Nicest balcony for cabin category. The room was extremely comfortable and bathroom great size. Shower leaked on the floor and tub wouldn''t drain as it should.
The pools are nice, but with only 2 I would expect will become very crowded when in the Caribbean with a full number of passengers. The mid ships pool also has an area for private cabanas for a price when they really need the whole area for lounge chairs for everyone. There is also the RETREAT upstairs looking down on the pool, so there will be quite a few passengers laying in the sun quite a distance from any pool. The Casino even though nice is the one of the smallest I have seen on any ship. We were fortunate to be the first cruise to make all our ports. We were a day in front the storm Kyle, so our port days were usually sunny and time at sea very calm. For the most part we really enjoyed all the ports with the exception of Saguenay where we felt there was very little to see. Quebec City was quite nice, but our City Tour used the cities buses which I felt was really poor for a cruise line that is rated as high as Holland America. Royal Caribbean even used tour buses. This made it very difficult to hear our tour guide on the bus as he was competing with the buses engine.
To sum up. I felt the service on this ship was outstanding. Our room was very comfortable and was a great place to relax and unwind after being in port. The reason I prefer Princess is the mix of passengers ages, the activities seem to less sedate and the ships are larger. I guess I like ships over 100,000 tons better. The public rooms are larger, the dining rooms smaller and there are more pools for the number of passengers.