Sailing from San Francisco is so convenient for SF-Bay Area residents. We took the ferry from Vallejo to Pier 41 in San Francisco and made the short walk to Pier 35 to embark on the Grand Princess. Porters immediately available to take our luggage and we entered the building to check in. This was the first time I had to show the bottle of wine I was bringing aboard and give them my cabin number.
After a short wait in the waiting room, we were able to board and go to our cabin to drop off luggage before going to lunch. My cabin was AFT just beyond the elevator and stairs. Very convenient location to the launderette on decks 9 and 11, MDR on deck 6. I didn't feel a lot of rocking during rough weather.
Hector Bernal was our cabin steward. He did an excellent job!
Food was good. Coffee was bad. Service was excellent.
I wish we had more time in Victoria. Shops didn't open until 10 am and we had to be onboard at 1:30 pm. We took the local bus #30 OR #31 from/to the ship to downtown. $2.50 CDN one way or $5.00 CDN daypass. You cannot get daypass on the bus. Must be purchases at one of their local authorized stores like 7-11.
We also took the local bus "Blue Line" ($2.00 daypass)in Ketchikan to Totem Bight Park. It stopped at the local WALMART along the way to the park.
Good trip on the GRAND PRINCESS.