We flew into San Francisco a few days early. I contracted ahead of time with Super Shuttle to arrange transport to the pier. We stayed at the Sheraton Fishermans wharf on pier 39. We were able to walk to the grand Princess on pier 35 with our luggage, about a easy ten minute walk.
Embarkation: We met up with three other couples at 10:30 at the pier. Once there, we were told there was no lounge for elite/platinum members. We were directed to a sit in a park next door to wait until they were ready to board. No shade, no water thankfully it was not raining. One of our CA friends was on a walker due to upcoming knee replacement surgery. About 11:30, a princess employee came to the park to tell us we can start boarding the ship.
Cabin: we had a mini suite and loved it. Spacious bathroom with a bath tub/ shower, two flat screen tv's and a nice sitting room. The bed was very comfortable and the pillows were nice and big.