Sail Date: March 2013
We sailed on the 3/23 sailing of the crown princess. Everything about the trip was problem free and enjoyable. We arrived at the port around 11am and walked right up to the suite line with no wait, then had a lounge to relax in with ... Read More
We sailed on the 3/23 sailing of the crown princess. Everything about the trip was problem free and enjoyable. We arrived at the port around 11am and walked right up to the suite line with no wait, then had a lounge to relax in with beverages. Within 20 minutes we were welcomed aboard, went right to our room and started enjoying our vacation. The suite was beautiful, the steward was nice and helpful and we enjoyed all of the suite perks. The french toast at Sabatini breakfast is a winner, as well as the international cafe which we freuqented daily. The Crown grill was delicious, and the buffet and main dining rooms were generally pretty good. The burgers at the pool grill were delicious as was the pizza. We had a blast in all 3 ports and arranged our own tours to save on cost. The debarkation was unbelievable organized, from the luggage, waiting lounge, leaving the ship and the air port transfer were all smooth and the best we have ever experienced. The Princess Pelicans was a great program, diverse activiities and our 6 year old thoroughly enjoyed it. There were 3 sessions a day and he attended most of them. The fitness center was busier than we expected but still had nice ammenitites. All in all we loved the trip and would cruise the crown again! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
Just returned this past weekend from a great week aboard the Crown Princess. We have previously done this itinerary from Galveston but I could not remember too much about it so we decided to give it a go since it was a change of pace from ... Read More
Just returned this past weekend from a great week aboard the Crown Princess. We have previously done this itinerary from Galveston but I could not remember too much about it so we decided to give it a go since it was a change of pace from the eastern cruises we typically do in the winter. We arrived in Galveston the day before and used Super Shuttle for our transportation from Hobby airport. I spent a lot of time looking at different options and this seemed the most reasonable. We were a group of 4 adults and chose to book a private SUV at $35 per person. When we arrived there was a slight snafu, I received a voicemail from the company and they told me that it looked as though our flight was now arriving at 10pm instead of 10am. Not sure where they got that from so I called them back and it ended up being their mistake. Now the problem was that because they thought we were delayed they did not have a driver available to take us. I was not very happy and a bit testy from traveling since 3am and after a bit of a back and forth they had the super shuttle van take us by ourselves to Galveston for the same price. The van was perfectly fine and the driver was very nice. We stayed at the Hotel Galvez which we all thought was very nice. I really love historical hotels and the location was right on the beach with great views from the rooms. I only wish it had been warm enough to actually hang out on the beach, it was pretty chilly. There were restaurants within walking distance and a town car that would take you into town and pick you back up for no cost. It was really easy to call them and get picked up when we were ready to go back to the hotel. My husband was excited to stay at the Galvez since it is said to be haunted, he even called months in advance to request the "haunted room". To his disappoint nothing out of the ordinary happened during our stay. The rooms are clean and slightly updated but very small which we expected since the hotel is so old. Our rooms were fine for 2 adults but if we were looking to get 3 or 4 in a room it would be very tight. Check in is at 4pm but we arrived by 12pm and only had to wait about 30 minutes for our room to be ready and the others in our party could check in right away which was really nice. If you stay at the Galvez they do have a complimentary shuttle to the pier but you need to make sure you sign up right away as it does fill up quickly. We ended up getting in the 12pm slot and it worked out great. When we arrived at the pier there was really no wait at all. Dropped our bags off and were on board within about 20 minutes. I thought the check in was very organized, we have preferred check in but the rest of our group without boarded very shortly after us and were very complimentary of the whole process. Once on board we dropped our things off at the room and headed up to the buffet for lunch. The weather in Galveston was sunny but cool so since we would not be hitting the pool we ended up getting back off the ship and walked around the historical strand which is right across from the pier. We made it back on board just in time the muster drill and then we were off! Dining I have to say that we thought the food was very good on this cruise but we were not overly thrilled with the selections on the new menus. Maybe it was because some of our old favorites were missing but I had a harder time choosing something in the MDR at night because not a lot seemed to appeal to me. I did enjoy all of my food, except for what they were calling a filet in the MDR, it tasted almost gamey to me both times I tried it. I always love the fettuccine and we had that as a third main dish to share every night. Loved the ice creams and sorbet selection each night and usually added a scoop to whatever dessert I had. We went to Sabatini's on our first night and Crown grill on our last night and both were excellent and definitely our favorite meals for the week. These are so worth the extra cost! We love to start and end our trips in the specialty restaurants. Afternoon tea was really nice (this was the first time I have gone), a good selection of sandwiches, cookies and pastry. I thought there was supposed to be live music but the occasions we were there is was just music over the speaker system. All in all a very nice experience in the afternoon when there was not a lot going on. We tried to make it to pub lunch but both times the line was HUGE and we didn't feel like waiting an hour plus so we have yet to give that a try. Enjoyed lunches in the MDR and the buffet and found both to have really nice selections during this time. Wish they had more available late night, the cafe caribe was open until midnight but it just seemed to have old left over looking options from dinner that night and nothing great for a little late night snack. Pizza always works though, very yummy. Entertainment We love to do Movies Under the Stars and enjoyed the movies even though most we have already seen. They played Bourne Legacy, Pitch Perfect, Robot and Frank and Premium Rush. My only issue was that the first and last night they replayed the same movie which usually does not happen. The comedians on board were a lot of fun and we enjoyed seeing Lincoln and Argo in the Princess Theater. We didn't attend any of the other shows as they don't usually interest us. We also enjoyed the entertainment in the Piazza throughout the day and evening when we were waiting around for this and that. Ports Belize- We did a princess excursion, the river cruise, Altun Ha ruins and lunch. I really enjoyed this tour but the rest of the group I was with did not. Their biggest complaint was that the river cruise portion was way too long for the type of boat they put you in. I can agree with that, the boat was small and had everyone facing inwards so you always had to turn or stand up to see anything they were pointing out. We did see a lot of wildlife which was great but it did drag on a bit. The lunch was nothing special, you pull up to a building on the side of the river (they called it a resort, I'm not sure why). There was a food line inside for chicken, rice and salad and a soda. It was ok, and by that time we were starving. It's not a lot of food but enough to hold you over until the tour is over. I thought the ruins were wonderful but it was so hot and no shade to be had so definitely wear a hat or bring your sunscreen! We got to climb up some of the structures and get some great pictures but you need to be very careful as the steps can be steep and very uneven. Roatan- This was my first time at this port and we knew it would basically be a beach day. I was expecting something like Princess Cays but I was pleasantly surprised. Mahogany bay was a very nice beach and the water was wonderful! We had a lot of fun and really loved the chair lift that you could take to get to the beach, its $2 cheaper to get the tickets on board the ship. Next time I would love to head out to one of the other beaches and see more of the island. A very pretty port. Cozumel- We had planned to head to one of the beach clubs for the day but the weather was cloudy and it rained off and on most of the day. We took it as a nice break from the sun and decided to walk around town and do a little shopping. We also stopped at Pancho's backyard for lunch which was decent but nothing to write home about. Sea Days- We had three on this cruise since one of our ports got canceled shortly after we booked. I don't love sea days, I find them to be a little boring but I tried to get to some new things and keep busy. We loved the Thermal Suite and used it every afternoon, I don't think it's worth the price they charge but we still tend to purchase the weeks pass. I did feel like there were a lot more people than usual just walking in without having the pass which was annoying since we actually paid for it. People were also just really sloppy leaving towels all over the floor and on the loungers after they left. Our final sea day was cold and rainy, a bust weather wise. This was my only issue with leaving from Galveston, it's not very warm this time of year so your first and last days can be iffy weather wise. We still found a lot to do but it was a little disappointing. Just some other things... This was the first time for us that there was a kiosk near the purser's desk where you could print out your statement without having to wait in line, that was really nice. I did actually find a mistake, a bottle of wine was charged to us in error. The staff at the desk were very helpful and cleared up the charge right away. I thought all of the staff was wonderful and always very helpful. One of the members of our party got a horrible sunburn (her own fault for not wearing any sunscreen) and the buffet staff could see how uncomfortable she was and told her to put plain yogurt on her burns, they even brought her a bunch to put in her cabin fridge. Good to know for the future. We were in cabin R737 and loved our room steward Romel. This is always our favorite location when we do not get a balcony room; we are steps from the aft pool which is really nice. All in all this was a great cruise; I really enjoyed the itinerary and look forward to sailing on the Crown again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Young, blonde, energetic, Hungarian head waiter Kitty + her assistant Batman were the spark plugs that got this event engine up, running & eventually hilarious, not to be missed fine dining! Nothing on this ship tops this time of the ... Read More
Young, blonde, energetic, Hungarian head waiter Kitty + her assistant Batman were the spark plugs that got this event engine up, running & eventually hilarious, not to be missed fine dining! Nothing on this ship tops this time of the day. Next best feature were the workers - dedicated to serving, smiles, always making everything seem sunny - how refreshing! Better dance floors & clientele than Carnival's Conquest but entertainment was just OK. Serious Sounds judged the best for dancing but needs more music tuned for ballroom, fewer fast beats. All the bars judged good, Explorers the best but still needs a bit more searching for orders from those seated. Water is $3.50/large container, bars/dining can serve tap water for free BUT will not fill your bottles ?!?!?!?!? Another "for sale" hitch added to your $11.50/day "tips" hole in the pocket. Foot Traffic is horrible, made worse by walkers/wheelchairs, exacerbated by photo shoots and photo displays, then let's march some sales on tables out there = butt-butt traffic moving real slow. The Captain seems to drive this boat like there were no dance floors to consider, only to arrive early into a Galveston fog that delayed going home 8 hours. In fact, with no weather channel, we were dependent on his daily forecasts = always wrong. 8 hours delay due to fog after being told firmly to be out of cabins by 8am, dining closing shortly thereafter. Some smart enough to keep their rooms took naps & even got unprecedented room service (not announced); others stormed the dining areas anyway and got steak lunches (not announced). Word came (not announced) that a cash bar (with few one dollar bills) was open near the pizza place serving as well. What WAS announced were movies (rent for $1 at home), daycare, etc. Gambling - win going out, lose bigger coming back, suspicious bad luck stories .. Tips: After using your carry on bottle, simply order 1/2 bottle from room service (have to be present to sign for it - ugh). Tip well on first drink @ bars, following orders will be very satisfying. Galveston: Find another port - ANY port! Jan 2010 - bathroom frozen after looong lines Jan 2013 - 8 hour fog delay (really?) wide entry, turn left - simple Always get a porter for your bags - saves time, backache & luggage - they find your room going in and the van/bus going out pronto. $2/bag seems cheap for the stress relief. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
We had no idea Princess Cruises were catered for the elderly, (live and learn). - There was a constant flow of "American" fare, unexciting for us, since we enjoy piquing our palates, frozen seafood-sometimes overcooked, lots ... Read More
We had no idea Princess Cruises were catered for the elderly, (live and learn). - There was a constant flow of "American" fare, unexciting for us, since we enjoy piquing our palates, frozen seafood-sometimes overcooked, lots and lots of beef, no wholegrain breads or pasta/rice, some breakfast items like oatmeal, fruits, yogurt and toast were cut off at 8:00am on day of disembarkation, even though supposed to go to 10 am. (Disembarkation went till 10:30) - Many. many smoking areas on the ship, not well assigned, apparently randomly spaced. We had to deal since it was on the way from buffet to our room, not so great. - Many, many, very, very drunk folks. - Cruise entertainment got old after the first day, was kitschy at best. - Stingy with the good free stuff, like soft ice cream. Had to wait on line (to get served, not self serve like Disney) for a tiny cone with 12 jimmies...and got a snide leer for going back a second time in one day...yet very easy to get buckets of beer-ugh! - All beverage purchases include tip, yet also have a line item on your bill (for you) to fill in a gratuity..no exceptions. Soda for $3.49....we bought the "package" up front, that came with a signature cup, only to find out that waiting on line at bars was a hassle if you were seen with the "soda package cup"...the "tip" was charged up front with the package so crew was not motivated to fill your drink cup at a bar, which was the only way to get your prepaid soda...we would have to wait until all the "tipping" passengers got their drinks first...even though we had been pre charged tip for the 7 day cruise on day one....frustrating and disappointing! - crew are not trained to let you pass when there isn't enough room for two in a pathway... - level of service and courtesy after final, additional "gratuities" are handed out goes down to zero, nil, zilch...btw, gratuities are added to your room charge daily, $11.50 per person per day...not sure how much the working crew members, like cabin stewards and table waiters get, and how much goes to the un-working-maitre' de-type-people! - passenger services proved very inefficient, I called in a request for my daughter's 18th birthday celebration twice, and visited with the request once, was assured room balloons and card, yet nothing came. - beach excursions to Cayman Island are a waste, do your own thing with a taxi...better to find your own in every port except Cozumel. - Princess Cruise website is archaic and unmaintained at best, hard to preplan and prebook because of it. Now the good stuff.. - food available at all hours - room service, although very limited in menu, would deliver within 15 minutes of ordering! Amazing! - lots of elevator space for wheelchairs, well utilized . There were times when we opted to take the stairs, which were almost always empty, to allow one more vehicle and navigator on. - spa very big, great massages and facials, best I've had on any cruise ship. - fitness center huge, well run, well equipped - entire ship was kept very clean, all the time - room stewards are very obliging, as are your dinning room waiters. I substituted the fat loaded second course with a sorbet almost every dinner time and our waiter was always at the ready with it. - The Crown Grill had some of the best lamb chops I've ever tasted, and awesome dessert....$25 per person flat rate, and you have to reserve before you get on the boat... - laundry room well placed, well equipped and maintained, not unreasonably priced - disembarkation was well organized Things that bothered me but may not bother the majority- -There is a very apparent ethnic and social divide among crew...Asians at the bottom, then Hispanic, then Eastern Europeans, British at the very top. -There were apparently less than 1% non white passengers on the ship, awkward for us being 3 of those 30 or so.... Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
When I booked this cruise, I didn't expect too much of the Crown Princess. Mainly because of a lack of photos on the web and poor reviews of cruise critic. I was surprised at how gorgeous the ship was. Staterooms: we booked a ... Read More
When I booked this cruise, I didn't expect too much of the Crown Princess. Mainly because of a lack of photos on the web and poor reviews of cruise critic. I was surprised at how gorgeous the ship was. Staterooms: we booked a verandah stateroom, and the room itself was rather spacious. There was ample storage space and the balcony provided beautiful views of the ocean and the islands at which we docked. The rooms were clean, well kept, and the cabin stewards were very friendly. Public rooms: one of my favourite features on this ship was movies under the stars. They show great movies every night, but sadly we were only able to attend one. There are also blankets and popcorn available. The main dining rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, we booked the late night seating, which was nice. There are two pool decks and lots of deck chairs, so it is relatively easy to find a spot to relax. Food: the food onboard the Crown is delicious. I really enjoyed the buffet, which is huge and provides a wide variety of different kinds of foods. There never really seemed to be a long line up. Dinner onboard was sublime. I would recommend the flour less chocolate cake, which is delicious. Service: the crew onboard the ship are all very polite and friendly, no one was ever rude to us and our waiters especially provided excellent service. The Crown Princess is a beautiful ship, there is a lot to do, and we really enjoyed the trip. This is a great ship, and I would highly recommend it. Embarkation and debarkation were also a lot faster than on Holland America, where it was very chaotic and confusing. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We are younger couple with 2 small children who enjoy cruising and while we did not bring our children with us we have been on several perhaps 50 combined cruises since we were younger ourselves. We drove to the fort lauderdale port and ... Read More
We are younger couple with 2 small children who enjoy cruising and while we did not bring our children with us we have been on several perhaps 50 combined cruises since we were younger ourselves. We drove to the fort lauderdale port and when we got there the boarding was very easy and very fast perhaps 20 minutes from the parking garage to stateroom where it was very clean and the attendant greeted us by name and was very helpful.The buffet that day was nice with seafood, a decent breads and salad bar, and at dinner we were seated promptly and it was very nice. The muster which is normally only 30 Minutes on most cruise lines was over an hour long and we were herded into seating's with these huge life preservers (thank goodness I had already sipped on a pina colada and the couple next to us said they had as well!)The next day we realized that our cruise was mostly young teenagers or 50 and up which is fine because we realize that at some point we will be there with our own teenagers. The food day to day was very unpredictable some days good and then some days being tasteless leaving us ordering room service. My husband even mentioned my cooking was better which is a huge insult to Princess chefs! Our ports were nice, the only Port we did not like was Princess Cays which was the cruise lines personal island, from their white sandy beaches to the water there was about 5 feet of just rocks and drop offs that was almost un passible, most people did not bother going into the water and my heart literally went out to anyone who had a child or any person with a disability. They shut down the food buffets and the bar early, not to mention all the shops on the island were severely overpriced.The staff on the ship was very helpful and nice and I spoke with several other people who said they loved the kid areas. Our cabin was kept clean, and we did have alot of fun. But the Negatives:Like other reviews have stated this cruise line does seem to try to nickle and dime their way thru the week, in order to recieve sushi you much purchase wine, in order to lay out in the adults only area you must pay, and at the end when checking out we were billed a required $150 For tipping when we were never told of this before and had already tipped our servers and attendants extra! When waiting for disembarktion we had to wait in the casino for 40 mins. And they had cut off any air conditioning. And the boat is very chopped up, as in if you would like to get to your dinning room or another area of the ship you must go up the stairs go outside walk about 400 feet, back inside and down the stairs. And also we did the stingray encounter in Grand Caymen, apparently Princess had requested that we all wear our life vests when off the boat in 3ft. Of water which is not worth a serious complaint but still just a little strange.All in all it was a nice cruise, we talked to some very nice people of all ages, the cabin was nice, and I never had a eww this place is filthy moment, the staff was kind. But my first choice will not be Pricess Cruises from here on out unless we have a insane deal! Simply because I was with my husband and able to just relax I think I would have not had near as good of a time! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
A quick intro -- we are in the 55-60 range, very active lifestyles and this was our 2nd cruise (Bermuda cruise several years ago). We are not cruise experts by any stretch but I just can't believe all the people that spend the money ... Read More
A quick intro -- we are in the 55-60 range, very active lifestyles and this was our 2nd cruise (Bermuda cruise several years ago). We are not cruise experts by any stretch but I just can't believe all the people that spend the money and time to go on a cruise, then find ways to complain about their vacation! We flew from Baltimore to Ft Lauderdale on the morning of the cruise with no problems. We got a ride from the airport to the cruise terminal by a relative in the area, arrived at noon and we were in our cabin by 12:15. Amazingly quick and simple check-in process. Even our cabin (mini-suite on the Dolphin deck) was ready. Very, very nice and spacious with an extra sitting room, a full bathroom and our first balcony (I will never cruise without a balcony again). Concerning the Dolphin exposed balconies...not an issue with us. It never got that hot, I didn't really care if people could look down on us (it was very rare that anyone else was out on their balconies anyway) and it made the cabin feel that much more open. The ship is beautiful. We spent the first few hours exploring the dining rooms, buffet areas, pools, lounges, casino, library, internet area, etc... Dining: We signed up for Traditional 6:00 dining at a table for 8. I was hoping that we would sit with 3 other couples through the cruise. The first night, we sat with 2 couples travelling together. They were nice but we felt like we were intruding. They were changing their seating anyway to join up with 2 other couples. The next night, we sat by ourselves at a table for 8! That was it for our Traditional Dining experience. From then on, we switched to Anytime Dining. There have been some negative remarks concerning Anytimg Dining (probably why we didn't sign up for it in the first place). However, as a 2-some, we were always seated within 5-10 minutes (no reservations) with other couples. Everyone was friendly and the service (and food) was excellent. The only problem is that dinner took 2 hours so make sure to leave enough time if you want to catch a show. We also ate several breakfasts in the dining room -- also excellent food and service. I would suggest, if you are a couple who doesn't mind eating with other people, sign up for Anytime. I got the impression that most tables in Traditional were large groups and families travelling together. Buffet: This was probably the weakest part of the cruise. The setup is confusing (sometimes the Caribe was open, sometimes Horizon), it was difficult to find all the food and sometimes even more difficult to find a seat. The food was so-so compared to the dining rooms. But the view was nice! International Cafe: Excellent! Try it sometime. Trident Grill and Pizza by the pool: Also excellent! Entertainment: The first night was kindof a waste of a show. Lots of talking from the cruise director and staff. We were finally treated to a short set from the comedian (I forget his name). The next night, we saw his full set and we were in tears from laughing so hard. There was also another hysterical comedian the last few nights. Other production shows were OK. The Motown show was technically good but somewhat sanitized. The hypnotist show was just plain boring and silly. We did enjoy some of the trivia contests and other games throughout the week. We also took advantage of several Movies Under The Stars. Staff: Everyone we came in contact with was friendly, smiling and helpful - from the girl who served ice cream to the waiters to the room stewards. If you're eating at a buffet, it wouldn't hurt you to get up and get your own coffee! These people are working hard! Disembarkation: We had a relatively late time since our flight was at 1:30 PM. We walked down to the specified meeting place at 10:15 and we were off the ship by 10:20, through customs by 10:30. Overall, all excursion disembarkations were well organized. See Port Review details below. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
This is our third Princess Cruise and we noticed considerably, how the attitude of the staff and service has dramatically dropped. We read reviews before booking our Christmas Cruise and dismissed critics that noted poor food as we had not ... Read More
This is our third Princess Cruise and we noticed considerably, how the attitude of the staff and service has dramatically dropped. We read reviews before booking our Christmas Cruise and dismissed critics that noted poor food as we had not experienced this previously. The level of service and quality of food is a corner that Princess seems to be cutting. Fish on the menu was very poor, over cooked, dry. Nothing was said when we were leaving plates of food uneaten. This has not been the case on Princess in the past, if something was not eaten on other trips, some concern was shown and other choices offered. Our plates were whisked away with no questions asked. The Maitre'd overseeing the dining room had an arrogant attitude and was very condescending when we asked him to change our table to one that was clearly not being used. Our waiter had given us the table number to request, we were told that he shouldn't have given us that information and that he would be in trouble for that!.... What!!! Great Service!!! We also heard him arguing with another passenger regarding her table selection. We chose to book a table at the Crown Room for a better meal, we were messed around by the reservation people at the restaurant and told we could only get a table at 9:30PM. On reflection of the late time, we decided to cancel and called from our room to reschedule for another day. We were told that they were booked, the reservationist was quite rude. Every time we walked by the restaurant there were many table empty of guests. We decided to pop in at 7:30 on a day that was supposedly booked and were seated immediately. The meal and service was fantastic, please note the restaurant was only a third full and subsequent nights not more than half full. Our room was serviced twice daily and our steward was working hard, although, he seemed very tired and burned out. We did use the spa and gym. The spa was over the top expensive for the experience and somewhat dirty in the common areas. The ship as a whole seems to be getting tired. To sum it up. We feel the $4,000 that we spent on this trip would be better spent on another liner. Our next vacation will be a Resort or back to Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
We sailed from 11/28 to 12/5/09 on the Crown Princess out of Fort Lauderdale. We flew down the day before and stayed at the Hyatt Place. The services were great. Close enough to walk to stores and restaurants. We were on the shuttle by ... Read More
We sailed from 11/28 to 12/5/09 on the Crown Princess out of Fort Lauderdale. We flew down the day before and stayed at the Hyatt Place. The services were great. Close enough to walk to stores and restaurants. We were on the shuttle by 11am and at the port within 5 minutes. Embarkation: Very easy. We are Platinum member and were directed to sit with the Elite members and then around 11:30 all of us were directed upstairs of the port terminal and waited about 15 mins. before boarding the ship. Our cabin was on Caribe Deck, #606. We had a balcony room and the Caribe Deck is the only deck with half covered and half open balconies. The balcony is large enough for 4 chairs and table (two of the chairs recline). The cabin steward gave us excellent service all week (his name was Edgardo.) Dinner: We had open seating and never had to wait for a table. We always shared dinner with other cruisers. We like to meet other people and never have a problem with conversation. Food was good to excellent and there was always something on the menu to order. Waiters and Asst. Waiters were very accomodating. Shows: Excellent, especially the hypnotist and comedians Casino: We were invited by Princess through the Players Club. The only complaint with the casino was the about of smokers and the smell was terrible. We even asked the Casino Director to have formal nights "smoke free," as other Princess Ships do, but she said they she had to cater to the VIP players. Casino was very crowded and at times had to wait for a machine. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
I sailed on the Crown Princess the week of Nov 28th with a friend and enjoyed a fabulous week. This was my fourteenth cruise, second time on the Crown. Prior cruises have been on NCL and Costa. We flew Jetblue non-stop from Boston to ... Read More
I sailed on the Crown Princess the week of Nov 28th with a friend and enjoyed a fabulous week. This was my fourteenth cruise, second time on the Crown. Prior cruises have been on NCL and Costa. We flew Jetblue non-stop from Boston to Fort Lauderdale the morning of the cruise and took a taxi to FLL. We were unable to fly in a day early due to work schedules, but the weather gods were with us, and it was all good. Boarding went fast, and we were stashing our bags in the cabin and heading to lunch in Horizon Court by 12:30. I used a future cruise credit to book an outside-obstructed guarantee, category F directly with Princess. We ended up in Cabin # E702. The cabin had a large picture window and there was no obstruction at all. The twin beds were very comfy. There was plenty of space for two ladies to store clothing. The bathroom was tiny, but it was fine. We had initially considered a balcony but decided to put the money toward a shore excursion instead. We were happy with our choice on this cruise. We had had breakfast and dinners in the Davinci or Michelangelo dining room, always opting to share a table with others. We met lots of nice people this way, and never had to wait for a table. Many of our tablemates were retired and cruised a lot, and quite a few on our sailing were from Canada. We are in our early fifties and were frequently the youngest people at the table. (Not a bad thing, just an observation) Our waiters and waitresses were outstanding without exception, and I was very happy with the quality and selections on the menus. Princess has an "always available" side of the menu, offering chicken, beef tenderloin and salmon as well as shrimp cocktail, fettuccine alfredo, and the Princess love boat dream dessert every day. The other side of the menu featured different appetizers, desserts, soups and entrEes that changed daily. It was good. My friend and I enjoyed dressing up to go to the dining room and had fun taking pictures of the Christmas decorations in the atrium after dinner. The lobster and shrimp served on the second formal night was delicious. The ship visited four ports and we had two sea days. The first port was Grand Cayman. We are early risers, so after an early breakfast, we took an early tender to shore and hopped a taxi to Sea Grape Beach, which is an area of seven mile beach for $5.00 each. We rented chairs for $5.00. I was able to pick up a wifi signal on my iphone, from the beach bar I guess. Lucky bonus. By noon time the beach was crowded and we decided to return to town for a bit of shopping., and then returned to the ship Our second port was Roatan, an undeveloped island off of mainland Honduras. The Crown Princess was the first ship to dock at the new pier Mahogany Bay, which is located a few miles away from the other pier at Coxon Hole. I have to say that I was impressed. It reminded me of the setup at Grand Turk. There is an area of shops on one side, and a beach area nearby, across a bridge. A ski lift ride is available for those who don't want to walk over the bridge. We had booked a shore excursion that took up most of the day, so we didn't get any beach time at Mahogany Bay. A number of local venders had space at the pier, and we were able to purchase coffee and some nice wooden bowls. They seemed very happy to have people there supporting the local economy. Our day in Roatan was the best ever, We had booked the Deluxe Catamaran tour on the Graziafelice through Princess. Our group boarded an air-conditioned bus at the pier and made the 30-minute journey to the West End. It was a comfortable ride, and we got to see a little bit of the island on the way. When we reached the Graziafelize, we were greeted by a friendly crew and welcomed aboard. They went over the safely guidelines and demonstrated how to use the snorkeling vests, we were escorted in the water by a snorkel guide and they had a crewmember in a kayak keeping an eye on people. Soft drinks and lunch were served as people returned to the boat, and a cash bar was available for rum punch. ($2.00) The reef in Roatan is beautiful and we saw a lot of colorful fish and coral. The next port was Cozumel. There are three cruise ship piers in Cozumel. The Crown Princess docked at Puerta Maya right next to the Carnival Legend, We opted to take a taxi to the Paradise Beach Club. The use of the beach and chairs is free as long as you buy something to eat or drink. We enjoyed delicious smoothies and stayed for a couple of hours before heading back to the ship. It was easy to get taxi, and we were able to share one on the way with some other people from our ship. The last port was Princess Cay, which is essentially a beach day. Again, the weather was perfect and the beach was beautiful. We walked the beach and got nice photos. After looking all week for a small size water wallet, we finally found one in the gift shop at Princess Cay. The entertainment was a mix. I thought that one of the comedians, Phil Tag was very funny. The show band was very good. The last night of the cruise they show band played a jazz set in the Wheelhouse bar, it was real nice. Prior nights they had dance music. There were a lot of people who liked to dance on board. There were two singing and dancing shows, a comedy juggler, and a hypnotist. The entertainment is repeated so you don't have to miss a show if you go to see another. Lots of movies were available, in the Princess Theater in the Cabin and on Movies under the Stars The main atrium served as a stage for a string quartet and also a hula-hoop dancer. There was a balloon drop one night, which was festive. The Crown has three pools. Our favorite was the Terrace pool, all the way aft. On sea days we would grab a slice of pizza and bring it to or lounge chairs overlooking the ships wake. The main pools have the hot tubs and a calypso band played from time to time. Fun times. There were many options for activities, food and beverages and entertainment. We didn't do any of the specialty restaurants as we were very happy with the main dining rooms, but I have gone to the Crown Grill on a prior cruse and highly recommend it. Didn't care for the casino..too smokey. The candid professional photos were nice, but the 5x7's were $20.00 each. I would have bought a couple if they were not so expensive. I'm not a Spa girl, but my friend got a neck and shoulder massage by the pool and said it was good. We were tempted to take an afternoon the the sanctuary, but we were so happy with our chairs by the terrace pool, there was no need to. Our week flew by, and on Saturday morning we were out of our cabin by 8:00 AM, had our last breakfast in the dining room, and were in a taxi to FLL by 10:00AM refreshed and rested I loved my week on the Crown Princess and can't wait to sail again Read Less
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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