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Grand Princess Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Review for Grand Princess to the Mexican Riviera
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Interior


I’ve been on well over 35 cruises with many different cruise lines so I’ve seen a lot of ships. The Grand Princess is one of the most poorly designed ships I have ever been on. The first few ‎days were cold which eliminated the use of outdoor areas. This resulted in interior spaces being ‎quite crowded. The covered pool area was not as well sealed off like it is on many ships. This ‎resulted in being just cool enough that it wasn’t usable for the cold days thus increasing indoor ‎crowding. The doors at the buffet, Horizon Court, rarely closed so during the cold days it was ‎like a frigid wind tunnel blowing through the buffet. There were constant complaints about how ‎cold it was in there; you really needed to wear a jacket to eat there. ‎

Many ships I have been on have an observation deck in the front where you can sit and look out. ‎This is very prevalent on Holland American and Viking ships. Royal Caribbean ships have an ‎observation bar up in the back were you can sit and look out. The Grand Princess did not have ‎this. There was an area called The Sanctuary that may have filled this need but it was at a very ‎high additional daily rate. This makes the ship to be avoided in the future. There were no places I ‎found where you could get a great view of where we were going. Actually, the best view was ‎from the gym which was below the costly Sanctuary. ‎

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We had an inside stateroom which I have avoided in our previous 35+ cruises but I was ‎pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the cabin. The room was small, but very livable. ‎There was enough closet space and drawer space to accommodate 10 days of clothing. ‎

We had problems with the sink draining and the shower often backed up. Eventually it would ‎drain out: eventually. Our cabin steward, Raymond, had a plumber come and fix it within a ‎couple hours. Since the bathroom requires a step up I accidentally didn’t step high enough one ‎morning and slammed my second toe under the lip resulting in a minor cut and scrape. The toe ‎may have been dislocated and self-reduced because it became stiff and slightly swollen. I will ‎have it x-rayed when I return home.‎

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