Our vacation started with very heavy traffic on the Embarcadero trying to get to the Cruise Pier. We ended up having our daughter make a left turn on a street directly across from the Pier, we hopped out- walked across the street with our luggage, gave it to a porter and went inside the terminal. With in minutes we filled out the Health Form, directed to a line, checked in, got our room cards, got in another line to board the ship. It took us 30 minutes from crubside to our room!! As we opened the door to our room, our steward- Noli- greeted us by name (and remembered our names through out the whole cruise)Our luggage arrive in a very short time. The room was very clean (inside rooms are on the small side, but you are not in there that much). Noli kept our room and bathroom very clean. The bed was very comfortable, the pillows were hard.
All of the Princess crew members were extremely friendly, every time we passed someone they asked if we needed help, how our day was, etc- always with a smile!
We had 5:30 dining (at first we thought this would be to early, but it worked out fine) We were at table 173, our waiters were excellent, friendly, if someone at the table did not like something- it was replaced immediately! The food overall was good. There was a nice selection each night, Everything we tried was good, lots of flavor, some had large portions, all desserts were excellent. We ate all our Breakfasts and some lunches at the Horizon Buffet. There was a large selection of food from- many types of eggs, sauges, pancakes, waffels, oatmeal, pastries, breads, soup, sandwich bar, other items (if you cant find something to eat you must be very picky) Everything was served hot and good. There are napkins and silverware on each table, the waiters in the buffet come around and serve you coffee, juice- we never had to wait long to get served.
The onboard lectures were great! We went to several, the digital camera classes were very good, the Naturalist was great, the ins and outs of the Bridge, Engine room, Stage and Shows were all very interesting.
We also went to Glacier Bay- Which was fantastic! Such a beautiful place, we had great weather too.
We enjoyed all the stage shows. Personally we did not care for the comedian- we don't care for off color jokes. There are lots of lounge areas to sit, relax, have coffee, fresh baked cookies (all day long) or other snack.
We met many nice people on the ship, our dinner companions were very nice too. There were lots of children on the ship (over 300) you hardly knew there were that many!
Disembarkation was fast and easy. We waited in our assigned area for about 15 minutes, then we were called to go off, we found our luggage right away, walked out to the taxi cab area, got in a cab and drove to the Cal Train Station. We took the train home. (much cheaper than having a limo or towne car)
We will be sailing with Princess again- We have found all our cruises with Princes to be really nice, very nice staff and crew, the whole ship is always clean, the food is good. We have never had a bad experience on a Princess ship.