July 2016 - Crown Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage
We loved the travel itinerary and loved everything about Alaska and the Inside Passage. Boarding and disembarking in Seattle was very easy and convenient. The on-board programming was 'on-point' and both enjoyable and enlightening. The major issue we had with the ship was the tiered balcony design. We stepped up and booked a mini-suite which was very nice but we were on a lower lever and, literally, everyone had a bird's eye view of us anytime we used the balcony. We felt like fish in a bowl! It was miserable! Thankfully it was an Alaskan adventure and the temps were a little chilly for those of us from the South so we didn't use the balcony much. In a warmer climate, it would have been a serious deal-breaker. Having traveled on many cruise lines, I have never had a balcony situation like this and have now learned to pay attention to this configuration. Our vacations are a time we look forward to for relaxation and rest. Typically our balcony is a major part of this. The balcony on the Crown Princess, for our purposes, was virtually useless. Also of note: we were suppose to have robes furnished with our mini-suite and there were none. That item was minor in comparison to the balcony situation. On a positive note, we were pleased with the service we received.