Awesome Mexican Riviera Cruise

Grand Princess Cruise Review to Mexico

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 8
Helpful Votes: 101

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Grand Princess

10 Night Mexican Riviera (San Francisco Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 12, 2018

Ship: Grand Princess

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: A248

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This was my 22nd cruise in 7 years and one of my favorites! Loved San Franciso and the Mexican Riviera. Princess provided an above average experience with top notch crew! I would highly recommend this cruise!


5 out of 5
Embarkation went very well with no wait or issues!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food in both the DaVinci Dining Room and the buffet was really great! We were very pleased with the variety of food offered. The food was always hot, fresh and tasty!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Onboard activities available were the same as most cruise ships. Would have enjoyed a little more entertainment in the atrium area. I would prefer at least some sort of musical entertainment going on at all times especially on the Sea Days.


4 out of 5
The entertainment was very good however several entertainers were repeated during the cruise. Would have preferred more variety.

Children's Programs

No children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The entire crew was extremely friendly and helpful! Really enjoyed having such a great crew!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Easy to find your way around. Nice sized ship! Only issue was with not being able to get direct elevator access to the DaVinci dining room. If you take some of the elevators you are not able to get directly there, It's one of those where you have to get off on the floor above, walk down the hallway then take another set of elevators. Once we got the hang of it we could find our way there with no problems. We had a similar experience on another ship in another cruise line.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Excellent, spacious, handicapped accessible stateroom! One of the most spacious rooms we've had making it very easy to maneuver an electric wheelchair.

Ship tip

See my comments regarding the DaVinci dining room!

Ports of call

San Francisco, California

5 out of 5
Loved San Francisco! We went down to the Fisherman's Wharf and had some really fresh seafood. We took a boat tour which took us under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. Very friendly, clean city. Stayed at the Hotel Majestic which is a historical building with great architecture! Used Uber to get around - very easy

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Loved Puerto Vallarta! Took a taxi to the Malicon (Boardwalk). One side of the Malicon is lined with shops and restaurants and the other along the Pacific. Great walking with beautiful scenery!

Manzanillo, Mexico

3 out of 5
Nice port. Stayed around the port area and did quite a bit of shopping - great prices!

Mazatlan, Mexico

5 out of 5
Loved it! Very beautiful with a great amount of new construction going on all along the Malicon (Boardwalk). We took a local tour in a Pulmonia - open air vehicle made by Volkswagen - would highly recomment!

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Loved it! Seems fairly new area around the port - clean and safe. Took a local boat tour ($15) and it was awesome! Went all along the rocks; stopped at a small beach, around the "Arch" into the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California); saw lots of colorful fish in the crystal clear blue water and also a number of sea lions!


5 out of 5
Very smooth process except for the transportation as there was a snafu in the type of transportation we received. Staff stepped in and arranged for a handicapped vehicle with a ramp to accommodate our needs.
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