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678 Princess San Francisco Cruise Reviews
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cessnagirl4
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Taking a cruise in the winter is a welcome break and the Port of San Francisco is picturesque! The Princess shuttle staff was looking for us at the baggage area and we got on the first shuttle from airport to ship. Embarkation is smooth ... Read more
Desert Kitty
Member Since 2009
1 review
66 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
After an unusually cold and snowy winter we were looking for a little reprieve! We were going to drive to San Francisco but after watching the flooding and landslides and discovering that there are no hotels that have "park and ... Read more
md1jw
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
135 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We last sailed on Princess about 20 years ago, and it was pretty dismal. That being said, it was the itinerary around Mexico which swung it for us this time after having some poor experiences on Carnival and Costa in recent years. Our ... Read more
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knittingnut1989
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I wanted a cruise that sailed from San Francisco as I planned on staying in the city post cruise. The embarkation was smooth and we were in our cabin quickly. Disembarkation was smooth as well, the volunteers are a great help too. The ... Read more
stan1
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
280 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We reside in the SF Bay area and it is easy to take a local shuttle to and from the Pier Parking is very costly, the parking structure is several blocks from the pier and there is no transportation from it to the cruise terminal so we ... Read more
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buffcurmudgeon
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
86 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We recently returned from a wonderful 10 day Mexican Riviera cruise on the Grand Princess and were pleasantly surprised by both the quality of food and the level of service. This was our first Princess cruise, although we have been on 25 ... Read more
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writedesign
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
57 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
8th Princess cruise, 3rd on Grand. We were just on this ship 9 months ago but didn't recognize any crew. With a travel group of 60-- no wait for embarcation. ROOMS: Balcony, aft, Aloha deck 12. Enough room. The smallest balconies, ... Read more
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Lunalu
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
30 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
This is a convenient cruise for us leaving out of San Francisco. This was our 3rd cruise on the Grand in 2 years and the staff feel like family.. New mattresses, new MUTS screen, new carpeting through out, coffee bar on 14, new chairs ... Read more
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GrandmaDMG
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
10 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise by destination and price. I read a lot about the tired ship, but it was clean, had new beds, great food and entertainment and very nice employees. The problems I noted such as stopped up commodes resulting in the ... Read more
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Loretta777
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
14 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise because it was leaving from San Francisco and we live in the area so there was no need for hotels or flights. We also liked the itinerary because it's nice to escape winter for a week sometimes! Getting to the ship ... Read more
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Shaver John
Member Since 2006
1 review
51 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This cruise was just the perfect break from weather, working and just taking a few days to relax and unwind. Very easy getting on the ship, we were the first or second folks to get on, bags arrived quickly, and off to lunch we went. No ... Read more
jascritz
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
66 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We gave the new "club class" a try after reading the promotional materials. We did not find value in paying the extra charges, and here's why: 1. The "canapes" (snacks) that can be ordered the night before turned out to ... Read more
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mscortez
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We wanted to see Mexico and thought that a cruise going to Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Manzanillo would be a great start. We got back from our 10-Day cruise on the Grand Princess to Mexico this morning. The time off the ... Read more
ontheroad4now
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Aside for combining the cruise with a visit with my son's family in San Fran, Hawaii, like most people was on our bucket list. As well, my wife was turning 65 the next month...... Sailing right by ALCATRAZ and under the GOLDEN GATE ... Read more
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mjvgh
Member Since 2011
1 review
14 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
Chose this cruise by the itinerary. Wanted to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, lots of sea days and visit 4 islands. Encinada was a waste of time, even the photographers didn't take photos of our arrival as they did on all the islands. ... Read more
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KaimukiKid
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise because it began and ended in San Francisco, which is only about an hours drive from our home. It was our first long cruise, and Princess Cruises kept us informed on line through their website of all that we needed. ... Read more
trudallasite
Member Since 2015
1 review
19 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
It was a fantastic cruise to Hawaii. Had great weather and calm seas. Grand Princess had been in dry dock before our cruise. We had the new bedding and the ship looked like new. Enjoyed all the shows in the Princess Theater. Best ... Read more
laidback815
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
First time Princess was a disappointment. We chose this cruise because we wanted to cruise to Hawaii. We knew the ship was older, however, we thought with the renovations it would have been much better. The rooms are very small, carpets ... Read more
Offenbachrm
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
This was our 2nd cruise on the Grand Princess, and I scheduled it knowing that the ship was to under go a 2 week dry dock refit in December 2016. We noticed on our first cruise that the ship badly needed new carpeting, painting, new ... Read more
Karen117
Member Since 2011
1 review
31 forum posts
We wanted to experience some sun to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday. Have cruised many times with Princess before and were a bit disappointed with the Grand this time There appeared to be constant maintenance and upgrading. I have ... Read more
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sjcivilady
Member Since 2005
1 review
75 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
Some friends and I were part of a group of quilters, sewing every at sea day plus one port day down in the Botticelli dining room. This was our first time on the Grand and we loved it. The beds are comfy, shower stall a little small, but ... Read more
SusieKIslandGirl
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
463 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
We wanted a quick winter getaway and a West Coast departure was more convenient. This cruise fit the requirement. We used the Princess transfer from the airport because of the distance to the port since we had used the Princess air program ... Read more
Kay&Mike
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
287 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We just returned from a 10 night Mexican Riviera cruise on Grand Princess and we were disappointed and occasionally even frustrated with the obviously diminished quality and service throughout! There was a joke going the rounds about ... Read more
Jaybardin
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
We live near San Francisco, Grand Princess is the only ship based in SF so we use it. We prefer small ships like the Pacific Princess. We use Princess because we think it is good value for money, we like the decor, and the service is ok. ... Read more
Columbia Beach
Member Since 2014
1 review
27 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
I have always wanted to go to Hawaii on a cruise so we picked the Grand Princess out of San Francisco. I only travel Princess cruises.The Grand is not Grand any more it needs a lot of repairs. The chairs in the pizza place they need ... Read more
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