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

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
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
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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