Sail Date: December 2018
My family and I have gone on 2 princess cruises, one previously and one now. Last time, we felt a little disapointed but still fairly happy. Granted, that was only 7 days to Alaska. We went on a 15 day cruise to Hawaii, and it has been ... Read More
My family and I have gone on 2 princess cruises, one previously and one now. Last time, we felt a little disapointed but still fairly happy. Granted, that was only 7 days to Alaska. We went on a 15 day cruise to Hawaii, and it has been just lame all around. I don't wanna sound snobby, but I unfortunately will. The food tastes like garbage. All of the available "deserts" have this disgusting creamy/gelatine taste to them. They look nice, but honestly taste like curdled goat milk. The entrees aren't much better. The best thing ive had on this ship was some barbecue slathered meatballs, which even then, the meat was overworked and burned. The grill on deck 14 specifically has really rude workers. It varies from worker to worker, but majority are not "grand". i've been wishing to go home for the past couple days and to think that I must endure 7 more days here makes me pissed. They show the same episodes of a show every day. I have seen Tim Allen chastize his kids for stealing a knife in home improvement like 6 times now, and I'm starting to hate him. My family bought a DVD player to avoid this in Hawaii. I guess its kind of like a saw trap. Being here is horribly boring, but now I will REALLY appreciate the things back home. I am currently wishing for an in-n-out burger with animal fries and a chocolate shake. Do yourself a favor and probabaly don't go on the grand princess. The other ships may be better, but I wouldn't know. Ive only ever been on the grand princess. Wish me luck on the days back. I will definately need all the luck that I can get. I hope I don't regret posting this. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Princess has lowered its standards and we have lowered our expectations! The Grand is a grand OLD ship. Took same cruise last year. Engineers working on all parts of ship every deck every day! It shows it, and rumors are it ... Read More
Princess has lowered its standards and we have lowered our expectations! The Grand is a grand OLD ship. Took same cruise last year. Engineers working on all parts of ship every deck every day! It shows it, and rumors are it is being sold. That aside and the ship being freezing, we had a good time. You can make a good time no matter! -The entertainment was excellent. -The dining room and food was good. -Steak house was great. -Alfredo’s pizza great. -Buffet was very good, but finding a seat was a bear. Seems that on this cruise the people sat and socialized at buffet tables! Only real complaint was amount of very small(less than two years)kids in pool. They were NOT sanitary and deck staff said the were told not to say anything!! If you want a good cruise, Princess still gives you a “good” Cruise. Just SKIP the Grand. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We are cruising in Grand Princess from San Francisco several times. We like the service, excellent personal, warm and welcoming and we fill like at home. Great dining and entertainment. Embarkation and disembarkation was very ... Read More
We are cruising in Grand Princess from San Francisco several times. We like the service, excellent personal, warm and welcoming and we fill like at home. Great dining and entertainment. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smoothly. Our cabin was very nice and clean . Our Stewart Eleo was very professional. Always smile and ready to help us at anytime. Tours well organized. Food was excellent, always fresh and tasty. Dining room service was Superb. We love the Ship. It was very well decorated and very easy oriented thru the ship. Entertainment was Great. Specially we love piano player Zigi. Every day he has different music. All activity’s create a great atmosphere and you want to do it again. We walk a lot around the ship and use exercise room. We had a nice morning and evening walk outside in Promenade deck . We already book another cruise in February on Grand Princess. Thank you Princess cruises! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Food was terrible. Lots of repeats. Salad dressing watered down beyond taste. Coffee made from a coffee syrup, not brewed. Ship badly needs updating. Some upholstery worn through to the stuffing, most notably in the wheelhouse bar. ... Read More
Food was terrible. Lots of repeats. Salad dressing watered down beyond taste. Coffee made from a coffee syrup, not brewed. Ship badly needs updating. Some upholstery worn through to the stuffing, most notably in the wheelhouse bar. Floors scuffed, and dirty carpets. We did have a mini suite. We liked the layout and loved the tub and closet with shelves. Cabin service was excellent, but late. We were the last in his set of cabins. Mini fridge was for our use, not set as a mini bar, which we appreciated. No variety in shops. If you have cruised with them before, it is the same crap, different day. SF departure was well coordinated and easy. We virtually walked right on with a 12:30 arrival. Our personal debarkation was a nightmare. The assistance we were told would happen, on three occasions, never happened. Porter service in terminal was excellent. Definitely our last Princess cruise. Very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We love the Grand Princess. It's getting a bit old but for some fleets, it is a perfect ship. The ship is still rather large but it's also small enough that you can easily find your way to anywhere you need to get to. I love Desk 5 and ... Read More
We love the Grand Princess. It's getting a bit old but for some fleets, it is a perfect ship. The ship is still rather large but it's also small enough that you can easily find your way to anywhere you need to get to. I love Desk 5 and the Piazza area. The international cafe and coffee bar is fantastic. Alvin, Sonny, Lala and others really take care of your coffee needs. The pastries/desserts and sandwich area is always packed with delights to satisfy your cravings. Alfredo's pizzeria is the best on the ship. They even made a gluten free pizza for my wife and baked in a separate oven to avoid cross contamination. Our favorite dining room, the Michelangelo is on Deck 5 with the Da Vinci on deck 6. Both are the same as they share the same kitchen and the wait staff went out of their way to ensure my wife had a pleasant voyage with her food allergy. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We have done over 30 cruises, 28 on Princess. The ship and staff are outstanding. We loved the charm of the ship even though it is showing some signs of wear and tear (Princess Theater seats need to be reupholstered.) Club Class meals were ... Read More
We have done over 30 cruises, 28 on Princess. The ship and staff are outstanding. We loved the charm of the ship even though it is showing some signs of wear and tear (Princess Theater seats need to be reupholstered.) Club Class meals were a highlight. The food and service were outstanding. Every night Giovanni, the Head Waiter, made a special dish. We had seen all of the shows so we did Movies under the Stars and saw a couple of comedians which we enjoyed. Sit away from where food is being prepared which can impact hearing a movie. The Club Class Minisuite was comfortable with a wonderful bed. The room was extremely well-maintained. The lecturers were outstanding especially the series on a Route 66. We love everything about Club Class. We never had to wait and our waiters (Edgar and Alvin were amazing!) The gym was well-maintained with some updated equipment, Especially nice was the international appeal of the cruise. The vast majority of passengers were from the US, China and Canada. The only minor downside was we have seen all of the shows multiple times. The6 need some new ones. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We just returned from the 10-day Mexican Riviera cruise out of San Francisco. I should preface this review that this was my very first cruise. I am 62 and retired. Middle class. Embarkation was a breeze. Quick and easy, with polite, ... Read More
We just returned from the 10-day Mexican Riviera cruise out of San Francisco. I should preface this review that this was my very first cruise. I am 62 and retired. Middle class. Embarkation was a breeze. Quick and easy, with polite, friendly, helpful shore-side staff. I had read a lot of reviews about the Grand Princess being a little run down. This being my first cruise I had nothing to compare it to, but aside from a few rusty spots and some worn carpet here and there, I had no problems with the condition of this ship. We had a balcony cabin on level 14 and loved it. We chose anytime dining and only had a few meals in the dining room. We seldom dine out fancy at home and frankly I thought the food in the buffet was just as good selection. Staff at both places were very attentive and friendly. We often had a delicious sandwich for lunch from the International Cafe or grabbed a piece pizza poolside. There was a wide selection of desserts. Regrettably the cookies were often over cooked. We went to 3 shows in the Princess theater and they were all good and entertaining. We always arrived early to get a seat as there was standing room only by the time the curtain rose. We watched several programs on the big screen "under the stars". Staff and crew were very friendly and polite. Although at times there was a little language barrier with some thick foreign accents. I liked the fact that we had 3 sea days before ports. Got to know the ship and such. Then 2 sea days before the end to wind down after the ports. We just went shore-side at Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, shopped and swan. We did the Copala-Concordia excursion out of Mazatlan. It was nice. Did the Chileno Bay snorkel excursion out of Cabo and had a blast. Great time there. Overall we had a great time and we're sorry to see it end. For a couple in their early 60s like us, this was the perfect cruise. Mainly folks our age and very few children around. Thumbs up for Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our eighth cruise with Princess and last time we cruised with Princess was in 2014 on Grand Princess to Mexico. Ship has tired look and needs major update. Embarkation went very smoothly. Getting off was quick especially at ... Read More
This was our eighth cruise with Princess and last time we cruised with Princess was in 2014 on Grand Princess to Mexico. Ship has tired look and needs major update. Embarkation went very smoothly. Getting off was quick especially at customs. Entertainment was very good. Staff was very friendly and helpful with the exception of one night in main dining room when we went at 8:45 pm and staff hurried us through our meal. Buffet food was marginal and the hot food was warm not hot. I saw mashed potatoes being served that was so watery but put out for serving. Main dining room food was uninspiring. Lobster tails being served were so small as compared to other Princess cruises. Yes I know I could get more but that is not the point. Point being Princess has cut back on quality of food. This was our first time sailing out of San Francisco and will be our last. Many cruisers were rude but didn't know they were being rude. Different vibe of passengers cruising out of SF as compared to ports in Fort Lauderdale, Seattle, LA, Puerto Rico, Miami and Vancouver BC Will we cruise with Princess again? Questionable at this time. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Booked this on one of their last minute deals. The price was right. The service was excellent throughout’ the crew and they were extremely friendly and helpful. The dinning restaurant food was excellent. Every meal was a pleasure ... Read More
Booked this on one of their last minute deals. The price was right. The service was excellent throughout’ the crew and they were extremely friendly and helpful. The dinning restaurant food was excellent. Every meal was a pleasure and servers were wonderful. This is an older ship but for the price, didn’t mind the imperfections. We did notice a lot of seniors including ourselves so I’m not sure if this would be for the younger people. Maybe it was just the time of year??? We have sailed Princess many times throughout the years and never seem disappointed. Enjoyed the port of calls offered and weather was excellent this time of year. They did an excellent job upon arrival and departure. The only negative I would say is how cold it was in Horizon court upon sailing back to San Francisco. Especially when the doors would open up. Made it measurable eating. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We cruise Princess a lot. This was the first time that I would actually comment that the boat needs to go back into dry dock and get fully painted and the rooms refreshed. Normally their boats sparkle. Things we clean and maintained as ... Read More
We cruise Princess a lot. This was the first time that I would actually comment that the boat needs to go back into dry dock and get fully painted and the rooms refreshed. Normally their boats sparkle. Things we clean and maintained as well as they could but some attention is needed. One negative would be that the couch in our room was very worn out and needed to be changed out. The cruise staff was wonderful from top to bottom. Wait stafff in the dining room was outstanding this trip. Great food. Helpful in describing and giving us feedback on the items on the menu. I normally hate going to Cabo but this cruise we went on a luxury sail excursion and had a wonderful and relaxing day. Sails were up and we actually sailed. Food was a notch above and we loved the whole day. If I am in Cabo again, I am going to seek them out again. Love the number of sea days since we were coming from San Francisco was a luxury. Great trip! Read Less
Grand Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.0 4.2
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 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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