Smooth Transatlantic Cruise: Crown Princess Cruise Review by pweath
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Smooth Transatlantic Cruise
The ship had an outbreak of Norwalk virus. It was a small outbreak as compared to the transatlantic in the spring where I caught the virus. Don't let anyone tell you that this virus is a piece of cake. Body fluids take over for 48 hours. They give you motion sickness meds along with a form of anti diarrhea meds. You are down for the count. Each day the crew would come in and strip everything and disinfect your entire cabin. My biggest gripe is that they do not use hand sanitizer in the casino. At one time they offered those little packets to clean your hands, but now they have crew with buckets and gloves wiping down the machines. Where they do not get the soapy water is on the buttons used to download money into your machine or cruise account. I believe the casino is the biggest problem on the Crown for spreading the virus. The ship's stores also do not sell hand sanitizer. I bought a bottle while in Barcelona and carried it with me. Take a small hand sanitizer bottle for each passenger going on a Cruise to protect yourself.
We had people leave the ship early and someone was so ill that they were air lifted off the ship the day before the cruise ended in Galveston.
All in all, we had a grand time as usual and will definitely sail on the Crown again.
I have sailed on 23 cruises and I have to say that Captain Andy of the Crown is one of the finest Captains we have sailed with. We have been in 30 foot waves, black out fog, with no stablizers. I always felt safe knowing he was sailing the ship. Having sailed on 7 other lines, he is still our favorite.TIPPING: All of the cruise lines now charge a daily fee for gratuities. This is so that folks who take care of you get tips. It was started because so many people did not give gratuities. If you contact the pursers desk and cancel your daily gratuities, at the end of the cruise, your waiter in the dining room will not be paid any gratuity. They will flag the accounts that choose not to have the daily amount taken and penalize the crew associated with those accounts. Also, if you do that but give your waiter say $100 tip, he has to turn it in to the head waiter for it to be split. So please, do not take the gratuities into your own hands because those you thought you were tipping will not get what you gave them. If they do not turn it in, they can be fired and put off the ship. Less
Cabin review: OFP210 Oceanview
Our last cruise in the Spring was Plaza 208 and this cruise was next door at Plaza 210 in the front of the ship. It is a nice ocean view cabin. YOU DO NOT NEED A BALCONY ON A TRANSATLANTIC CRUISE. Save your money. It can be stormy and windy and very cold. We have seen cabins flooded that had balconies because of large waves. We get these cabins because the laundry room is across the hall, so I could do my clothes any time I wanted without interference with other passengers.It is directly down the hall from the piazza and the international cafe and coffee bar. Very convenient. Very quiet.Read All Oceanview (OF) Reviews >>