From the manner in which were were received in Seattle Port from the moment we disembarked we felt we had experienced a holiday of a lifetime. The Ships decor was like a comfortable club with beatiful furnishings all around with all the amenities we wanted. We chose a Mini Suite Stateroom which had an nice balcony view on the starboard side of the ship. The bed was very comfortable we had a bath and shower as well as plenty of space. There was a TV,fridge and a sitting area which was useful for relaxing and reading or watching T.V. This was our second cruise with Princess Line and one of their nice touches was a complementary bottle of scotch and a range soft drinks which was delivered to our cabin on arrival.
The food and service in the Club restaurant was excellent and the staff appeared to be very well trained and were very helpful in ensuring my wife's gluten free diet was adhered to. Nothing was too much trouble if you wanted to depart from the menu . However our problem was what to choose as it was all so wonderful.On the last night of the cruise there was a ceremony of the Baked Alaska pudding which no doubt added to the calories attained during the fortnight onboard.
The Captain, who was Italian was a bit of a character and regularly sang opera to the passengers. we were invited by him to a Cocktail Party and were given delicious cocktails as well as a bit of opera singing by him.
The entertainment on the ship consisted of the latest films as well as high quality variety shows with really good dancers (the best were British). There was aslo a bit of fun during the sea days with games like Trivea where we competed with other teams.
We booked eight trips in each port of call and all of them were excellent where we saw bears,whales,seals porpoises and magnificent Bald Eagles. We stopped at Ketchikan, Skagway, Valdez,Seward (Anchorage), Kodiak island, Icy Strait Point, Juneo and Victoria. All these places offered a unique experience and we were in the hands of professional and knowledgable guides, which made the trips very enjoyable. My favorite highlights were Glacier Bay Cruising, White Pass Railway at Skagway in the Yukon, Whale watching in Juneo, and the trip organised in Kodiak Island where among other amazing things we saw was the opportunity to handle King Crabs and exotic sea cucumbers. Victoria, on Victoria Island was beautiful and very like England.
We also met on the ship and dined with some very nice Americans who were good company. There was a mixed crowd of young and old on the ship but there was no rowdiness or drunken behavior that have been reported on some British ships. All the people we met were quite charming and had similar aspirations to us. We are not snobs but we are discerning diners and do not tolerate fools or unsociable behaviour. Also with a smaller ship the atmosphere is more cosier.
It is our opinion that Princess give excellent value for money, great comfort and luxury dining on their ships. The staff were fantastic and the overall service would put many Hotels to shame.
Both my wife and I will definately book another Princess Cruise.