5 Days of Cabo San Lucas fun in the sun

Royal Princess Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 30

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Royal Princess

5 Night Cabo San Lucas Getaway (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 10, 2020

Ship: Royal Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: E602

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review summary

This was truly the “Love Boat” cruise! Valentine’s Day on board plus breaking a world record for vow renewal at sea. A great way to spend a week away and relax. Just a short run down to Cabo to soak up some sun in the middle of winter back home, wish we were still there but there’s always next cruise.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Embarkation was incredibly smooth and easy. This ship and vacation was a “medallion class” vacation, so all of the usual check in process we were able to complete at home weeks before we got to the port. When we got to the port they checked our passports really quickly then we were given our medallion and were on board within a half hour (we were very early to port so even though check in completed in under five minutes we had to wait for the ship to be fully offloaded from the pervious cruise.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food on Princess ships is exceptional, this cruise was no different! The main dining rooms serve exceptionally delicious food with a wide selection there really is no need to use the specialty dining venues. Also in the main dining room you are able to purchase the selections from the crown grill (with a slight up-charge) served at your regular dining venue table without needed to pay the venue cover charge. The embarkation night prime rib option continues to be something I look forward to anytime I cruise with Princess.

Symphony Dining Room

5 out of 5

We do anytime dining when cruising, sure there can be a short wait before dinner, we usually go to vines and have a pre dinner glass of wine to take in with us. The benefit of anytime is we go when we are hungry let’s us spend more time on shore on port days. Symphony dining room is elegant and a nice place to have a great dinner, the food is exceptional with a good selection as well as a nice wine list available. The embarkation night prime rib is delicious and always my go to for the first night. My wife enjoys the ability to order two appetizers and forgo a main entree when she’s not feeling super hungry. With the great food in these main dining rooms which are included in your cruise fare the specialty dining isn’t a necessity but can be nice on busier nights in the main dining rooms (ie. Formal nights, everyone likes to get dressed up and go to their dining room instead of the buffet so the waits can be a tiny bit longer.)

Prego's Pizzaria

5 out of 5

Good pizza pool side, if you want the really exceptional pizza hit Alfredo on deck 6 but don’t let that fool you the pizza here is good and the perfect companion to a poolside day of chilling.

Outrigger Bar

5 out of 5

Great place to have a drink while enjoying breakfast on the outdoor terrace off of horizon court. We found this to be a bit of a secret spot to eat our breaky away from some of the crowds. Also a great place to get a shot of Baileys in your morning coffee if you so choose.

International Cafe

5 out of 5

When it’s late night and we were ready to head toOur room we always stopped at the international cafe to grab a quick snack to take with us to the room. The IC is open 24/7 so there was always an opportunity to grab a sandwich or dessert to go or eat there. The coffees and teas had a nice selection to choose from, so many different tea options we would have to do a month long cruise to scratch the surface of them all. The ham and cheese sandwich was my personal go to for late night snack after having a couple (or a bit more then a couple) of drinks through the day/night. We would take our snacks and a final drink to our room and enjoy them from the comfort of our balcony overlooking Cabo while we’re were anchored, and when we were sea day we had the opportunity to see the stars.

Club 6

5 out of 5

Great venue, we were platinum level loyalty this cruise so we were invited to the elite lounge (in Club 6 on the Royal) it’s usually a bar/nightclub but the après did not disappoint and the servers and staff were super friendly and quick to bring drinks. If you are platinum or higher with Princess this lounge is a must visit for pre dinner drinks and snacks as well as a chance to chat with fellow repeat cruisers.

Horizon Court

5 out of 5

As always Princess has done a magnificent job with their Horizon Court and the world buffet. We enjoyed “fresh” smoked salmon available everyday, which we had excitingly been looking forward to after our Alaska trip, on the Royal, in June last year. Also same as on our previous trip my wife was very excited to be able to enjoy dishes from back home in India, she got to eat biriyani on Valentine’s Day which is her favorite, she commented that the flavor was great even though the spiciness was less then we are used to, not really a surprise for a buffet though.

Gelato

5 out of 5

Worth the $1.50-$3.50 for the special ice cream, the staff was very friendly and we were able to taste samples of any flavor we wanted and to try.

Alfredo's Pizzeria

5 out of 5

My wife and I are addicted to the Veal pasta which is served at Alfredo’s, it’s like a buttery explosion of deliciousness in your mouth! (We only like it a little bit clearly 😉). Aside from the pasta the personal pizza’s are equally incredible, my wife usually ate about half and I helped her finish the rest, the pizzas are enough for me to eat on my own and feel full but not over full. The serving staff was friendly as always and unless it was busy they were very quick to bring food or drinks. This venue is included in the cruise fair and we frequently choose to go here for lunch over the buffet since it was noticeably less busy then the buffet and the food was made to order so tasted much fresher.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
My wife and I really enjoy the Enclave thermal suite on board Royal class ships, there is limited number of passes offered so the thermal suite remains un-crowded for those looking for a quiet retreats away from the crowds. We also really enjoy the bullseye simulator on the sports deck, there can be a line up as only 6 people can use the sim at a time, and the sim is only open during scheduled event times, though there is a time at least once everyday. If you plan ahead and take a drink with you the line moves fast enough.

Hot Tubs

4 out of 5

The hot tubs on the Royal are fantastic, the additional hot tubs on the second level pool deck as well as the two in the retreat pool means that we were able to find a spot heck a whole hot tub to ourselves during one of the most popular on deck events of our trip even while two of the tubs were closed for the event. My only comment would be that the temperature in the upper level tubs (we didn’t get to try the first level cause we were in the spa so much) could have been higher and it would have been nice to have jets, also would be nice to have more bar servers coming by to bring drinks. We were using the tub while a major even was going on and bar access was limited so this may not have been the regular case for bar service.

Lotus Spa

5 out of 5

We really enjoy the spa on board the Royal, my wife and I really really enjoy the Royal class Enclave thermal suite! If we are on a Royal class ship getting a pass is a no brainer for us. With 3000 people on the ship having a secluded space that has an admittance limit means we are able to go in and have the thermal pool to ourselves, combined with the variety of steam rooms and sauna this is how we often choose to end our nights with a float. I also choose to have a hot stone massage to celebrate my birthday on this cruise. The masseuse was amazing and found just the right amount of pressure to work out some nasty knots in my back with out pain. This was my first hot stone massage and I enjoyed it will definitely not be the last time I try the massage services at the lotus spa.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
This cruise we didn’t personally attend any of the production shows or comics, however many of the other cruisers whom we talked with all have the comedian high recommendations, oh well I guess we will Just have to take another cruise and find out what they are like first hand.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff was very friendly and helpful. My wife is from India and we were able to meet several crew who were from her home state which helped us feel that much extra comfortable and welcome. We quickly found our favorite bars and favorite bar tenders and servers, it felt like I was attending our local pub as we were greeted by name and were able to have great conversations about our day or our excursions.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship design is quite nice, there was some signs of wear and tear that should be expected from a ship which hasn’t been refurbished in almost a year however nothing major a loose semi decorative handrail in the elevators would be the most noticeable but I work in construction and those type of details are things that probably only myself would notice. It would be nice if in future designs that change so that on deck 6 at the aft you don’t have to go up a deck and over to get to other venues on deck 6 because of the allegro dining room And their separate kitchen facilities, these are more gripes then reall concerns though.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
We choose and partially obstructed cabin on deck 8. My wife and I love to cruise in a balcony cabin but wanted to save a little bit of money on the cabin so we could enjoy more excursions. The obstruction was minimal and we were very easily able to enjoy all the benefits of a balcony cabin. Would highly recommend taking an obstructed balcony for this cruise and other itineraries, I would not recommend for an Alaska cruise as there is soo much more to see and the balcony is a real asset for viewing the many sites that an inside passage or voyage of the glaciers has to offer throughout the cruise.

Ship tip

If you have lots of devices you wish to charge in your cabin bring a USB splitter, you can’t bring a power bar with you but a usb splitter is all good, there’s only three plugs in the cabin. Also definitely check out the spa tour on embarkation day, if you are the type who enjoys quiet and less people while enjoying a hot tub the enclave will be your new favorite place to hang out. Also don’t be afraid to try an obstructed balcony, unless your cruising Alaska doing a voyage of the glaciers or the inside passage the crow obstruction will be hardly noticeable and is a great way to save some cash on your cruise fare.

Ports of call

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Great port to visit, we went in mid February so it was peak whale season and we were treated to a rare and wonderful displace by a mother and calf humpback who desired to give us one heck of a show. El Arco and the main boardwalk were fantastic and we enjoyed going tequila tasting before tendering back to the ship. The tender process on the Royal was quite smooth and straightforward we didn’t have to wait long for them to leave and there was plenty of bots to take as Cabo provides tenders which come to the ship in supplement of the ships tenders.

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

3 out of 5
Shipping port, not the most pretty place but works for embarkation and disembarkation just fine. Our excursion on disembarkation was to Santa Monica and Venice then dropped at the airport, those were much nicer areas to visit.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Disembarkation was terrible... only cause it meant we had to leave! 🤣 The entire process was extremely smooth our cabin steward delivered us our disembarkation baggage labels two days prior to disembarking as well as a sheet with instructions of when bags needed to be packed and where we would receive them when we were off the ship. The customs process when we reentered the LA cruise terminal was smooth and quick then we were immediately directed to our excursion group for a tour of LA/transfer to the airport.

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