CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Princess Cruises Diamond Princess Alaska May 15, 2004

I was on the 5/15 departure of Diamond Princess to Alaska. As many travelers probably already know, this is the ship that had the "accident"- damage when trying to dock in Victoria. We were fortunate because we only missed our flight the following day and were able to jump on another one within minutes of arriving at the airport.

The ship: Brand new and lovely. Lots of space and easy to kind a cosy spot for reading or relaxing. Never felt crowded.

The entertainment: The production shows were mediocre. There was a naturalist on board that talked about his experiences Alaska. This guy was great! Had a slide show with many beautiful pictures.

Excursions: Booked all through Princess. Did each wildlife excursion offered at the ports and were simply amazed. Saw humpback whales, seals, bears, bald eagles, and other exotic wildlife.

Food: Very good. One minor disappointment was the buffet. Just not enough space for that many passengers. Had to search for a spot each morning for breakfast. Slim pickins. And the desserts were more like finger cakes and not very tasty. No doughnuts. Dining room was very enjoyable as well as the service. No complaints.

Service: Great. No complaints here either, just one or two mildly grumpy employees. May have been having a bad day because when we saw them later they were very cheerful and conversing with other passengers.

The room: Had a balcony room on the Dolphin Deck and brrrr was it cold! There is no protection from the elements with the open air configuration. I still bundled from head to toe and enjoyed watching the scenery every day.

In all, our best cruise ever. Alaska is a beautiful, natural, friendly, place and we are already planning to return next summer. This was our first Princess cruise and made an open booking while onboard because we were so happy with our experience.

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