Although we have travelled internationally often, we had only previously taken one cruise on Princess to the Caribbean years ago. Covid travelling restrictions left us eager to try something different. As Canadians, we figured that taking a cruise from Vancouver, B.C. would be easiest for us, so we flew from Toronto area to Vancouver the day before our July 6th, 2022 departure for 7 day inside passage.
We stayed overnight at the Riviera Hotel on Robson near the Vancouver Cruise Port and found it easy by taxi to arrive for embarkation. There were challenges with the ship’s record of our booking details so we did spend some time over the first few days making corrections. Staff were courteous and helpful. Our balcony cabin 7027 was wonderfully comfortable for us (in stark contrast to the inside cabin with Princess on our first cruise). We enjoyed complimentary room service for breakfast several times and other days went to the cafeteria style dining room to start the day.
A regular enjoyment was going after breakfast to the observation deck to read and watch the views that included some whale and sightings. It was spectacular on the day we visited Glacier Bay where the ship paused so that guests from both sides of the ship could take photos of the glacier calving.
The cabin was very comfortable and roomy for us. The sitting area had a small loveseat and a chair with a moveable table so we were able to use that for room service complimentary breakfast and enjoy the scenery of the inside passage as we ate. Weather was rainy and a little chilly so we only used the balcony on the return trip when it was warmer and sunny. Room was reasonable close to elevators or stairs but far from the dining rooms at the other end of the ship. We were close to the observation deck area where we enjoyed morning coffee and reading.