepaid gratuities, etc are factored in) would be about $300 more total (3 people). Any thoughts from the more seasoned travelers as we don’t know the typical Princess experience to compare? We were planning on doing traditional dining with late seating (we eat late at home) — but not sure how Princess schedules their entertainment & shows in the PM either. We have a 12 yr old who hates lines too lol. Our 1st Princess Cruise & first in about 15 years for husband & I.
  14. Just got back from this great cruise, always so sad to be over. We had a family group of 9--my husband and I, adult kids/spouses, and one 12 year old grandson. We had 4 balcony cabins in a row, which we love to do since we can open the partitions for one big balcony. So fun. We were mid-aft on the Aloha Deck, A533, A535, A601, A603. One of the rooms was a 3-person room (parents with 12 year old) so that was new for us. We flew to Ft Lauderdale a day early, which we always do, to avoid flight issues coming out of the midwest. When we landed in FLL who did we see at Baggage Claim but Santa and his wife? Very fun start to the holiday. 6 of us arrived together. We all had hotel reservations at the Hilton Ft Lauderdale Marina, it took us two taxis to get six of us and our luggage to the hotel, about $20 per taxi. The hotel experience was good, the rooms a bit dated but we had a good rate, small balcony off the rooms and the outside pool and bar area were very nice. We got to the hotel around 2 pm, check-in was officially at 4 but they had a room ready so we dumped our bags in there. The other 3 of our party arrived around 3:30. We had all 4 rooms by 4 pm. Relaxed around the pool bar then later in the evening grabbed the water taxi which docks right by the hotel and headed to 15th St Fisheries for dinner, very good. Next morning woke up and could see our ship not too far away! At noon we headed over to the port. Shuttle service $6 per person got all nine of us and all our luggage to the ship.
  15. We just returned from a fantastic cruise to Alaska aboard the Island Princess. Although a bit tentative of all the nay-sayer comments on the aft refitting, we found it to be wonderful. Here are a few things I learned: 1. L726 is a great suite! I would book it again. Despite many comments of vibration, we felt/heard nothing unusual (other than the night I forgot to push all the hangers in the closet to one side and completely latch the bathroom door. LOL) The layout is much better than the usual suites, as the room isn't broken up by the bathroom/inner closet configuration of the older suites. The room was bright and inviting. There is a partial wall between the the bedroom and the sitting area, with a full-length curtain to allow full separation. 2. The balcony is partially covered (about 3-4'). If/when it rains, you'll get wet. The furniture is teak. I pulled the two chairs and 2 loungers against the sliding doors and I could use them without getting wet during gentle rains; if the wind is blowing, not so much. 😉 We woke to clear skies the first morning and wet cushions.???? We found out that on dry days, the Sanctuary (right above)"floor" is washed and excess water pushed onto the balconies below on Lido. This is how we learned to keep the furniture close to the sliding doors with the cushions up at night! Even if the cushions get wet, they dry pretty quickly. I loved lounging out with a book and a blanket! (I much prefer the cooler temps of Alaska to the heat of the Caribbean.) 3. The frig was not working when we embarked and was really warm inside; the cabinet was even warmer! The air circulation was really bad, so we kept the cabinet door blocked open with a chair the entire cruise. Problem solved!!! Within hours, the inside of the frig was nice and cold and stayed that way; in fact, one Perrier bottle broke from ice formation! Though it might not match the decor, the usefulness of the frig would be better with an open cabinet. Our steward said that the two previous cruisers had complained that the frig was warm; I think inadequate air circulation was the problem. 4. There is no DVD player in the room, but the steward can get one if requested, and it can stay in the room for your entire cruise. 5. While there is no little sink at the bar, I much prefer the two sinks in the bathroom: one with the toilet, one with the shower. The shower seems larger than other suites. The tub is not a jacuzzi, but those are just down the hall. The door that separates the two bathroom areas is a real solid door, not the wooden slatted one I have had in other suites. 6. The entire crew we met--from room steward to waiters to security at embark/return--areas was top-notch. They were each helpful, cheerful, and fun. The dining staff in Sabatini's for breakfast was the same that worked the Bayou for dinner. They were especially great. 7. Club Class dining was also great. We only found it crowded one night, but we ate later than our usual 5:30; still, there was always room and the our waiters were delightful. Other than two nights, we had a table for 2 by the window, which made for great scenery while eating. 8. Aft balcony cabins are wonderful for Alaska! While any balcony is great, I found that things passed too quickly from the side, especially if the naturalist brought our attention to critters. Being aft, we were prepared to look, and COULD look for a long time. The scenery is gorgeous! We had sunny days northbound, cloudy/rainy southbound. Even on the cloudy/rainy days, it was dry for much of the time we were off the ship. I grew up in Alaska, so you expect clouds and rain as the norm, and celebrate when the sun comes out! This is Margerie Glacier 5/27. This is Grand Pacific Glacier, just to the right of Margerie, 5/27. 9. Speaking of critters: we saw as many from the ship as we did on excursions--you just have to be patient. We have been on several AK cruises, and this was our first to see a pod of orcas! We saw orcas, humpbacks, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, Minke whales, and Dall's porpoises. We saw more on our northbound trip, but only saw critters from the ship the last day--of course, they were there, we just didn't see them. Sorry this is long, but hopefully it will help others who are wondering about Alaska on the Island! 🙂
  16. Question for those of you out there who have sailed on Island Princess and have gotten a Vista Suite. I notice that the Island Princess has Vista Suites on deck 12 & 14 in the aft...these suites seem to be quite large in size. There are also Vista Suites on deck 9 & 10 'mid-aft'...these suites seem to be what would appear smaller than their 'sisters' on decks 12 & 14. If both options are available why would one book the suites on deck 9 & 10? Am I missing something? TIA!
  17. We booked Island Princess Panama Canal, Dec 30th and I am having second thoughts. We looked for a cruise over New Year with an interesting itinerary and Island Princess Panama Canal seemed to fit the bill. However, I have read such mixed reviews that I am now having second thoughts and wondering if we should cancel. The itinerary still interest us, and while we are not looking for 24 hour party atmosphere, we are hoping for a fun and lively ship, especially on New Year's Eve. ps: I had some doubts before booking having read some reviews, but husband convinced me, but have now read far more reviews while researching ports etc, and the doubts are back.
  18. We are booked on a SB Alaska cruise on the Island in July. A kind poster gave us the menus (in order) for the NB Alaska, thank you Eileen G! My question is how the order of the menus might change because the port days, etc. will fall differently on a SB/NB itinerary. Just wondering because I would like to book some Specialty Restaurant reservations and what is being served in the MDR would probably affect which days we book. Thank you for any input. ☺️
  19. Could anyone be kind enough to post SB Island Princess patters from this season? Many thanks.
  20. It's been nine years since we sailed on the Island Princess--before they added the additional cabins. I remember some of the idiosyncrasies of the ship's layout, such as the forward placement of the Horizon Court and aft placement of the Sanctuary. But I don't remember some other details and have some questions raised by the refurbishment. Is the fitness center in the spa area? I don't see it on the deck plans. Does La Patisserie offer the sandwiches and salads that the International Cafes offer on other ships? Do they offer a Stammtisch without a Vines? Do people walk laps on the Promenade Deck by cutting through or do they tend to walk back and forth? Where do they hold the evening cocktail event for Platinum, Elite, and suite passengers?
  21. Our daughter and her 4 year old son will be cruising with us on the Island next year. However, she didn't want a balcony because our grandson needs considerable watching and she didn't want the additional worry. But since oceanview cabins only have one desk chair now and are relatively small, that didn't sound too good either. As an alternative our TA suggested she could book an oceanview mini-suite for a little more than a balcony and resolve all of her concerns. If I might ask those that have previously booked one of these forward cabins, how were they?
  22. So medallionnet net is now available on the Island Princess and has been since mid-May. Any reviews or comments? How is it sailing on the Voyage of the Glaciers? TIA.
  23. Very disappointing to read that this is in fact what is happening right now on the first Royal cruise north of the season - they went west around Vancouver Island (reported in a different thread). We planned our trip to leave out of Vancouver precisely to be able to sail through the Inside Passage vs. out to sea. Perhaps I missed it but I don't recall seeing that disclaimer in the itinerary description when we booked in November. I do believe it was marketed as an "inside passage" cruise. Do any other ships that originate in Vancouver head west of Vancouver Island? Is anyone currently on board Royal able to comment on this change in itinerary? Was there any sort of announcement? We are still excited about our upcoming trip and certainly won't let this spoil it but had really hoped to enjoy some beautiful scenery on that first full sea day instead of looking out at Pacific ocean from our portside balconies. Many people have said that the Royal is just too big for Alaska - could this be the reason for the change in itinerary or was there any other specific reason given? I'm just wondering if this is going to be the norm for the Royal.
  24. Just discovered that all of the Island Princess sailings for Nov 2020 and the Dec 4, 2020 TA have been cancelled. Your booking may still show on your Cruise Personalizer (ours still does), but if you search "plan a cruise" or look in your "saved cruises", the sailings won't be there. I found out because my saved cruises" had a blurb in red letters that my Dec 4, 2020 TA had either sailed or had been cancelled. I quickly called Princess. At first the rep, said all was fine. I asked him to look for any Dec 2020 TA. He couldn't find one. He called to another department for more information, and they confirmed cruise had been cancelled.
  25. We are thinking of booking Island Princess Panama Canal Dec 30 2019 Cruise. We have only sailed Princess once before and that was on Royal. Island Princess is a much older ship and we are wondering if we might be disappointed. Would love to hear from anyone that has sailed on here, especially this itinerary and also anyone who has sailed on her over the holidays. thanks
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