This cruise was with 2 adults with 11yr old and 6 yr old boys + my parents. This was the first time on a Princess Cruise.
Embarkation: We stayed at the Best Western Oceanside Inn, in Ft Lauderdale. We took a Taxis to the port around noon. Once at the port, we were on the ship in less than 30 mins.
Kids Camp: Both of our sons went to camp on the ship. The ship said there were 800 kids (0-17) It did not seem like it. The Kid Camps were very up to date with technology. Both of my kids wanted to go to camp. That tells me that it was fun for them, and they were having a good time.
Cabin: Inside cabin on Aloha Deck 11. This was the inside cabin seemed to have more room then most inside cabins due to the long part of the cabin, was parallel with the hallway. Cabin Steward Milbert was friendly and did a great job on keeping the room clean. Only 2 outlets in the room + one in the bathroom. Make sure you bring your own power strip for more outlets.
Entertainment: The shows were great. The only ones I saw that were better were on the Allure & Oasis of the Seas on Royal Caribbean. The singers were fantastic and piano player played for Frank Sinatra. The theater was wonderful. NO, I repeat NO support pillars in the way of seeing the stage. Congratulation Princess on this design.
Dinning Room: Food was just above being average compared to other cruise Ships. We ate in there 3 nights. The food in the Horizon Bistro was the Best. Lunch & Dinner was OUT of this world. The selection of different kinds of food was more than you can imagine. Everyone agreed. The Horizon Bistro was very busy during peak times at Breakfast and Lunch, but we could always find a table.
Specialty Restaurant: We tried the Italian, Great service, but don't know if it was worth the $35 per/person
Port & Shore Excursions: We did not sign up for any. We got a taxis and went to the beach at St. Thomas
and airport/beach at St. Marten.
Fitness Center: The fitness center was open 24 hours a day. The only bad thing is that it was connected with an outside deck and you had people walking through it all of the time.
Disembarkation: Everyone had to be out of there cabins by 8:30am. We stayed at the Hyatt one extra day before flying out. We were scheduled at 9:30 am to disembark the ship. The ship scheduled us to wait in Club 6.
Summary: The Royal Princess exceeded my exaptation. Its beautiful. The fountains are kind of a waste. They should just put in an extra pool in its place. We still had a hard time finding chairs when people saved them with pool/beach towels. The did not keep track of the towels which was nice, but you needed 2 of them to cover your pool chair. We would go back on this ship or try another princess ship again.