This was my 4th cruise, the 3rd with Princess. I was traveling with my wife (her 6th cruise) and we left a cold Wisconsin a Day early and flew to Fort Lauderdale, we stayed at the Holiday Inn express right near the cruise port. During the day we took the Sun Trolley and rode to the beach. The next day for $8 ea we got a shuttle from the hotel to the cruise ship which was a short ride. Our cabin was an inside cabin (B224) on deck 11. Gabriel was our room steward and did a fantastic job. Through the cruise critic roll call board we had a Meet and Greet on the first sea day. We had about 20 cruise critic members show up and also had the captain, cruise director, assistant cruise director, head of the hotel and head of the bars. It was really a good time and we made many new friends.
We usually had breakfast in the Horizon or Caribe buffet. Dinner was in the Michaelangelo dinning room. Food was good, we were a little disappointed in the fruit selection on the buffet in that they never had any papaya. The service in the dinning room was excellent with my favorite wait team being Anna and Archie, they did a great job. Also Olena the hostess was very pleasant and did a good job of seating us quickly. Many meals were a shared table and we met many interesting people. We did have lunch a couple of times at the International Cafe which is also very good.
Kelvin (cruise director) and Adam (assisant cruise director) were very entertaining. They did a wake up show every morning on the TV which was worth watching. All the trivia and games they did were really entertaining. The shows were well done and just the right length. The comedians were okay but not great.