We had been somewhat concerned about this cruise because of all the negative reviews, especially about the food, on cruise critic. But either princess turned it around quickly or the previous reviewers were overly sensitive or picky because we had just the best time.
There were 7 of us (no children), and we had very few issues or problems. Embarkation took less than an hour and we arrived at 11:30, when many other people odd as well. Yes, there were several lines, but they moved quickly and everyone was so excited no one cared. Very efficient and organized.
The common theme from the many reviews was the dreaded buffet. But other than embarkation day, when the lines were out of control, we never had a long line or trouble finding a large table or getting drink service. For the most part, the food was ok. Not great, but certainly nowhere near the poor quality we had been led to believe. And you can always have breakfast or lunch in the dining room, and at the international cafe.
The ship had a naturalist on board to explain life in Alaska and what we would be seeing. Very interesting, and especially helpful when we went through Tracy arm. He was on the bridge, pointing out many items of interest over the loudspeaker. He reminded me of Chris in the morning from Northern Exposure. A combination of folksy humor combined with philosophical and literary references. The only drawback was he became a little too preachy at times.
We didn't go to much of the entertainment but heard that the bigger shows were only average. The ventriloquist wasn't so good but comedian Steve White was rather funny.
We thoroughly enjoyed all the ports and excursions. Service for drinks was plentiful and, for the most part, friendly.
Debarkation was a breeze. Even though there were 7 of us and tons of luggage, we were out of the area and on our bus in about 20 minutes.
All in all. A wonderful cruise. We would use princess again.