The food was GREAT!!! Last time we were pleased with everything except the food and coffee but this time around they had a new chef! It made all the difference in the world. As I said in the last review we don't ever eat in the dining room, so we were pleased that there were so many more choices and varieties of food to choose from this time around. Lots of Indian food (which we happen to love), good selections for vegetarians and the coffee was back to the normal, smooth Princess coffee! Donuts in the International Cafe in the morning...so yummy!
The suites we stayed in were the same as last time on deck 15 (Sun) S706, S708 and S710. Use to be called "Penthouses" now I think they are just called "Suites". They are beautifully appointed and the service was top notch.
Deck 15 (Sun) S706, S708 and S710 - This is the second time we have stayed in these particular cabins. They use to be called "Penthouses" now I think they are just called "Suites". They are all basically the same layout - entrance has a small foyer area, then you move into the sitting area (couch two tables and a desk. Bar area (fully stocked), refrigerator (fully stocked), dvd player and flat screen TV. Next room is the bedroom (there is a curtain that can separate the living room (couch can be turned into a bed) with two nightstands and another desk. Also has a large closet (large for a ship) and a set of built in drawers. The bathroom has once entrance right off the foyer that leads to a separate area for sink and toilet. Other entrance is off of the bedroom and has access to the room with a shower and full bath and you can get in the toilet area from here as well.
All the cabins are in a very private/quiet area of the ship, right across from the Chapel, very little foot traffic and also very close to the end of the ship. If it is rough you will feel it a little more than say the middle of the ship, it was not bad in any way but some might not like it.
Since we had 3 cabins in a row, we always have the balcony doors open so that we have one huge balcony to share. S706 has a break in the balcony since the cabin to the right of it does not have a balcony. It is nice to have the break from the wind when whale watching if it gets cool. Individual balconies are very nice size with upgraded teak furniture, cushions and lap blankets. The balconies are covered.
All suites are able to order off the dining room menus and have it delivered to your room, get free laundry service, 150 minutes of free internet usage, fully stocked bar (2 small bottles of vodka, whiskey, scotch etc) fully stocked refrigerator (2 Dos Equis, 2 Cokes, 2 Sprites, 2 Perrier's, 2 bottle of water and 2 tonics), free corsages for first formal night, free canapes delivered to your room, free flower arrangement and a fresh fruit bowl. You can "swap out" your free bar set up. For example, one of our suites traded everything for vodka, one traded the liquor for Alaskan Amber Ale but kept everything else in the fridge and one traded everything for the Alaskan beer. You will have to call room service and schedule someone to come take care of this, it was worth it for us!
The comedian, Carlos Oscar was VERY funny, bingo was highly entertaining with Marvin the asst. cruise director and the naturalist, Kathy Slamp, was better than previous ones.
I did not personally go to the gym or nightclub but our 19 year old son enjoyed both.
I saw that previous cruisers in June and early July said the crew was rude and unhelpful, other than one person at the Pursers desk, we never experienced anything but gracious hosts.