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3 Los Angeles Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as it would only mean a one flight to return home. The embarking of the ship was very poor. San Pedro did not have its act together. The ship itself was okay, though we were greeted with Christmas music. Gladly ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it would only mean a one flight to return home. The embarking of the ship was very poor. San Pedro did not have its act together. The ship itself was okay, though we were greeted with Christmas music. Gladly this ended until the cruise was nearly over. The décor of the ship seems to be a bit dated , though our cabin was comfortable. Dinning was good, we did have late fixed dinning and it did seem very understaffed. After a week we opted for the buffet at 9:30 pm and found a great mix of people. It was always filled. Food was good and a great mix, to go along with the many different nationalities on board. Loved the ramen bowls. We did not do any Princess tours, but chose local operators at the ports. We were told not to do this in Callo (Lima) . We did do our own thing, but it does help if one speaks Spanish. . Our friends who took a Princess tour to Santigo were robbed on their tour, so I can't say much for Princess tours. In all it was a good cruise for the price. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I purchased air travel with Princess and had transfers to the pier on the day of the departure. Everything was very smooth. The only thing I didn't like was the amount of time we had to wait at the airport prior to going to the ... Read More
I purchased air travel with Princess and had transfers to the pier on the day of the departure. Everything was very smooth. The only thing I didn't like was the amount of time we had to wait at the airport prior to going to the terminal. Add that on to the time we spent waiting once we got to the terminal and it totaled well over 8 hours of waiting. But once we got on the ship everything was very smooth. There was a hiccup with my internet that had been purchased before the cruise. I had to go to the internet cafe for them to fix the issue. But once it was fixed the internet was pretty typical for a cruise ship. The cabin was good and the steward was fantastic. We had early dining and the waiters that served our table were good for the cruise. We never really created a bond with them. But the food was great and they went out of their way to serve us. So not really any complaints. The entertainment on this ship was top notch and we went to almost every show. The ship itself was fantastic. Never had a problem finding a seat on the Lido deck when we ate there. We loved sea days on this cruise and the ship was very comfortable. You could be where all the action was but you could also be in a quiet place if you just wanted to relax or read a book. The activities were typical for a cruise. The interaction I had with guest services wasn't very frequent but they seemed to just be doing their job. I sensed that they thought they were doing me a favor to take care of my needs. But I wrote that off as just not being adequately trained to make sure their guests felt special. The stops we had on this cruise were great. I booked all of my excursions through the cruise ship on this cruise. (Something I don't always do.) They were very good, fun, and informative. The real issue I had with this cruise was the flight home. I had booked this cruise about a year in advance and booked the travel as soon as I could. I went through the motions of getting seats together so that my wife and I could sit together on the way home. But when our tickets were delivered to our stateroom I noticed that all the tickets were middle seats and not even close together. They were all about 10 rows apart. I tried to get them together when I got to the airport. I was able to sit together on the first leg. The seats were the last row on the ship. The other leg we couldn't get anything changed and had to sit in the middle seat. That's not very cool for tickets we had purchased about nine months before the cruise. I talked to the airline about this and they indicated that the seats weren't even reserved until two days before the cruise. Princess really fell down in this instance. Overall, the cruise was great. I will cruise with Princess again. In fact I have booked a 22 day cruise for March of 2018 with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
DW and I just got off the Golden Princess after a short three-day getaway cruise. This was our 15th cruise overall and eighth in a row on Princess. The main reason we went on this cruise was to celebrate DW’s sister’s hubby’s ... Read More
DW and I just got off the Golden Princess after a short three-day getaway cruise. This was our 15th cruise overall and eighth in a row on Princess. The main reason we went on this cruise was to celebrate DW’s sister’s hubby’s recent retirement. Embarkation was relatively smooth. We arrived around 1430 hours and were on the ship in about 20 minutes after walking into the terminal. We did have to park at an overflow lot because the lots around the terminal were all full. I was told there were 3 ships that sailed before us which filled up all the lots. For this cruise, we had what is listed as a Vista Suite (C751). I think they use to be called the “Premium Suites.” BIL & SIL had the adjoining PH suite (C749). Here is the thing that confuses me. The PH’s pictures show the balcony as being smaller with the cabin being bigger. What we saw was the exact opposite. Our balcony was noticeably narrower that C749 but our cabin seemed noticeably larger. Our cabin attendant (sorry but I cannot remember his name) started out kind of strange but he, overall, was very good. All other crew members always had a smile on their faces and were more than willing to help when needed. The Golden overall seems to be holding up rather well for being a 14 year old ship. We sailed on her to Hawaii in 2011 so we were well acquainted with her layout. All public areas seemed in a good state of repair. I was told the ship is going in for a two-week dry dock after the 10-day cruise that started today. I did see some wear and tear and rust but the Golden is in the water 24/7 365 days a year. Since this was a short three-day cruise I did not get to experience all areas of the ship. As far as the subjective area of food, we ate in room from the MDR the first night. The next two nights, we did ATD in the Bernini dining room. In my humble opinion, Princess does an absolutely terrible job running ATD. The first night we waited about forty-five minutes when we requested a table for six at 1930 hours. While waiting for a table, I noted a number of empty tables. I asked the headwaiter about this. He told me only a maximum of 20% of available tables are allowed to be held for reservations. He also told me the reservations are only available first come first serve on a daily basis. He also assured me that standing reservations for an entire cruise was not allowed on any Princess ship. After reading to the contrary on CC, I decided that it wasn’t worth arguing about. The food overall in the Bernini, along with food in all areas, was very good to excellent. Bar service was acceptable in all areas with the exception of the Casino bar. Service there was abysmal. Since the cruise was a short three-day done during spring break, there were a ton of kids onboard. There were some instances where the kids got out of line but I thought ship’s personnel handled it well. All in all it was an enjoyable short cruise. Just thing to get me motivated for our CB cruise in September. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Caribbean Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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