Wife and I travelled with her parents, my son 18 and my mother. Everyone had a great time and I thought I would share my thoughts with you. We cruised on the Equinox in April and found this ship and experience to be nearly identical to that one.
This was a 7-day round trip Alaska cruise out of Vancouver.
EMBARKATION - For the first time ever we spent time in town prior to the cruise and boarded on the latter end of the time window - just after 2:00. The luggage drop off, check-in and other areas felt like a ghost town. It was truly eerie, making us wonder if we were in the right place even though we went through here two years ago. There were zero waits except at customs where we waited 2-3 minutes. Other than this it was walk up, take care of business, walk to the next place. The entire process took about 20 minutes, with most of that time spent walking from one place to another. We walked slowly with elderly parents with us. While we love to board early and begin our cruise experience early, we also love avoiding lines. We may start boarding late for a better embarkation experience.
Cabin and steward were perfect. Well laid out, good room, great bed, nice bathroom, no outside noise. Service was flawless. Partially obstructed balcony was simply a platform that extended out from our balcony floor about 10 feet. (The balcony could have been made an additional 10 feet deeper.) There was no obstruction looking straight out. The best perk - the balcony was about 3 feet deeper than all other standard balconies. It was roughly 8-9 feet deep and the typical 8.5 feet wide. The only downside of the room - it was WAY down the hall from the elevators. By the way - all 8-9 rooms on this side were like this with deeper balconies and essentially no obstruction.
Rented a car and went to museum and glacier. Enjoyed both very much.
Walked through town - enjoyed museum and creek area.
Went to Stanley Park and Granville Island. Loved both!