We live in Miami so there was no transportation issues to deal with. The only reason for this cruise was to check out the ship as we have never sailed on Princess before. We are booked for a Canada/New England cruise in September on the same ship. We booked a suite for our 25th wedding anniversary and seeing as it is quite a large sum of money to spend we thought why not spend a little more and make sure we will be happy with our choice.
As soon as we boarded we went directly to the suite so we could get a look inside. The room steward was there, we asked him if he would mind if we took a quick look inside, he was extremely kind and allowed us in. Our first impression was nice and we were happy with our decision to book a suite. Then we went to see the cabin we had for the appetizer trip. We had a balcony room that was very nice and clean with quite a large closet area and a large balcony.
We then proceeded to the pool area to meet up with our friends who were sailing with us. The music was nice, the food was okay and the departing entertainment was fun.
At sea all day allowed us all to lounge by the pool and enjoy the poolside games and music. This is what a vacation is suppose to be, lay around and relax with no cell phones. This was formal night so we all met for some before dinner cocktails and enjoyed the entertainment of a comedian/juggler. He was not the best but we were with a group and we had a good time. Ended the night at the casino.
A day spent at Princess Cay. We did not pay for any extras here because there was volleyball going on and an ocean of crystal clear water to enjoy. The lunch was nothing spectacular but certainly filled us. The cole slaw was amazing. We basically played volleyball or watched it all day. Met some great people and just had fun. Again what a vacation is suppose to be. Dinner was good and we saw a comedian this night that was so funny we had tears in our eyes from laughing so hard. We also went to karaoke and I am amazed at some of the people who will get in front of an audience with a microphone. Ended again in the casino as winners.
In general we had a great time. We have decided to book the same cabin for our September sailing and not the suite. The difference of $3,000 is not worth it. We were very happy in our balcony room on the Caribe deck. This deck has larger balconies. Embarkation and Debarkation was very organized and very easy. As big as this ship is and it was full, we never felt crowded in any area. All of the staff were great. The only thing I notice that was a bit of a problem was not having enough restrooms. At times you had to walk quite a way till you found one. We are looking forward to our next trip in the same cabin and will definitely sail again with Princess.