6 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Group and Theme Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

The Norwalk Virus was alive and spreading, even unto warning signs in bathrooms to wash extra clean. Some got cabin fever throwing up for days, others upon returning home. Worst was a 60yo gal with December perfect labs having her liver ... Read More
The Norwalk Virus was alive and spreading, even unto warning signs in bathrooms to wash extra clean. Some got cabin fever throwing up for days, others upon returning home. Worst was a 60yo gal with December perfect labs having her liver fail after 2.5 weeks of Norwalk after departure. (The very next year, news carried Princess had a class action Norwalk suit against them, others having organ complications - which Princess stonewalled.) Norwalk clings to dishes & textiles like glue and even super heated water/bleach doesn't kill it all. Dancing was margin due to ship rocking fore & esp. aft, where someone intelligently placed the largest dance floor. Best dance music was found in the tightest dance floor bars = uncomfortable unless you only rock and shuffle in a bear hug. When fogged in returning to port, NO mention of staying in room w/room service, complementary this/that, save a couple of run & get it for exact cash only special drinks @ pool bar. By this time a whole day of people trashing and further polluting the Norwalk public bathrooms. The dinners were the only bright spot, once you pushed through the opening waiting lines and ignorant to Norwalk suspect dishes served. Very pleasant waiters & room clerks everywhere. Best defense: 1. AVOID THIS CRUISE LINE 2. or only use your own private bathroom, try to kill dining germs with alcohol & extra cleanliness in bathroom, touching public items as little as possible Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Embarkation was amazingly fast. For anyone who sails on Princess in a Mini-Suite, please remember that any sign that says "For Elite, Captain Circle and Suite Only" refers to you. Mini-suites are not advertised on the sign, but ... Read More
Embarkation was amazingly fast. For anyone who sails on Princess in a Mini-Suite, please remember that any sign that says "For Elite, Captain Circle and Suite Only" refers to you. Mini-suites are not advertised on the sign, but they do refer to mini-suites, family suites and full size suites so do NOT pass up the opportunity to skip ahead of the lines - you will regret it. We got off the bus, filled out our form and were on the ship within 10 minutes. Our stateroom steward, Dario, was absolutely amazing. He called us by name in the halls after our first encounter and was very interested in our trip. He was friendly and always willing to help with any situation. When our bathroom light started to flicker, we asked if he could have it fixed by dinner - it was fixed within a few minutes, saying that it's not something we would put-up with at home so we shouldn't have to put-up with it until dinner on the ship. Our steward was the best steward we've had on any ship. Next we had the opportunity to actually explore the ship. Because we have been on this ship before, we got to see things we had missed the previous time. Our first sailing on this ship was 2 cruises after a huge noro-virus outbreak took over and they were stripping off paint and using bleach and other sanitizers on everything. This time, everything was immaculately clean with staff on hand to point you in the right direction and to make sure before serving yourself at the buffet that you used the hand sanitizer. Staff would assist you in finding a seat in the full dining area and tables were cleaned almost immediately after you left to prepare for the next hungry cruiser. The International cafe knew us from day 1, so he would have our regular plate of food ready for us and would always offer us fresh-out-of-the-oven food when we would walk by. The pools were usually crowded, but when it came time for the pool events, the staff would get everyone out of the pool so the participants could play. Water volleyball was extremely fun, PLAYERS BEWARE, the shallow end of the pool is 5'2", but the water runs over the top lip so it's more like 5'5", if you're like me and only 5'0" please be advised that you will be treading water for the entire game which in our case lasted between 1 hour and 1.5 hours. Our dinner waitresses were the best pair we have ever had. Usually we get 1 good and 1 so-so waiter, but this time they were both willing to talk with us, serve us professionally and joke around with our table, making the dinner twice as enjoyable. The only bad occurrence we had was the transfer to the airport. Once we disembarked the ship, we pulled out our tickets and began looking for the guide... who wasn't there. So, we had to ask about 6 different people to show us where we needed to go because the people who were suppose to be directing us were hiding behind the buses taking a smoke break. Then instead of taking us to the airport, the driver made us wait close to an hour before he would drive us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Embarkation was wonderful when we got off our bus I thought we are never going to get on and we had handicapped people that needed assistance but I have to say I was impressed, the only thing is that if the handicapped people could of ... Read More
Embarkation was wonderful when we got off our bus I thought we are never going to get on and we had handicapped people that needed assistance but I have to say I was impressed, the only thing is that if the handicapped people could of gotten off the bus nearer the terminal! When we did get in the terminal once the wheel chair came, which was very quick, they were taken away and taken completely care of. I had found out prior to cruising because of reading Cruise Critic reviews that we had a mini-suite without a covering over our balcony! I tried to change our room but it was a full ship. I felt as though our travel agent should of been aware of this and warned us. I also called Customer Service at Princess Cruise Lines and told them that in the description of the mini-suites that should be added "some mini-suites do not have a covering over them"! This was a very big dissapointment to me. The service was absolutely wonderful! WE had Na from Thailand at our table 252 in the Michaelangelo dining room and she was a delight....she steered us to the 'yummy yummy' dinner selections and she was dead on all the time! She made our dining experience a 5++++! The food was always delivered hot and anything that was needed was taken care of very quickly. We did feel as though in the entertainment area there could be improvement! But they did have entertainment we could follow every night and enjoy very much Daniel Oliver in the Crooners Lounge was amazing! It was overcast for most of our trip except when we got to our two ports....Curacao and Aruba which worked out very nicely. But did not get to sit on the balcony because of the rain, which I would have if I had a covering over it!!!! It also was too breezy because of the full exposure to the elements which I never get with a 'regular' balcony, let alone a mini-suite which was our first and was hoping for a lot more from the extra expense! Now for disembarkation with our 'handicap' couple...we were sent to the Crooners Lounge and there was a delay because of Customs...when we were cleared no one announced this....then we are sitting there (for over 40 minutes) and my daughter hears someone talking to a princess worker about a 'lightblue color' and we had Express Walkoff .... so I approach him and he says we'll get a wheelchair right away...now why weren't they asking who had what and letting us know what was happening there were at least six workers standing around and not one said a word! So off we go but guess what? We had to take care of our luggage and theirs.....that was a real challenge and I had asked prior to embarkation if we could get assistance when getting off and on with the luggage even if we were 'express' and they assured us yes...of course I don't usually hesitate to speak up and shame on me I should of at this point but was afraid we might be holding the rest of our bus group up at this point since they were all in another lounge! We did make it off but I felt as though the person helping us should of called for someone to handle the luggage its not as if we weren't willing to pay for the assistance! I've learned some lessons and just wanted to share 'lessons learned' with all of you.....don't get me wrong I loved my cruise but because of the balcony and the handicap assistance it would of been a 5!!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We booked this cruise back in January and the only problem we had was waiting for the sail away date to come. Once on board, we had a wonderful week of cruising. Our trip first started off by flying in the day before from Milwaukee on ... Read More
We booked this cruise back in January and the only problem we had was waiting for the sail away date to come. Once on board, we had a wonderful week of cruising. Our trip first started off by flying in the day before from Milwaukee on AirTran Airways. We had a direct flight with no problems, arrived in Ft Lauder-dale around 11:00 AM. This gave us the rest of the day to visit downtown Holly-wood, Florida and the Hollywood Broadwalk down by the beach. We had a reserva-tion at the Holiday Inn in Hollywood. This was the second time for us staying there. I highly recommend this hotel, friendly staff, nice lobby, clean rooms and a beautiful outdoor pool area. Plus, to top it off, great complimentary shuttle service from the airport and to the Everglades Cruise Port. Once check-ed in, we headed out to visit the sites I mentioned above. Downtown Hollywood was just ok, nothing special that I could see. We did find a nice place for lunch called "Chocolada Bakery & Cafe". Good food, but great deserts! After lunch we hopped on the local trolley to take us to the Broadwalk on the ocean-front. We really enjoyed this area. It's a 2 mile long pedestrian promenade, has a path for walkers, a bicycle lane and jogging path. Beautiful beach area with many people enjoying the day. Their was lots of restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops along this promenade. We stopped at a couple places for drinks and to take pictures. One place we visited was the Organic Brewery & Restaurant. I must say they brew some good beer. I'm one of these guys that enjoy visiting brewpubs when traveling. After that we caught a taxi back to the hotel. After freshing up we walked over to the convenience store next door to stock up on some soda and wine for the cruise. After that we had a late night fish fry at the hotel and then we called it a night. The next morning we were very excited as we new it was finally cruise day! We were signed up for the 11:00 AM shuttle to the cruise terminal. We woke up early and had breakfast at a Denny's across the street from the hotel. Finally it was time to go and head over to the Crown Princess. The wait was over! We were in line by 11:30 AM and on board in our cabin by 12:30. We had an oceanview room on Plaza Deck, room P325, just a few feet from the Piazza area & International Cafe. Our cabin was ok, but some mornings when in port, we heard a lot of noise from workers on the deck below operating mechanical lifts, etc. Also one night we could hear the waves pounding up against the ship below us when sleeping. We did incur some rough weather that night. Like many other cruises, I think we will stick with Emerald Deck in the future. Anyway, back to the first day on board, after checking out our cabin we headed to the International Cafe for a light lunch. We purchased a coffee card for $29.00 plus 15% gratuity and were set for the week. We spent a lot of time at the International Cafe during the week. One of our favorite places on the ship to hang out. After walking around a bit, it was now time to attend the muster drill with our life jackets in the casino at 3:30 PM. Then it was back to the cabin to unpack our luggage which came a bit late. At 4:00 PM the Crown Princess was on it's way. Let the party begin!!! Back in February I joined cruise critic and signed up for the roll call for this cruise. I was glad I did as my wife and I met a lot of nice people at the Meet 'N Greet at the Adagio Bar on deck 16. We had this gathering the first day on board at 5:00 PM. A special thanks to Meredith & Mike from Virginia for organizing this roll call. We also had a slot pull in the casino that 25 of us got involved in on Monday afternoon (seaday). Special thanks to Fred & Lourdes (Florida) for setting this up. We had a lot of fun with tired feet even though we didn't win or maybe it was because of hunger pains (like we don't get enough to eat on a cruise ship). Anyway, we had a blast. Some of the nice people we met and ran into during the week were Rich & Sandi (Cleveland), Jerry & Kathy (California), Ron & Linda (Virginia), Rob & Kim (Green Bay), Mike & Amanda (New Jersey), Patty & Mike (Arizona), Ken & Eileen (upstate New York), Liz & Joe (Tampa Bay), Andrea & Bob (Florida) and Simon from the UK. I know I'm missing a few, but just can't match everyone up with names. We also had a nice farewell gathering on Friday, the last night of the cruise at the Adagio Bar. A great group of people, I was really glad to be a part of this roll call. That night we attended the "Welcome Aboard Show" in the Princess Theater. They had a very funny comedy duo (Alfred & Seymour) that were hilarious. We saw their show a couple times during the week. The cruise director (Sam Hawker-Thomas)and her main assitant Stu were very good hosting events during the week as were the other assitants. Through out the week we enjoyed watching movies "Under the Stars" (deck 15 pool area) and in the Princess Theater. Saw "My Week with Marilyn", "The Iron Lady", "The Artist", "Sherlock Holmes-A Game of Shadows" and "The Ides of March" with George Clooney. We also enjoyed going to the triva games, bingo and the casino during the week. We never won, but had fun trying. One of our favorite shows is "The Newlywed, Not So Newly-wed Game Show". It's always a good laugh from the answers the contestants give. Another event we always attend is the "Princess Pop Star Grand Finale" on Friday night to wrap up the cruise week. Some very talented singers performing some good songs. We didn't attend any production shows this time around with the singers and dancers. We actually saw these same shows they performed on other Princess cruise ships. (It's time for new shows). We did see "Fernandez" the comedy hypnotist, very funny show and to end it, another funny comedian the last night of the cruise "Tom Briscoe". The next day, our only let down, the captain, Andrew Proctor had to cancel our arrival to Princess Cays due to bad weather. The waves were to strong to get the tender boats into the small harbor there. I always enjoy this stop, hope-fully next cruise we will be back. We managed to find other options on board, like eat some more. We were very satisfied with our breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Then to top it off, the deserts are the best! My wife and I are easy going and like to dress casual (no dress up on the 2 formal nights). So we stay away from the main dining rooms and eat our meals at the Horizon Buffet or Cafe Caribe. We always enjoy the Bavarian Bierfest Dinner Buffet they have in Cafe Caribe which was Wed. night. They also have Italian and Mexican buffet nights. Always a good selection of food and very tasty. One true statement, you never go hungary on a Princess cruise ship. We had 4 sea days on this cruise, twice in the Wheelhouse Bar on sea days (11AM to 2PM) they served a "British Pub Lunch". My wife had fish & chips and I had bangers & mash. Both were excellent. Our two ports of call were Curacao and Aruba. In Curacao we justed walked around and did a little sight seeing & shopping. It was a very humid day. Willemstad is a charming little town with it's bright, pastel colored buildings. We were able to sample the famous Curacao Liqueur which is quite good. We ended up buying a bottle that we smuggled back on board with no problem. Aruba our next port stop was our favorite. We did the "California Lighthouse & Beach Excursion" on the banana bus. We had a very good driver that gave us the run down on everything we passed. We saw a lot of fancy homes that were worth millions of dollars, but were built along the ocean drive. After seeing the lighthouse we spent about 3 hours at MooMba Beach in the hotel zone of Palm Beach. Great place to enjoy the surroundings and just lay back in the lounge chairs, get a little tan, take a swim and enjoy a couple of drinks. The entire beach area was great with beautiful resort hotels up and down Palm Beach. We took a walk over to the Marriott Hotel & Casino, very nice grounds andpool area. We went inside the casino and actually won $15.00. Afterwards we just walked the beach back to our area and enjoyed the scenery. It was a great day, sunny and warm. Once the banana bus got us back, we boarded the ship and headed up to the gym (treadmill) to burn some calories. All the eating and drinking was catching up to us. We worked out several times during the week, but I know I gained a couple pounds when I got back home. We celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary on board (April 24th). I left a note in the Princess Library and Sam & Stu annouced it the next morning on the "Wake Up Show". Princess also put balloons and a anniversary poster on our cabin door. That evening in Cafe Caribe, several crew members came over and sang happy anniversary to us and presented us with a small cake for the occasion. It was a nice moment. During the cruise we each put down a $100.00 deposit for a future cruise and onboard credit. We always take advantage of this offer, why not have some free spending money on our next cruise. We do have our next cruise booked on the Emerald Princess. A 10 day cruise starting Nov. 7th, we picked this itinerary as we have never been to Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados and St Kitts. The only problem, we now have to wait another six months to go. Disembarkation was a breeze, we were one of the last passagers to leave the ship around 10:30 AM Saturday morning. We had a a later flight back home, so their was no rush to get off the ship. So we left our cabin at 8:00 AM and headed up to Horizon Buffet for one last Breakfast. Then we headed down to the International Cafe and killed the last hour there sitting. Finally we were on our way, cleared customs in minutes, got our luggage and were in a taxi to the airport. We had nearly 4 hours of waiting time at the airport, but it was nice to have another direct flight back to Milwaukee. We arrived there at 6:00 PM and were back home a hour later after the drive. On a closing note, just want to say hi to Bernie & Darlene (Connecticut). They weren't with the roll call, but had fun hanging out with them. We had a couple bad weather days on this cruise, but it didn't stop our enjoyment. Thanks Princess for another great cruise! And happy cruising to all you folks on cruise critic. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
I traveled with a large group of family and friends. This was my third cruise; one with Royal Caribbean and second with Princess. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale a day before the cruise and stayed at the Days Inn. The hotel was clean and ... Read More
I traveled with a large group of family and friends. This was my third cruise; one with Royal Caribbean and second with Princess. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale a day before the cruise and stayed at the Days Inn. The hotel was clean and basic. The beds were a little small, but good overall and very inexpensive. They were also very accommodating getting our group to the cruise port the next morning. Embarkation was fairly smooth. We arrived at the cruise port around 10:30am and had to wait an hour or so because the ship was late arriving in port. They did mention there were 100,000 people or so at Port Everglades that morning, so things were a little delayed. Once we boarded the ship, we went to our cabin and our luggage arrived very quickly. We had an interior cabin on deck 11. It was fairly spacious and very clean. Our room steward (Felix) was great. The ship is beautiful and spotless. The pools were nice and I found there were enough deck chairs for everyone. We did get up early to get good chairs most mornings, though. Ports: Our first port was Princess Cays. Disembarkation was fairly easy. We waited roughly 20-30 minutes for a tender. The beach is nice but a little rocky. The barbeque lunch on the beach was nice, and there seemed to be ample space and lounge chairs for everyone. We did some snorkeling as well. Our second port was Curacao. We walked right off the boat and into the main town centre. Our group took a 2.5-3 hour tour of the island for $10 per person. It was very informative and the guide was great. We stopped at the Curacao Liqueur Distillery Factory, a beach and a look-out point to take some photos. Our third port was Aruba. Again, we walked off the boat and into the town centre. We took the city bus to Palm Beach and spent the day there. (The bus was roughly $3 roundtrip). Palm Beach is very beautiful; white sand, warm water and no rocks. My only complaint was that it was a little crowded and lined with large hotels and resorts. Entertainment: The entertainment on the Crown Princess was good. We saw the comedians (Alfred Seymour) twice and they were hilarious. The best I've ever seen on a cruise ship. The comedy magician was also good and quite funny. Karaoke and the Newlywed game were fun as well. Dining: We usually went to the buffet for breakfast and lunch. There was always a good selection of food and I thought it was very tasty. The staff were always friendly and we had great service. Dinner was an early seating in the Dining Room. Our servers (Sher-Ann and Allan) were outstanding. They were friendly, hardworking and fun. We also saw them at the breakfast buffet every morning and they still gave us the same great service. Food in the dining room was good. Some meals were great and some were just OK. Overall, very good and I have no complaints. Staff: The staff on the Crown Princess were outstanding. We always had great service at the buffets and in the dining room. They were all friendly, diligent and seemed to really enjoy their jobs. We did, however, encounter quite a few miserable passengers who were rude to the staff for ridiculous and petty things. It's a shame they have to tolerate these people. Disembarkation: Getting off the ship was a breeze. We had a late disembarkation time and basically walked right off. Overall: This cruise could not have been better. It exceeded my expectations in many ways it was definitely the best vacation yet. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Returned my rental car to Sunshine Rental on Rte 84, just outside the west port road entrance- great prices on cars! $12 ride in with tip. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy and painless. Muster drill now assigned to a lounge/casino ... Read More
Returned my rental car to Sunshine Rental on Rte 84, just outside the west port road entrance- great prices on cars! $12 ride in with tip. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy and painless. Muster drill now assigned to a lounge/casino or other area, not outside. As Port Everglades raised their fees to accommodate Oasis (also in port), sailing time was moved up an hour to 4 pm. Note, it's always important to stay on ship's time when in port. Cabin was spacious. The ship had just come out of The Bahamas dry dock for 'freshening.' Opted for 50% surcharge to be alone. Leo, the steward was helpful. Travelled with a group of 220, so we had many of our own activities planned; but, used Princess for shore excursions. Luggage seemed to be delivered for everyone before dinner. It was unusually rocky crossing the gulf stream in both directions.... The Lido deck buffets were okay. I visit Vegas often, and it's always an issue when items are not labeled and the dish looks unusual requiring finding someone to offer an explanation. Staff attentive in helping you to a table and refreshing your drinks. Enjoyed pizza; but, mostly really enjoyed the choices at the International Cafe. Actually, preferred their mini desserts to the dining room desserts. Ordered room service breakfast twice and it arrived a bit ahead of requested time. They don't understand how to toast an English Muffin though for their breakfast sandwiches. Did not particularly care for the Crown Grille food or service. The prices had just been raised $5. Sabbatini's was more enjoyable, but, it's insane to serve all those separate side dishes in bowls to a party of four when there are also four entrees. Alas, Proseco is no longer available on the ship. As I did Chef's Table previously, chose not to cough up another $90 for the experience. I recently donated the souvenir cookbook I received. Have some great pix of the dishes served though! Main dining room service was generally very good and the food choices fine, if uninspired. Sometimes service backed up to a most leisurely pace. Some table gets served last....I'm not a big red meat eater and enjoyed mostly fish (probably frozen) and chicken, turkey, pork. Had a coffee card and it was always nice to finish with a decaf cappucino. MUTS- caught one and probably missed 35% of the dialog. Shows- These are the exact same production shows I saw three years ago. There were even a few numbers that were identical to the Carnival ship I had been on for the two previous years. Comedian was good; enjoyed music ensembles around the ship. Never got to see the hula hoop gal who got very good reviews from other cruisers. Casino- Diddled at the slots; if you find a machine that seems to have a better payout; then start playing maximum coins for some really nice jackpots. Had the 10,000 suitcase (penny machine); but made a deal at the end for 5,400. Lucky Lemmings has infectious music. Hotel Desk- Always helpful! Spa/Gym- Even though there's a sign that says lockers are for spa patrons only, you just leave your room card and get a locker key. Bring a small towel in from the gym to stand on.... Ports- As I had been travelling for over a week before getting on the Crown; I chose the first day to stay on board- eat leisurely, do laundry (bring your own detergent and softener sheets and a roll of quarters) and iron all my evening wear shirts. So, missed Princess Cay which is a tender stop. It's just a beach and last time there were flies like crazy around the buffet items. Curacao- Group walking tour and off to see some caves by bus. As humid as it was on the island, the caves were worse. Do your own thing. Dine off the ship and catch the lovely lit village. Aruba- a desert island, with little landscape that is natural, our tour bus was one of those party buses which run at night and I wasn't ready for blasting R&R at 8:30 am. Went only to Lighthouse and the chapel for a pee break amongst the cacti. The restaurant adjacent to the Lighthouse charged and fee had small bills. Then dropped at Nikki Beach Restaurant, south of town and near the airport. Calm water and pleasant, narrow beach with comfy lounge chairs and their own pool. However, the lunch sandwich that was included was meager though it did include a welcoming mimosa. Owner was genuine- but, this is no relation to Nikki Beach of South Beach, FL fame. The first K was placed backward and was missing from the "crab" salad sandwich. The smoked salmon sandwich looked to be the best bet. I'm just not impressed with Princess- found Carnival more enjoyable, even with the hokey waiter singing and dancing during dinner. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
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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