This cruise was a repositioning cruise to Asia after completing its Alaska cruising season. We boarded in Whittier and it only took minutes to get through the boarding process which was quite amazing. I later learned that 1,500 passengers had stayed on the ship and would continue on to Asia with us, therefore, not so many people trying to get on at once. We went directly to our room, which was the Cancun Suite, located at the bow of the ship. Within 45 minutes, we had our luggage in our room, which is something I have never experienced. As we unloaded our luggage, it was obvious that someone had been inside of it. I discovered that our bags had been rifled through by Princess and my one small bottle of gin had been removed. I learned that you are allowed to bring a bottle of wine or Champagne on board, but not a bottle of gin. I must admit, in all my 50+ cruises, I have never had my bags gone through…it was quite disappointing that this line would do this.
The food in all the dining rooms was top notch throughout the entire cruise. Last year we did the transatlantic cruise on RCCL and the dining room food was horrible, so this was a great surprise. We had breakfast at Sabatini’s each morning and could not ask for better service, quality and the free Mimosas were a good way to start the day. On our first night we ate at Sabatini’s for dinner. It was good, but nothing I would pay extra for. Our dining room waiter and assistant were fantastic thanks Tommy from Thailand and Jorge from Cozumel, Mexico!
Cabin:Our suite was nice, however, not as nice as the suites on Royal Caribbean. The living room area was quite small; however, it does have a separate bedroom area with closing door which is very nice. One can get up in the morning and not disturb the person sleeping. The balcony was massive and enough room for 30 people out there which was great. The suite came with a one-time stocked mini-bar and unlimited free laundry/dry cleaning, which was fantastic for a 16-day cruise. The decorations/furniture was typical for a nice ship and pleasing to the eye. The restroom area was small when you compare with RCCL similar suite. It had a full tub, one small sink and not much bigger than a typical balcony stateroom. This is much smaller than you get with RCCL. I like both lines but do like to compare the good and bad. Our cabin steward did a great job but seemed to have left any personality he might have had in the Philippines.