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3 San Francisco Princess Caribbean Princess Cruise Reviews

We loved this cruise. My husband has Celiac Disease and they went over the top to make sure he was able to eat well. One helper in the buffet even prevented a near disaster and warned my husband not to eat something. Our waiters during ... Read More
We loved this cruise. My husband has Celiac Disease and they went over the top to make sure he was able to eat well. One helper in the buffet even prevented a near disaster and warned my husband not to eat something. Our waiters during dinner did a great job of taking care of us. It was also so easy because we took a shuttle to San Francisco and didn't need to do any flying. We love sailing under the Golden Gate. Had a blast in the casino too. The dealers were very friendly and we even walked away with some winnings. The bingo is always fun and I won a couple of games. We love to dance and there was some great music for dancing. Princess has become one of our favorite cruise lines. We'd like to go more often. Maybe once we retire we can go at least every year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because Princess has always provided us with an excellect cruise package in the past, and we expected no less from tghis cruise. Unfortunately we were disappointed. The dining experience left a lot to be desired. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because Princess has always provided us with an excellect cruise package in the past, and we expected no less from tghis cruise. Unfortunately we were disappointed. The dining experience left a lot to be desired. First, apparently Princess added more cabin to the ship than the dining facilities were designed to handle by adding cabins where they reduced the size of the casino and added more cabins on deck 14. This meant that the dining facilities had to accommodate what most of us estimated to be 200 to 250 more passengers. At the "Anytime Dining" Room during the prime eating hours of between 7;30 to 8:00 PM they were so backed up in seating passengers that they resorted to handing out buzzers (similar to the ones that you would get in your local diner), and the passengers had to wait in line for 30 to 40 minutes just to get the buzzer, then wait again until a table was vacated. Most passengers waited well over an hour just to be seated in that dining room. To add to the problem, they ran out of buzzers and told passengers to come back aqt a later time. The quality of the food, while never gourmet, was not at the level that we remembered. The steak in the regular restaurants was not good at all, and when when we went to the "Upgrade" steak restaurant, the steak. at a cost of $60 per couple additional, was of the same mediocre quality. While certainly the food was plentiful, and the staff would replace any dish that you did not like, the quality was not there. The mini-suite was a nice size and nicely appointed except that there was mold on the grout between the tiles in the shower; the curtain between the cabin and the balcony had holes in it; and the arms on the sofa were dirty. Between the increase in the number of cabins (passengers) without a corresponding increase in dining facilities and the constant hawking of the ship's merchandise(to the extent that they would place folding tables with sale goods in the passageway seriously impeding the flow of foot traffic) and imitating ballpark vendors by constantly hollering out "5 beers for the price of 4" around the pool. Our experience aboard a Princess ship has always been a good one, else why would we rebook, and maybe this was but a one time experience, but I hope that the Princess Line takes this criticism to heart and corrects what I perceive to be deficiencies Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Leaving out of San Francisco is very convenient for us as we can drive to the pier in less than an hour. Grand Princess is a little too large for me, but that is a personal preference. It is however a beautiful and well maintained ship. ... Read More
Leaving out of San Francisco is very convenient for us as we can drive to the pier in less than an hour. Grand Princess is a little too large for me, but that is a personal preference. It is however a beautiful and well maintained ship. Food was great and service even better. Cabin was smaller than I remember. Love having a sofa to sit on. We aren’t really into the entertainment so not much to say about that part of the cruise. We planned our own shore excursions. The only surprise for us was that we did not travel the inside passage. I didn’t realize that all cruises go Inside Passage until this cruise. We were scheduled to stop at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway Tracy Arm and Victoria BC. Tracy Arm was replaced with Endicott Arm and Sawyer Glacier because of the amount of ice in Tracy Arm. Not a problem for us, but the ship was already heading back out of Endicott by 8:00 am so if you weren’t up really early, you missed the glacier completely. That should have been made much more clear. Ketchikan isn’t much more than a shopping stop unless you have a tour. Skagway was a lovely port for walking and taking in the town. Juneau was the port for activities. We took a boat whale watching. Only 6 of us on board and it was spectacular. Not sure we have ever had a better shorex before. Victoria is always a lovely walking day. Since it was a short day the trip to Buchart Gardens was not practical. This time the ship was docked farther out of town and so the walk in and back took up a large portion of our port time. Would love for them to dock closer like the last time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Caribbean Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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