This my 86th lifetime cruise, my 5th with Princess. Had pre-cruise stay at Days Inn in North Ft Lauderdale for 2 nights , no problems. Used United Airport Parking ( parked at Marriott Renaissance suites) for only $49.86 vs $105 at port garage with free courtesy car to/from ship .
Check-in was easy and organized by groups. no problems. On board less than 30 minutes after arrival at pier and cabins were ready for occupancy. unpacked carry-ons and went up to Horizon Court for buffet lunch. Usual crowds and no self-serve carry trays but managed just fine. all baggage delivered before sailing so unpacked totally and missed most of sail-out except what we could see from our mini-suite balcony. met other group members at private function. Mini-suite D722 was 8ft 8 inches wide by 30 feet long plus balcony of 7 by 9. plenty of room, closet space, large bathroom with huge tub. only 4 small night stand drawers but plenty of shelves for storage of clothing. 2 flat screen tv's but only one remote. good fridge. good a/c. we also brought 2 power strips, 3 fans, 2 c-pap machines, our own 4 cup coffee maker, etc etc. we drove down so had total of 12 suitcases. Ive cruised so many times now that i bring everything i could possibly want as everything on board and in most ports is so expensive these days.
Had all dinners in Boticelli dining room with group at 2015 hours. Princess food is good quality hotel banquet stuff. some "iffy" soups and they insist on serving this green hockey puck that is supposed to be creamed spinach. otherwise , no major disappointments. had one breakfast in dining room and 2 lunches, all decent. rest of meals in Horizon court or international cafe at base of atrium.
D722 was right across from self-serve launderette. convenient to aft stair tower as well. good soundproofing. I prefer drawers to shelves but plenty of storage space for all. plent of electrical outlets too for all our paraphanelia
been there before many times.just walked around to show it off to the cruise virgins. didnt buy anything as most shops way too expensive (duty-free my eye!) had a beer at the Paradise bar on the waterfront. tender experience not bad as i am used to the wait from previous trips.
docked at new carnival corp pier and tourist village, shops typical and nothing purchased. chair-lift ride over grounds and water to nearby beach ( $10 usd all dau use) was neat experience. overcast and cloudy so short stay and back to ship.
too many jewelry stores and hustlers trying to get you to go into them. not like back jan 1984 on my first stop there. hoisted a few at the Tiki Tok bar , 2nd floor terrace overlooking the water. nice place. no purchases except we went to the new Mega-mart store and bought OTC meds cheap to combat the "Princess crud" that everyone was catching as well as some soda and juice for the cabin.