First of all, many, many thanks to this entire board for all the tips and recommendations. Our trip would have been less enjoyable if not for the things I learned on this board. I won't go into a litany or print my journal here, but a couple of things that may be of interest. We are Princess first-timers and have cruised 3 other lines before. Bottom line, we made an open booking onboard, can't wait to sail with Princess again. Shows were excellent, food very good, service excellent, drinks plentiful! What else is there? We did have to tender in Juneau due to crowded port, but we let staff know we had pre-booked an excursion (not with Princess, Captain Larry on our own) and they escorted us off in the first tender. Staff was always attentive, room kept immaculate (we were in E509). We were lucky, had excellent weather all week except Juneau - rained on the bus ride back from whale watching. Ship is incredibly beautiful - still has the new ship smell, surprised they didn't sell the scent in cans in the gift shop!
Embark and disembark very smooth, cabbed to airport and had 2-plus hrs to kill for our 11:45AM flight back home.
Again, thanks to all for sharing their ideas and hints.