I liked the idea of a one way cruise, rather than a round-trip journey. Very smooth embarkation process. The scenery couldn't have been more stunning, and we were favored with good weather 6 out of 7 days; I've been told that's a rare occurrence! Crew and staff were delightful and very professional in every way. The ship is a little dated but comfortable enough. Decorations are bland and inoffensive, clearly aimed at a conservative older clientele. Gym was small, no workout mats to be seen, no shower facilities. Cruise director was very good, and didn't overdo it with announcements. Entertainment staff did a fine job with the typical cabaret-style entertainment offered. Personally I would prefer to see an actual musical theatre show, like some other cruise lines have to offer. Unfortunately I became sick the last day of the cruise, and had occasion to visit the medical center. The hours were rather limited, but I was seen almost immediately and was able to get some medication from the ships doctor.
My last thoughts have nothing to do with this cruise in particular, but with The Princess marketing department. This was my first Princess Cruise, and I was terribly disappointed with the videos of the shore excursions. They were so uninspiring, often showing people getting on or off buses, or just talking about the excursions rather than actually showing them. Princess needs to step up its act in this department, this could be improved so easily!
This was the first cabin on the Aloha Deck at the front of the ship. This gave us a nice open view to the front of the ship, but also allowed the captain and crew to see us on our balcony, so wasn't quite as private as I had hoped. Bed was hard as a rock; I like a firm mattress but this was not comfortable. Shower was so tiny that I bruised my elbows trying to shampoo my hair, can't imagine what it would be like for a taller or heavier person.
Glacier Bay was breathtaking. The captain turned the ship around so the glaciers could be seen from all sides of the ship. Loved the naturalist narration, too. Very interesting and informative.