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4 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise from Los Angeles

4 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise from Los Angeles

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

Royal Princess

Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Lots of dining options, many game shows and busy daily schedule

Cons

No aft pool

Bottom Line

Modern ship with a traditional take on cruising


Cruise Reviews

We enjoyed our week on the Royal Princess, but all in all it was nothing special. The food in the main dining rooms was generally good, but some nights the selection was less than inspiring. The buffet offered a wide variety of choices, ... Read More
We enjoyed our week on the Royal Princess, but all in all it was nothing special. The food in the main dining rooms was generally good, but some nights the selection was less than inspiring. The buffet offered a wide variety of choices, usually tasty. As always, the ship's pastries were better to look at than to eat. Dinner in the Crown Grill was very good, and worth the upcharge; the same cannot be said of Sabatini's, which was very disappointing--the "lobster three ways" was particularly unpleasant. As others have mentioned, the elevators were inadequate for the number of passengers. The casino is a disaster. Too small, too few machines, too many customers, too much smoke, and illogical use of space which had dead-ends and people bumping into one another. No complimentary beverages, no matter how much one played, just an offer of casino credit on a future cruise. A glass of ordinary white wine came in at $13, including the mandatory "tip." Unconscionable. The mattress was heavenly. Our room steward, Michael, was quiet, efficient, and pleasant. The Medallion experience was a very mixed bag--surely not worth the hassle. We never did manage to use it to locate our travel companions. Princess should either fix it or abandon it. One very complimentary comment: the tv selections were excellent--recent movies, lots of on demand shows from travel and home and garden channels, all day access to MSNBC, BBC, Fox, etc., all at no charge. Best in-cabin entertainment we've ever had. Despite a very generous offer of future casino credit, we're not enthusiastic about returning to the Royal Princess. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We took this cruise as a winter getaway, and it served its purpose. positives: - we feel there's been an improvement in the quality of the entertainment, both in small venues and in the Princess Theatre (compared to previous ... Read More
We took this cruise as a winter getaway, and it served its purpose. positives: - we feel there's been an improvement in the quality of the entertainment, both in small venues and in the Princess Theatre (compared to previous Princess cruises) -we appreciated the full service sit-down pizzeria on board (no charge) -International cafe is a great place for a light meal or dessert -embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze not-so-positive: -it is hard to find a quiet spot on the ship outside of your cabin - even retreat pool area has noise filtering from other areas -food in main dining room is ok, but not exceptional -- appetizers were more inventive than mains -need to arrive at Princess Theatre at least 1/2 hour before showtime to get a seat negative: -we found the medallion app not user-friendly, complicated to access the internet app, and chat function not useful, as there is no notification that message has been sent Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We have sailed with Princess many times, and since we live in the San Francisco Bay area, have always gone out of San Francisco on the Grand Princess. This time we got a great price on a Mexico cruise out of L.A., on the Royal Princess. ... Read More
We have sailed with Princess many times, and since we live in the San Francisco Bay area, have always gone out of San Francisco on the Grand Princess. This time we got a great price on a Mexico cruise out of L.A., on the Royal Princess. We wanted to try one of Princess's newer ships and were not disappointed. Everything on the Royal Princess was spic and span, and it looked like the ship was brand new. Very little wear and tear for a six year old ship. The dining venues were larger than the older ships, and they have more tables for two than any other ship we have been on. We have always had a hard time getting a table for two, and usually had to wait for 15 -20 minutes or go to a shared table, but not on the Royal. We went in at various times and always were seated right away. The food was good, but a little bland, compared to our meals on the Grand Princess. The Chef on the Grand just uses a bit more spice. And Princess still hasn't resolved their beef issue. About 3 years ago they changed meat suppliers, and the quality of their beef is terrible. Quite frankly it is inedible (tough with no flavor). All the dishes made with other meats were fine. The Horizon Bistro and Horizon Court had a wide variety of food and baked goods, but at breakfast it was almost impossible to find eggs that were warm. They fry the eggs in batches, and put the on the counters without warming lights or warmers under the trays, so you get cold eggs. Finally on the last day I found an omelet station, and there they cooked it and brought it right out to you, hot. The entertainment was excellent. The production shows, with the Princess singers and dancers were first class. I heard many long time Princess cruisers comment on the fact that this entertainment group put on the best shows they had ever seen on a cruise. The Medallion net , internet service was also the best I have ever had on a ship. It was almost as good as my home internet. The Medallion disc was better than having a key card, but it was a little sense of BIG BROTHER watching you. Every bar and store has your picture and name as soon as you enter the area, and they keep track of you wants and likes, to "better serve you", but a little too much info for my liking. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze, because of the Medallion disc. We boarded in less than 20 minutes, and were off the ship in less than 10 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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