June 2014 - Grand Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage
My husband and I are in our 60's and this was our first cruise. Consequently we can't compare it to other cruise lines (yet). However, we had the mini suite which was pleasantly large and spacious for our needs. We loved the balcony but unfortunately the cruise was fairly cold and windy and we weren't able to sit out on it much. Mattress was horribly uncomfortable and both my husband and I did not sleep well because we had such back aches from it.
What we were disappointed in was the entertainment. On our cruise you spend nearly 3 days at sea which can become very boring. The entertainment was odd at best and designed for older people at worst. How to fold towels? Learning about jewelry stones? It was far too cold to watch "Movie under the Stars" and the entertainment shows were ridiculously short - 30 minutes for the British Invasion - a bad comedy act. There is an indoor movie theatre but they only showed 1 movie there during the entire trip. They had only a couple of shops and 90% were jewelry stores.
They reason i rated this trip higher was because we really enjoyed the port stops, the food was excellent on board and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. We are hooked on the idea of cruising but I think we may try out other cruise lines to see how they compare.