Grand Princess Cruise Review by Toni Renee Iba
- Sail Date: October 2018
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
We left out of San Francisco, being raised in California, we didn't do any exploring of the city because we had all previously been there and done that. The first thing we learned about cruising was don't judge the cruise by the disembarkation experience...this was a cluster cram (for lack of a more suitable word).
We got on board the Grand Princess and we were all in awe of the ship its self...It was huge and luxurious. Five swimming pools, six hot tubs, I can't even tell you how many bars. Five restaurants and several other dining options available. There seems to be one employee for every three passengers, so what ever you needed was tended to almost immediately.
We were first time cruisers, so we didn't know how to go about without advice and other passengers seemed to be the most logical people to ask, so we did. Most people were quick to lend a hand and advice was sound and friendly.
We expected our cabin (stateroom) to be crammed and cluttered, but we were pleasantly surprised to find it roomy and adequate for all three of us (and our luggage). We chose the stateroom that had twin beds and expected to find a roll away bed for the third bed. We were glad to see that there were beds above the twin beds that could be folded down to provide a bunk bed experience. We only needed one of these, at that is where I slept.
If there is any advice that I could offer a first time cruiser, it would be to read the Princess Patter every evening and circle the things that you are interested in participating in. Downloading the app onto your phone is just as helpful (maybe more so, but I didn't down load it, so I can't speak on it with any real knowledge). Catch every show that you are interested in and plan your meals around your entertainment, not the other way around. Don't be too shy to participate in the activities...they will make your experience more personal and memorable. Buy the photo package and maybe even the video...you won't regret it. Individual photos are expensive, but the quantity and quality of their photographs are worth it, if you have the prepaid, all inclusive package.
You are never going to have enough time ashore, so plan your time on land wisely. Shore excursions are worth the cost, but they are meant for tourists, so if you want a personal experience, do your research and plan accordingly.
If I had the opportunity to do this again, I would definitely do it.
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