Embark at the port of Los Angeles was a breeze. We have previously cruised out of San Pedro on Carnival and that was a nightmare. Princess has done a wonderful job with moving passengers quickly through this process. My husband dropped me at curbside with our luggage and a porter was there instantly and away went the luggage. We were boarding within 45 minutes of arriving. Upon walking on board my husband said to no one in particular" I wonder if our cabin is ready" We were met with a smile and a big "Yes, of course your cabin is ready for you".
Our cabin, located on Aloha deck 12, had a completely covered balcony. We had changed our reservation previously to ensure this privacy. What a lovely cabin it was, clean and spacious with plenty of storage room. Our room steward was a personable young man with a can do spirit. He kept our cabin spotless for the entire week. The bed was comfortable and we both slept very well every night.
The ship is beautiful and very clean. It has an casual elegance to it. We loved the Piazza area in the afternoons. What a great space, with the street performers and the pizza and wine bar, just wonderful. The art gallery was beautiful as well. The International Cafe was a favorite spot for delicious sandwiches and desserts.The staff and crew could not have been more accommodating and friendly.
We chose Anytime Dining, and had dinner twice in the Santa Fe restaurant, and once in the Pacific Moon. If there is any where for improvement on this ship, in my opinion, it would be here in the food. I found it rather blah and repetitive. The service was average and did not impress either of us. We usually had breakfast in the Horizon Court and found it to be typical of a buffet.
The ports were the best!! We loved each one of them. San Diego being my favorite, we took a Pedi-cab just off the ship to Seaport Village and had a fantastic day. Ensenada ~ we have been to many times, we walked around on the dock and were entertained by the many Sea Lions sunning themselves nearby!
San Francisco was fun as well, we spent the day at the Wharf and enjoyed the sights of The City. Sailing under the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge is not to be missed! We arranged for a 4 a.m wake-up call and loved every minute of it. Santa Barbara was our last port, and we spent the day by taking a 2 hour city tour and then being dropped at the top of State Street and shopping our way back to the ship, a very fun day!!
Thank you Princess Cruises for a wonderful cruise. Your attention to detail was greatly appreciated and we will be sailing again with you soon.