It was our 5 th Mexican riviera cruise. This time however it was not the standard 7 day ,same ports as last time cruise. Princess came up with a 10 day itinerary that included two new ports in the sea of Cortez as well as two nights in Cabo.
Princess has upgraded many of their ships to medallion class during the off time. This was our first medallion cruise and all in all it was a success. Although still being perfected the app worked pretty well and it made for very efficient embarkation and port visits. We really liked the touch less entry to the stateroom. Room service was a snap and you could order it delivered anywhere on the ship. Security of your purchases was increased by the medallion bringing up your picture when you were buying anything onboard. You can also use off ship in some locations. Lots of other features but too many to List on this review.
Food was good as usual. We do kind of miss the days of more “themed” nights. It would have been nice to have a foods of Mexico night. First time for no “Baked Alaska” parade night. Dinner menu did include all the other usual treats . A very pleasant surprise was the wonderful dining room lunch offerings. Alfredos Pizza is a another highlight of some Princess ships. A personal size( big enough for two) pizza baked to order with fresh ingredients is just amazing. We have had lots of pizza but this is truly aaa class pizza. Don’t miss it. We did not avail ourselves of the buffet much as everything else was available and in our mind more COVID protocol friendly. Princess has made adjustments to the buffet to limit the use of multiple touch implements such as tongs and serving spoons. All items are in single serve dishes or served by crew members. It still felt a little crowded and therefore we just chose from the many other options.
Clean and well done for an older ship. They have upgraded to wall mounted flat screens which are better quality and free up space in the center cabinet area. New table lamps are also a nice upgrade. Medallion entry on doors worked well and was especially nice when hands were full.
Port is way out of town.
Too big and busy these days for us.