Hubby has sailed with many other lines, I had only been TransAtlantic twice years ago. This was our first joint cruise to celebrate our anniversary & visit family in Victoria. Although the weather was rainy & drizzly most of the time, we had a marvelous cruise and enjoyed being up on the bow with the wind whipping as we looked for whales.
Husband has to say that Princess is definitely one of the better cruise lines he has sailed on. We had a smooth & organized embarkation, although a little lengthy wait to board with the initial conga-line of passengers. We immediately went to our room & our baggage was already there. Our cabin steward (Russel B) could not do enough for us & once he found out we wanted ice in the room, it was refreshed daily without asking. We loved the balcony & the views, even in the mist/rain. Our bathroom was spacious & had plenty of under-counter storage for toiletry bags, etc. Closet & shelf space for clothes was way more than we needed. The safe also had plenty of room. Bed was very comfortable & mini-suite was more spacious than we expected.
The weather was not that good, misty most of the time, with intermittent rain. Tracy Arm Fjord was breathtaking. Our helicopter excursion in Juneau to Mendenhall Glacier was cancelled due to weather, but we improvised with a Mt. Roberts Tramway ride & The Alaska String Band happened to be performing in their theatre. What an unexpected treat! Overall, we could not have had a better time on board.
The one serious improvement for Princess -- extend the Victoria BC stop-over to include daylight hours. It could be done easily by steaming faster south once departing AK. Our only complaint and the very short evening stop-over in Victoria (due to the Jones Act requiring a token foreign port stop before the end of cruise). For those who haven't seen Victoria, very disappointing. That is the only thing we would change & should have been extended, or have the ship arrive earlier than 6-7pm.