3 Princess Grand Princess Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Mexican Riviera

this was our first cruise with Princess Itinerary was good and ease of boarding was great. As always most of the crew are tremendous. We found the entertainment EXCELLENT - the booked main stage performers and stage shows were great. ... Read More
this was our first cruise with Princess Itinerary was good and ease of boarding was great. As always most of the crew are tremendous. We found the entertainment EXCELLENT - the booked main stage performers and stage shows were great. The "orchestra" was one of the best I've heard on a cruise ship. Although there were some main stage sound issues most people wouldn't know it. Food was just average - nothing outstanding - including Crown Grill. We found our cabin comfortable and our balcony enjoyable except for one of our neighbors "vaping" and occasionally smoking pot. We were surprised to find out that the Casino is no smoking except for one area. We couldn't go near it because we couldn't breathe for the overwhelming smoke. Apparently dress code on Princess is just on paper - always saw shorts- tshirts- sandals and ball caps in dining room even on formal nights. We had an issue with our shower for the first five days - unable to shower. Finally day 6 was fixed. Almost half of the cruise - we received a free dinner at the Crown Grill - glad we could shower for dinner. Felt ignored for days. Not sure we want to keep our upcoming 15 day Hawaii booking on Princess?? Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Ship is old but in excellent condition. Service from crew in staff was excellent. Entertainment was the worst we have experienced in 30 years of cruising. There was only one very old and tired production show "The British ... Read More
Ship is old but in excellent condition. Service from crew in staff was excellent. Entertainment was the worst we have experienced in 30 years of cruising. There was only one very old and tired production show "The British Invasion" which Princess has been running for at least 10 years. The solo singers on other show nights tried hard but were not even up to Las Vegas Lounge quality; the magician concentrated on card tricks ( old, cheap) and sawed a woman in half, that's all. The Mexican trio in the Piazza were like some I"ve heard in a bar in the afternoon in Mazatlán. The ship did ru9n some current movies in the Princess Theater on some safternoons. The Cultural lecturers on Whales; Mexican History; etc were excellent. The meals were average or less. On Several nights the beef was so tough that our table and ones near us sent it back , and afyer a second try, we switched to fish. On one day, the Clam Chowder had no clams at all. I asked the Maitre'd why, and he said perhaps the cook forgot to add them. The Horizon buffet was excellent at Breakfast, and lunches there were adequate, but nothing great. The hamburger/hot dog grill was well sued since many did not like what as served for lunch. The Piazza café had soup and sandwiches 24 hours, and was well used. We noted that the sandwiches were fairly tasteless and had little filling, but combining the contents of two sandwiches made it edible./ The gym is smaller than other cruise ships and was crowded, and I often had to wait to use some machines. Embarkation and debarkation were well handled. There is no longer any customs form or inspection. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We last sailed on Princess about 20 years ago, and it was pretty dismal. That being said, it was the itinerary around Mexico which swung it for us this time after having some poor experiences on Carnival and Costa in recent years. Our ... Read More
We last sailed on Princess about 20 years ago, and it was pretty dismal. That being said, it was the itinerary around Mexico which swung it for us this time after having some poor experiences on Carnival and Costa in recent years. Our favourite lines are Holland America and secondly Norwegian. The Grand Princess was high up in this rating. From embarkation at San Francisco, throughout the cruise until the cruise finish, the professionalism and organisational systems were second to none. The staff At San Fransisco were all mature individuals who were intent on providing a superlative experience from the outset. This was quite a change compared to the shambolic chaos surrounding anything Costa and Carnival. We arrived at the port whilst passengers from the previous cruise were still disembarking. We were still able to leave our luggage thus allowing us some time at San Fransisco. Getting onto the ship, even though it was peak time was quick and easy. The ship was in excellent condition having recently been refurbished. Everything was spotless. It was a very laid back atmosphere. No one rushed..... this may be due to the fact of the older age group of passenger! Food was good, although to be honest breakfasts did get a little boring as they never varied the selection. It was also never really hot which was a shame as the quality was good. In all of our 15 plus cruises, this is the only one where we never ate in the main dining room. I could never understand passengers doing this but it gave us the freedom to watch some of the excellent movies and shows which always got in the way of restaurant times. The magician and comedian were so good! Shows quickly filled and often it was standing room only. We booked a guarantee ocean view cabin which was fairly central on Emerald deck. A good choice for us. Staff were exceptional and seemed to have a genuine interest in talking to you.... some lines you do get the impression that they go through the motions when talking to you. Not so on the Grand Princess. As you can tell, I loved this cruise. I would definitely recommend it. It may not be a young persons cruise (that's not to say we were all old codgers on the cruise!). Mexico was wonderful and lived up to our expectations. I have tried to rate the experience below fairly. Dining was marred by the predictability of breakfasts. Entertainment lost points due to the limited programme during the day, but this was a personal choice, although it was great not to get Bingo rammed down your throats! enrichment activities were mainly it seemed to me, shopping advice at ports coupled with the inevitable art auctions. We did not go on any ship excursions but did our own. Didn't use the gym, spa or pools.therefore not rated them. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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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