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Crown Princess Cruise Review by spinsbabe: New York to Quebec City - We'd do it again


spinsbabe
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Member Since 2004
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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New York to Quebec City - We'd do it again

Sail Date: September 2009
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)

We spent a week in NYC prior to boarding (and it was hard to leave)!! Our cabin was a great surprise as it was stated an 'obstructed view' but there was NO obstruction! The cabin was room and the steward was more than helpful. The ship (Crown Princess)is a beautiful ships with many public areas, restaurants and bars. Entertainment was coordinated so that you could see two outstanding shows in one evening or you could see one each night as they repeated the entertainment venues over two evenings. Great idea, which allowed us to see all the shows/entertainers we wanted to. The most outstanding thing about the cruise was the staff ~ which I consider to be one of the best (if no the best) cruise staff I have encountered in the 29 years I have been cruising. Always pleasant, helpful, professional and friendly! The only real shortfall was the food ..... we were completely unimpressed with the buffet area ~ and my husband is a buffet junkie! The food choices were a bit bizarre ..... at More the small late-night buffet the sandwich choice was corned beef and tongue (combined)!! The dining room service was outstanding ~ we had a wonderful young woman server ... she and her assistant were the reason we ate in the dining room every single evening! The food - not so good. It was OK but I cannot remember one real outstanding meal and the biggest disappointment was 'lobster night'!! The lobster was overcooked and even though they brought us a platter full of tails, all we tried were tough! :( Be that as it may - we don't cruise for the food and it was good but not great.

The ports of call were great......Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, St. Johns, Halifax, Sydney, Saguenay and Quebec City. We did not get off in Saguenay and due to a medical emergency on-board we did not stop at Sydney. We did a combination of ship excursions and pre-arranged activities on our own. All were great - especially the independent tour we did with two other couples in Halifax - it was fabulous and the driver was superb. We connected with one of the other couples through the Cruise Critic boards- Yeah!! My husband and I agree this is one cruise we would do again .... even though we have a long 'bucket list' of other cruise! Less


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Cabin review: Crown Princess Oceanview Obstructed Emerald 415

As mentioned above our 'obstructed view' cabin had no view obstruction. The closet was very substantial with plenty of hangers. I was disappointed in the size of the drawers but there was plenty of shelf room and since we use the packing envelopes we just stuck them on the shelves. The bathroom vanity was a very nice size but the shower was a bit of a squeeze for my 6'2" hubby! I really liked that we could walk right up to the window and look out but disappointed that there wasn't a comfortable chair and the table was on the small side for our morning coffee & 'nosh'. The best feature about our cabin was the wonderful steward who met our every need...always there when we needed him but not intrusive..... Great guy! Another great aspect was that we were right off the centrum bank of elevators ~ mid-ship. I was afraid at first it would be noisy but in fact it wasn't!

Port and Shore Excursions


Another darling community. Here we had pre~arranged an Oli's Trolleys tour which gave us a great tour of the town and took us out out to Cadillac Mountain. It was a fabulous day and the tour was another great tour to see a lot of the area in a small amount of time.

(5.5)
Great city - we did the Duck Tour here - great way to get a good overview of this fabulous city. We then went to the Faneuil Hall area and ended with a wonderful lobster lunch ~ $10 at the Purple Shamrock (the ship could learn something here!)
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(5.5)
Here we did the tour in which through CC boards we hooked up with two other couple for a private tour of Halifax and Peggy's cove. We ended up going past Peggy's Cove on to another fishing village even more charming (if possible)then the Cove. This tour cost us about 1/3 of what the ship's equivalent excursion would have cost us. GREAT TOUR - Very interesting area!!
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Charming community, beautiful old mansions. You can ride the free bus and/or walk around on your own, as well as visit the mansions on your own. We opted to do a ship tour to Doris Dukes mansion ~ spectacular place!
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Very interesting city - the weather was rainy but didn't stop us! This also was a ship excursion, tour of the city, a historic fort and the surrounding area. Lots of history here.

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