Crown Princess Cabins
- Pros: Good value for money; impressive breadth of activities, programming and excursions
- Cons: Stumbles on service occasionally; add-on costs and upselling irritate some passengers
- Bottom Line: Tries to be everything to everyone -- and largely succeeds
Crown Princess Cabins
Decorated in warm, muted tones with oak trim, the rooms are both comfortable and tasteful (as befits a ship godmothered by Martha Stewart). In many, a short interior hallway leads to an open closet and bathroom, affording some additional privacy. The cabins are quite spacious, given the price point.
Each room has daily housekeeping and a nightly turndown and is furnished with a desk, two chairs, a queen or twin beds and two nightstands with lamps. You'll also find a safe, phone, satellite TV, mini-bar fridge, ample storage space and Egyptian cotton linens. Frustratingly, most only have one 110V AC outlet with U.S. plug fittings; heavily wired passengers should pack power strips.
The ensuite bathroom has a clothes line across the shower stall, as well as four tiny shelves for storage. It includes complimentary soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. Anyone who prefers products from home -- or carries extensive cosmetics or medical supplies -- might want to bring a hanging toiletries bag.
Thirty-one cabins are disabled-accessible, including six interiors, four outsides, 16 balconies, four mini-suites and one full suite (Cabin R415).
Interior: These 433 basic rooms can be a tight squeeze at 163 square feet in size, so make sure you're in good company. A mirror above the headboard amplifies the light and helps make up for the lack of view. Decorations include a rich brick-colored carpet and generic framed prints of flowers and Mediterranean coastal villages.
Oceanview: These staterooms come in "obstructed view" (158 to 182 square feet) and "oceanview" (179 square feet each with unimpeded picture windows). A brick-colored carpet and jaunty fat-striped curtains step up the visual appeal of these 222 cabins even further.
Balcony: At 231 square feet, these 678 cabins allow passengers a bit more room to maneuver and can be remarkably affordable for open-air access. Each includes a 45-square-foot balcony with two plastic chairs and a coffee table. A padded armchair adds lounging options inside, where cobalt carpeting conveys a crisp, nautical feel.
Note: The balconies are tiered along the side of the ship, so passengers with rooms on higher decks have clear views of their fellow travelers below. Bring a beach umbrella if the aerial surveillance feels eerie.
Mini-suite: These 178 cabins (370 to 536 square feet) step up the furnishings with a sofa bed and second TV beside the balcony doors in each room. The color scheme goes a bit more muted and sophisticated with a beige and black swirl pattern on the carpet and cream-and-robin's-egg brocade bordering the mirror. The patio set includes footrests.
Suite: Princess has a host of suite-only services, including a pillow menu, pillow-top mattresses, complimentary mini-bar setup and a CD/DVD player with access to a free film library. Expect fresh orchids and upgraded bathroom amenities, including a soothing gel eye mask, which can be heated or cooled.
Suite passengers enjoy priority boarding and departures, along with a dedicated line at the Passenger Services Desk and a private disembarkation lounge. Perks include free laundry, professional cleaning and shoe polishing, along with access to the Lotus Spa Thermal Suite (a relaxation center).
Each morning, Sabatini's restaurant serves an exclusive suite breakfast, which includes a complimentary mimosa (7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on sea days, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on port days). Later in the day, cruisers can enjoy free hors d'oeuvres in one of the bars (reserved just for their use) and request in-room afternoon tea or evening canapes. On cruises of six nights or longer, they can dine free at the specialty restaurants on the evening of embarkation.
Finally, Princess pampers its suite travelers with complimentary corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, plus a selection of light and dark chocolates.
Most suites have airy, open floor plans, averaging 468 square feet. They each contain a queen-bed alcove, central desk and full bathroom, including a tub with a shower. A drop ceiling with recessed lighting adds a touch of glamor.
Vista Suites (category S6) are located at the back of the ship and come with 102- to 170-square-foot balconies.
Premium Suites (category S5) accommodate up to four people. The crowning glories of these suites are the massive 252-square-foot private verandas.
Penthouse Suites (categories S3 and S4) are located midship on the Riviera Deck (down low). These sleep up to three people and have 90- to 102-square-foot balconies. Cabin R415 is accessible and has no tub -- just a shower.
While the Owners Suite (category S2) sounds flashy, it's just a standard suite that sleeps a maximum of three people. It features a roomy 217-square-foot balcony, however.
At 607 square feet, including the balcony, the two Family Suites each contain interconnecting staterooms and a living room. They can sleep up to eight passengers with two sofa beds, a queen and two twins that usually can convert to a second queen. Both bedrooms have desks, flat-screen TVs and ensuite bathrooms (one with a shower and the other with a tub). Outside furnishings are two loungers, a table and four chairs.
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