My Husband and I were traveling with 2 friends. We arrived at the dock in Seattle on Sat 15th June and were on the ship within an hour with no fuss. We had a day at sea on the Sunday so just got our bearings and had a look around the beautiful ship. Our cabin was really nice and had a really good sized wardrobe which is unusual for most cruise ships.
In the evenings we dined in the main dining rooms (a choice of Capri or Portofino) on Anytime dining and were really pleased at how easy it was. We never waited more than a few minutes for a table and the food and staff were great.
During the day we tended to go to the coffee bar in the atrium and get a sandwich or cake and coffee rather than a full meal, On one day there was an "English Pub Lunch" theme in the Crown Grill which we really enjoyed and an Afternoon Tea in the main restaurant on another day so plenty of choice for food or drinks. We particularly liked the Vine wine bar for a drink and Tapas at lunchtime. More
Our first port was Juneau on the Monday and we took a whale watching tour with "Harv & Marv Tours" which was absolutely amazing. We saw about a dozen Humpback Whales which were bubble net feeding and it was a real experience.
Next day we went to Skagway and did the Bennett Scenic Railway with Chilkoot Tours, another great day and the scenery was gorgeous. We even saw a bear mum with 2 cubs playing at the side of the railway.
Tracy Arm Fjord was next and a brilliant day onboard going through to Sawyer glacier. We saw lots of seals sunbathing on icebergs which again was a real experience.
Ketchiken we went on a short trip around the area on a minibus which we picked up onshore. This took about 2 hours and gave us a little insight into the area. Nice place but not very big.
The final day was in Victoria and we only had a few hours ashore. We booked an Orca Whale watching tour with the ship and had an amazing trip out to see a pod of about 6 or 7 Orca whales which included 2 mums with babies so we loved it.
All of our time onboard was lovely and relaxing, even thought the ship was full we never had to wait for anything and it didnt seem full or crowded.
The entertainment was not amazing, the ships singers etc were good in the theatre but the group in the Explorer lounge were not up to much. This was really the only downside to this ship.
Of all the cruises we have taken and all the different cruise lines we have been with I would rate this in my top 2 or 3 and would definitely go with Princess again. Less
our cabin was 8702 on Emerald deck (outside cabin with restricted view). We were absolutely thrilled to see that the restricted view was not very restricted and we had a great view from our cabin window.The size of the cabin was really good and the wardrobe had loads of space. We really liked the shelving in the cupboard where the safe was too for extra storage and there was plenty of room under the bed for the cases.The bed was amazingly comfortable and we slept really well every night. My only slight gripe is that the shower was really quite small.