We flew into Los Angeles Airport. I was very "impressed" that Princess had someone right there, that once we got our luggage, they showed us where to get our (we had paid for our transportation ahead of time) motorcoach transportation. It took about 30 - 45 minutes to reach the ship. If you go on line and put all your information in, that will help when you get on the ship, and it doesn't take long to go right to your room.
We had been upgraded to a balcony, and I really didn't know if I would like it this time, as last time, we really didn't use it that much. This time we were "up above" the other decks, and that was FUN to look down on everyone. The bathroom is small, and there are not very amenities in the bathroom, like there used to be. Better bring your own, for just in case. There was plenty of storage room for the two of us, and we generally bring our "house" with us.
We had late night dining, and that was nice, although there are 4 other dining rooms that you can choose from, with all the dining rooms, having the SAME menu.
The picture taking was alright, but I didn't they they had that many designs, etc. to take picture in front of. The pictures are very EXPENSIVE to purchase.
The ship is very clean and neat. We used one end pool, but the one with the rolling roof is beautiful.
They didn't have any chocolate night, but Mexican night, which was pretty good.
Through Cruise Critic there were a group of us that did a M & G. That was fun, getting to "meet" the people whom we had emailed back and forth (on the roll call) before our cruise.
If you like HOT tea, they have a hot tea party, and that is very nice to attend.
I think the beds/covers need to be replaced like on Carnivel, which those on Carnival are very nice.
We sailed into Puerta Vallarta. We didn't have as much time there as in Cabo San Lucas, but we enjoyed what we got to see. The Malecon or boardwalk is something else. It goes a long ways, and you can walk, and walk, and see something like statutes, sand sculptures, flying trapeze, and they have a box out for "tips", where there are few people that take pictures and watch, but very seldom tip. I like Mexican pastry and was recommended to go to Sariana, which is a couple blocks from the ship. The store is very large, and their bakery/shelves have rows and rows of pastry to pick from, and it is very CHEAP, compared to the US. P.V. also has some streets made out of rock, very neat to see.
We then went to Cabo San Lucas. It is beautiful and I loved to "bargain" there. We took a water taxi to see The Arch and The End, which are beautiful rock formations. The water/beach/rocks are just BEAUTIFUL to see. Some people do get off the water taxi's, and stay on the beach. From there the water taxi took us to Medano Beach, which is beautiful. There are a lot of people that bring there wares by, wanting you to buy from them. If you are not interested, just say "NO thank you," and they will go on. We bargained for some beautiful silver jewelry.
The temperatures in both Puerta Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas was in the 80's, and very nice.
All in all we had a nice cruise, and met some wonderful people while cruising.