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2019 Best for Embarkation

4 Day
Baja Mexico Itinerary

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Catalina Island (California)
  • Day 3
    Ensenada
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Carnival Inspiration - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Fun-loving vibe, very few extra-fee attractions

Cons

Old ship has very few cabin and dining options

Bottom Line

Affordable cruise makes for the perfect short getaway

Reviews

Carnival Inspiration Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Cabins

3 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Vancouver,
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Vancouver
Ship Details

Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

Cons

Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

Bottom Line

Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

Reviews

Coral Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

4 Day
Baja Mexico Itinerary

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Catalina Island (California)
  • Day 3
    Ensenada
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Carnival Imagination - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Value is paramount; nearly all dining, entertainment and kids' activities are included.

Cons

Less than 3 percent of all accommodations onboard have balconies.

Bottom Line

There is plenty to eat, see and do onboard without paying extra; just book your balcony early.

Reviews

Carnival Imagination Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Embarkation

3 Day
Baja Mexico Itinerary

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Ensenada, Los Angeles ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Ensenada
  • Day 4
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Carnival Inspiration - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Fun-loving vibe, very few extra-fee attractions

Cons

Old ship has very few cabin and dining options

Bottom Line

Affordable cruise makes for the perfect short getaway

Reviews

Carnival Inspiration Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

5 Night
Mexico Cruise

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Sixteen dining options provide an excellent variety

Cons

Lacks popular aft pool found on other Princess ships

Bottom Line

Classy, modern ship with a traditional air

Reviews

Royal Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

3 Day
Baja Mexico Itinerary

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Ensenada, Los Angeles ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Ensenada
  • Day 4
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Carnival Imagination - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Value is paramount; nearly all dining, entertainment and kids' activities are included.

Cons

Less than 3 percent of all accommodations onboard have balconies.

Bottom Line

There is plenty to eat, see and do onboard without paying extra; just book your balcony early.

Reviews

Carnival Imagination Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

3 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Vancouver,
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Vancouver
Ship Details

Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Friendly crew, well-crafted shore tours, improved specialty dining

Cons

Long queues to enter main dining rooms and upselling in the spa

Bottom Line

Relaxed atmosphere with dining and entertainment options for all ages

Reviews

Emerald Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.5
Service4.0
Value4.5

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  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best Overall

4 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Victoria, Vancouver ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Victoria
  • Day 5
    Vancouver
Ship Details

Pacific Princess - Princess Cruises

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Pacific Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
0.0/5

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  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

5-day
Baja Beach Break From Los Angeles

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Ensenada
  • Day 6
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

Cons

Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

Bottom Line

A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

Reviews

Norwegian Joy Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value3.5

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  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

4 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Isla Santa Catalina, Ensenada ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Isla Santa Catalina
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Ensenada
  • Day 5
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Sixteen dining options provide an excellent variety

Cons

Lacks popular aft pool found on other Princess ships

Bottom Line

Classy, modern ship with a traditional air

Reviews

Royal Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

5-day
Mexico From Los Angeles

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Ensenada
  • Day 6
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

Cons

Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

Bottom Line

A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

Reviews

Norwegian Bliss Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.5
Service4.5
Value3.5

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  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Value

4 Day
Baja Mexico

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Catalina Island (California)
  • Day 4
    Ensenada
  • Day 5
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Carnival Inspiration - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Fun-loving vibe, very few extra-fee attractions

Cons

Old ship has very few cabin and dining options

Bottom Line

Affordable cruise makes for the perfect short getaway

Reviews

Carnival Inspiration Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
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Pacific Coastal From Los Angeles

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Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

Cons

Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

Bottom Line

A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

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Norwegian Joy Reviews

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4.0/5
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Pacific Coastal From Los Angeles

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Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

Cons

Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

Bottom Line

A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

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Norwegian Bliss Reviews

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4.0/5
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2019 Best for Embarkation

3 Day
Baja Mexico

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Los Angeles
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Ensenada, Los Angeles ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Inspiration - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Fun-loving vibe, very few extra-fee attractions

Cons

Old ship has very few cabin and dining options

Bottom Line

Affordable cruise makes for the perfect short getaway

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Carnival Inspiration Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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Golden Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Lots of options for dining, drinking and swimming, and a high ratio of balcony cabins

Cons

Some of the decor is not as modern as other ships in the region

Bottom Line

A great all-rounder for passengers of all ages

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Golden Princess Reviews

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4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service5.0
Value4.0

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5 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

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Star Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.

Cons

Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.

Bottom Line

Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.

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Star Princess Reviews

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4.0/5
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Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Embarkation

4 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

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Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

Cons

Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

Bottom Line

Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

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Coral Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.0/5
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4 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

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Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Sixteen dining options provide an excellent variety

Cons

Lacks popular aft pool found on other Princess ships

Bottom Line

Classy, modern ship with a traditional air

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Royal Princess Reviews

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4.0/5
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Dining4.0
Service4.0
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Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Sixteen dining options provide an excellent variety

Cons

Lacks popular aft pool found on other Princess ships

Bottom Line

Classy, modern ship with a traditional air

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Royal Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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2019 Best for Value

5 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

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Los Angeles
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Princess Cruises
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Pacific Princess - Princess Cruises

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Pacific Princess Reviews

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0.0/5

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