We have cruised with several other lines but always come back to our favorite - Princess
This was our 10th with Princess and as always total relaxation and enjoyable.
I was in a wheel chair for the first time in my life and bypassing the normal lines was terrific.
I wrote Princess prior too the cruise and advised we were celebrating our 42nd anniversary, however there was absolutely no acknowledgement by the cruise line and the only room with a supposed view (Without paying the usual fortune for a balcony) had a 98% restricted view.
The Grand Princess seemed to be in need of a serious updating as everything appeared older and more worn than other Princess ships we have sailed in.
I do not know how they do it but the Princess crew were as always friendly, smiling, appeared happy to greet and serve us and extremely pleasant to be with.
Our cabin was clean as always, but appeared well worn as above stated.
We felt our cabin steward was assigned too many rooms (18) to allow time for chatting or getting acquainted as is usual.
Everyone from the steward to the waiters and cooks were helpful, and helped us enjoy another cruise of a lifetime.
Although the comedians were much better than ever before the entertainment was not up to the usual Princess par, as I believe there were only 2 or 3 production shows for this 15 day cruise and we always look forward to an almost nightly show.
The food was fresh enough and of good quality, but we were extremely disappointed in the menu which was definitely NOT up to Princess par.
A little more "down home cooking" instead of the "Pretty" gourmet type satisfy and sustains one much better for all of the many available activities.
The life or death trip interruption was a sad first as was the warning prior to disembarking at Maui that security was lacking and it might be difficult to get back on the ship.
As a result we canceled our looked forward to whale watching at Maui and stayed on board.
We were also disappointed that we were unable to complete the trip to Ensenada as planned, but the Captains decision to bypass that stop was understandable and the best decision to make.
Speaking of the Captain - CAPTAIN JON PAUL BRYANT IS A DIAMOND IN THE PRINCESS TREASURE CHEST. He was the best communicating Captain and had the absolute best sense of humor in his announcements regarding cruise changes due to the life or death patient and the disembarking/embarking concern at Maui made it almost the best possible cruise we could have ever planned.
KUDO after KUDO to Captain Bryant, and please let me select him as our Captain on all future cruises!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Disembarkation was more orderly and better than most past cruises EXCEPT the gangplank walk was extremely long.
The cabin was maintained clean but is suffering from aging wear and tear.