We cruised almost 4 years ago on Costa Fascinosa, we loved this cruise and the beautiful ship! We've been saving up for another cruise ever since! This cruise was enjoyed by my husband and myself, our 3 year old stayed ... Read More
We cruised almost 4 years ago on Costa Fascinosa, we loved this cruise and the beautiful ship! We've been saving up for another cruise ever since! This cruise was enjoyed by my husband and myself, our 3 year old stayed home with my in laws.
We arrived the day before (2/6) and stayed at Four Points by Sheraton LA Westside, it was a 30 minute drive to the port. The Hotel was nice and clean with good service. It was nice to have a mall close by to get any last minute needs.
Embarkation day was a breeze! The World Cruise Center was organized and very easy to find parking. We arrived 11am, and there was the previous cruise getting off, but the area wasn't overwhelming.We dropped our bags off at with the Porters and proceded to fill out our Health Questionare, we went up the escalator and waited in line for maybe 10 minutes to check in. The check in process was very easy, we were there for no more than 5 minutes. We went through security and the only delay were caused by the confused passengers in front of us. Other than that there were no problems. Oh, no one stopped us to check for our alcohol. We only had 2 bottles total anyways.
We waited in the large lounge area for about an hour, we found seats no problem. We were in group 6, and they hadn't started with preferred boarding yet. They had water/coffee to enjoy while you waited and the free wifi had a good connection. We were called and boarded before some people that we met in group 5 . We took our embarkation photo, and vacation had really started! We were greeted by Princess,but not directed to our stateroom which we though was odd. But truly, other than that the process was very smooth.
As there were 3 sea days the cruise directors staff did a great job ! There was always something for everyone,but not too much so you felt like you didn't have time to relax. Lots of demonstrations and gameshows which we enjoyed.
We only did a Princess Excursion in Puerta Vallarta, we did the Jungle Zipline Adventure. We had a great time and the whole Vallarta Adventure crew was great! We felt very safe and we had a blast.
We walked around and did our own thing in both Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Mazatlan was a very pretty and quaint little town . We walked to the downtown via the blue line, lots of helpful volunteers! The town was pretty sleepy until 10, but we enjoyed the quiet .
Cabo San Lucas was beautiful as well! The Marina was lovely to walk around and we enjoyed looking at the yachts and other boats. However, the people selling glassbottom boats and other souveneirs were really pushy and did not let up. We even saw people being solicited to on the beach, not very relaxing! We understand that this is their living, but it was truly too much.
We enjoyed the MDR and room service for breakfast. We loved the food and service for both, it simply depended on our mood. For lunch we typically enjoyed trident grill or the ever flowing pizza! We ate dinner in the MDR everynight, and the food was very very good!! The service was also great, well trained staff.
We dined at SHARE the last night, and we LOVED the food,service and atmosphere. The server knew the menu and suggested great wines ( we had the all inclusive package, she still found a great one) we sat in a booth with pillows, that were really comfortable. We appreciate that Princess is making changes and moving forward with more modern dining and food offering. Sure the plates were smaller, but with numerous courses, we left satisfied. His restaurant MAUDE is 199-399 covercharge in Beverly Hills. At only 39$ pp, you can't beat that.
We had the all inclusive package, which was very worth it for us! We had mimosas/cappuccinos/bloody marys in the am. And numerous (4-5) fruity drinks in the afternoon, wine with dinner, and martinis in Crooners after dinner. We did note that the fruity drinks served in the calypso bar, outriggers, were not very strong at all ( we could drink 5 and not really feel a buzz) the martinis were strong and very, very good!
Very smooth,very clear, and easy. There were some delays, but nothing that could be helped by Princess and it was only 15 minutes for us.
All in all, it was a great cruise and we could do it again! We loved Princess and look forward to many cruises with them in the future. Read Less