Was good until it wasn’t

Grand Princess Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall rating:

3.2 out of 5
Grand Princess

7 Night Pacific Northwest Coast (San Francisco Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 20, 2019

Ship: Grand Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: c101

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

The cruise was good until it wasn’t Seattle tour was the first disappointment but it got refunded. Then Victoria was cancelled making us have more sea days than expected. Several things were closed for maintenance and I’m not used to seeing things being worked on on other cruises I’ve been on. It would be nice if princess did something since we did not get the vacation we paid for with the cancelled port of call

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very smooth

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Good service and selection for the things that were open. Pizza bar was closed the majority of the cruise

Crown Grill

5 out of 5

Very nice staff and food was amazing

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Watched people sleep in art auction that was clearly not about moving art but more about showing how much expensive stuff the dealer had. Multiple things were put up with bidding starting over 60k. Just wasn’t the type of cruise where that would move. Not much to do on board if you weren’t into bingo, trivia or the casino

Lotus Spa

2 out of 5

My wife and I did tour and the girls were talking over each other to us making different promises for what the early booking deals would be so when we booked I thought we were getting one thing and my wife thought something else so with the language barrier and fast talking there was confusion. During the couples massage we go there were long periods of time when nothing was happening. It was supposed to be hot stone and it was not as advertised. I felt like it was overpriced and like I got the short end of the stick in a car deal.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Wasn’t much to choose from. Shows were ok but nothing to write home about. One piano player sounded angry when people weren’t engaged with his music to answer who the composer was while playing in one of the lounges

Children's Programs

Didn’t bring children

Service and Staff

4 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Saw things being worked on during the day and the pizza bar was closed the majority of the trip

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Being at the front of the ship was very rough on the way up it felt like the captain was trying to see how hard he could make the ship go through waves. Stewart kept room clean. Size was what could be expected for room type.

Ship tip

Pick a room midship or toward back. This is an old ship and is not smooth in front

Ports of call

San Francisco, California Did not visit port

We just boarded the ship here didn’t visit

Astoria, Oregon

2 out of 5
Just nothing to see or do. All of the excursions took you out of town to see the beach etc

Seattle, Washington

2 out of 5
I enjoyed the city itself but the hop on hop off tour was terrible we had to stand in lines for over 30 minutes waiting for busses to be loaded then after we got off at one stop we never saw another bus. We ended up using a free water front shuttle to get around.

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
Very nice city we did hop on hop off tour

Victoria, British Columbia Did not visit port

After beautiful sunny days at all of the other ports the captain said at the end of Vancouver that there was a storm that might prevent us from getting out on time so we skipped port. The thing that made it questionable was the fact that we had bright sunny skies with calm seas the whole way back for 2 days at sea and going up was much worsr

Disembarkation

1 out of 5
We arrived in port half a day before we were supposed to. We had No desire at that point to hang out in San Francisco or stay on the ship for another night
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