1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Grand Princess
Just returned from the Mexican Riviera Cruise. Three days to Puerto Vallarta then to Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. This is one of the first itineraries to stop in Mazatlan due to the security concerns. Since we had been there many years ago we opted to remain on board and not tempt fate. Weather was great and temperatures were in the mid 70s. The Grand is a "smaller" older ship and was refurbished in 2011. She still has areas that are original and is starting to look a bit tired but is still very acceptable since we are not into the glitch. The balcony cabins on the upper decks are small compared to other balcony cabins on other Princess ships. Closet space and doored cabinet shelves were half the size in width. Luckily on a seven day cruise we didn't take that many clothes but on a long cruise this could be an issue. On the other hand our friends had an inside cabin on Aloha that was twice as big as any we've ever seen with huge closets and cupboards. The room steward said that it and the one next to it were unique as well as the two on Baha below them. The crew and staff were the best and most friendly we've had on any cruise in a long time. Unfortunately dining room staff has been reduced and it took over 2 hours to complete a meal at a table for six. Overall we've been on at least 6 other Princess ships and the Grand ranks in the lower third. We were told it was going into wet dock in end of April for refurbishment so maybe it will be totally spruced up then. Don't expect cabins to be enlarged however.

Pleasant Cruise with a wide range of passenger ages

Grand Princess Cruise Review by macnicol

Trip Details
Just returned from the Mexican Riviera Cruise. Three days to Puerto Vallarta then to Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. This is one of the first itineraries to stop in Mazatlan due to the security concerns. Since we had been there many years ago we opted to remain on board and not tempt fate. Weather was great and temperatures were in the mid 70s.
The Grand is a "smaller" older ship and was refurbished in 2011. She still has areas that are original and is starting to look a bit tired but is still very acceptable since we are not into the glitch. The balcony cabins on the upper decks are small compared to other balcony cabins on other Princess ships. Closet space and doored cabinet shelves were half the size in width. Luckily on a seven day cruise we didn't take that many clothes but on a long cruise this could be an issue. On the other hand our friends had an inside cabin on Aloha that was twice as big as any we've ever seen with huge closets and cupboards. The room steward said that it and the one next to it were unique as well as the two on Baha below them.
The crew and staff were the best and most friendly we've had on any cruise in a long time. Unfortunately dining room staff has been reduced and it took over 2 hours to complete a meal at a table for six.
Overall we've been on at least 6 other Princess ships and the Grand ranks in the lower third. We were told it was going into wet dock in end of April for refurbishment so maybe it will be totally spruced up then. Don't expect cabins to be enlarged however.
macnicol’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Service
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Grand Princess price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BB A511
The balcony cabins on the upper decks are small compared to other balcony cabins on other Princess ships. Closet space and doored cabinet shelves were half the size in width. Luckily on a seven day cruise we didn't take that many clothes but on a long cruise this could be an issue. Balconies are narrow being only about 4 to 5 feet deep but normal width. Aloha balconies are covered so it is nice to be able to sit our when it rains and to be protected from the sun.
Aloha Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins