It's probably been about 20 years since I've taken a Princess Cruise, so I had a lot to review on this cruise. The first thing is that all Princess Cruises Ships now use the Medallion instead of a cabin key card and that process works well. As soon as you get close to your door, you can hear it unlock and it allows you easy entry. The Medallion Class app that is downloaded on your cell phone is a good idea, but is very glitchy and goes down often. You can do things like chat with other people on the cruise, chat with the crew, and order certain food and drinks to be delivered to wherever you are at the time you order. For instance, you can be standing in the Atrium, listening to a band play and you can open the app, order a drink and it magically shows up in a few minutes with no need to wait in a line at a bar. The is a fairly decent amount of drinks available on the app and it tells you what goes in each cocktail to help you decide on a drink you may not be familiar with. Pizza was $3 a slice, but free on the pool deck at Slice Pizzeria. Not sure why they would charge you for pizza when burgers, hotdogs, and many other foods were available on the app for free. Bar service was pretty fast, but the two times I ordered dinner in my cabin it took over an hour and there were two items missing from one of the orders. The ship is older and looks outdated, but it has been refreshed and still looks good for what it is. The ship is hard to learn with several dead-end corridors and stairwells. Luckily, you can bring the map up on the Medallion Class app and that works. This is one of the few Princess ships, if not the only Princess ship left with Skywalkers nightclub on deck 17 aft, which is always a lot of fun IF the DJ is playing decent music, which mostly he was not.
Overall food was very good and although portion sizes have gotten much smaller, everything I ate was very good. Their French Onion Soup is still great. I also think there are fewer choices on the dining room menus, which is okay with me. I'd rather have fewer options done well. Just remember portions are tiny, so if you are a big eater, order several appetizers and main entries and you won't be disappointed. The buffet was also very good. Not as many choices as on my prior Princess cruise but the food was excellent and there was plenty of it. The big issue I had in the main dining room was the long wait times when I went down at my reserved time. It felt like the ship was way understaffed to be sailing and close to full-capacity.
Embarkation line was long and moved very slow. Get there early if you want to get on the ship in a timely manner.