We sailed the August 10, 2007 sailing. This was our second time sailing on the Crown Princess and we had another great time.
We were in cabin B749 which is a cabin in the aft with a very large rounded balcony. The cabin is laid out well and we had plenty of space for the two of us. We took advantage of the balcony and ordered the champagne balcony breakfast on one of the mornings. It was excellent although neither of us are really salmon eaters, so we ended up throwing most of the salmon to the sharks.
It rained a little bit almost every day, which was great because it would rid the decks of chair hogs or at least get their stuff really wet, so we always were able to find chairs close to the pools. We enjoyed the sanctuary on the last sea day and it was worth every penny. The loungers are soooo nice to lie in.
We ate traditional first dining and actually liked the food in the dining room. We could always find something good to order. We were not as impressed with our servers this year as we were last year. They were friendly but not very professional in the way they served us. We also tried the Crown Grill and Sabatini's and the service was better there, but still not at the level I would expect. Even so, we felt they were worth the price and added to the whole cruise experience. We never had a problem finding seating at the buffet although on embarkation day they only had one buffet line opened for a while and it was really crowded.
We enjoyed all the shows and entertainers. We felt the cruise director did a good job putting together the entertainment for the week and keeping us busy. They also did a great job with the Caribbean deck party. Once it got going, it was the best party we had ever seen on a cruise. We always were early to the shows and for the most part were able to find good seats, although you really need to be early in the explorers lounge and Club Fusion or you may find yourself standing up for the show.
One of our favorite things to do on sea days is to walk around the promenade deck in the afternoons. You can walk right up to the front of the ship and look out over the bow. There is nothing in front of you and below you but sea. It is one of the best features of the ship.
We enjoyed the stops. Bermuda is our favorite and we can always find fun things to do there. We hit the beach in San Juan and really enjoyed it until the rain started pouring down. We did the full day catamaran ride in St. Thomas and felt it was one of our best excursions ever. The staff really took care of us. We rented a moped on Grand Turk and felt it was a waste of time. We drove all the way to the opposite end of the island to see the lighthouse only to find that you couldn't even get on the grounds without paying $7 a person. So we turned around and went back to beach by the ship for the rest of the day.
We would highly recommend this cruise.