We flew into Ft. Lauderdale from Atlanta and arrived at the pier about 2pm. The only hangup was the taxi having to circle around the parking area which added 15 min. or more to our fare. Embarkation was quick with only a small line to enter the building. Arriving around 2 is highly recommended.
We were able to go directly to our cabin and change to cooler clothing. Lunch was at one of the buffets which happened to be only 1 floor up from our cabin. The buffet set up was close and cramped with one way in and one way out. If you forgot something you had to go a long way around to the other side to get in. Staff were sometimes available to help carry food for those in need. Everyone was handed a plate and cutlery, but allowed to serve themselves. Salt and pepper was only available at entry. I much prefer open buffets so the 3 tiny ones on the Crown took a lot of getting used to.
We had anytime dining. The pro was flexibility. The cons included waits to get into the dining rooms though we never experienced the hour long waits others wrote about. We ate in the Michelangelo 3 times, mainly because of the slow impersonal service the first 2 times. It took more than 2 hours to finish dinner. The wait staff were at times unfriendly and abrupt and not interested in us at all. We did have wonderful table mates each time.
Activities on board were the usual cruise fare. The biggest downside was the number of trivia games. There was not enough variety and seemed to cater the older crowd.
One observation made by me and another cruiser was the age of most of the passengers. More of the "Betty White" crowd.
The casino was too small with limited variety of machines. Bingo was better than most cruise ships.
Entertainment was mostly boring. The comedic duo was entertaining, but had a lot of stereotype jokes. Singers were poor.
Room was small for a balcony. Room steward did good job.
Disembarkation was quick and organized, though it was hard taking suitcase down stairs, elevators were not an option.
Most passengers on ship were friendly as well as staff. All and all not sure about another Princess cruise.....but who knows.