We went from Southampton the day before the new ship was named. We were in a different terminal and it was very crowded, but we went straight to our cabin and after a bit of lunch our cases were in the cabin.However, as we saw there was chaos outside the terminal with a traffic jam of coaches and cars. Apparently, the coaches stayed in the service station for some while.
It was a rough crossing over the Bay of Biscay, but we were soon in Cadiz. Which is a lovely little town.
We had breakfast in the cabin lunch in the "madhouse" called the Horizon Court and dinner in MDR Botticellis(fixed dining).
The food was ok but the waiters were not so good, did not help you to your chair would not serve a desert without ice cream, or cheese dumpling. In the case of the ice cream, it was scraped off by them and lots was left on the plate When I asked for the pears with no cheese dumpling and was told no and he walked away, not what I expect from any cruise line after 30 odd cruises.
The theatre was always packed despite 3 shows a night. Going from the theatre was quite dangerously packed with people as people were queing to get into the next show and it left a narrow footway, then the shops had tables outside with their inch of gold or what have you. The other side of the Atrium had Crooners Bar it was popular and packed so you could not walk through.
It was the usual scramble for sun beds there just seemed to be too many people there and it was not children as there were only 7 on board.
The ship seemed to be a "training ship" as there were a lot of new personnel some of whom were homesick after 9 days! A lot of East European staff, mostly new who were trying to learn. Apparently the experienced staff went to the new Royal Princess ship.
The ports of call were good it was very hot, so we were glad we chose a boat trip in Venice to the Morano Glass and the lace making islands.
In Malta we turned right from ship and got the lift 1 euro up zero comming down, it is in the town just through a little garden.
In Corfu they now have a bus that is 1 1/2 euro to town. As you get off the free port shuttle.
Gibraltar there were mini buses but we walked a slow stroll its not too far.
Koper is a neat small town and Dubrovnik we didn't go to as we have been before. There were 3 large ships in so it was packed in the town apparently and most uncomfortable. We strolled around the harbor.
The entertainment was ok A guy called Walker was an excellent impressionist the main show people were good the blond girl less so.
There were also a band called The Speakers who were excellent, the 2 singers really complement each other they were on the grand last year. This year they had a different soundman who reduced the sound of the drummer who used to drown out the singers.
There seem to be too many people in too small a space on Crown. There is a lot of wasted space empty rooms whilst others are packed to capacity.
The MDR and the Fusions cabaret bar are very dimly lit.
I would not pay full price to go on Crown again I may go if there was a last minute "bargain". Grand did the almost the same Mediterranean cruise last year and it was far more relaxing and far less crowded.