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Crown Princess
Crown Princess
Member Name: captainron
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Cabin Category: II
Cabin Number: R253
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 3.0
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In general, I would say that Princess is making cutbacks where possible. My support for this argument is that several years ago they moved the champagne waterfall between the traditional dining sittings. Too many complaints that midnight was too late...gotta keep some of the "oldies" happy. Now that timing conflicts with the Platinum/Elite hour timings in Skywakers.

Which brings up another point...Appie choices in the Plat lounge seem for the most part to focus on veggies and cheese, whereas before they used to have lots of cold cuts and easonably sized shrinp. The Staek Tartare I admit is still very well done just to the right taste.

At one time you used to get a voucher for the DR to get Princess Loveboat Dream if celebrating b'day or anniversary. That does not happen anymore, simply balloons and a poster on the door. The Captain's Circle party was held in the Princess finger watered down drinks...merely an intro of the ship's officers and a sales pitch for Princess. To top it off they cut into our lunch hour by holding it at 11am.

Service by bar staff in the Platinum/Elite Lounge was excellent with great service and attention to detail.

Did AT dining and it was hit and miss for the first few days until we found a table with the right wait team. Thanks to Giuseppe, head waiter for his resolution of the issues we raised (1.5 hrs for an appie and a bowl of soup).

In summary, the service by staff, (bars, PSD, DR, deck staff and stewards) was bar none some of the finest encountered on a Princess vessel, even surpassing (barely) Captain Ed Perrin's crew on the Star. It appears that wherever you have an outgoing Captain who relates to the passengers and crew, you have a happy crew who provide excellent service to the passengers. It appears that Nick Nash is that kind of Captain.

Publication Date: 09/08/11
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