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Crown Princess Cruise Review to Mexico


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 14, 2015
Ship: Crown Princess
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: R506
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 2 years ago

I booked this cruise as part of my mom's 90th birthday present.  It was a little delayed but the date had family significance.  Unknown to us, we also were on the Entertainer of the Year final event, so that meant the guest entertainers were fantastic.  It was difficult to make a choice.  The only negative here was the sound system.  It made it difficult to assess one of the performers fairly.  Why is it that making a performer fight the volume seems to be so common?  Most of the time it was fine, so it was only the Theater (largest venue) where it was way too loud.  Some people even left because of the volume.

We've both taken this itinerary before and I've taken it with at least two other cruise lines, so we didn't feel any pressure to do everything.  We did take one tour in Puerto Vallarta, the first one I've taken there ever, and it was good but limited our time to see anything beyond the tour.  We barely got off the ship at Mazatlan and just walked and shopped in Cabo San Lucas.  The focus was on relaxing and that worked out just fine.

Food was pretty good, but I felt a couple dishes weren't up to Princess' normal quality.  It could just have been what I selected, so I don't fault them.  Service was good in the dining room.  I can't speak to the buffet, as we only had lunch on launch day there, we didn't go to any specialty restaurant, and deck food was good without long lines.

Overall, a good cruise, and I purchased the reduced fare deposit for the next Princess cruise - date and location not yet decided.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
overall very good with a couple exceptions where it did not meet expectations

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
only went to one dance class and participated with Princess Pop Choir

Entertainment

5 out of 5
special cruise, so higher quality than usual

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
friendly, efficient, and remembered us

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
the biggest one I've been on, so I got to use lots of stairs

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Note that we got upgraded, so E415 was NOT our cabin. We got R506, so a balcony instead. Nice room with a view, although further from most activities. Easy to get to pool, though.

Ship Tip

The Crown is the largest ship I've been on, so that added to the stair climbing. Familiar Princess features made it feel more comfortable, e.g. Explorer's and Wheelhouse. Nice adults only area and Skywalkers is my favorite place for viewing the ocean.

5 out of 5
make sure to go to the old town area
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
the stop here is very short; usually take a snorkeling tour, but not this time. That would have moved this up to great.
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