Our expectations were mixed before embarking on our first cruise but after 24 hours we were pretty much converts.
At first sight the ship was looked amazing and embarkation was easy. The cabin was about the size we expected but because we opted for a balcony it seemed much bigger and it suited our needs perfectly. We were on the eleventh deck (BAJA)which was an ideal height and pretty much mid ship which after venturing both aft and rear was definitely the right location. The rear of the ship in particular was quite noisy and the motion of the sea was quite noticeable. The room was also well appointed and clean which is all you could expect. Even though we didn't watch much television what was available was good and the on board channel (WAKE)was very informative and quite fun to watch. Our cabin Stewart was very good as well but nothing less that we expected.
As far as the ship itself was concerned you'd hardly believe there were 3,100 passengers on board as we had very little trouble getting into most of the onboard venues. There was more than enough entertainment, if fact we found at times we couldn't get to everything. The shows were very good and the food was amazing. Obviously too much to choice from but we weren't complaining. Some of the passengers we spoke with who'd been on other Princess cruises said the food was below that of other the cruises. If that was the case then I can't imagine how good that food must have been!
We loved our cabin. On first entering it felt a little small but the balcony made it feel larger than it was and in the end it wasn't too small at all. It was well appointed. TV could have been a bit larger but that's just being picky. We had a good location pretty much mid ship. It was quite and you could hardly feel any rocking. The balcony could have been more private. The screens separating the cabins should protrude further our so as to stop people from being able to look into the balcony next door. Once again no big deal but would be an improvement. The side of the ship is important for the view coming into and leaving ports. We had the port side which we found advantageous.