Crown Princess Cruise Review by mumsy47: Americans 2500, Brits 101
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Americans 2500, Brits 101
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
The Crown Princess was everything we expected having sailed with Princess a few times before. We were very suprised by the number of passengers from the USA and Canada, most of whom were charming. We are, as you may have gathered, from the UK and thoroughly enjoyed meeting our fellow passengers from across the pond and interested to hear how may had come to 'the old country' almost on a pilgrimage to see the area where their grandparents/greatgrandparents had emigrated from.
Quiet location with lots of wardrobe space. Like how the wardrobes seperate the cabin from prying eyes (or 'rubber necking')and make the cabin quieter. Would like there to be more seating ie a sofa as on some other lines we have sailed with. Superb balcony with more depth than most, even bigger than the mini suites. not far from lifts, but far enough not to hear them.
The weather was not good although those from California seemed to enjoy seeing a little rain having had so little of the More wet stuff at home for so long.
The itinerary was quite exhausting with a different port on each of the first 6 days, followed by a day at sea.
Guernsey (St. Peter Port), England
a nice enough port but as it is one needing the use of a tender to get ashore it takes quite a while for all to get off the ship and even worse very long queues to get back on board.
After docking at Cobh it is so easy to catch the train into Cork. We looked at the tourist map the day before and decided to catch a local train even though the station wasnt marked on the map. I hoped it wouldnt be too long a walk - it wasnt. The station is right alongside the ships berth- 3 or 4 minutes at the most. Extra trains had been put on specially, so it couldnt have been easier or more pleasant a journey.
If you dont want to do much its a pleasant walk into Cobh with plenty of pubs/cafes and a few shops.
Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland As we were travelling at the end of August, we had the opportunity to go to the Edinburgh Tattoo. It was the last night of the 3 week spectacular and meant we had to be coached from Glasgow to Edinburgh for the 90min show (well worth the time and effort) We got lucky as it wasnt very cold and thankfully it stayed dry. What a fantastic show.
In all truth I cannot say much about Greenock itself as I only drove through on our way to Edinburgh Less
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Quiet location with lots of wardrobe space. Like how the wardrobes seperate the cabin from prying eyes (or 'rubber necking')and make the cabin quieter. Would like there to be more seating ie a sofa as on some other lines we have sailed with. Superb balcony with more depth than most, even bigger than the mini suites. not far from lifts, but far enough not to hear them.Read All Balcony (BA) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
The weather was so bad towards the end of the cruise that we had to miss our trip to Le Havre and returned to Southampton again due to the high winds. Didnt blame the CAptain as it was done for our safety and must admit I enjoyed the extra day at sea!
The open top hop on hop off bus trips round the city are an excellent way to 'get your bearings'. We got a little damp on this one but not too bad. Lots to see and many said the tour of the Guinness brewery was worth doing- not least because of the sample at the end!
Our problems started upon trying to leave Dublin - 2 tugs and the ships engines could not get us out of the dock due to the high winds from the tail end of hurricane Billy. Instead of leaving at 6p.m. the captain said we would try again at 2.30 a.m. but it may be we would still not be able to get away. We Did.
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