We live in NJ a short limo drive from the Brooklyn Terminal and arrived about 11:30am Our embarkation was quick and easy. Being Platinum members got us to a special check in counter and we were in our cabin about 12 noon. My wife and I previously sailed on the Crown and Emerald in the same cabin location (midship) The cabin had good storage for hanging and folding clothing and a comfortable Queen size bed. Cora,our cabin stewardess,did a nice job keeping the cabin neat and pleased us in many small ways. The veranda is of good sise and is partialy covered by an overhang from the deck above(gives privacy). The ship is in great shape and everything is comparable to its newer sister ships in most ways-- public rooms, casino, dining venues, etc.
One plus factor on the princess line is the food. We had early seating at a table of 6. Steven was our waiter and he served the table in a most professional manner. Breakfast and lunch were served in a dining room open sitting or in the Horizon buffet style. The food is very good in both places and we made use of both places. There are other eating places for a snack on the pool deck. At night the Horizon has buffet theme nights and there is a dining room for those who selected anytime dining. On deck 5 is a coffee shop that sells specialty coffee and you can purchase a card for $25 plus tip The card is good for $30 worth of coffees and pastry at no charge. Also, near by the coffee shop is a show area where something is happening throughout the day and evening. The theater shows were enjoyable and if you want a good seat get there about 20 minutes before starting time. this is also true for game shows in the Fusion and Explorer Clubs. The Casino during the cruise has no smoking nights and that's a good time to try your luck.
There were 4 ports of call. Old San Juan is close to where the ship docks and is walking distance. We have been here before and therefore took no tours. The Rainforest is a nice tour and if you are a gambler a night visit to an hotel on the beach is interesting( tour or taxi). The ship docks next to a beach at Grand Turk and a shopping mall is at the end of the pier. The ship docks a distance from Main Street St.Thomas so a cab is needed(the fare is nominal) St. Thomas is a good port for watches, perfume, jewelry etc. The ship docks at the West End in Bermuda and you either take a tour to the beach or to Hamilton. There is a Ferry to Hamilton and a bus to the beach both at a nominal fee. Horseshoe Beach is one of the best.
Disembarkation was smooth and easy. We spent about 15 minutes in the Platinum Member waiting room and at 8:45am our number was called to disembark. In no time at all we had our luggage,went through customs and met our limo driver. This was one of our best cruises, The weather was perfect, the ship was great and the ports enjoyable. So enjoyable that we booked the same cruise for June 2011.