Crown Princess - Southern Caribbean: Crown Princess Cruise Review by Oneknee
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Crown Princess - Southern Caribbean
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We used and enjoyed the spa as well. I had a massage on embarkation day to help relax from travel and to refresh the day prior to our wedding. My wife had her hair done the morning of the wedding. We and others from our group used the thermal suite often and we all enjoyed it. It is very relaxing!!! Other highlights included bingo (2 winners from our group) a great island night deck party, and the various trivia contests. Our aunt and uncle participated in and won the wedding game!! We had a table for 6 in anytime dining with a standing 6:30 reservation. We set up a schedule so we would get to have dinner with everyone who came along for our wedding. The food and service in the dining room was very good. Jose and Edward, our wait team delivered, keeping us full and happy, especially on lobster night. We tried both specialty restaurants. We liked the food in the Crown Grill, but the service was horrible. It took well over 3 hours to complete our meal. Sabatinis was good, however having dined there a few times now, we would probably not go again. The level of service was again impressive throughout the ship. You could not pass a crew member without them smiling and greeting you, you never had to wait for a drink, the room was always clean and ready for you. Day 2 was our wedding day. We were escorted by Steffi to the limo which took us to the courthouse in St. Thomas to obtain our wedding license first thing in the morning. We were met there by the representative from Princess Weddings and the court clerk. The paperwork took about 10 minutes. We were returned to the ship where I went to the gym and Kristin the Spa. Our group met at the gangway at 12:00 where we were all taken to the beach for the ceremony. When we arrived at the beach, we could not have been happier with what we saw. The location was perfect!! The decorations were even nicer than we imagined. We were introduced to the officiant and spent a few minutes with him before the ceremony. Again, everything was perfect. When you plan something like this completely over the phone and computer, you are left with a level of uncertainty. Will you get what you wanted? The resounding answer for us was that we got what we wanted and more. our expectations were totally exceeded. Following the ceremony, we had a champagne toast and seemingly hundreds of pictures. We returned to the ship, where the reception was planned for 3:00 in the Wheelhouse Bar. We had 2 hours open bar plus hot & cold appetizers for our guests. The food was excellent and the bar staff kept everyone well fed with drinks. Steffi arranged for Captain Binetti to drop by, he was very nice and took some pictures with us. The pianist was great and we were all impressed by the ice sculpture and fruit carvings!! I don't think anyone left the Wheelhouse hungry or thirsty. During the reception, Kristin and I were whisked away by Kerry for some great photos around the ship.
The rest of the cruise was kind of a blur. We loved the snorkeling in Bonaire and found it to be a clean, fun, and colorful island. The variety of marine life right off every shore was unbelievable. We would like to visit again. Some from our group did land sailing, and said it is not to be missed. In aruba, we went to Palm beach, jet skied, had a nice lunch, visited a casino and lost, and did some shopping. In Grenada, as we always do we went to Grand Anse Beach. It truly is a beautiful beach, but I think the various vendors who CONSTANTLY approach you make it unbearable. We don't mind a few, but here it never stops. We loved our first time in Grenada, but each time since it has gotten progressively worse. Next time, we will not get off the ship in Grenada. St. Kitts was a short stop and all we did was some quick shopping. The last day was an at sea day, which gave us all some time to relax and enjoy many onboard activities. We celebrated a birthday for my cousin at adagio complete with a very nice cake which we ordered at Sabatini's. It was a nice ending to the trip. We had an early flight to St. Lucia for our honeymoon on disembarkation day, so we were first off the ship in the morning. The process was smooth and easy. Reflecting back after our week at Sandals in St. Lucia, we would have both rather stayed on the Crown for a back-to-back. We can not say enough good about the whole experience for us. Princess truly delivered an outstanding wedding and cruise. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. We would be happy to discuss it over and over!! Less