6 San Francisco Singles Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for the departure port and itinerary, but I wouldn’t change anything. The ship is older and doesn’t have all the wizz bang features of the new ships, but that’s not why you cruise to Alaska. I didn’t notice any ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the departure port and itinerary, but I wouldn’t change anything. The ship is older and doesn’t have all the wizz bang features of the new ships, but that’s not why you cruise to Alaska. I didn’t notice any maintenance issues or problems with cleanliness. No funny sewerage smells or problems with air conditioning. Our stateroom was always clean and very comfortable. The size was not massive, but more than enough considering the amount of time we spent outside our cabin. Overall the crew were very friendly and efficient. I agree with some of the comments about the buffet, but if you choose carefully you can still have a good meal every time. If you time your meals correctly there are virtually no queues and we always found a table. Remember there is another seating area towards the back of the ship on both sides. We chose traditional dining for dinner and were able to get a table for two after requesting it on the embarkation day. We had to share for the first night, but had our own table for the rest of the cruise. The menu is adequate and again with careful choices you can have a lovely meal every night. The Crown Grill was excellent. Great food and service. Alaska was amazing! We even saw the Northern Lights (on the departure out of Haines and only for about fifteen minutes). I would happily cruise on the Grand Princess again. We’re already planning to repeat this cruise with our kids in a couple of years. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I would still be married if I took my ex-wife's advice on taking this cruise. My response always was, "why would want to be on an Hotel on water". Well, she was right, ( many times she was right, but this subject she ... Read More
I would still be married if I took my ex-wife's advice on taking this cruise. My response always was, "why would want to be on an Hotel on water". Well, she was right, ( many times she was right, but this subject she was very, very right ). It was a trip of a life time, and it won't be my last. Gained 8lbs, but every oz. was GRUB'n, Shows and Bands were top notch Staff was TOTALLY professional Excursions were like the Discovery Channel live in person And met so, so many new friends, and even have dates with new lady friends lined up at Levi Stadium through out the next season ( GO 9ers ) I am season ticket holder ( 4 seats ) Only set back was one of my excursions was cancelled due to an plane crash the day before, yet , then I realize SAFETY was first with the Staff, " how do you make safety last?, you put it first" However, next trip I will not use AAA as my agent, I fill I was over charged and not given the VETERAN on board credits, but, believe me I am TRUELLY thankful for the service the STAFF on board provided Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Embarkation My timing was perfect to miss most of the crowd getting on the ship. I was on the ship my noon in time for lunch. Somehow I missed the porters so I took my own suitcase on. Had to drag it around with me as our rooms ... Read More
Embarkation My timing was perfect to miss most of the crowd getting on the ship. I was on the ship my noon in time for lunch. Somehow I missed the porters so I took my own suitcase on. Had to drag it around with me as our rooms were not ready until sometime after 2 pm but that’s Ok, my suitcase isn’t big. Food: Well, I guess cruise lines like you to pay extra for those specialties dining to get the good stuff we used to get as part cost of the cruise. I cruised quite a bit with Princess so we used to get lobster (don’t know if they still do that, haven’t cruised with them for 3 years). Anyway, I’m not a fussy eater so what I had is good. Be it as the buffet or the dining room. At least I don’t have to cook or wash dishes! Entertainment. The entertainment was good but not as it used to be years ago (not to take away from those who perform on stage). It’s basically the same types of entertainment on most ships these days. The last day some of the crew entertained (waiters, cabin stewards, etc.) and they were good. Ships tours: I did not take any because there was nothing of interest and what looked good was just too darn expensive so I explored each port myself. Disembarkation: Easy peasy. I took my own small suitcase off the ship. I had my Canadian customs form done, thinking we’d had to line up once off the ship but we breezed by just handing the customs form to an officer in Vancouver. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had two balcony cabins for the PoA cruise in March 2016 to bring her from dry dock in San Francisco back to Honolulu for her usual year-round island hopping. Departure was delayed by one day as the bad weather in SFO impacted some of ... Read More
We had two balcony cabins for the PoA cruise in March 2016 to bring her from dry dock in San Francisco back to Honolulu for her usual year-round island hopping. Departure was delayed by one day as the bad weather in SFO impacted some of the renovations. Boarding at Pier 27 was the most chaotic and unprofessional procedure that I ever had to witness, it took us 3,5 hours to get on the ship! Onboard we had to learn that significant areas of the ship would be inaccessible for the whole cruise: Spa, open deck space on decks 12 and 13, many of the public toilets. While we have understanding for the weather issues in dry dock which led to delays in remodeling the outdoor spaces, there is no excuse for not even having indoor stuff like toilets and Spa operational. Due to the uncompleted renovations we had extensive loud and dirty work being continued during the whole cruise (and they still weren’t finished when we disembarked in Honolulu). On top, in the midship area on decks 5 and 6 there was a constant smell of toilet waste - supposedly there were some issue with the AirCon. Speaking of the AirCon: It was running way too high in public areas (mostly in the forward section), half of the passengers left the ship ship sneezing and coughing - come on, we're sailling Hawaii! This brings me to the most disturbing topic which continued throughout the whole cruise: The level of service by the crew is significantly lower compared to the international ships. I never had to witness so many slow / sloppy / incompetent crew members on any ship (NCL or other cruise lines). I simply don't want staff who just hop on due to a cheap advertisement on Craig's List or CandyCrush (that's what the staff told me!) - I'm used to a professionally trained crew. But let's be fair: There were also several positive things. The "beautification" (as NCL calls it) brought many of the current standards on this somewhat aged ship. The specialty dining venues as well as the bars and fitness centre now look similar to the newer ships. And while only the suites got a full renovation, the other staterooms are still in quite a good shape. The Aloha Café is still too small, therefore suite guests are lucky to have Cagneys as their dedicated restaurant for breakfast and lunch. The food itself was NCL standard, which -personally- we like even if it lacks on this small ships a bit of the variety that you'll find on the bigger ships. The food quality and service in the specialty dining were great (obviously it helped that the corporate chef from NCL headquarters was onboard to brief the kitchen crew). One thing that we weren't aware of before the cruise: As this is the only NCL ship registered in the US, the laws of Hawaii prohibit an onboard Casino. And as the ship is usually only acting as a floating hotel on the Hawaiian islands, there are also no duty free shops (just "trashy" holiday items which you can get cheaper and nicer in every port of call). For domestic US travellers without real international experiences all of this might be sufficient - but compared to real international itineraries / ships / ships, the downsides are inacceptable for us. But then again: Should you do the standard island itinerary, you probably wouldn’t notice some of these flaws as you simply don’t have the time to experience them… And once all of the renovations are completed, the PoA is a nice ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Terrible odor permeated my cabin. It was the filthy shower curtain that had pink mold and smelled of urine. Balcony not finished with slip proof flooring as others are. Very small and tight. Food was simply terrible. It was always cold ... Read More
Terrible odor permeated my cabin. It was the filthy shower curtain that had pink mold and smelled of urine. Balcony not finished with slip proof flooring as others are. Very small and tight. Food was simply terrible. It was always cold which is scary because that is how one gets ill. Limited food options. Over salted. Disgusting. Omelet were premade egg patties they simply threw fillings into. Kind of Subway breakfast sandwich. Who decided it would be a good idea to give folks who paid $150 for ultimate ship behind the scenes tour a heavy bathrobe. What about the weight when flying? Dumb. Very little to do. No fun activities. Casino is so tight, only house wins. Never again. Will stay with Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
My time on the Sea Princess.....My Mother, Uncle, Sister and Daughter and I all cruised on the Sea Princess on July 3rd for ten days out of San Francisco to Alaska. Mother and Uncle shared a room on a different deck since we booked late. ... Read More
My time on the Sea Princess.....My Mother, Uncle, Sister and Daughter and I all cruised on the Sea Princess on July 3rd for ten days out of San Francisco to Alaska. Mother and Uncle shared a room on a different deck since we booked late. It worked out fine. And the three of us (me, sister and daughter) all shared a room.Our first stop was Ketchikan.....which was fun to see. My daughter's first time in Alaska. All the rest of us had cruised to Alaska before. The weather was HOT! Very nice. We just walked around the town and saw the sights.Our next stop was Haines.......hmmmmmmm......not much to Haines.....BUT...my daughter loved it because it was such a quaint little town....dirt roads and such. One bank...one store....one clinic....oh well.......we did see where they were constructing a totem pole.....that was very interesting. Juneau the next day......always fun....Mendanhal Glacier was as beautiful and breathtaking as ever. No bears this time....Fun Fun day. We left that port at midnight. Tracy Arm................amazing!!!!!!!!!! We missed it the last time because of weather....got some great pictures this time....As far as on board.........the service we had in the begining was so slooooooooooooooooow.....But we had anytime dining so believe it or not.....we kept trying other waitstaff and it got better, The food was good. Must say the pizza place was tops! My daughter loved it.Room service was great! The room guys were on top of it and our favorite hangout was Crooner's. Larry played piano and has the funniest sense of humor. We all had a great time listening to him. All the Crooner's staff were exceptional. Keyzia, Erwin, Yuri, Bernie, Benji....all of them!And thanks to Marvin and Steve for hanging out by the pool for us when it was so cool and giving us our sodas when we needed them. The entertainer AdamAnt was hysterical..........the other acts were........ok......the princess dancers are always good and fun to watch. Larry in his Vista Lounge show was great!The disco........well.......Julie the assistant cruise staff was such a sweetheart. Didn't really see much of the others. They just were not that into the passangers. Not like the usual cruises. Julie was the only one that really put forth an effort to have fun with us! Kudos to her!I rated out cruise on this ship......6 out of 10. I have had better.............................But it is always fun to meet new people and make friends.Sea Princess is going into dry dock soon............I didn't think she was that bad. Always fun cruisen with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date July 2009

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