Princess started using a staggered embarkation with this cruise. We flew in this morning and arrived at the port around 12:40 (our scheduled time to embark was 1:30). Being platinum, we weren't sure if we'd have to wait to get on the ship. Turns out, if you are platinum, elite, or a suite passenger, you get to bypass all waiting. All other passengers were waiting in the terminal for their alloted boarding time (not sure if they had boarding cards or what).
We have a balcony and still have the old, comfy furniture. The only difference that I see to the room is the new, big flat screen tv. The only unexpected thing about our room was that we walked into one king bed, rather than the 2 twins that we expected. Our room stewardess, Jocelyn, is very nice and said it will be fixed before bed.
We had lunch in the international cafe and it was great (chicken cashew salad and a tuna panini...chocolate peanut butter mousse for dessert). The buffet was a cattle call, as usual. I didn't see a special at the grill like I had read about on here earlier.
Like I said earlier, if you have any questions, ask (I can post pics too)! I have internet on my phone in all the ports and we have the platinum internet package on the ship, so I should be able to post frequently.
12/16 - Regal Princess, Holiday Southern Caribbean Medley, 11 Days
12/15 - Grand Princess, Mexican Riviera, 10 Days
7/15 - Island Princess, Swiss Splendors and Lake Como, 7 Day Land Tour, 12 Day Cruise
3/15 - Ruby Princess, Mexican Riviera, 7 Days
8/14 - Ocean Princess, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, 8 Days
7/14 - Ocean Princess, Scandinavia and Russia Collection, 14 Days
7/14 - Ocean Princess, Iceland and Norway, 14 Days
12/13-1/14 - Island Princess, Panama Canal (Full Transit - Westbound), 15 Days
8/13 - Crown Princess, Norwegian Fjords, 8 Days
7/13 - Crown Princess, Mediterranean Medley, 14 Days
12/12-1/13 - Grand Princess, Caribbean Grand Adventure, 14 Days
7/12 - Caribbean Princess, British Isles, 12 Days
3/12 - Sapphire Princess, California Coastal, 7 Days
8/11 - Emerald Princess, Europe's Imperial Treasures Cruise Tour, 8 Day Land Tour, 11 Day Cruise
3/11 - Sapphire Princess, Mexican Riviera, 7 Days
8/10 - Royal Princess, Alaska Connoisseur Voyage, 14 Days
3/10 - Sapphire Princess, Mexican Riviera, 7 Days
8/09 - Star Princess, Inside Passage with Tracy Arm Fjord, 7 Days