Chose this as a stay/cruise as we visited Las Vegas and LA before the cruise. (don't use Jetline, they can't plan a drink-up in a pub! but that's another story) First cruise with Princess.
Cruise was good, cabins fine, a little smaller that Celebrity and NCL I think. Aloha deck forward balcony, we prefer midship and lower down, but this was a nice location. some minor movement with bigger waves but doesn't bother us. Beds were fabulous, the most comfortable beds we have been on outside our home, and I am the princess and the pea.!! shower was good, albeit the bathroom small, but adequate.
An a older/more mature cliental in the main, a few families, but not many, this means that there are a lot of areas and bars that are not busy, quiet even in the day, which we liked, most inside ones did fill up in the evening. The food was nice, but a little disappointing - the buffet (or smash and grab as we like to call it) didn't have the choice we have had on Celebrity and even NCL. and was a much smaller area. Main restaurants again OK, but not outstanding. Even the speciality restaurants, we went to Sabatini, Italian, the food was very good, and the service of the food excellent. However the drinks service was poor. We took the drinks package, we aren't huge drinkers, but like a G&T, a glass or two of wine with our meals, bottles water and a nice coffee, so not knowing the drinks prices on Princess ships decided to purchase before we got on board. So, few issues here, in Sabatini's, they tried to get us to buy a bottle of wine - which we didn't want to do as we had a drinks package? also, I like white with some things and red with others, so like it by the glass to accommodate my personal preference, on previous ships we have been encouraged to have glass of Prosecco while looking at the menu in the Italian speciality restaurants (in fact in the Main restaurants on occasion) - not here, when we said we wanted to get wine by the glass (as per the package) we had a very vague response about not knowing what was available, and when I suggested we have a glass of Prosecco to start, we were told that 'they would have to check if the nearest bar had it in stock!! really an Italian restaurant with no Prosecco as an aperitif???
That put us off paying to go to the steak restaurant to have the same issues, we had intended to visit both .
Further to that, when we ordered a couple of G&T's in a bar (on another occasion) they were undrinkable, Princess sell all the major branded spirits, and we were drinking Hendricks. we had to send them back, they then re issued more, and put the tonic (another grip, no slimline/sugar free) in a separate glass - OMG, the Hendricks was fine, the tonic was totally undrinkable, it didn't even taste remotely like tonic, had a really strong soap taste. We were offered a can of tonic - Canadian Dry brand - which was MUCH better than the on tap, BUT WE HAD TO PAY FOT IT?? on a drinks package with soft drinks included, they let you drink all the top end spirits, all the cocktails you like, made with top end spirits, but you have to have the pump sodas. its not the cost, but the principle and so really not happy with that, which meant we changed drinks to wine (we are not big cocktail lovers ) Vines became our bar of choice and they had some lovely wines. Just disappointing that we couldn't drink the same wines the Main dining room.
SO, the cruise its self was enjoyable, San Francisco, Monterey (Carmel - how gorgeous), San Diego and Ensenada, all lovely and different, would have liked more time in SF, such a fabulous city, but plan to revisit.
We would use Princess again if they had an itinerary we wanted to go on.
Seemed slightly smaller than Celebrity or NCL, but didnt effect enjoyment, defintley the smallest balcony, but we dont use it much nnayway (debating trying an inside cabin)
bathroom definately the smallest, but shower very good, and beds - excellent SO comfortable
walk on off, easy to take tram and investigate city. hire a bike for the day and cycle over the Golden gate bridge (cycle compnaies provide maps, a cou[leof hours there and back or you can cycle over and ferry back
Went to Carmel,took the bus from the bus terminal (about 10 minutes walk from ship terminla) 2 or a 24,$2.50 fare pp one way. Fabulous town. had a beer in the Hogs breath, (re opened and lovely, pics of Clint Eastwood as homage - he used to own it )
Said average but it was what was expected, in the time we had we felt this would show us the most and it did. spent some time in old town, and learnt alot about the old cowboy days and the hardships they enduredView All 36 City Tour Reviews
Not much to see in the town and port areas that take more than an hour. the most 'touristy' of the stops, sovenir shops by the dozen and touts trying to get you into thier resturants - which as it was about 10.30am and we'de only just had breakfast was just a nuisance. we looked st the tours, but none really appealled
In san pedro, 20 miles south of LA and LAX. hour on Public transport or 30 - 40 minutes in cab or driving with traffic