Grand Princess Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

California Coast Cruise

Sail Date: October 17, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Comedian with filthy language was inappropriate. Quartet singer was too loud and ruined passengers wanting to dance. Disco night was horrible music, not really disco.  You need more danceable music for passengers.  Maybe the Mexican trio could have played in the Wheelhouse 2-3 nights instead of the screaming singer from the Quartet.   People want to dance - not listen to screamers or jump up and down to music that has no rhythm.

Aside from the music problems, the rest of the cruise was perfect.  Ric Steele was the best part of the entertainment - a real professional with something for everyone. Dancers and singers at Princess Theater and Vista Lounge put on a great show also.  Make your demographics to the population of your people, which is early rock dance and funk.  We are on the boat for "feel good" music, not to promote screaming singers.

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Cabin / Stateroom
We like this type of cabin and we like being on the Lido deck.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
This was the easiest embarkation and disembarkation I've ever done. We didn't have to wait in a long line to get on the ship last our last cruise. Our Princess cruise that went out of Seattle was a horrible embarkation experience. We will never go out of Seattle again. San Francisco is great.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
We liked the "technology" lecture you had on the last cruise. We didn't find any lecture of interest on this cruise. Maybe a lecture on ports we will visit would be nice - a little history?
You need groups with more danceable music, maybe something Latin. Quartet singer was too "screaming". Disco music was not real disco, just a bastardized version one could not dance to.
Service and Staff
Great staff all over the ship. It was nice to see more service staff from east European countries on this cruise.
Food and Dining
Food is always great and we loved the service.
San Francisco, California
If you live across the bay, take public transportation to and from the ship. It is so easy and cheap if you have a senior clipper card.
Santa Barbara, California
Beautiful, must see city. We took free shuttle, then walked to transit center and boarded a city bus and rode around the neighborhoods. Don't need to buy an expensive excursion in Santa Barbara to enjoy its beauty.
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Lovely city. You can walk across the bridge and see a good part of the beauty of Long Beach on foot. Downtown is interesting and the Aquarium is worth seeing. No need for any tour in Long Beach.
San Diego, California
After riding the light rail for 4 hours (we went into every direction on all the trains) for $7.00, we understand San Diego real well now. We went straight to the border and ate a delicious taco next to the transport broker and talked to people who have businesses at the border. I've crossed the border on foot many, many times, but have never stopped and talked to the business people on the U.S. side. It's a real cultural experience and it's safe to be around there. Then, we jumped on the train and went back to downtown and to the ship. Also Santa Fe train station is fun to go into.
Ensenada, Mexico
Definitely take the La Bufadora tour. It is the best on of all those offered. Have a delicious shrimp taco at the stand where the buses park. Lupita and her husband run the place and they are very friendly and appreciative of your business. Pass by the vendors of wares. Their prices are super gouging unless you are highly skilled at bartering. The blowhole was a marvelous experience and the bus trip there and back gave you a real slice of Mexican life in Ensenada. We walked a 10 block radius downtown and bought candy at a Dulceria. Ensenada has always been the safest place on the Baja Peninsula.


The best cabin for us is on Lido deck near the exit to pool areas.

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