We chose this ship based on a recommendation from a family member who loves Crown Princess. We loved the itinerary and the spacing of the 3 sea days as well as the ports of call. Everything with this cruise eithe rmet or seriously ... Read More
We chose this ship based on a recommendation from a family member who loves Crown Princess. We loved the itinerary and the spacing of the 3 sea days as well as the ports of call. Everything with this cruise eithe rmet or seriously exceeded our expectations.
We flew into the departing port of Barcelona and arrived at 9:00am Sunday morning 4/15/18. Had 2 full days/nights in Barcelona before boarding ship on Tuesday.
We arrived at the pier at 1:00pm and were in our room with all of our luggage, saying hello to our room steward, Reymond. Very easy embarkation. We did have a Club Class Mini Suite which included priority embarkation but I believe we were just checked in with the rest of the passengers and we all breezed through checkin together.
The ship was gorgeous and very clean. Everything was so pretty and it looked like a luxury ship. The beautiful atrium....the pool decks, the shops and dining rooms/restaurants all were wonderful.
Our cabin was lovely...deck 9, mid ship. Very stable and quiet room. D417. Since it was a mini suite, we had plenty of room with new luxury bed/linens, a nice big bathtub and a big living room area. We had nice new carper, new wall furnishings around the bed and 2 new flat screen 42” tv’s in the suite. It was lovely.
We had Club Class Dining in the Da Vinci DIning Room which we enjoyed. Well worth the extra money for Club Class extras. We liked the special entrance and seating area , not ever having to wait for a table for 2 and we usually sat near a window so we could watch the ocean go by as we dined. The food was good, some nights better than others as expected when trying to feed 3000 people and the service was great. Staff on the ship knew our names almost immediately and we loved chatting with them when we saw them for dinner. Especially our hostess, Jel....she was so sweet.
We ate at both specialty restaurants while on board...once at crown Grill and twice at Sabatini’s. Sabatini’s was our favorite but they are both very good and worth thee extra service charge. The service there is excellent!
The buffet was ok...some food better than others (the chicken enchiladas were so tasty!). We only ate here twice doe dinner on nights we wanted to grab a blanket to watch a movie under the stars. My husband enjoyed fruit and yogurt at the buffet every morning with coffee.
Love the Salty Dog - the Ernesto burger was worth the extra $5! Liked the chicken street tacos as wel. Fun, easy place to grab a quick bite of some tasty food.
We did not use room service and actually kept to a fairly normal eating schedule. I actually lost 8 lbs on the cruise from sticking to the portions I was served and all of the walking on port days! But I ate what i wanted within reason and enjoyed everything!
We really didn’t avail ourselves of the entertainment or the activities....we had shore excursions qt most ports and were getting up at 6:00am in order to meet our groups on the pier. After a long day on shore, we would come back to the ship, throw on our bathing suits nd either go to MUTS pool or hot tub and watch a concert while we refreshed and would then shower and change for dinner. We were in bed pretty early after such long, wonderful days.
The service was magnificent. Really great staff...especially the Kostya and Avit in the International Cafe, Bing the bartender, Raymond the cabin steward, Anastasia at Sabatinis and Alex at Crown Grille.
The ports were amazing!!! We did private shore excursions for all of ours and it was prefect. Small groups that were easy to manage and we had wonderful tour guides. Read Less