Left Southampton on Saturday 27th July for a two week western Mediterranean cruise on board the crown princess. Embarkation took half an hour but once on board everything went smoothly. We had a midship cabin on Rivera deck 14, to keep costs down we booked an inside stateroom which saved us 600 compared to my sisters balcony state room directly opposite ours.
First impressions of the ship were good and the public areas were fabulous . We choose a set dining times and were happy we made that decision because anytime diners were queuing for tables every evening. Our dining room was the Di Vinci, the food was good but too many fish dishes for my taste. One evening 5 out of the 6 appetisers were fish and the other choice was sweetbreads yuck ! Only one vegetarian choice too.
The horizon court buffet dining was good but had limited seating, excellent choice of food though with waiters to get you a FREE lemonade, water or hot drink once you were seated.
We didn't eat at the Italian restaurant or the crown grill because you had to pay an additional 25 dollars charge per person plus the cost of your drinks to eat there. The international cafe was great for a coffee and light snack the food was free but there was a small harem for drinks and ice creams.
The Internet cafe was expensive what seemed like a few minutes on line could quickly come to 15 dollars.
The pools etc were great, as was the many bars and most of the entertainment
We stopped at some wonderful ports and with the help of cruising excursions went on 5 sightseeing trips at a very reasonable cost in comparison to the cruise ship prices for excursions.
Negatives about crown princess are the constant hard sell, no matter what we went to see crew always tried to sell you products for example we went to a cooking demonstration and galley tour guess what they had cookery books for sale, we went to a seminar about Jackie Kennedy's jewellery which was very interesting and enjoyable until the crew began trying to get you to buy replicas.
This was a continuing theme Sell, Sell, Sell .
No tea or coffee making facilities in your stateroom and no matter how quick room service was the drinks were never quite hot enough.
Not enough sun beds common complaint but true.
Not always enough to do if you didn't want to sit in the sun, entertainment was very American.
Drinks VERY EXPENSIVE and with all the gratuity and tips it became a very expensive holiday.
Would I go with princess again, no probably not ,way to expensive and didn't like the hard sell all the time, it became very tedious .