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Sail Date: January 2018
Last year we had to cancel three cruises due to medical issues. So this year we are hitting the ground running and what better way than a Princess Cruise. The price and timing were right. It was a cruise of relaxation and a chance to be ... Read More
Last year we had to cancel three cruises due to medical issues. So this year we are hitting the ground running and what better way than a Princess Cruise. The price and timing were right. It was a cruise of relaxation and a chance to be catered too. The Crown Princess hit all the marks. The Entertainment and Activities were excellent. We enjoyed the both of the major productions (Magic and Encore). The singers and dancers were great. We had early dining and enjoyed all of our dinners. We were especially pleased that Princess offered us free cover charge for a meal at one of the specialty restaurants for our anniversary. We chose The Crown Grill and were not disappointed. Although we did not do any shore excursions this trip, we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon aboard the ship. We also took advantage of the future booking promotion and are looking forward to our next two Princess cruises we booked. With the impeccable service and friendly personnel we met, I am sure that we will enjoy the next two Princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Eastern/western Caribbean Absolutely beautiful ship. The Decour is very European and comfortable. The entertainment productions are very professional and well done. That’s the sound and lighting or first class. There is lots of ... Read More
Eastern/western Caribbean Absolutely beautiful ship. The Decour is very European and comfortable. The entertainment productions are very professional and well done. That’s the sound and lighting or first class. There is lots of different genres of music To choose from in the various lounges. I like the fact that there is not hard sell for shopping artworks and spaAnd photos.. It is available but he did up for the passenger to find what he’s looking for.The staff are accommodating and friendly. Cabins are kind of small. The food is much improved with lots of seafood and fresh fruit and vegetables. This ship accommodates over 3000 But there are almost no lineups at that no time do we feel crowded. Embarcation was a breeze. The choice of excursions appeals to any age group and fitness level. There are lots of disabled passengers with room to accommodate them. I would like to see more enrichment classes. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We had a midship, inside cabin on Emerald deck 8. The cabin was completely adequate and the location was great for getting to everything but at night the room was very noisy from the activities going on on Deck 7. Music was being played ... Read More
We had a midship, inside cabin on Emerald deck 8. The cabin was completely adequate and the location was great for getting to everything but at night the room was very noisy from the activities going on on Deck 7. Music was being played in the atrium every night and our beds would vibrate from the sound. I actually had to call the front desk one night at 11:45 to file a complaint and the music promptly stopped. Other nights it did stop around 10 pm. The food was very good for the most part. I did not like the large tables in the horizon court. Most people don't travel in large groups and don't want to sit with people they don't know. The Crown Grill is fantastic. One of the best filets I have ever had. The french onion soup is also to die for. Love the movies under the stars but just wish they played movies during the day instead of running the same videos of pictures passengers have taken. I think Princess has the best pizza on the seas. Love the pizza on deck 16. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Chose this cruise for the timeline, ports and the ship. Embarkation and disembarkation could not have gone smoother. Princess has perfected this aspect of cruising. A beautiful ship and extremely well designed with the passenger in ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the timeline, ports and the ship. Embarkation and disembarkation could not have gone smoother. Princess has perfected this aspect of cruising. A beautiful ship and extremely well designed with the passenger in mind. Our balcony cabin was compact, but how much time do you really spend in the cabin! It does what we need it to do when we’re at sea. After many years of requesting fixed dining time we have decided to change to anytime dining, strictly for the flexibility aspect. We can now fit in more entertainment and activities that appeal to us. The more we cruise with Princess the better the entertainment becomes. From the stage shows to the comedians and other professional acts they never fail to impress. If you want to have a great seat for most shows in the Princess theatre you need to be there 30 minutes before showtime. Service on this cruise was excellent. All of our requests were met without question. All service staff performed to our expectations. St. Thomas and St. Marrten are two of our favourite ports and we have visited both many times. Even with the recent hurricane damage the locals had an extremely positive outlook and truly appreciated cruisers returning. We no longer take excursions at these ports so we are not able to comment, but in the past we have always been pleased. We now just grab a cab and have them take us where we want to go. The cab service on both islands is excellent. For us Princess has perfected the whole package for our cruise requirements. Now that we are retired we have been booking at least one or two future cruises while we are on the ship. The incentives Princess offers make these bookings well worthwhile. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife and I have cruised with Princess Line ships now on four occasions, two on the Dawn Princess, one aboard the Sun Princess, and now the Golden Princess. For us older citizens we both found the Golden Princess a little too big. It was ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised with Princess Line ships now on four occasions, two on the Dawn Princess, one aboard the Sun Princess, and now the Golden Princess. For us older citizens we both found the Golden Princess a little too big. It was difficult to remember where things were, and quite an effort to find them. Decks were not quite as "friendly", and the Promenade deck was much narrower than on the two other ships. Also, I found the sauna/spa area too difficult and dangerous to utilize. Wet, slippery deck, steps, and not enough hand rails for safety. Never-the-less everything else was the usual Princess standard. Food, dining, cabin, (and particularly the steward service) and other facilities are highly recommended. Age should not be a barrier as we saw many people on the Golden Princess using walking sticks, walker frames and even a number of motorized wheelchairs. Cruising is a wonderfui relaxing experience - When does the next one depart! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this short criuse as a mini break and to sample a Mini Siute for future criuses, but we were upgraded to a penthhouse suite. The extras that came with this upgrade made it extra special and we are so greatful to Princess for this. ... Read More
We chose this short criuse as a mini break and to sample a Mini Siute for future criuses, but we were upgraded to a penthhouse suite. The extras that came with this upgrade made it extra special and we are so greatful to Princess for this. One of the extras we realy did like was the club dining room it was so relaxing and not tied to any specific time, we will seriously look at a club upgrade for future criuses that we do with Princess. We did a mix of dining options from club class to buffet and were impressed with the overall service and quality of food and beverage. As far as entertainment went, what bit we did see was quite good, but I will never cease to be amazed at the number of handbags and cardigans that adorn seats that in reality should have been available to us and then to stand at the back and watch people arrive after us and take a seat. Really Princess you need to take action on this, I dare you! It was a five day cruise so we only did one excursion around Hobart, the visit to Pt Arthur was interesting from a historic view. Embarkation at Melbourne was quite seamless for us as we had priority boarding. However the disembarkation in Adelaide left a bit to be desired, it was slow and late. This was in no way the fault of Princess but was a fault of the Adelaide port authorities who are just not up to it, the do need to lift their game. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our 2nd time sailing with Princess Cruises, and 2nd time on the Grand Princess. Overall this is our 10th cruise with many different lines. I have to say living right in the Bay Area is so convenient. We took a 20 minute drive to ... Read More
This was our 2nd time sailing with Princess Cruises, and 2nd time on the Grand Princess. Overall this is our 10th cruise with many different lines. I have to say living right in the Bay Area is so convenient. We took a 20 minute drive to the cruise terminal and from curbside to the ship took less than 10 minutes. It was absolutely fabulous. The terminal was very well maintained and the porters and staff on the ground were very helpful. It was the fastest check in/debarkation process from any other port I have been to. We stayed in a Mini Suite Cabin (D314) as we did so last time we were on the Grand. The Cabin was very nice, 2 tv's and a separate sitting area. We were welcomed by our very friendly Room Steward Dominador and made our way around the ship. You can definitely see some spots where the ship is showing its age however for a 20 year old ship, its in pretty damn good shape. Last time we took this cruise we were cut 2 days short and an overnight in SF. Due to technical difficulties on the last cruise before us which sent the ship into dry dock to get necessary repairs. Fortunately departed right on time, and also a different Captain. The sail away out of San Francisco is extraordinary it's unlike any other port. The Iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The really exhilarating part was there was 10 people on the bridge waving down at us as we passed under! It was great. Food options were great in the dinning room and buffet. We dined at the Crown Grill 4 times as well as the Sabatini's Italian Trattoria once. The Crown Grill is definitely the best restaurant on the ship, all though it does cost extra to dine there, it's definitely worth it. On the other hand, wouldn't recommend the Sabatini's. They completely changed the menu from the last time we were there and wasn't all impressed with their options... Wait staff and Matîre D's were very kind, especially a shoutout to Oana (Assistant Matîre D) and Aleksander (Head Waiter Crown Grill) They were simply amazing. Entertainment onboard was great, there was something for everyone. From outstanding piano players, magicians, vocal groups, and of course the ships dancers and singers. All the ports were great but wasn't so impressed with the stop in Manzanillo, more of an industrial port and was lacking stuff to do. Not to impressed. However the rest of the ports were great! Overall I would definitely recommend this ship especially if you are within the Bay Area or near to San Francisco. It is totally worth the money and even though the Grand is one of Princess's oldest ships it's still very well maintained. I will definitely be sailing on the Grand again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I like sailing with princess,the food was excellent,ports were good and getting on and off the ship was easy. The television did not work well,and the internet was very slow and not worth the cost,e.mails were difficult to send and ... Read More
I like sailing with princess,the food was excellent,ports were good and getting on and off the ship was easy. The television did not work well,and the internet was very slow and not worth the cost,e.mails were difficult to send and receive.staff aboard ship were excellent and service was very good.The evening shows were repeats of previous cruises,guest performers were mediocre In spite of a few negatives I would say princess are still a very good cruise line The internet package needs reviewing with allowances being allowed for slow speeds which adds to a inflated cost,overalll the internet is just a money raiser The shore excursions are efficiently handled,but onshore sight seeing tours are cheaper and are just as good,but princess tours stress the safety and time aspect should something go wrong on shore.the new hygiene procedure on the diamond was excellent,but staff should be stricter with people who will not comply. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Wow, what a fantastic idea, 'Escape on the Love Boat for xmas/New Years'. On this trip the weather was perfect, which really made sea days spectacular, especially the sunsets. The itinerary was brilliant, if you like snorkelling and ... Read More
Wow, what a fantastic idea, 'Escape on the Love Boat for xmas/New Years'. On this trip the weather was perfect, which really made sea days spectacular, especially the sunsets. The itinerary was brilliant, if you like snorkelling and amazingly beautiful ports. Definately do the anytime dining, as the food is much nicer than the buffet and you get the opportunity to meet lots of amazing people, some of whom really enhance the experience. The waiters are great and it really is close to a 5 star dining experience every night. The onboard entertainment is great, lots of variety, so there is always something to do, if you want to. The entertainment crew work there asses off to ensure you have the opportunity to have a great time and cover activities for all ages. It could only be improved by giving bbetter prizes, eg Princess clothing instead of useless diaries and bags. The stage shows weren't the best I have seen, but this Australia and you don't have access to the quality and variety of performers you get in Europe or the Americas. This ship is smallish by today's standards, and shows its age, but it is exceptionally well maintained, and it is the Love Boat, so get on it, you will love it. Only gripe is the lack of value in the shore excursions, local operators offer similar tours for between 1/4 and 1/2 of the Princess cost, but there is a small risk of missing the boat, that you don't have with Princess organised tours. Definitely do the Blue Hole tour and snorkel at Millionaires Point when at Luganville, and Snorkel at Lifou!!! Loved it , definitely thinking of escaping every xmas/new years from now on, may even offer to bring the family in future.... Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Christmas/New Year a great time to be on a Princess cruise. Getting away from mit al to enjoy the company of new friends, the crew and ports of call. why would you choose to do so with any other cruise company than Princess? The ... Read More
Christmas/New Year a great time to be on a Princess cruise. Getting away from mit al to enjoy the company of new friends, the crew and ports of call. why would you choose to do so with any other cruise company than Princess? The crew offer such good service, the cruise at the time of yera is excellent value for money and a good time is always on at this time of year. The ports of call ae not of impoprtance on such a cruise as it is the season, the other guests, the crew that make it special. We have tried other lines but none give the same appeal as princess whenm itr comes to specila occasions such as Christmas/New Year cruise. It is like a family reunion with all the decorations and good will abortad. The crew make suchj an efort to ensure all onboard enjoy the season. Read Less
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