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7 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise from San Francisco

7 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise from San Francisco

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Francisco
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Santa Barbara
  • Day 4
    Los Angeles
  • Day 5
    San Diego
  • Day 6
    Ensenada
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    San Francisco

Grand Princess

Grand Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast

Cons

Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces

Bottom Line

Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: February 2019
The ship was the oldest of the Princess fleet and it shows. There was difficulty finding fully functioning bathrooms on the ship. Most area decorations are dated and worn looking. The inclusive dinners were hit or miss. The Buffett ... Read More
The ship was the oldest of the Princess fleet and it shows. There was difficulty finding fully functioning bathrooms on the ship. Most area decorations are dated and worn looking. The inclusive dinners were hit or miss. The Buffett options got old by the end of the cruise. Most fruit was unripe and vegetables were limited. Entertainment venues filled early and many people were not seated. The fitness room was stuffy and hot, not enjoyable at all when the views were pretty. I preferred walking the decks. We had an extremely noisy room and the front desk said they could not move us. Why do they put rooms across from the main service entrance for the staff for the floor. We heard each time the door opened and slammed closed. Then the carts were noisy going over the threshold. Not much fun at 6-6:30 am! So much for a free upgrade to a room with a view. We will not be traveling with Princess again Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Won this cruise through casino. First cruise, and was looking forward to great food..unfortunately some meals were actually inedible. We dined with the anytime service which was not explained, so we did not find our actual dining room (we ... Read More
Won this cruise through casino. First cruise, and was looking forward to great food..unfortunately some meals were actually inedible. We dined with the anytime service which was not explained, so we did not find our actual dining room (we thought the buffet area was where we should eat because we got turned away in other dining areas) for the first few days..also had a spa experience, the facial was okay but the hard sell for facial products and fillers was over the top to the point where I made an appointment for fillers just to get out of there and had my husband cancel it when we got back to the room. Also found the same facial products online for half the price which was really upsetting because I had purchased one of them. The entire cruise was based around art shows and auctions that were trying to sell gaudy paintings for huge prices. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because we had never been on the Pacific side of Mexico, nor San Francisco. As such, we visited first-time ports of call, and we also spent several days in San Francisco exploring the city as well as surrounding ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been on the Pacific side of Mexico, nor San Francisco. As such, we visited first-time ports of call, and we also spent several days in San Francisco exploring the city as well as surrounding historical attractions. In my opinion, no one does the embarkation or disembarkation better than Princess cruises. Due to staying in San Francisco for several days prior to the cruise, we arrived in port earlier than expected (During what I would consider peak embark time) and after dropping our luggage at the pier we waltzed right onto the ship. There were no lines to stand in, no wait time, and the staff was extremely efficient. Within minutes we were seated at the International Cafe enjoying a cup of coffee. In regards to disembarkation, again, no one seems to do it better than Princess. We were off the ship, picked up our luggage, and through customs fifteen minutes before our scheduled disembark time. There were no long lines, no waiting time, just about perfect. The ship's layout was easy to learn and follow, but it definitely showed its age. However, on the positive side, the Grand was scheduled for dry dock immediately after this cruise, so it should be in tip-top shape when it sets off on the next sailing towards the end of March 2019. Even though the ship needed some updates, the staff kept the public areas, dining venues, and state rooms spotless. Actually, when it comes to service, we have been on numerous cruises and never experienced a friendlier more willing to serve crew on any previous cruise. Always a smile, a helping hand, and great service. We stayed in a balcony cabin (A215) which was adequate in size, decent bathroom (Shower, no bathtub), and enough storage for the two of us. The bed was very comfortable and Normando kept the room spotless. Also, aside from the cabin balcony, if you want some quiet time in the sun the Sanctuary Sundeck, Pool, and Hot tubs are the place to go. Overall there is a good variety to choose from when it comes to eating on the ship, but the specialty restaurants were fantastic in all phases. The main dining room and Lido deck buffet was what one would expect with a decent menue and service. The grill and pizza service were great for a light lunch or snack and the International Cafe is still my favorite spot to start the day or grab a quick cup of coffee. We also ate at the Crown Gill and Sabatini's on this cruise and they were excellent; the atmosphere, the service, the food, everything from start to finish was worth the reservation. My wife and I both really enjoyed the entertainment from the stage shows that included a magician, comedian, and singers/dancers, to the smaller Piazza venues with trios and individual musicians. The Born to Dance show to close the cruise was one of the best, if not the best, cruise show performances we have ever seen. In regards to ports of call, we enjoyed visiting San Francisco prior to the cruise and Cabo San Lucas was our favorite port of call during the cruise. In order of the intinerary: San Francisco, California There is a lot to do here if you have never been in San Francisco before, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and such. Extend your vacation and stay a day or two before or after your cruise. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Unfortunately, I did not visit this port as I caught a pretty good cold and opted to stay on the ship. But hey, there is a Walmart just off the pier, what more could you ask for! (Just kidding) Manzanillo, Mexico Didn't see much of the city, but did the turtle excursion instead. It was a little underwhelming, but hopefully the monies are used to support turtle research and protection. Mazatlan, Mexico We explored Mazatlan on our own. There was plenty to see and do and it is worth the time to get off the ship and take a trip into the city. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico We took a whale watching excursion in Cabo and luckily they were very active on our port day. After the excursion we ventured around the marina and visited some of the little local shops. Weather was beautiful and a great day for a walk. As I stated earlier in the review, we have been on numerous cruises and never experienced a friendlier more willing to serve staff on any previous cruise; always a smile, a helping hand, and great service. Overall, this cruise was near seemless from beginning to end. From embarkation to disembark it was a very relaxing getaway; the food was adequate, entertainment very good, service was excellent, and the crew was the friendliest ever experienced. This cruise may have been a little heavy on sea days for some, but I wouldn't hesitate to take this cruise again or recommend this itinerary or ship to anyone. Now, if I could have just bottled the warm weather and taken it home (NW Ohio) with us, that would have been the perfect ending! Read Less
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