handonmaya

handonmaya
Cruise Director

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Joined: 12/23/2014
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About handonmaya

Worked for government over 30 years and now retired


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Cruise Lines: Celebrity Cruises

Ships: Celebrity Infinity

Destinations: Hawaii

Ports: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


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handonmaya's Past Cruises

Ruby Princess

January 2018 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Emerald Princess

December 2017 - 17 Night Andes & South America (Los Angeles To Santiago ) Cruise on Emerald Princess

Exceptional South American Cruise

Overall, my wife and I thought that this cruise was excellent, except for the customer service staff and the declining buffet. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and took advantage of everything that the staff had to offer. The food in the MDR is still the best that we have encountered on any cruise ship, and the activities, entertainment, and ports-of-call were all acceptable.

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Norwegian Jewel

May 2016 - 5 Night Pacific Coastal Northbound (Los Angeles To Vancouver) Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

Ruby Princess

March 2016 - 10 Night Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Very good cruise with few problems

My wife and I are experienced cruisers having taken almost thirty cruises on eight different cruise lines around the world.  When you cruise this much, you usually  settle for a favorite cruise line and stick with it for future travel.  We found this to be true on this trip with other travelers, because we arrived at the terminal at 11:00 a.m. and did not board the ship until 1:45, due to the 1300 "elite" passengers that were assigned priority boarding out of the total of over 3000 boarding passengers. 

 

One reason we enjoyed this cruise was the consistently good service that we received in the dining areas, public rooms and our cabin.  I spoke with contracted ship employees who have worked on other lines, and they claim that working for Princess is the best, which supports happy employees, happy customers.

 

My wife and I are "cruise foodies" and can rate the food against seven other cruise lines.  I believe that Celebrity and Oceania has better food overall in the MDR, with typical gourmet items like scallops, escargot, lobster and baked Alaska served in the Princess MDR. We noticed that Princess has a higher percentage of seafood items for lunch and dinner than other cruise lines, which is fine with us.  The vegetarian menu changes every day and sometimes has good dishes.  The buffet is adequate and has a carving station daily, with staff providing drinks to the tables day and night.  We often visited the International Café which is open 24 hours, and has a selection of soup, sandwich and salads, with a variety of desserts.  Another place to dine would be at Afternoon Tea everyday from 3:30 - 4:30 in Da Vinci, where you can drink tea and munch on scones, cakes and cookies to your delight.

 

Almost every day of the cruise, we would meet our friends that we met earlier onboard at the Wheelhouse Bar on deck 7, for a great deal.  The deal is if you buy a drink at the regular price, you get another for $1.00.  With alcohol drinks at $9.00 and beer at $6.00,  this is a good deal.  Make sure that you get there early, because the place fills up fast.

 

The entertainment shows were satisfactory with one glowing exception.  Princess typically has the same style lineup with four production shows, magician, singers and comedians filling in daily time slots, no matter how many days the cruise goes on for.  We were very impressed with one of the production shows, and if you can see only one show while on the cruise, this should be the one.  The name of the show is "Magic to Do" and the show is comprised of songs from the composer of Broadway hits 'Wicked" and "Pippen". The show reminded us of a short Broadway musical and was very entertaining using the Princess singers dancers.

 

Getting on the ship was a negative, but overall the three important categories when cruising, of food, service and entertainment, were magnificently covered by a very good Princess staff at all levels.  

 

    

 

   

 

   

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Norwegian Dawn

April 2015 - 12 Night Caribbean Adventure (New Orleans To Boston) Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

handonmaya's Tips

Puntarenas, Costa Rica - You do not have to take the river cruise because you can see many of the gators from the bridge over the river.
Callao (Lima), Peru - It takes hours to drive around Lima due to the extremely aggressive drivers. Finding a good tour guide is important.
Emerald Princess Emerald Princess - Watch for "happy hour" at certain bars where you buy one drink and get another for one dollar. If you want to meet people, always choose "shared" tables when asked, during open seating at breakfast and lunch.
Star Princess Star Princess - If you like coffee purchase a coffee card to use at the international café. You can get free coffee at the buffet which is not as good.
La Paz, Mexico - You catch a free shuttle from the ship to La Paz which takes 30 minutes and drops you at the malecon. We ate at Claro Fish and the menu is in pesos
Loreto, Mexico - Tendered in and you can see all to see in three hours. Take walking tour from pier and you walk about five blocks past church up and back. Many crafts that you can buy here.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Went to the malecon and ate at our secret place the upstairs Cheeky Monkey with $1.00 beer and margaritas
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - We ate at our favorite cheap place Wamongo with many college students during spring break.

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received a helpful vote on their Ruby Princess cruise review - Very good cruise with few problems

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received a helpful vote on their Star Princess cruise review - Very good cruise to Mexico

shared a quick tip for Emerald Princess"Watch for "happy hour" at certain bars where you buy one drink and get another for one dollar. If you want to meet people, always choose "shared" tables when asked, during open seating at breakfast and lunch."

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received a helpful vote on their Star Princess cruise review - Very good cruise to Mexico