3 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Mexican Riviera

Having flown in to LAX early in the morning, we were greeted by the Princess staff at the airport. We had about a 3 hour wait ahead of us so the staff suggested we go to the coffee shop in the iconic Theme building. It was nice to get a ... Read More
Having flown in to LAX early in the morning, we were greeted by the Princess staff at the airport. We had about a 3 hour wait ahead of us so the staff suggested we go to the coffee shop in the iconic Theme building. It was nice to get a breakfast and have a break from the crowds (and construction). Once we boarded the bus we were whisked away to the port. Embarkation went mostly smooth. As Platinum members you would think we would be offered priority boarding, but as wheelchair users (not needing assistance) we were told that we would have to wait until after all Elite and Platinum members boarded and all the assisted wheelchair users and their families boarded. The embarkation staff were pretty much indifferent to our position. Fortunately, this was one of the few low points of our cruise. The cabin was very nice. This was our 13th cruise overall, 7th on Princess and 2nd time on the Crown so we knew what to expect. Our room steward was polite but not overly outgoing. We had a balcony room so we wanted to enjoy it but was not able to since smokers below us kept us from enjoying the fresh air. We reported this to our steward and he did not want to do anything other than referring us to guest services. Dining was as expected, with a full turkey meal on Thanksgiving night, even though we were anchored overnight in Cabo San Lucas. Like almost every other cruise we have been on we were stuck at a table away from the aisle, forcing others to get up for us to arrive or leave our table. Embarkation was smooth and easy. Port staff were friendly and helpful. We noticed a number of children aboard. Teens seemed to think they owned the ship and were pretty rude (imagine that). But the younger children were generally well behaved and under control. This cruise featured an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas, a tender port. unfortunately Princess did not offer ANY excursions that a wheelchair user could take advantage of. We have been there before and been able to go on excursions but not this time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was our third Princess cruise and 17th overall. We choose this cruise for the ports and that we did not have to fly into LA. We don't drink and enjoy good food and self touring. Pre cruise was a breeze, embarkation went very ... Read More
This was our third Princess cruise and 17th overall. We choose this cruise for the ports and that we did not have to fly into LA. We don't drink and enjoy good food and self touring. Pre cruise was a breeze, embarkation went very quickly. We liked the fact that once on board we could go straight to our stateroom. We booked a balcony on deck 14; the room was comfortable and had great storage including a small fridge. Only drawback was the lack of electrical plugs, only 2 in the cabin and 1 in the bathroom, the 2 in cabin were useless as you were only able to use one of the two at any time due to how close the plugs were together. The ship itself was in great condition, plenty of elevators and layout was ok. The food on board was hit and miss. We ate at the Crown Grill and the Salty Dog, both were excellent including menu selections and staff. The International Cafe was awesome with fresh salads and goodies everyday. Get a coffee card, it was a good deal for us, we were able to get 15 speciality coffees for 35.00. Now for the disappointment, we opted for anytime dining and it sucked. The first three nights we were forced to wait between an hour and 90 minutes before being seated due to the high number of "older" folks who lined up at 4:30 pm for dinner every night! It seemed that over 70% of the passengers were 75 years old or older and they swarmed the dining areas tiring them up until 8 pm! When we did get to eat in the dining rooms, the menus were less than thrilling for a 10 day cruise. Lots of meatloaf, turkey, roast and white fish dishes. The desserts were good but that was it. Back to the "older" folks on this cruise, we found that trying to get to the first seating for the nightly show was impossible due to the oldies swamping the theater an hour before showtime and saving seats so that when you arrived 30 minutes before the show time you were turned away because the theater was full! Even the behavior of the oldies was unacceptable, many of them were rude, crusty and acted entitled to being nasty to others. We witnessed numerous instances where people refused to move over one seat so a couple could sit together as well as obnoxious individuals in the casino. The ports were wonderful and the ships crew amazing. Overall, we will not be sailing with Princess again due to the way they mishandled the anytime dining issues and the oldies on board. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We drove from Utah and stayed at a hilton near Ontario, then spent the day crossing LA and seeing some sights. We then stayed at Hilton Long Beach, using the stay, park and sail. The hotel was great, but they didn't provide a free ... Read More
We drove from Utah and stayed at a hilton near Ontario, then spent the day crossing LA and seeing some sights. We then stayed at Hilton Long Beach, using the stay, park and sail. The hotel was great, but they didn't provide a free shuttle to Princess Pier 93! I didn't know that when I booked, and didn't see that point in any of the literature. We did talk them into a trip over, but had to take a taxi on our return trip. Overall, we loved the ship. It seemed more classy, with wood trim in several of the bars, etc. It didn't have that cheap vegas feel like other ships have. We loved the ports, with the caveat of Cabo. It took 2 hours to get off the boat, leaving us with about 3 hours to wander. If we were to go again, we would stay on the boat at cabo. We loved Las Caletas shore excursion at Puerto Vallerta. Perfect relaxing day. Manzinio was the first time Princess went there, and it is an interesting port. We went on a shore excursion to Camilo, and the tour guide said that 16 cruise ships come a year, and later learned this was the first for Princess. It is an industrial port, with very little tourist attractions within walking distance. The Camilo tour was excellent, giving us a peek at the local culture without all the pushy vendors and tourist traps. The cabin was great, we had D219 mini suite. It was wonderful. We had 3 in this cabin, and it didn't feel crowded at all to us. We loved the balcony. My wife is very hard of hearing, relying on hearing aids. The theater has a listentech system. It is headphones, as well as a neck loop. My wife used the loop, activated her T coils, and could hear EVERY WORD. We spoke with the sound guy in the theater, and he was kind of quizzical at first, but then reached up on the top shelf, dusted off a case, and found it for us. We picked the neck loop up about 10 minutes before the show, and it worked great. Listentech is the same system we use at our church. It was truly amazing. We also requested the door knocker, and amplified phone, as well as a flashing smoke detector. Mixed results there, as I was with her 99.5% of the time, and I have no hearing loss, unless dishes need to be done. Hopefully that helps. I saw quite a few hearing aids, but as far as I know we were the only ones requesting the device. My advice would be request it, even if you don't have the success that we did, so the cruise line knows there is a need. listentech.com As for the theater, the band was super, however the vocalists were not. I am not sure if they couldn't hear the music or what, but they were routinely flat. I have been to better high school performances vocally. The house band Fusion was awesome! How they know that many cover songs and do them well is beyond me. The piano entertainer at Crooners was great as well. His wife played the violin a couple nights. What a relaxing space. We had scheduled dining. This seems to be where the cruise fell short for me. We are laid back, fairly compliant people. This shouldn't put us on the back burner for service. The waiter was working a high needs table that requested a lot of extras. No fault to the waiter, but service was routinely slow. Most people were leaving when we were getting our main course. The bar staff around the pool deck, crooners, and other places seem to have mastered the "look busy but do nothing" move. It took many minutes to get service from them. I started going straight to the bar to get drinks and take them back to my seat. We did self disembarkation, and it was super smooth. Aside from the mixup with Hilton Long Beach, and the long dining times it was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Crown Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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