This was our first cruise with Princess and we were not disappointed. We had an air, hotel, transfer and cruise package from Vancouver. The Marriot in Ft Lauderdale was a beautiful hotel and the transfer to the ship seamless. Embarkation probably took no more that 15 minutes even though 5 busses of us arrived from the Marriot. Our balcony room was midships on the bumpout, on the twelfth deck near the elevators. It was a beautiful, bright and spotlessly clean cabin. Of course, the Island is only 6 months old. Our favourite occupation was breakfast from room service on our balcony.
We soon learned that if you ordered room service between 8:30 and 9 that you got it at 8:25 and that you could write whatever you liked on the menu and it was brought to you. We had open seating and usually ate between 6 and 7. We never waited for a table even when we went with a group of 6 and wanted to be seated together. The food was mixed from great to mediocre but the service was usually very good. We did not eat in the alternate restaurants but did use the buffet on formal nights which we did not participate in. The buffet was fine - a good place to go for a late night dessert! We enjoyed the shows although disliked the magician who was on our cruise.
I participated in basketball shootouts and we played shuffleboard and I won trivia twice. There was a very dedicated group of trivia players on board. If you have a disability this appears to be a great ship. There were many disabled on board. Some nights outside the dining room there was a parking lot of scooters. Several passengers told us that Princess accommodates disabled passengers very well. This was an older group of passengers - the majority were 65+. We are in our early 50's.