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This was our 25th cruise; 7th on Princess. We liked it so much that we are going switch ‘favorite’ over to Princess from our previous two favorites…so many ‘best-evers.’ Positives: BOARDING: Smoothest and fastest compared to the previous cruises, largely because of extra security clearing stations. BUFFET (HORIZON): Best of all cruises; food quite fresh; easy to eat healthy; the most wide variety of all cruises…great spreads from many countries. The last day they had food you’d only expect to have in the main dining room…huge shrimp (4-5 inches long), oysters on the half shell, etc. Good idea at the Omelet station…they had you put on a separate plate the foods/amounts you wanted in your omelet, and then hand that plate to the cook; that way you received exactly the foods and amounts of each that you wanted. ENCLAVE SPA: Best of any cruise; the therapy pool really helped on long days in port and after dancing; a water bed to do stretches on; perfect temperature steam and sauna rooms, and thermal beds. MUSIC: The types and venues were the best ever, especially Sunset Quartet. Their female singer was terrific, and they would play any genre we asked for. (Wish they had played more often in the Piazza instead of Vista, and especially instead of the non-existent dance floor Wheelhouse [where did the bigger dance floor go in the Wheelhouse??? :(( ] SHOWS: Absolutely the very best ever; what a total surprise. Yes, we enjoyed other ships’ ’50 Reviews’ and 30/40 Reviews, but these blew us out to the water. Broadway quality. (We’d write more, but want to keep the surprise for readers.) MARIETAS ISLANDS SNORKEL/KAYAK/SAIL EXCURSION: DON’T MISS IT! out of Puerto Vallarta. The crew was VERY safety conscious, good/sterile equipment, and the crew was a quite funny set of entertainers coming back. What was advertised as a ‘sports’ excursion ended up including on the way back a tour and history references, whale watching (saw 40+), a quite funny Rolling Stones ‘act’, and (helped along I’m sure by the open bar) basically turned in to a (moderate) ’party boat’ with lots of latin/be bop dancing for the return trip. What a very fun trip (and the fish were much more plentiful than the Cabo snorkel excursion). ECO-FRIENDLY: They are using much more bio-degradable instead of plastic, such as wooden spoons. PASSENGER SERVICE: Incredible; Very responsive. For example, from the tailor they brought us a replacement button for that missing from my tux. We had three minor to moderate glitches during the cruise and they went overboard to ‘make it right.' IN-ROOM APPETIZERS: We asked for gluten free, and they provided delicious shrimp, salmon, etc bites on gluten-free toasted bread. FRIENDLINESS: A very happy staff and funny Captain. PHOTOGRAPHY: A multitude of best-ever backdrops and great photographer…impossible to decide on which were the best photographs (so we bought the package). Photography was part of our entertainment! DISEMBARKATION: Very smooth and the waiting areas were superb. Negatives (very few): 1. In a couple of photos they cut our feet off (but that was out of dozens of photos). 2. They only had chemical artificial sweeteners. They need to include Whole Earth or Pyure. 3. They had no gluten-free beer. 4. Internet speed of 3 megs kind of slow. On the last day it was down to 1.5

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Royal Princess Cruise Review by papajimd

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony
This was our 25th cruise; 7th on Princess. We liked it so much that we are going switch ‘favorite’ over to Princess from our previous two favorites…so many ‘best-evers.’

Positives:

BOARDING: Smoothest and fastest compared to the previous cruises, largely because of extra security clearing stations.

BUFFET (HORIZON): Best of all cruises; food quite fresh; easy to eat healthy; the most wide variety of all cruises…great spreads from many countries. The last day they had food you’d only expect to have in the main dining room…huge shrimp (4-5 inches long), oysters on the half shell, etc. Good idea at the Omelet station…they had you put on a separate plate the foods/amounts you wanted in your omelet, and then hand that plate to the cook; that way you received exactly the foods and amounts of each that you wanted.

ENCLAVE SPA: Best of any cruise; the therapy pool really helped on long days in port and after dancing; a water bed to do stretches on; perfect temperature steam and sauna rooms, and thermal beds.

MUSIC: The types and venues were the best ever, especially Sunset Quartet. Their female singer was terrific, and they would play any genre we asked for. (Wish they had played more often in the Piazza instead of Vista, and especially instead of the non-existent dance floor Wheelhouse [where did the bigger dance floor go in the Wheelhouse??? :(( ]

SHOWS: Absolutely the very best ever; what a total surprise. Yes, we enjoyed other ships’ ’50 Reviews’ and 30/40 Reviews, but these blew us out to the water. Broadway quality. (We’d write more, but want to keep the surprise for readers.)

MARIETAS ISLANDS SNORKEL/KAYAK/SAIL EXCURSION: DON’T MISS IT! out of Puerto Vallarta. The crew was VERY safety conscious, good/sterile equipment, and the crew was a quite funny set of entertainers coming back. What was advertised as a ‘sports’ excursion ended up including on the way back a tour and history references, whale watching (saw 40+), a quite funny Rolling Stones ‘act’, and (helped along I’m sure by the open bar) basically turned in to a (moderate) ’party boat’ with lots of latin/be bop dancing for the return trip. What a very fun trip (and the fish were much more plentiful than the Cabo snorkel excursion).

ECO-FRIENDLY: They are using much more bio-degradable instead of plastic, such as wooden spoons.

PASSENGER SERVICE: Incredible; Very responsive. For example, from the tailor they brought us a replacement button for that missing from my tux. We had three minor to moderate glitches during the cruise and they went overboard to ‘make it right.'

IN-ROOM APPETIZERS: We asked for gluten free, and they provided delicious shrimp, salmon, etc bites on gluten-free toasted bread.

FRIENDLINESS: A very happy staff and funny Captain.

PHOTOGRAPHY: A multitude of best-ever backdrops and great photographer…impossible to decide on which were the best photographs (so we bought the package). Photography was part of our entertainment!

DISEMBARKATION: Very smooth and the waiting areas were superb.

Negatives (very few):

1. In a couple of photos they cut our feet off (but that was out of dozens of photos).

2. They only had chemical artificial sweeteners. They need to include Whole Earth or Pyure.

3. They had no gluten-free beer.

4. Internet speed of 3 megs kind of slow. On the last day it was down to 1.5
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Cabin Review

Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin M1
The Medallion unlocked the door when we were approaching the stateroom; how handy!
With the heavy-duty curtains between the ‘bedroom’ and the sitting area, the room could effectively be converted into two rooms. This was especially useful if one of us wanted to stay up and watch TV.
The bedding, pillows, and comforters were outstanding!
Television: Two! Flatscreen TVs, one facing the bed and one facing the sofa; quite versatile.
Recent On-Demand, free movies and TV shows; perfect to fall asleep to.
The bathtub was the largest and best ever, and it didn’t leak (unlike other ‘upscale’ cruise ships we’ve been on); perfect for Epsom salt baths at night.
Energy-saving lights!
Lots of storage.
The tub drained well, instead of the typical slow, noisy gurgle found on many ships.
Riviera Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Snorkeling
    Excellent equipment, solid safety talk, ok food on return, along with open bar. Not as many fish as the Puerto Vallarta snorkel trip, but the guides 'chummed' from kayaks to draw the fish in. Bring a wet vest/suit. You'll get chilled faster than you think.
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  • Snorkeling
    MARIETAS ISLANDS SNORKEL/KAYAK/SAIL EXCURSION: DON’T MISS IT! out of Puerto Vallarta. The crew was VERY safety conscious, good/sterile equipment, and the crew was a quite funny set of entertainers coming back. What was advertised as a sports excursion ended up including on the way back a tour and history references, whale watching (saw 40+), a quite funny Rolling Stones act, and (helped along Im sure by the open bar) basically turned in to a (moderate) party boat with lots of latin/be bop dancing for the return trip. What a very fun trip (and the fish were much more plentiful than the Cabo snorkel excursion). Take up their offer of the free wet suits. You'll get cold faster than you might guess. I wore my own swim cap which helped a lot.
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