CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Princess Cruises Diamond Princess Mexico November 27, 2004

Well I was fortunate again that my Grandparents took 18 of my family members on our fourth cruise this past week. We have been on 3 RCCL before. Anyways, it started off pretty rocky because we our flight to LAX was canceled due to heavy snow in Reno, the day we left. So we ended up chartering a flight to Long Beach to catch the ship with 3 minutes left to spare.

My wife and I had cabin C527 on the Caribe deck. It was very nice, enough space and very nice balcony. The cabin included two twin beds pushed together to form a queen, they were very firm, we enjoy more of a softer bed, but hey you can't please everyone. It also had a mini-fridge, hair dryer, a safe, a chair with a small glass table, one TV with (ESPN, CNN, TNT etc.) and a fair sized desk. Our cabin stewerd May was very nice and we never had to ask for anything twice. I rented a Tuxedo from the Princess website and it was there that night. The bathrooms were pretty simple, the shower was small, but it was great that it never ran out of hot water!!!

The food on the Diamond Princess was a little sub par, but being a trained culinarian I guess I was a little picky. We had Ion and Roxanna for our waiters, they did a very good job, but they lacked in personality. The dining experience was a little lack-luster, on RCCL they did tableside service and joked and played around with the guests. This time they did not. Im not talking bad about the service or the food ( I would give it a 7 outta ten), but I think that Royal Caribbean was better.

As for shore excursions, we didn't do much in P.V. just walked about the town. In Mazatlan, I played golf at the Estrella del Mar Golf Resort, it was very nice and the golf guides were very nice and helpful. This was a great course and somewhat challenging. My wife went on the Colonial Villages Tour, she would not recomend this to anyone, unless you like walking throught peoples houses and backyards to look at some guy with his butt hangin' out in a hole making bricks. You can experience Mazatlan with out paying for a tour like this. Our final stop was Cabo San Lucas, this was our favorite. We opted to charter our own fishing boat rather than the one from the ship. We went with Pisces sportfishing, they did a great job and we even caught three fish.

So in summary, we very much enjoyed this cruise. The nightlife was cut short because there were only a handful of young people on this ship. The daytime activities were a little corny but still worthwhile. If you have any questions please fell free to email me at

Happy Sailing, Patrick & Vanessa

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