One more cruise to be Elite! I pick the cruise that matches the port closest to where I live and the itinerary.
Seattle: The Hop on Hop off at Seattle was terrible. Many went to complain and received 50percent back. Do not recommend.
San Francisco: Right across street is Street Car stop (cable, trolley) that you can take to go to Fishermans Wharf etc, or to go to San Francisco Trolley tour. Also take it within two blocks of rental car companies. Also Hertz, Enterprise, etc will reimburse you cab fare from car rental. We rented car for the day to drive to Napa. Watch out for extra $14 toll fare added to rental. Hertz AAA Discount. Enterprise thru Costco.
San Diego: walk or take bicycle taxi, or taxi down to Seaport Village. 10 of our group took the Seal tour. (Duck tour.)
Or book Hop on Hop off either thru ship or independently.
Embarkation: New Medallion Class ship. So no preference to preferred boarding.
Disembarkation in Vancouver: We took taxis, big mistake. Some took train to airport, bigger mistake. Several cruses in one day. Long line for taxis, then they kept taking the handicapped first and our line did not move until we complained that they were not rotating us. In the future we would book Princess shuttle.
We like the fact that the Royal Class ships have the fresh ground coffee not the syrup.
Nice to open balcony side door to our friends. Regular balconies slimmer that other Princess ships. Very thin. Only 2 chairs and we paid for 3 to our cabin. Each deluxe balcony has a loveseat. Our obstruction was just the bulkhead.