3 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior 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
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
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
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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