First, kudos to the Cruise Critic folks for helping build the pre-cruise excitement through the Roll Call Message Boards. Our sailing had over 100 people involved, many of us who became fast friends onboard and learned a lot about sailing even before the cruise. Hopefully those of you will be sailing soon will join your Cruise Critic Roll Call.
This was my partner and my 2nd cruise on the CB in 2 years. The ship is still great shape, though there were some signs of wear and tear, such as carpet stains and table lamps which were a bit frayed. The public rooms still look great and the ship was very clean. Most of the staff were professional, though a few didn't seem particularly happy to interact with passengers, which goes against the standards of Princess. There was some problem with temperature settings in both the cabin and the public rooms. Some were too hot; some too cold.
Our repositioning cruise departure was delayed overnight in Brooklyn due to the freak snowstorm that hit on October 29. Kudos to the captain for his decision not to send 3,000 passengers and the crew into 20 foot high waters! Because of this, we missed our stop in San Juan.
Our cabin was exactly mid-ship, right next to the center elevators, which we never heard. The cabins are efficiently planned, but could use a bit more storage space, particularly above the beds. Beds were comfortable, but pillows were uneven in quality. They could replace the shower curtains with doors.