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Crown Princess Cruise Review by Manolo1

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Crown Princess
Crown Princess
Member Name: Manolo1
Cruise Date: November 2010
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: BA
Cabin Number: L231
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Disappointed with Princess
* Background Information

Only cruised once before (Feb. 2010) in the Celebrity Solstice.

* Ship Info

Crown Princess is only 4 years old but obviously 4 years in "sea time" are like 8 or 12 years in "land time"... The ship is beginning to lack in some areas. Age begins to show.

* Activities

Plenty of choices. Better than Celebrity in this area only!

* Service

Good, but does not compare with the Solstice.

* Port & Shore Excursions

Good and bad experiences. 7 mile beach in Grand Cayman was very satisfactory as was also the Tabyana beach tour in Roatan. The Tulum ruins tour in Cozumel lacked in three areas:

=Tour schedule was dictated by local company and was not up to par. Stopped for shopping at an authentic "tourist trap"...

=AC in the bus was insufficient.

=Misleading brochure advertised time for shopping or sightseeing in "city" (?) and there was never time for that which was the reason I picked this tour as I wanted to get to visit Playa del Carmen.

* Summary

Disappointed. Not planning to use Princess again.

* Stateroom

Shows age. Very small. Plenty of closet space.

* Dining

Food not up to Solstice standards, Sabatini and Crown Grill overrated...

* Children's Clubs


* Entertainment

Plenty of choices. To me this is the only area where Crown Princess beats Solstice hands down. Needless to say Princess is a better choice for younger crowds (under 40) or party animals...

* Disembarkation

Very poor crowd control (in all areas). Lacking greatly.

Missing Port of Call:

Princess Cays in Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas.

Ship tenders need to be used, bad!

I picked this ship precisely to be able to visit a private beach/island. Ship tenders are slow and uncomfortable. Long lines to get to the tenders due to poor crowd management. First and last private beach I will be visiting, unless there is a dock like in Mahogany Bay, Roatan.

Publication Date: 11/14/10
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