I had booked this cruise without reading the reviews. After reading some of the reviews, I was scared to death. I found many of the complaints to be very silly. This is my 3rd Princess cruise and this is definitely the nicest ship of the three. It is beautiful and new and all you could ask for as far as the look of a ship. The port of Brooklyn is rather cramped and hard to access, but short of asking the cruise line to sail from somewhere else, what can you do. Luckily we took the Princess shuttle bus and did not have to wait in line behind all the taxis and vans. At first glance, you look at the line to check in and panic, but in truth it was one hour from the start of the line to being on the ship. Seems about average and for a ship this size that was 100% full, not all that bad. This coming from someone who hates waiting in line.
Once aboard we proceeded to our cabin. Balcony cabin M115 in the front of the ship on deck 15. From previous reviews, I was afraid that we would wait for an elevator forever. Not the case at all. We never waited for an elevator for over 5 minutes, the entire cruise. I read about the horrible flaw design of not having center stairs going to the cabin decks. Do you think that, if they were there, the 70 year old and older people on the cruise would climb 4 to 8 flights of stairs? The elevators could have been larger, but how picky can you get?
The room was pretty much a standard cruise ship cabin. Is it small? Yes, but it's a cruise ship and not a suite. The flat panel TV with much more watching content was really nice. The shower is larger and that's a great feature. Read a review that the balcony was so small that 2 people couldn't fit on it. Really? If so those two people have spent way too much time at the Horizon Court. It is slightly narrower than most, didn't see any difference in width.