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This was kind of a last minute cruise for us, booking only about 2 months out. We have been to most of the ports we visited, except for Manzanillo. We are platinum captains circle with princess, so this looked like a good cruise. We flew into SFO the night before the cruise, arriving around midnight. We stayed in the travelodge near the airport. It was ok for getting 5 hours of sleep. Old, but clean. No breakfast. We rented an alamo car from the airport and drove to fishermans wharf early the next morning. He has 8:45 reservations to go see Alcatraz. We drove to the princess pier early, around 8, to see if we could drop our bags, but there was no one there to take them. Alcatraz was awesome, but it was also cold. Even though we had down parkas, hats, and gloves, it was still cold, damp, and windy. We still thought it was worth it. After getting back from Alcatraz we shopped for some toiletries at a nearby Safeways. It was very expensive, and everything was locked up behind plexiglass doors. We had to get a salesperson to unlock the doors to buy shampoo, soap, lotion, and sunscreen. I guess this is because of the huge transient problem in San Fransisco. We dropped of the car at the local Alamo and walked the 1/2 mile to the ship. It was now just after noon. Even though there were a lot of passengers checking in, we really didn't have to wait in line. We have priority boarding with our platinum status, but we really didn't get on any faster than everyone else. The embarkation process went pretty smooth. The ship is old, and it shows. This was the last cruise before going in to dry dock for 2 weeks. Hopefully they are able to spruce it up a bit. The first 3 at sea days from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta were not real warm. Average temperature was only 50's to low 60"s, so we didn't spend a lot of time outside. We did run to outside deck 7 walkway for exercise. The 4 days in port were nice, 70's to low 80"s. Puerto Vallarta We did the princess zipline and rappelling excursion through Outdoor adventures. A bit pricey at $150, but a lot of fun. I would recommend this tour. Just beware, they will charge you $90-$150 for pictures at the end of the excursion. You can't take your own photos. Manzanillo We scuba dove in Manzanillo. We had a good time. We were afraid the water would be cold, but it was ok with 5 mm wetsuits. Not the Caribbean, but it was fun. Mazatlan Took a cab to the golden zone to go shopping. Bought a few things. Walked on the beach. Walked along the Malecon. Then caught a Pulmonia back to the ship. Cabo San Lucas Walked to the beach. We were going to take a water taxi, but we got so tired of the vendors trying to up sell us on a glass bottom boat tour that we just ended up walking. It probably took us about 30 minutes. We found a vendor on the beach who rented up an umbrella and two lounges. I think we paid $30. We probably got ripped of. Oh well, we had a good time sitting on the beach, reading, and people watching. We walked back to the ship in the early afternoon, doing a little souvenir shopping along the way. We happened to walk past the fire station, and they have a small gift shop. I bought a Cabo San Luca Police long sleeve t-shirt there. The had police and firefighter souvenirs for sale for any cops or firefighers that visit Cabo. It was amazing, the temperature went from 81 degrees in Cabo, to 61 degrees for a high the next day heading back to San Francisco. The food and service was very good in the dining room and buffet. The pizza on the lido deck is very good. They did not have free hot chocolate on this ship like the Island Princess did last year when we went to Alaska. It was $2.50 for a cup in the international cafe. We did the pub lunch on 2 of the at sea days. Good fish and chips and good prawns. I loved the bread pudding dessert. The free ice cream cones on the lido deck were hit and miss. Sometime kind of ice milky, other times very good and creamy. Entertainment The princess shows were just ok. The comedian was very good. The instrumentalist was very good. The early shows were always full, sometimes filling up 30 minutes before the shows. Plenty of seating in the later shows. We loved the trivia on the ship. We paired up with 2 other couples we met on the ship and won around 6 different trivia games. There were plenty of other activities going on throughout the day. Disembarkation was smooth. We did self walk off around 8:15. Walked right off. Very short wait at customs. We had a good time on this cruise and would do it again in the future.

Fun time to the Mexican riviera

Grand Princess Cruise Review by daniel boone

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Interior
This was kind of a last minute cruise for us, booking only about 2 months out. We have been to most of the ports we visited, except for Manzanillo. We are platinum captains circle with princess, so this looked like a good cruise.

We flew into SFO the night before the cruise, arriving around midnight. We stayed in the travelodge near the airport. It was ok for getting 5 hours of sleep. Old, but clean. No breakfast. We rented an alamo car from the airport and drove to fishermans wharf early the next morning. He has 8:45 reservations to go see Alcatraz. We drove to the princess pier early, around 8, to see if we could drop our bags, but there was no one there to take them.

Alcatraz was awesome, but it was also cold. Even though we had down parkas, hats, and gloves, it was still cold, damp, and windy. We still thought it was worth it.

After getting back from Alcatraz we shopped for some toiletries at a nearby Safeways. It was very expensive, and everything was locked up behind plexiglass doors. We had to get a salesperson to unlock the doors to buy shampoo, soap, lotion, and sunscreen. I guess this is because of the huge transient problem in San Fransisco.

We dropped of the car at the local Alamo and walked the 1/2 mile to the ship. It was now just after noon. Even though there were a lot of passengers checking in, we really didn't have to wait in line. We have priority boarding with our platinum status, but we really didn't get on any faster than everyone else. The embarkation process went pretty smooth.

The ship is old, and it shows. This was the last cruise before going in to dry dock for 2 weeks. Hopefully they are able to spruce it up a bit.

The first 3 at sea days from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta were not real warm. Average temperature was only 50's to low 60"s, so we didn't spend a lot of time outside. We did run to outside deck 7 walkway for exercise.

The 4 days in port were nice, 70's to low 80"s.

Puerto Vallarta

We did the princess zipline and rappelling excursion through Outdoor adventures. A bit pricey at $150, but a lot of fun. I would recommend this tour. Just beware, they will charge you $90-$150 for pictures at the end of the excursion. You can't take your own photos.

Manzanillo

We scuba dove in Manzanillo. We had a good time. We were afraid the water would be cold, but it was ok with 5 mm wetsuits. Not the Caribbean, but it was fun.

Mazatlan

Took a cab to the golden zone to go shopping. Bought a few things. Walked on the beach. Walked along the Malecon. Then caught a Pulmonia back to the ship.

Cabo San Lucas

Walked to the beach. We were going to take a water taxi, but we got so tired of the vendors trying to up sell us on a glass bottom boat tour that we just ended up walking. It probably took us about 30 minutes. We found a vendor on the beach who rented up an umbrella and two lounges. I think we paid $30. We probably got ripped of. Oh well, we had a good time sitting on the beach, reading, and people watching. We walked back to the ship in the early afternoon, doing a little souvenir shopping along the way. We happened to walk past the fire station, and they have a small gift shop. I bought a Cabo San Luca Police long sleeve t-shirt there. The had police and firefighter souvenirs for sale for any cops or firefighers that visit Cabo.

It was amazing, the temperature went from 81 degrees in Cabo, to 61 degrees for a high the next day heading back to San Francisco.

The food and service was very good in the dining room and buffet. The pizza on the lido deck is very good. They did not have free hot chocolate on this ship like the Island Princess did last year when we went to Alaska. It was $2.50 for a cup in the international cafe.

We did the pub lunch on 2 of the at sea days. Good fish and chips and good prawns. I loved the bread pudding dessert.

The free ice cream cones on the lido deck were hit and miss. Sometime kind of ice milky, other times very good and creamy.

Entertainment

The princess shows were just ok. The comedian was very good. The instrumentalist was very good. The early shows were always full, sometimes filling up 30 minutes before the shows. Plenty of seating in the later shows.

We loved the trivia on the ship. We paired up with 2 other couples we met on the ship and won around 6 different trivia games. There were plenty of other activities going on throughout the day.

Disembarkation was smooth. We did self walk off around 8:15. Walked right off. Very short wait at customs. We had a good time on this cruise and would do it again in the future.
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Interior
Cabin IA B738
Typical inside cabin, maybe a little bit smaller than some of the interior princess cabins we have had. Closet was smaller than some, but good enough for our needs. The remote control to the flat screen TV was about worn out. You had to really mash the keys to get it to work. We complained to our room steward, and I think he changed the batteries, but I don't think it worked much better.
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