We chose this cruise to celebrate 50 years of friendship of our husbands, dating back to their Navy days in Italy. We chose this week because we figured it was not a "Spring Break" week, and the few children on board were well-behaved.
The Royal Princess met all of our expectations. It has attractive and elegant public areas. It took a day or two to figure out how to get around the ship because of the central piazza area - there are some decks where you have to go up or down in order to get from the forward to the aft part of the ship. There were about 3500 passengers on the ship, but most of the time it didn't feel crowded.
From the moment we arrived at LAX to the moment we left, we were greeted and taken care of by Princess employees. Our transfers to and from the ship and the embarkation/disembarkation process were very smooth and efficient with plenty of friendly personnel to direct passengers. Our cabin, aft-facing E-733, was smallish, but perfectly adequate, and was well-maintained by Emmanuel, our cabin steward. There was plenty of room for clothing and toiletries. If hair care is important to you, bring your own products, since there is only "shampoo-conditioner" provided. We had some trouble with the toilet not flushing occasionally, and there was some minor soot on the balcony. However, the cabin was nice and quiet, and we enjoyed the aft view. There were lots of loungers all over the ship, so it was never a problem to find a place to relax.
As mentioned above, the cabin was small but perfectly adequate for us. We liked having the aft view, but be aware that there is some soot that drifts down, so look at the chairs carefully before you sit down. We had occasional trouble getting the toilet to flush, but never had to call for a plumber (as we did on a previous non-Princess ship.) Next time I would bring my own shampoo and hair conditioner, since I found the shampoo-conditioner that was provided to be be very drying on my hair. Our cabin was beautifully cared for by Emmanuel, our steward. Emmanuel was very polite and very friendly, and we enjoyed the fact that he posed our "Teddy Bear" in cute ways with a towel elephant he created.