We have sailed many times with Princess and are never regretful. The crew are all very nice. Many of the bar stewards knew what we wanted before we asked. We just had to catch their eye. The room stewards are exceptional too. Always know our name and some how know when we are gone or back in the cabin.
We spent an extra week in Australia spending time in Sydney and Cairns. We were very anxious to board the ship as the prices were very high on land.
The embarkation was a little confusing. It was at Circular Quay. We got dropped off around 9:00 am, the signage was not fully up and we were confused as to where to drop off luggage (at one of the Ryder Trucks) They were still off loading. There was no sign of where or what time registration too place either. The waiting tent was set up and after asking a representative we waited until 11:00am to board, which was much earlier than notified. We got in a que that took us upstairs through security and to the registration desk. It went very smoothly. We were in our cabin in a manner of 20 mins. Our luggage arrived an hour later.
We found the food in the formal dining room very tiresome. It never comes out the way you think it will. The choices were rather off too. Some nights there wasn't anything on the menu that appealed to me. Each dining room has their specialty which was good. I had to ask for escargot, which we got the next night. Wish they would just up the price $20 and let us eat anywhere (no specialty extra charge dining rooms) Seems like they are getting more and more at nickle and dimeing you.