Pre-cruise: departed from Seattle. Great port to explore for 2 nights maximum. Stayed at Renaissance. Pre-paid room was a great deal at $l29.00.
Cabins: We had a balcony cabin on Baja deck. It was the smallest cabin we ever had. Bathroom was very small. You could not turn in the shower. Bedding was old and cot quality. I slept on better mattresses in the Army. Plasma television with remotes that did not work unless you stood up to the heights of the TV. For a refurbished ship, you would not know.
Entertainment: Totally second rate. The Princess singers and dancers were a weak production of a Lawrence Welk presentation. The comic and magician also were not very good. The magician show was repeated for 2 consecutive nights with an identical act. That was it. We look forward to these shows and schedule dinner to accomodate them. It was the worst entertainment that I can remember.
Food: The food quality in the dining room was excellent. The food quality in the Horizon Court was not. It was difficult to get tables. No assistance in helping people with their plates. No beverage cart for drinks. Just a bunch of waiters standing around. The pastry deserts looked good but were tasteless. The ice cream was excellent. No trays for the plates. No lowfat cream cheese,margerine or turkey based bacon and sausages. No dedicated omelette station.
Service: The service at all levels was very good. The staff was friendly and helpful. One of our fellow cruisers was confined to a wheelchair. The staff paid extra attention to him and his needs.
Common Areas: My main complaint was that the enclosed solarium was not temperature controlled. It contained a swimming pool, hot tubs, eating area and limited food stations. It had nice deck chairs for reading. It should have been heated.
Conclusion: I was attracted to this cruise based on a Princess mailer to past passengers. The price was attractive for a balcony cabin. The itenerary was great, however, would not recommend this particular ship. I have cruised on RCCL, Holland America, Celebrity, Carnival and the Grand Princess in the Baltics.