Crown Princess Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast

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3 out of 5

California Coastal Tour

Sail Date: April 18, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

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.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
San Francisco, California
The on-off bus takes two hours plus without getting off.
Santa Barbara, California
Take the trolley into town and walk your way back.
San Diego, California
San Diego is growing up fast. The trip to Coronado is very time consuming for a few minutes of touring.
Ensenada, Mexico
We enjoyed a trip to the wineries away from the city.


The Crown princess is a large ship, very stable in the water. Activities on board are many, often childish, and nearly always loud. If you like to eat lots of good food it might be right for you.

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