Gail Jessen, Live Voyage Reports
On May 23, 2014, the Star Princess departs from San Francisco and sails north toward the Alaskan wilderness. The ship was originally built in 2002 and then refurbished in 2011. When she’s at full capacity, the Star Princess carries 2,600 passengers and 1,100 crew members within her 17 decks. Eighty percent of all outside cabins have private balconies, including my stateroom, which will allow for breathtaking vistas as we sail through scenery like the Tracy Arm Fjord.
In case you missed it, The Avid Cruiser recently published its 2014 Alaska Guide, a comprehensive article designed to help you book your ideal vacation to the 49th state. Since I’m traveling to Alaska in May, on one of the earliest itineraries offered by Princess Cruises, it’s worth noting that some people do avoid the shoulder season. However, this Avid Cruiser article may convince you of the benefits of exploring early and/or late in Alaska’s sailing season.
I booked a shore excursion in each port, as did my travel companion. We’re taking two of our excursions together, but we booked different adventures in the other two ports; meaning you’ll get the benefit of a review for six different excursion offerings. This is my first time to Alaska, but I suspect many Live Voyage Report readers have experienced her beauty before. I look forward to your comments and interacting with you throughout the trip. Please feel free to contribute travel tips or your favorite memories. Also — as a bonus to all the Alaska coverage — I’ve enjoyed a longtime love affair with San Francisco. I’m flying in a day early in order to share with you some of my favorite pieces of the City by the Bay.
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