Although almost everyone would agree that the activity-packed land portion of our Best of Alaska cruisetour is great, being on-the-go everyday does demand a lot of energy. You’ll find that on your second day aboard the Crown Princess, a day of sailing is very much welcomed.
But it’s not just any sea day. You’re in Alaska, after all. This day, the Crown Princess takes you to Hubbard Glacier scheduled to arrive at 3 pm. Don’t worry about finding something to do to fill your time before you arrive either. Having sailed her sister ship, Ruby Princess, in the Caribbean a couple years ago, I’m not sure there’s enough time to do everything offered onboard.
The Crown Princess
This is the largest Princess ship in Alaska. There are four pools and six hot tubs.
The more active can take advantage of the health and fitness facilities: spa, gym, swim-against-the-current-lap-pool, putting course, jogging track, basketball court, and shuffleboard.
If you like to shop, duty free boutiques include: Lladro, Swarovski, Calvin Klein, Tommy Bahama, Lancome, Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Fossil.
We don’t know what is planned onboard this year, but take a look at what Princess planned for guests sailing the Coral Princess last year as reported by Aaron Saunders of FromTheDeckChair.com on our July date:
- 9:00am: Zumba with Cruise Director Susan
- 9:00am: Common Interest@Sea: Knitters & Knatters
- 9:15am: Allcomers Ping Pong
- 9:45am: Line Dance Mania
- 10:00-11:00am: Bouillon is Served
- 10:15am: Morning Trivia
- 10:30am: Fruit & Vegetable Carving Demonstration
- 11:00am: Movies Under the Stars: Coldplay Live 2012
- 11:30am: Snowball Jackpot Bingo
- 11:30-2:00pm: British Pub Lunch
If you’re in a room with a balcony, then you’ve got your own private viewing area. However, there’s plenty of room out on the open deck to appreciate North America’s largest tidewater glacier. Watch and hear the calving; its ice coming down with a thunderous crash.
At 76 miles long, plunging 1,200 feet into the depths of the sea, the glacier is 40 stories high, dwarfing even the Crown Princess. It’s known to calve icebergs the size of 10-story buildings.
Hubbard Glacier is also known as one of the few Alaskan glaciers that retreat and is quickly advancing towards the Gulf of Alaska. So it has been given the nickname “Galloping Glacier.”
Tip: You don’t have to run to the other side of the ship if you don’t happen to see it right away upon arrival. The captain will turn the ship!
Sometime during the day, your Cruise Expert host will be available should you have any questions about the the trip.