This was our 15th Princess cruise (24th overall). We've previously sailed on sister ships Royal, Regal, Sky, and Majestic. With the completion of this cruise, we now reached Elite loyalty status. We had originally been booked on the 3/6 and 3/13 cruises which were subsequently cancelled by Princess when Discovery's launch was delayed. We were rebooked into the 3/27 and 4/3 cruises. This was our first time ever being on a maiden or true inaugural cruise on any cruise line. This was only our 2nd time doing a Mexican Riviera itinerary - the last being in 2008 on Golden Princess. This was also only our 2nd time doing back-to-back cruises.
Travel to Embarkation Port
Cabin was Considered a deluxe balcony with partially obstructed view and extended angled balcony - view to the right has lifeboats.
- Cabin décor & size - New Princess color scheme (taupe, gray, teal, and blue) like what we experienced on Sky Princess. Cabin was 303 sq ft.
- Cabin steward was Stephen (India).
- Cabin location & proximity to ship features - Mid-ship port side just forward of the panoramic lifts and stairs so very convenient access to everything in the Piazza.
- Cabin features:
-Some people on the roll call were complaining about the beds - that they didn't seem to be the same Princess Luxury Beds as on other ships. We found the beds to be the same equivalent comfort as what we'd experienced before.
-Similar features as what we'd had with Sky Princess - Two nightstands with two drawers and a lamp with a USB port, desk had usual power outlets and USB ports, side chair, sofa, small oval table, mini fridge, walk-in closet with 5 shelf storage plus safe. Bathroom had usual configuration and shower unfortunately had the annoying curtain.
-Differences from Sky Princess that we noted: No storage drawers with the desk besides the drawer with the built in hair dryer. No annoying motion detector lights located under the nightstand drawers and in the closet area.
Ship excursion: Whale Watching 12:30-2:30pm $89.95pp.
First indication of concern was our tour tickets said to meet in the Princess theater at 12:45. Ok well fine. Our excursion was assigned Yellow 8. We waited and waited and finally at 1:15 they had Yellow 8 go down to Deck 4 and we boarded our tender (one of Discovery’s lifeboats). But then we sat while they then decided to fill up the tender with non-excursion people. Sorry but those of us who paid for an excursion should have priority over people without paid excursions for getting on tenders. We didn’t get on shore until 1:50. Then we had to queue to fill out the tour operator’s waiver form and be escorted down to where the catamaran boarded. We finally got underway on our excursion at 2pm. The excursion itself was good - we got to see 2 adults and 1 calf with spouting, splashing, and the calf frequently breaching. Tour finished at 3:45. But the logistics surrounding the excursion were definitely a cluster.
Ship excursion: Concordia, Copala, & Golden Zone 8:30am-3:30pm $69.95pp.
Due to extremely foggy conditions, our arrival was delayed about 2 hours. Consequently captain decided to delay our port departure by 1 hour to 7pm. Able to disembark shortly after 10am. Excursion left at 10:20am. 13 passengers on full size motor coach. Returned at 4:45pm. Very good tour. Got to visit 3 villages - Malpica, Concordia, and Copala plus short stops at Golden Zone, brick factory, and a mom & pop roadside pottery shop. Lunch at Alejandro’s restaurant in Copala - standard Mexican fare but good.
Ship excursion: Rare Spirits & Traditions at Private Countryside Villa 9am-2:30pm $69.95pp.
13 passengers in tour van. Left at 9:15am.
Started with downtown highlights. Then drove to La Dulce Vista about 45 min from PV. We started with generous tastings of 5 types of tequila. Then an outdoor sit down lunch of flank steak tacos, guacamole made fresh in front of us, and 2 cocktails made for us - Smoky Passion (featuring raicilla and passion fruit) and Red Summer (featuring reposado, hibiscus tea, and red wine). Then we had 30 min to relax at the beautiful pool. We returned to the port about 3:00pm. We really enjoyed this excursion!