Booked 6/3 "Drop and Go" for 6/11 Seattle RT on the Crown. Only after booking did I read the tons of negative reviews. Here's the scoop people:
Pro: it's still an Alaska cruise on Princess. Stellar shows, crew, food, kids clubs, everything you have come to expect from Princess.
Con: you know when a car has some issue that causes it to be in "limp home" mode? Meaning, it'll still function, just at a reduced power, to allow you to get to your mechanic. So, whatever the various reasons we've read about on here, the summary is yes, Crown is maxing at 19 knots vs. 23, and simple math is why all the ports can't fit anymore into the week.
Partially Obstructed, Premium Balcony" is one of 4 completely aft cabins on Deck 8. Unsure why this is branded as Premium? Sure, there's a support beam with a couple feet of blockage, but there's a full 180 degree aft view, and about a 200 degree view if you lean on the railing and look to the side. The issue is that you miss the entire side view from any other balcony type, which is a bit more of a calming visual than the dirty aft wake. No issues with the adjacent venting, no smells.