15 Princess Grand Princess Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

Our large group of travel friends booked this trip a year ago. We are SF natives who love the ease of leaving from SF. The cruise was a California Southern Coastal Cruise with stops in Santa Barbara, LA, San Diego and Encinada. Most of ... Read More
Our large group of travel friends booked this trip a year ago. We are SF natives who love the ease of leaving from SF. The cruise was a California Southern Coastal Cruise with stops in Santa Barbara, LA, San Diego and Encinada. Most of us booked the Club Level for a few dollars more which has it's perks.They have a special bar, the Club 15 where we had our nightly cocktails, a bottle of wine upon arrival in our room, extra thick bath robes and Club Dining (anytime) in a special area of the dining room. We had a mini suite midship which is a fantastic location for ease of getting places on board. The service was wonderful but the smoking in the Casino was a detriment. We hope that Princess will make some changes with that in the very near future! Our experience was otherwise smooth, friendly and easy. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Amazing, amazing trip. Everything, except for casino, was beyond and above expectations. Casino needs more variety on slots. I loved the robes (waffle), and would love to purchase one for my husband for Father’s Day. Please help ... Read More
Amazing, amazing trip. Everything, except for casino, was beyond and above expectations. Casino needs more variety on slots. I loved the robes (waffle), and would love to purchase one for my husband for Father’s Day. Please help with this. The food was ok, but need more variety. Lots of curry in the food. This is not a good choice for all people. Os e of the shipboard staff, such as line dancer teachers were rude and not very helpful as teachers. I enjoyed all the shows that we saw, but he singers were not very good in any of the shows. I do have to say that anything we asked for was supplied right away as far as our room accommodations went. Roberto was an excellent steward. The ship itself, left a lot to be desired as far as luxury went..so much wear and tear showing all over the ship. Very disappointing. Very disappointing. The name, Grand Princess, does not fit this ship. Entirely to much for gratuities....... Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Wanted to travel during the Holidays and wanted to be in Hawaii. Excursions are abundant and worth the time. About 400 children on this cruise and they were entertaining and well mannered. However, we would have liked the Grand to be ... Read More
Wanted to travel during the Holidays and wanted to be in Hawaii. Excursions are abundant and worth the time. About 400 children on this cruise and they were entertaining and well mannered. However, we would have liked the Grand to be Princess QUALITY. My husband and I cruised the Grand in Sept 2017 to Alaska and noticed ship quality had diminished, but because the Grand is easily accessed to & from San Francisco we decided to make the Holiday Cruise to Hawaii our next sailing. Of course embarkation was excellent, as always. Our Stateroom Attendant- Edwin, above excellent and the Crown Grill continues to be a favorite for the food and service. However, the Grand is a SICK Ship! We expected sea sickness (not us) and saw it a lot. However, we did not expect other sicknesses - head colds mostly, but a few other illnesses and we did not expect to return to San Fran sick, again. We believe the sickness is in the venting system through the ship. We have NEVER gotten sick on prior Princess Ships, including the Grand which we sailed when it was on the east coast (New England/Canada) years ago. We noticed the obvious wear in the stateroom furnishings and balcony furniture, also the theater seating is well worn and counters in the public restrooms broken, cracked or chipped, but have never seen so much on one ship. The quality of food in sit down restaurant and buffet was not Princess quality, as previous cruising. The entertainment was lacking in quality (elevator roulette) as was the Cruise Director who could use training in customer service. There are 2+ other cruises from San Fran we would like to take, however until the Grand is replaced or totally overhauled we are avoiding the Grand. We will be watching for future reviews about the Grand Princess from other Cruise Critic contributors to see if that happens. BTW, we reported all this to Princess in the Survey. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I was invited to cruise this itinerary and the price was great! Our shore excursions that we took were city highlights because I had never been to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, or Cabo San Lucas. The walking tour with Princess Cruises in ... Read More
I was invited to cruise this itinerary and the price was great! Our shore excursions that we took were city highlights because I had never been to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, or Cabo San Lucas. The walking tour with Princess Cruises in Mazatlan was the best because we were able to see the city highlights while doing some preferred shopping. From the Cathedral to the Cliff Divers, the tour was great and Akino was fun, funny, and helpful. The bus tours in Puerto Vallarta were rich with culture and knowledge. The Mama' LuciaTequila factory people were super gracious-bring money or your card to buy this great product that is only available in this village. I need to watch Night of the Iguana so I can learn more about the movie greats who brought so much business to this lovely area of the world. Los Cabos was beautiful! The glass factory with the handblown glass items was stunning. And the artists who were making the products did a great job. And our tour guide made sure we knew the difference between a "pachanga" and a "fiesta". LoL. Pachangas are a bit wilder. Dining on board was delicious. We had "any time dining" and sometimes made a reservation for two for the Michelangelo dining room, but mostly we sat with others because my husband and I love hearing and sharing our stories with people from around the world. Sabatini's rocked with the Northern Italian dairy-inspired dishes. But I know my husband really enjoyed the bounty of the sea southern Italian meals. Dancing, night clubs, sitting by the pool. It was all good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so leaving and returning to San Francisco was a real plus for us. No airport hassles. The ship departed right on time, and we enjoyed sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. Gives you a totally ... Read More
We live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so leaving and returning to San Francisco was a real plus for us. No airport hassles. The ship departed right on time, and we enjoyed sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. Gives you a totally different perspective of this iconic structure. The cruise was a lot of fun for our group of 10. We enjoyed each of the stops (Astoria, Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria). The staff of the Grand Princess were fantastic. They made the cruise enjoyable for everyone aboard; from our cabin steward Myrcel, to the dining room staff, to the bar server Daniela. Everyone was on top of their game. The shipboard entertainment was also very good. We enjoyed the Modern Gentlemen Quartet, Alex Ramon magician, and the Princess singers and dancers. We were also treated to an unexpected pod of whales off the port side on the first day of the cruise. What a show they put on. We'd definitely consider another cruise from San Francisco. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My wife and I chose Princess Cruises after a glowing recommendation from a close friend. We were certainly not disappointed. Every part of our experience was unforgettable. Our embarkation and disembarkation, the beginning and the end, ... Read More
My wife and I chose Princess Cruises after a glowing recommendation from a close friend. We were certainly not disappointed. Every part of our experience was unforgettable. Our embarkation and disembarkation, the beginning and the end, went reassuringly smoothly. Once onboard, the entire staff was very helpful and courteous. The delicious variety of dining choices were second to none. And certainly, the entertainment was the absolute best. Every day of our 10 day cruise was a new experience in dining and entertainment pleasure. As far as the weather, we were blessed with perfect weather at every port of call; sunny, clear, pleasant, not too cold and certainly not warm. At the time I paid for the reservation, I prepaid for an excursion for every day we were in port. We will never forget them. They were truly an adventure. On our first excursion in Ketchikan, we boarded a boat with about a dozen other cruisers and went to an island where we hiked a rainforest. In Juneau, we rode the tram up to Mt Roberts and saw some spectacular high-mountain views. In Skagway, we boarded another boat (I'll call it a fast boat) and rode our way through a waterway seeing eagles calmly perched in the trees right next to the shore. We must have seen 20 eagles in the hour we there; every few minutes another eagle. Amazing! Later that day, We rode a bus to a high scenic point. We travelled into Canada and got even closer to galcier country. The next stop was actually going into the fjord and getting as close as possible to glaciers. Previously, after having been invited by a staff member, I had reserved a couple of lounge chairs in a private area known as the Sanctuary. It proved to be just right for viewing the glaciers. Not only that but they provided all the comforts including coffee, light snacks, and an extra blanket if we needed it. It proved to be another very pleasant experience. Finally, our last stop was in Victoria. I wish we could have spent more time there. Victoria is an interesting an beautiful city worthy of more time and sightseeing. There is no doubt my Wife and I thorougly enjoyed ourselves. What made the trip extra special was that we enjoyed it as our 40th wedding anniversary trip of which I informed Princess Cruises. They made the trip a little extra enjoyable with some special recognition. Upon our return, My wife said, "Let's start planning for next year!" Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We were on this cruise with a group of 80 friends. Getting on and off ship was very smooth. Front desk staff was awful. I was double charged for $7,400 for artwork. The Purser's staff told me they would remove at end of cruise. ... Read More
We were on this cruise with a group of 80 friends. Getting on and off ship was very smooth. Front desk staff was awful. I was double charged for $7,400 for artwork. The Purser's staff told me they would remove at end of cruise. When I objected I was put into contact with the ship's finance manager. Her behavior was outrageous & grossly unprofessional. She told me she would not remove the charge for me to "call my bank & deal with it myself". When I explained that I was not the merchant & could not remove a charge she said that she was not going to "deal with me" and called me a "bully". Eventually she did contact my credit card & remove the charge. I also purchased a bottle of Johnny Walker Cruise Edition whiskey. What was delivered was a standard bottle of Johnny Walker that was $140 less than that I purchased. Also, Princess only operated 1 tender at a time in Santa Barbara, as a result we waited 1.5 hours in cold and rain for a tender back to the ship. I have been on 20 cruises and will NEVER cruise on Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Grouo of 35 going from Oakmount, Ca Retirement Community. The Water arobics was part of the group. The on shore excursion were great. We missed one because the tender sevice was overwhelmed in Santa Barbara, Ca. Weather is Ensenda was ... Read More
Grouo of 35 going from Oakmount, Ca Retirement Community. The Water arobics was part of the group. The on shore excursion were great. We missed one because the tender sevice was overwhelmed in Santa Barbara, Ca. Weather is Ensenda was windy and cold so we did go ashore. Been to Mexico many times in the past, but did not miss going ashore. Do not think it is safe anymore. Do not really want to support Mexico economy at this time. The Dining was excellent. Waiters very nice and pamper you. The Line Dance instructor fro Argentena was superior. Great Personallity. Worked very hard to please us. The cabin Steward Martin was also excellent. He took good care of us. Room was always clean. Ship is very large. Walked a lot. No wieght gain. Excellent selection of food. Lots of vegtables, fish and fruit. Pastries were excellent. Ship is couches in the Explorer need to be replaced. Way to low for Seniors. Drink service slow sometines. Overall we had a great time. Elevators slow during peak times of mobvement. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our 2nd time sailing with Princess Cruises, and 2nd time on the Grand Princess. Overall this is our 10th cruise with many different lines. I have to say living right in the Bay Area is so convenient. We took a 20 minute drive to ... Read More
This was our 2nd time sailing with Princess Cruises, and 2nd time on the Grand Princess. Overall this is our 10th cruise with many different lines. I have to say living right in the Bay Area is so convenient. We took a 20 minute drive to the cruise terminal and from curbside to the ship took less than 10 minutes. It was absolutely fabulous. The terminal was very well maintained and the porters and staff on the ground were very helpful. It was the fastest check in/debarkation process from any other port I have been to. We stayed in a Mini Suite Cabin (D314) as we did so last time we were on the Grand. The Cabin was very nice, 2 tv's and a separate sitting area. We were welcomed by our very friendly Room Steward Dominador and made our way around the ship. You can definitely see some spots where the ship is showing its age however for a 20 year old ship, its in pretty damn good shape. Last time we took this cruise we were cut 2 days short and an overnight in SF. Due to technical difficulties on the last cruise before us which sent the ship into dry dock to get necessary repairs. Fortunately departed right on time, and also a different Captain. The sail away out of San Francisco is extraordinary it's unlike any other port. The Iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The really exhilarating part was there was 10 people on the bridge waving down at us as we passed under! It was great. Food options were great in the dinning room and buffet. We dined at the Crown Grill 4 times as well as the Sabatini's Italian Trattoria once. The Crown Grill is definitely the best restaurant on the ship, all though it does cost extra to dine there, it's definitely worth it. On the other hand, wouldn't recommend the Sabatini's. They completely changed the menu from the last time we were there and wasn't all impressed with their options... Wait staff and Matîre D's were very kind, especially a shoutout to Oana (Assistant Matîre D) and Aleksander (Head Waiter Crown Grill) They were simply amazing. Entertainment onboard was great, there was something for everyone. From outstanding piano players, magicians, vocal groups, and of course the ships dancers and singers. All the ports were great but wasn't so impressed with the stop in Manzanillo, more of an industrial port and was lacking stuff to do. Not to impressed. However the rest of the ports were great! Overall I would definitely recommend this ship especially if you are within the Bay Area or near to San Francisco. It is totally worth the money and even though the Grand is one of Princess's oldest ships it's still very well maintained. I will definitely be sailing on the Grand again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
If you fly from the East Coast to Hawaii you may spend 11 hrs flying. However, 5 1/2 hrs to SFO, hop in a cruise ship and you maybe saving $1500 if you count airfare, hotels, food, tours etc./ Things to remember: passport, book your ... Read More
If you fly from the East Coast to Hawaii you may spend 11 hrs flying. However, 5 1/2 hrs to SFO, hop in a cruise ship and you maybe saving $1500 if you count airfare, hotels, food, tours etc./ Things to remember: passport, book your tours before you leave home, otherwise you may find later on the ship your tour is closed. If you are traveling from SFO remember the avg temp is 61degrees. from Nov-May. Be prepared to feel cold weather, rocky seas and winds upwards of 25 knots for 6 of the 15 days you are sailing. Bring warm clothes for 10 days at sea. We brought bathing suits but the pool temperature was in the low 70s. If you are courageous you may watch movies outdoors. Book your transportation from SFO airport to Pier 27 and back as soon as you sign up for the cruise. Warning, it may take up to 1.5 hours from the airport. Our trip took that long on a Sunday at Noon. It took 35 minutes to travel two blocks at Embarcadero. Tours are very short, the best is the Arizona-Missouri Memorial. Be prepared to just bring a camera, tons of people go thru everyday and the security folks make you rent lockers at the reception center. This forces the rest of the tour group to wait for you to return to the bus. Hilo, Maui and Makawao are excellent tours. Unless you need to find a Pharmacy, the Ensenada tour is not worth getting. Oh, yes, the Pharmacy is 50 meters from the ship. The activity crew keeps you busy all 8 days at sea. Between Hula, line dancing, Ukulele lessons, Hawaiian history, art, photography lectures, Who can forget gambling? How about Bingo? At Happy Hour you can BOGO at 1/2 price. You can eat practically 18 hours a day and just in case you get up in the middle of the night hungry, just walk to the coffee shop and get a snack and a latte. Feel nostalgic? Go to the nightly shows and listen to your favorite tunes, magicians, dancers and stale jokes comics. Feel hungry after the show? Go to the pizzeria for a couple of slices. After all of these, you only wish to had less time at sea and more time in Hawaii. After we arrived home we couldn't wait to go back to work, we needed the rest........ Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Some friends and I were part of a group of quilters, sewing every at sea day plus one port day down in the Botticelli dining room. This was our first time on the Grand and we loved it. The beds are comfy, shower stall a little small, but ... Read More
Some friends and I were part of a group of quilters, sewing every at sea day plus one port day down in the Botticelli dining room. This was our first time on the Grand and we loved it. The beds are comfy, shower stall a little small, but water pressure was great. We had great servers in the dining room, and I was impressed at how many servers were in Horizon Court to bring your drinks or help carry plates. We did late tea and dessert there a few evenings, since it was fairly quiet, they had time to chat a bit. Fun to find out where they were from. We also thought the food was great. My friends and I have a saying, if I didn't have to prepare it, it's my favorite! First time to be in a balcony cabin, that was a huge treat! Shows were good. We loved MUTS! Ports were so-so. But we didn't care because it was more about being able to take quilting workshops and enjoying the ship. Embarkation went quickly, our TA wanted us all checking in about the same time, between 11:30 and 12:00. (Warning, if you're driving over from the valley, traffic was very slow from Tracy until we were on the Bay Bridge.) Disembarkation went smoothly as well, I think we were off and through customs around 10 am. We parked at 55 Francisco (although I don't know if you can still make reservations there). Can't wait to sail on the Grand for another quilting cruise! Kudos to our TA Terry for doing such a great job! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We sailed from Los Angeles to four Hawaiian islands, then to Ensenada in Mexico, and then back to LA. Four and a half days each way across the Pacific was a long time to be on the ship. Since it was winter, most of the time it was too cold ... Read More
We sailed from Los Angeles to four Hawaiian islands, then to Ensenada in Mexico, and then back to LA. Four and a half days each way across the Pacific was a long time to be on the ship. Since it was winter, most of the time it was too cold to enjoy on-deck activities like the outdoor pools or deck chairs. Eight or nine days without any ports of call is also more than enough time to exhaust all of the entertainment on board and the various free movies and other TV programming offered by the ship. I was grateful to reach the Hawaii and get off the ship on the way out, and even more grateful to reach LA and get off the ship for good on the way back. The food was surprisingly uneven - some days it was quite good, other days nearly inedible. The worst food was from the special holiday menus, which I found pretty surprising. The pizzas and hot dogs were the worst - completely disgusting. The first thing I did when disembarking in Hawaii was make a beeline for the nearest fast food. Normally I don't like fast food, but it was a refreshing treat after the fattening, repetitive fare on the boat. Also, because food quality was so variable, it was nice to know for a change what to expect in my meal. On the positive side, room service was 24 hours and at no additional charge for most items. It was nice to be able to get a club sandwich or PBJ any time of the day or night (especially after an unsatisfying meal in one of the main dining rooms). There is also a handy continental breakfast service - you can order several different items like pastries and juice in the evening, and it will show up at the time of your choice the next morning at your door. Even though it was an "all inclusive" cruise, soft drinks and alcohol are billed separately. The way the ship handles this is really annoying - you have to present your ship card each time you order a drink, and sign a receipt each time too. With large groups at a bar or at dinner this can be very cumbersome and annoying. They should come up with better, less disruptive methods, like portable card or finger print readers. Paperless options would also be nice. Service on board was all over the map. Most of the staff was very helpful and attentive, but sometimes it was impossible to get assistance, particularly in the early or late hours in the self-serve buffet. Also, our room steward never responded to pages and was seldom to be found. When he could be found, he was fairly unfriendly. (In contrast, some friend staying just down the hall had a different steward, and they claimed they've never received better attention or been better taken care of.) Some of the crew did not speak English very well and I had a few awkward misunderstandings as a result. The ship had a modest sized gym / work out facility, but its hours were limited from 7AM to 10PM. Many guests complained about this and indicated that other ships or cruise lines have 24 hour gyms. Because a lot of people on the cruise were morning people and were from several time zones further east, the gym was always overcrowded in the morning. There were lines to get any cardio or workout equipment. The only way to ensure getting equipment was to go to the gym later in the evening, but at the cost of missing out on a dining slot or evening entertainment. Also, some of the cardio equipment was in poor repair. I had a lot of fun hanging out with friends on the cruise and going on excursions, but overall this was not an experience I would want to repeat. I never felt any sort of luxury at all. Instead, I felt like I was staying in a second-rate hotel in the middle of nowhere. The long ocean crossing contributed to this feeling, and maybe I would have enjoyed the cruise more if it had less time at sea and more ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Background: Mid 60's couple, Princess Platinum Members, extensive cruising experience. We were on this particular cruise for a family wedding which went smoothly. Ship: It has been remodeled, but the primary changes we noticed was ... Read More
Background: Mid 60's couple, Princess Platinum Members, extensive cruising experience. We were on this particular cruise for a family wedding which went smoothly. Ship: It has been remodeled, but the primary changes we noticed was that they cut the 17th floor Skywalker Lounge completely off the ship and permanently closed the retractable cover over the pool to save costs. Service: Adequate, but without many experienced staff. Dinning staff was pleasant, helpful, and overworked, but generally lacked any special touches. It was much like a you would expect in a family restaurant. Cabin attendent was efficient and helpful, but on the first Formal Night I was headed toward the cabin in full dress and he was distributing ice and asked me if I could take my bucket to my room and put it in the frig. for him. That was fine with me, but gives you a nice picture of what I meant by "lacked any special touches". Stateroom: Standard Mini-suite, clean, no mechanical or other issues, Dolfin level minisuite has no cover from sun or view from balconies below. Food: By historic cruiseline standard the food was quite poor, both in terms of preparation and products to work with. It would a put a chain restaurant out of business. This was true in main dining and cafe lines. Specialty chop house was $25/person, and was definitely better, but not as special as these venues are on most ships. Steaks were still just mid-range quality, but OK. Do not order steaks in the main dining. Lunch cafe on upper deck for lunch is amazingly poor. Entertainment: Music venues were good. We did not visit enough others events, but our other guests had all good comments. Enrichment lectures: Despite >50% sea days there were not enrichment lectures. Very disappointing to many of us. Value: With this large stockholder company now controling most of the large ship line (mass market), it is hard to compare, but the other company with 2 large lines provides significantly better food and service for the dollar. General comment: Our expectations for Princess had been set so low from our last several experiences that it seemed quite nice, but nothing like the orginial Princess line. Stockholder demands for increasing profits will continue to downgrade the experience. We only took this cruise because of a family gathering that we were invited to. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Let me start by saying that this was my 8th Cruise (4th with Princess) along with 3 Carnival and 1 Royal Caribbean. I am also 42 year old male. After reading many reviews on here, I truly believe that some people are just down right ... Read More
Let me start by saying that this was my 8th Cruise (4th with Princess) along with 3 Carnival and 1 Royal Caribbean. I am also 42 year old male. After reading many reviews on here, I truly believe that some people are just down right snobs or truly picky. I believe that any cruise is what you make it. I was traveling with 10 other people. Our 1st small group in 3 years. We normally have 30-50 people with us. So this time was family and a few friends. So here are some of my thoughts: Embarkation: We normally try and get to the pier early, but since we were staying with a friend in Ft. Lauderdale, we waited until early afternoon to board and it went so smooth that we will probably board later from now on. Ship: I thought the ship looked great and was a nice ship. Food & Dining Rooms Has the food changed through the years. Yes but I understand that companies want to make money so they have cut back but I didn't have a bad meal all week. Also, the buffet fulfilled all my needs. I truly believe that some people think they are entitled to 5 star meals 24/7 on cruises. I would like these people to see how much it would cost them in a week to eat all they do on a cruise in 1 week at restaurants. Pretty sure it will cost them more than the fee for their cruise. My recommendations for those who are worried about good service. Return to traditional dining. We tried anytime dining a few years ago and we realized that we pretty much went to dinner at the same time every night. If you do Traditional dining, you have the same wait staff and they tend to know your needs (they know they may receive additional tips at the end of the week, which ours did). Entertainment: All of the shows were pretty good. They are what I expect on a cruise. If I want to see Broadway caliber, I guess I will go to Broadway. My only complaint would be the times for shows and how they work. The night that the comedian was performing they put him in the Vista and I singer in the Princess Theatre. Well a lot of people went to the singer at the 8:15 show and then went to the 10:15 show for the comedian. Well for us 8:15 dinner seating people, the Vista was full by the time we got out of dinner. Enjoyed the singer but would have preferred to see the comedian. Also on the last night, Princess Cruises does a show with other staff members performing....the time was 9:30...which again the 8:15 dinner seating misses. Bar Staff I do believe that Princess does have the best bar staff. They are all very personable and great services people. If you were on this ship, Flora & Referen at Crooners were amazing and so much fun. Georgi in the new Club One 5 was wonderful. He made my friends and I a special shot every night that week. Age of guests: I read a review from the this cruise who was amazed at the amount of older people. If anyone does any research on cruises, you would know that you are probably going to get an older crowd on this ship. If you want younger crowd, that is what Carnival is for. Outside Decks: I found this ship to be very roomy and plenty of deck chairs. I still do hate that people throw towels on chairs and never use them on the decks by the pools and at the movie screen. I wish the deck crew would take a little more action on this. It is a problem on all cruises. The older crowd on this ship made more chairs available. So the person that complained about the crowd she see this as a positive. Ports: I was fine with missing Princess Cays. I have been and its pretty much a Sea Day anyway. Curacao was nice and we enjoyed our tour but it is one of those places that I am fine if I never go to again. I loved Aruba when we went a few years ago. We had a great tour...Howard Folkes did a wonderful job (not a Princess Tour). Highly recommend that you look him up. Great tour for a great price. Night Club: Club One 5 that replaced Skywalkers is wonderful space. I love that it has the dance floor in one area and then the main bar is in another area where the same music is playing but at a level that you can still have conversation without having to yell. It was very well attended, I believe because it isn't well promoted. The cruise direct (who I wasn't overly impressed with)didn't promote it at all until the last night or 2. The only reason he did was 2 of the people we met on this trip sent him a note. DJ Brian on this trip was amazing. He played music for all generations. Most DJ's on cruises now play all current music that the majority of cruisers are not necessarily fans of. Rooms I had an inside cabin. I had a balcony last year and realized that I don't like them. I was on it maybe 3 times. I recommend insides for anyone that wants to save a few bucks. I love that it is really dark if you want to take a cat nap or sleep late in the morning. My room steward did a great job. I will give props to Princess on their showers...much better than Carnival. Overall this was a great trip. The most of it was me and my friends making the best of everything we did....just ask the DJ who asked us if he could pay us to come and dance because people would dance when we were on the floor. I will look at another Princess Cruise. Happy Cruising! Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
This is the second time on the Grand Princess. We sailed on her 11 years ago. I was not happy with the shelf space then and it still hasn't changed. Luckily I was prepared for this and packed appropriately. The room size and bathroom ... Read More
This is the second time on the Grand Princess. We sailed on her 11 years ago. I was not happy with the shelf space then and it still hasn't changed. Luckily I was prepared for this and packed appropriately. The room size and bathroom is adequate, but compared to other ships I'd give it a C+. The room steward was fantastic! Our room was always taken care of and he was pleasant and understood us and I needed ice in the room and he made sure it was there... The crew members were very friendly, the waiter and assistant waiter were phenomenal...the food was the best and so were the desserts. What I liked was that you plate was not filled with food you couldn't eat nor was it too little an amount. Unfortunately, our crossing was grey and cold and there could have been better alternative entertainment for the passengers aside from first run movies...The TV was awful...there are plenty of old release movies that people would have enjoyed too... The internet was extremely unresponsive. Andrea, the internet manager was very helpful. The internet was supposed to be in all public areas and that was not so. The Computer teacher, Rachael, was fantastic and helpful...On other cruise lines this is free...but Rachael was worth every penny! The ports were fabulous and we used alternative excursions and did very well with them...I would stay far away from any cruise line's excursions....too pricey...You do take the chance of being left in port if you don't return on time, but its worth the little worry if you take your time and choose your guides... This time my husband and I came down with upper respiratory tract infections toward the end of the cruise. No fever...totally viral. Unfortunately, it is still hanging on and has made us both quite ill...There were very few hand sanitizers that I saw, but this is airbourne so I doubt they would have helped. Norovirus is more touching a place where the virus was deposited... Getting off the ship was a horrible experience for someone who not handicapped, but when someone (and I saw many) is in a wheelchair and unable to assist themselves its a double horror. Then add into the mix people who did not know which airline terminal they were supposed to go to...No one explained to them that once they got off the ship, they needed to know this information. This made things even worse, not to mention that the ship just kept on letting people off and making the situation worse...no one was communicating with anyone...I would give the disembarkation an F----...a BIG F! The Grand Princess needs to be refurbished and the social directors need to direct...there wasn't any...a pity...Oh and the photography is getting expensive everywhere...make sure you have your own good camera... Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Grand Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 3.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.0

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