Crown Princess Cruise Review by jockbruce: Choppy seas and wioful food
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Choppy seas and wioful food
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We left from New York on 14th September for a 10 day Canada/ New England cruise.Embarkation was quite rapid,and we received our luggage within an hour or so. Staff were very friendly, and helpful throughout the cruise.
On the second night out we encountered the edge of Hurricane IKatia, but the ship was quite stable, despite strong winds. Two nights later, sailing to Sydney, we encountered a gale with 85 knot winds. That was an experience, with massive seas. The ship couldn't make headway so Captain Nick Nash turned the ship around searching for calmer waters. Impressive seamanship. The delay meant that we missed out on the visit to Cornerbrook in Newfoundland.
The entertainment on board was generally good, and the public rooms are very impressive, like a first class hotel.
Having said all this, it's sad to report that the food service on board was the worst we have ever encountered on 18 cruises, 3 of which were with Princess in the past.
The food More was of poor quality, and was served warm, not hot. The variety was pitiful with a very limited range, so much so that we were delighted to get off the ship to buy a hot meal. I've never seen, or heard of, "Deep Fried Boiled Eggs" one of the staples offered at breakfast.
It seems that Princess is cutting corners with the food and with certain amenities, such as the "Welcome on board " glass of champagne we experience with other cruise lines. With food being such an important feature of cruising, I doubt that we will sail with Princess again.
We also found the cabin size to be less than we have experienced with other cruise lines, and I have never tried to shower in such a tiny shower compartment.
All in all, it's a great pity that the "bean counters" at Princess' HQ have cut corners with the food and spoiled the impact of a splendid crew and a beautiful ship . The temperature of the food is something that I would hope the food service people can correct Less
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