1) Background info
My husband and I are 29 and 31 years old. We cruised the Alaska Inside Passage on Sea Princess from August 21st-31st, 2012. We chose this cruise because our priorities were to see Alaska, sail out of San Francisco and enjoy Anytime Dining with a private table for two.
Sea Princess inside stateroom P345 is conveniently located near the center of deck 5, close to the reception desk and the Rigoletto dining room. The staff door was about 3 feet away from our door.
When inside our room, we could sometimes hear people walking around and talking during the daytime, but it was quiet at night.
Our room was certainly not luxurious or spacious, but we considered it adequate for our needs. We did not spend much waking time in the room.
Considering the size of the stateroom, we were pleased with its storage capacity. There were 6 desk drawers and 6 bedside cabinet drawers.
The closet offered:
3 side shelves for shoes, bags, etc.
1 top shelf (where the life vests were stored)
1 plastic belt rack to hang up to 8 belts
The cabinet beneath the TV had two shelves. One contained a safe.
We stored our luggage under the bed.
Bathroom storage was limited to three shelves above the sink. The shower contained one soap shelf and one bottle-sized shelf. There was a bottle of shampoo/shower gel attached to the shower wall.
I kept my make-up in a desk drawer and used the desk as a vanity table.
It's a little bit of a challenge for two people to get ready at the same time in cabin P345. There is not much space for two people to move around in front of the open closet or bedside cabinet.
Also, if one person is seated at the desk, the other person can not fully open the bathroom door. The room arrangement was such that an open bathroom door would hit the desk chair and block 3 of the desk drawers.
I solved this challenge by getting ready early in the morning while my husband slept, and then going out to read a book in the Atrium Lounge while he got ready.
Housekeeping refreshed the room twice daily and the cleanliness met our expectations. The carpet near the bathroom had several stains, but this will probably be remedied very soon, as the Sea Princess will be dry docked within the next few weeks.
We would stay in cabin P345 again. Although a larger stateroom with a view might be preferable for most people, we didn't spend much time in the room and wanted to save the money for excursions and future vacations.