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Crown Princess Cruise Review by PharmacyRx: Canada / New England 2009


PharmacyRx
6 Reviews
Member Since 2004
96 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.5
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 4.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Canada / New England 2009

Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Quebec City

CABIN - Emerald Deck, aft starboard, E731. Extended balcony. Very long walk to room however it was private and there was no noise from the hall. You will feel a vibration while sailing and of course when leaving and arriving at port. No noise from Club Fusion. Full tub and nice sized bathroom. Plenty of shelf and closet space. 2 flat screen TVs and a fridge.

FOOD - We have sailed Princess many times and the food in the Horizon Court was bland and repetitive. Nothing special.Also, the wait staff in the Horizon Court were surly and complained amongst themselves about their " contracts" and how they were being treated by the cruise line. We chose anytime dining at night in the Da Vinci dining room and there we had great service and food. Ate one night in the Crown Grill. Husband had 22 oz Porterhouse and I had Brazilian lobster tail. Very good. The pizza and cheeseburgers were good also. Free ice cream.

FYI - Folks, you have to have your cruise cards whenever you get More off and on the ship. It is a given. However, it amazed me how, at every port, people held up the lines, on search and rescue missions, for their cruise cards and got crabby with the ship's staff for asking for them. If you ain't got it, step aside and let the other passengers who have intact short term memory skills, pass thru.

If you are flying thru Newark, take plenty of hand sanitizer. That is without a doubt, the dirtiest airport in the US.

We did the Duck Tour in Boston and it was good. Getting off the ship in New York was interesting ( especially how you retrieve your luggage) however the bus driver to LGA was beyond rude and let 40+ passengers off a good city block from the American Airlines terminal as he refused to go there. See other port reviews.

Saguenay - This "new" port is trying its hardest to lure cruise passengers but it is, well, boring. There is just nothing here. We took the Craftsman Road excursion and went to a farm where they make cheese and that was good but the other 2 stops ( that were actually within walking distance of the cruise ship )a soap maker and glass blower, were not very good. We were off the boat at 10:00 and back on by noon. The townspeople here were very kind and all came out to see sailaway.

Sydney

We did not book shore excursions here but walked off the ship and walked about town on our own. Good shopping right at the pier. Ate lunch at the Governor's Pub and had tasty fish and chips.

Halifax

We did not book shore excursions here but walked about on our own. If you choose to walk to the Citadel be aware it is about 6 blocks from the ship and straight up a very steep hill. The Maritime museum is nice and don't miss the Titanic exhibit. Had the worse meal I have had at the Waterfront Warehouse Seafood Restaurant. Run, don't walk by this place.

Saint John, New Brunswick

Nicest people we met at any port. Again, we did not book an excursion but walked about by ourselves. Went to the City Market and the other recommended shopping areas and the park. Very nice and clean.

All in all, we had a grand time and the ship is magnificent and very, very big. Won a jackpot in the casino one night so that made the trip even more sweet. The scenery and views are the highlight of this voyage. I recommend warm clothing, binoculars and a balcony or unobstructed view while sailing. Less


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Cabin review: Crown Princess Mini-Suite with Balcony Emerald E731

CABIN - Emerald Deck, aft starboard, E731. Extended balcony. Very long walk to room however it was private and there was no noise from the hall. You will feel a vibration while sailing and of course when leaving and arriving at port. No noise from Club Fusion. Full tub and nice sized bathroom. Plenty of shelf and closet space. 2 flat screen TVs and a fridge.

Port and Shore Excursions


Booked online with Ollie's Trolley and Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain are not to be missed. Great shopping. We ate lunch at the soda fountain at the Rexall Drugstore right in town and had great chicken salad and cream cheese and olive sandwiches and cherry cokes. ( We needed a break from chowders and seafood).


As for Newport.. if you have seen the Biltmore House in Asheville, these homes will be underwhelming but it is a nice tour. We had great clam chowder at the Black Pearl restaurant ( Banister Wharf). There is A Black Dog shop here as well.

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Embarkation was very smooth and well organized. 30 minute trip to ship; arrived about 3:30 and had about an 30 minute wait to get on the ship. Baggage arrived at 7:00 pm. We spent the night on the ship in Quebec and it was right across from shopping and restaurants. The port is the gem of this voyage so take advantage of it. We took the Quebec Countryside Tour excursion and it was well worth it. A visit to Montmorency Falls for cake and tea, a visit to the Sugar Shack and New Orleans island was great.

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