When I tell people that I just got back from a Princess Cruise in Alaska, I usually get two questions — as well as the requisite looks of envy. The first question is: Was Alaska amazing? I say yes, but then they already knew the answer to that one. The second question: What was the ship like? Interestingly, this questions comes from curious cruise connoisseurs as well as those who have never cruised and wonder what it’s like to spend time on one of those floating hotels. Everyone wants to know how big the ship — the Coral Princess — is. Well, she’s pretty large at 964-ft.-long and 109-ft.-wide, although not as big as those jumbo cruise ships you might be thinking of. Because the ship has to navigate the beautiful Inside Passage and Glacier Bay National Park, it’s important that the ship not be too big. This 15-story vessel can hold up to 2,278 passengers and 900 crew members. Out of the 900-plus rooms, 700 of them have balconies. I was lucky enough to be in a mini-suite with a balcony. Having a balcony was fantastic — a great way to enjoy Alaska’s exceptional scenery.
Here’s a slideshow of the different aspects of the ship. As you know, in this blog I try to use exclusively my own photos. But I was so focused on taking pictures of the scenery that I forgot to capture the ship. So many of these of photos are courtesy of Princess.
Comped but never compromised: I went on an Alaska Twitter Press Trip with Princess Cruises, but I’m free to write whatever I want.