Crown Princess Cruise Review by tas3086: Crown Princess - New England 2011
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Crown Princess - New England 2011
New England itinerary and ports were fantastic. We took a ship excursion every day, and were extremely satisfied.
Having been on many cruises, the Crown Princess was disappointing. It is relatively new, 3000+ passengers, yet the rooms are much smaller than most ships that we have been on. Like the early 1980's ships, there was barely enough room to walk(sideways) around the cabin. I would suggest using the twin bed configuration rather than the double bed option.
Breakfast was terrible. Eggs tasted powered. French toast was just toast. Bacon was like eating toothpicks...if you could even chew it. Hash browns looked like fried cardboard, and tasted worse than cardboard. One omelet station for 3000 people! Cold cereal was good, if you could find milk. Lido staff was excellent, very helpful. Helped you find a seat in the very crowded Lido, and even carried your plates. Coffee, tea, and lemonade seemed to be a controlled substance. Despite having dispensers More around, staff had to operate them.
Lunches were ok. Selection options were very limited. No deli area. Only one, "prime", meal selection in Lido. Pizza, Hamburgers, Ice Cream, etc. were always good. Pizza was available 24hrs. and was excellent.
Dinner was pretty good. Selection seems to be more limited than other cruises. Lots of Lamb. Small lobsters for a Maine cruise! Staff was excellent.
Entertainment was excellent. Don't sit in the first few rows of the theater, as the lighting staff seems to talk a lot about a lot of non show things, answer phone calls, and cause a lot of disruption to the last few rows of folks. They did not seem to care when guests gave them a SHUSH! warning. Get to the theater early, as it was always standing room only 15 minutes before the performance. Seats had pull-out trays in the arm rests, but the isles were so small that if you did order a drink, it had to be passed down the line from the end. In many cases the line of seats was 30 or more with the only access from each end. Few seats were conducive to an after dinner drink. More leg room in the rear seats.
Other night time entertainment was great. Plenty of options, and were all good.
It may be due to having port stops daily, but the during the day ship entertainment options were very limited. Port discussions were virtually non existent. Over 1000 people took the cooking show/tour. Nothing else to do.
All-in-all, will probably not go on Crown or sisters again. Less
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