Second time in seven years to the Norwegian Fjords and North Cape in the same ship - Crown Princess.
Check-in at Southampton was smooth and very quick, our feet hardly touched the floor of the QE Terminal and we got a really nice cheerful welcome from the ship's stewards before boarding - that makes a difference and opposite to the most miserable crew I encountered on Emerald Princess last year.
We made our way to our balcony stateroom on Caribe Deck and minutes later our steward Sammy introduced himself to us and arranged for a baggage to be delivered - All within 30 minutes of boarding! Unlike the 5 hours wait for baggage last year.
14 cruises under my belt and most of the have been on Caribe Deck (10), Port side. Consequently we like a port side balcony forward.