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  1. Hello! I am a long time lurker that’s just made a profile because I am searching for info. First off, I want to give a disclaimer that I am not blaming princess for any illnesses whatsoever. People get sick. That’s a part of life. We went on the cruise sailing from San Pedro 2/29-3/7 right before they stopped all cruises. There were people coughing EVERYWHERE. It is flu season so it honestly could have been the flu. I got sick starting with night sweats on the cruise. I thought I had been drinking too much so didn’t think much of it. On sat night after getting home, my throat started hurting. Sunday I was exhausted, had a fever of 100.8 (finally checked it, I could have had a fever on the cruise but I was so busy with my 3 kids that I just took 1-2 Advil and kept moving). My symptoms progressed to a bad headache, body aches, sinus pressure, congestion, complete loss of smell, mild loss of taste, slight cough, neck pain, sharp stabbing kidney pain, and exhaustion. I called my Kaiser Dr thinking I had a sinus infection, but it was so dry so my dr just prescribed the z pack but said not to take it unless I had green boogers, which never happened. Eventually I started feeling better, but my exhaustion took almost a month to go away. Also, since I got sick my temperature has stayed elevated to 99.3-99.8 ish. It’s strange. I got worried thinking there was NO way I was still run down from my “flu/cold” and worried I needed to be checked out by the dr for something seriously wrong with me, but I finally feel better now. Also, My mom, dad, brother, husband, aunt, cousins, all came down with varying symptoms too. I emailed Princess asking them if others reported any flu symptoms after getting off the boat and telling them about my symptoms but that I couldn’t get tested because my Dr said I didn’t travel to China or Italy. They still haven’t emailed back. I was just wondering if anyone else came down with anything or if they know more that hasn’t been brought out. I def could have had the flu, but my daughter had the Flu B in early February and I got nothing... so I was very surprised that We all got sick on this cruise. I know there are a ton of different strains of the flu so who knows. I read a tweet on Twitter a few weeks ago that I unfortunately didn’t screenshot and I so wish I did so I could find it again... it said that someone came home from a Royal Princess Cruise and had super mild symptoms and they spread it to others who tested + for Covid but I mean do they really know?! It’s been community spread for a while. My group of friends ended up all getting sick (4 girls)... 3 had super mild symptoms and 1 was almost bad enough to go to the hospital but they wouldn’t test her unless she was admitted. It was insane. She’s okay now and getting antibody tested next week, so I might have more answers. I also will be getting antibody tested. thank you for reading and I truly hope we just had the flu and didn’t potentially pass it to lots of other vulnerable people! B
  2. Has anyone heard if the Mexico Dec. cruises will be sailing on the Royal Princess. There are also a couple 10 day cruises to Mexico in Oct. and Nov. Hope they sail.
  3. Hi all, I have been looking online just about everywhere to see if I could understand what the balcony looks like in this room. From the images I am finding, it looks to be bowed in slightly. Has anyone stayed in this room on either the Royal or the Regal? We are booked in another room at the moment, but looking at the illustrations I have found online, it looks like an interesting balcony. I know I have seen online (somewhere!) a place where you can click on the picture of each side and it will show you which room you are clicking on, If someone can direct me there, I may be able to find the room, focus in on it and have a good look. It's more mid ship than we normally pick and has been mentioned that the balcony does offer a different view, so... I'm finally here :) Hoping someone could assist and either let me know if they have been in that room or if someone knows where I can see a pic of the balcony in particular :) thanks for any direction,
  4. This might sound like a silly question. Which room has the entrance door on the left side. That would determine where the bath is and where the bed would be.
  5. We are considering a balcony cabin on Emerald deck directly above the shops on the Promenade deck, and wanted to know if there is smoking allowed on that part of the Promenade. We are very sensitive to to it and appriciate any assistance you can provide. Thank you !!
  6. Do you think the Dec. Royal Princess cruises to Mexico will go. We are on Dec. 12,19, 26 2020
  7. We are looking to book a premium suite and are wondering if there are any major differences in premium suites . B 102, C102, and D122. Any info would be appreciated
  8. One of the most spectacular areas of the Royal Class are the Horizon Bistro and Horizon Court. But... people started to have reservations eating in the buffet areas, starting with the Noro Virus, and this is now greatly complicated by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Will Princess modify or even do away with these buffets? I believe that RCCL has announced the closing of the traditional buffet. If so what changes can we expect to see.
  9. Do you think the Royal Princess will do their 7 day cruises to Mexico in Dec.
  10. Thinking ahead to next year as, like most of you, our 2020 cruises were cancelled (Pac.Wine Country and Alaska Inside Passage). Now looking forward, have booked Ruby for May, 2021 (10 day Inside Passage), but would still like to cruise the Pacific NW. Looking 2 possibilites in 2021--one for 4/24 Pac.Coastal on Ruby followed by 5/1 Inside Passage -- the other is the Pac. Wine Country on the Royal 5/1 and on 5/8 the Northbound Alaska ending in Anchorage/Whittier. Weighing the downsides: on the Ruby, no GBay on above Alaskan itinerary and on the Royal, long flight from Anchorage to East Coast. Any feedback on these choices are welcome, including thoughts on both ships. TIA!
  11. We are booked for December 12th. We were fortunate enough to get upgraded to a mini suite from an obstructed balcony. But with this pandemic things are up in the air for cruises. If I don’t cancel by final payment and the cruise line decides to cancel our cruise, would we lose our money? We got an awesome deal on this cruise. We did not purchase insurance, but I know we can prior to final payment. I know everything changes daily because of the virus, but I can’t see this going till December. Thanks Jessica
  12. On the Royal are the forward Premium suite balconies usable at sea. They look like they wind around to the front. Thank you.
  13. Royal Princess anchored in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. (credit: me) BACKGROUND Hello and welcome to my live-”ish” blogging of the Royal Princess as it visits the Mexican Riviera! We’ve actually been on the Royal since January 4th but I wanted to get my bearings and also take advantage of the vast amount of offerings and space that this vessel has to offer (read: "come back new" or something like that). Many of you have already been on the Royal Princess before and have also cruised the Mexican Riviera so this might not exactly be the comprehensive review you are looking for. I endorse @BruinSteve and @JennyB1977’s reviews of the January 4 sailing. They’ve given a great quick breakdown and overview of what to expect for the sailing and what a smooth sailing on this ship and itinerary entails. Instead, I’ll be posting quick/long thoughts when something arises and also some pictures throughout. Full disclosure, I have also taken inspiration from the many “low-key” live threads and “live-ish” threads that have existed here in this forum and appreciate the thoughts they’ve shared with all of us along their trips. I’ll be on the Royal doing the same itinerary for two more weeks, until I debark on February 1. I’ve also started this thread as a means to give back to those who I’ve gained info from and also be a way for you all to channel your questions about the Royal Princess towards here and allow me to find those answers for you! Maybe you want to know if your favorite crew member is still onboard and how long they’ll be on the ship or maybe you want to drop a hello to someone? Menu pictures? Venue costs? I’ll try my best to get it all (after all, running around the ship is a great way to get that cardio in!), but I can’t make any promises, so please do accept my apologies in advance if I do not end up getting back to you. Thoughts about the January 11-18 sailing [Sailing conditions/Weather] The cruising parts went pretty smoothly, although the previous week really reflected even more of a tropical paradise as the weather was perfect that week. The sailing this past week included a lot more clouds but...don’t worry, there was no rain in sight. Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta were still hot enough to make you want to dive into the ocean for a quick swim. The wind picked up significantly along the two sea days coming back to Los Angeles and was very chilly, and the ship rocked quite a bit more than the previous week, but I expected that and it wasn’t enough to trigger seasickness, at least for me. In my opinion, the windiness rendered certain areas, such as the Retreat Pool area and ping pong tables, relatively unusable, and the walking track on deck 18 a possible hazard if not exercising some caution. [Demographic] The crowd’s average age was significantly higher than the January 4-11 sailing, as the crowd went from ~350 kids to ~60 kids. Marcus, the CD, said we’d have “like 12 kids” onboard this upcoming cruise, but I don’t believe it, because I’ve already seen so much more than that. Still, the demographic means nothing because the crowd last week was just as great and lively as ever and we met some amazing people. The open deck party on the night of Puerto Vallarta was still hopping and people definitely knew how to have a great time. [Entertainment/Cruise Staff] The biggest issue the ship had this week was the theater. I do add all of this in to allow people to be a bit more reasonable with their expectations if they’re on the sailing this week or the following week. During the January 4 sailing, everything went smoothly. But the theater broke down beginning on the day of Mazatlan this past week, when “The Secret Silk” was scheduled to be performed. The production show was postponed to the sea day after Puerto Vallarta. But that night, ED Ron Goodman came out to announce that the show’s second performance at 10PM that night would be cancelled as the theater had been deemed mostly inoperable and unsafe for the performers, and was responded back with a sea of groans. The last sea day saw the theater somewhat functional for the culinary cooking demonstration in the morning but it was finally deemed fully inoperable by the time it was over (as per CD Marcus), with the kitchen backdrop still there for the Voice of the Ocean and throughout the rest of the night. Last I checked, at time of muster on Saturday afternoon, parts of the Secret Silk set they had managed to install were still there, flanking the sides of the stage. In the end, two production shows (The Secret Silk and Encore) were hampered or cancelled. (from The Voice of the Ocean on Friday, 1/17/2020) (L - R: sitting- production vocalist mentors, Ashley and Dillon; standing- Marcus, Barbi, contestant, Andrew, contestant [winner]) The guest entertainers, Andrew Geater (brand new to the Princess entertainment family), AJ Jamal, and Barbi McCulloch, were great. I don’t have high expectations for entertainment and am easily entertained, so I enjoyed their performances. Andrew is a tenor vocalist and gave two shows. Barbi is the guest soprano onboard Royal Princess (primarily featured in “Encore”) until November 2020. AJ Jamal is the comedian. The party band, One Way, left today on the 18th, so we have a new party band, Fe Fe & the Sentiments, from England, taking over. I have not participated in the game shows or trivia, so I cannot comment on them at this time. I plan to try some of them in the coming days if the time aligns. For those of you who actively engage with the cruise director and their staff on the Royal Princess, here is an update of who’s onboard. The CD, Marcus Prince Juanta, joined in November 2019 and will likely be here until around March/April 2020, before he weds his fiance in June 2020 (she’s the production cast manager onboard). He has been excellent and I find him very personable. His assistants are Aris (from Indonesia), Rich (from Australia), Timur (from Ukraine), and Jonny (from England), who just joined today (I believe from Grand Princess). His junior assistants are Shannon (from Australia) and Tarran (from the UK). Together, they make up the #RoyalBoys squad, as they call it. Andrew (from Canada), longtime assistant CD, departed on January 11th. Matt O, the esteemed Royal Princess cruise director, is long gone and is currently on Island and will move onto Grand in April for 3 months. For the loyal Wake Show watchers, Marcus does engage with the guests if you drop a card into the box next to the Princess Live! Cafe. His wake shows are the longest out of any cruise director’s wake show I’ve ever watched before, and are roughly 50-70 minutes long, depending on the day. He goes through the day’s events, then brings on a crew member (can be an Asst. CD, shopping concierge, etc.), then features a “life at sea” interview with a crew member to talk about life working onboard. [Dining/Service/Cabin] I have found the food has been good. I am not a picky eater and will eat almost anything, so I found the buffet and MDR perfectly sufficient for my needs. Allegro late traditional dining went perfectly smooth and was another great experience. I will add something, though: bigger ships need more crew (or less guests), because the crew work too hard with too little breathing room. We started off our dining in Concerto on the first week and we had an absolutely wonderful waiter, but the service flow overall was not up to par and staff did appear pretty stressed. Anyways, we’ve also had good cabin stewards so far. We’ve been staying in inside cabins because we like being out of the room exploring whatever there is to see, so we don’t mind the interior cabins. Water pressure and A/C have all been working great. New kinds of soap, though, or at least I haven't seen them before (I will attach a picture below). Lotion tubes are still being distributed. Note that all mattresses, as it seems, on the Royal are still the old ones, and come with some type of mattress pad placed on top. Also note that if living in sideway inside cabins, people walking by in the hallway may be loud and that doors slamming shut can vibrate walls and be generally disruptive. Of course, none of this can really be helped. [MedallionNet] Well, this is a controversial one because I know it varies widely across ships and regions. But so far, I’ve had a blissful experience working on MedallionNet and God forbid it experiences hiccups after I post this! Downloading and uploading speeds aren’t perfect at all, but I mainly just browse the web, so there isn’t much I do. Watching YouTube videos has been painless thus far, but that's as close as I'm going to go in terms of "streaming," if it even counts. If you’re Platinum/Elite, the discount is much better once onboard, so note this. For me, it cost $224.99 total for four devices for 28 days. (Speedtest picture attached below -- test taken at around 11:30PM, PST on 1/18/20) -- refer to the helpful list made by steelers36 here for prices. [Back-to-Back (B2B) -- “In-transit Guest” Process] For those of you who have not done a B2B in San Pedro, I do want to describe some of that here. All B2B cruisers were expected to meet at Club 6 by 9:45AM. Princess is incredibly efficient with its disembarkation at San Pedro and an announcement was made at 9:53AM that all colors were already called to disembark. We were shortly escorted out into the terminal at around 9:55AM. The steps are as per the following: Upon taking the escalator down from the ship gangway, turn left and walk straight towards passport control (customs) past all of the luggage laying out in the terminal. Don’t follow the ropes/stanchions/fences that guide the disembarking passengers. At the end of your walk, right before the desks, you should be to the left of those desks. A customs officer will check your passport and in-transit card, so have that ready. Then, walk out towards the exit of the building along the circular route behind the tall blue wall. You will exit the terminal, passing a “no reentry after leaving” sign. Turn right and head forward on the sidewalk, in the direction of the bridge (not away from it). You’ll be walking all the way towards the entrance of Berth 92. Enter Berth 92 and show your in-transit card. You’ll be taken to a separate security screening on the outside of the tent that everyone else will go through. Any personal items you're carrying will need to be scanned. Then, you will rejoin and enter the terminal like everyone else. But, show your in-transit card for the nth time, and a worker there will direct you to the far corner at the other end of the terminal, separating you from the new guests. Sit on the chairs along the side marked by the sign that indicates “in-transit guests”. Once the call is made for "in-transit guests" to board, you will need to show your in-transit card twice more so that those supervising the area will ensure you are allowed to actually approach the walkway towards the ship. We only sat for about 20-30 minutes in the terminal before we were the first guests to be let on. We got back on the Royal Princess at about 10:45AM. Though I read many dreadful reviews of the B2B process in San Pedro, I found it to be relatively seamless (albeit, not well-guided due to lack of proper signage) and this was my first impression of a B2B so I thought it worked out just fine. Note that there was a decent amount of walking and the infrastructure at San Pedro just isn't the best, so make sure you make preparations and request assistance ahead of time if you think you might even need it just a little bit. [Other Miscellaneous Thoughts] The ship’s condition is fine. There are spots of rust and dust here and there, but not visible/irritating unless you actively choose to find them and get bothered by them. Stateroom and buffet carpets could use a refreshing, but it’s not exactly essential. Some panels near the piazza spiral staircase could use a bit more reinforcement because they rattle when stepping on them. Speaking of those staircases, the spiral stairs between Plaza Deck 5 and Fiesta Deck 6 vibrate more than ever when the ship is in motion. Another weird miscellaneous thought: if you really want to get a feel for how long the ship is, go onto one end of Emerald Deck 8 or Dolphin Deck 9 and look down the other end. Also, I feel like I might be the only person to notice this, but the Love Boat horn's last two notes on this ship don't really seem to make the right pitch. Anyone else think that or am I just crazy? We attended the Captain’s Circle Party each cruise and found the service fine and the drinks/snacks fine for what they were. Captain Nick Nash gave some details about the new Princess ships that I don’t think have been mentioned elsewhere (in contrast with the press releases made): 188,000 GT / 5,000 passengers. That sure ruffled some feathers, and understandably so, because Princess is definitely alienating some clientele with that kind of size. Of course, P&O is going that way too so we’ll see what happens in a few years, when details of the new Princess ships come out. (Officers picture attached below; apologies for the glare, Captain) A quick overview altogether of what the ship is like after a couple of weeks doing the same itinerary -- in case you hadn't figured it out, the dinner menus are the same week after week (per itinerary) and the entertainment has varied just a small bit each week. In my scenario, the ship is as much a destination as the destinations themselves, as a lot of days are spent on this vessel, so things could get old for you, but only if you let it become that way. Overall, I have greatly enjoyed my time on the Royal Princess, having met some wonderful people, witnessed beautiful scenery, and experienced priceless moments, and will never take this privileged experience for granted. If you have any questions, please let me know! Thank you for reading all of this if you have and I look forward to showing some more glimpses of life onboard the Royal Princess. I leave you on this first post with a few beautiful sunsets seen on this itinerary. Cabo San Lucas (credit: me), Mazatlan (credit: me), Puerto Vallarta (credit: me)
  14. Looks like Royal Princess is taking crew members back to the Philippines. It docked in San Pedro today and looking at the AIS Marine Traffic site it looks like Star, Grand and the Eurodam all looped thru the Harbor and transferred crew members. Does anyone have more details or news?
  15. Hello, I have tried to mock book various cruises on the Royal Princess and have been unable to get to the final page. Has anyone else had this problem? Any rumors about the Royal Princess? Thank you.
  16. I got this from my friend on the Royal Princess, who told me that the "Royal Princess was not cruising to Alaska in 2020" makes sense in that Alaska and Canadian ports are closed until at least July and Princess will not be cruising until then or later. Maybe they will continue to cruise to Mexico. But it is very hot in those ports in the Summer months. Greg
  17. Just saw the conference with the Chief Medical Officer after the Pence announcement: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1YpKkQDAoeVJj So 1 crew member from the Grand transferred about two weeks ago to the Royal staff but isn't showing any symptoms. I found in another forum that they aren't letting the ship disembark until they test that crew member. Can anyone confirm please? I was on the 2/22 sailing for the Royal, two days before said crew member joined the staff so rather anxious about this one. Thanks for any info.
  18. Feb 22, 2020 Royal Cr to Mexico: We took a picture of a couple on our tour boat in front of the Arch....now it looks like we didn't save their email to send them the picture...couple retired from their fishing charter company.....if you see this....let me know!
  19. Posting this so I can help out potential first timers like myself and discuss with others my thoughts and feelings since they were so helpful before the cruise! I took a ton of photos and notes; I'm sure I'll forget a few so feel free to ask if you have any questions or concerns. I literally tried to do everything for research purposes to the point my wife was going to kill me by the third day lol Overall score would be closer to 4 than 3 stars out of five. I'd say a solid 3.8 or 3.9 Royal Princess was a solid traditional cruise ship and experience for their great service and good food. As a couple in their mid 30's, we felt we were the youngest on the ship and most of the activities/clientele weren't really catered to us(which is fine because we expected this) but I would not recommend this cruise line for anyone under 40 years due to that. For a lazy, relaxing, no frills get away... this cruise will check all the boxes regardless of age. Departed to Mexican Riviera 2/22/20 for 7 nights in a deluxe Balcony for $524 pp. Booked last 'minute' in mid January. Itinerary was great except it was cold/chilly due to overcast weather the two days leaving LA and the two days returning back to LA. Weather in Mexico was sunny but not hot enough to go into the water comfortably. As this was a 'traditional' ship with plenty of deck space, we barely utilized it due to us not bringing any jackets/sweaters. Medallion and embarkation were highlights on this trip. Made checking in easier, purchasing, ordering room service, getting drinks a complete breeze. Ship was clean. Cabins could of used a deep clean in the cabins. Bathroom was a good size. The ship layout was rather confusing and zig zagged all over the place. Balcony was small as expected but plenty of space for a cup of coffee or a sunset photo. MDR was another highlight on this trip. The food and service were great, above my expectations. Multiple entrees/desserts every time and prompt, courteous service by Ryan & Alla. Anytime dining food was still solid(the same menu) but the service wasn't AS great due to the different servers. I was impressed by the buffet although by the last day it was rather lackluster. Made it a point to stroll through the buffet every night before dinner 🙂 Production show was solid. We saw colors but hand to stand through due to no space. Comedian AJ Jamaal was okay. I thought he would be funnier but his jokes catered to a much older audience. All entertainment on the ship catered towards eating or drinking or some other game/session around the main Piazza room. It was either horse racing, zumba, or champagne party. If you have a 7:15 MDR seating most likely it will be tough for you to get to most of the main 'activity' events. My wife and I did win the raffle for the SPA so that was exciting as well! Played bingo a couple of times, did the blackjack/slot tournament, and went to the casino every night. Machines were fun even though the payouts werent great. Service was great all around. Our cabin steward came by two times a day but diminished in quality over time towards the end of the cruise. We did our own shore excursions which was the best choice imo for value. Was never worried we were going to be left behind. Cabo - 'Glass Bottom Boat' Paid $10 USD pp for a private tour at the cabo dock to Los Arcos. Went to The Office restaurant on Medano beach which was very pricey for Mexico but was delicious. Best 'pulpo' octupus I've ever had. Mazatlan - Hidden gem of the trip. Took a $2 USD(both ways) tender to the beach. Booked Maria's Happy horses for 30 minute ride for $15 USD PP. Ended up being a 45 minute trip with great photos. Booked direct through her on her website. Can ask locally on the beach as well for her. Ate at Malokay and Lety's for a whole fried red snapper and tequila for super cheap and hung out on the chairs which were included for a purchase. Puerto Vallarta - Pretty tourist town. Plenty of restaurants and bars along the restaurant to drink and hang out in the Malecon. Went to St Guadalupe and Hilton/Westin for a day pass. Paid $5 usd per taxi to get around town. All in all it was a good trip with lots of memories. First time to Mexican Riviera(prefer cruise.zip) and first time on Princess. I got a good value for the trip and had a good time due to the good food and service. Couldn't ask for much more except for more sunlight(I feel like this would of enhanced my experience so much more). Due to my demographic and needs, I'd prefer a little bit more excitement and buzz on the ship to keep me occupied between destinations.
  20. This is our first Princess cruise and I have a couple of questions. This is our first cruise going to the Mexican Riviera. We have gone to the Caribbean many times and I have never had seasickness issues. I was wondering if that may be an issue in the Pacific? I have patches but I have never had to use them in the Atlantic or Caribbean. Our cabin is on Deck 8, midship. My other question is about embarking and disembarking. On our cruise documents, it says that embarking starts at 12:30 and we leave around 4:00. Is 12:30 the time that we are to board the ship or is that the time at everyone starts to board the ship? If we show up at 11:00, will we be able to board or will we just be sitting and waiting until 12:30? We are "ocean ready" and have our medallions. Finally, what time do we have to leave the ship when we return? I was thinking about leaving about 9:00 so that we can have a nice breakfast and not feel rushed. Is this acceptable? TIA!
  21. Been sitting in the port terminal now for six plus hours no word if the ship we sail. First we where told technical difficulties then around 3pm local time we where told waiting on local authorities.
  22. Hi all - Looking forward to my 3rd Princess cruise in 60 days and trying to figure out which nights are most likely the formal nights as I finalize my bookings. I will be on the Mexico Cruise departing May 2 - Royal Princess with my daughter. Thanks in Advance, Linda
  23. Just got home from a cruise to Mexico on the Royal Princess and they tried something new with the Pub Lunch I've never seen before. This time it was set up in a section of the Lido Buffet instead of being served in the Crown Grill. You served yourself and I got my food fast, same menu as I've seen on other ships but buffet style. I was on the Sky TA in November and never got into the Pub Lunch after several tries as the line was so long whether you arrived early or late. I think this was a great idea and hope they continue
  24. Anyone been in this particular cabin? Also, since it's refurbishment, was wondering if the reg balcony cabin showers still have the cloth shower curtain? I hate these!! 😝 We've been on this ship before but it was several years ago and we were in a mini suite. Also was wondering if this balcony gets any of the cigarette smoke from the designated smoking area? I heard it may.🤔
  25. This was the Mexican Riviera--Cabo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta...January 4 out of Los Angeles (San Pedro). Overall, a very nice cruise... First, even though we live only an hour to an hour and a half from port (depending on traffic), we decided to drive down a day early and stay in San Pedro overnight...Parking at the pier has gone up to $19/day (if my info is correct) and we were able to book the Doubletree using Hilton Points...and they were nioce enough to throw in free parking for the duration of the cruise and shuttles back and forth... The first two photos below are the view from our room (the first one stepping back from the window, the second through one of the panes of glass. As you can see, the view is great! We were, literally just a few steps from the water... The next photo is one of our room...ample, clean and comfortable...The mattress was VERY comfortable... Since we drove and had our car, we only used the Doubletree shuttle for the ride to the cruise terminal and back. Since we had our car, we drove over to the San Pedro Brewing Co. for lunch...and then back over to the Green Onion for dinner (ordered a three item combo for dinner which turned out to be WAY too much--some very large portions there)...I recommend both of these restaurants. The Doubletree will shuttle you there and back...if you stay at the Crowne Plaza, both are within one short block of that hotels. We signed up for our selected shuttle ride to the pier when we first checked in. Parking at the Doubletree was EASY...nice large lot, close to the entrance and shuttle pick-up/drop-off. Driver even brought us cookies in the van on the return trip. For the ride back after the cruise, we found the Doubletree sign on the curb across from the terminal exit and, to make sure, called the hotel and told them we were there...I think a shuttle left just before we got there, so it was about 20 minutes until the next shuttle came...but it seemed quick. We signed up for the 10:00 am shuttle and we were at the terminal quickly...The baggage handler came and took our luggage right from the van. We walked across the road and embarkation was easy with the medallions and our early arrival--they began boarding at 11:00...and, being Platinum, we were on quick. Went to our cabin and, even though it was not ready, the steward allowed us to drop off our carry-ons..and we then headed to lunch in one of the main dining rooms We had a great cabin...E108--an allegedly "obstructed" premium balcony... Here is the view from our balcony in Cabo: As you can see, there is no real obstruction. What they consider an obstruction is that below the railing, it is solid rather than plexiglass. Didn't bother us in the least... And the cabin, unlike standard cabins on Princess, has a sitting area with a small sofa and a coffee table...and the balcony is way bigger than standard and has footstools along with the deck chairs and a much larger table... The entertainment was fair...a little repetitive...Two nights it was comedian AJ Jamal...he's pretty funny and puts on a good show, but we've had him before on other cruises. Two nights it was the comedy/magician team of Brent and Sarah...they really weren't all that funny, the comedy seemed over-rehearsed and the magic tricks were incredibly basic--the rope trick, the unlinkable rings, etc.--stuff we all knew as kids...and some badly done "telepathy" that most people could figure out exactly how they did it...gee, she was able to determine the first word on page 70 in three pre-selected books--and he was the one who really stopped it on page 70...The other three shows were production shows--singers' voices were excellent...not a lot of dancing...and one of the three ("Secret Silk") was so confusing and disjointed that everyone left the theater shrugging... If there's a problem, it's that, like seemingly every Princess ship, the showroom is FAR TOO SMALL for the number of passengers onboard. If you want a really good seat--like behind the railing with the step down in front of you, you need to show up an hour early...and for most shows, for ANY seat, you needed to be there a full half an hour early--seriously...What you get for putting a 900 seat theater on a 4,000 passenger ship. Marcus Prince was the Cruise Director and he was very good... Weather was great the whole cruise, but chilly/windy heading back to LA so hard to enjoy that balcony... Food was pretty good...and, unlike some Princess cruises we've had, only had trouble getting a table in Anytime once (hour wait, so we went to Alfredo's and ate pizza for dinner). Elite drinks were in Club 6...service was good, appetizers uninspiring. And those "Drink Specials" were $6.50 apiece--way to show appreciation for your most loyal customers, Princess...Makes me really miss Celebrity and its FREE drinks (and creative appetizers in the Elite drinking lounge... The ports: We've done this same itinerary about 10-11 times, so nothing was really new to us... Cabo: We decided to skip all of the shorexes and just wander on our own. The ship arrived ahead of schedule at 10:00, so, after taking a long time at breakfast, we just headed down to the location they were supposed to hand out tender tickets--but they said there was no line or wait for a tender...so we headed right down to Deck 4 and right onto a tender. Walked around town a bit, then stopped for lunch at "Eco Bar"--a nice spot along the waterfront--and got 2 seats at the counter facing the walking promenade...We shared a 3 Fish Taco combo plate ($9.95 US) and a bucket of beers (6 beers of any of Corona, Dos Equis, Pacifico, Modelo, and a couple of "lights"--for $10 US), ate, drank and watched the crowd pass by...then returned to the ship... Mazatlan: Last visit, we had done the Estuary Bird shorex and my wife loved it--so we did it again...Great guide--Hugo (same one we had last time) and a great lunch at Stone Island afterwards... Puerto Vallarta: We've done about every combo that includes tequila tasting here, so this time we chose "City Walk, Tequila Factory and Lunch"...City Walk was nice but included a little too much of the obligatory "bring you to a jewelry store" shopping stop...Tequila tasting good as always (but those prices for buying the product to take home just keep climbing--we bought a couple of sampler packs for gifts, but I decided that I do better back home just buying Costco Anejo (which is REALLY good, BTW) for $19.99 and not have to schlepp it home. The Anejo they were selling isn't quite as good and cost twice the price...The lunch was EXTREMELY disappointing--none of the promised tacos, bad chicken and questionable "beef"...and they ever came with the promised "one drink included"--only came to sell us margaritas for $6 each... But, as I said, overall, a pretty nice cruise...worst thing about it is that it's only 7 nights--I could use a longer vacation!!
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