We flew British airways to Miami and were met by Princess and taken to the west Miami Intercontinental for the night. This was ll stress free. the hotel is in the business district, but we really like it. There is a nice pool and a fitness room. We had to pay for breakfast, but it was very good. The next morning we had a little time to ourselves ( there is a Walmart just down the road). the coaches took us to the boat.
Great experience sailing on the Emerald Princess. Boarding was fairly uncomplicated and our balcony state room was ready and waiting. We were on Dolphin deck uncovered balcony--and had a wonderful, pleasant Room Steward, Ionel. He was always available; seemed to be in the hallway almost every time we left the room. Our room was always cleaned thoroughly.
Sometimes our room was cleaned 3 -4 times a day, he was always replacing our towels when they were needing it.
We just loved the boat so much to do or nothing if you wanted it that way. It is beautiful, so clean and the staff were all wonderful.
The only possible thing i could complain about was the smoking on balcony's and in some public areas, but i knew this before I sailed.
My 10 year old hardly went to the kids club as there were so few children her age there. However the provision when she went was excellent.
I thoroughly recommend joining your cruise critic roll call, I met some really super people through it, and they were very kind to us first timers. it was lovely to already feel you knew someone before you sailed. A big thank you to Marybeth, Julie and Caroline for all their organising and hosting.