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Our daughter and son-in-law chose this as their first cruise and asked us to join them. We've been to Mexico several times with Princess, but never sailed on the Royal before. I was impressed that we never felt crowded despite the number of people onboard. She's a huge ship, so walking from one end to the other was a workout. (We were glad our cabin was almost midship). Our mini-suite was excellent, as always, and the staff members were outstanding all across the ship. It was some of the best food we've had on a cruise ship and the entertainment was top notch. The highlight of the trip was snorkeling with wild sea lions in Loreto on a private excursion for 4 people with Sea and Land Tours. I highly recommend them as they were waiting for us at the port, customized the day for us, and even fed us the best tamales we've ever eaten. Manzanillo is a rather unexciting port, but Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are always fun with a plethora of activities to enjoy.

Great cruise!

Royal Princess Cruise Review by Stillkicking

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Our daughter and son-in-law chose this as their first cruise and asked us to join them. We've been to Mexico several times with Princess, but never sailed on the Royal before. I was impressed that we never felt crowded despite the number of people onboard. She's a huge ship, so walking from one end to the other was a workout. (We were glad our cabin was almost midship). Our mini-suite was excellent, as always, and the staff members were outstanding all across the ship. It was some of the best food we've had on a cruise ship and the entertainment was top notch. The highlight of the trip was snorkeling with wild sea lions in Loreto on a private excursion for 4 people with Sea and Land Tours. I highly recommend them as they were waiting for us at the port, customized the day for us, and even fed us the best tamales we've ever eaten. Manzanillo is a rather unexciting port, but Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are always fun with a plethora of activities to enjoy.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB
Large mini-suite with super comfortable beds, a very long, comfortable sofa, plenty of storage, large bathroom with a tub, but smaller balcony than on other ships. Very quiet location, easy access to elevators midship. Spotless.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
    We always get off the ship, turn left and take one of the boats out to the Arch. The scenery is spectacular and it's a thrilling ride. Hint: the farther you walk left, the less the boats cost (we pay about $15 USD.)
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  • Harbor Cruise
    Great fun for all ages! We sailed around the harbor and then down the coast to snorkel. The young, energetic crew was excellent. Drinks, including alcoholic, were included, along with a very good lunch. When we arrived back at the dock, the ship was "attacked" by pirates for about 10 minutes, which was a bit campy but fun. From the Princess Dock you'll be given instructions for taking a water taxi to the pirate ship at a cost of $3 each.
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  • The Arch (El Arco) & Lover's Beach
    Beautiful scenery. Several options to visit it; our favorite is by a glass bottom boat that sails very close to the rocks and is quite thrilling. About $15 per person from the ship dock (turn left and walk down the line of vendors until you reach one that charges $15.)
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  • Manzanillo
    This was our second trip to Manzanillo, which is one of our least favorite ports. On a previous trip we spent a wonderful afternoon at beautiful Las Hadas, which we reached by taxi, and we walked around the downtown area a bit. It's a busy place without a lot to offer cruisers.
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  • Puerto Vallarta
    In the past we've visited a lot of PV, including the old town, but strolling the Malecon is still our favorite thing to do. We taxi to the Beach of the Dead ($6 each), stroll the Malecon back towards the ship, and taxi back to the ship ($5) when we've finished seeing PV. Incidentally, the Malecon is the most expensive place for souvenirs (you'll find them more reasonably priced farther inland.)
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