We booked this cruise on the first day it was available so that we could get a handicapped cabin with a balcony. It turns out there is only one on this ship, a mini-suite on Baja deck, and we got it.
We live in Southern California but decided to drive to SF rather than fly. It was very tiring and I think I will not repeat that again. We stayed at a hotel on Broadway for a couple of days before the cruise. It was horrible. Right next to Chinatown and North Beach. From our balcony we had a great view of peoples laundry hanging out to dry, as well as the porn shop and strip clubs. I will never trust reviews of hotels again.
On sailing day we drove to Pier 35 and I let my wife off with the luggage while I parked the car. A Princess rep was right there with a wheelchair to assist my wife, and he made sure our luggage got loaded. When I returned from the parking structure, he was waiting with my wife and our carry-ons. We were whisked through registration and security and went right to our cabin. Our luggage arrived about 10 minutes after we did. That was the fastest ever.
My wife looked around the cabin and was very pleased with the setup. It had a sitting area that was separate from the bedroom. Being a handicapped cabin, we had a very large bathroom with a large shower and drains on the 2 sides that were open. Nothing to step over. Our cabin steward came by about an hour later to introduce himself.
I had also rented a wheelchair for my wife and it was waiting in the cabin when we arrived. We went to dinner at the early seating and met some of our table mates. The next night we had new table mates except for one couple that was always there. By the end of the cruise there were six of us that went to dinner each evening and the others went somewhere else. That was OK with us.
I had read several reviews of this cruise before we left home, and the common complaint seemed to be the quality of the food in the Horizon Court. I ate breakfast there daily and thought it was great. But I'm not a snob. We had dinner once in the Sterling Steakhouse at it was OK. Nowhere near as good as the Crown Grill on other Princess ships.
We had sun in Ketchikan, so I took the DUCK tour which was fun. The only other port we had sun in was Victoria. Skagway and Juneau were raining, and it was so foggy in Tracy Arm that you could see very little.
The one disappointment I had was when returned to San Francisco. While we departed from Pier 35, we returned to Pier 27. It was a LONG walk to get my car. I had asked the night before at the Purser's desk if we would be returning to Pier 35 and was told yes. My other complaint about the Purser's desk was when I called on disembarkation day to request a wheelchair to take my wife down to the Atrium Lobby and was told they don't do that. They recommended she walk to the 5th deck. When I objected, he finally said he would check with a supervisor, then told me he would send someone. After waiting 35 minutes, I called again and spoke with a young lady who said she would have someone up right away, and she did.
Will we cruise Princess again. Sure. But never again on the Sea Princess.