Crown Princess Cruise Review by riskmgr: Crown Princess - Southern Caribbean
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Crown Princess - Southern Caribbean
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We are in our 40-50's and been on 46+ cruises.....from NY Boarding at San Juan's pier 4 was a breeze and we were onboard by 1pm
Our cabin was comfortable but not well cleaned. On arrival we found various debris and dirt on the carpets and under the bed. Our cabin steward was friendly and did his best to keep us in ice and fresh towels.
The ship is beautiful and very similar to the Caribbean Princess. Upon walking around we were surprise at how many broken window had simply been taped over with plastic sheeting. There were at least 10 large glass panels in the Lido and upper decks that should have been repaired after 8 months! In addition 2 hot tubs were broken and never put in service during our 7 day run.
The food in the Horizon/Caribbean cafe was fair....not great....but there was always something we liked. The dining room(any time dining)was efficient and we never had to wait. The food was hot and delivered promptly. We never felt rushed ....but it More never took very long either. The food was occasionally good!
Sabatini's was a good meal and I would recommend it.
Our biggest complaint was with Princess Corporate, and the "superbowl" party. This was to have been held in MUTS, but to everyone's surprise, Princess had sold all the best seating on three levels to a "private party" AKA "Interstate Building Materials Corp. for 25 dollars per hour per person......which left the other 2,950 passengers to find a seat around the pool which left hundreds of passengers with no where to go! This was a slap in the face to all the "ordinary " passengers who had were denied access to the superbowl party.
In addition we tried to make reservations for the Crown Grill And Sabatini's thru princess before the cruise , but were told that this was not possible, and had to be done on board. Although we were among the first to board, we found that "Interstate" had booked Sabitinni's thru Princess and had the entire restaurant for most of 2 nights. Shame on you Princess you really got a lot of your Elite and Gold cruisers pissed off big time.
AS always Princess provides the most and best entertainment of the cruise industry....you wont be bored
All in all it was a pleasant week but if you ever cruised on Princess 4,5 or more years ago, you will sadly see that it has come down a long way baby! Less
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