We were on the cruise immediately following a deep cleaning of the ship. Previous passengers had disembarked on Thursday, and on Saturday we began our itinerary as planned. There were many stories about all the illness that had occurred on the prior sailing. Several of our passengers had been on the ship the week before and were completing a back-to-back. Whenever the captain made an announcement, he reminded everyone to wash their hands and observe good hygiene. The ship was very clean, the staff served at the buffet, the sailing went smoothly and there was no illness to speak of.
We have sailed over 30 cruises, primarily with Celebrity and RCCL. This itinerary was of interest and the date (mid-February) fit our schedule.
The Crown Princess is is an attractive ship with cabins that are roomy with good storage. The showroom is fine and the interior lounges and spaces throughout the ship are large and numerous. However, as for us, finding a comfortable spot on any of the outside decks was a real problem. The constant noise and vibration, morning till night, from Movies Under The Stars made it impossible to relax, nap or read, either around the pool or on the upper decks. We tried to seek refuge near the smoke stacks....and found there was mechanical noise from the ship itself and soot. The promenade deck was extremely narrow, so the only chairs to be found there were just for upright seating....no lounges. In addition, half the promenade deck was for smokers.
The dining room was a real treat as the food and service were just wonderful. We have never, in over 30 cruises, had better food than this. Delicious, well presented, with real attention to detail. As far as the buffet is concerned, it's the smallest we've encountered. Nevertheless, breakfast had all the items one could possibly want. Lunch was limited - but there is pizza and hamburgers on the outside deck. On the days at sea, the dining room is open and certainly a good choice. Afternoon tea is available every day - small sandwiches, scones, pastries - all delicious.
The seven days we spent on the ship were enjoyable and fun but it is doubtful we would sail on the Crown again. The lack of comfortable outside space was, at least for us, a negative. Now - if Princess would turn off, or limit the MUTS - we might rethink our opinion.