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This was to be a fun and relaxing New Year's cruise for two "younger" seniors. It started that way but ended by spending last 2 days in the ship's medical center with Norovirus and needing intravenous fluids (costing over $1,900 in medical expenses plus losing 6 pounds). This was our 11th cruise--never had health issues on cruises before because we scrupulously wash and sanitize our hands and don't eat or drink anything off the ship. However, Grand Princess is old, dirty, creaky and leaking--we saw staff trying to fix the leaks but no cleaning of stair railings and ship walls which you see done on other cruise lines. Princess is not known for good food but the food was somewhat worse than usual. Entertainment was better than usual Princess fare (some of the smaller acts were great). On-board activities were good--the cruise directors were lively and fun. The spa classes (abs class and spinning) were excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth because we kept our luggage with us. Except in the medical center where there was quite a problem, the Princess staff was exceptionally nice. We had a good time until Day 7 when the cruise was ruined by Norovirus contracted on board ship. My illness was aggravated because medical center staff ignored my illness for 9 hours when they went to the beach (in contrast, sanitizing crew responded very quickly--they apparently didn't have beach plans). Our advice would be to take a doctor with you on a Princess cruise because you could otherwise nearly die while waiting for the ship's medical staff to see you.

Okay cruise on creaky dirty ship ending with $2K medical expenses

Grand Princess Cruise Review by Suzn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Interior
This was to be a fun and relaxing New Year's cruise for two "younger" seniors. It started that way but ended by spending last 2 days in the ship's medical center with Norovirus and needing intravenous fluids (costing over $1,900 in medical expenses plus losing 6 pounds). This was our 11th cruise--never had health issues on cruises before because we scrupulously wash and sanitize our hands and don't eat or drink anything off the ship.

However, Grand Princess is old, dirty, creaky and leaking--we saw staff trying to fix the leaks but no cleaning of stair railings and ship walls which you see done on other cruise lines. Princess is not known for good food but the food was somewhat worse than usual. Entertainment was better than usual Princess fare (some of the smaller acts were great). On-board activities were good--the cruise directors were lively and fun. The spa classes (abs class and spinning) were excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth because we kept our luggage with us. Except in the medical center where there was quite a problem, the Princess staff was exceptionally nice.

We had a good time until Day 7 when the cruise was ruined by Norovirus contracted on board ship. My illness was aggravated because medical center staff ignored my illness for 9 hours when they went to the beach (in contrast, sanitizing crew responded very quickly--they apparently didn't have beach plans). Our advice would be to take a doctor with you on a Princess cruise because you could otherwise nearly die while waiting for the ship's medical staff to see you.
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