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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.

Good cruise for relaxation; seafood was amazing!

Grand Princess Cruise Review by cyberjoys

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
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.
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Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin OW E320
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.
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