Cruising out of San Francisco was so easy for us since we live in N. California. A 3 1/2 hour drive then we parked the car in the nearby parking garage and boarded the ship. We chose this cruise because of the five sea days and four appealing ports. They included Puerto Vallarta (our favorite), Manzanillo (a work in progress), Mazatlan (lots to see) and Cabo (wonderful beach area). It was a good itinerary for R&R and great beach time. Note that if you take transportation to Marimar Beach in Manzanillo the waves can be very high. Surfers and body boarders may enjoy it - but it's not always considered safe for weak swimmers. Also note that in October Mexico is VERY hot and humid. Doing much walking off the ship can be miserable outside of air conditioning. We solved this problem by going to the beach and enjoying the warm ocean water.
The Grand Princess is obviously in need of updating and repair - but I understand that is scheduled very soon. We were very happy with the food on the Grand Princess. The preparation of and the amount of seafood provided was wonderful. Princess definitely needs to make some changes to their "anytime dining" though, since we found ourselves waiting 30+ minutes every night just to get a table for two. They always encouraged us to share a table - but that was not what we wanted this cruise, and we should not be forced to sit with other passengers to be seated quickly. The entertainment was lacking much of value, but that wasn't too important to us this cruise. All in all it was a nice, relaxing cruise for a couple and we would definitely consider this one again.
This cabin has practically no obstruction. You can see right over the top of a life boat from a large window. Being slightly forward in the ship was not an issue, and the room was quiet with a comfortable bed. Drawer storage is limited but there were lots of hangers in the medium sized closet.
So much to do - been there many times.
You can safely ride the city bus into town very near the port. Never felt unsafe in this city - even on the city bus. There is so much to see and the people are very friendly. Unfortunately many will try to approach you for time share presentations - just smile and keep on walking.
Check the tide before heading to this beach if you plan on swimming. It is great for surfing and boarding, but when we were there it was a yellow flag day. Next time we will look for a calmer ocean area.
Since it was so hot and humid when we were there we joined a group in an air conditioned shuttle bus at the port. It gave us a nice overview of Mazatlan and a stop at the cliff divers. We would have walked around more on our own except the heat was almost unbearable. Next time we will book at a different time of year.View All 66 City Tour Reviews
After an hour of walking around the marina we found a wonderful beach with calm warm waters. The negative is all the beach vendors that constantly want to sell their wares. By staying in the water most of the time we avoided them, but while on the beach they are relentless. You can get a great photo of your ship from this beach. Such a beautiful area. If you don't want to walk so much take a water taxi. Reasonably priced and easy to do right in the port area.