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Great cruise for those living close to the SF Bay area for easy embarkation and disembarkation. The ports of Santa Barbara and San Diego offer a lot of things to do. Long Beach not so much, and Ensenada is, well, Ensenada, but it is needed to allow the ship to sell duty and tax free items. Overall, the crew was excellent, we were treated very well by virtually every crew member. The food served in the dining rooms was very good, a good selection for people of all taste. The Horizon Court buffet offered a good selection of food which was of pretty good quality, a couple of items were a little inconsistent, but they are cooking for 1000's of people. Service in the bars was consistently excellent. The entire bar staff provided excellent service. Our stateroom was a balcony on the Caribe deck, it was clean and comfortable, the cabin steward did an excellent job knowing our schedule and never bothered us while we were int he room. He handled all of our requests quickly and professionally. The balcony was small, but big enough for two people to comfortably relax on it. Closet space was a little limited, we have had larger closets on other Princess ships which we appreciated on 7+ day cruises. We took in a couple of shows,which were well done. Alos participated on trivia games and other crew led activities in the lounges which were consistently of high quality. The Grand is an older ship, irt is starting to show it's age in some areas, but overall it is well kept and provides a very pleasant cruising experience. We would not hesitate to book this cruise or this ship in the future.

California Coast on the Grand Princess made us come back new!

Grand Princess Cruise Review by mjsargent

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Great cruise for those living close to the SF Bay area for easy embarkation and disembarkation. The ports of Santa Barbara and San Diego offer a lot of things to do. Long Beach not so much, and Ensenada is, well, Ensenada, but it is needed to allow the ship to sell duty and tax free items.

Overall, the crew was excellent, we were treated very well by virtually every crew member. The food served in the dining rooms was very good, a good selection for people of all taste. The Horizon Court buffet offered a good selection of food which was of pretty good quality, a couple of items were a little inconsistent, but they are cooking for 1000's of people.

Service in the bars was consistently excellent. The entire bar staff provided excellent service.

Our stateroom was a balcony on the Caribe deck, it was clean and comfortable, the cabin steward did an excellent job knowing our schedule and never bothered us while we were int he room. He handled all of our requests quickly and professionally. The balcony was small, but big enough for two people to comfortably relax on it. Closet space was a little limited, we have had larger closets on other Princess ships which we appreciated on 7+ day cruises.

We took in a couple of shows,which were well done. Alos participated on trivia games and other crew led activities in the lounges which were consistently of high quality.

The Grand is an older ship, irt is starting to show it's age in some areas, but overall it is well kept and provides a very pleasant cruising experience. We would not hesitate to book this cruise or this ship in the future.
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Cabin BD C247
Cabin was clean and comfortable, could have used a bigger closet. Balcony was average sized, but big enough for two people. Bathroom clean and functional. Linens replaced daily by cabin steward, Extra items quickly given upon request. Room was well cleaned seemingly every time we left the cabin.
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