This was our third cruise, but our first one on Princess. We were very pleasantly surprised. Our trip was a 10 day roundtrip cruise out of San Francisco up the inside passage. It was beautiful! Other passengers said the ship was old, but we didn't notice it at all. My husband and I are fairly large people (400+ lbs), so we were a little concerned that we wouldn't be comfortable in the rooms or even in any of the chairs. But we were fairly comfortable the whole time. Our room was comfortable and we even fit in the bathroom and shower comfortably. My husband's only complaint was that the beds were too short, as he is 6'5" tall. At dinner, they always made sure we had the chairs with no arms so that we could be more comfortable. We enjoyed the food, especially the evening meals. We tried a lot of the pasta and everything we tried was wonderful. After the 2nd day, we usually ate lunch upstairs at the Cafe Del Sol buffet on deck 10. They had typical buffet food, but then also had a daily special with different entrees that were wonderful. Usually there was a theme, such a mexican, italian, international...etc.. They also had a good variety of desserts. It seemed like it was the most popular place to eat during the day for both breakfast and lunch.
The evening shows were fun. They varied from a magician, to a harmonica player, to a comedian (hilarious Dick Gold), to Mongolian acrobats, to the regular castmember productions. We went every night and enjoyed some more than others, but none were bad. The best entertainment, though, was the naturalist, Brent Nixon. Wow, what a speaker! He gave five presentations on the cruise and every one was great. Everyone was talking about him. He was also very gracious and easy to talk to. It was easy to see that he loves what he is doing.
This was our best cruise so far. I am really pleased with Princess cruises and plan on cruising with them again. I highly recommend them. Most of the people we met on board were repeat Princess cruisers, so many must feel the same way.