This was our first cruise so I have nothing to compare it to, but I can only say this was a spectacular experience.
We were booked with a travel agency completely through Princess, and the entire process went very well. My Husband has a bad knee and walking long distances in a hurry bothers him, so we had wheelchair assists at the airports which were great. We were met at the baggage claim by a Princess representative, collected our bags and went to the transfer area for the ship.
Embarkation went quite smoothly, but that may have been due partly to the fact that our plane did not arrive until 12:30 and most of the passengers had already boarded by that time.
Our Cabin with balcony was small, but very nice and had ample closet space, drawers and shelves. the safe was convenient and easy to use. Edgar,our Cabin steward was welcoming and very helpful. There was no clock in the stateroom, but the time was displayed on the telephone and changed automatically when we went through a time change. The bed was very comfortable which surprised me because I usually do not sleep well away from home.
Star Princess is a lovely ship and we were impressed with the cleanliness throughout the ship.
We ate mostly at the Horizon court, I have nothing but good things to say about the food there. We had Turkey the first night and that was the best I had ever eaten. The Scrambled eggs are wonderful and there is so much variety you can always find plenty to eat, even for a picky eater like me. I particularly liked the chocolate cookies and would go several times at day for just a cookie and coffee.
We enjoyed the entertainment on board and enjoyed the talks on Alaska by the naturalist Michael Modzelewski. The shore excursions were well organized and enjoyable.
In Juneau we did the Whale watching where we saw a lot of tails, but no the Salmon bake and the Mendenhall Glacier. The weather was gorgeous.
At Skagway we rode the White Pass railroad and went on into Canada on the Yukon experience. The BBQ Chicken we had for lunch was delicious. The scenery was breathtaking. The day was mostly sunny, but there was some fog in spots on the train ride.
Glacier Bay was foggy, and a little disappointing, but we got some very good views of the glacier Margerie and saw it calve a couple of times. It was quite cold in Glacier bay and we particularly enjoyed our balcony that day for the marvelous views of thew glacier.
Ketchikan was enjoyable. Shops were close to the dock and we visited the Saxman native village and enjoyed learning about the totem poles. We had a misty rain today.
Victoria was a charming city, and we took the shuttle bus to town and walked around the downtown area. I wish we would have been able to see Victoria before it got dark, but we were delayed 1 hour in arriving due to a rescue mission at sea for a sailboat with 3 passengers in distress.
The disimbarkment was very organized and went smoothly. We had our boarding passes printed on the ship and luggage picked up at our door the night before and checked through to our final destination.
The only problem with our entire trip was on the flight home when there was a 2 hour delay getting out of Seattle. This caused us to miss our connecting flight in Minneapolis but Delta provided us with a hotel room and food and we arrived home the next day.
Had a marvelous time. Would highly recommend this cruise.