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Crown Princess Cruise Review by F13rc3dr4g0n: Another Fantastic Easter Cruise


F13rc3dr4g0n
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Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 5.5
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.5
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.5
Value for Money 5.5

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Another Fantastic Easter Cruise

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Embarkation was amazingly fast. For anyone who sails on Princess in a Mini-Suite, please remember that any sign that says "For Elite, Captain Circle and Suite Only" refers to you. Mini-suites are not advertised on the sign, but they do refer to mini-suites, family suites and full size suites so do NOT pass up the opportunity to skip ahead of the lines - you will regret it. We got off the bus, filled out our form and were on the ship within 10 minutes.

Our stateroom steward, Dario, was absolutely amazing. He called us by name in the halls after our first encounter and was very interested in our trip. He was friendly and always willing to help with any situation. When our bathroom light started to flicker, we asked if he could have it fixed by dinner - it was fixed within a few minutes, saying that it's not something we would put-up with at home so we shouldn't have to put-up with it until dinner on the ship. Our steward was the best steward we've had on any ship.

Next More we had the opportunity to actually explore the ship. Because we have been on this ship before, we got to see things we had missed the previous time. Our first sailing on this ship was 2 cruises after a huge noro-virus outbreak took over and they were stripping off paint and using bleach and other sanitizers on everything. This time, everything was immaculately clean with staff on hand to point you in the right direction and to make sure before serving yourself at the buffet that you used the hand sanitizer. Staff would assist you in finding a seat in the full dining area and tables were cleaned almost immediately after you left to prepare for the next hungry cruiser. The International cafe knew us from day 1, so he would have our regular plate of food ready for us and would always offer us fresh-out-of-the-oven food when we would walk by.

The pools were usually crowded, but when it came time for the pool events, the staff would get everyone out of the pool so the participants could play. Water volleyball was extremely fun, PLAYERS BEWARE, the shallow end of the pool is 5'2", but the water runs over the top lip so it's more like 5'5", if you're like me and only 5'0" please be advised that you will be treading water for the entire game which in our case lasted between 1 hour and 1.5 hours.

Our dinner waitresses were the best pair we have ever had. Usually we get 1 good and 1 so-so waiter, but this time they were both willing to talk with us, serve us professionally and joke around with our table, making the dinner twice as enjoyable.

The only bad occurrence we had was the transfer to the airport. Once we disembarked the ship, we pulled out our tickets and began looking for the guide... who wasn't there. So, we had to ask about 6 different people to show us where we needed to go because the people who were suppose to be directing us were hiding behind the buses taking a smoke break. Then instead of taking us to the airport, the driver made us wait close to an hour before he would drive us. Less


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Cabin review: Crown Princess Mini-Suite with Balcony Dolphin D506

Our room was very spacious with the perfect balcony, no obstructed views. The bed was comfortable and it was hard to tell that the mattress was just a mattress cover. The bathroom was small, but for a cruise ship, spacious enough for a week's travel. The bathtub worked fine with no leaks and once we found the perfect water temperature, had no issues with the water. Easily accessible from the central staircase and elevators, coming off the stairs it was down the hall way to the left and third room on the right. A couple times we had kids running down the hall, but there were no real issues with noise. There was a neighboring cruiser that decided to smoke on his balcony regardless of the new smoking rule and would throw his matches onto our balcony. From our balcony, we saw 2 different pods of dolphins cresting and doing acrobatic jumps in the ship's wake. We would definitely ask for this cabin again!

Port and Shore Excursions


Helmet Dive

(5.5)
This Sea-Trek was far superior to a helmet dive we had taken on another island. We were treated as individuals rather than as a group so everyone that went down got to see everything up close and personal. We got to pet a parrotfish and a couple other exotic sea life (no more spoilers) and also learn about the different animals through a very humorous sign language display. Example: if something was poisonous, the diver would pretend to touch the object then jump back holding his hand with a worried look on his face and shake his hand in discomfort and pointing to the surface. Once the dive was over, we got to spend the rest of the day on their private island to enjoy the water park, snorkeling reef and buffet with open bar. The people were friendly and willing to point you in the right direction. We were also told by a local that if you want to suntan, do so before 11 AM in 15 minute increments so your body can adjust to tan then get used to the temperature in the shade. Turns out that even applying a sunblock at SPF 80+ is still like leaving your skin alone with no lotion - so apply FREQUENTLY!

Snorkeling

(5.5)
The air conditioned bus that took us over was roomy enough for our group that we got to spread out comfortably. Once at the snorkel site, there was a beautiful beach you could sit at to apply sunblock, then there was a rocky entrance into the water for about 10 feet so it was a very cautious walk until you could swim without worry of tripping. We got to snorkel out about 200 feet along the rocky coast to the sunken tugboat where we got to see a guide cause a feeding frenzy with the nearby fish. There was a lot of fun to be had when hundreds of fish would just swim past you like you were just another type of fish they had seen before, no worry of being eaten for dinner.

Princess Cays has a beautiful beach and plenty of activities you can do with no charge. There are a few beautiful reefs around the beach that you can snorkel around and get some good encounters with the sea life. In my snorkeling experiences at this beach, I have seen thousands of fish, a sea snake, spotted eel, stingray, green moray eel, starfish, and dozens of sand dollars and sea biscuits. The buffet they serve is hot and fresh off the grill. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, grilled chicken, and a few other options like salad, rice, corn, and fresh fruit. The cooks maintain a clean environment and have no problem striking up a conversation with the passengers.

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