15 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Mexican Riviera

A short Holiday cruise from our home port!! We did a Thanksgiving Cruise last year but it was only 4 days long, this one gave us an extra day and an overnight in Cabo. We parked in the cruise ship parking lot and pulled our suitcases up to ... Read More
A short Holiday cruise from our home port!! We did a Thanksgiving Cruise last year but it was only 4 days long, this one gave us an extra day and an overnight in Cabo. We parked in the cruise ship parking lot and pulled our suitcases up to the door - easy as one - two - three. Checked in within 20 minutes of getting there. We were on the ship at noon, it was great. Since we brought our luggage with us, no need to wait around for it. We always go to the dining room for lunch if we are on the ship before 1:30 (that is when the main dining room closes and you have to go to the Buffet). Just a tip, if you ask the crew which dining room is open your told that it's not open and only the buffet is open, not true.... go find the dining room on your own. Its a nice way to start the cruise. The ship was clean and crew was continuously making sure it stayed that way. We stayed in Cabin P203, which is on the very bottom deck in the very front. We have had this cabin on 3 cruises, for some reason we like being close to the International Cafe, and we like being in the very front. Cabin is very quiet except when arriving in ports Our cabin steward was great. We requested bathrobes and received them shortly after requesting them. In the morning when returning from breakfast our room was always already straightened out. I call him Ninja Rommel!!! We primarily like eating in the dining room and the food on this cruise was excellent. The only day we did not eat in the dining room was on Thanksgiving - since we were docked in Cabo we decided to have a Mexican meal instead. We enjoyed this meal a lot and of course the Margaritas that went with the meal. Had lunch at the buffet twice - it was ok and we always found a table - hint - go to the very front of the buffet - there is an additional small buffet, which for some reason a lot of passengers don't know about. You can grab a lunch and sit outside and enjoy the fresh air! We did not go to any shows, but enjoyed the bartender "Henry" at Crooners very much - he kept us entertained with his magic tricks. Would definitely do this cruise again - maybe next year - but for now we are waiting to do a Transatlantic cruise in April on the Regal Princess. As an extra plus, on our last day of the cruise we received our Elite Pins. Disembarkation was easy as well, since we were walking of with our luggage we received number 10, we waited in the Platinum Lounge for maybe 30 minutes, and when called walked of with no problems. Happy Sailing!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I would love to give this review 5 stars, however, I cannot. I realize the cruise industry is very competitive, and cutting costs to keeps fares lower is necessary, but when it affects service, it might drive people to try other lines. ... Read More
I would love to give this review 5 stars, however, I cannot. I realize the cruise industry is very competitive, and cutting costs to keeps fares lower is necessary, but when it affects service, it might drive people to try other lines. My wife and I have taken 12 cruises, the last 5 being with Princess. We have always rated those cruises as "exceeded expectations". This one, not so much. In talking with other loyal Princess Cruisers, they all noticed the same thing for the same reasons, so I hope Jan Swartz (Princess President) gets the message. To preface, every staff member we encountered was beyond courteous and friendly, there just wasn't enough of them. This was mostly apparent in the Horizon Court Buffet. In all previous cruises, as soon as you were done with your plate, they cleared it. Drink partially empty, they'd offer to refill. On this cruise you had to flag someone to clear the table, then hope they’d come back to wipe the table, bring silverware and provide the initial beverage. Refills? Had to ask. Speaking of Horizon Court… The lunch selections were too repetitive. Same items for 2 or 3 days in a row, slight change, then back to the same. I recall them offering several regional options in past cruises, especially in Café Caribe. The Dining Room (Traditional, Late Seating) was great! Food, service… All top notch. No complaints at all. The ship, itself, is starting to show it’s age. It is in need of a good facelift. All the Public areas are clean and maintained but Elevator door casings are wearing off, etc. They do have some of the best, most comfortable, beds we have found. Now, all this said, I do need to mention something so unbelievable positive about Princess that my wife and I will never forget. Our cousin and cruise buddy (he was booked on this cruise) sadly passed away earlier this year. He wanted to be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea. During a phone call to Princess for something else, I inquired about their policy. I was shocked when the Representative told me to send an email to AshesRequest@Princess.com with the booking number. All they require is a biodegradable urn. As soon as we boarded, we contacted the Customer Service Manager, Scott Lewis, and made arrangements for our first sea day. We met Scott next to Club Fusion at 11:50 AM. We noticed that the crew was already blocking off the stern of the ship on Deck 7. At 12:00 noon, we proceeded to the back of the ship. On the way, we saw Princess and setup a table with tablecloth and a box of Kleenex. Very Impressive. In order to save the event for other family members, Scott recorded us during the service. He told us that we would receive a certificate showing the location in which we scattered the ashes. (Actually, you do not “scatter” them, you simply toss the urn into the water.) Absolutely wonderful experience. Now… On to the itinerary. Note to readers. If you love hot and humid conditions, late September is the time to go. We frequently visit San Diego and are used to temps in the mid 70’s. Try 104… Similar in all other ports but add lots of humid air. We went with Princess for all of our excursions: • San Diego. Trolly Tour. Great way to see the city while not being the driver. • Cabo. We did the El Arco bout cruise. Excellent. Provided drinks (including Margaritas) and snacks. We’ve been to Cabo on several cruises, so great way to see something different. • La Paz. La Paz is quite a ways from the port. We chose the City Highlights. At the end, we had 50 minutes of free time. We thought we would be bored. We ended up finding plenty to explore. • Loreto. Probably our favorite port of the itinerary. The Tender drops you off right in the heart of the town. We chose the Walking tour. It did seem to be more of a standing tour as the guide stopped often to explain historical highlights. • Puerto Vallarta. City Highlight tour. Of course, they have to stop at a Princess-approved jewelry store, so we opted to visit some local shops. Then we went to the church and a drive around the cove and back. Good but not great. Having two sea days at the end was great. Total relaxation. Disembarkation was a snap. We had parked our car at the port ($17.00 per day), so no rush. All in all, we went ahead and put down a couple more deposits for a future cruise and booked a 12 day Alaska cruise, roundtrip from Los Angeles, so will keep our loyalty with Princess. Hopefully they will find the means to increase their dining room staff to back where it was. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This is my first review ever, after sailing many other lines and being an Emerald Crown & Anchor (RCCL) cruiser for over a decade. We arrived at LAX and were greeted by staff who knew exactly who we were. After a wait for the bus, we ... Read More
This is my first review ever, after sailing many other lines and being an Emerald Crown & Anchor (RCCL) cruiser for over a decade. We arrived at LAX and were greeted by staff who knew exactly who we were. After a wait for the bus, we headed to the pier. Standard embarkation, except the Princess uses handheld readers to verify ID and cruise card. On board, the cabin was ready (most ships have you wait for your cabin). We dropped off our stuff and headed up to the buffet. Food was decent, and consistently good through the entire cruise (except the scrambled eggs, DON'T EVEN TRY IT!). Breakfasts, lunches and dinners were great at all venues. The drinks were well done, but if you want better service, ask waiters to get your drink rather than standing at the bar. They will gladly fetch your drinks. Movies Under the Stars would have been nicer if it was not so cold. There were blankets, but the wind was a factor. Only saw the balancing and comedy shows, but both were well done. Dancing venues were fun, with many passengers displaying exceptional skills in ballroom dancing. Several tours (Yelapa, Salsa and Salsa, and Horseback Riding) were fun and interesting. The breakdancing on the Yelapa tour was unexpected and phenomenal. The salsa making and salsa dancing was caliente, literally and figuratively. Disembarkation was smooth and finished ahead of schedule. We took a cab across the port to Long Beach to spend a night at the Queen Mary, rounding out a perfect trip! People who complain about the service either expect too much are the types who cannot be pleased. As far as cruises go, this was pretty nice. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We consider ourselves fairly experienced cruisers with sophisticated palates and appreciation for good music. Our experiences with Princess have always been good although an 11-day Panama Canal Crossing on the Coral Princess was amazing. ... Read More
We consider ourselves fairly experienced cruisers with sophisticated palates and appreciation for good music. Our experiences with Princess have always been good although an 11-day Panama Canal Crossing on the Coral Princess was amazing. This was a disappointing 7-day trip on several counts. First the ship. Crown Princess has lost its luster. The ship gets heavy use and it shows. The balcony cabin on Riviera was clean and comfortable but the outside windows were soiled and the corners and the outdoor carpet on the balcony we grungy. The cabin steward was polite and efficient and kept the cabin neat and clean. On other ships, we always see the staff cleaning, polishing, and touching up throughout the trip - not Crown Princess. The staff actually looked tired and over-worked. An example of failure to pay attention to detail was a black grand piano at one of the venues - it's side was filthy as if someone applied polish but forgot to come back. Beverage service was excellent and fairly priced. The food was ... OK but totally inconsistent. How chef John Convery allowed overcooked fish and other poorly prepared dishes to leave the kitchen was telling. The meat didn't taste right and was of poor quality. They said it was American beef that was previously frozen. A meal at Sabatini's was very nice though and overall they did a nice job on pasta. One of the dining rooms lost our bottle of wine (they save what was left of your bottle for a future meal). The entertainment was ... OK. Our crooner was excellent but went hoarse and a musical production written by the illustrious Oscar, Toni, and Grammy winner Stephen Schwarts - Magic To Do, was a total flop, just awful. How he could have put his name on that production is beyond me. Tea was nice but waiters went in circles and only one scone guy for dozens of passengers. Lots of good activities for LGBT. The Lotus Spa pool was an oasis. All said and done, you get what you pay for and we certainly made the most of our time together. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The Crown Princess is the largest ship we'd sailed on, and this was apparent from the get-go, as embarkation was a well-organized but lengthy process: 90 minutes from terminal to boat. In the past, we've sailed onto cruise ships. ... Read More
The Crown Princess is the largest ship we'd sailed on, and this was apparent from the get-go, as embarkation was a well-organized but lengthy process: 90 minutes from terminal to boat. In the past, we've sailed onto cruise ships. Not so the Crown Princess. In boarding group 2, we waited as multiple levels of preferred and elite loyalty club passengers made their way onto the ship, followed by group 1. At first glance, the interior of the ship was large and confusing, which made the crew members stationed throughout the entry ways an even more welcome sight, as they directed us to elevators. We dropped our luggage in our stateroom and made our way to a long line for lunch at the buffet. This dining facility is the smallest and least well-laid-out of the ships we've sailed, and we made use of it as seldom as possible. The food was middling good. The dining room offerings were uniformly better at breakfast and lunch. We've never eaten a dinner in a buffet, and probably never will. So we lunched, then went to our cabin to unpack, and began checking out the sundecks. Our cabin was on deck 10, directly below the 16th deck spa and fitness center, and we used the stairs as frequently as possible. It wasn't long before we gathered in the Princess Theater for the muster drill, led by the cruise director, Dan Falconer. This was a fairly painless process. Live music was available throughout the days and evenings in various locations on board, which we appreciated. The music was very good. The DJ occasionally blasted tunes too loudly on the sundecks, but it was never long before the Castaway band took the stage. And we enjoyed the mariachis and the showband jazz ensemble in the Piazza. The ship has multiple venues for music and entertainment and we were able to visit all at least once. Each had ample comfortable seating, waitstaff, and excellent music. As predicted, the ride was a bit bouncy that first evening, and I wore my Seabands to dinner. There was a first night show in the theater, and it was reminiscent of shows on other cruise lines and ships. Missing from the week's lineup: late night comedy shows. Comedy was included in the Tyler Bryce and Steve Moris presentations, and both were fine. The vocalist Alison Ward gave a fine show, but I can always do without the denigrating remarks about other artists. I think we can all agree that some young pop stars' antics are regrettable, but we don't need to hear about them from the performer on stage. The final night's Magic To Do show was the closest we came to musical theater excellence during the week. We opted for anytime dining, and soon learned that the smart money calls for reservations beginning at 8 a.m. for that evening's table. We had a mix of table-for-two and shared dining. Without exception, we met delightful folks at our tables and enjoyed conversation. Ditto for lunch and breakfast. There were few children on this sailing and they were a pleasant sight: little girls in pretty dresses for dinner, families enjoying vacation, adorable babies. Formal nights were especially nice, as Princess passengers on the whole dress for the occasion. It's off-putting to see people in tank tops, sandals, and ballcaps anywhere near a dining facility, let along dinner on a cruise ship. On the whole, there were fewer passengers toting buckets of cheap beer and more displays of decorum. Smokers were relegated to a few corners of the boat. Which brings us to the calorie un-do portion of the ship: the fitness center. Spacious, well-equipped and oh-so-busy the first morning of the cruise. But pleasant, as always. Plenty of nice passengers everywhere we went. Another aspect of the ship I want to mention is the public area restrooms: nicely decorated, spotlessly clean, and small vases of fresh carnations at each sink. The first-run movies under the stars is a great amenity, but showtimes conflicted with either dinner or musical entertainment, and we never made it to a screening. The viewing areas were well organized, and crew brought blankets and popcorn to moviegoers at night. The first formal night included a captain's champagne reception, and waiters circulated in the Piazza offering glasses of sparkling wine in old-style glasses (not flutes) which was a nice touch. Speaking of the Piazza, the International Cafe was an excellent bonus. Sandwiches, salads and desserts all available for the asking, with seating nearby and nearly always, a musical offering. The second formal night featured lobster tails at dinner and they were of very good quality. Another venue we missed out on was Vines, where you could enjoy a glass of vino and freshly made sushi. The promenade deck was well-used and had cushioned deck chairs. The bow had decks that were often accessible to passengers. An aft adults-only deck and pool provided a pleasant area to lounge, easy access to food and drink, and whale sightings. The bridge officers would announce wildlife sightings on our days at sea. The art gallery and the paintings on stairway landings were varied and of high quality. And no, we don't do the art auctions. Happy hour at the Wheelhouse Bar was well-attended and staffed by friendly crew and live music. Princess regulars are hip to the happy hour and were a jolly bunch. On this voyage, we met passengers who'd been on 15 or more Princess cruises. Nearly everyone we spoke with had traveled a long way to reach Los Angeles by air: from Vancouver, Calgary, Washington, the Midwest, Utah and Colorado. We snorkeled in each of the three ports we visited: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan (easier said than done) and Cabo San Lucas. We also enjoyed touring the zocalo, cathedral, and mercado in Mazatlan, and purchased some lovely Oaxacan embroidered blusas, gazed longingly at the fresh fish for sale, and soaked in a little local color at a fabulous art atelier. A really nice touch on return to the ship was cool washcloths and cups of water. The last day of the cruise was as good as the first, full of tasty meals, entertainment, good weather on the sundecks, and a little more space in the fitness center. Debarkation was a breeze, as we were in the "walkoff 1" group and at our car by 8:15 a.m. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
First off, I'll start by saying a cruise is what you make of it. Embarkation was fast and easy. We drove to the port and once in the building we were on the ship in 20 minutes. If you follow the guide Princess sends, everything ... Read More
First off, I'll start by saying a cruise is what you make of it. Embarkation was fast and easy. We drove to the port and once in the building we were on the ship in 20 minutes. If you follow the guide Princess sends, everything goes smoothly. The ship was very clean and in great shape. The only "nit" was some leftover trash and hair clips on the floor of our cabin. If you can't find food that you like, something is wrong. The choices were plenty. We had the "Crab Shack" one night ($20 each extra), but it was well worth it. The food was great and we could not finish it all! The entertainment was great, especially the Motor CIty and Magic to Do shows. Unfortunately the weather on the last day prevented the Disco show as the ship was moving too much. The other events such as trivia, boat building and egg drop competitions, dance parties, and lectures were well done. The cooking demo and galley tour was outstanding! Again, if you can't find something you like, it's on you. The music was awesome! All of the shows had a live band, no canned music here! The Piazza had different music most of the day and evening. One night I counted 5 different places to hear music of all types. There's something for everyone. I really like the way Princess does not broadcast the upcoming art auctions and bingo all over the ship! If you read the Patter every night, you'll know what's happening the next day! The Princess@sea app was limited. It did have a schedule of events so you didn't have to carry around the paper. The messaging piece, while OK, needs push notifications. If you don't look at the screen, you won't know you have a message. Also, you can't see the following days events. You have wait to wait until midnight to see the day's schedule. Overall, it was a great value for the price and the itinerary was great although I would have traded a stop in Mazatlan for more time in Cabo. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We really enjoyed this cruise. The Crown Princess is an easy to navigate ship but needs a little upgrading. the staff on the Crown are the usually wonderful staff we find on all Princess ships. We started with a 4 day West coast getaway ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise. The Crown Princess is an easy to navigate ship but needs a little upgrading. the staff on the Crown are the usually wonderful staff we find on all Princess ships. We started with a 4 day West coast getaway and then stayed on for the 7 day Mexican Rivera. The best part is that between both cruises the ports were all different. I like doing B2B cruises, it is so easy to disembark walk through customs and then its right back on the ship again. I was happy to see that they are still doing the Pub Lunch on sea days. Then International cafe is now my favorite place to grab something to eat, the paninnis are so good. We had a cabin on the Lido deck which is so convenient, the only problem with a cabin on the Lido deck is that some passengers think the deck above is the running track. It is not and the running track is on the aft of the ship. Dining was the same as all Princess ships, but the culinary show was the best one I have ever been too, a must see if your are on the Crown. We took excursion through the cruise line and enjoyed them. In Puerto Vallarta we went to the tequila Hacienda and did a city tour in Mazatlan both were well worth the money. In Cabo San Lucas we did not do a tour because of the short time at this port. we got to Cabo at 7 am and had to leave by 1 pm. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We have cruised a wide variety of itineraries and a diverse range of cruise lines. This cruise was very enjoyable. It had many highlights and a few disappointments. Embarkation and debarkation were as close to perfect as possible. Very ... Read More
We have cruised a wide variety of itineraries and a diverse range of cruise lines. This cruise was very enjoyable. It had many highlights and a few disappointments. Embarkation and debarkation were as close to perfect as possible. Very organized and well staffed. Accessing services on the ship was also excellent. Entertainment was, well, very entertaining. A standout show was Magic to Do, a Stephen Schwartz production. The singers and dancers were typical cruise ship performers, clearly very hardworking. Several really funny comedians and singers performed. Our oceanview stateroom was adequately sized, well maintained by our cabin steward, and generally comfortable. The shower was about one foot too narrow, but this was a cruise ship. We rarely saw our cabin steward, but maybe that is the way it should be. The itinerary was fine for first time Mexican Riviera cruisers. Loreto was a particularly charming port. The ship's excursion in Puerto Vallarta wasn't much more than a series of stops at the tour guide's friends shops, but he was very funny and knowledgable, and the tour was inexpensive so that was okay. Tendering was very organized. The MDR menus and food were fine. My wife is a vegetarian and I shared this with our waiter, Warren on day 1. Within five minutes, the Head Waiter Erno was at our table and throughout the cruise he checked in with my wife each day to make sure that the menu was to her liking. On several days, he had a special dish prepared to meet her needs. He was very attentive and concerned about her having an enjoyable meal. It was my wife's birthday during the cruise and a special dessert was prepared for her and was accompanied by several wait staff singing "Happy Birthday" to her. One disappointment was the variety of food on the buffet. At best, it was uninspired, at worst, it was repetitive and not very appetizing looking. The buffet areas were too small and did not have a good traffic flow considering the number of passengers on the cruise. We found that we were eating breakfast at the International Cafe, a very nice venue and lunch at the pizza bar or grill on most days. This was below our expectations based on our long history of cruising. The special coffees at the International Cafe were very good. This is an observation which frankly did not make or break this cruise experience, but I did notice that the officers on the ship were not very friendly. They would not greet guests, although they did respond to a friendly hello from passengers. In this competitive cruise climate, this might be unacceptable to many cruisers. Overall, my wife and I enjoyed this cruise, met many wonderful fellow passengers, and saw some new places that we enjoyed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our 8th cruise, 3rd on Princess. We flew to LA the day before the cruise and stayed in at Wingate hotel near LAX. From reading recommendations on this website, we chose Karmel Shuttle to/from the port and were very pleased with ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise, 3rd on Princess. We flew to LA the day before the cruise and stayed in at Wingate hotel near LAX. From reading recommendations on this website, we chose Karmel Shuttle to/from the port and were very pleased with their service. Embarkation went smoothly, the usual waits at various stages. Once onboard we were told the cabins weren't all ready but we were invited to leave our carryons in our cabins then go to lunch. We had cabin B223, Baja Deck balcony. We were pleased with the condition and ongoing servicing from our cabin steward. We had early fixed seating dinner and were surprised to learn we were in the Da Vinci dining room which is listed as Anytime Dining. It was Anytime, but only after 7:15pm. Our waiter had an assistant-in-training which caused some minor issues but improved as the week went on. We thought the dinners were almost all excellent quality. One thing we'd enjoyed on previous Princess cruises was the English Pub lunch in the Wheelhouse bar on some days. This time it was offered but in the Crown Grill. Now the Wheelhouse is the venue for Happy Hour 3-4pm buy one drink get one for $1 and the Salty Dog Gastropub, an extra cost evening event. A note about Happy Hour, it is very popular, get there before 3pm if you want a chair/table. We only did one shore excursion, Las Caletas at Puerto Vallarta. It was a fun day with excellent lunch buffet and attentive bar service. Several beach type activities are free. Massages are offered at the hilltop spa for an extra cost. One drawback is everything except the buffet area and beach are uphill, possibly a problem for anyone with limited mobility. We attended most of the onboard shows. Our favorite was a comedian who performed two nights. The production musicals were also good. The live music in various venues was mostly good, sometimes a bit too loud for us in the smaller bar settings. Disembarkation was one of the smoothest we've ever had. Our color/number was called at the time specified and within minutes we were off the ship, through customs and immigration, and out to our waiting shuttle. We felt this cruise was a good value and had an enjoyable time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
My wife and best friend of 35 years and I are avid cruisers. We believe that cruising is the best vacation in the world. How good can it get - spend days cruising the oceans on a Princess Cruise luxury ship and then every day or so, ... Read More
My wife and best friend of 35 years and I are avid cruisers. We believe that cruising is the best vacation in the world. How good can it get - spend days cruising the oceans on a Princess Cruise luxury ship and then every day or so, disembark to explore and shop in an exotic land and experience another wonderful cultures first hand; guided by the daily flyer ‘The Princess Patter’ you can enjoying a myriad of wonderfully organized on-ship activities and shore adventures targeted to a variety of individual ‘likes’ and age groups; enjoying an exquisite dining experience with an international cuisine and menu to tantalize any discerning pallet; romantic evenings filled with entertainment galore ranging from quiet, romantic interludes in a luxury ambience to-die-for while being fussed over by an attentive, detail focused staff who call you by your name after the first visit; and partaking in an extraordinary menu of cocktails that include more than 57 different martinis! How good can it get? Paying attention to the Princess-provided, online cruise personalizer checklists, and indicating your choices for a copious number of tailored experience choices e.g. suite bath robes or a mattress-topper to enhance your sleeping comfort, dining choice to name a few of many, all designed to ensure your tailored personal comfort, is sure to contribute to an exceptional cruise experience. To ignore the cruise personalizer opportunity to tell Princess of your likes is sure to detract from the cruising experience and means that a robes will not be waiting for us upon our arrival in the cabin. We have cruised with Princess for a total of 161 days, on 20 occasions in the past 7-years, experiencing 37 ports on 10 Princess ships. A testament to how much we have enjoyed the Princess pampering experience is exemplified our 3 future cruises already in the cue for 2015/2016 and we’re planning yet another for the holiday season-2016, all with Princess. Our 2015 Princess Holiday Cruise will make 168- days total sailing with Princess and we have 14 more days on 2-future cruises already in the cue. We have enjoyed the Princess luxury cuisine on a number of ships in the Princess fleet. The Crown Princess (4), Caribbean Princess (2), Ruby Princess (2), Emerald Princess (2), Island Princess (2), Royal Princess (1), Sapphire Princess (5), Golden Princess (3), Star Princess (1), and the Diamond Princess (1), qualify us to speak with some credibility to Princess hospitality and service across a major part of the fleet. Loyalty counts and on Princess that means a lot as part of the Captains Circle. We have enjoyed a privileged sailing status on Princess from our second cruise when we became ‘Gold’ Captain’s Circle members for our 2d & 3d cruise with Princess, with reduced deposit benefit. It just kept getting better and more tangible with each cruise. As ‘Ruby’ Captains Circle members (4th & 5th cruise) we experienced all ‘Gold’ benefits plus Princess Platinum Vacation Protection, exclusive Captain’s Circle Help Desk, a Discount off the Purchase of the Reflections DVD, for our 6th through 15th cruise (or 51 to 150 cruise days) as ‘Platinum’ Captains Circle members, we experienced all of the benefits of Gold & Ruby Captains Circle members plus an annual complimentary Princess Cruise Atlas, Preferred Check-In when we arrive at the port, no waiting in line for ourselves and our family or guests that are traveling with us to help expedite embarkation, a Platinum Disembarkation Lounge to make our last morning more enjoyable, while we await disembarkation and complimentary Internet credit based on the cruise length. With the next and highest level of Captain’s Circle member benefits – Elite, from our 16th cruise on, or 151+ cruise days, we enjoy a multitude of perks that includes all of the perks of the previous Captain’s Circle levels plus a Princess Preferred Services Package that includes priority ship-to-shore tender embarkation that lets us travel ashore quickly and without waiting in line at a tender port by simply presenting our Elite cruise card at the tender embarkation area; Priority Disembarkation at the end of a cruise; complementary shoe polishing service upon request; complimentary laundry and professional cleaning services where the stateroom steward organizes our laundry to be cleaned – all compliments of Princess Cruises Captain’s Circle! Additionally, we’re entitled to an Elite Stateroom amenities package that includes a complimentary Mini Bar Set Up, a deluxe canapes selection upon request specially created by the Chef and delivered to our stateroom on formal nights. Complimentary afternoon Tea served in our stateroom; upgraded bathroom amenities normally reserved only for suite guests and regardless of our stateroom type; a preferred discount package of 10% Boutique Discount; complimentary Grapevine Wine Tasting; finally, a higher tier on our next cruise. When we talk of our cruises, some questions are always asked, like, “What was your favorite cruise?” Or, “Do you have anything from a cruise that is particularly memorable?” My wife and permanent cruising companion and I have disagreement on what was our favorite cruise. I found a Panama Canal Cruise to be most enjoyable whether it was a Ft Lauderdale to Ft Lauderdale itinerary or a Ft Lauderdale to Los Angeles – coast-to-coast itinerary. Getting off in Lake Gatum and taking a dugout canoe into the rain forest was just the ultimate – all arranged by Princess. On the other hand, the Mexican Riviera/Baja is my favorite traveling companion, my wife’s, favorite for the variety of ports, shopping and Mexican cultural experience. I have to agree that Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and Encinitas Mexico are all exciting to visit but the Panama Canal is my favorite. Thanks to our Princess cruising, we’ve added a couple of favorite cocktails to our frequent patio get togethers presented here for your edification: Grand Grapefruit Cosmopolitan or Red Grapefruit Cosmopolitan served at the Empress Hotel in Victoria British Columbia: Fill a shaker with ice. add: 2 oz. grapefruit Vodka 1-1/2 oz. lime juice ½ oz. Grand Marnier 1-1/2 oz. cranberry juice ¾ oz. simple syrup Shake and serve in an frozen, icy martini glass straight up. Comment: The Empress Hotel in Victoria British Columbia, Canada charges $14.95 for this cocktail. In our opinion it’s well worth it. Fat Stan's Bloody Mary served at Stan’s in Ketchikan, Alaska In an ice-filled glass that doubles as a shaker, add: ½ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. granulated garlic Powder ½ tsp. celery Salt 2 oz. Worcestershire Sauce 2 Shakes Tabasco Sauce 2 oz. Vodka 1 oz. pickle juice ½ teaspoon horseradish 3 oz. Mr. T’s Bloody Mary mix Shake to mix; garnish with a skewered pickle wedge, a green olive & sweet pepper to produce the best Bloody Mary you’ve ever tasted! Having sailed with Princess 3-times during their 2015 50th Anniversary year-long celebration, the Princess expert mixologists served up some special libations to temp our taste buds: Regal Occasion - Ciroc, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, orange bitters topped with Nicholas Feuillatte Royal Celebration - Ciroc, Apple Schnapps, Dry Vermouth, mango puree, lemon juice topped with soda water and Grenadine Half Century - Ciroc, Limoncello, lime juice, simple syrup, orange bitters and grapefruit juice 50 Years More - Don Julio Reposado, Blue Curacao, White Creme de Cacao, Galliano and lime juice Anniversary Bliss - Bulleit Bourbon, Peach Schnapps, Frangelico, Simple Syrup with mint leaves Bottom line: Princess Cruises has inadvertently created a monster in us. Princess meets every requirement for an upscale vacation package and tops it off with a staff that anticipates our vacation cruising needs and is sensitive to creating the most enjoyable getaway we can imagine. In Princesses own words, their cruise itineraries help us to, “Escape Completely”. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Ship,was in bad shape. A/C in cabin not working. Took complaining manyntimes for someone,to come check issues. No air would come out of vent, turned out the duct and vent was filled with a five gallon bucket of lint and dirt. Food was sub ... Read More
Ship,was in bad shape. A/C in cabin not working. Took complaining manyntimes for someone,to come check issues. No air would come out of vent, turned out the duct and vent was filled with a five gallon bucket of lint and dirt. Food was sub par many days. Some of the crew was rude and careless. One instance of crew being careless was when two crew members carrying a table forced their way through the line at international cafe and hit me in the shoulder. The crew member next to where the table hit me, knew it had hit and he told me to get out of the way. I got his name and reported the incident but like other issues, nothing done. The front desk manager would not speak to me or my wifeand used the clerk at the desk as a yo yo to communicate with us and the manager would run and hide whne she saw us and would not return calls. Two years away from Princess Cruises and just st hope our upcoming cruise in June is better than the last. Hearing reports that the dry dock work done on Grand Princess was only superficial. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
the C.P. is very well laid out, luxurious with excellent service. after near a dozen cruises, the C.P. is a favorite. the pastry chef is especially a standout on this boat. the bedding in our mini suite also a step up from balcony I think. ... Read More
the C.P. is very well laid out, luxurious with excellent service. after near a dozen cruises, the C.P. is a favorite. the pastry chef is especially a standout on this boat. the bedding in our mini suite also a step up from balcony I think. service throughout is wonderful. even though we do not drink, we received great service. the dining rooms have great food---well not the ambience of the celebrity boats, but very nice still. temperatures are comfortable, rooms well conditioned. any complaining about this boat just do not like cruising, or had a one-off anomaly. We have been aboard the C.P. twice and will be again. It is a delightful boat. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
It is our first cruise, and while we had a good time my husband and me, we must say that it was almost impossible to forget the two thousand + passengers onboard. Acitivities on the boat were full or crowded, dining was always an issue ... Read More
It is our first cruise, and while we had a good time my husband and me, we must say that it was almost impossible to forget the two thousand + passengers onboard. Acitivities on the boat were full or crowded, dining was always an issue between 6 & 8pm. We were told by an employee that it was difficult to manage so many people, and that we had to make reservations by 8am sharp. Hum...so much for the relaxing atmosphere. Overall, the service was very friendly when provided by kind, humble staff. Yet, the Eastern staff (Ukrainian, serbians...)was not as friendly, and definitively not humble. Food was very good, but stay away from any "so called" French food. The chefs are not up to the task, beside very good quiches and fresh fruit tarts. As for the meals, mistakes were corrected, apologies stated, yet two of our evenings were spoiled, and no reparation was done! The room was very small, yet we spent a lot of time in it, as we do not like crowded places. We strongly recommand the "Zipline in the Jungle" in Puerto Vallarta. Soooo much fun!!!!!! Although their picture packages are very expensive compare to other excursions along the trip. Overall, a good experience, but not as relaxing as expected.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
My wife and I went on a ten day Princes Cruise on the Crown Princess to the Mexican Rivera. We departed from Los Angeles. Our first stop was San Diego where we walked the old town area. It was a nice quiet easy day. Cabo we took a ... Read More
My wife and I went on a ten day Princes Cruise on the Crown Princess to the Mexican Rivera. We departed from Los Angeles. Our first stop was San Diego where we walked the old town area. It was a nice quiet easy day. Cabo we took a snorkeling excursion which was uneventful but the boat ride and scenery to and from the area was worth the excursion. La Paz we docked about two miles away, we boarded busses that took us to the small town. It was fun walking around this town, fun shops and the people were very friendly. Loreto was a beautiful small town like you would see off the beaten path, loved it. It was an easy walk from the ship exploring the quaint town. The high school children preformed at the town square in their traditional garb, what a delight. Puerto Vallarta is a large town but each to walk in. We did the zip line which was quite a site. When we returned to LA we decided that this was such a great cruise we will defiantly take it again. The Crown Princess is a great ship with very friendly staff, good food and the night entertainment can't be beat. We would highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This cruise got off to a rocky start with a delayed boarding due to Norovirus being on board the 2 cruises previous to ours. But it was worth the wait of a delayed 4 hour board because it seemed to clean up the nasty bug. After 3 days we ... Read More
This cruise got off to a rocky start with a delayed boarding due to Norovirus being on board the 2 cruises previous to ours. But it was worth the wait of a delayed 4 hour board because it seemed to clean up the nasty bug. After 3 days we were release from our Code Red. Our cabin was great as we splurge and purchased a mini-suite this time. (D407) Excellent room with plenty of space and storage area. Never used all of it. Having a tub/shower combo is great. Extra seating area makes a lot of difference when you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the crowds. We definitely enjoyed it. Not sure if I like the completely open balcony or not though. Our room steward, Sandie, was excellent. He always asked it everything was ok. Never wanted for anything and room was always kept clean and refreshed. He even left me a little gift the last evening we where on board. Such a special extra touch is always nice. Morning room service (which is one of our highlights on all our cruises) was good the first day but from then on it got slower and slower. On the 3rd morning it never showed up so we just went for breakfast. Got a message later in the morning that our breakfast order was ready and they would bring it as soon as we called. Oh well..... As far as the ship goes, we have had better cruises. Entertainment in the Princess Theater was good and so was the comedian. Tried to catch more then one of his shows but it you didn't get there early there was no seating available. There was no sail away party and only one deck party that we know of which was held at 9:30 at night. They did have a live band but all they did was play for entertainment in between movies. Most of the afternoon entertainment was held in the Piazza which has limited viewing area and if you needed to use the stairs sometimes it made it difficult. This cruised seemed to rely on the 'Movies Under the Stars' to much. Weather was not real great on sea days and pools were a little chilly. We love a morning swim and didn't get to do that the first 2 mornings. Had we realized it was Spring Break for some of California, not sure we would have booked this cruise. Most of the hot tubs were taken over by kids during the day and evening. Staff on board were just kind of there I guess. Did get a lot of 'hello's and smiles though. Crooners bar had the most friendly staff and seems to go over and above to take care of you. Food was very lacking as far as taste and variety on this cruise. Have had better in the Horizon Court. Two different days we tried to eat lunch there and found nothing to our liking so had either the grill outside or pizza. Both were very good. Dined in the MDR twice and sat with some very nice people. Food was ok but not great and service seemed kind of rushed. We did realize that having only 2 port days (which we thought we would enjoy more sea days) is not enough. Maybe it was because there wasn't a hole lot to do on the ship. Do enjoy PV and Cabo but have noticed that the prices for meals in Cabo have gone way up. Was the main topic on board the ship after we set sail. Still have a lot of fun during our port days and weather was great. Will we sail back to the Mexican Rivera? Not sure. Will we sail with Princess again? Most definitely. Was this one of our better cruises? No. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
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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