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

Email promotion from previous agent. Planned to have the cruise after a long busy working period, a very good way to relax. The check in and checked out were very fast, much better than those previous cruises we experienced before. ... Read More
Email promotion from previous agent. Planned to have the cruise after a long busy working period, a very good way to relax. The check in and checked out were very fast, much better than those previous cruises we experienced before. the employees on the board were all very friendly, smiling and with sense of humor, feeling comfortable and at home when talking with them. The dinning room was nice and clean but the food were as good as We expected, the menu was not enough change and choice, the quality of the food were some days are good and other days not satisfy. There is one day the soup was too salty. The entertainment program was pretty good, the comedy and the show were good, we enjoyed very much. The piano bar singer was super, sang most of the songs guest would like to hear. Casino room was not clean enough and smelly. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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
Itinerary (1-stop at Los Cabos), duration 5 nights, bargain pricing on mini suites (larger staterooms with modest sized balcony that most everyone above & beside you can see clearly) Ship thought about 10 years old appeared to be ... Read More
Itinerary (1-stop at Los Cabos), duration 5 nights, bargain pricing on mini suites (larger staterooms with modest sized balcony that most everyone above & beside you can see clearly) Ship thought about 10 years old appeared to be well maintained and clean. Cabin, meal service & bar staff were most friendly, cordial, professional & accommodating. Food served & selections available in all venues was marginal to terrible though it did improve dramatically the last 1 1/2 or 2 days. Who would order Steak in the Italian Specialty restaurant??? Absolutely as tough as shoe leather BUT well seasoned. Felt Carnival Corp./Princess Cruise Lines was guilty of blatant false advertising for advertising and not delivering multiple 'suite' benefits. Entertainment, Enrichment & Activities were OK in some cases, sadly lacking in most. Captain, Officers & Staff all seemed to genuinely appreciate that we passengers were aboard. (imho) they really should. This experience did not make us wish to consider booking additional Princess Cruises. We also feel that the Captain's Circle is of minimal benefit though the '150 no charge internet minutes' (soon competition will make this unlimited & free for all passengers-are you aware of this RCI, Celebrity, Azamara?) were much appreciated and the Captain's Cocktail Party was quite nice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Stayed in cabin C-102 which is on deck 10. Room was fine, except for: 1. Bed was too soft and sank significantly when I slept on it. 2. Cigarette smoke was smelt in our room during the morning hours. Appears to come from air ... Read More
Stayed in cabin C-102 which is on deck 10. Room was fine, except for: 1. Bed was too soft and sank significantly when I slept on it. 2. Cigarette smoke was smelt in our room during the morning hours. Appears to come from air vents. We notified the cabin steward and he said he would tell his supervisor. Didn't do any good. On the last day, we smelled cigar smoke in our room. Very disappointed that staff could not stop this. Food was fantastic. Horizon Buffet was extremely busy and crowded during breakfast and lunch. Very difficult to find seating. Eating at the Crown Grill was truly a great experience. The rib eye steak was cooked perfectly. The lemon meringue pie was out of this world. We did not utilize any of the ship's excursions as they were way too expensive. We used local taxis to get around the port of calls we visited. The port of Loreto was a waste of our time. The town was swallowed up by the cruise tourist. Not a lot to do in Loreto but walk. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We were on the Crown Princess and booked a mini-suite with a veranda on the port side. As such we had an excellent view of our docking and offloading and of any scenery going down to Mexico. Our dining was an early schedule at 5:15pm in ... Read More
We were on the Crown Princess and booked a mini-suite with a veranda on the port side. As such we had an excellent view of our docking and offloading and of any scenery going down to Mexico. Our dining was an early schedule at 5:15pm in the Da Vinci dining room. One of three major dining facilities for the 3000 passengers. Walk-in dining was also available after 7:15pm. You have the choice of traditional dining in the Botticelli ding room of Anytime dining in the Da Vinci or Michelangelo dining rooms. Specialty dining is at the Crown Grill and Sabatini's. There is a lot to do on board and you should not get bored. First run movies under the stars, excellent productions in the large Princess Theater, and of course. the Casino are just a few of on board attraction. You get an extensive daily log listing all the attractions and activities. Dress code is smart casual. Two formal nights are held with suitable dress also with cocktail dress and suit for men besides the usual formal dress. If you have not booked your excursion beforehand you will get a detailed list the evening prior. We had a lot of fun on this cruise. The staff was exceptional. Our cabin stewardess took very good care of us. Towels were changed morning and early evening. The entertainment was top notch. The excursions were interesting but shipboard activities were even better. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We sailed the Crown last year before it went to dry dock. Many things changed, but some were NOT for the better. First, yes, the carpet and soft goods were renewed. But many things were NOT. Some of the upper decks were neglected, ... Read More
We sailed the Crown last year before it went to dry dock. Many things changed, but some were NOT for the better. First, yes, the carpet and soft goods were renewed. But many things were NOT. Some of the upper decks were neglected, especially in the rear where cutesy places were totally in shambles. The front where the library and floor-show area was had been changed to the exercise area. Nice, but too noisy for the demo shows they had there. The worst thing they did was the ice cream bar! They took out the hard ice cream bar and replaced it with one of those cheap-o soft-serve machines. Used to be you could get one of three or four flavors of REAL ice cream, rotated throughout the day with great offerings. Another evidence of cheapening up the experience. Food? Yes, they replaced the chef. The new chef is a pleasant guy from England. Actually, for a Brit he is REALLY a humorous guy! (I love the Brits). However, it is a given that Brits are NOT cooks. Ever heard of that "great British cuisine? Neither have I. Example: Prime Rib. Forget it! I had an end cut because the flavor is (generally) right 'up there'. Yes, the end cut is NOT the most tender, but this end cut was NOT GOOD. A guy at our table had the rare cut and his was tough! Well, I thought mine was tough because it had been so cooked. Not so. I suspect we were served another cut, because this is NOT prime rib. Our travel companions from the other dining room reported the same thing. Yet, the lobster tail and shrimp was splendid! Go figure. Same old ports, but Crown will not fit into the Cabo port and it is stand in line with a lifeboat ticket for two hours... BUT, no biggie, because Cabo is without question the worlds WORST cruise port. If you have seen the whales and the Land's End rocks, forget it. It is a blasted desert with hawkers peeling off the saps. If you NEED to see the desert, walk down the entry-way past the barkers and rent a taxi. much cheaper than the tour guides and ism right at the end of the tour booths. Otherwise, the Crown is GREAT! Shows are splendid, especially Magic to Do! Comic is a rerun from last year, but not bad anyway. New singers and dancers doing last years' routines. Behind Magic TO Do was the great Los Brilliantes Mexican band. Crown makes the mistake of stuffing these great performers on the tiny stage in the center area with only 20 seats. These guys really ROCK and have everybody dancing in the aisles C'mon, talent director, wake up! Compared to other ships, Crown gives you your money's worth in talent and class. The port stops are too, short, but otherwise, it beats a lot of other ships. We are Ruby level with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Arrived in LA and arrived at the terminal around 1:00 smooth embarkation and was in our room by 1:30. We were bumped up to a cabin at the back of the ship to a Suite. C748. Did not feel any turbulence or noise at all. Beautiful, great ... Read More
Arrived in LA and arrived at the terminal around 1:00 smooth embarkation and was in our room by 1:30. We were bumped up to a cabin at the back of the ship to a Suite. C748. Did not feel any turbulence or noise at all. Beautiful, great perps and service. First day of cruise a pre arranged place for Cruise Critic members to meet and get to know each other was very nice. You knew friends right away. Played cards, Dominos and toured with many. Great time to meet those you have replied with and see their faces. Thanks to Hugh and Mary for setting this up. Visited the international cafe for a snack which was just enough to hold you till dinner in DaVinci Dinning room. The deco is beautiful. We were on this ship 3 yrs ago and found staff we cruised on 2 yrs ago on the Ruby. Our favorite place was the Crooners bar to listen to music by Tommy McFee great entertainment. Our first stop was Puerto Vallarta and we did a shore excursion of city Hightlights which was nice. The port is very clean not like the Carribbean side of Mexico. Back on ship to the Skywalkers bar for quiet time and a great view. The Botiques were very nice and had just about everything you might need. Second stop was Mazatian and our shore excursion was a hop on hop off. Not the best. Only 3 stops and very far apart, to far to do any site seeing because you had to come back to same stop to catch bus. The cliff divers was a disappointment. They waited so long doing pretend diving to make you think this is it. We waited 25 mins before he ever jumped. I would not do this exclusion again. Last stop was in Cabo San Lucas. Did the Whale watching on the 2 Tier boat. Great trip saw about 10 Whales and had food and all the drinks you could handle. Would do this trip again. The food in Special Dinning the Crown Grill is superb. Steak cooked to you liking and service was outstanding. No matter where you ate on the ship is was great. They have 2 evenings that Crab Shack is offered on deck 15 which I give a 5 star. Huge King Crab legs, shrimp, corn on cob, potato, soup, hush puppies and dessert all for $20.00 per person. We ate for over 1 1/2 hrs. Be sure to make reservations early they sell out real fast. Disembarkation was the best we ever had. Waited About half hour then you go through Customs before you search for your luggage and out the door. No long lines with people with all their luggage to push. Over all one of our best trips. Read Less
Sail Date February 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
My parents treated me to my 1st ever cruise...a 7 day Mexican Riveria cruise from L.A. We had a mini-suite (Dolphin Deck - deck 9, and mid-ship) so it was a great location for a cabin. I was so not sure of what to expect, I expected to ... Read More
My parents treated me to my 1st ever cruise...a 7 day Mexican Riveria cruise from L.A. We had a mini-suite (Dolphin Deck - deck 9, and mid-ship) so it was a great location for a cabin. I was so not sure of what to expect, I expected to feel the motion of the ship way more than I did. Anyway, the ship was really nice, the cabin was great, big enough for 3 people, but would have been better for just 2, but anyway, the ship was nice, the food was amazing and the crew was friendly, attentive, helpful and always eager to please. Here are the negatives, at least for me: first, we went on Presidents Day weekend, AND it was also Valentines Day, so as a single, it was all families and couples - so BOO to that, nothing for a single girl to do. Second, the first 2.5 days we were at sea, that was brutal, there was nothing fun to do in the way of things I like, like there was no pool table, bowling alley, karoke bar, not even a big slide for the pool. What there was however, was a art auction (snooze), movies under the starts (played almost ALL kids movies), bingo, line dancing, knitting group meet up, etc, all stuff for old people (and I am 47), but c'mon. The casino was the only saving grace, but they allowed people to SMOKE in there ! Ew - really ? The shows were not really interesting enough to even go see, except the comedian, but he was only on for like 40 minutes. Overall, the boat was nice, the crew was great, our cabin was pretty big, but if you are a single person, this is probably not the cruise line for you. I will most likely not cruise again, or maybe go with friends and not for 7 days. ***Side Note*** for those of you who do not know, cruise ship employees work about 91 hours a WEEK! I have a friend who is a Cruise Ship Director and that is what she has told me, so if you go - please try to remember that and treat them nicely. Read Less
Sail Date February 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 just returned from our back to back cruise, on Crown Princess. The first 8 days were fine. However, the first stop was Manzanillo which was a dump with no where to go and nothing to do or see. We went back to the ship. The next ports ... Read More
We just returned from our back to back cruise, on Crown Princess. The first 8 days were fine. However, the first stop was Manzanillo which was a dump with no where to go and nothing to do or see. We went back to the ship. The next ports were Manzanita, Puerta Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. All very nice however we were only in Cabo until 1PM. Not much time to do anything. We booked a mini-suite (D207) and it was fine but dated. Also the beds were very uncomfortable. We constantly asked at the Passenger Service desk if we could keep the same suite. However they turned a deaf ear to that and after the first 8 days had to change rooms to the other side of ship. (D216). I do not think that we will do back to back cruises again as this was very disruptive. (Having to move). The food was excellent on some nights and so/so on other nights. We had traditional dining and we had to be in our seats by 5:30 or they would reassign our table. This happened once when we arrived at 5:40 and saw someone else sitting at our table. On the 2nd part of the cruise, the winds were blowing so hard that we were unable to go to Catalina or Ensenada, so the ship went to San Diego instead. The entertainment was very good most nights. Only one night was the Comedian not funny. We became ELITE status this trip. We will see what that brings us. These old ships really need to update the rooms! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Went on the 10-day cruise from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera on the Crown Princess. First, I read all of the reviews. Ranged from GREAT to POOR. As usual, the reality is somewhere in between. Embarkation: TERRIBLE ! Princess is ... Read More
Went on the 10-day cruise from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera on the Crown Princess. First, I read all of the reviews. Ranged from GREAT to POOR. As usual, the reality is somewhere in between. Embarkation: TERRIBLE ! Princess is supposed to have good embarkation, but we waited in line in the hot sun for over an hour moving slower than a Disneyland attraction line. The Princess staff who were supposed to be there to help passengers find their way were horrible. They were standing, talking to a few passengers, talking amongst themselves, and occasionally letting someone with a sob story cut the line. There was no information being given by them about why we were standing there sweating, and they had no supervision (or if they did were ignoring it). Ship: Once we got on the ship, things were much better. For the most part, the ship was well maintained, staff were all friendly and helpful, and the décor was quite nice, as to be expected. The Good: Cabins were quite good, cabin attendants were excellent, and there was plenty to do both while sailing and while in port. Excursions were also done well, properly organized, although a little on the expensive side. Crown Grill (steak) and Sabatini's (Italian) were both quite good, almost excellent. Service, food, and value were all in the high range. Also good were the main dinning room attendants. Debarkation was smooth, uneventful, and well organized. The Average: The Horizon buffet was very average in everything, from selection, to temperature (both of the food and in the dinning rooms) and varied significantly. Plenty of food, but the same thing every morning and afternoon. Dinner did vary a little. Buffet attendants also varied from quite good to indifferent in dealing with passengers. The main dinning room also suffered from an average menu. Most food was acceptable, but uninspired. The Poor: As I said earlier, embarkation was poor. Also poor was 3,200 people on a ship with very few elevators. That's about all I can say that was really bad. Overall, a pretty good trip, the ship's personnel did their best to accommodate our requests, and our party had a good time. However, this is the last time I travel with 3,000+ people. Will go on smaller ships in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first time cruising on Princess. It was only a one day drive from Phoenix; we parked next to the ship and were on into our cabin in less than an hour. The only problem was we read the literature and didn't arrive until ... Read More
This was our first time cruising on Princess. It was only a one day drive from Phoenix; we parked next to the ship and were on into our cabin in less than an hour. The only problem was we read the literature and didn't arrive until "our scheduled embarkation time." We will never do that again. We were one of the last to board and almost missed lunch because of the evacuation drill training. We had a large balcony suite which was great for morning breakfast or dinner. There are two different size balconies. It's best to get the larger but they are only available on two levels of the ship. Open dining was great. We met two other couples and took turns getting into the dinner line early, then having our "new family" join us at the same table for dinner. Excursions were great, especially the whale watching in Cabo. Food and entertainment were exceptional. We will definitely travel with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My Wife and I are retired and had started cruising just about three years ago. Although we thoroughly enjoy cruising, we had never experienced a back-to-back cruise before and decided that, since the Crown Princess was offering a series of ... Read More
My Wife and I are retired and had started cruising just about three years ago. Although we thoroughly enjoy cruising, we had never experienced a back-to-back cruise before and decided that, since the Crown Princess was offering a series of short Coastal Sampler cruises from Los Angeles along the southern California coast to Ensenada, Mexico and back, it was about time that we tried a back-to-back cruise. Actually, three of them. The block of time we chose was a 4-day cruise to Santa Barbara, California and Ensenada, Mexico (January 22-26), a 4-day cruise to San Diego, California and Ensenada, Mexico (January 26-30), and a 3-day cruise to Ensenada (January 30-February 2). We drove the 4 1/2 hours from our home in Las Vegas, Nevada to the Los Angeles World Cruise Center (located in San Pedro). Although in the past we flew to Los Angeles, this time we elected to drive rather than fly since we wanted to avoid the hassles of airport security and congestion, and we liked the freedom of the road. Leaving Las Vegas at 8:00 am meant we'd miss the morning commute traffic as we approached the Los Angeles metropolitan area and we'd get to the port in ample time to board the ship at the start of the embarkation process at 1:00 pm. We breezed right through the cities along the way and to the port and arrived about 15 minutes prior to the start of the boarding. We parked in the parking lot adjacent to Pier 93 where the Crown Princess was anchored. The parking fee is $12.00 per day and we found ample parking spaces available, and a shuttle bus to take us to the baggage drop-off point at Pier 93. We have to give Princess cruises credit for making the embarkation process remarkably error-free and very pleasant. They've really got it down to a science. We are Platinum members and processed through check-in and security in a matter of minutes, but even when we were Gold and Medallion members we do not remember the lines being overly long and they moved pretty quickly without any irritating delays. The Princess staff guiding us through the boarding process and onto the ship were all cheerful and personable. We made our way to our cabin, dropped off our carry-ons, had a relaxed bite to eat at the buffet on the Horizon Court, checked the day's Princess Patter for the list of activities we'd be attending that night and were in time to attend the safety drill before the ship set sail. The disembarkation process at the end of each of our short cruises was even smoother than the embarkation process. Categories of passengers were grouped together, given color-coded luggage tags and group by group were processed off the ship. Since we were to stay on the ship after the completion of the first cruise, we were given In-Transit tickets and met in the Da Vinci Dining Room to await our turn. We were to be the last group off. At the appropriate time, we disembarked, processed through customs, walked through and out of the terminal, were guided back to the entrance to the terminal and went right back into the waiting area and waited just about an hour before we were the first group to be called to re-board. This was repeated after the end of our second cruise, although then the wait in the terminal was under an hour. After the end of our third cruise, the disembarkation process was a bit more involved but hassle-free nonetheless. The Crown Princess, which normally docks at Pier 93 after each cruise, this time docked at Pier 41 because of the large number of cruise ships that were arriving at the port that morning. Again, the passengers were grouped together by categories (independent travelers who had made their own travel arrangements, those with early flights out of Los Angeles, those with later flights, etc.). When our group was called, we left the ship, picked up our baggage at the baggage pickup point and were guiding to a row of shuttle buses. We loaded our bags onto the bus and boarded it for the brief ride to Pier 93 and the parking lot where we had parked our car. Our experience aboard all three cruises was similiar and best discussed together. We have always preferred AnyTime Dining to give us flexibility in the time we want to dine and to give us the experience of meeting and talking with new and different people. Yet we virtually always go in early (between 5:00 and 5:30) because we found that the waiting lines to get into the dining room are not as long then and move pretty fast. If one waits until 6:00 or so, then the waits tend to be a bit longer and the lines move a bit slower. The food has always been good and the service without reproach. The servers are attentive and friendly and try their best to please. The evening's musical entertainment was rather important to us, because we like to dance. Each night we picked out from the Princess Patter where the musical bands would be playing that night and made our plans. The same groups played onboard for all three criuses. A band played rock and roll music in either Club Fusion or the Explorers Lounge, alternating with the Crown Princess Orchestra at different times and days, and in-between there was recorded music hosted by a DJ. Music was also played for short periods in the Piazza and well into the evening in the Crooner's Bar. The Princess Theater also had musical production shows and magic acts and comedians each night to entertain the passengers. In general, all the music was fun and entertaining and we danced a little to each. One of the most pleasant surprises, however, was the Rockin Paradise Singing Duo that played exclusively in the Wheelhouse Bar starting at 8:30 pm each evening and well into the night. This singing duo, a male and female singer, was one of the very best we have come across in over three years of cruising. It was a joy dancing to their music. They have a wide range of songs that dozens of couples danced to, well into the late evening. Both singers have good singing voices and can carry a tune well and it was not only a distinct pleasure just to sit there and listen to them, but also to dance to their music. They have dance tunes of all varieties, from rock and roll to ballroom to country and western. They made our cruising experience thoroughly enjoyable and memorable, and singularly well worth the cost of the cruise. They should have been booked into a larger dance venue, like the Club Fusion, because so many couples danced to their music that the Wheelhouse Bar dance floor was crowded virtually the entire evening and couldn't accommodate all the people wanting to strut their stuff. It was kind of a nuisance to keep bumping into people on the dance floor and to watch your steps, constraining yourself so as not to impede others' dancing. We strongly recommend going on a cruise just to see and experience this duo in action while they are still on board. They will be the musical highlight of your cruise on the Crown Princess. In ending, we take our hats off to the Princess cruise line for making the embarkation and disembarkation process such a pleasant experience. It was obvious that the Princess staff takes personal pride in being able to do this, making it seem effortless. The dining experience was great, whether in the dining rooms, the Horizon Court buffet, or the Specialty restaurants. We thoroughly enjoyed our three cruises aboard. We had cruised with the Crown Princess before and will do so again. It's a nice ship, kept clean, and staffed by wonderful people. As we drove back to Las Vegas we reflected on the days we spent aboard and already missed the experience we shared there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
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
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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