April 2015 - Crown Princess to Coastal - West Coast
The Princess California cruise has a nice itinerary for those wishing to get a flavor of four west coast cities, while not having to drive, pack, unpack, and face the many inconveniences of trying to tour a very large state. As California residents it is more of a getaway to familiar places that most of us have visited. We actually found the cruise to be not what we were hoping for. While the food was excellent, and the ports interesting, we found life aboard ship to be a series of "made up" excitement and a lot of noise, which is not our taste on a cruise. As serial cruisers around the world, we have always preferred educational experiences to a constant barrage of games, made up events, and opportunities to be pitched by people aboard selling all manner of stuff. In addition our particular cruise was composed of mostly older folks [we are too] and a large majority of very heavy folks, who seemed to be there for the food, which was excellent and plentiful. The Princess crew does a terrific job and the cruise directors are informative, hilarious, and everywhere. In the end we still prefer a quieter, more educational experience with fewer sales pitches, and more expenses covered in our basic cruise fee. By the way, we had a mini suite, which was a good value.