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This was our second cruise in the Grand Princess (and 13th on Princess). Overall we were very pleased, but of course there were some concerns. THE GOOD: -- excellent cabin steward; very helpful as we prepared to host a cocktail party; great attitude -- superb entertainment, as is usual for Princess -- service in the dining room was excellent - attentive and prompt -- enjoyed meals in both specialty restaurants -- the daily LGBT gatherings were fun, with over 20 folks a couple of times; fun to meet people from across the country -- the variety of excursions offered on the four Hawaiian Islands was good. We loved the submarine dive in Maui. -- the New Years Eve parties were a lot of fun -- although a water leak in the 14th level Horizons Court closed half of it for most of the cruise, the dining staff responded well and opened other dining rooms for added hours to compensate, resulting in a minimum of inconvenience for the passengers THE NEGATIVES: -- the ship was always cold! Not just cool, but so cold that folks were wearing jackets to the shows and lounges. The first night our cabin would not get above low 60's - maintenance adjusted the settings as we were comfortable the rest of the cruise. -- food in the main dining room was not as good as on previous cruises (fish was overcooked and dry) -- young children screaming during dinner in the specialty restaurants really detracted from what was otherwise a very nice experience. I would love to see a policy of no babies (perhaps under 2) in the surcharged restaurants -- I did not like the Latin focused ballroom dancing lessons, much preferring traditional ballroom that I have enjoyed on previous Princess cruises -- although we have enjoyed days at sea in the past, including trans-Atlantic crossings, with ten days at sea (four over and six coming back (with a four-hour stop in Ensenada) became too many days out of a fifteen-day cruise. We will certainly cruise with Princess again, and even on the Grand Princess since it remains based in San Francisco and is very convenient for us.

Good overall, but lots of days at sea!

Grand Princess Cruise Review by FGL 219 traveler

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
This was our second cruise in the Grand Princess (and 13th on Princess). Overall we were very pleased, but of course there were some concerns.

THE GOOD:

-- excellent cabin steward; very helpful as we prepared to host a cocktail party; great attitude

-- superb entertainment, as is usual for Princess

-- service in the dining room was excellent - attentive and prompt

-- enjoyed meals in both specialty restaurants

-- the daily LGBT gatherings were fun, with over 20 folks a couple of times; fun to meet people from across the country

-- the variety of excursions offered on the four Hawaiian Islands was good. We loved the submarine dive in Maui.

-- the New Years Eve parties were a lot of fun

-- although a water leak in the 14th level Horizons Court closed half of it for most of the cruise, the dining staff responded well and opened other dining rooms for added hours to compensate, resulting in a minimum of inconvenience for the passengers

THE NEGATIVES:

-- the ship was always cold! Not just cool, but so cold that folks were wearing jackets to the shows and lounges. The first night our cabin would not get above low 60's - maintenance adjusted the settings as we were comfortable the rest of the cruise.

-- food in the main dining room was not as good as on previous cruises (fish was overcooked and dry)

-- young children screaming during dinner in the specialty restaurants really detracted from what was otherwise a very nice experience. I would love to see a policy of no babies (perhaps under 2) in the surcharged restaurants

-- I did not like the Latin focused ballroom dancing lessons, much preferring traditional ballroom that I have enjoyed on previous Princess cruises

-- although we have enjoyed days at sea in the past, including trans-Atlantic crossings, with ten days at sea (four over and six coming back (with a four-hour stop in Ensenada) became too many days out of a fifteen-day cruise.

We will certainly cruise with Princess again, and even on the Grand Princess since it remains based in San Francisco and is very convenient for us.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD D623
We enjoy the extra space of the Princess mini-suites, especially on sea days. The new beds are very comfortable -- a great investment for Princess to have made. But the ship is almost twenty years old, and not up to standards of other ships -- we did like the new carpet, replaced since our previous cruise on the Grand. As an example, due to the lack of electical outets in the cabin, I have learned to bring along a multi-outlet electrical extension chord in order to be able to charge multiple devices (two cell phones and two tablets).
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