Pacific Northwest Cruise (Sep. 2019)


This page details information about the cruise we took on Princess Cruise Line (PCL) from 09/22/19 to 09/29/19 for 7 days using the seaport in Seattle, Washington.

We opted for a inside cabin (since all available Oceanview cabins had no actual oceanview due to views obstructed by life boats) and purchased the cruise the last 90 days before the sail date. I found the cheapest publicized price on, and then I put in a request for the lowest unpublished price offers using We ended up accepting the lowest bid from Cruises-N-More in Lake Mary, FL (Travel Agent Susie Castro). You can often save an additional $100.00 per person by doing this two step method to find the absolute lowest current price for any cruise that is out there. To get these rock bottom prices, you must pay for the cruise, in-full, on the day of booking, with a no refund policy, and no changing of dates allowed, so you better be sure you will be going. The only change you can make is a cabin upgrade or downgrade (if available). We were lucky to get this cruise for $1,498.64 TOTAL COST FOR TWO ADULTS (including cruise, taxes, fees, & port expenses). We also got $200.00 in FREE cash bonuses for on-board spending money (excursions/dining/duty free ship store): we got $25.00 each from PCL; we got $25.00 each from our booking agency; and Don got $100.00 for being retired military. The advertised price for this cabin in the PCL brochure was $1,549.00 PER PERSON (not including taxes, fees & port expenses). This particular cruise has very few sail dates, so they rarely get large discounts before they are all sold out. We were still able to save around $1,800.00 total cost between the two of us. We may have been able to save another $250.00 or so if we had waited another 30 to 60 days, but then we would have also taken a risk of having the cruise SOLD OUT, so we opted to buy at approximately 90 days before sail date. It was important to us to find two back-to-back cruises using the same port so we could get the best RV storage deal, and to only take the round-trip ferry to Seattle one time.

I called Princess Cruise Line directly to compare the price for this cruise, and the absolute lowest price PCL could give me was more than $400.00 per person more expensive, and I get these same kinds of results each & every time I try to book a cruise directly from a cruise line. You would think you could save money by cutting out the middle man, but you will ALWAYS pay much more doing so. I also want to tell all timeshare owners, NEVER EVER buy cruises or airline tickets by using timeshare points & credits, no matter how convenient it may be for you, because you will ALWAYS pay double or triple price for anything you purchase that way. So as you can see, there are many ways to get deeper & deeper discounts on cruises by learning the game & then playing to win.

Since our RV was placed in storage at a friend's property for free, we ended up driving our SUV to the cruise terminal. We utilized Seattle CruisePark for parking our SUV. Their normal price is $157.00 for a 7 night cruise & $199.91 for a 14 night cruise. I contacted this company, told them I am doing two back-to-back 7 night cruises and they created a special 14 night parking pass for the two cruise combo for $200.00 which saved us $114.00 on the cruise parking fees.

We booked back-to-back 7 day cruises out of Seattle, WA. We did a 7 day cruise from 09/15/19 to 09/22/19 on Holland America, then transferred our luggage for another 7 day cruise from 09/22/19 to 09/29/19 on Princess. We did not have to move the car from one long-term parking lot to another, because I had them make us the special two 7 night cruise combo parking pass. The returning cruise ship arrived at port at 8:00 AM and the departing cruise ship left port at 4:00 PM. Also take note, the Princess Star Princess went on a 7 day cruise to Alaska during 09/15/19 to 09/22/19, and it would have been very convenient to book that cruise ship for both cruises, and then to leave our luggage on the same ship for the second cruise; however; the Princess cruise to Alaska was $500.00 more expensive than Holland America for the same cruise with the same number of days. I even purchased these two cruises from different brokers to save $40.00, so you know I would never pay $500.00 more for the convenience of having our luggage remain on the same ship.

Our retirement goal is to take one or two cruises per year. Anytime we are near a cruise port, we plan on trying to capture some last minute deals. We love cruising and want to go on many of them while retired. Cruises we have been on in the past (before taking this cruise) include Hawaii, Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, and twice to the Mexican Riviera & Alaska. We are more than happy to go to the same cruise areas numerous times. We feel that cruising, especially at a discount, is one of the best bangs for the buck since cruises include your room, meals, entertainment, and most soft drinks. The only thing not included in a regular cruise package is alcohol, soda, day tours, and specialty restaurants. If you have never been on a cruise, you absolutely need to go on one. As full-time RVers, cruising makes for a great vacation destination that you really should take advantage of. You should be able to acquire most cruises at the lowest possible prices.

Additional Information: Fast Deal #36877

Carnival Corporation Shareholder Benefit Program (.Pdf)

Princess Cruise Line Military Benefit Program (.Pdf)

Princess Cruise Line Captain's Circle Membership Benefits

Princess Bridge Cams (simply click on our ship which is the Star Princess)


Ship Stats for Princess Star Princess (for additional info about this cruise ship on Cruise Critic, click here: Princess Star Princess & Video Tour)
Crew: 1,100
Launched/Refurbished: 1991/2014
Decks: 17
Tonnage: 108,977
Passengers: 2,600
Registry: Panama
Ship's Star Rating (1 star lowest/6 stars highest): 3.5


Princess Star Princess

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Princess Star Princess

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Itinerary for this cruise:






Sun., Sep. 22

Seattle, WA


4:00 p.m.

Mon., Sep. 23

Astoria, OR

10:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

Tues., Sep. 24

Cruising At Sea



Weds., Sep. 25

San Francisco, CA

7:00 a.m.

10:00 p.m.

Thurs., Sep. 26 Monterey, CA 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Fri., Sep. 27 Cruising At Sea    

Sat., Sep. 28

Victoria, BC, Canada

1:00 p.m.

10:00 p.m.

Sun., Sep. 29

Seattle, WA

8:00 a.m.



Some of the wonderful destinations during this cruise:


Seattle, Washington:

The bustling Washington port known as the "The Emerald City" is both a culturally rich metropolis and a gateway to beautiful natural attractions. In the shadows of the widely recognized Space Needle, the Seattle Center is home to the city's sports arena and many museums and theaters. The lively Pike Place Market and the mammoth "Hammering Man" sculpture are downtown must-sees. Visitors also flock to the waterfront for fresh seafood, the Harbor Steps park or to board a ferry bound for Puget Sound. Seattle is served by both the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal and Terminal 91.

Astoria, Oregon:

This historic waterfront town was the first American settlement on the Pacific Coast, established where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean. Victorian homes climb up the steep wooded hillsides, and waterfront parks offer great vantage points for photos of the river. For even more spectacular views, take the 164 winding steps to the top of the Astoria Column for sweeping vistas of the city, river, bay, forest, mountains and ocean. You'll find an extensive collection of nautical artifacts at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, or you can stroll through Astoria's historic district. Shore excursions travel just outside Astoria to Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark headquartered in the winter of 1805-06. Although the original fort deteriorated in the wet Northwest climate, this authentic replica was built in 1955 using Clark's sketches. Park rangers dressed in buckskin demonstrate period crafts -- making candles, smoking meat and carving dugout canoes.



San Francisco, California:

San Francisco, CA lies about 90 minutes southwest of Sacramento and six hours north of Los Angeles. Reno and Carson City, NV, are within a four-hour drive. San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination famous for its steep hills, summer fog, diverse mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, and Chinatown. Pier 39, located near Fisherman’s Wharf, is celebrated as the third-most popular tourist attraction in the nation. The pier offers shopping, dining, street performers, an aquarium, the exciting RocketBoat ride and is the permanent home to hundreds of San Francisco sea lions. Visitors can also take a bay cruise and travel directly under the Golden Gate Bridge and get within yards of the legendary Alcatraz Island.



Monterey, California:

Monterey's rich history, including the Mission Trail, historic Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, offers visitors to the area a wonderful experience. The world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Steinbeck Center are great for family entertainment, and outdoor enthusiasts will love to golf along the rocky shore, ride horseback over open meadows, or hike through one of the many nature preserves.



Victoria, British Columbia, Canada:

Victoria revels in its English essence at the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island. Afternoon teas, double-decker buses and English inns, gardens and pubs are common in this capital city. The most popular attraction is the world-famous Butchart Gardens, flaunting 50 acres of floral magnificence. Other must-sees include the historic Empress Hotel, the Scottish-style Craigdarroch Castle and the Royal British Columbia Museum, where tourists will find a reconstruction of a turn-of-the-century street.


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