Thank you, RichC; sounds like a great trip. Congestion around the drink stations, and the buffet in general at peak times seems to be common to all the Priincess ships. The answer of course is to try to visit at off-peak times; but I'm not too inclined to adjust my schedule to fit their lack of planning. The last time I was on the Grand they had both sides open almost all the time, which really helped.
Thanks for the heads-up on the volume levels and the A/C in the theater. I've noticed that on a couple of the other ships: next time I'll be prepared.
Thanks again, RichC.