Fantastic First Cruise

Grand Princess Cruise Review

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
Grand Princess

4 Night West Coast Getaway With San Diego (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 30, 2021

Ship: Grand Princess

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: D224

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Review summary

Overall this was a great first cruise. We had so much friend trying multiple bars with friends. Loved our time in San Diego. The spa was great for treatments but a little too much selling before and after. Everything was so much fun though and would try another Princess Ship again. The Drinks, tips, and Wi-Fi package made it so easy and the electronic medallions streamlined a lot of things.


5 out of 5
Used the medallion to check in when we arrived. After having vaccine card and test checked, we proceeded to holding area before boarding. They upgraded us to the elite boarding group which was unexpected and nice.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
In general, the food was fine. Being our first cruise, we loved how flexible it was to dine whenever we wanted. We had no trouble getting reservations since the ship was less than 50% full. Disappointed that they never served lobster in the complimentary dining rooms. The last night we chose the crown grill for steak and lobster but unfortunately everything was really over cooked. Loved the buffets and the grills outside by the pool. Drinks and bars were awesome.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We spent a ton of time at wheelhouse bar for meetups, live music, and friendly bartender. Bingo was expensive but fun. The pools were cool spaces but the water was way too cold to enjoy swimming. So many fun bars on the ship though and we had a great time at the casino.


4 out of 5
Trivia and bingo were fun. The entertainers were super high energy and made it fun. The DJ wasn’t the best and we were disappointed the club was closed.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Such great service! Every single person was super friendly and gave amazing service

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Felt safe and clean! Loved the layout and we were able to use the stairs to get around most times

Ship tip

This was a unique cruise because it was less than 50% full. It’s difficult to give advice since it’s my first cruise and don’t have a lot to compare it to. It’s a small enough ship to try everything. I would say try a specialty restaurant at least one or two of the nights to get a slightly better selection of food.

Ports of call

Ensenada, Mexico

2 out of 5

San Diego, California

5 out of 5

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
So quick! We walked off with our bags since we didn’t check them. Customs was so quick and were out in 10 minutes from the boat to our car

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