8 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Caribbean - Western

We sailed on the Crown Princess out of Galveston on January 5. My DH dropped everyone off at the terminal with our luggage and walked the block to BOI valet parking http://www.boivalet.com/index.html ($65). This is a big dark warehouse ... Read More
We sailed on the Crown Princess out of Galveston on January 5. My DH dropped everyone off at the terminal with our luggage and walked the block to BOI valet parking http://www.boivalet.com/index.html ($65). This is a big dark warehouse where they take your keys and give you a ticket off a roll. We were a little concerned, but it turned out to be a blessing. We will definitely use them again. You call them when you get through customs and they have your car ready when you get there. My DH was back with the car while others were still waiting on a shuttle. We were on board and in our room quicker than we thought. We had accessible cabin B304. The room is huge. There was plenty of room for my Travelscoot. I could ride directly out of the room to the elevators. I never had to worry about the cleaning carts. Chai was our amazing room steward who met our every need. He was always there when I came back alone to open the door and make sure I got in ok. I never once had to ask for help. One nice thing is that you can sleep on either side of the bed because there is plenty of room on each side of the bed for scooter or wheelchair. The room has lots of storage, one straight back chair, and one other chair. The bathroom was fantastic. There were plenty of grab bars. There were two shelves above on the left of the sink and plenty of space on each side of the sink. Do to the fact that you can get a wheelchair right up to the sink there is no storage underneath. The grab bars for the commode are on the right. The shower had a pull down seat and hand held shower. It drained well. We never had water outside the shower even when it got a little rough. The water at the sink had very little pressure, but it was adequate. It was mentioned in another blog about no Kleenex in the bathroom. We had Kleenex in a box on one of the handrails. I use a C-Pap and couldn't find a plug. Chai came in and told me that he would bring an extension cord. The only plug is a two socket plug on the desk across the room from the beds. Fortunately, I had a surge protector that I could use to plug the extension cord and charge our other devices at the same time. I recommend this because it has a plug on the side for the extension cord http://tinyurl.com/bhb4x7y . The extension cord had a big plug. The cord was not too thick which made it easy to roll over it. The inside handle on the balcony door also operates the part that makes a ramp to get out on the balcony. The door doesn't close unless that is down. We had to call Chai to show us how to close the door. We didn't know that lowering the handle while the door was open would lower the part so the door would close. We dined in the De Vinci dining room. Down the elevators and through the casino and we were there. The service was excellent thanks to Nickolay and Carlos. There are no steps in this dining room, and my Travelscoot could be parked nearby. Everything we ordered was delicious. They do not serve lunch in the dining room when in port. I was a little concerned about getting around in the Horizon Court with the Travelscoot. It was not a problem. Someone met me and took me around and fixed my plate. It was really nice that my DH and I could sit down at the same time. We had room service for a breakfast and a lunch. They were there quickly and plenty of hot coffee. The Moroccan Crock Pot is really good. The highlight of our trip was the Chef's Table. We had been to the Chef's Table on the Sapphire Princess (the menu was the same), and were thrilled to be chosen this time. The Maitre d'Hotel Giorgio Pisano and Chef Giuseppe Gennaro made the evening a pure delight. Seeing the galley while they are actually serving dinner is an eye opening experience, and we were in awe after learning what these two men do. It's thanks to these two men that every time you eat something on the ship the service and food is outstanding. The dinner takes three hours. There are twelve at the table, and on a seven day cruise there is only one Chef's Table. You call the dining room as soon as you get on the ship to get on the list. We are hoping we get to do the Chef's Table on our next cruise. I had a lot of concerns about this trip, because my mobility has gotten so much worse. There was nothing for me to worry about from beginning to end. I never once had to ask for help. The staff anticipated my every need or a passenger was there to open doors for me. Even in a crowded gift shop the young man came to me, and took my purchases and card so I didn't have to get in the crowd around the register. We were supposed to dock in Galveston at 5:00 am, but the port was closed due to fog. We had to be out of our rooms at 8 and our departure time was 9:15. While enjoying our last breakfast in the De Vinci we were told it would be a longer delay. Our waitress said in the four years she had been on the Crown this was the first time the delay had been this long. We went to the Wheelhouse to wait, and found a place to sit with a little table where we could play forty two. The ship could not get in to Galveston until 3pm. I must say Princess went above and beyond in making the wait pleasant. They brought in coffee, water, tea, and games. At noon the Horizon Court and Trident Grill were opened for lunch. They opened up the teen and children's centers. The restrooms were kept spotless in spite of the high volume of traffic in and out. We were off the ship and in our car by 5:30. There were lots of people due to depart after us. Those who had booked their flights through Princess had buses waiting for them to take them to hotels for the night, and flights had been arranged for the next day. We felt sorry for all those waiting all day to get on the ship. We are both looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Here's my long trip report on this past 2012 New Year's 7 day cruise we spent aboard the Crown to the Western Caribbean and our pre-cruise in Galveston...hope you enjoy....we did! Our group...2 sets of Greats and the Grands, ... Read More
Here's my long trip report on this past 2012 New Year's 7 day cruise we spent aboard the Crown to the Western Caribbean and our pre-cruise in Galveston...hope you enjoy....we did! Our group...2 sets of Greats and the Grands, Bruce/Jana and son H, plus are kids MP/Traci and grandson Morgan...everyone ages 7 to 85. Day 1 Galveston 27th I am so impressed with Southwest....great people, very caring with disabled pre-board, we had 5 wheelchairs at the airport, comfy seats and great legroom. We'll be using them again in the near future. Susan from Lady Bird limos was waiting for us in the luggage area....we all piled into the van with 10 bodies and 17 suitcases and started our 45 min drive to Galveston. The Hilton is just off the main drag, Hwy 45, into town and right on the sea wall. The rooms are handy, clean and beautiful...staff wonderful, love our bellman Chris. Beautiful views of the angriest ocean I have ever seen...and stormy weather. The Hilton has a lovely pool with swim up bar...which was heated to 90...so swimmable even with 40 degree temps in Galveston. The rooms are handy, clean and beautiful...staff wonderful, loved our bellman Chris. The only negative is the air bed we requested, because of only having double beds....too small for us...it didn't go well that the bed had a leak...oh well. It was a great idea to set up the rental cars through Enterprise....with Galveston stormy and raining...they picked us up at the hotel and got us set up with a van and sedan in no time. We headed out to dinner to a cute local restaurant called Shrimp and Stuff for fried fish, shrimp and oysters...Yum. Very funky, but my half shrimp/half oyster Po'boy and cup of gumbo hit the spot. Everyone was warm, full and happy....counter service with pagers for when your food is ready. They have a cozy, homey feel, perfect on a rainy night. Day 2 Galveston 28th Everyone was up bright and early for breakfast at Waffle House....Mom's find....for of course, waffles. But they seem to have another specialty...hash browns...Smothered (sauteed onions), Covered (melted cheese), Chunked (cubes of smoked ham), Diced (diced tomatoes, Peppered (jalapenos), Capped (grilled button mushrooms), Topped (with Bert's chili) and Country (country gravy) What fun! Our plan for the day was the Johnson Space center, a 30 min drive north....what a great idea. We are all fans of museums and science centers and this is a winner. First thing we jumped on the red tram tour, which includes the astronaut training center and an overview of the buildings and facilities...but the highlight had to be Rocket Park. They have a real Saturn V rocket with capsule inside to walk around and see the magnificent size and how the different stages fit together. NASA lost funding before the rocket could be used. We were lucky enough to catch a docent at the end of his tour and hear part of the details. If you go make sure to find the docent speaking about the rocket...our decent worked at NASA in 1967 as a trajectory engineer. FYI: The tram trip takes 60 to 90 mins, and is completely handicapped friendly with a lift on the tram. We grabbed a bite and then ran over to see the moon rocks on display in the museum....they have the Apollo 17 capsule on display, several flight suits, ejector seats and of course the famous moon rocks. One is available to be touched, one of only 8 in the world available to be touched by the public. Did you know temper foam was developed to be used in the original seats to protect astronauts from the G-force. Morgan loved the Angry birds interactive kids area...we made opening day, so the news crews were there filming. They also have a great gift shop...H couldn't resist getting dad his coffee mug...too cute..."It's not rocket science, oh wait, it is!" We headed back to Galveston for a quick stop at the strand, a beautiful historic area and the well known soda fountain at La King's. Everyone tried a different Shake.... pineapple, butterscotch, chocolate, and strawberry, plus my root beer float...classics and a full double....yum! 6.25 each. Bruce said they were just like back in high school. Don't miss the 100+ long candy counter...Willy Wonka watch out...they even had a substantial sugar free section....plus a wall of salt water taffy. Back to turn in the cars at Enterprise. We walked next door from the Hilton to Landry's for a dinner of seafood...Traci, mom and I shared a platter of oysters Rockefeller and on the half shell, plus some Shrimp Etouffee. The boys had fish and chips and bowls of chowder...all good, all around. Day 3 Galveston/Boarding Crown 29th Everyone had a chance to sleep in this am....our shuttle to the pier was scheduled for 11:30 from the Hilton. The Grands had an early breakfast and the rest of us wondered over to IHOP around 9:30 for pancakes...H found the most amazing Carmel Hot Chocolate...huge, but super sweet. Great waitress and manager who went out of their way in service. Our shuttle was really late....so we didn't get started until 12:30. The terminal was packed, but we found 4 staff with wheelchairs ready to help and off we went....except for the nasty man at the door who wouldn't let minor children and spouses go in the priority door with their families....and was rude to boot.....he almost put his hands on me to block my way....just a bit power crazy huh? This was a very poor reflection on the Galveston terminal authority. The Princess Cruises' motto is 'Escape completely' and I think we did that and much more. Aboard the Crown Princess On first impression, the ship was huge as well as gorgeous. We discovered that the Crown Princess was large enough to carry over 3,000 people, 3,080 to be exact. What features did the cruise ship have you ask? Well, a casino, three duty-free shops, an entire smorgasbord of dining, a wine bar, four lounge bars, a luxurious spa, fitness centre, mini-golf, three pools, two hot tubs, poolside bars, two specialty restaurants, and a coffee cafe-the list goes on, but I can definitely say that being surrounded by all that for a week was absolute heaven. The Piazza The crowning glory is the Piazza, an open-air plaza with the elevator going three floors up. The floors were gorgeous white marble with Romanesque columns flanking the main area. They held jazz performances, comedy acts and piano concerts here throughout the day and there was something about its architecture that was reminiscent of Venice. The International Cafe had tables in the Piazza and you could sit and enjoy enormous portions of three different types of gelato, cold salads and sandwiches, specialty coffees and desserts while listening to some amazing piano music. One of the big up-grades to the Princess fleet is the addition of watching movies on deck poolside, 'Movies Under the Stars' is basically the biggest projector screen you've ever seen in front of literally hundreds of deck loungers, blankets and don't forget the free cookies and milk or popcorn. Our cabin was a real surprise...this is our first handicapped cabin D308; with Bruce's knees the shower, with grab bar is perfect for him...a straight walk in. The ship is looking new...and our room reflects it....H has a new looking sleeper sofa, double TVs, a huge wall of closets, and a comfy queen size bed with down comforter. Our cabin Stewart, Apol, is a darling...and our room is spotless. We got our laundry and pressing ready for tomorrow 9am...I'll report back later on that. The ship is packed and you feel it.....when we tried to make our dinner reservations for 10 we were told there was nothing except 8:30pm...not good with the Grands. Luckily, we ran into our old friend Emil...our head waiter in the Michelangelo dining room and it all worked out....table for 10....5:30pm. The Michelangelo is a cozy, comfortable dining room....our waiters Theerapong and Tharatrip at table 229 had a full station to deal with but our food came out hot and delicious. Most everyone started out with shrimp cocktail, but Traci and I went with the Snapper Mojito....beautiful, but needed the missing jalapeno to make it snap. Everyone stayed with the gorgeous prime rib...perfectly med rare, except H and I, we had the tender tri tip...very nice.....plus a vanilla creme brulee with lemon madelines to finish. Day 4 At Sea 30th Here we are out in the middle of the Gulf....rolling seas and overcast with a windy chill....where is our sunshine? Breakfast in bed was a treat...we are trying to slow down and relax and not race out to every event. Vladimir, our cabin waiter is a dream...trying to find us everything we requested...he even offered to go to the buffet and find the papaya I had requested. I joined MP and Traci in the Horizon for coffee while they had a late breakfast...the Crown has doubled the size of the Horizon's seating....much needed this week...but the lines were ridiculous for the buffet. Hand sanitizers are everywhere, which we appreciate. Service in the Horizon was very attentive with at least 3 staff coming over to get our drink orders. I just don't like the crush of the crowds. ***I later found the Cafe Caribe area in the far rear of the Horizon....bright, spacious, quiet with its own buffet....Perfection. After breakfast, we tried our hand at morning trivia in Club Fusion...15 out of 20....Boo! Mom wanted to hear the shopping lecture....so I went with her to the Princess Theatre...packed? We left after an hour when we found it would go on for another hour??? Two hours on Diamonds International.....Really? Back to the cabin to find MP/T/M for pub lunch in the Wheelhouse Bar....yummy fish and chips with mushy peas, bangers and mash, and the Ploughman's lunch....all washed down with a nice Bass Ale.....crazy busy at 11:50 and the line was twice as long when we left. Service was excellent, but you eat at the tiny little bar tables...with five for lunch it was tight....grab a seat at the bar if you can next time. We all explored or napped for the afternoon....I keep reminding myself this is a vacation, not a trip. Caught up on reading. Everyone had promised to meet at afternoon Trivia for the "Brain Buster"...Ooooh! Bingo had been in the same room so it was way too crowded and we finally found a table. We do trivia because it is fun and silly and .....we want to win. Unfortunately, the German Formula 1 driver threw us for a loop and we should have stuck with our first choices...which were all right...13 out of 20....who knew it was Indonesia instead of Iceland with the most volcanoes? After the trivia game we shot up to the Skywalker lounge for the Plat/Elite cocktail party...tonight's specials...the El Mejor...a margarita made with OJ instead of lime juice...love it....and a platter of guacamole and chips, with some cheese and olives. The drink special was $5. Down the elevator back to 7 for a wonderful dinner at the Crown Grill...little did we know...WOW! The Dining room is beautiful, intimate with an open kitchen...so you can watch your steak sizzle. Be ready for a 2-3 hour dinner...perfectly presented and served by our waiter, Tony. You have your choice of huge steaks, chops, rack of lamb and lobster (4 med to a plate), plus family portions of fries, scalloped potatoes, creamed spinach, creamed corn, asparagus, sauteed mushrooms....all classic steakhouse favorites. We started off with lamb Carpaccio, scallops with smoked bacon and truffle mashed potatoes...go for the delicious Carpaccio...others had lobster cakes with black prawns...H had both. Next course....Black and Blue Onion soup...a twist on the classic with blue cheese topping the crouton....I have to do this at home. On to the main...22 oz porterhouse, rib eye, filet....some chose the sea bass with huge prawns, which looked wonderful....but I can never pass up a rack of lamb...full rack cut into double chops....perfection....amazing! All done to perfection...way way way too much for any mortal.... But that didn't stop us giving dessert a test drive. Dessert...berry apple cobbler....lemon meringue tart....and of course the Fudge Chocolate obsession...all cooked to order. Where's the wheel barrel...take me home. Day 5 At Sea. Happy New Year 31st What a relaxing day....we slept in and had the treat of breakfast in bed again...love Vladimir, our room waiter. We met Mom, MP, H and Joyce for morning trivia...too bad.... losers again at 14 out of 20...drat that "Band of Gorillas" and "Waterloo" from Abba. Up to the pool after dragging Bruce from the Internet cafe....last day of the year for stocks! MP found a table by the pizza parlor....Princess has the best thin crust pizza. beware the slices are huge, at least 2 slices in one. The pizza men are always cheery. They have shrunk the pool area to add to the Horizon dining and the Movies under the Stars.....very crowded and a number of complaints were going around the pool and elevators. The ship is full to capacity and it shows. I got our small change from the front desk...always remember to get this on sea days....port days are always a zoo. The desk also has a pocket-size Patter....ask for it. Love the Piazza....the new Vines has free sushi and Tapas with a beverage purchase.. Need to try. The International Cafe has a nice selection of sandwiches, quiche, interesting salads and of course, pastries. And don't forget Gelato...3 scoops for $1. The bar and coffee lounge is right next door and servers are there to get beverages and help with platters. The piano/musical entertainment is steps away with plenty of comfy chairs and tables. Overall a great area. We are off to the Grapevines wine tasting at 3pm....$10 pp. This is their biggest tasting...a full dining room, and Jan, our sommelier was wonderful and informative. A pleasant afternoon. Dinner is always amazing and Emil is spoiling us with fresh cheese and fruit platters before dinner every night with our wine. Day 6 Roatan January 1st Happy New Year! Today we have plans with Victor Bodden's tours for an Island tour of Roatan. We exited the ship...please be aware: the walk from the ship to the terminal is fairly long and slightly uphill. It looks to be recently constructed....by Carnival. You exit and walk down to the taxi stand where for $2 pp they will take you the mile over the hill to meet the independent tours. Victor is waiting for us and we are handed over to our guide, Leonora and our driver, Rupert and their huge tour bus. We chose Victor Bodden's Best of Roatan Tour and decided to pay the extra $5 per person to have our own guided tour...well worth it. Our guide was in the assigned meeting place and quickly got us on our way. What lovely people....they couldn't be more helpful. We head north on the island to the East side view point...and shopping. Morgan buys a huge seashell for $20 and I find 2 cute Guatemalan bags $10, a wooden salt bowl $5, and cute coconut shell starfish earrings....plus 2 seashell trumpets. Another shopping stop...small oil painting of colorful parrots $20, bags of fresh Honduran coffee beans....which smelled marvelous. Then off to the butterfly farm...$10 pp entrance to see tons of huge butterflies, wild Capuchin Monkeys, jaguar and wild cats.....right in the cage with them. The monkeys loved my dad and wanted to lick his face? Salt lick? Back down the road....to the West end...very pretty...the water is crystal clear and warm. We stopped for a lunch at Half Moon Bay...tasty but expensive....I tried couch..not for me, but the fried shrimp were great....$140 for lunch for the 5 of us. Right on the ocean...it couldn't be a better spot to have a few cold ones. I wished we had brought our snorkel gear...this is the perfect spot for a dip. Next stop....West Bay....the most gorgeous beach on the island...unfortunately; it is jammed packed with people...not our style. Bruce and I have a chat with a real estate broker...crazy prices...I think Roatan has been discovered? Back to the ship... another beautiful day in a beautiful place. If you need help, they do have one wheelchair at Mahogany Bay terminal... Bruce decides the Rose Bowl is more important than dinner, so we leave him to Stanford and go off to our regular table 229 for another wonderful dinner. Belize Day 7 2nd Today we are off to cave tube with Charlie's cave tubing.... We decide to get up and out to breakfast at 8am, the ship docked at 7am...the Crown is anchored off shore as are the other 3 ships and we are tendered in by high speed tender, approx 15 mins. Sunny skies and turquoise seas. We exited terminal tour and the boys in the superman shirts were waiting for us just outside the door....off with Alf and his assistant in a comfy air-conditioned van for the hour ride to the cave site. Belize is a poor country and it is evident all around....tip well and often. The last ten mins of the ride is on a rough dirt road....but the site area is well maintained, clean and well organized. There are large clean restrooms, changing rooms and several restaurants on site. Be prepared with water shoes...the 20 min hike to over uneven terrain and on loose rocks...you carry your own tube and wear a life-vest and headlamp. We had to cross a knee deep river three times...nothing major and the water was perfect. Our biggest mistake was leaving so late...they wanted us off the ship as soon as possible....and we didn't listen...the river was filled with bus loads of tourist and we missed hiking 30 mins up the river to go through additional caves...drat? The river was "refreshing" but I though very comfortable...pleasant in fact. Our tubes were hooked together in line and off we went into the caves for about a 2 mile long ride with headlamps on....very cool. There is a small waterfall in the middle of the cave...and bats. After we exited the caves, we cruised comfortably down the river another couple of miles through lush tropical jungle....the original lazy river. You end where you began and hike a short way back to the central area. We changed and sat down in one of the small restaurants for a little lunch, which way included with our tour...BBQ chicken and beans and rice, and a Belizean beer....Yum. I found time to purchase a Wist shell necklace and bracelet and a stone carving with a sea turtle and Mayan gods. Alf gets us back in the van to head back for the long ride to Belize City....with a short stop at Travellers rum factory....for a tasting. $1 US for 3 tastes of your choice...I go for the cashew wine...nasty...the coconut rum...delicious...and the 5 yr old "5 Barrel" rum....double yum! So I invested in a bottle of the coconut rum for $10 and the 5 Barrel for $15. Highly recommended....this is a must do with Charlie's! Off to the terminal.....but before we enter the door...there is a very nice bamboo drum man...who could resist...not me? One bamboo drum...$10. We passed quickly through security and on to the tender for a quick 15 ride back to the ship by 4pm. We have dinner at 5:30, so just time for a quick shower and change for dinner...plus a bottle of Schramsberg while we sail away....beautiful sunset. Dinner was a dream...venison and quail terrain, gnocchi with sauce Provenal and cocoa crusted pork tenderloin....plus our friend, Emil, was preparing bananas flambe. Pure Evil. Day 8 Cozumel 3rd What a perfect day....sea, sun and snorkeling. Cozumel We had a 9am start time for our glass bottom boat/snorkeling tour with Chi Chi Charters....great great and great. After the long, and I mean long walk from the ship to the terminal and then again through the shopping gauntlet...crazy long. Be aware that there are some peddle bikes (good tip only) for the first half but nothing through the shopping area?? Not ideal for the disabled. Taxis were available...$8 for a sedan and $16 for a 10 person van..Down to Carleta Marina to catch our boat. Amanda met us for final payment and handed us over to Angel and Al, our captain and snorkel guide. We cruised 30 mins in crystal clear turquoise seas to Columbia reef, our first stop. Gear on and jump in. Clear down to the 50 foot bottom...huge schools of colorful fish....which we swam through the beautiful yellow and black stripped Trigger fish and grey groupers.... Barracuda, couch shells, moray eel, stingray, flounder, starfish, and more....I could do this for days...it was like swimming in a huge aquarium. Off to Palancar, Chankanaab Reef and El Ceilo (which means heaven and it is)... No more than knee deep turquoise water and white silky sand....it is truly heaven. This is where Al lays out a table full of snacks...homemade salsas, guac and chips, and fresh fruit while we lazy in the water drinking Coronitas and sodas.....love that! Thanks ChiChi for a wonderful day! Back to the ship by 2pm for a shower....the off to Trivia and a wonderful dinner of escargot, Wellington, and chocolate souffle. Tonight Morgan sleeps over.... and wants breakfast in bed....Hey, Vladimir! FYI: Be aware that the old marina is a natural harbor and there are no piers or landings so the steps down to the boat are at best cuts into the rocks...very steep and uneven. We were able to get Bruce, Kenny, Dad and Joyce down with the help of all of us and the two hands....this was everyone's favorite tour. The new marina is opening soon, but no official date? PS...I love Cozumel...south side hotel area near the national park. Day 9 At Sea January 4th Sleeping in...breakfast in bed.....Trivia, pizza and another wine tasting. This one was $25 pp and started with Vieux Clicquot, so I can't resist? Lovely canapes and Jan is a fantastic sommelier. Plus, plenty of packing up to turn in suitcases after dinner. Tonight another wonderful dinner topped off by Baked Alaska and the parade of waiters. Day 10 Galveston 5th Disembarking was delayed, so we were late by an hour....but it was smooth enough. The terminal is very small and our driver was waiting across the street at Starbucks for us. One quick call and he was at the curb. Thanks Lady Bird Limo...I would trust them in Houston/Galveston again. Rainy and cold...about 49...we headed up the freeway to Houston for a short tour. Past Radiant Stadium and Rice University....too much rain, so off to lunch. Warm gumbo and crawfish bisque.... Pappadeaux's Seafood Kitchen. What a great choice...comfortable, warm, friendly service, delicious food, yummy coffee and the manager bought us dessert since it was our first time. Who could ask for more? Our driver dropped us at Hobby right on time. I am so impressed with Southwest....friendly, helpful, fun. A little overweight, but we were able to adjust quickly and our skycap was so patient. Off we went in 5 wheelchairs and 5 extras...through security...always fun? Happy to be going home......   Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Hey everyone! First and foremost, we had a great time on the cruise! We left out of Port Everglades, FL, went to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. The weather was perfect, seas calm, until we got to ... Read More
Hey everyone! First and foremost, we had a great time on the cruise! We left out of Port Everglades, FL, went to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. The weather was perfect, seas calm, until we got to Cozumel, it drizzled in the morning, but the sun came out later in the day and the seas were a little choppy, but nothing unbearable. The entire crew was very accommodating and friendly! Kudos to Allen in the DaVinci Dining Room, everyone at the excursions desk, Amanda, the Captains Circle Hostess, our Cabin Steward, ALL the bar staff, especially the guys on the ramps, helping you get on and off the ship and tenders(amazing!), and the Hostess at the DaVinci Dining Room(sorry I can't remember her name, she is from Mexico, though.) I have a few favorite ports: Tortola, Antigua and now Roatan! The Island isn't as commercialized as Grand Cayman, The Bahamas or St. Thomas, which is what I love! I have a scooter to get around, due to a broken knee, and there are some doors you can't get out onto the decks, due to the scooter being low to the ground, but there are designated doors that open automatically. If you have a walker, scooter, wheelchair, electric chair, etc. You definitely need a handicap cabin, the doors to the regular cabins won't work. C312 is right next door to the laundromat, which wasn't a problem at all. Only thing, when the carts are in the hallway, it can be a challenge to get around them, but the cabin stewards are always happy to move them out of the way when needed. Prior to booking a cruise with a disability or handicap, please make sure you check if they use tenders or docks when in Port. If they use tenders, per Se, in Roatan, they use their own tenders, so they let me take my scooter on the tender both ways. In Belize, they outsource tenders, so they didn't let me go on the tenders with my scooter, so make sure you double check before booking, just in case. And first thing on the ship, go straight to the excursions desk to see which tours would suit you best. We had to cancel the tour in Belize, because. there was nothing in the "easy" section to choose, and in Cozumel, we changed to a different tour, so we weren't able to see any of the ruins. If you get the DVDs at the end of the cruise, all the tours are included, so you don't miss anything. I have sailed 5 time prior, and 3 times on Princess...A couple things I noticed on this cruise: We chose Anytime Dining; the waiters didn't dance around like they usually do on other ships, usually one night out of the week. (I would not recommend Anytime dinning if you are younger than 40 years old, we are 33 and each night, we were sat with a big table of older people that like to one-up each other on how many grandchildren they have and how many cruises they have been on and train trips around the world-not that there is nothing wrong with any of that, we were just there to have a good time, not hear about their lives.) One night we were sat with a couple, the wife ordered EVERYTHING on the menu 3 times and we missed the last show in the Princess Theater because of her. If you can Choose a dining time, I highly recommend it, but if you don't mind taking hours to eat dinner and listening to people, Anytime Dining is for you. There were no carved ice sculptures; and NO midnight Buffet, although the buffets were open until midnight. This was the first cruise I have been on that that had happened...they did have a beautiful Champagne Waterfall in the Piazza on Formal Nights, maybe that replaced ice sculptures?! And no towel animals, like on Carnival-which was fine- a lot of people would expect it if they haven't cruise Princess! I do think Princess should include hard liquor, beer, wine, etc in a drink plan that people could purchase, instead of paying for each drink....it would be nice. I know Celebrity has several of those plans to choose from. You can purchase 2 soft drink plans, I think they started at $49/pp/wk-includes coffee, hot chocolate, soda, juice, milkshakes, etc, which is extra. I think when you book the cruise, it would be a nice option to add onto your cruise, so as soon as you board you don't get bombarded with people trying to sell you drink plans. The food was great, plenty of options for everyone, you can even ask for the children's menu if you don't see anything on the regular menu/vegetarian menu to your liking, which is nice, there is also the Buffets/Pizza/Ice cream/Burger Bars as back up. My Brother said the Seafood at dinner was amazing...so if you eat seafood, go for it! The Ice cream is so good and get the Dream Boat for Dessert! You will not be disappointed! The dining rooms are loud, so once everyone starts leaving it quiets down some. The entertainment was fantastic. We haven't been on a Princess Cruise in years, so we didn't see all the shows/acts/etc...everything was great! Lisa Ball was our Cruise Director, and she does her job well. She seems to be all over the place at the right times, if not herself, her Deputy Cruise Director, Stu and her Assistant Cruise Directors. We had fun on the tours, but please keep in mind, there were no "Handicap Accessible" transportation via the excursions, so if you can walk steps to get in and out of the vans/buses, the tours are for you, if not, I would make other arrangements. Grand Cayman-the sidewalks are not scooter/wheelchair friendly, just be careful. The tour bus was a mini-bus, not a motor coach, but had A/C! Roatan- TONS of walking(really long walk) from the ship through the port shops to the buses, and even if you want to go to the beach, so if would be great if you had a scooter, if you are older and can't walk long distances or if you are going on tours, you can take the scooter to the bus and the security guards will watch the scooter while you are on the tour, and will be there when you get back. The tour buses are little mini buses, not motor coaches, so it's a tight squeeze. They have A/C! Belize- As I said earlier, you can't bring scooters on the tenders, and the boat ride is about 25 min to Belize from the ship, there are stores right at the doc and a Fat Tuesday's right there, so if you can walk into the boat and walk a little, you can do what we did, took the tenders, went into the shops, bought souvenirs/beer, waited on line to go back on the tenders. We can say that we went to Belize. My brother walked outside the gates and said Belize City right there is scummy, within 5 steps he was offered a massage, tour, drugs, taxi, etc, so he turned around and came back. From what I understand anything outside of the City is beautiful, but we couldn't do a tour, so I can't say for sure. The ride is nice to and from, though! Cozumel- Great Tour-the tour guide had beer/soda/water waiting for us on board, then we went Tequila Tasting, then to a show, the show was a little hot and dark, so we kinda took a nap, because. of all the beer and tequila, but it was a fun tour! I was able to take my scooter and they put it in the compartments under the coach bus. And plenty of A/C to go around for all! Port Everglades- we had to fly in the night before and Stayed at Sleep Inn in Dania Beach-I've stayed here prior, and love the location bec. there's a Walgreen's in the parking lot and across the street-a Strip Mall with Publix Supermarket, a Chinese, Mexican and Italian Restaurants as well as a dollar store. There is free transportation to and from the Airport and Cruise-port, but we had to take a taxi bec. of the scooter, it was just easier. If you scooter comes apart like the GoGo I'm sure you can get on their free vans, but it's just a hassle sometimes. I did have to go to the infirmary because I had bronchitis the entire cruise, and the staff were great! If you are traveling with illnesses, make sure you fill out the paperwork on Princess.com and have your doctor fax it to Princess, bec. it helps the doctors a lot when have to go visit them. There are tons of pools on the ship, the Adults only pool is in the back of the ship, but there are steps to get down to it, there is a bar too, so it's nice not to have kids running around like maniacs, like at all the other pools. The shops are basic, clothes, trinkets, souvenirs, Duty Free, etc. Wait until the last few days of the cruise, things go on clearance, and will be cheaper to purchase at that time, they do have jewelry, purses, ties for $10/ea during that time. I bought two bangle bracelets at a nice discount! The Casino is a good size, and on certain nights they have no smoking, which is really nice for those of us that don't smoke. There are also designated areas on the ship for smoking....they even have "how to play" Activities throughout the cruise, for those of us that have no clue how to play games! It's a Cash Casino. The Photo Gallery- Photo's are $19.99/each and there are tons of opportunities to take portraits all over the ship. If you don't want to shell out $20/picture, just take your own, and kindly decline on photo's. They do have photo packages available for a reduced rate. I purchased the DVD Package, includes 2 DVDs from the events and each port/excursions and another DVD with still photo's that you can print/upload/set screen savers etc.-$39.99, so DO NOT purchase the stock photo's on board if you are getting these DVDs, you will save a boat load of money. There are tons of activities every day on ship for everyone....just make sure you make it out of dinner on time, or you will miss some of the late shows, like the one we missed. Don't miss the Shows in the Princess Theater--they were fantastic! The Comedian, Hypnotist, Pianist and Magician were great as was the International Crew Show! You will laugh! There are also little things going on in the Piazza throughout the day, like Hula Hoopist- Ashley Winn, don't miss her! And some of the dancers/singers perform throughout the cruise there, as well as the Choir, on the last day, performs, which is interesting. There is Bingo, Dancing Lessons, Art Workshops, exercise classes, trivia, etc. all day, as well. I didn't have anything done in the Spa/Salon, but the staff is friendly and the facilities look nice and clean. On the last two days they have specials, so be on the look out for those packages in the Princess Patter. We went to the first Art Auction, I wasn't impressed. The Guys running it only catered to the people that were actually going to shell out money for art, which irked us, because, I am an artist, and I would of bid on some things, but their attitudes turned me off. Princess has their own auction company, so it was a little different than on Carnival or our previous Princess Cruises...BUT there was free cheap champagne. There are nice decks that you can just sit and look out, that are nice and quiet. The TVs have The Wake Show with Lisa Ball & Stu, to tell you the goings on the next day/that day, and there are shopping channels, excursion channels, Movie Channels, Ship View Channel, Ship Stats Channel, which has the clock, so if you sleep with that on, you will catch a clock. We had to change time zones in every port, so It's a GREAT Idea to get a wake up call, because. the phone's clock that you can't see, automatically change, which is helpful. OR BRING YOUR OWN ALARM CLOCK! There isn't one in the cabins. The Wake Show explains Disembarkation, so you should be all set, and pay attention to your Princess Patters/mail at the door/on the beds/desks/etc....valuable information! I hope my review helps you understand the ship/cruise a little bit more than, coming from a 33 year old Single Female that has a scooter, other than the average person. (I know it was long, but I had to share!) If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me: iaminadaze@yahoo.com Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
My Mom and I got took the 1/7 Crown Princess sailing to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. We had a great experience, we are past Princess cruisers and were very pleased with this cruise. Mom has some health problems, so we spent ... Read More
My Mom and I got took the 1/7 Crown Princess sailing to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. We had a great experience, we are past Princess cruisers and were very pleased with this cruise. Mom has some health problems, so we spent the week enjoying the ship and didn't really "do" the ports. So I'm going to focus on the ship, the service, and the food. Embarkation and Sail-away: My Mom and I are usually early arrivers to avoid the long lines, but not this time. There was alot of traffic heading into Port Everglades @ 1:30pm, but once out of the cab we had no issues quickly leaving our bags with a porter and getting into the building to check-in. We got a wheelchair right at the door and were whisked up to the check-in desks. The line was really short, both for us with the wheelchair and for everyone else. From the time we left our bags with the porter and got through check-in, we were on the ship within 15 minutes. Excellent embarkation, Princess really made it quick and easy. Very organized. We made our way to our stateroom, C504, left out things and then headed up to Horizon Court for a bite to eat. Then back to our stateroom to pickup our life jackets and make our way to Muster Station D (this was to make sure my Mom was able to get a seat). As it turned out there were tons of seats, and the muster drill was a breeze. We were one of 7 ships in port that day, so we waited our turn before getting out just ahead of the Oasis. Beautiful sail-away weather. The Ship: In one word, BEAUTIFUL. This was our first time on the Crown, but she's really beautiful. The layout was very similar to the Caribbean Princess we sailed on last time, so the layout was very familiar and we found it easy to navigate. Everything was clean and well-maintained. The Service: Fantastic. We had an amazing room steward, she was always there if we needed anything. A few of the days my Mom wasn't up for leaving the room and spent time on our balcony, but she came by to see if there was anything we needed and would ask later on how my Mom was doing which was SO nice and considerate. We did anytime dining, so our waiters changed every night, but the service was always great. We tried both Da Vinci and Michealangelo dining rooms. We did find that 6:30-7pm was a very popular time to eat. But the Maitre D was really good about opening new tables up, or sending some of us up to Da Vinci (which generally was open only after the first traditional Early Seating was over) so that we didn't have to wait more then a minute or two at most. Bar service was great. And Anna in the Horizon Court helped my Mom with her plate at the buffet a few times. Then went with my Mom to the table to make sure she had everything she needed, helpful and sweet. Reading some of the past reviews I was a little curious what our experience would be, but we found everyone incredibly helpful and got excellent service no matter where we were. The Food: Excellent, just as we have always had on Princess. As I mentioned, we choose Anytime Dining and we were always happy with the quality of food. We ate in the dining every night but one and enjoyed everything. The menus were well thought out, and the quality of food was great. No complaints. I also ate in the Caribe Cafe one night. Food was good, hot, and fresh. Drink service was really good, my glass never went empty. I also would recommend the Pub lunches in the Wheelhouse Bar. They run this every sea day, and I went both times. Fish and Chips was good. Service was fast and I enjoyed the break from the buffet. Disembarkation: As in the past with Princess, we felt this was handled really well. They now offer a baggage check service that will send your bags all the way to your home airport (course there are rules on airline, flight, etc). It was $20/pp and I initially thought it was too much and didn't see the point. But in retrospect we'll be taking advantage of it next time because I forgot just how crazy FLL can be on the days when many ships are in port. So this is an excellent offering, for sure one we'll be using in the future. My Mom disembarked by wheelchair, so we met in Crooner's Bar at 8:15 and waited for our color to be called. Claiming our luggage was easy, customs was super fast (the wheelchair did save us some line waiting here), and we were on a bus heading to FLL within 15 mins. We had purchased our transfers from Princess ahead of time, so this made things smoother than waiting for a private shuttle or waiting in the taxi line. All things considered, this was a great cruise. I had the chance to attend the format CC meetup during the first sea day and was pleased to see quite a few officers came and met with us. The hotel general mgr, the Maitre D, Lisa (cruise director) and the Captain himself (Nick Nash) came up. The Captain was incredibly personable and funny. My only wish was that I'd been able to take the Ultimate Ships Tour. Sadly it proved very popular and people were chosen by lottery to take the tour. Oh well, next time I guess :) Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Embarkation was a breeze, considering we had a 90 year old in a wheelchair...we were whisked right in and were in our rooms within 15 minutes...We had a gentleman help get my dad onto the ship, then a ship attendant took over and brought ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze, considering we had a 90 year old in a wheelchair...we were whisked right in and were in our rooms within 15 minutes...We had a gentleman help get my dad onto the ship, then a ship attendant took over and brought us up to our rooms...they were great!!! the scooter I rented on line was waiting in our room, so that was a plus also. This was our second time on the Crown Princess. I loved it the first time when it was just my wife and me, but this time it seemed that there were not enough public area restrooms...seems you had to search for them when you wereby the pools...and for a man on a scooter, it became a hassle, but otherwise, the ship was great.... The dining staff was the best ever, along with our room attendant, Marie, who went above and beyond also. The food in the dining room was good, most of the time. Once in a while it was great, but not a four star restaurant...the Buffett food has dropped a bit in quality and choices...We were on a Royal Carib cruise this summer and the buffett blew away the food on the Crown Princess...The food on all the cruises has suffered a bit, except maybe for Celebrity. But believe me, we did not starve and many nights walked out of the dining room full. Debarkation was also a breeze, just as embarkation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
On the January 2-9, 2010 cruise, we had a wonderful time despite some inclement weather. It was very relaxing and we had some fun adventures as well. Our family consists of DH, DS - 19, DS - 13 (autistic) and myself. We reserved 2 cabins: ... Read More
On the January 2-9, 2010 cruise, we had a wonderful time despite some inclement weather. It was very relaxing and we had some fun adventures as well. Our family consists of DH, DS - 19, DS - 13 (autistic) and myself. We reserved 2 cabins: one inside and one minisuite. It was our autistic son's choice to do a cruise vacation this year instead of Disney World. We ate most anytime meals in the DaVinci Dining room because the Horizon Court was a little too chaotic and crowded for our younger son. For a couple of morning breakfasts, I ordered our tea, juice and fruit from room service and I went up very early to the HC and brought back some waffles and bagels for us. Normally, at home, we limit soda to one per day for our younger son. However, for this trip we purchased the ultimate soda card for him and he definitely enjoyed his soda, mocktails and many milkshakes during the week. We ate at the Crown Grill twice that week, really enjoying the food and experience. Service was wonderful throughout the cruise. Our cabin steward, Grenny, sometimes needed to come in while we were in the cabin only because we spent most of our time relaxing there. Hotel: We Pricelined two rooms at the Hyatt Place hotel which was full that night. It wasn't ready when we first arrived, but the very busy desk person took our number and promised to call when they were ready, which she did at about 2:30 pm. We ate lunch at a local strip mall sports bar, the Grumpy Gator - not great food, but we were so hungry that we ate it all anyway. After checking in, we took our rental car and drove around, getting a feel of Ft. Lauderdale, which we had never been to before. We did a little shopping for last minute items (sunscreen, bubble bath, etc.) Since it was New Year's Day, some of the restaurants we thought we'd eat dinner at were closed. So we ate some excellent Five Guys burgers and fries at the nearby strip mall. We were kind of excited about the cruise in the morning and had a little trouble settling down for the night. Our biggest surprise was the fire alarm that woke us up at 4 am! Along with the other hotel guests, we exited the hotel while waiting for the fire trucks. Luckily, there was no fire, just someone who smoked in the hotel room. We couldn't get back to sleep, so we decided to drive over to the beach and watch the sunrise. Imagine our luck that we also saw the Crown Princess coming into port! Embarkation: We took the hotel shuttle to the ship and arrived at Port Everglades around 11:30am. We were in group 5 and were on the ship and in our cabins by 12:15pm. Very uncomplicated! We wanted to eat in the dining room rather than the Horizon Court and it took a little while to find a crew member who would tell us were to go, as they were directing everyone to the Horizon Court. Once we found the DaVinci Dining Room, we were treated to a wonderful lunch at a table that was next to a window overlooking Ft. Lauderdale. Preparing for the cruise, I was concerned about how the muster would be for my son. He doesn't do well in crowds or loud noises. I didn't need to worry so much - it was a smooth operation with designated muster stations where we could stake out a less crowded spot since we went down just a few minutes early. Another worry was how to handle the possibility of balloons ruining our cruise since our son is very phobic about them. For this, fellow CC members advice has been very valuable. On the Crown, balloons are put outside cabins for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. Also, there is a balloon drop on the second formal night, which starts being filled in the afternoon. We double-checked this information with the Purser's desk when we stopped by the first day to get room cards for the second rooms. The only balloons that caught us off-guard were those used in the pool games on the first sea day (relay teams blew up balloons and then sat on them to make them pop) and some decorative balloons were in one of the boutiques on a sale day. Teen Club: We registered my autistic son for the teen Remix club the first afternoon. We were able to talk with the staff and orient my son that afternoon, but the club activities started too late that night for us, since we had been up since the fire alarm event at 4 am. My son spent some time playing PS2 games and playing Rockband with some of the other teens. We nervous-Nelly parents were given a pager so we could be notified if he/they needed anything from us. Day at Sea: We're from Wisconsin, so we and a few other fans braved a chilly, windy afternoon to root for the Packers which was showing on the MUTS. First formal night - great food, it was fun to see so many people dressed up. My favorite part was that my family was all dressed up with a wonderful photo to prove it. Grand Cayman: The ship ended up at a port that was about 3 miles from Georgetown. There were plenty of taxis at $5pp to whisk us into town. Our taxi driver showed us how the island is getting rebuilt since Hurricane Ivan as we drove by new construction next to piles of rubble. The water was choppy and murky, so many of the water-based excursions were cancelled. My DS 13 and I ended up finding free Internet at a Subway and shopping. My DH and older son shopped, ate and had a couple of drinks at a local restaurant. On the whole, we found GC pretty expensive. Roatan: When we docked in Roatan, it was pouring rain but by the time we finished breakfast and left the ship, it had stopped raining. We had a private car and driver through Victor Bodden tours. Our driver, Frankie, was very knowledgeable and personable. In my email to Victor Bodden, I mentioned that one son was autistic. Frankie shared with us that one of his sisters was disabled as well. He was especially kind to our son, who had some anxiety issues during the drive around the island. We planned to visit Victor Bodden's zipline and the monkey exhibits. We met Victor, himself. He was wonderful when it became apparent that I couldn't join my son on the zipline and he paired my son up with his son who was just a little older than my son. Just as they completed the first zip, the heavens opened up and it started to pour! My son didn't want to continue ziplining and Victor's son helped him back to the beginning. My husband and older son played a little with the monkeys and then we were back on the tour of Roatan. We ate lunch at Bernie's Creole Cuisine - it was wonderful! At the highest point in Roatan, we stopped for pictures and met a couple of brothers selling trinkets who were my younger son's age. My son now is hoping to be pen pals with them. Cozumel: It was the first warm, sunny day of our trip. Older son and DH rented a beat-up VW and tooled around the island. They really liked the "other side," where there were some quiet, beautiful beaches. Younger son and I rented a brand new subcompact car and went our own way. We found free Internet at a McDonald's, returned to the ship for lunch and then went in search for the Mayan ruin on the island. When we did find it, it was pretty underwhelming - not much more than a pile of rocks in a pyramidish shape. Then we looked for a place for my son to zipline, since it was such a beautiful day. We ended up at Flying High, which wasn't too far from the port. It was twice as much money as the one in Roatan and it was much more out in the open. My son had an anxiety attack when he was climbing the first tower. The guides were quite patient with him, but ultimately he decided that he didn't want to do it after all. Sea Day: second formal night. We dressed up, but didn't have any pictures taken this time. After dinner, DH and I went to the casino because it was a non-smoking night. It had been a long time since I'd been to a casino and I was surprised at all the poker-related tables. Princess Cays: Another beautiful day. An old ankle injury was flaring up for me, so I stayed on the ship while DH took our sons ashore. DH and younger son rented a water bike and had some fun on it. They were back by lunchtime on the ship. Ship activities: I learned how to play bingo by participating in a couple of the bingo tournaments. Our main activities were reading and relaxing, so we didn't see any of the shows or entertainers. I did go to the cooking demonstration and galley tour which was interesting and fun. DH and I did the Maitre'd's wine tasting which was nice, even if some of the explanations ran so long that folks at our table were unsure which wine they were supposed to be tasting. Spa: One night, I treated myself to a massage and facial. It was heavenly! The only downside (and it was expected) was all the up-selling for products and services from the Lotus Spa. Food: We really enjoyed most meals and the only entrEe we had that we would not recommend was the filet medallions that were offered every dinner in the dining room. They were like chewing rubber. DS 13 really liked the fettuccine alfredo and ate is almost every dinner (except at the Crown Grill where they made him a special shrimp appetizer.) the pizza was fantastic and it was pretty quick to get 4 slices and bring them back to our room - generally faster than the room service. I really liked the sushi from Vines. We also treated ourselves to some pastries or gelato from the International Cafe on most afternoons (we were too full from lunch usually to eat the dining room desserts. The last night, we ate at the Crown Grill, watched Star Trek on MUTS and then frantically packed our bags for the EZ check. I did lay out clothes for all of us to wear in the morning and made everyone put Friday's dirty clothes into the checked bags. The next morning, I realized that the jeans I set out for me were not mine and were way too small for me. No pants for me! I can't believe I'm telling you this, but I ended up spending the day at the airport in my jammies! Thank goodness, I didn't pack my nightgown for the trip. So, the moral of the story is to check the sizes of clothes that will be the only ones to wear the next day when you can't get to your bags!! Despite that, the EZ check worked out pretty well as all our bags made it to Milwaukee with us. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
We were worried that Hurricane Ida would ruin our cruise but it didn't. We had received word that our itinerary would be changed which worked out well! Boarding was easy although we arrived right after 10:30 AM and could not board ... Read More
We were worried that Hurricane Ida would ruin our cruise but it didn't. We had received word that our itinerary would be changed which worked out well! Boarding was easy although we arrived right after 10:30 AM and could not board until 12 PM. It was a very pleasant surprise to find our room was ready! We were in a mini-suite on the Dolphin Deck - Cabin 332 which was a nice location. Our room steward, Edwin, was great throughout the whole cruise!! Our cabin was very nice but the bathroom was very small compared to other ships I have been on. There was adequate storage space in the cabin for clothes but the layout with the closet and shelves by the bathroom door was tight- and you had to close the bathroom door to get by. Other than that, our only complaint was no clock in the room. I realize you are not supposed to be on a schedule on a cruise but a clock is a necessity!! The food was good - not outstanding but certainly good. My last cruise was the Celebrity Solstice and it's tough to beat that which was outstanding in every way so I guess I am prejudice! Previous also was the Norwegian Gem whose food was not as good with the exception of the specialty restaurants which were better. The breakfast buffet wasn't as good as other cruises- pancakes were not at all good and waffles were always cold - only flat squares of hash browns which had little taste. We ate at the Crown Grill to celebrate our 35th anniversary. We actually didn't find the food any better than the main dining room (I had lobster tails and my husband had filet Mignon). The sides they served were nothing special. The one thing that does stand out above other cruise ships is the pizza!!! Another problem we noted was the lack of servers at night in the clubs and their poor knowledge of the drink menu. There was one server in Club Fusion during a show with one bartender so you couldn't even go pick up your own drinks. By the pool, the server brought 3 wrong drinks to our party of six. It really depended where you were and at what time. Princess Cays was very nice and we enjoyed our time there. We rented a clam shell which I would highly recommend. we did not use the floats or aqua chair as the water was too cold to stay long in. Our favorite was Grand Cayman where we booked a ship excursion for the dolphins/sting rays. It was wonderful!! However, the picture pick up took so long that we were only left with an hour to shop in town before we had to catch our tender. I could have spent a few more hours there. It was my favorite port. In Roatan, it rained but we did walk around the few shops there. We were docked but then to ship had to move and we waited in the pouring rain for a long time for our tender as it had to wait for a new ship to dock to get around it. Cozumel was nice. Our semisub tour was canceled and we took a private island tour which was okay. We stopped for a drink at a place along the coast but it was dirty and we chose to wait. We had a wonderful lunch in town at Margaritaville which was a highlight of the trip- lots of fun and good food. My friend and I had a spa treatment for Ladies Night Out which was very nice. Princess is very organized with their excursions. We would not hesitate to book Princess again as overall it was very nice! The ship was immaculate and all the staff was very nice! Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
We sailed Crown Princess out of Fr. Lauderdale November 7-14, taking my older (80+) in-laws along, for their first cruise (my wife and I have previously cruised 5 and 4 times, respectively), and found that Princess took wonderful care of ... Read More
We sailed Crown Princess out of Fr. Lauderdale November 7-14, taking my older (80+) in-laws along, for their first cruise (my wife and I have previously cruised 5 and 4 times, respectively), and found that Princess took wonderful care of them. My mother-in-law uses a wheelchair, except for shorter walks, transferring to and from the dinner table, etc., and my father-in-law is gluten intollerant, both of which presented challenges. Princess staff accomodated us very well, in each instance. A wheelchair accessible balcony room was made available to my mother-in-law, and this proved very spacious, and the bathroom set-up was ideal for her needs, including a spacious shower without a rim, and plenty of room to accomodate her chair, as well as a movable ramp for their balcony. Staff were always accomodative to her needs. My only concern was a little confusion as to just who would transport her in the event of an emergency, to her muster station (my wife an I were aft, the in-laws were forward, as far as cabin placement, due to their late decision to join us). We were to ld to contact the steward or the purser, and the steward seemed a little confused about that. Dining accomodation was excellent. Because my father-in-law is restricted on foods, and very hard of hearing, we requested the same table for just the four of us (he would have had difficulty with conversations with a larger number of people), with the same placement, at the same time, for all seven nights. The maitre' de was very obliging, on the first night, and arranged the same table near a window for the duration, with the same waiters (so we wouldn't have to explain his status each night). Both our waiter (Ferdinand) and his assistant (Nemesio) were wonderful and accomodative, once they learned of his status. Beginning the second night, they brought him gluten-free bread each meal, and each night, either the head waiter or Ferdinand would bring him the next night's menu, so he could decide ahead of time what he would like, and they would arrange gluten-free preparation or suggest an alternative, if this was not possible. Be forewarned: to bring this about, we had notified the line well in advance of his restrictions, both on the web site and by faxing a letter, as the web site requests, to the appropriate personnel at Princess. Both my in-laws raved about the food, as well as the service we received. My wife and I found it very good, as well. With the stringent economy, I've noticed minor cut-backs, like 4 courses instead of 5, lately, and lobster accompanied by prawns (to reduce extra helpings, I assume), but still feel that with the service and cuisine, that is a small sacrifice to make. To be honest, when I read reviews where people complain about the quality of food, whether in the main dining rooms (i've not used the specialty dining rooms.), the breakfast or lunch service, or the buffet, and note by the date and ship that we were on the same cruise, I often wonder whether or not they were in a bizzaro dimension (to use a Superman analogy). For what we paid, we were easily satisfied, overall, with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Crown Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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