We went on a 7-day Pacific Coastal cruise on the Royal Princess ship on November 9, 2019. It was round-trip from Los Angeles, CA with port stops in San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego, and Ensenada, Mexico. The entire sailing was very smooth, the waters were generally calm during the entire 7-day cruise. The food in the anytime dining room Sabatini and the buffet food court Horizons tasted average to slightly above average. Nothing to rave about but definitely the Horizon buffet food kept us stuffed and you can easily over indulge yourself with its numerous food items. The ship is beautiful, hi-tech (with the Medallion feature), and large in size but at numerous times it seems the ship was overcrowded as we saw many times the elevators were stuffed with people and motorized wheelchairs and it took one to three elevator door openings before we can step into one of them that had enough room for us. Also sometimes the Horizon dining tables are mostly filled and it took us some walking around or some waiting to find an empty dining table to sit down to eat at. At the anytime dining room Sabatini, we encountered waits of up to an hour to get a table. The entertainment at the Princess Theater was very good and those performances were some of our better experiences. Although our experience with overcrowding was also encountered there. We usually got into the Princess theater an hour earlier to get a choice seat otherwise we would be left with either less desirable seats or no seats remaining if we go in 30 minutes or less before the show. The port stops were good in general and we booked most of our shore excursions through Princess. But in our last port of Ensenada, we originally didn't booked any shore excursion but when we got there, we found a local tour company that offered a tour to La Brufadora for around 68% cheaper than Princess, so we booked that. Overall the entire cruise was good, except for the almost constant reminders of overcrowding on the ship with the elevators, dining rooms, and theater seating.
We had a balcony room in mid-forward on the Baja deck 11. The room was generally quiet, although we did heard people walking by in the hallway and heard our nearby room doors slamming shut. We had three persons in our room with one person sleeping in the upper berth bed that is lowered every night from the ceiling by the cabin steward. When the upper berth bed is lowered, the balcony door is blocked and it made the room felt much smaller. The mattress on the upper berth bed wasn't as comfortable as the lower beds as it appeared to be a thinner mattress.
Independent tour was 68% cheaper than booking through Princess
The cruise terminal at the port of Los Angeles is next to all the shipping container operations. Parking is steep at $19 per day but there is plenty of parking available. We found that terminal staff is average to less than friendly. Good thing that we didn't spend much time there before getting on the ship or when we were leaving the ship.