We were on the 5/15 cruise. It was absolutely wonderful!!! We had a balcony suite and other than the day at sea, we always found something interesting to look at. No, we did not see animals, but that was ok. Having done a lot of research prior to going on this cruise, we knew not to expect to see much if any unless we took an excursion (whale, etc).
We had such a good cruise and meet such nice, interesting people on board that we were not too disapointed not being able to get off in Victoria. Accidents happen.
The only disappointment was with the flight arrangements out of Seattle. We made our own reservations, so the moment we heard the captain announce a late arrival to Seattle, we called Delta, and after explaining to them what happened, they changed our flight without charging us anything extra. However, because we leave in Florida, the next flight out was at 10:15pm getting into Ft. Lauderdale 10:30am the next day. We got to SEATAC at about 2:00pm. That was a long wait to board and an even longer time to travel.
Although we missed Victoria, we feel we still had a good vacation and Diamond is a beautiful ship. As far as we are concerned, we got our monies worth and would do Princess again in the future. My husband and I have been married almost 20 years, and just being together and experience what we were able to experience together - well, we are very thankful to God for that.