From the minute Princess picked us up at LAX at 8:00 a.m and took us to a hospitality suite until we disembarked in Rio de Janeiro 30 days later, it was magical. This ship is gorgeous and very comfortable. Executive chef Mario created masterpieces every day so we didn't even bother with the "speciality" restaurants.
All Princess shore excursions were great but we really loved the 2 private ones I pre-arranged. In Valparaiso with Thomas Poussard at firstname.lastname@example.org and in Rio with Blue Ocean Tours at www.riodejaneiro-hotel.travel. We thoroughly recommend both of these companies for wonderful and inexpensive tours. Our only complaint was we didn't get the expected upgrade we had requested and spent 30 nights in a tiny inside cabin!
We had tiny inside cabin. Only one bed and 2 small nightstands filled the room side to side. built in desk had one small chair so we had to either be on the bed or one could sit on a desk chair!! Horrible. As with all the Princess ships, great closet space and typical tiny but functional bathroom. We always take a nightlight and a power strip so we can charge the camera batteries, our electric toothbrushes, iPods etc because there is only one outlet in the cabin and one in the bathroom. I think this is pretty typical of all Princess cabins we've been in so far.
In 2009 we sailed with Princess for 53 days and are booked for 71 days in 2010! The ship was totally full but we met many people, some first time cruisers, who got upgraded from inside cabins to balconies!! Were unable to find out why and this is my one big gripe about Princess. Overall though we love them and will continue to sail with them. I will become "elite" later this year and then it will be really terrific As it is I now qualify for "free" internet and that is really a huge savings.