The ship is as beautiful as it was in 2006. This in all was our 17th cruise and must say not our best.Embarkation was a snap,after 5 cruises with Princess you move up to their platinum status. This entitles you to preferred embarkation.A bright spot of the cruise.There were long lines to embark,we were on the ship in less than 15 minutes.We went to the cabin and than off to the lido deck to get some lunch.
This is where the problems started.We have never seen such a long line on any of the ships we have been on.I MEAN LONG! What we found out, everything was being done for you. They handed you the plate,silverware and even a packet of salt and pepper.You were not allowed to serve yourself on line. You would point at what you would like to eat and it was given to you. You could not even get yourself a cup of coffee or glass of water or juice. Hence the reason for such long lines.This was the second cruise after the Crown was taken out of service for sanitation of the Norovirus.Yes the second.Not only were we all treated like we had the virus,you had limited privacy in the bathrooms. All of the bathroom doors were stopped open so no one would touch them.My wife and I were on a ship that had the Norovirus, not much different here and no one had it.After 72 hours of lock down, almost everything was back to normal. ALMOST but not everything.
Entertainment on the ship was the worst we have had seen on all of our cruises.The 4 singers in the production shows were terrible.The worst we have ever seen. The dancers were pretty good, too bad they had to perform with those singers.If you read somewhere in reviews of the Crown that someone says they were good,believe me they must live under a rock. Also no decent music in any of the bars. We enjoy Crooners, a martini bar that is also on the Caribbean Princess.We have spent quite a few hours in that bar on both ships.The piano player was awful and arrogant.A couple of the crew members agreed. No names.The bright spot in the entertainment,a comedy team of Alfred and Seymour. Very funny stuff. If you get the chance do yourself a favor, check them out.For their 2nd and 3rd shows we had to show up an hour early to get a decent seat.Also comedian Rollin Jay Moore,pretty funny, but a lot of same material from Caribbean princess last August.
Food was good not the best we have had. Alot of people including us, felt the food was over salted. Dinning room service excellent, Gabriel and Sher-Ann made dinner a pleasure.(waiter and assistant)
Ports were very nice,Curacao and Aruba, main reason for this cruise. Princess Cays due to lock down long lines at food stations and than closed at 1:30. not very enjoyable.
We did the walk off where if you can carry ALL of your own luggage your off before anyone else. In the car by 8am.Next February we have a Celebrity cruise booked, hope its alot better than this.We might have to take a beak from Princess.