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Crown Princess Cruise Review by R**T

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Crown Princess
Crown Princess
Member Name: R**T
Cruise Date: April 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Transatlantic
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Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Fort Lauderdale to Rome
PRECRUISE

We spent one night at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale. It was within walking distance of many restaurants and shopping. We had a top floor room with a view of the port: got to see the Crown Princess and the Oasis arrive in port from our balcony. We used the hotel shuttle ($7pp) for both the trip from the airport and the trip to the port.

BOARDING

This was our first cruise as "platinum," so we waited inside the terminal building in (sort of) air conditioned comfort. Once boarding started, it was a breeze. We were on the ship and in the dining room by 12:30.

THE SHIP

Considering how much wear and tear these ships get, the Crown Princess was beautiful.

DINING

We chose "anytime" dining and never had to wait for a table for two. It may be my imagination, but it seems that there were less large tables and more tables for two and four.

ENTERTAINMENT

We had 9 straight sea days, so the Cruise Director's staff really worked hard to keep the natives from getting restless. I think there was something for everyone, and at times I had to pick and choose from the options.

TIME ZONE TERROR

Traveling from west to east, the ship moved into a new time zone almost every day. That means you lose an hour almost every day. It is like jumping to daylight time day after day after day. You need more naps than a 2-year-old.

THE UGLY NOROVIRUS

Barely into the cruise, the captain announced that norovirus was on board. The crew went into epidemic prevention mode: salt and pepper shakers disappeared, hand sanitizer was mandatory, menus were wiped, no more self-service on anything. It never went away. At the end of the cruise, the captain was still imploring anyone with symptoms to quarantine themselves and report the medical staff. Oddly, the pools and hot tubs remained open.

PRINCESS HAS GONE TO THE DOGS

Among the passengers was a lovely couple accompanied by 2 service dogs. The dogs got their own litter box on the Promenade Deck complete with scooper! The dogs were better behaved that many of the passengers!

INTERNET

I don't understand how Princess can claim to offer this service. It was totally unavailable many days, and almost working the rest. I left behind 200 minutes.

PORT DAYS

Gibraltar, Alicante, Barcelona, Marseilles, Livorno.

THE END

After a final breakfast in the dining room -- my favorite French toast -- we went to our appointed meeting place. Without delay, we were led off the ship and to our luggage. Easy. When we exited the terminal building, our Rome Cabs driver was waiting. Easy.

Publication Date: 05/27/12
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