Crown Princess Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5


Sail Date: September 25, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

Favorite part of the cruise was the itinerary.  Have sailed on much nicer ships.  Direct staff (housekeeping and dinner staff) were great, but beverage service elsewhere on the ship was extremely scarce.  Buffet design was very poor and required very long waits in line at major mealtimes; buffet food was very repetitive and mediocre.  Dining room experiences were generally very nice.  Public restrooms were often unkempt and not up to standards of my previous cruises.  One excursion (itinerary of Snorkeling with Sea Lions in La Paz was not really as advertised and did not meet expections (millions of microscopic stinging jelly fish anyone?) I am a senior and would not recommend this cruise to the younger, partying crowd.  Some bar venues often closed early or didn't open at all, and beverage service was almost non-existent (and I'm not even much of a drinker!)  This cruise might be a good option for the first-time cruiser, but experienced cruisers could find it below the standards of other experiences.  I did.

Cabin / Stateroom
Balcony was lovely but stateroom was VERY small and bathroom was smallest I have ever been in on a ship. The shower was particularly tiny----impossible to bend over in the shower cubicle. Ladies, leg shaving, uh, had to be done outside the shower.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Both went very smoothly. Small hiccup at disembarkation, which was caused by limited staffing at the Customs booths and was NOT the ship's fault
Ship Quality
Ship is showing its age (10 years). Might not be noticeable to first-time cruiser. Major problem: Most public restrooms were frequently not very clean.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs N/A
OK. Not outstanding. Have seen much better.
Service and Staff
Stateroom and dining staff were wonderful (Beth, Catalin, Alvin, Norman); however it was most often virtually impossible to get any kind of beverage service anywhere on the ship except the Serenity pool area outside the spa.
Food and Dining
Buffet was small and poorly set-up requiring long waits in line; food was mediocre and repetitive. Dining room experiences were generally nice. I got food poisoning 2 hours after eating a freshly-delivered room-service chef salad. (Room service was fast, though.)
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
Didn't spend time in the area, but embarkation and disembarkation went generally smoothly.
San Diego, California
We did the La Jolla tour. Could have been better, so can't really recommend as a must-do.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Swim with Dolphins was fabulous and much better than a dolphin experience I had on a previous cruise (Caribbean). This one was well worth the somewhat hefty expense.
La Paz, Mexico
Didn't see much of this town. Ask about stinging jelly fish migration pattern before Snorkeling with Sea Lions in La Paz. Also, ladder for climbing back onto the snorkeling boat was VERY short and VERY difficult for this somewhat overweight senior (65) to negotiate. injured 1 leg and ankle, shoulder (badly), and both thumbs when boat bounced on a wave while trying to connect with short ladder.
Loreto, Mexico
Charming, lovely little town to spend time in.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Looks like a beautiful city and I would like to go back to spend some time there. Unfortunately I saw it only from my ship balcony as I got injured getting back onto the snorkeling boat in La Paz and was too immobilized to experience Puerto Vallarta.


If you sail this itinerary on this ship, be sure to book a PORT side balcony for best views.

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