A Crowning Glory!!!: Crown Princess Cruise Review by captainron

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A Crowning Glory!!!

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton
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 Theatre...no finger food...no watered down drinks...merely an intro of the ship's officers and a More 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. Less

Published 09/08/11

Cabin review: ICR253 Interior

An inside on Riviera Deck (R253). With such a port intensive itinerary we thought a waste of time for a balcony. Bit of a squeeze getting into one side of bed...RESOLUTION...move the side table into the closet for added shelf space. Good sound sleep in anside with no outside light to waken you.

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Port and Shore Excursions

BELFAST Took the city bus shuttle into town (cost to Princess of course charged to your cabin). Was walking down the street listening to this guy giving ahistoric dissertation on the sights. Saw the station, OPera House and the Crown Bar. Went in the back door with the group until they announced that they were getting a free pint. My ethics said I couldn't do that as we found out we were tagging onto a Princess Walking Tour group.

Decided to go down the road about 8 blockas and spent a few hours in St George's Market...great articrafts, linens, scarves and diverse ethnic foods.

Back to the ship in the drizzle later in the day.

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Still tired of paying the exorbitant prices of Princess shore excursions so took the shuttle bus (USD8)each way into Dublin. Decided to do the HOHO bus. NOTE...there rae two HOHO/Tour buses in the city. We made the mistake of booking on the red ones. We hopped on the multilingual tour which allows (supposedly)ypu to hear in numerous languages. The problem was that the recordings were so worn and some of the headset plugins were unserviceabl. When we said somethingf to the driver about it, he shrugged his Russian shoulders as if to say not my problem. One stop from the end a new driver came on and advised that he does the commentary by live mike on his bus . By that time, I'd had enough and had no desire to do another 1.5-2 hour lap of the city in the Irish mist(read rain).

Decided to go back to the ship.

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S QUEENSFERRY My old schoolchum David who I had not sen in 52 years came to pick us up and we toured our old childhood haunts in Dundee, Broughty Ferry and Monifieth, before haeding back to Edinburgh (chez David( for a lovely lunch before the premature rush back to the ship.

LIVERPOOL Can't really say mucn about Merseyside as we had no desire to be Beatled to death. Having personally met the boys in 1964 we opted to do other things and so we decided to take the Mersey Line (train) out to the medieval town of Chester...a 35 minute train ride (GBP4.50 for a Daysaver return ticket). St James Street station is only a 10 minute walk from the pier. Great idea as the local powers to be have a free shuttle into the heart of the city from the train station. Great walking (read cobble stones) and should you wish you can walk the walls of the old city.

We visited on Race Day and all the men were gussied up in their best suits and all the women in their tight mini dresses and stileeto heels with the Princess Bea fascinators on their heads. Well, the conclusion is that many have had these beautiful dresses in their closets for years to be worn only on race day. Silly mistake as he dresses have either shrunk considerably or...OK the dresses have shrunk!!! Had a great lunch in a little hole in the wall restaurant with the locals before heading back to Liverpool. Back on the Mersey it startted to rain as we got to the ship. People have said (I know second hand info)that the Albert Docks area is really worth a visit

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