Embarkation at Port Everglades, Ft Lauderdale: went very easy. It took around 5 minutes from the time we entered the terminal until check-in, including going through security. As you entered the terminal, you were given a group number. We then had to wait around 30 minutes before we could board the ship, waiting for our group number to be called. When we boarded the ship, our room was ready for us. We were able to drop off our carry-on's and then proceed to go to lunch.
Food: Lots of selections for every diet whether you eat in the main dining room or the buffet. We especially liked the salad bar and fresh fruit in the buffet at lunchtime. In the Horizon Court buffet, if you wanted lemonade, you had to ask a waiter for some. There also was not any hot chocolate available. All of the food services closed down by midnight, except for room service. We had anytime dining and found we had very little wait time if you went before 6:30 PM and were willing to share a table with other passengers. On formal nights, there was a little more wait time. Also, the dress code is strictly adhered to on the formal nights. We found out that the minimum dress code allowed in the main dining rooms by men is a long sleeved shirt. A tie was not required. Even the invitation to the past passenger party stated formal attire, no short sleeves, as it was held on the second formal night.
Entertainment: Most of the shows on the ship lasted 30-40 minutes. The dancers were very good in the various show productions. The entertainment that was brought on board was better than the average cruise ship.
Cabin: Location was in midship which was perfect for going anywhere in the ship. Our cabin steward always had the room in satisfactory condition. Each evening, our bed was turned down, chocolates on bed, and the Princess Patter was received which listed all of the activities for the next day. Upon arrrival to cabin, and on last day of cruise, a luggage mat was placed on one end of bed for unpacking/packing.
Excursions: Half of the ports we did on our own. In the Panama Canal, if you want to get off of the ship, you must book one of the ship's excursion. The ship docked at the pier in Aruba, Cartagena, Colon, and Puerto Limon. In the Panama Canal and the Grand Cayman Island, tenders were provided to get to shore. Also, at each cruise terminal, before getting back on the ship, there were chilled damp towels and chilled water available.
There was a port lecturer, Bill Fall, on board who gave a talk on every port. He was born and raised in Panama and gave a unique perspective to the Panama Canal. All of his talks were extremely informative as well as educational.
You could send an e-postcard free from the computers in the internet cafe to your family and friends. However, the message that you had written in the postcard did not show up when the recipient opened up the e-postcard, which we found out later after getting home.
Afternoon tea was nice in one of the main dining rooms. The waiters served hot tea, small sandwiches, cookies, petit fours, and scones.
Average age of passengers was 60-65. Some of the passengers were rude, jumping ahead of lines for elevators, etc. Overall the majority of the passengers were very pleasant.
On the last night of our trip we received a nice summary of our trip from Princess.
Disembarkation: was a little disorganized, as well as they were running behind schedule. A few days before departure, you are given a disembarkation questionnaire to complete and drop off at Guest Services. This determines what luggage tags you will be given and when you are going to get off of the ship. At least a day ahead of time, you received your luggage tags in your cabin. Depending upon your luggage tags, you were supposed to meet at a particular lounge at a particular time for disembarking. There were malfunctions in our waiting lounge for announcements. Once off of the ship, we collected our luggage in the cruise terminal, proceeded through customs, walked out of the terminal, and took a cab to the Ft. Lauderdale airport which dropped us off at our terminal. The cab fare was slightly less than $15 total.