Crown Princess Cruise Review by allanah: Norovirus not contained
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Norovirus not contained
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Norovirus appeared on ship after stops in Carib'n. Still not contained when ship reached Buenos Aires 10 days later. Passengers probably not co-operative with isolation/preventative procedures. I believe Crown Princess could have been more aggressive with preventative measures before the outbreak occurred. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", especially when there is no cure! Information about the disease and its' prevention should be everywhere printed/presented in all relevant languages, at the very least. It needs a priority second only to muster station drill.
Congratulations to the Chef Linzer ... the food was outstanding as was the service. Ship personnel were very very accommodating, personable and friendly.
Our outside accommodation with balcony was very good in all respects.
The entertainment/enrichment activities content was somewhat juvenile for the most part. The two day stop in Rio for Carnival made up for many deficiencies. More Information/history/education about the countries and ports-of-call could have been much richer for my liking particularly as there were many at-sea-days.
For Bridge players the program was good.
The land tours were way overpriced for what was received. Many of the guides barely spoke English. There were of course a couple of excellent tour guides. I would not recommend purchasing the tours except the one to Christ the Redeemer in Rio. On Ilhabela, a very small town, the two sights were on a couple of blocks from the pier easily reached on foot. [Church and Museum]. The beach experience was minus 5. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
The meal at the old plantation was less than mediocre in quality and setting. The old plantation house was interesting. The time allotted to tour the house was too short. The bus driver and personnel at the plantation house were very pleasant.
Stop at Mahogany factory was commercial [as expected] but interesting as the pieces are quite fine.
We disembarked and visited Buenos Aires for a week. A great city with much to see and do. We rented an apartment in Recoleta through VRBO.
Highlights: Recoleta apt., Recoleta Cemetery tour, City tour, Argentine cuisine/beef in Parillas especially Cabana las Lilas, taxis are affordable , Eva Peron Museum, a walk through Palermo parks, Tango lessons and tango @ Salon Canning, Opera house tour, dinner with Argentine friends, tea at Palacio Alvear Hotel ... etc.
I would go back to Argentina and Buenos Aires.
Experiencing the Carnival float competition parade was nonpareil, a once in a lifetime experience. It lasted all night! The independent operator offered the experience at 1/3 the cost of the Princess prices.
Unfortunately the Carnival activities interfered with street traffic and bus did not get to all the sights advertised.
We ended up using the H Stern tour of their Jewelry factory as way to get to Ipanema beach [two blocks away]. Ipanema beach was full of Carnival signing and dancing. The H. Stern van ride was more interesting than the bus tour.
Corcovado Mountain & Christ Redeemer statue
Excellent experience and highly recommended. Carnival traffic hindered bus transportation, a 1 hour ride to Corcovado took 20 minutes on the return trip.
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