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5 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise from San Francisco

5 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise from San Francisco

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  • Day 1
    San Francisco
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    San Diego
  • Day 4
    Ensenada
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    San Francisco

Grand Princess

Grand Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast

Cons

Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces

Bottom Line

Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: September 2019
After reading some of the negative reviews about this ship we had our concerns prior to the cruise. We like to think our standards are extremely high and we expect a good service. This cruise ship and all the staff on board ... Read More
After reading some of the negative reviews about this ship we had our concerns prior to the cruise. We like to think our standards are extremely high and we expect a good service. This cruise ship and all the staff on board totally surpassed our expectations. We chose this cruise for the wildlife and the experience of going to an area that is inaccessible any other way. Yes, the Grand is an old lady now but there were really hardly any concerns or negative comments we could say about the ship itself. We booked the Owners suite on the back of the ship and the perks of being in a full suite were fantastic. From being personally escorted to our state room on the first morning in San Francisco, minibar set up, welcome bottle of champagne, refreshed water and ice every day, extensive fruit bowl, fresh orchid delivered to our room, speciality suite breakfast in the Crown restaurant every morning, free laundry ..... the list goes on and on. We also had a designated concierge contact Lucy, who called numerous times, just to check all was to our liking. On the first night we had a free speciality dinner in the Crown Grill which was fantastic and every other night we ate in Da Vinci club class restaurant. The staff were so attentive in every restaurant we went into, we never came across anybody who was anything less than professional and friendly. Giovanni and his team always went over and above what was necessary to give us a great experience every evening, even remembering our preferences after the first night. We cannot really comment on the evening activities as we tended to enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the Explorers bar (fantastic frozen Margaritas) then go for dinner and then we would go back to our room and enjoy the facilities in our suite and balcony. This was the same for during the day as well, we wanted to see the wildlife rather than sit indoors, so again we spent most of our days at sea on our balcony. We were extremely lucky with the weather and had glorious sunshine most days. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise because the itinerary started and ended in a port that was relatively easy access for us. This was our first cruise; and we loved it so much, we're thinking of taking a longer cruise next time. Alaska is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the itinerary started and ended in a port that was relatively easy access for us. This was our first cruise; and we loved it so much, we're thinking of taking a longer cruise next time. Alaska is beautiful, and we enjoyed all of the port stops; but, it was rather exhausting having them three days in a row. On our next cruise, wherever we go, we'll choose every other port to explore. As a means of transportation, it was the best way to travel. Every need catered, we can relax, watch a movie, walk around, even play sports--no sitting confined in your seat as on a plane or in a car. The food was wonderful--of course. We loved the entertainment, especially the shows by the Princess dancers and singers. The smaller acts in the piazza were wonderful. I could have sat there all day listening to the music. It was lovely having a 24-hour cafe in the piazza where one could relax and listen to the music while sipping and snacking before turning in for the night. This was a great first time experience, and we can't wait to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
The Grand , not so grand and it shows. Appalled by maintenance crews entering our cabin even against our explicit direction not to; both when no one was there and when only minors where in the room ( old enough to watch a movie while we ... Read More
The Grand , not so grand and it shows. Appalled by maintenance crews entering our cabin even against our explicit direction not to; both when no one was there and when only minors where in the room ( old enough to watch a movie while we dined). Princess felt it appropriate to use our time paid for in the cabin to replace tile/closet doors etc. Rooms are very dated and wear worn. Smoking directly below us ( Emerald 722). We were eventually moved and updated to E732 but then that sprung a serious leak. Wetting our clothes , rugs, etc. The staff is wonderful. Friendly, helpful, gracious. The food is a C+, but I am from SF so standards pretty high. The average age of the cruise was 75+ so it was hard for the kids and sometimes us to blend in. Day time activities sorely lacking mostly geared to loosen your wallet. Major shows very good. Alaska is wonderful. BOOK WHEN OFF THE SHIP FOR EXCURSIONS. I wish i knew that you can save money and get a better idea what you are going to do. All in all I give this cruise a sold C. I would never however sail the Grand Princess again. Did I mention the permeating smell of smoke throught the ship? The casino reeks which is located adjacent to the main theater. I would say if you get a really good deal to go with the knowledge that some areas are lacking. But , if like us you are paying the full amount I would find a better ship. Read Less
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