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"Voyage of the Glaciers"
July 23-30, 2001
We were in Room C225 with our kids just down the hall in C203. Both were category J inside cabins on the Caribe Deck (deck 9) - very near the front of the ship. At a cozy 135 square feet, our inside cabin was ridiculously small. It contained two bunk-sized beds which make up into a queen, a large nightstand/chest of drawers, a desk with chair (the only chair in the room), a closet with wire pull out drawers, a refrigerator, a safe and a 13" TV. Closet/storage space was adequate for two people for a week or more, but with the beds configured as a queen, there was absolutely no space in the room to even stand up. The bathroom was also small, with the main complaint being no storage space on or under the counter and only one hook on the back of the door. Water pressure in the shower was terrible, shampoo and conditioner is provided in little paper packages that are difficult to open and the towels are small, thin and very scratchy. TV options were good, with a movie channel that played three different films each day for no fee. There was also CNN, CNBC, several Princess channels including a 24-hour view from the bridge (handy since our inside cabin had no windows!), and several other selections. Since soft drinks were $2 at all times on the ship, we filled the refrigerator with cans of Dr. Pepper that we bought in Ketchikan, our first port-of-call.
The rest of our group was on the Riviera Deck (deck 12) in category BA balcony cabins (R349 and R333). At 150 square feet, these cabins were not noticeably bigger than ours, although the balcony window made the room bright and less confining. They had less storage space than the inside cabins, as our large six- drawer chest was replaced by a nightstand which has got to be the smallest piece of furniture I have ever seen.
** Helpful hint: If you call Princess and ask the size of the balcony cabins, they will quote you 178 square feet, the size of the cabin including the balcony. This is akin to quoting the square footage of a house that includes the patio in the measurement. I feel this is very deceptive, and only after questioning the agent on the size of the balcony did I discover that the quote included the balcony.
Our cabin steward was nice enough, but not terribly efficient.
When we asked to have the beds pushed together to form a queen
bed, he initially said it couldn't be done. After we inquired
at the purser's desk, he was magically able to make it happen.
We also asked for bathrobes, and he said he'd have them for us
the next day. When that didn't happen, we asked again on the third
day and got them at that time. In his defense, he was extremely
nice and always met us with a pleasant greeting and called us
by name, a challenging task for a steward caring for many rooms
and a guest list that changes weekly.
A scenic view during our cruise through Glacier Bay