We've just got back from a two week B2B cruise on the Crown Princess and I thought I'd share our experience. It's a bit "War & Peace", so if you get a bit bored please feel free click on the next page - I won't be offended! This is our fifth recent cruise, we've been three times with Princess and twice with RCI. There were eight of us; my wife and myself, our four kids (age 10, 12, 15 and 17) and my parents (aged 70 and 71 respectively!) We flew from London to Miami on the Friday, stayed at the Hilton Miami Airport that night and flew on Saturday morning to San Juan. The flights were (more or less) on time and were comfortable - we flew Virgin Upper Class across the Atlantic, which is always very pleasant. The American Airlines check-in from Miami to San Juan was rather busy and chaotic but we survived that. I've never liked Miami Airport and it's long overdue an overhaul in my view. Check-in at the port was a breeze. It was about 15 minutes from port to gang plank. There was a bit of a queue (maybe 20 minutes) while people had their security photographs taken at the entrance to the ship. So from check-in to walking into the state rooms was about half an hour. I had registered our details over the web prior to the holiday, which definitely saved us time.
We had two mini-suites (with connecting balcony) for us and the kids and my parents had a suite at the very aft of the ship (called the St Johns Suite, if I recall correctly) and all state rooms were on Dolphin Deck. The suite was a decent size but the mini-suites weren't really big enough for us, as there were three people in each room. With hindsight I would have booked two suites and one mini-suite to give us more room. All the rooms were clean and we were well looked after by our state room attendant who was excellent throughout.
The ship was very clean, well run and had a really lovely ambience. The public rooms were lovely and we spent much time relaxing in the atrium listening to string quartets and various other entertainers. The ship felt very uncrowded on port days (of which there were 12) and slighted crowded on sea days, of which there were two. Last year we were on the Freedom Of The Seas (RCI) which felt much busier. Equally we found the elevators quicker on The Crown compared to Freedom - there seem to be more of them and less people.