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37 of us decided it would be a great family bonding experience to travel together on an Alaskan cruise. We picked a Princess Cruise from Whittier to Vancouver. It was AMAZING. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I was the only one who brought kids - all five of them - but the cruise really was perfect for all ages. The dining room easily accommodated my twins who cannot eat gluten and the waiter knew that my four year old wanted a salad with extra tomatoes EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Bless.

The days at sea were stunning. I felt like we were in a National Geographic movie. Our port cities were so much fun - Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. As soon as we finished the trip, we were discussing another one.

For my family of seven, we booked two mini-suites with balconies. We had plenty of space! I highly recommend the balcony. It's Alaska. The mini-suites also come with bathtubs instead of just tiny showers. That's a nice plus if you have small kids or just want more space for yourself.

The kids' space on the ship was perfect. My kids loved the activities and I loved that my kids could sign themselves in and out of it - because I gave permission!

When you have five kids, most vacations are not really vacations. This cruise truly felt like a vacation. I worked out every morning in the gym. My coffee was hot and perfect. My kids were safe and entertained. We had AMAZING family time together. I was initially skeptical about cruising with kids, but now I can't wait to do it again.

I wrote more about the details on my website (link in profile)! Way too much info to share here!
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Sail Date: August 2019
Cabin Type: Suite
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Destination: Alaska
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Royal Princess

96 reviews
Traveler (556)
Common Areas (1,568)
Dining and Bars (828)
Itineraries for this ship
7 Night Cruise to the Mexican Riviera
Departure date
Saturday, 01/25/20
Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Los Angeles
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Passengers: 3,560   |   Crew: 1,346
Passengers to crew: 2.64:1
Passengers to space: 39.6:1
Launched: 2013   


  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
Additional decks
Deck 4 layout
Medical Center
Tender Embarkation
Tender Embarkation


    Cabin size: 222 - 233 sq. ft.
    Connected rooms: 30
    Accessible rooms: 29
    Maximum passengers: 4
    Number of cabins: 1029

    Activities & Entertainment

    Activities (38)
    • Arts and Crafts Classes*
    • Beauty Salon*
    • Bullseye Laser Range
    • Center Court
    • Dancing Classes
    • Deck Parties
    • Disco and Dancing
    • Fitness Center
    • Fitness Classes*
    • Game Shows
    • Hot Tubs (6)
    • Hydrotherapy Pool*
    • Internet Café*
    • Jogging Track
    • Jogging Track
    • Karaoke
    • Lawn Court
    • Lotus Spa & Salon*
    • Massage*
    • Massage*
    • Massage*
    • Platinum Studio*
    • Pools (3)
    • Princess Sports Central
    • Princess Sports Central
    • SeaWalk
    • Solo travelers Get Togethers
    • Table Tennis
    • The Driving Range
    • The Enclave*
    • The Library
    • Trivia
    • Ultimate Ship Tour*
    • Wine Tasting*
    • The Sanctuary*
    • Teen Lounge
    • Teen Outside Lounge
    • Youth Center
    Entertainment (13)
    • Club 6
    • Comedy Shows
    • Live Music
    • Movies Under the Stars
    • Nightly DJ
    • Outdoor Movies
    • Princess Casino*
    • Princess Live!
    • Princess Theater
    • Princess Theater
    • The Game Lounge
    • The Piazza
    • Vista Lounge
    Dining (32)
    • Bar*
    • Bar*
    • Bar*
    • Allegro Dining Room - American
    • Concerto Dining Room - American
    • Symphony Dining Room - American
    • Lobby /Piazza Bar - Atrium Bar*
    • Calypso Cabana - Casual
    • Horizon Bistro - Casual
    • Horizon Court - Casual
    • Horizon Terrace - Casual
    • Churchill's - Clubby Bar*
    • Bellini's - Cocktail Bar*
    • International Café - Coffee & Pastries*
    • Princess Live! Café - Coffee Bar*
    • Trident Grill - Fast Food
    • Chef's Table Lumière - Gourmet*
    • Alfredo's Pizzeria - Gourmet Pizza
    • Gelato - Ice Cream*
    • Swirls - Ice Cream
    • Sabatini's - italian*
    • Crooners - Martini Bar*
    • The Pastry Shop - pastries
    • Prego Pizzeria - Pizza
    • Bar - Pool Bar*
    • Mermaid's Tail - Pool Bar*
    • Outrigger - Pool Bar*
    • SeaView Bar - Pool Bar*
    • Wheelhouse Bar - Pub*
    • Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar - Seafood*
    • Crown Grill - Steakhouse*
    • Vines - Wine Bar*
    * May require additional fees
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    This is at the moment, one of two of my favorite ships. The other one is the sister to this ship. Big enough not to fell crowded. Small enough to not feeling like in a big city. Unlike other cruise ships, almost all the food that is served in the main dining room can be found
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    It was a great experience on the cruise ship to Alaska but I would recommend anyonedoing this to get an outside cabin so they can view the icebergs from their own confort. Also recommend they do it in July of August before the cooler weather sets in.
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    The food was excellent in every venue we went to. The service by our two waiters and the Maitre'd was superior. They were all very attentive, made good recommendations for food and they made us feel at home
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    Wonderful staff, crew and entertainment. Now planning another trip on the Royal for Christmas. Look forward to more fun and excite,emt. The Dolphin encounter was a highlight!
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    Love this ship, well maintained, great crew who work hard at keeping us happy, Food always plenty and good in both buffet or dining room
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