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Sail Date: April 2019
Princess Cruises have always done exceptionally well! Delicious food, clean and modern furnishings, state of the art technology most especially with the Medallion, expert and friendly staff, relaxing environment and a full range of ... Read More
Princess Cruises have always done exceptionally well! Delicious food, clean and modern furnishings, state of the art technology most especially with the Medallion, expert and friendly staff, relaxing environment and a full range of entertainment. The company prioritizes safety from the minute you board all the way to the end. The process of embarkation and disembarkation were easy. We always look forward to waking up in the morning because of the activities they offer daily. Food is excellent with so much variety to choose from. The cabin is kept clean with respect to privacy upon request. The technology is above and beyond with the Medallion. The staff are respectful, accommodating and have shown professionalism. Every minute is priceless while on board. Whether you seek to relax, pampered or be entertained. Princess Cruises deliver the best vacation ever! My family and I are looking forward to our next cruise with this company. We highly recommend Princess to people of all ages. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
There were 6 of us on this cruise with two under 6 years old. One of us had platinum status so we boarded immediately after checking in. The food was excellent on board. My medallion steak on the 2nd night was the highlight of ... Read More
There were 6 of us on this cruise with two under 6 years old. One of us had platinum status so we boarded immediately after checking in. The food was excellent on board. My medallion steak on the 2nd night was the highlight of eating. Even better than the rib eye at the Crown Grill. We only got off of the ship at Mazatlan for 30 minutes. We stayed on board with the little ones playing in the pool Things that I think Princess got right: Concerts at sea on the big screen. Neat concept. Excellent sound system . MUTS except it was cold. Even the blankets weren't enough. Negatives: This is the first time I felt a ship was crowded. People were everywhere. Shows were packed. Sometimes it felt good just to go to our balcony to get away from the noise. The walking flow in the ship is designed poorly.There are several places in the buffet , pool areas, and deck six shopping areas where you get funneled down to single file each direction. If a waiter has a tray you have to stand aside to let them pass. Or if there are are slow walkers, the traffic backs up. On our last night I ordered a hamburger off the left side of the menu and asked if to be cooked rare. They asked for my room number because I asked for rare. Then it came well done. Too late to ask for it to be cooked properly. Everybody else at the table was eating. Disembarkation was easy as we carried out luggage off. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Nice ship. The new Medallion Service is a winner. Each guest has a little medallion that pretty much does everything. You can track members of your party, helps you with directions, unlocks you door as you approach, is used to all ... Read More
Nice ship. The new Medallion Service is a winner. Each guest has a little medallion that pretty much does everything. You can track members of your party, helps you with directions, unlocks you door as you approach, is used to all purchases of any kind (the ship is cash less), and other things. I purchased my internet ahead of time for a flat rate of $55 and it was by FAR the fast I've had at sea. Download speed was usually 4mbps or better. I think you could stream Netflix or Prime Video but I choose to download movies and TV shows which worked great. Buffet area is the best organized I've seen on my 5 cruises. Anytime and Traditional dinning are good as always on Princess. This ship did not have a Curtis Stone venue which we thought was great. I don't think the ship had any of the Michelin Chef on this ship. We missed this We attended the Entertainment Show every night. It was good not great. The Princess Live Game shows were great fun, and you could watch them On Demand the next day. Wish there were more. Other activities were pretty much cruise ship standard. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
THIS IS MY SECOND DISNEY CRUISE. The first one in the carribean to their private island. It was so good that we decide to go on another one. This time is was from San Diego to Cabo and Enesanada. Checking on in San Diego was so smooth. ... Read More
THIS IS MY SECOND DISNEY CRUISE. The first one in the carribean to their private island. It was so good that we decide to go on another one. This time is was from San Diego to Cabo and Enesanada. Checking on in San Diego was so smooth. No line up. As soon as I arrived in cabin after lunch in buffet, I phoned the conciege and asked for a robe since I was sharing with my daughter and her boyfriend. The bathrooms are super small and there's no where to put your clean clothes after you take off your dirty clothes to shower. I was told that the robes are only for conciege class. I explained about the situation in the bathroom and when I cruised on Disney before they supplied robes no problem. So I went to the desk to ask again, this time for someone in charge. She left me standing there while she went to the back for 10 mins. I told the other person standing there , that "This is a waste of time, how long does it take to ask about a robe". Also there are no slippers. Good thing I bought it from my hotel. I said I gotta go for dinner, I will come back for an answer. I stopped by the room after dinner and surprise, There's a robe. One of the drawers was stuck and after pulling it out it will become jammed. I told the room steward and he pushed it back in and said: It's fixed. Next time I pulled it out, it got stuck again. I informed the steward again when I was heading out and he said he will fix it. Next time i pulled it open , it completely fell out on my foot. This time I phoned the conciege and they sent a maintenace guy to fix it for real. I'm lucky I didn't break my foot. The day before we arrive in Ensenada, we wanted to go to the place where margaritas were invented. I looked it up at home but we didn't have internet on the ship, and I couldn't remember the name of it but I recall the ship did offer a tour there. She told me she didn't have that info and there's no such tour. She told us to find a Starbucks to get internet and we could google it. After walking a couple of miles to find the Starbucks, we found the place. It was right across from where the ship was docked. We were sitting there enjoying our drinks in the courtyard and wondering why the ship doesn't support this place. And surprise the tour arrived from our ship. Do not take the shuttle from the ship in Ensenada. It's supposed to take you into town but we saw it stopped a couple of blocks down the pier. There is not a town and not much to see except the place where we went to. There was a museum which charge $2.00 and then bar which we got margaritas. There's a small market. We got fridge magnets. There's a beautiful cactus garden. But everything else there is not worth to see cause there's nothing to see. We did eat some corn and some pancake, at the little booths that were on the walkway. Nobody spoke English. Lucky for us, my daughter's boyfriend spoke Spanish. Be aware that the charge to use the washrooms. The food on ship at the buffet at lunch was good and the dining at night was very good. Loved the shows. Got to see the lastest Disney movies in 3D if you want. The live shows are really good. Service in dining room was good. Over all the Disney experience was evident on the cruise but the price was triple other cruises to the same places. I expected better service and larger washrooms. We had a cabin at back of the ship on 7th floor. There was so much creaking and weird banging noises that it was extremely hard to sleep. It was every night. This cruise had a lot of kids on it because of spring break. There was an adult only area but there were kids in this area too. Be careful not to trip over them, they run around through you to try to be first in line to see their characters. Don't take this cruise unless you love Disney a lot. If you want to see Mexico, use Holland America. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This was our fifth time on a Royal-Class ship, and it was also one of the best times we’ve had. The cruise director was great, Matt O, the passenger mix was perfect, not one age group dominated. We never ate in the dining room. The ... Read More
This was our fifth time on a Royal-Class ship, and it was also one of the best times we’ve had. The cruise director was great, Matt O, the passenger mix was perfect, not one age group dominated. We never ate in the dining room. The buffet food was very good, as usual. This was our 21st Princess Cruise. We had cabin E107, obstructed balcony, EXTRA large. No see-through panel to view the water from the cabin. Steward was awesome. Cabin very clean. All our needs were met. One day they varnished our railing, but they did ask lir permission. We had the option to say no. Another day, Mazatlan day, they decided to paint the bridge which was directly overhead, so we came back to paint spatter on our balcony. No biggie. Too much motion at front of ship. Lots of good entertainment. Mariachis, dance bands, et cet. Always something going on in the atrium. Production show Bravo is excellent. Strong vocalists, plus opera singers. Alfredo’s very good. Took one Princess tour to Mahajuitas and Yelapa. Lots of fun. The Mexican Riviera itinerary is actually lots more fun than the Caribbean. We plan to sail the Royal often, as long as she is homeported in Los Angeles. Didn’t really care for new cocktail menu at Crooner’s, though, and drink prices have increased. Ship is in great shape. Very, very clean. All employeees were constantly wiping down and scrubbing everything at the buffet. Lots and lots of variety at buffet. At least 5 types of carving stations on many evenings,vans lots of shrimps and mussels available. Great variety of salad veggies and fresh fruit. Plenty of lounge chairs. No fights over loungers here on the West Coast, unlike what I’ve noticed when we cruise out of the East Coast where everyone seems so desperate for loungers and sun, those escaping brutal winters everywhere. Out here in California I’ve never seen oversaving of loungers, probably since most of the ship is comprised of West Coast people who have decent weather year round. All the more reason to cruise out of California, no airfare, plus less fights onboard. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We flew into LAX and ordered a Lyft ride to the terminal. We got there before our assigned arrival time but they let us get in a line for "to early or to late arrivals" which was only a 10 minute wait. We were on the ship rather ... Read More
We flew into LAX and ordered a Lyft ride to the terminal. We got there before our assigned arrival time but they let us get in a line for "to early or to late arrivals" which was only a 10 minute wait. We were on the ship rather quickly getting some lunch at the buffet while waiting for our room to be ready. Our cabin was a balcony on the 9th floor. We were on the pool and buffet level. I liked that convenience but it was a noisy room. We were close to the atrium where loud music was usually playing down on the 3rd level. Between that and the noise of activities on the pool deck is was not quiet when trying to sleep. Don't forget to bring a power strip. There was only one outlet in the entire room. There wasn't even one in the bathroom! We were cruising with a group of 9. We met for dinner for our early dining reservations. That's when we found out 7 of us were assigned to one table and 2 were assigned to a different table. That made for a frustrating, uncomfortable evening. They got us all on one table for the other 6 nights. Not as good of a location but at least we were together. We had some amazing servers - Jesus, Maynard and Super. They called us by our first names during the whole cruise, even when seeing us in the buffet. They remembered any special requests we had after the first dinner and brought us milk, extra butter, cottage cheese etc. without us even asking. They chatted with us when time allowed and we learned about how they live on the ship during working months while earning a living. They are away from home for months at a time, I can't imagine. But like Jesus told us, "I need to support my family". Such hard working men. I really admired them. They are paid with the mandatory tips we all pay during the cruise but we all gave them extra tips on the last evening. They earned them! We saw some amazing shows during our week on the Splendor. Two of the shows were done by the cast that had been on the ship for 7 months. The new incoming cast did the other 2 shows. The dancing and singing were very good as well as the sets, lighting and the moving parts of the stage. Very impressive! For those taking this cruise in the next 5-6 months, one of the female singers in the new cast was especially fantastic. Wait till you hear that gal sing!! One of the shows, Studio VIP, takes volunteers from those in line to participate in the show. Two in our group volunteered and it was so much fun to watch. They had a blast! Our first port was Cabo San Lucas. We had booked a tour thru Carnival so we were allowed to get on the early tender boats. Those that didn't book a tour had to get boarding numbers the night before and wait for their number to be called. This can take hours while all the VIP and booked tour guests were getting tendered first. We did the Mexican Outback Safari and Camel Ride. It was a lot of fun and also educational. The camels are well cared for in a nice facility. They were led down near the ocean for a nice 30 minute ride while listening to the waves crashing onto the beach. They take really nice pictures of a camel kissing you, riding pictures and even have a drone filming part of your ride. They are kind of expensive but good quality with vibrant colors, I couldn't resist. People comment that they didn't like this tour because they couldn't take their pictures with the camels. However, I took lots of nice pictures of the camels, the facility, the guide - we just couldn't pose with the camels. Don't let that deter you from going on this fantastic journey! Next stop was Mazatlan were we booked an open air cab tour with Christian who I found recommended on TA. This was our second tour with him. He is amazing! We went for a 4 hour sight seeing tour and trip to the Tequila Factory and Leather Factory. His English is excellent and we learned so much about all the places we went to. Other places we went on our last visit included the Cathedral, Opera House, Tequila Tasting, the Market and touring the city to see all the amazing buildings/homes built many years ago. His rates are very reasonable. You can find him on FB, mazatlanopenairdotcom In Puerto Vallarta we had booked a Beach Day at a resort thru the cruise line. We had all signed up for the 9:30am departure. While getting ready to go, 2 of the couples noticed the times on their tickets had been changed to 2:30! We went down to customer service and were told they had over booked this activity and had to change those that had booked the latest. However, the 2 couples who's time got changed were the first to book, not the last! What really happened?? Another bump in the road. There are many groups traveling together, Carnival should be on top of this! Tisk, tisk!! We all cancelled and they refunded our money. That was a bummer though as we were looking forward to this. We left the ship and found someone offering city tours for $30 per person. He had a nice, air conditioned van that fit all 9 of us. So no beach day as planned but we saved a bunch of money and got a reasonably priced tour of the city. They had 2 craft classes during the cruise but they seemed more for kids, not us adults. We made a card using scissors, kids school glue, and rubber stamps. Other cruises I have been on had fun crafts to do. I always look forward to that but it didn't happen on this cruise. My favorite adult activities were the Love and Marriage show, Battle of the Sexes, the Hairy Chest Contest and the Quest. Very entertaining! There is always a long list of activities you can participate in on sea days. Bring a highlighter to mark those you may be interested in. Lots of kids were on this cruise and there we fun things for them to participate in also. When the ship turned around to head back to Long Beach the wind was horrible! The boat rocked like I had never felt before. I have never gotten sea sick on a cruise ship until this trip. I took extra Bonine, chewed on ginger candy and found that I felt a bit better with a full stomach. It was to cold and windy to go out on the outside decks. The pool has a retractable roof that they closed. There were lots of kids in the pool that was more like a wave pool. It looked dangerous but the kids were having a blast until they drained it for safety issues. Good call Carnival! We had an early flight so we carried off our luggage and were allowed to line up in the showroom to debark earlier. This worked so slick, no need to panic worrying about what time we'd get off. Another Lyft ride to LAX and we were on our way home. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We always choose Princess. This was convenient because we arrived at the port by bus chartered by Murdock Travel here in St George, Utah. We love your Horizon Court. It has a great variety of food to choose from. Also traditional ... Read More
We always choose Princess. This was convenient because we arrived at the port by bus chartered by Murdock Travel here in St George, Utah. We love your Horizon Court. It has a great variety of food to choose from. Also traditional dining was excellent. Those that waited on us did a great job. The one complaint we has have was at the Crab Shack. We have enjoyed crab legs in the past on previous cruises but those served that night were fishy and tough. Those that waited on us were excellent. The entertainment in the Princess Theater was outstanding. We especially enjoyed the individuals that were guest performers. Our room steward Dennis, was cheerful and very helpful. We are always impressed with all those that work on the ship. Everyone was very friendly and always looked very nice. We have sailed over 25 times on Princess and will continue to support this fine cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We choose this cruise as it went south rather than the 4 day cruises we have done in the past. The weather did not disappoint. I was worried about the size of the ship, but there was no need to. With the areas organized the way they ... Read More
We choose this cruise as it went south rather than the 4 day cruises we have done in the past. The weather did not disappoint. I was worried about the size of the ship, but there was no need to. With the areas organized the way they are, there is always a place to find solitude if that's what you want. Yes, if you want to sit in a specific area for Princess Theatre or Movies Under the Stars, you must get there early and yes, we found lots of people saving spots, but we got to those areas early enough (usually an hour early) and found what we wanted. The Entertainment was fantastic. We went to the early Princess Theatre production every night. Horizon is amazingly large and easy to navigate which we were so pleased with that we never even made it to the dining room on this cruise. We did not choose a cabin that we liked, as we were directly under the area of the outside burger place, and during the day there were chairs scraped across the floor and lots of foot steps overhead, but it was absolutely fine in the evening and at night. Service was terrific. Wherever we were, lots of people asking if we wanted or needed anything. I cannot say enough about our Stateroom Steward Christian. He always remembered our names and if he was going down the hallway, he would open our door for us before we even got there. Medallion is still in it's infancy and we only used it for opening our doors and to pay for drinks and merchandise. Messaging was easy (as long as you check frequently). Overall, yes, we would do this specific cruise again and yes, we would choose the Royal Princess. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This was our first cruise and everything was above expectations! The crew, service, entertainment and food was excellent. Everyone was always so very helpful, always greeted you with a smile and did everything they could to make sure you ... Read More
This was our first cruise and everything was above expectations! The crew, service, entertainment and food was excellent. Everyone was always so very helpful, always greeted you with a smile and did everything they could to make sure you were satisfied. We enjoyed the variety of food they offered and all the different restaurants to choose from. The bars were very nice with great views to sit and relax and enjoy your day or evening. The entertainment was great and a lot to choose from. They have something going day and night to fit your schedule. Or you can even go and relax by the pool and watch movies under the stars! Amazing!!! We did not know what to expect since this was our first cruise and we are so very pleased with the whole experience!!! We are looking forward to our next cruise and will be booking with Princess again soon!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I recommend this cruise. We've been to these ports many times and this was by far the smoothest sailing we've been on. The weather in our Mexican ports was really good, too. Although there were over 400 children on this ... Read More
I recommend this cruise. We've been to these ports many times and this was by far the smoothest sailing we've been on. The weather in our Mexican ports was really good, too. Although there were over 400 children on this cruise it wasn't a problem, at least to us. Except for the swimming pools, which they seemed to take over, the children were a pleasure to have around. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Everyone! I thought the food was very good. We opted to eat in the dining room every night because we found the food very good there. Even the buffet was, in my opinion, a little better than most other lines we've been on. The entertainment was okay. On the main stage the special effects were good, but they only had six dancers. Excellent dancers , but not exciting. However, the comedian and the magician they had on other nights were very good. We would have enjoyed a little more of a live band around the ship -- maybe by the pool. They had the BB King band, and we enjoyed them.. LOVED the two piano players, and didn't miss many of their performances. Overall, we were satisfied with the entertainment. I thought the ship was beautiful. The balcony cabin was well appointed and, of course, our cabin stewards were the best. The only complaint I have isn't with Holland America, but with Cruise Critic. This is the first time we've signed up for a roll call and not had a meet and greet on the ship. I have no idea why not. We're looking forward to another Holland America cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Some friends wanted to cruise and invited me along. I have been weary of cruising because I really like traveling to places and thoroughly immersing myself into the culture of the place I am visiting. I did ALOT of research on our ... Read More
Some friends wanted to cruise and invited me along. I have been weary of cruising because I really like traveling to places and thoroughly immersing myself into the culture of the place I am visiting. I did ALOT of research on our destinations prior to the cruise to hit a highlight in each port. I was able to figure out what places I would like to revisit - or not. The ship was beautiful and was very easy to navigate - after a day. The Cruise Director Matt O' and his staff: Sin, Dan, Andrew, Justenn, Phil, and Hunter were all great! Very personable, REAL people. No stuffiness there at all. The food was good. We spent more time enjoying the specialty restaurants and pop-ups. The dining room was good. Our waiter was a little stuffy at first and we weren't sure that he was our kind of person. But the last night, he pulled out the stops and showed all his personality. We did go a little wild and definitely caused a scene in the dining room. We figured this is probably why he was so stuffy the rest of the week - because he probably knew right off the bar that he had a rowdy group and he was trying to keep the decorum of the dining room intact. I did enjoy the variety of choices in the buffet the couple of times we ate there. Retreat pool was great. We didn't travel with kids, but it was fun to see the teenagers participating in different activites throughout the week. The only real problem that I encountered was one couple who insisted on keeping their scooters in the hallway. This made it extremely difficult to navigate the hallway with my own scooter. We spoke with the couple and that didn't work, so we contacted guest services. They immediately addressed it with the couple and the couple continued to leave their scooters in the hall. The ship staff continued to address the issue, and the scooters were eventually not in the hallway anymore. International Cafe was a great place to grab a quick bite. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We appreciate Carnival Inspiration Crew for making our first family cruise a wonderful and memorable experience. Our steward Bernard was friendly and we appreciate his hardwork. We dined every night and it was a great experience for my two ... Read More
We appreciate Carnival Inspiration Crew for making our first family cruise a wonderful and memorable experience. Our steward Bernard was friendly and we appreciate his hardwork. We dined every night and it was a great experience for my two boys (8 years and 6 years-old) to try and enjoy a variety of foods. We thank the people who served us and we appreciate their hard work. We also enjoyed the dining entertainment- your crew can definitely dance! My boys also enjoyed the breakfast with Dr. Seuss and the family comedy shows. We will for sure cruise with Carnival again. Our excursion in Ensenada- La Bufadora was really great. Belen was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable and welcoming. I am glad that I booked our excursion through Carnival. Our day at Catalina Island was also fantastic. We enjoyed riding around with the golf cart. We appreciate that your price is fair and deliver and provide us a priceless experience!!! With gratitude, The Mendoza Family Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We were looking for a family friendly 4 day cruise and we found it! First time on Carnival Crew was very very nice My cabin was clean all the time Orlando our cruise director was a delite! Loved the dining was pretty good ... Read More
We were looking for a family friendly 4 day cruise and we found it! First time on Carnival Crew was very very nice My cabin was clean all the time Orlando our cruise director was a delite! Loved the dining was pretty good always a vegetarian selection Our kids enjoyed the kid activities such town animals, arcade, kids club - (although this was disorganized and s small fight broke out with several 10 years old in the kids club) yikes! Guys burger bar and taco bar by the pool was great! The winner for us was Alchemy Bar which mixed delicious martinis! Don’t miss this bar! Photo ops were everywhere so that was also a plus! Perfect amount of time on the cruise- Tiny bit sea sick due to boat going so slow- The Stufio VIP show on the last night was hysterical! Go to the comedy shows too If you a party this is your cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We were two adults traveling without children that stayed in an inside stateroom on deck 7 midship of the Disney Wonder. We had an amazing experience with superior service and I cannot wait for my next Disney cruise! -The main dining ... Read More
We were two adults traveling without children that stayed in an inside stateroom on deck 7 midship of the Disney Wonder. We had an amazing experience with superior service and I cannot wait for my next Disney cruise! -The main dining food was superb- many options on the menu! -Our servers in main dining were wonderful- best I’ve ever had on a cruise. They were personable, and very efficient. -Our inside cabin was very comfortable and clean. -Entertainment is high quality. The main stage shows are of a high caliber with Frozen the musical stage show being a highlight. - We enjoyed all the adult entertainment options on the ship! We liked trivia, bingo, crafts, adult only game shows, adult only pool area and the adult only restaurant, Palo. Cruise entertainment staff were very upbeat and personable! - Ports of call were Cabo and Ensenada. -In Cabo we took an excursion to the Breathless all inclusive resort! It was gorgeous and staff were wonderful. -Port of Ensenada we took a wine tasting tour that was fabulous! We LOVED our guide and the countryside was beautiful. This was an amazing cruise and you cannot beat the Disney experience. I have previously sailed on Holland America and Disney beats out Holland in the service and entertainment categories! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Small group of friends cruising together made for a great time during Spring break. On board, there was plenty to do on the Star when or if we wanted. We found room in the hot tubs, especially enjoying the one in H20 Spice area. We ... Read More
Small group of friends cruising together made for a great time during Spring break. On board, there was plenty to do on the Star when or if we wanted. We found room in the hot tubs, especially enjoying the one in H20 Spice area. We had no trouble finding a lounge chair for sunning. We loved meeting up at Gatsby's for a cocktail and good music. (I love piano music!) We thoroughly enjoyed Cagney's, the Teppanyaki grill, and LeBistro, along with what we felt was special treatment in the Versailles dining room. I tried some new flavors and some different dishes that I wasn't familiar with and of course, I made sure to order seafood, especially seafood appetizers many times. Each port of call delivered warmth, fun and interesting sights, good food and beach time. We did not do any excursion as we just wanted to look around on our own and land at the local beach. Took a cab to town in Puerto Vallarta, a pulmonia in Mazatlan and water taxi in Cabo. NCL took care of the planning of our flights and transfers. Everything went smoothly including embarkation and debarkation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This cruise was awesome. Im so glad I did it. Everything about it was smooth. To getting on, to getting off. No problems. Food was delicious in the buffet. And in the restaurants as well. Never a long wait to eat. My boyfriend and I went ... Read More
This cruise was awesome. Im so glad I did it. Everything about it was smooth. To getting on, to getting off. No problems. Food was delicious in the buffet. And in the restaurants as well. Never a long wait to eat. My boyfriend and I went to the gym, soaked up some sun went to see a movie. And a show. We even went to shore and did some excursions. But my favorite part was the casino. I will definitely sail Norwegian again. My cabin steward was Paul. He was very sweet. Very attentive. We needed some distilled water. He was on it. Had it in the room when we returned from dinner. Another thing we told him our names the first day and he remembered us the whole week. I did the seven day Mexican Rivera. Next I want the Norwegian Alaska Cruise. I can’t wait to set sail on my next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The Royal Princess is a magnificent ship. The atrium is opulent. The stateroom is much improved over the older ships. Designed with more drawers. The new LG tv is great with a wonderful selection of entertainment in the stateroom. The ... Read More
The Royal Princess is a magnificent ship. The atrium is opulent. The stateroom is much improved over the older ships. Designed with more drawers. The new LG tv is great with a wonderful selection of entertainment in the stateroom. The bathroom is much better. The shower bigger with a better shower head. Sink design nicer, Better. Lighting. The best thing about the cruise was to experience the ocean madellion. What a great innovation. So much fun! Thanks Princess Cruises. The dining was great. Good service at our anytime dining. The hamburgers at the burger and fries bar were delicious, big and juice. We loved the production shows put on by the Princess singers and dancers. The Princess Orchestra was amazing. The Princess theater was very nice. Activities for everyone. The service in the Horizon Court was very good. The food setup was very nice with various lines so there was more room to move around and select your food. Also more variety. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Cruise was value priced. Embarkation very organized. One of our two bags took about four hours to get to the cabin but that was not a problem. Royal is a high-end resort hotel on the sea. Beautiful. The atrium is truly magnificent venue ... Read More
Cruise was value priced. Embarkation very organized. One of our two bags took about four hours to get to the cabin but that was not a problem. Royal is a high-end resort hotel on the sea. Beautiful. The atrium is truly magnificent venue which can accommodate a very large number of people without feeling at all crowded. Food in dining room and buffet was outstanding. There were many choices every day and I regretted that I could not sample more of them. I tried, as the five pounds gained during the cruise would attest. Alfredo's is a great dining venue. Service everywhere was great. Crew friendly and very respectful. Captain Nick Nash, a Brit, has the typical British dry wit and should consider stand-up when he retires from cruising. Entertainment was wonderful every evening. There were three production shows in addition to two shows by a comedian and two by a very funny magician. Would have liked a little more of the enrichment-type of entertainment. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Found this beautiful ship with a great deal! Couldn’t pass it up! First west coast cruise for this ship, so glad she came
Found this beautiful ship with a great deal! Couldn’t pass it up! First west coast cruise for this ship, so glad she came Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
For our first cruise my wife and I were a little scared to do a long cruise. What if one of us gets sea sick easily, or can't stand being cramped in a cabin, or we get bored. So to play it safe we chose one of the shortest cruises we ... Read More
For our first cruise my wife and I were a little scared to do a long cruise. What if one of us gets sea sick easily, or can't stand being cramped in a cabin, or we get bored. So to play it safe we chose one of the shortest cruises we can find. Being in SoCal we are also lucky that Long Beach is a short drive away. In any case we chose one of the 3 Day Baja Mexico cruises - known for college kids wanting to get drunk in Mexico. I guess if we had a choice between a ship full of college kids or a ship full of retirees we'd rather have the college kids anyways. Turns out the ship had a good mix of people with families, college kids, older people, etc. Probably on the younger side I would say judging from some videos I saw of the recent cruise in Norway that got disabled and passengers had to be rescued with helicopters off the ship. In any case I didn't want to get a cabin with an ocean view or a balcony on this first cruise. We had to make it the worst possible cabin to see if we could survive. And definitely no problems having an interior. We didn't miss not having a window to the outside world at all. We basically used the room for sleeping in and getting changed for the day, that was it. We hung out on the ship most of the day, either watching shows, playing games, doing auctions, sitting on the decks outside, etc. We had plenty of activities to do on our short 3 night cruise. Our cabin was on Main Deck, which is Deck 5, two decks below the boarding deck Empress. We were mid / aft which was good because the dining areas were right above us two floors. Easy to get to and without any noise. A lot of activities on Imagination are more Forward so we would have a small walk forward to get to the activities but not too bad. I think we would probably try to get Mid Ship if we sailed in the future. Our Steward was great and recognized my wife and I every morning. Room was always cleaned and cute little towel animals left every day. We left all of our electronics out with no problems - didn't feel a need to put anything in the safe. Dining was hit or miss. For the price we paid we can't complain and we enjoyed the food. But picky people beware, the buffet is probably more of an average buffet rather than a higher priced buffet. In addition the food during the evening dinners was good but not something that will blow your socks off. The wait staff at dinner was excellent and we enjoyed the food but it was a little hit or miss. Some dishes were excellent and others were okay, nothing spectacular. Either way - a great first time cruise option to see how well you can handle being on a ship for several days. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
Love to sail out of our home port . We are the first to sail on The Grand Princess after she came out of dry dock. We are in one of the Grand Suites L301. They replaced or reupholstered the couches and chairs, which was well needed. They ... Read More
Love to sail out of our home port . We are the first to sail on The Grand Princess after she came out of dry dock. We are in one of the Grand Suites L301. They replaced or reupholstered the couches and chairs, which was well needed. They put new 42” TVs in the living room and bedroom. However they removed the DVD players which was a big disappointment as we bring our own DVDs to watch. I don’t think I need to tell you how bad the programming is on the ship. We were told they are going to put “on demand “in the near future,but on this cruise it is not available. If you love reruns of " The Love Boat" enjoy. We have been sailing on Princess for many years and appreciate their product, Princess Cruises should be so proud of their crew, they are second to none. We love Club Class dining. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The balloons have fallen and we safely sailed into San Francisco just before dawn on March 30, 2019. SF was lit up as well as the Bay Bridge. I did get an actual Navigation Map for this particular cruise, showing the chart from SF to ... Read More
The balloons have fallen and we safely sailed into San Francisco just before dawn on March 30, 2019. SF was lit up as well as the Bay Bridge. I did get an actual Navigation Map for this particular cruise, showing the chart from SF to Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, then back to SF. I almost missed getting the photo of the map as they auction the chart off during the cruise on the last sea day and whomever got it had not picked it up yet .We sailed on the Grand Princess which had just come out of a 2 week dry dock in Portland, Oregon. They had 1200 contractors working around the clock to get everything done. The contractors stay on the ship in the passenger cabins. The crew also stays on the ship as they must feed and sleep all the contractors. They had a DVD showing the dry dock process which was very interesting. The Grand is an older ship i.e. 1998 and has been refurbished several times as all ships are. I do love this ship. The woodwork in the ship is wonderful. Unfortunately, the newer ships have removed most of the woodworking and gone to almost a minimalistic (not sure this is an actual word, but hopefully, you get the idea) look. There were a few hiccups that had to be worked out since she was just out of dry dock but everything pretty much got back to normal. The food and service is really good on the Grand. The Princess ships have always been service oriented. They do what they have to, to please the passengers. The second officer in charge gave a great presentation on exactly how they navigate these babies, equipment, software, port considerations, etc. etc. He also went into what one has to do to go through the ranks to finally arrive at Captain. He started on tankers, ferries, then cruise ships - interesting stories. We had a 3 hr Segway tour on Puerta Vallarta which was really fun. I called the company prior to the cruise and set up the tour since normally they don't work on Sunday, but did arrange for our tour. There were only two of us on the tour as well as Sara, our informative guide. Great fun. Love those Segway machines. Although most of the places we visited have beautiful Malacons (promenades along the water front), they also have cobblestone streets. That was a new challenge for us on the Segway but certainly made it more fun. We stopped at a family run Tequila making factory. Tequila is a Mexican liquor made chiefly from the fermented sap of the blue agave plant. It is subjected to two separate distillations. I always thought Tequila tasted like floor varnish, but after tasting all the new types they have, have changed my mind. They have one called Pecan Tequila, which tasted like Bailey's Irish cream - really good. Even the straight Tequila has several different qualities and some is very smooth - much better than floor varnish. We got to taste them all !!! Not sure we could pass a breathalyzer test but we had just had lunch, so that helped and we got the Segways safely back to the Segway shop. In Cabo San Lucas we went in search of whales on a zodiac. The end of March is the end of the migration season for this area but we did find a mother and a fairly new born. Mom was teaching the little one how to breach i.e. jump out of the water. It was thrilling to see. The ride on the zodiac was thrilling as well, as they go at speeds similar to a jet ski i.e. fast. In Manzanillo and Mazatlan, we enjoyed the promenades, walking tours and shopping. In Mazatlan they make a delicious marshmallow and coconut candy. Be careful when you try it however, as it is quite addictive! We went with a travel agency that provides bus transportation in CA from Sacramento, Stockton, Lodi, Modesto, and Manteca to the ship. Once you give your "checked" luggage to the bus driver, one doesn't have to see it again until it arrives at your cabin door. After the cruise, one identifies their luggage in a very orderly fashion, porters take the luggage to a bus, and then homeward bound. The agency provides a hospitality desk on the ship with daily hours to help with any issues as well as distributing a different gift each day. If the ship goes to Cabo, there is a fiesta party with music, lunch and drinks at the public area at a condo in Cabo. It is right on the ocean with great views. It is very close to where the tenders come into Cabo, so an easy walk. When the ship didn't go to Cabo, then there was a big party on the ship for the our group. Likely this time, there were perhaps 250 people in our group. I didn't actually count them, but am guessing. On one of the cruises we took, the party was on the ship. They had the ship's photographer get everyone together at the party and took a photo of likely 275 people. They did a fantastic job. We were given an 8 x 10 photo of the group. That is really a challenge for any photographer. Prior to the party day, one of the gifts was a T shirt with the destination on the shirts which most of us wore to the party. Great fun. This is really a great service for us that live in the valley as otherwise one goes into SF a day early, and stays in a hotel - just to be sure there is no traffic jam going into SF which could mean missing the ship. All of this, at no extra cost for the cruise. We do appreciate this service. We had a mini-suite with club class service meaning that you have a separate dining area and never have to wait in line for anytime dining for dinner. The mini-suites provide extra room and storage capacity. For us, it makes the cabin more usable and home-like. We both photograph and have computers which means charging stations and table room for the computers and cameras for a work space. The beds on the Princess ships are fantastic - best beds at sea, as far as we are concerned. Getting on and off the ship was quick, easy and efficient. Princess really has their act together when it comes to Embarkation and Disembarkation. They are also efficient at getting people on and off for ports that need to use tenders to get the passengers to shore. They had several types of entertainment day and night. Thankfully they list everything in a daily newsletter (as most ships do) as well as providing maps of the ports and things to see while in port and transportation available to get around the area. There were several other things we did and saw, but won't bore you any further - that is if you in fact, got this far. As you might have guessed, we love cruising. So much to do on and off the ship and everyone is always so friendly. You get to meet people from all over the world, passengers and crew and learn so much about other cultures; also, great photographic opportunities. 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Sail Date: March 2019
Best crew and service. Loved it and WILL return. Average age on our cruise was 87...lots of old goobers with "Hurry Canes", Walkers, and Scooters....you had to fight your way in the Buffet through the sea of blue hairs. We had ... Read More
Best crew and service. Loved it and WILL return. Average age on our cruise was 87...lots of old goobers with "Hurry Canes", Walkers, and Scooters....you had to fight your way in the Buffet through the sea of blue hairs. We had anytime dining and utilized the dining rooms below. What a godsend, from the hyenas at the buffet. Book your tours online and not on the ship any you will save 75%. Love the cruise and will seek out this ship and crew again, our family loved it. Food was great and presentation was over the top. Ship was clean and orderly. It had just came out of dry dock and some little items were still being addressed. The only thing that didn't work that we noticed was no Mini Golf. Our kids had a great time and utilized the kids groups and other functions. If you are looking for a first time cruise I would recommend it!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
The guest services were flawless. The meals at the complimentary and pay for restaurants were excellent. The buffets were great, just like eating at home only better. The excursions were exciting and on time. Our cabin ... Read More
The guest services were flawless. The meals at the complimentary and pay for restaurants were excellent. The buffets were great, just like eating at home only better. The excursions were exciting and on time. Our cabin steward, Resley went out of his way, I think, to make sure our room was always flawless when we returned, and he was a pretty interesting person to chat with as well. 9230 I was very afraid of going on this trip because it was my first cruise. I am afraid of the water and being away from home. But we went on this cruise with our sons and their wives and we had an absolutely GREAT time. I was never afraid after getting on the ship. I always felt safe, met a lot of the cruise staff and that helped put me at ease. Everyone is so friendly and so focused on you having a good cruising experience. We played bingo twice every day and although we never won, we laughed so hard because it was so much fun. The staff makes it fun for all. The evening shows were AMAZING and were every bit as good as shows I have seen in Vegas. I so much enjoyed this trip that we have agreed to go on another one next June with some other family members. Ahoy matties. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a 7 day cruise that was close to home, I only live about 35 min from Long Beach Port... I also enjoy the ports visited as well. I chose the time of year because knowing from previous trips down ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a 7 day cruise that was close to home, I only live about 35 min from Long Beach Port... I also enjoy the ports visited as well. I chose the time of year because knowing from previous trips down here how hot it can get, but I hit it just right, seemed like ports were no more than 78 degrees during day, with little humidity. Embarkation was the easiest ever, i mean ever!!! I got there at terminal at 11, the time i had picked - there was 2, yes 2 people ahead of me at the security checkpoint - went thru there in about 3 minutes, then they told me they were already boarding (way early) at 11:10, so i literally got to terminal and walked in like non stop to board ship, Great!!! Also, Important to note, if you are somewhat challenged or get short of breath easy, you have an option to take a elevator up to top level so you can get to embarkation gangway, because there are 3 long ramps to walk up. After 23 cruises with carnival I'm going to just give you some random thought about things that are different, or changes that I have noticed. FOOD INFO : For drinks at bars, many drinks, you will have to ask for a straw now, unless you buy a slushly type of drink, like your pina coladas, or daiquiris....So yeah, for soda, they will not give you a straw automatically.. The Deli : Its changed, and not for the better... They used to have a little grill there, where they can put your sandwiches in there and grill (toast) it for you, Gone. Now they have like a convection oven, takes LONGER WAIT, and makes your sandwich bread STIFF as a board to eat, Also gone, are their rolls, which I had loved for my pastrami sandwiches .. A disappointment since i love to eat there. Mongolian Wok : Always seems to be a big hit, remember its only open for 3-4 hrs a day... Also, if you like your noodles soft, ask them to cook longer... Last time I didn't know, and the noodles were kinda hard. BBQ : Upstairs, not frequented much by guests at all, a pity.. they serve bbq (grilled, you add your own sauce) chicken, some brisket, and pork... I think it would be a bigger hit if they had ribs... But its nice and quite up there, if you'd like to take your food up there. Breakfast : I always got to breakfast about 11:10am, cause I like to sleep in, but on this cruise anyway at that time, there was never any more than 7 people in line ahead of me which was cool. If your an egg eater, they have the regular watery (not less cooked that is) but watery soupy scrambled eggs....Or you could go to the egg station for an omelet... Just note, most if not everyone were getting omelets cooked to order, they can also order over easy eggs, most didn't cause most were getting omelets.. Bacon greasy usual, the sausage links looked as usual, like they are uncooked ( NOT THE CASE), while we're used to frying them at home with brown grill marks, carnival i think steam cook them, give them the lack luster appearance of being uncooked, and usually not hot. Burger Grill : Sad there is no Guys Burgers on this ship, they still haven't upgraded to Carnival 2.0.. But other than that, burgers are good, meaty patty... If your someone who doesn't like or can have cheese, by default, they make 99% of their burgers with cheese... Ask for a regular burger! The fries seemed to have changed as well too, I think they are better, and a little fatter than the past. Pizza Station : Pizza was good, if you like paper thin pizza with light sauce. This station can get backed up, I would go there during off hours, cause the line can be long, and time consuming!! Crew : Friendly as you would expect, helpful. Some of the casino dealers can be pretty cold - SOME, are not friendly talkative or fun.. They are all business, matter of fact style... Like just deal the cards as fast as possible and don't ask questions!, I said SOME! The one indian guy who works casino cashier was very nice, so pleasant, give him a promotion!!!!! And by the way, on this cruise anyway, the casino wasn't smokey at all, seems like they fixed ventilation, and i'm not a smoker. Ship : Music was everywhere and plentiful, lots of open seating everywhere. Still have those gawdy pink donuts everywhere. Dining room : Was good, as usual, friendly dining staff... The braised beef (pot roast ?) was to die for... But one night, got it sliced in chunks, another night it was one who piece together, hmmm ?? The roasted chicken was to die for too, loved it. I love their little breads too. CHEERS! Package : Yeah, I got that again... kinda wish I didn't this time... With all the food and then water milk juices at breakfast, and your two cokes a day, and the fact you want to have in mind to break even with your six $9.50 drinks per day, it can get kinda much. For ME, I said ME, I will just get the bubbles package, and buy drinks as I want them, and not try to "break even" and force in drinks.. Thats what would work best for ME, anyway. Stateroom : Nothing new here, I always seem to get too hot in the night with all the blankets, and yes, a/c is turned on all the way... and then when i remove blankets, i get cold... Also, they FINALLY got plastic laundry bags, instead of the flimsy paper ones, bout time!! Room service... I ordered the wings from their new pay section... They are like wing stop... kinda chewy and rubbery... I like softer wings... anyway, you choose the sauce and it comes with 8 pieces, all flats... comes with carrot and celery sticks Debarkation : Usual slow pace... They now no longer give you a customs form to fill out, which is a good change... There is something to be aware of though.... As you are leaving and going down to the long line to get your luggage, you are walked in a huge line that is in a circle, and they have a small litle opening to go in and get your luggage, if you miss that,you will just stay in the line up to the customs officer and you will have to go back and get your luggage. So just be aware of this, cause they don't let you know,, YOU have to be aware of it. Well thats about it, have a good cruise Read Less

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