66 Princess Crown Princess Entertainment Cruise Reviews

I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a Trans Atlantic Crossing. The crossing was fun and relaxing at the same time. The cruise staff were outstanding. I enjoyed the food very much. There was always a great selection and ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a Trans Atlantic Crossing. The crossing was fun and relaxing at the same time. The cruise staff were outstanding. I enjoyed the food very much. There was always a great selection and something for everyone. We dined at the steak house which was very good and I would do this again. Our ports of call were amazing. We stopped in Madeira Portugal, Gibraltar, and 3 places in Spain. I would definitely return to Spain! One day in Barcelona is not enough! Our only complaint was that the ship was coming out of dry dock and wasn't ready. Our boarding was delayed longer then anticipated and the ship wasn't ready. The pools weren't open until the 2nd day of the voyage. There were many areas of the ship that hadn't been cleaned up properly from the work and that were not finished and were still being maintained. The worse thing was the smell of varnish. This is something that should have been left for a time when there were no passengers on board. Overall I had a great time regardless of the ship's state. This was my 3rd cruise with Princes. Their staff go above and beyond to please which makes me want to keep cruising with them. Also the fact that you get financial perks for returning. As long as the price point stays where it is or improves, I will cruise with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This is our 4th cruise with Princess and again, a fun time. We usually sail the Med but took our first Caribbean cruise to get out of the New England cold/snow. Onboarding was a breeze, our balcony cabin was all ready for us when we got on ... Read More
This is our 4th cruise with Princess and again, a fun time. We usually sail the Med but took our first Caribbean cruise to get out of the New England cold/snow. Onboarding was a breeze, our balcony cabin was all ready for us when we got on board. A note about cabins on Crown Princess, if you want the best balconies, make sure you are on deck 10 - Caribe. These balconies are twice the size of the rest. We did anytime dining for the first time (we usually do late seating) and since it was just the two of us, it worked perfectly. We never waited for a table and we never had to share a table. We made 4 stops: St. Kitts, lovely - go to Carambola Beach Club - very nice beach, Antiqua, our highlight of the trip, we went to Half Moon beach and it was wonderful, St Thomas - still needs alot of work and Grand Turk - what a dump. I am not sure why Princess bothers to stop at Grand Turk, it is a cespool of an island. Lowest point of the trip. Just one gross, disgusting bar after the next with abandoned houses all around. The ship's personnel again were top notch - shout out to the Cruise Director, Corey, we have not idea how he keeps the pace up all day long but the entertainment is truly fun and another highlight. Don't forget to hit Pub Lunch on the Sea day, Fish n' Chips always great with a pint of guinness. The ship has put in some "pop-up" restaurants that are worth passing on. The Main Dining Room is still the best choice. Disembarkment was a breeze as well. Princess does not have a good incentive right now to book another cruise (they use to have strong on-board credits to reserve - only $50 per person now) so I am considering looking at other ships as the Med itineraries are repetitive to what we have already seen. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Some friends decided on a cruise based on ports of call and price. This year, Crown Princess won out with ports of Curacao, Aruba and Bonnaire. Overall, a pretty good cruise. Princess is good but not really exceptional. Overall, quite ... Read More
Some friends decided on a cruise based on ports of call and price. This year, Crown Princess won out with ports of Curacao, Aruba and Bonnaire. Overall, a pretty good cruise. Princess is good but not really exceptional. Overall, quite satisfied and good value. I would return to Princess but it is not my preferred cruise line. The service in the dining room was good, as was the food. The cabin cleaning crew was excellent, refreshing our room regularly. Entertainment, namely, the singers, dancers and musicians and comedians, was excellent, possibly best from any cruise that I had been on. Like so many other cruises, there never seemed to be enough lounges by the pool area. The music around the pool was sometimes too loud for reading or talking or snoozing. The disk jockey was very good and offered to play requests. The embarkation was very quick, as was the dis-embarkation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Our family reunion group of 8 people wanted a warm climate and interesting islands to visit. This cruise was on a week we all had available. We did not really care where it went, just warm weather was important. Accommodations for 91 ... Read More
Our family reunion group of 8 people wanted a warm climate and interesting islands to visit. This cruise was on a week we all had available. We did not really care where it went, just warm weather was important. Accommodations for 91 year old Mother in a wheel chair were good. Meals great no matter where we ate in dining rooms, Horizon or Grill. Service staff were EXCELLENT. My favorite feature was the International Cafe, open 24 hours near the central Atrium. Nice music there, opportunity to paint and take steel drum classes. Cabin C416 was fairly spacious, lots of closet space and drawers. Mattress was great. I should have asked for a top sheet. Stacy the masseuse, and Brandon, the acupuncturist were excellent. Life jacket/Safety drill sadly was a joke. Holland America Eurodam makes it much more detailed and stresses the importance--has roll call at your station. I liked Princess and would cruise again with them. I still believe I have more learning opportunities on Holland America. I'm not a pool and hot tub person. I like to take classes,hear lectures and learn something. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise explicitly for the ABC islands and they didn't disappoint. Unique culture and flavor for each and we are already planning an extended stay at Aruba. The Crown is a bit tired, but this close to dry dock it was ... Read More
We chose this cruise explicitly for the ABC islands and they didn't disappoint. Unique culture and flavor for each and we are already planning an extended stay at Aruba. The Crown is a bit tired, but this close to dry dock it was anticipated. No real complaints from us on the ship. Service was great, and all food was on par. Stand outs were the Ultimate Balcony Dinner, and the Crab Shack. 10 out of 10 on those in our opinion. The UBD is worth every nickel. It's an awesome meal and experience. Definitely will do again. Highly recommend the Sunset Cruise in Aruba and the golf cart rentals in Bonaire, as well as the glass bottom boat. I don't think there is a bad excursion on all three islands. These are awesome ports. You could easily spend a week at each port and not get enough IMO. Embarkation took one hour from taxi to our suite. We arrived at 11:30am. Debarking we left the room at 8am and we're in a taxi by 8:45. Great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We are experienced cruisers with 27 previous cruises on various cruise lines. On this cruise, we were part of a large "special group" of 800 music fans. Due to our special activities, we did not have time to experience a lot of ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers with 27 previous cruises on various cruise lines. On this cruise, we were part of a large "special group" of 800 music fans. Due to our special activities, we did not have time to experience a lot of the extra Princess offerings like the spa, gym, bingo, etc. Embarkation went smoothly, especially since our whole group had priority boarding. We were on the ship around noon, they told us rooms would be ready by 2:00 pm, but they were actually ready shortly after 1:00 pm. Luggage arrived later, but in plenty of time to unpack and change before dinner. Disembarkation was smooth until you got to the terminal. It was a zoo there and some of the agents in the terminal were downright surly. We have Global Entry and, even though Ft. Lauderdale does not have Global Entry kiosks, they do have a special line for Global Entry and Mobile Passport. If you do not have Global Entry, get the Mobile Passport App for your phone and use it. We must have by-passed 300 people and ended up with only one couple ahead of us at the Customs booth. The ship is lovely. Seems that maybe the on-board shopping has been decreased, but not sure. Not as many "atrium" sales on inexpensive items as some other ships. We had anytime dining and always asked for a table for two. We ate late (around 9:00 pm) and never had to wait for a table more than a minute or two. One server in the DaVinci Dining Room was the best we've ever had on any cruise, in any venue. He was just top-notch. (Ask for Milan, table #450, DaVinci Dining Room). Other servers were a bit hit or miss. All were pleasant, but many of them did things that just weren't right, like reaching from the wrong side to serve or clear plates or reaching all the way across the table instead of walking to the other side. Not awful, just not the top-notch service we expected and it happened at most every dining room meal other than those where Milan served us. Food was excellent. No complaints at all. Buffet desserts were fairly ordinary, but the cookies were yummy ;-) We had one meal in the Crown Grill ($29 upcharge). My lamb chops were perfect, but my husband's filet has a lot of gristle and sinew and was pretty chewy in places. Try the garlic fries! Of all the ships we've been on, I think the ancillary entertainers were the very best! The productions shows were very good, but not outstanding. However, the lounge piano player (AJ Clarke) was excellent as were all the other ship entertainers. Our cabin (D323) is a mini-suite and was adequately spacious. No complaints at all. However, our cabin attendant was the worst we've ever had. When we first entered the cabin, we found a hat on the top shelf, left by the previous occupants and, as we unpacked, we found a laundry ticket on a closet shelf, a white pill on the floor, along with a toothpick and a pen from Residence Inns. Also, hair on the balcony table, obviously hadn't been cleaned, and mold in the shower grout until the second to the last day of the cruise when she finally bleached it out. As Ruby level, we were supposed to get complimentary champagne on embarkation. She left 1 glass of champagne on the counter, although there were two of us. We had no ice bucket or ice for the first two days, kept asking for that and robes. Finally got them late the next day. One thing we did notice was that the crew was not as friendly as on other ships and, if they were going somewhere (or pushing a cart), you'd better get out of their way because they were not going to divert their path to accommodate you. Also, all public restrooms had brass plaques that said to prevent the spread of illness to use a paper towel to open the door and throw the paper into the receptacle provided, except most rest rooms did not have a receptacle, so there was no way to do what they suggested. We did no shore excursions. Amber Cove was a new port to us. It is lovely. We would definitely be happy to see it on our itinerary in the future. All in all, a very nice cruise, with just a little slippage in the dining room service from other cruises and a definite problem with the room attendant. She was polite and nice, just needs more training and needs to pay attention to details. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
At the cruise critic meeting management said they would like to hear any complaints during the cruise, so I did write many notes to customer service but not one thing changed. Cruise companies spend billions of dollars of advertising ... Read More
At the cruise critic meeting management said they would like to hear any complaints during the cruise, so I did write many notes to customer service but not one thing changed. Cruise companies spend billions of dollars of advertising but a small issue with an employee can leave a bad taste. I'm talking about the Chef at Horizon Court and the Internet Manager. It comes down to training and customer service. The bad: Not enough seating for the size of ship and yes passengers saving seats. This did happen every night and Cruise Director trying to solve this. You need to arrive at least half hour ahead of show. No top sheet? Couldn't really understand but after a few requests received one. This is yucky since the duvets are not cleaned weekly. Extras: $29 is too steep for specialty restaurant and only one entree allowed. Way cheaper on competitors. How about a promotion. Hot dog restaurant..extra..ice cream some extra.. Sanctuary way extra.. The good: Food and service for the most part was excellent. The bacon raw the whole week and the eggs left under the lights became hard. One night my filet was tough but for the most part way better than other lines. Entertainment: When you could find a seat most shows excellent. Trisha Kelly and the Love Boat party were fun. The Voice was also great. Fitness: Enjoyed the stretch class but on the last day I was the only person. Could be the 15 minute lecture to sell. Spa: Appeared to be great..took advantage of free promo. Cruise Director Cory: Hysterical, wonderful sense of humor. I think needed is some way for passengers to print out the boarding pass without paying .79 per minute. Since we had an early flight and government shut down this was a concern. The good is I finally learned how to use the app. Taxis in Aruba and Florida were a rip off. Read the paperwork and do not go to the left where it will cost more; go straight. We stayed pre cruise at the Pelican Resort in FLL and it was perfect. Did Uber everywhere and at least in Florida it worked out great..Saved the rental fee..gas..and $33 night parking. Princess please go back to French Polynesia. Our Pacific Princess was the best in our history cruising. I understand it is because of flights and the sale of the Ocean,but we need a lower price cruise in that region. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My husband and I had been looking forward to trying Princess for the 1st time. We had cruised on several other cruise lines and had heard that Princess was a class above Carnival or Norwegian. Unfortunately, we found that this particular ... Read More
My husband and I had been looking forward to trying Princess for the 1st time. We had cruised on several other cruise lines and had heard that Princess was a class above Carnival or Norwegian. Unfortunately, we found that this particular ship was not the best food by any means. The buffet had the same selections every day, nothing was hot and there was always a long line. Sometimes had a hard time finding anything we liked. Seating was very limited and there were no other choices other than pizza, hamburger, hot dogs, cold sandwiches and maybe 1 carved meat. Tried the carved meat for lunch one day and you couldn't even cut it. The dinner wasn't any better, food was always cold and no good choices. Had prime rib one night and was cold to the touch, along with the sides. We had anytime dining and usually don't have any trouble getting a seat for 2 but, on this ship if you don't take a large table with a group you will find yourself waiting for 30-45 minutes to get a table. Entertainment was a big disappointment. The only music in the evenings was classical, ballroom dancing or instrumentals. The theatre was extremely small and if you didn't get there early there were no seats. You can't even get around people that are sitting down since they are so close together. Everywhere you went in the evening it was very hard to find seats, there is just not much entertainment and so everyone is going to the same place. We went to 5 theatre shows and only liked 1 of them very well. Not our normal productions that we are used to. They only had a comedy show one evening & he was very good but we are used to at least a couple of them. Didn't have karaoke very often either. The pools were nice, but chairs are limited. We did like our room and our room steward who was Antonio, he was the best. Our bed was very hard and we requested a mattress topper and a cover sheet because they do not give you a top sheet. This was a first for us, I don't like covering up with a comforter that is probably not washed frequently. Very quiet in the hallways, liked the type of people cruising on the ship. Ordered room service one evening and it was not good, sandwich had 1 shaved slice of roast beef and no taste. Tried the Crown Grill one evening and out of a rating of 10 I would give it a 5, but we were tired of the dining room. The steaks were just ok, nothing exceptional for $29 per person, potatoes were very small and not done well. Rolls were hard just like they were in the dining room. Must be leftovers that they use over and over. We were looking forward to trying the Salty Dog since the hamburger looked fabulous in a picture and they said it was the best on the seas. We saw someone eating one and it looked no bigger than a slider. There was never anyone there either. Service throughout the ship was very poor other than our room steward. Don't expect to have bar wait staff coming around much to bring drinks. Casino was not as lively as we have seen on others and didn't see anyone winning including us. The ship is very dated although it is going in for dry dock for 2 weeks. Don't know how much they will get done in that length of time. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and quick. There are so many ships to choose from we don't believe I will come back to Princess unless they make changes. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
It was New Years cruise i Thought the food in dining room under par.. Service in dining room slow but I guess New Years cruise pretty crowded. The Horizon Buffet a very bad you enter in and a exit out at the other end to small people ... Read More
It was New Years cruise i Thought the food in dining room under par.. Service in dining room slow but I guess New Years cruise pretty crowded. The Horizon Buffet a very bad you enter in and a exit out at the other end to small people dropping food bumping into each other system very poor and not enough tables your carry food around and by time you sit everything is cold, try to get eggs over easy waste of time the fry in advance and put on heated platter and by the time you get it its hard boiled to get your food everybody going ever which way it was a Bomb shell. Just came off Royal Princess in October it was great food was wonderful I dont know why all princess cruises cant be the same on food. Crown Princess food gives Princess a bad name.. Ship was great people very friendly and many things to do they go out of their way to to cater to all adults and children with there Activiites. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Past Princess cruiser. Liked the destinations and the price. My only complaint was the night they did liars club. I felt the magician who was one of the celebrities was rude, profane and obnoxious. Nothing was said about the show being PG ... Read More
Past Princess cruiser. Liked the destinations and the price. My only complaint was the night they did liars club. I felt the magician who was one of the celebrities was rude, profane and obnoxious. Nothing was said about the show being PG 15 until after a lot of offensive comments. I have cruised 25 times with Princess and this was the first time I have seen people getting up and leaving the show, myself included. The shipboard staff were great, the other entertainment very good and the food was excellent. The ship is definitely in need of some cosmetic work, lots of areas need repairs. Donna my room stewart was excellent, probably one of the best I have had on a cruise regardless of the cruise line. The galley presentation and tour was excellent. I would definitely cruise on Princess again in the future. The benefits for elite passengers are the best in the industry. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I went on this cruise with a group as a charity fundraiser. I was pleased to be on a Princess ship as my prior experiences with Princess were wonderful. We upgraded to a balcony room and the room was smaller than a normal size room. ... Read More
I went on this cruise with a group as a charity fundraiser. I was pleased to be on a Princess ship as my prior experiences with Princess were wonderful. We upgraded to a balcony room and the room was smaller than a normal size room. The food on this ship was only mediocre. The choices were limited for dinner and the "always available" choices tasted like yesterday's dinner. Our waiter was a nice young man with no personality. His assistant was personable, but seemed new. For example, we asked for extra butter with our rolls. We were a table of six and were served 3 small balls of butter. He said that was all he was allowed to give us at a time. I asked for extra ice cubes each meal. On prior cruises, if I asked for something once, it appeared every day at dinner. On this cruise I was brought four cubes if I asked. In the cabin, the drawers did not work and we had to yank them out to get in them. The desk was not wiped off for 3 days even though it was stained. On a good note, the entertainment was the best I had encountered on any of my cruises. I will travel with Princess again but only on transatlantic voyages on Regal or Royal Princess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Thought it was good value, courteous service & good food. Boy was I WRONG! Food has been downgraded, customer service is awful & they show little regard for their passengers & DO NOT TRY TO MAKE IT RIGHT! Need to earn 1500 ... Read More
Thought it was good value, courteous service & good food. Boy was I WRONG! Food has been downgraded, customer service is awful & they show little regard for their passengers & DO NOT TRY TO MAKE IT RIGHT! Need to earn 1500 points in casino to earn 1 DRINK! Any other cruise line, 1500 points makes you VIP with free drinks.Casino small and not well run, PRINCESS HAS TURNED HORRIBLE! Very unfair! All about the money! And don't try to win at their casino or get any perks on board!!!! Or expect to get treated fairly! Won't happen! We were almost Elite cruisers! Won't travel on PRINCESS again, especially the Crown. Shower so small you could hardly fit in it. No sitting area in inside cabins, Cabin's awful! We were booked from 12/1 till 12/22, Big Mistake! Officers & staff were very rude & inconsiderate! Princess used to care about their customers! No more! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
the staff were all very much into a great cruising experience for the passengers. the cruise director Corey was on top of his game with providing a fun time the whole cruise. The ABC islands were enchanting and welcoming. the seas were ... Read More
the staff were all very much into a great cruising experience for the passengers. the cruise director Corey was on top of his game with providing a fun time the whole cruise. The ABC islands were enchanting and welcoming. the seas were like glass and the food was as good as the nightly entertainment. Boarding and disembarkation were smooth, just like they always are.The ship is clean and the only complaint is the WIFI not reaching our room and being verry slow. the double beds need top cover to get rid of split. the evening pre dinner activities for the Platinum and elites were very nice and so was the welcome aboard. the pools were clean and had plenty of lounge chairs and towels. he ship was well maintained and had little to none wobble even in rough seas.The buffet was always well stocked and the pizza is as good as New York pizza Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This sea day intensive 8 day cruise was very relaxing. We chose this cruise because we have not been to Bon Aire before and were looking for something warm during our home state’s cold months. We set sail from Fort Lauderdale. I will ... Read More
This sea day intensive 8 day cruise was very relaxing. We chose this cruise because we have not been to Bon Aire before and were looking for something warm during our home state’s cold months. We set sail from Fort Lauderdale. I will be as honest as I can. With that being said this is not our first time on The Crown and we are also Elite cruisers. We have noted a number of things have changed both prior and during the cruise. Our last cruise was just seven months ago to Alaska. We flew Delta Air going down and it was very easy and getting our luggage was very smooth. We could not get into the hotel we prefer to stay in so we were at Hilton on 17th just outside the marina. This was our first (and our last) time in this hotel. As you know there are many hotels that are quite expensive in the immediate area. We like just outside the port for many reasons. Everything is in walking distance and very convenient. Currently Carabbas has “happy hour” from 3-6 if you sit in the bar area and this includes drinks and appetizers for half price. You can easily eat your fill very inexpensively. Walgreens, Publix, Winn Dixie and a Ross is just minutes away so if you forget something you can get whatever you need. One of the best reasons to stay so close is that you can walk onto the ship yourself rather than pay for another taxi ride. If you aren’t taking a ton of luggage walking on will save you easily 20 plus dollars. We have in the past had a hotel tell us you could not walk on and wanted 20 dollars pp to ride to the port. Not true and a good way to save yourself a few dollars to spend elsewhere. Hilton was much more inexpensive than where we normally stay but we wanted to keep in the area. We saved more than 150 dollars per night, however, this hotel is showing its wear and Is lacking a bit of elbow grease. Staff were very effective but even the mini fridge in our hotel was not even working. In fairness, they did give us free cold drinks at the bar to compensate. There is Einsteins Bagels within a few minutes walking distance for breakfast and Starbucks next door. After walking up to the pier we were able to hand over our bags to the porter. They will ask you for a tip but will tell you it isn’t required. I asked a Princess Employee and they said a dollar a bag is pretty typical. Getting on the ship was super easy and dropping off your carry on’s is simple once onboard. Usually boarding after 1 pm your wait times are reduced. Once onboard employees will ask you if you would like one of the drink packages. From our own personal experience the coffee card is worth the thirty dollars you pay for it. We do not typically pay for the soda card because part of being Elite does set up a mini wet bar in your room and we don’t drink a ton of soda. The Adult Beverage package is almost 70 dollars per day and covers drinks I believe up to 12 dollars per drink. Do the math and decide how much alcohol you will drink per day as it may not be worth it for you to buy the package. The International Cafe always has wonderful fare and you can get a quick sandwich (warm or cold) along with soup or salad. Remember this location as i think you will visit it often. It is always open so if you are up late it may be the place to go. We had an obstructed outside cabin an it was wonderfully positioned on Emerald deck in the middle of the ship. Everything was super handy to get to. Crown Princess is a very classically appointed ship and doesn’t have a lot of the newer bells and whistles so it may not be perfect for young active kids. It is a very quiet, relaxing ship for us it has just the right amount of amenities. We choose to do the late traditional seating. The benefit of this is that your wait staff gets to know your needs and your likes and they strive to make you comfortable and satisfied. We have done “anytime” before and did not care for the constant reintroducing yourself to passengers and staff. Late seating gives you enough time to get back from the islands and prepare for dinner without rushing. Dining is pretty steadily good fare. We believe it is good enough not to pay the surcharge to go to the speciality restaurants. They have a wide variety of foods and a “standard” menu so if you don’t like what is on that night you can have steak or chicken or pasta instead. I am a vegetarian and cruise after cruise you know what is being served. It would be nice if they had a variety or changed up the menu. Some of the dishes are better than the others. My husband’s favorite night is the 2nd Formal Night where they offer escargot, lobster and prawns and Beef Wellington. They have removed things that I think were a bit spendy like soufflés. They only offer that once during an eight day cruise. Rolls are half the size of what they once were and rather than put out butter they sort of dole it out on an as needed basis. What we do enjoy about Princess is they are not afraid to employ comedians for their shows. We have seen some of the best comedians on these ships. Movies Under the Stars (MUTS) sadly is not what it once was. They used to have pretty close to first run movies every night but that is not the case anymore. We are not fans of the musicals and broadway productions. Sea days have many fun activities. We enjoy the trivia. There are plenty of pools and hot tubs. There are movies either outside at MUTS or in the Princess Theater. The cruise staff are quite interactive and put on different demonstrations. We enjoy the Martini demonstrations. But they also do food carving and have wine tastings. Whatever your pleasure. The choice of islands are usually very enjoyable. This cruise was Curacao, Aruba and Bon Aire. All of which were excellent. We did the Dune Buggies, Hato Caves and “Ostrich Farm”. The off road vehicles were wonderful and Princes caught the fact that we bought 2 tickets and you only needed one ticket for two people on this excursion which was very refreshing. The hike to the caves were absolutely worth it but arrival at the Ostrich Farm supposedly the tour “did not include tix to the farm” so we went to the souvenir shop at the Ostrich Farm and waited for the tour bus. This was very disappointing and telling the tour desk the fact that we were “there for 20 minutes” and no one else complained I guess means nothing. I guess when you advertise specifically for the farm if no one else says anything then it did not happen. Aruba had a beautiful tour that was on the Mi Duschi and included 3 snorkel stops, snorkeling over the WWII Antilla ship wreck, a hot lunch and a ship “swing” was more than fun. And finally at Bon Aire we did the glass bottom Kayaking to the marine “reef” was super fun. If you do this please have sand shoes or water sandals the shore is very rocky and sharp. You do about a 3/4 mile kayak up then swim an then back. It isn’t hard but you can’t be a total couch potato. The reef snorkel was amazing. I am not sure I have EVER seen so many fish and so many different types. All islands are very clean and the locals are wonderful. Our cabin steward was not up to par as they have been in the past. We like to tip upfront to ensure prompt and service that excels but this time that did not work. It was probably the most disappointed in service we have ever had. But dining service was above and beyond. We did eat at Sabatnni’s Italian this time. Service was great. But for the surcharge the food was not worth it. We would have had better food in the dining room. We ate at the Italian restaurant when they first opened these speciality dining rooms and the fun of it initially was that you would get a little bite of all the antipasta’s and got to taste more of what they offered. Now you order like you do at a regular restaurant and food was not impressive at all. Maybe the Crown Grill (Steak) would be different. The Pub Lunch they offer on two different sea days with British flair has always been good and I would recommend trying it. There is no cost on Pub Lunch days. There is now “Salty Dog” Gastro Pub in the evening for a couple of hours that has a surcharge but we did not try it. The fee was minimal (12 dollars I believe) so I would give it a try maybe next time. It was a great cruise. Very relaxing and worth every penny we paid. Knowing this I’d recommend this itinerary and ship. I would also like to recommend really sticking to a particular line for loyalty benefits. Elite (15 cruises) you get free mini bar set up, certain amount of free internet minutes, free dry cleaning, no waiting in lines, captains parties, free special hor devoures every night prior to dinner so something to strive for whichever line you choose. My husband and I enjoy Princess and we find it a very relaxing line. We can do as much or as little as we like but there isn’t pushing and shoving, small amount of children, you don’t see a lot of drunks it is just relaxing. Makes for nice memories and a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I was a little skeptical about this ship after reading a so so review by some people on cruise critic. Princess is Princess, so I had to think it would still be good. The Crown Princess is a little older, but still a fantastic ship. ... Read More
I was a little skeptical about this ship after reading a so so review by some people on cruise critic. Princess is Princess, so I had to think it would still be good. The Crown Princess is a little older, but still a fantastic ship. The service provided by the very friendly crew was wonderful. The food in the main dining room was great. The surprise was the food in the buffet, which provided wide choices and the quality of dishes some of which that you would find in a five star restaurant. I am sure that it is not easy to cook for thousands of people for a buffet, The food and the pastries were amazing. There was always a good choice of entertainment day or night. I love the Princess experience, because they spoil you and let you have your vacation as busy and fun as you want at your own speed. We have been on many cruise ships and cruise lines over the years. The Crown Princess was so much fun that we have decide to take another cruise on the ship in a few months. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Staff was very friendly, rooms were clean and I found it easy to navigate around the ship. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. I like that there is an adult pool at the back of the ship and on the main deck there was always fun ... Read More
Staff was very friendly, rooms were clean and I found it easy to navigate around the ship. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. I like that there is an adult pool at the back of the ship and on the main deck there was always fun activities going on. Inside cabin is actually not that bad and our room was pretty quiet. There was a duvet under the bed that I used and the room had tons of closet space. The food wasn't my favorite but the presentation and service was excellent. I liked how there was a selection of bars to go to each with different things going on and I liked that it had a night club. I got the drink package and like that the limit was 15 per day, it is expensive but overall worth it if you drink more than 6 drinks per day. I would definitely cruise with Princess again, so far it is my favorite cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My AWESOME friend won this cruise through Air Miles and chose ME as her guest! It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for such a wonderful vacation, especially for two former single moms getting back on our feet and not being ... Read More
My AWESOME friend won this cruise through Air Miles and chose ME as her guest! It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for such a wonderful vacation, especially for two former single moms getting back on our feet and not being able to afford a cruise vacation. We were treated like royalty, the food was out-of-this-world and the room service (by Rey!) was incredible! The activities on board kept us so busy that we never even had time to swim in the ship pool(s) or soak in any of the hot-tubs. Our tours were phenomenal, although more time allotted at each port would have allowed for more relaxation time on the beach and/or souvenir shopping; an extra 2 hours per port would have been perfect. WHAT A FANTASTIC TRIP! We ported in Cozumel for the jeep/snorkel tour and ported in The Bahamas for the bus tour/snorkel experience. We got to try conch for the first time ever and it was delicious! We learned a lot about the Bahamian people, their culture and traditions, but especially enjoyed the little middle school children singing for us. The Princess Cays is gorgeous with the soft white sand and beautiful turquoise water. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Air Miles and the Crown Princess for ensuring that our cruise was even more AMAZING than I could ever imagine!!! Cindy Drysdale Guest of Jacquie van Leeuwen Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
First off, let me mention that this cruise was wholly chartered by Air Miles Canada and we didn’t pay a dime for it. On board were approximately 1000 collectors and their guests, as well as partner personnel and Air Miles employees who ... Read More
First off, let me mention that this cruise was wholly chartered by Air Miles Canada and we didn’t pay a dime for it. On board were approximately 1000 collectors and their guests, as well as partner personnel and Air Miles employees who had won the cruise. Needless to say, our experience was likely different as we did not have an international crowd, nor did we actually pay for the Crown Princess’ services in any way, shape or form. THE GOOD - Food: We thought that the menu was diverse enough and well executed (they always got our cooks just right). They had theme nights going at the buffet, what with Italian, Mexican or “Oriental” food being served. The dining rooms followed those themes but often with a more refined twist. We honestly don’t understand why anyone would opt for the speciality restaurants, as steak, seafood and pasta was available on every dining room’s menu and in the buffet every single night. Contrary to what others have been posting, we never felt like butter in the dining room was being rationed in any way, there being three or four pats on the table even when we sat just by ourselves. - Service/overall staff: While we felt like some of the crew really didn’t want to be there (some of them were at the end of their contract, which is understandable), we were overall very satisfied with the staff and the services received throughout our cruise, and even those that seemed less enthused were kind enough to offer a “good morning.” Bar staff was fantastic even at happy hour, and dirty plates were promptly removed from your table as soon as you were done, even at busier hours. There were rarely any glasses or plates lying around unattended; if so, it wasn’t for very long until a bus-boy scooped everything up and out of sight. - Entertainment: Even on port days, there was always something to do on the ship. Air Miles and the cruise staff had prepared a boatload (no pun intended) of activities to keep us occupied and on our feet on sea days. The shows were all great, from the Broadway-style production “Encore,” to the hilarious stand-up comedian Phil Tag, all the way down to bar flair in the Piazza. Trivia was on every day, twice a day, and the questions were totally challenging; one YouTuber recently complained that the production was shoddy (awkwardly-made PowerPoints and paper answer sheets), but we didn’t feel like this affected our experience negatively in any way, shape, or form. THE BAD - Ship: While it didn’t negatively impact our cruise in any way, mainly because we’ve witnessed much, much worse in terms of travel arrangements, we felt like the Crown Princess was getting tired. There wasn’t much attention to detail going on aesthetically-speaking, in the sense that there were a lot of scratches, scuff marks and stained shower grout in the staterooms, and some water spots on the ceilings of some of the public areas. We felt like everything was pretty sound, but it lacked the shine and polish that a cruise line that markets itself as “premium” should be putting into its ship. Other than that, we loved the “Love Boat” feel that was going on in the decorations; that being said, we aren’t big fans of the modern aspect some cruise lines (ex. Celebrity) have been turning towards, and much prefer the more traditional feel. - Room service: We honestly only used this once on our stay, and it was to order the pre-paid bottle of spirits that we had ordered. It took a good hour to get someone on the line, and then another 30 minutes before someone came by our room to drop the bottles off. I’m not sure why they just don’t deliver the bottles to your room prior to the cruise, like they do the water bottles. - Prices: Almost 7$ USD for a bottle of Budweiser is just an absolute ripoff. The drinks packages are also very expensive, at almost 70$ USD a night, which means that you have to drink the equivalent of a 12-pack of ship-priced beer every night to make the whole thing worth it. - Disembarkation: Not much to say on this other than, there’s absolutely nothing like the feeling or being herded off a ship like cattle once the cruise is over. While everything went smoothly, they could have made an effort to make you feel a little less like they wanted you gone so that they can get the next paying customers onboard. PORTS - Cozumel: We didn’t do any excursions in Cozumel seeing as my wife is pregnant and we wanted to minimize the risk of zika, so we opted for a taxi to downtown to stock up on tequila and vanilla at Los Cinco Soles. The whole downtown strip is a huge garage sale, with shop employees just peddling out on the street and almost pushing you into their store. We weren’t turned off by the whole thing but we felt that it was pretty intense. Otherwise, 2$ beers aren’t anything to be sad about. - Princess Cays: Such a beautiful, relaxing place. We loved it here; nothing else to add! OVERALL All in all, we loved our experience and look forward to sailing with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because we took a 5 star cruise on Princess two years ago. This cruise was especially important, because destinations Bonaire & Curacao are where we spent our honeymoon diving, 20 years ago. NEGATIVES: A ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we took a 5 star cruise on Princess two years ago. This cruise was especially important, because destinations Bonaire & Curacao are where we spent our honeymoon diving, 20 years ago. NEGATIVES: A cruise ship is a floating hotel. This review is one star, because the mattresses on this ship are SHOT. We paid $3,200 for a suite. Look at the images of our bed, and you will agree that this 'hotel' deserves this one star rating. Regardless how 4-5 star other features on the ship are, if you are sleeping in a 'boat-shaped' bed, tossing and turning all night, back aching, knees aching, it is a ONE STAR experience! The ship is to go in dry dock in March, and all mattresses are set to be changed. That just made us angry! BEWARE, if you have booked Crown Princess between now & March, you will be sleeping on shot mattresses. The ONLY thing Princess can do, to satisfy us at this point, is to give us an anniversary RE-DO, because we deserve it! AGE DISCRIMINATION: My husband & I are avid divers. We booked Princess dive shore excursions on this trip to 'recreate' our 3 week honeymoon in Bonaire & Curacao. We carried 70 pounds of dive gear on this trip, everything we needed except for weights & tanks, for four planned dives, two in Aruba, and two in Bonaire. Princess description of the Bonaire dives stated age 15-70. My husband is a very fit 64 year old Orthopedic surgeon. 36 hours prior to our planned dives in Bonaire, we found a letter on our door stating that Mike's dive had been cancelled because "as stated on our paperwork, 60 is the cutoff age." SO not only was our dive cancelled, they blamed US! Throughout the trip, I checked on Princess' description of the Bonaire Certified Dive Excursion, and it STILL read 15-70! Princess stated that the dive partner's insurance is the reason our dives cancelled. We dive all over the world. I do not believe this is true. Never have I ever seen on any dive liability form, an age limit. Divers fill out a detailed medical questionnaire. That, and fitness to handle your heavy gear are used to determine whether you are fit to dive. Princess has partnered with an excursion that practices gross age discrimination in Bonaire. SIXTY is especially crazy! Really? I would suggest that Princess find a different excursion partner in Bonaire, and I would also suggest that an additional criteria for certified divers, is that they submit proof of DAN insurance, a divers insurance that any avid diver carries. We pre-paid beverages. There is a 15 drink limit, which was not disclosed, but we never came close to that anyway!! In our case, we would have been better off just paying our bar tab. Once we figured out that we would need about 7 drinks a day to break even, we realized that in our case, this was not a good deal! SALES hits: The first two hours on the ship, I believe SEVEN Princess employees hit us up for a wine tasting. Once or twice was fine, but this was highly annoying. I was ready to put a sicker on my forehead that stated "I am not interested in your wine tasting"! Overall, we felt bombarded by staff hitting us up for sales features. INTERNET GRIND: We purchased 100 minutes (110) for $69. The band width is WAY too narrow to accommodate the number of passengers using the internet. The only reason I accessed the internet was to check on my elderly father every couple of days. I needed the entire 110 minutes to accomplish that. The minutes begin when you "connect" but you are NOT connected at that time! It grinds, and grinds, and grinds. It took me 15-20 minutes to access FB and check on my dad, and send him a little note that we were safe, each time I did so. POSITIVES: The Ship: Aside from the mattresses, we were very pleased with this ship & its amenities. I would be rating this a 4 star. 'MUTS' (Movies Under The Stars) is fantastic! One night mid-ship, they had a fabulous 70's style disco night and incorporated Love Boat theme. SUPER FUN! The bar areas are great, we especially frequented the aft bar and greatly enjoyed it! The gym is incredible, with a large selection of equipment, and all cardio-type machines are high and up front, providing majestic views of the sea. The ship has enough pool/bar areas that we never felt crowded. STAFF was just wonderful. From the front desk, to the excursion crew, to bar tenders, wait staff, our main dining staff. Just incredible. 5 Star all the way. Our cabin attendant was SUPERB. Her name is Maria, and we wanted to bring her home! She did her best to resolve the mattress issue, but the images below are AFTER her efforts! NOT Maria's fault. Aruba Certified Diving Excursion was AMAZING. We weren't taken to the beautiful, fragile reefs, and we did not expect to be. Having observed the lack of buoyancy control by many of the other ship divers, I understand fully why! BUT, they took us to two shipwrecks and both were VERY interesting and teeming with life. We actually saw THE biggest Green Moray we have ever seen on the second dive. It was at least 8' long, and just behind it's head top to bottom was two FEET thick! We also saw an octopus on that dive, a rarity in the daytime. I plan to review the operator separately from this. Big KUDO's! Once our dive trip in Bonaire was canceled, we did not book another excursion through the ship. We easily hailed a cab and took the scenic route past the salt flats & flamingos to Jibe City, a world famous windsurfing destination. We sat with our feet in the water drinking a beer, and had a fabulous time. All 3 ports were nice. Bonaire had the best shopping for gifts, really classy, not so much typical "souvenir" items. Port vendors in Aruba & Curacao will warn you that you won't find much in Bonaire. DON'T believe them! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We have been on 22 cruises on various lines, 9 on Princess; Princess being our obvious favorite and it always comes down to the entertainment. Princess is best for an active older crowd but not ready for Holland. The evenings are always ... Read More
We have been on 22 cruises on various lines, 9 on Princess; Princess being our obvious favorite and it always comes down to the entertainment. Princess is best for an active older crowd but not ready for Holland. The evenings are always packed with things to do to the point you get frustrated cause you can't fit it all in. But, it sure beats going back to the room after the show and watching tv. We can do that at home for free. The entertainment on this ship was the best even for Princess. They had a magician Michael Misko who was actually more of a comedian. And then there was the comedian Joe Yannetty. It was a toss up who was funnier but if you like to laugh - DO NOT miss their shows. The magician was also in the Liars Club - not to be missed either. Don't waste any time when a show is in the Explorer's Lounge as the seats fill up quickly. They also had the usual game shows, trivia & bingo. The first seating in the Princess Theatre fills up but we discovered there were always seat at the later show. The production shows were also excellent. After the "Blame it on the Boogie" show, the entertainers go up to the deck party and continue. I know alot of people skip the deck party - don't. They have changed it and they bring in the "Love Boat" theme to the party - very touching and fun. We were both even lucky in the casino. We don't hang out at the bars. We went on this ship when it was new and while it needs some refurbishments, it didn't affect us at all. It was clean and all the personnel were pleasant and friendly. Service was very good. The size of this ship is perfect. While my husband likes the pool, I prefer the games. The only thing I'll say about the pool is I noticed both pools only have ladders to get in and out. The only complaint would be the mattress. It obviously needed replacing and an eggcrate didn't help much. Our steward Russell tried. Our room was always clean and he was quick at filling requests. He introduced himself as soon as we came in. The embarkation and disembarkation were incredibly quick and easy. We're platinum and that might have helped with embarkation. Our room was ready. We didn't do any excursions as we had been to these ports before. Costa Maya has a very long pier and everyone walked. It could be a problem for some. Costa Maya and Cozumel both had too many ships and passengers in port. I won't say much about the food except it was good and service was excellent tho steak was tough. We ate at Sabatini's one night - save your money - the dining room was better. Ice cream is ice milk but they sell gelato. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Went on as a Csino VIP. Just to many people in the casino. Could not get on Tables most times. Should hold VIP CASINO trips on a bigger ship with a bigger Casino. The food was OK but choices were small. As a Elite Member (33 Cruises) we ... Read More
Went on as a Csino VIP. Just to many people in the casino. Could not get on Tables most times. Should hold VIP CASINO trips on a bigger ship with a bigger Casino. The food was OK but choices were small. As a Elite Member (33 Cruises) we had to ask for what currant Elite events were being held. They said the room stuart had all that information, he did not. We had to go up to the Skywalkers to see if they had the regular 5 to 7 event. They did, we used to get a sheet as to what was up there each night. The Casino sent my wife and I each a nice platter of choc. strawberries, at 4pm last night of cruise. Not a lot of time to enjoy them. The rest of the cruise was fine as usual for Princess ,just these small problems. Harold Schefts Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Have always wanted to see Quebec and New England States. Next time I will choose a smaller vessel, and earlier time of the year to travel. The ship needed a lot of updating, especially the bathroom in the rooms. Much too old, too worn and ... Read More
Have always wanted to see Quebec and New England States. Next time I will choose a smaller vessel, and earlier time of the year to travel. The ship needed a lot of updating, especially the bathroom in the rooms. Much too old, too worn and too small. The dining in the restaurants were outstanding, the buffet was just okay and your choices were limited as far as main dishes and desserts (except cookies) all tasted store bought. Fruit was not ripe and the help was very nice. Entertainment was poor. Elton John was horrid. Comic had poor taste in jokes. The quartets about the ship were great. Our service was always top notch. Port excursion expensive. Getting off the ship was terrible--very steep, with no one to help you down.Lines very long to leave the ship. Again, thought the staff was amazing. Would not travel this large of a ship again and this old of a ship. . Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose the transatlantic cruise that included Iceland because we wanted to take a transatlantic cruise that didn't have just straight sea days but included some stops. After reading some discouraging reviews, I would like to say we ... Read More
We chose the transatlantic cruise that included Iceland because we wanted to take a transatlantic cruise that didn't have just straight sea days but included some stops. After reading some discouraging reviews, I would like to say we found the ship to be fun, clean, and still up-to-date. The ship does have a very few dents and dings, but certainly nothing you would notice unless you were looking hard for something which I was after reading the reviews. I didn't see worn carpet or stains or other unsightly things. I would say the food was fine--it wasn't extraordinary, but there was certainly plenty of it. The cookies and breads are outstanding. I did talk to the buffet manager about why we needed a boar's head on the buffet two nights in a row. That kind of ruined my dinner. He said it was European custom and we would get more westernized as we moved toward Canada. I felt like the dining room food was a tad better than the buffet. I want to make clear that both sides of the Horizon Court and Caribe Café were open for both breakfast and lunch. The buffet does seem a bit small for the amount of people and the layout seems confusing, but, like I said, no one went away hungry. During dinner only one side was open because people were in the dining room. The Trident Grill moved inside due to weather for most of the cruise and was very busy. There were lines for that. Through no fault of Princess, we didn't get much use of the outside decks due to fog and wind. Only two or three days were sunny. Captain Stenzel was a delight. He had a commentary every day at noon. It was very interesting. He also did a question and answer one afternoon. There were many activities during the sea days--lectures, crafts, games, bingo(way too expensive--$15 for one card), art auctions, demonstrations, the usual. The music (orchestra) and entertainment were wonderful. The comedian thought he was a little too funny and wanted constant approval as did the cruise director, Paul. The entertainment was varied with several different entertainers on board for a good variety. The theater is very small for a ship with 3500 people on it. The service was super although we didn't see our steward very often. But the room was well taken care of. Servers were quick with the drinks and clean up. But that being said, many times we shared tables because seating was limited depending on whether or not you wanted to share. We like sharing and talking to people, so that was ok with us. I think some people wanted the table to themselves no matter if it was two people at a table for 6 or 8. I do wish Princess had made us aware of the Northern Lights the night they were able to be seen. I had asked them each of two nights previously. The desk said predictions weren't good for us to see them. Then, lo and behold, the third night someone made the announcement at 10:30 p.m. that we could see the lights. Well, most people were in their cabins and were unaware that they had been visible since 9:00 p.m. That was disappointing. I'm not sure why Princess couldn't have notified all of us by an announcement. The shore excursion desk was very helpful. I had booked our excursions pre cruise, but I had some questions on a couple of days. On a couple of the tours, we gathered in the theater. A guide led us down two flights of stairs and maybe 1/4 mile to buses. I kept up, but the guide from the excursion desk moved very quickly and many people got left behind because of the stairs and distance. Eventually they caught up, but I'm thinking there's got to be a better way to get people to the buses. Southampton--There's a mall very close to the port. There's a medieval wall just next to it for a sort of strange juxtaposition to all the modern buildings. Premier Inn West Quay ws affordable and right by the mall. Five minutes to the port. Lerwick--Unfortunately, the sea didn't cooperate so we missed this port. There were some passengers on board who had tried it before on a cruise and had missed it then too. So I wouldn't count on Lerwick as something you will definitely get to see. Akureyri--We walked around town. It 's a lovely small town that's easily walkable. Post cards and stamps--over $10. Tasty places for lunch. Restaurants had menus posted outside. Isafjordjur--This is a tender port. Again, we walked around. Very picturesque town. The town is close to 1/2 mile I think from the port. There is a grocery store and a liquor store both within a ten minute walk from port. The information center is nice and is a free Wi-Fi spot. Where the tender dropped us was largely industrial, so you need to walk into the actual town. The port talk said city buses would be available, but I didn't see any. Reykyavik--If you can only do one tour in Iceland, save it for this stop. We did the 8 hour tour and were very happy with it. A delicious salmon lunch was included. Of course, lots of people going the same place on other buses, so be prepared for that. $2 to go to the bathroom at Gulfoss Falls. St. John's Newfoundland--Taxis were available at the port. Ship docks literally right in town, but streets are uphill except for the first street. To me, there wasn't a lot to see in town. Halifax--I've been here three times. I love Halifax. This time we saw the Titanic cemetery. It was a very interesting tour. The port is very walkable with lots of shops and restaurants and a very large waterfront. Peggy's Cove is so colorful and beautiful, but you won't get pictures of the lighthouse without people in them. New York City-- Disembarkation was a bit confusing from the time of booking. It said Manhattan or Brooklyn. Then itinerary finally said Manhattan so that's what people had prepared for and were expecting. There was still confusion the day before we disembarked with no word from the captain or Princess information. We ended up in Brooklyn Disembarkation was slow, but not too bad. We were 30 minutes later than our scheduled time. We left ship at 8:30 a.m. in Brooklyn and there were plenty of taxis and for hire cars. That part ran very smoothly. There was a man with the taxis and cars making sure how much we would be charged. Prices were almost identical for both means of transportation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We completed our 25th Princess cruise on this trip and are still loyal to Princess. Actually, we did three back to back cruises with this trip being the third. Yes, agree that the ship needs some updating, the beds replaced, linens ... Read More
We completed our 25th Princess cruise on this trip and are still loyal to Princess. Actually, we did three back to back cruises with this trip being the third. Yes, agree that the ship needs some updating, the beds replaced, linens updated, and some of the furniture around the ship. We understand the ship is going in for a number of these updates in a few months. The service on the ship throughout our five plus weeks was consistently good from the cabin steward to staff in al the dining areas. Not sure why a previous review noted an unfriendly staff because we were always greeted with a smile. The food in the buffet was standard fare, a nice mixture of choices every day. The dinning room staff attentive and not one time did we receive a cold meal. Sometimes it's what you order that makes an unhappy meal and not the food itself. As with any dining experience. We dined in both specialty restaurants, both were excellent and a good value. We ate in the Salty Dog twice, both times enjoyed a great burger. Unfortunately I did catch the bug that was going around towards the end of the cruise. It wasn't the fault of Princess as they were taking every measure. It's other guest who mingle around others when they should stay away, coughing and sneezing thus spreading the bug. We had a great experience and enjoyed Iceland and the Northern Lights. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We wanted to visit the countries nearer the artic circle, especially Iceland. We have done about 6 Princess Cruises over past 15 years, and without doubt we have found that since Princess Cruises sold out to Carnival, the standards have ... Read More
We wanted to visit the countries nearer the artic circle, especially Iceland. We have done about 6 Princess Cruises over past 15 years, and without doubt we have found that since Princess Cruises sold out to Carnival, the standards have dropped dramatically, while the dollar gouging has increased with hidden charges and overpriced ship items. The compulsory tipping levy to me has always been a bit much, not allowing individual passengers to choose who to tip and with what amount. Princess should increase wages and include in the fare costs, not hide this cost in compulsory tipping. The staff were exemplary despite their low wages, providing warm and excellent service throughout the ship. But and it is a big BUT, the food quality and range available has decreased dramatically, with most savoury food being over seasoned especially with salt, and getting to the stage that just about every savoury dish started to taste the same with similar seasoning. Very off putting if you are on a 2-3 week cruise. Range of sweet foods was ok but not imaginative, leaving one seeking on shore restaurants when available for some respite and pleasure. Range of activities are dull and rather childish in many cases, not providing stimulating adult entertainment, especially when at sea for 4 days straight in wet stormy weather.....boring. My advice....if looking at Princess for your next cruise...look elsewhere as there is much better on offer with other cruise lines now. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
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 3.9
Family 4.5 3.9
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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