Went to Rose Bowl Parade and then cruised the Mexican Riviera as add on.. The cruise was enjoyable and the Medallion ships are amazing in terms of convenience. Once you become familiar with the system , it offers instant access to everything the ship has to offer--- but it does take some patience .
We were most annoyed with the lack of hand washing as guests entered the restaurants--- and the lack of concern expressed by Princess. We were told that the ships policy was to have staff require hand washing for the first two(2) days of a cruise and then to leave it up to the guests. This policy is ludicrous. After the first two days, a great percentage of guests did not wash their hands--- even after exiting the washroom and entering the restaurant!!
Perhaps guests need to contact Princess and demand a higher standard of hygiene on all the cruise lines --- viruses do not take vacations!
There certainly was an adequate selection of food choices and what we selected was prepared well. Sure did see a lot of food wasted by passengers who overloaded their plates and then didn't eat it all. Those staffing the dining areas were quick to offer beverages and cleaning up of dirty plates. Since we self-serve ourselves in the buffet it really is important that guests clean their hands so as not to spread germs. It is so easy to pick up an illness off the ship and have it spread like wildfire among the staff and guests.
We ate at both the Crown and Sabatini's specialty restaurants and very happy with the service and the food preparation was excellent. These restaurants are certainly worth the service charge.
The entertainment had a good variety and we enjoyed it all for the most part. Our favorite was the Voice of the Ocean and congratulate all those contestants who entertained us with their song selection. What an array of talent!
The shore excursions offered were of no interest to us. We find the prices are climbing and in some instances the value for the cost is not there. We explored the local areas on our own.
We found the staff to be very pleasant and happy to assist if possible. They work tirelessly at their jobs and always with a smile on their faces. We certainly appreciate all they do for each and every guest.
The fitness area had plenty of machines and in good working order. The hours were great. Enjoyed the outdoor walking track as well. It would have been nice if water was available while walking the track especially during the hotter parts of the day.
We would recommend Princess Cruises but not this particular itinerary.
OK. Appreciated the larger shower and enough storage space. The stateroom had enough room but had difficulty putting suitcases under the bed. bed was comfortable. Our bathrobes were not great and being elite I expected better quality. Room steward kept our stateroom cleaned and with an adequate supply of towels. Did find the balcony very small and really not enough space if 3 or 4 people in stateroom.