November 2014 - Crown Princess to Mexico
My husband and I have been on several different week long cruises with four different lines. There were some major setbacks with our departure this trip. Overall however, we enjoyed this cruise and would gladly cruise with Princess again.
Boat: great. Very clean, classy, well kept, lots of different spaces to hang out. Loved the lounges, art gallery, plenty of pool spaces and putt putt golf area!
Room: good. We got an Oceanview partially obstructed view on deck 8, room E209. There was a large ferry boat on the bottom 2/3 of our view and crew access platforms on the left. We never saw any crew members which is good because they could have seen in our space, and the cruiser's walking path was enough below us that they wouldn't be able to see in. Though not ideal, I wouldn't mind an obstructed view again, as I like seeing the ocean and daylight. On rocky evenings, we both felt our room must be in a bad place as it was rockier than in other parts of our ship. Our room was always made up by the time we returned, and they delivered chocolates instead of towel animals.
Food: good. The buffets were average, but didn't have a super layout. We chose Anytime Dining and always enjoyed our experience. The menu was hit and miss for us, though I loved lobster night! Sometimes the waiters were a bit overloaded and there was almost always a line to get into the restaurants, but everyone worked really hard to accommodate us. Specialty restaurants filled up FAST and we were unable to get any reservation at either by day three. They had a 24hr International Cafe, which was our FAVORITE, a tasty pizza and ice cream bar and a pool side burger/hotdog grill that was all included.
Stage Entertainment: average. On the main stage, we saw a hypnotist (dull), a Sir Elton John impersonator (who was very good) and a cruise singers/dancers show (average). We ended up REALLY enjoying a comedian and a fantastic swing/creole band on a smaller stage.
Daily Activities: great. We loved Movies under the Stars (above pool movie screen), trivia, "Name that Tune" type games, karaoke, poolside live band, hosted events, putt-putt golf, current movies playing in the stateroom etc.
Ports: good. Due to an emergency, we were unable to visit Puerta Vallarta, and I've heard that is a great port. Mazatlan was great. Everyone was transported via tram to get past the dock and delivered into a tourist mart. We did all our shopping there (make sure to barter!), but took a taxi and bus into/around town. Very pretty and easy to get around. Cabo San Lucas was beautiful, loved the arch and the water was the clearest I have ever seen. We took a snorkeling excursion to two separate spots, no impressive wildlife, pretty reefs. We didn't get past the immediate shopping street into town, but really enjoyed our time there. I heard from other passengers that the immediate shops didn't open until 10ish.
Staff: wonderful. :)
Boarding/Disembarkation: average. The boarding process took quite a while, probably two hours and there were lots of lines. Disembarkation was very easy and seamless.