I picked this 10-night cruise because the date spanned Christmas, and because it included four ports I hadn't visited before. I was a bit doubtful, because my last experience on the Crown Princess was a bit of a mixed bag. The good news: this ship has really pulled up its game, and the service staff were light-years better at their jobs than on my last trip. From cabin steward to bar servers, and dining rooms to specialty restaurants, the service everywhere was terrific.
I got a last-minute upsell from a regular balcony cabin to a mini-suite, and loved the extra space. It was actually a wheelchair-designed cabin, so I had space to spare and more closet space than I could ever use. The regular service and cleaning was impeccable.
Since it's the Caribbean, the sundecks and pools are a favourite area. Nice to know that the smaller Terrace Pool at the rear of decks 14/15 is reserved for adults only. The main pool areas, especially on sea days, are crowded and noisy, with live music and movies. Great for those who want them, but the Terrace is a nice quiet alternative.
This is an ADA-compliant mini-suite, and is 50% wider than a regular mini-suite. Since the bathroom needs to be much bigger, it takes up all the space which in a regular mini-suite would be occupied by the bathroom and closet. The wall opposite the bedroom has a rank of closets for storage, giving ample space for everything. The balcony is also 50% wider than in the regular mini-suite, and the balcony on all mini-suites is deeper than the balcony in a regular balcony cabin. Ample space, comfortable furnishings, and the Princess luxury bed is one of the most comfortable I've ever encountered in all my travels.
Beautiful if you like to laze on a beach. If that's not your thing, stay on board because that's all there is here. You have to remember to take a beach towel ashore or you won't get one -- there's no stash on land. There's a grill to dish up lunch, but any drinks except water/coffee/tea will cost you the same as on the ship.