We arrived at Ft Lauderdale airport the morning of the cruise. Used Princess transfer to get to the ship. It was quick and efficient.
Check in wasn't bad at all. The lines moved quickly. It probably took about 30 minutes from when the bus dropped us off at the terminal until we were walking on to the ship.
Our cabin was a balcony cabin on Caribe deck. It was larger than most of the cabins we have had in the past. ( We usually get an inside cabin) Our cabin steward Joseph, did a fantastic job. The cabin was spotless. At the start of the cruise we asked for extra towels and wine glasses. Joseph made sure that we always had them. Didn't have to ask twice for anything. The balcony was significantly larger than on many other decks. It was partly covered so we had shade most days.
The ship is in excellent shape and as clean as any ship we have ever been on. The crew is constantly cleaning all the areas of the ship. Every crew member was friendly and helpful.
We did not book any excursions through princess, so I cant comment on that.
We had dinner every night in the Palm dining room. We originally had the early seating, but after one night realized that 545 was just too early. I went to the maitre d to request the change. He was able to switch us immediately and was happy to help us. ( unlike our last Carnival cruise where it was a major argument to get switched- I'll never cruise carnival again- but thats a different review) The food was excellent and so was the service. Great variety, nicely presented. The waiters took care of all special requests efficiently and always with a smile.
We had breakfast on our balcony every morning. That was soooo nice. The night before you put a ticket on your door requesting your choices and delivery time. If we asked for 7 am breakfast, it was always there by 705.
Brunch and lunch was at the Horizon Court/ Caribe Cafe. Outstanding buffet, great selection, very good coffee, always fresh, never overcrowded.
The pizza at the pool was as good as we get from our local pizza place. Nice thin crust, perfect amount of cheese, fresh and hot.
The entertainment was good-not great. The band passion played at the pool during the day and at night in the explorers lounge. They were very good.
The production shows were just ok. Not bad but nothing special. The comedian and magician were good.
We had an early flight so we were one of the first groups off the ship. Very easy, efficient, no problems.
Overall, it was an excellent cruise. We have cruised Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Carnival.
For us, Princess has been the best cruising experience overall. We will absolutely book with them again.