11 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

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
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
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
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
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
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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