Grand Princess Cruise Review by cgs11: Good but could have been better!
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Good but could have been better!
Embarkation: San Francisco
Boarding was a breeze. Very short queues, our 2 permitted bottles of wine were queried but no problem. Inside cabin was waiting for us all prepared as soon as we were on board. Departed on time at 4pm-ish and it was great to go under the golden gate bridsge.
Majority of the staff were polite, happy and very helpful. Not sure why but the nicest staff always seemed to be Ukranian. As a big coffee drinker it was worth buying the coffee card for the international cafe as the rest of the coffee onbard is "yuk." Not really sure why it should be necessary to pay extra money to be able to get a regular coffee that actually tastes like coffee but never mind.
6pm dining was a good choice. Food was good most nights with very nice attentive staff. Horizon court buffet almost always available with an enormous selection of food.
The ship was far from new but no problems with it being shabby or anything like that. We did think that compared to the large amount of shopping More availabe on Royal Carribean ships Princess shopping is very, very limited onboard and obviously way overpriced.
A lady jumped overboard and commited suicide half way to Hawaii and that meant a drastic change to our itinerary due to the ship having to circle for 36 hours looking for the body. Suprised no small boat at all was launched to help with the search as I would have thought that would be the procedure.
We would definitely cruise with Princess again! Less
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