10 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Baltic Sea

Loved the itinery- going right up to North Cape was very special; especially as most days the weather was good. First time on Princess; would rank her just below Celebrity but on a par with Royal Carribean. Only disappointment was some of ... Read More
Loved the itinery- going right up to North Cape was very special; especially as most days the weather was good. First time on Princess; would rank her just below Celebrity but on a par with Royal Carribean. Only disappointment was some of the entertainment with the exception of the "Encore" show on the last night which was amazing. The visiting soprano had a stunning voice and the four princess singers also sang their socks off! The Rat pack show was also great. Prima Strings were very talented. The cabin (interior on Alloha deck) was fine- with a large walk in wardrobe with plenty of space. Very clean. Horizon and Caribe buffets were very calm and had nice ranges of food. Anytime dining worked well for us and we didn't wait long as we were willing to share tables. Clientele on ship were older so the "night life" was quiet- felt sorry for the band who would sometimes play to very small audiences! We had no problems with trips but I believe there was an issue in Gerainger getting people off on tender. Guy in charge of entertainment was very witty and the Captain very personable!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
In my opinion, Princess always has the best itineraries. We have done Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Norwegian Fjords and Baltic and chosen Princess each time based on the best itinerary. The food is good, not special. Club ... Read More
In my opinion, Princess always has the best itineraries. We have done Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Norwegian Fjords and Baltic and chosen Princess each time based on the best itinerary. The food is good, not special. Club Class dining is new and a GREAT addition for those in mid-ship mini-suites. No lines and a slight food upgrade. The entertainment is also good, not great. Good enough to attend and enjoy. We always book mini-suites and they are very nice. We NEVER book the excursions through Princess as they are overpriced and include 50 people on a bus, and you can book small group private tours that are more extensive for literally half price. We have always enjoyed the casino - they have many game tables and a nice variety of choices - plus many many slot machines. I think the fitness center is the best. New updated equipment with lots of classes offered. We took advantage of the sauna and steam roomily at no extra charge. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Would recommend this cruise to anyone. It was quick and seamless embarkation, our luggage was waiting for us st our cabin which was spotless. Our cabin Stewart was Elle and he was always on hand to show us the way back to our cabin ( we ... Read More
Would recommend this cruise to anyone. It was quick and seamless embarkation, our luggage was waiting for us st our cabin which was spotless. Our cabin Stewart was Elle and he was always on hand to show us the way back to our cabin ( we were forever going the wrong way) always smiling and nothing was ever too much trouble for him. We opted for early dining and pea jay and Hosea from Botticelli dining room looked after us unbelievable well, they work tirelessly to make sure we have the best experience every night and always with a smile , we were treated like family.(100% promotion material). Great entertainment, great shows and fantastic comedians and always something to do . Highly recommend the excursions we went on all but 1 and had fantastic well trained and knowledgeable tour guides we learned so much. All in all a fantastic time away. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Over the past few years we have been cruising our way up the Norwegian coast with various cruise lines, the itinerary deciding which cruise to take. However, this year's preferred cruise was fully booked so the next option was Crown ... Read More
Over the past few years we have been cruising our way up the Norwegian coast with various cruise lines, the itinerary deciding which cruise to take. However, this year's preferred cruise was fully booked so the next option was Crown Princess, oh what a mistake we should have taken this year out. Embarkation at Southampton was chaotic with a total lack of interest from ship's staff on boarding the ship. There were very long queues for the Michaelangelo dining room with some guests allowed to book tables but others denied. The very strange menus were basically the same day in day out with only sauces or method of cooking varying. The Horizon buffet was a free for all with vegetables presented first before you found out what meat or fish (if at all) might be available. On a number of occasions the "food" presented was inedible. Very often the coffee was Grey in colour and the Tea was putrid. Sadly none of the Horizon staff (or management) were interested in resolving any concerns. The Port and Shore excursions were average with one excursion from Gravdal being cancelled apparently "due to lack of interest" 5 days before it was due to take place which was very strange as a number of other guests had been told that that particular excursion was overbooked! Overall, not impressed at all but what did surprise me was how many other guests, many of whom had obviously cruised with Princess for many years, expressed similar concerns to ourselves. Princess Cruises, never again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The only good thing about the cruise. Trips off the ship were far too expensive. One trip Princess was charging 149 US Dollars and it was done locally for 52 US Dollars. A rather large profit ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The only good thing about the cruise. Trips off the ship were far too expensive. One trip Princess was charging 149 US Dollars and it was done locally for 52 US Dollars. A rather large profit for Princess! The times of arrival and departure in port was changed from that on itinerary so lost time in some of the ports. Food in food court on deck 16 was awful. Dining room food was ok. I was expecting better. Service in dining room was a bit haphazard. Entertainment was poor in the theatre. The 3 comedians told the same joke only slightly different which I had heard more than twenty years ago. The rest of the entertainment could have been better. I found the ship overall was a bit dated and in need of refurbishing. Some areas were rather shabby. Leather seating in nightclub very worn. Will use a different cruise line next time I want to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because it visited many of the places that we wanted to see and we were not disappointed. Embarkation and disembarkation both went very smooth and staff couldn't have been more helpful. Our cabin was a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it visited many of the places that we wanted to see and we were not disappointed. Embarkation and disembarkation both went very smooth and staff couldn't have been more helpful. Our cabin was a disabled one and was extremely clean and comfortable and well situated for us on the Lido deck making it easy to get outside to the pool areas and Horizon court dining halls. Not far from the lifts either making access to other decks very easy. Our friend had a cabin backing onto ours and she also was very pleased. The food served in all areas was of a very high and varied standard and we all have no complaints there although I did hear a few moans from a couple of other guests that the toast was cold .Well I personally cannot expect piping hot toast when serving so many people . I think some people just like to moan A bit. The service in all restaurants was extremely good and the waiters /waitresses were very pleasant. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because of the Itinerary to the Baltics and because Crown Princess was our first cruise ship just after her Launch in 2006. We sailed in Jan 2007. Sadly the Crown has slipped badly. The ship is in desperate need ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Itinerary to the Baltics and because Crown Princess was our first cruise ship just after her Launch in 2006. We sailed in Jan 2007. Sadly the Crown has slipped badly. The ship is in desperate need of a major refit and has seemingly hardly been touched since we set sail on her, and what few things have been changed are for the worse. For example our favourite bar - The Wheelhouse Bar has been partly transformed into a so called English Gastro Pub and it is a shambles. They have effectively destroyed the Wheelhouse bar in a quest for more money. The Theatre, Explorers, Club Fusion are all desperately in need of a major makeover. We ate in Bottocelli Dining Room on Fixed dining. Here food was good and well presented, hot and tasty, although service was at times slow owing to an apparent lack of staff with different second waiters being deployed to our table on a regular basis. The Horizon Buffet is to put it mildly a shambles. Cold plastic plates often issued out and at both breakfast and lunch food was often tepid. Even on sea days some server outlets were not open putting pressure on other server points. Entertainment was distinctly average. Only one guest speaker - James Cosmo of Games of Thrones Fame, a comedian, magician, female comedienne - Joe Little who sometimes struggled to keep her audience, a Superb Freddie Mercury Tribute from Steve Larkin, a female singer - Leanne Mitchell - first winner of The Voice and the Theatre Company singers and Dancers who were very good, however remember this was dispersed over 14 days. Other than quizzes it was more or less up to passengers to entertain crew with Karaoke. Bar prices were very high and then to add insult to injury a 15% surcharge was automatically added to all bar purchases. A disgrace. We purchased 2 photographs and were astonished to be charged $50 for 2 medium sixed portraits. We only did one ship tour - 2 days in St Petersburg. The tour was excellent but heavy going with lots of Churches, Museums, Palaces visited. On more than one occasion the port adviser gave out misleading and in fact incorrect information, presumably to get more people on ships tours. This was Gdynia for Gdansk. She stated that their were few taxis, no shuttle bus and no hop on hop off bus and also intimated that Gdynia was a boring town with little to recommend, We exited the port on foot to be met by a barrage of taxi drivers, Hop on bus Ticket Sellers and a Shuttle Bus service to town. We decided to walk into town which we accomplished in 30 minutes to be met by a delightfully pretty promenade with old ship including a Navy Destroyer, Spanish Type Galleon as well as other pleasure boats, a parade of Souvenir shops, a delightful beach, Big Wheel, an Aquarium as well as bars, cafeterias, restaurants and a host of shops. To sum up - a good cruise and a good ship that needs a lot of TLC and money to bring it back to her best - seats are in many areas dirty and worn. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Wanted to revisit the Baltics, this cruise came through the door in a flyer, it was a good price. We have cruised with various companies, P&O the most. Our loyalty points move to Princess so we found ourselves on their Elite tier. ... Read More
Wanted to revisit the Baltics, this cruise came through the door in a flyer, it was a good price. We have cruised with various companies, P&O the most. Our loyalty points move to Princess so we found ourselves on their Elite tier. Second trip on this ship, clean and well maintained. Great embarkation, just really walked through. Cabin B752, was ready, right at the back of the ship. Balcony was a wee bit bigger. Had a bit of vibration, but nothing to worry about. We were on freedom dining. There was one dining room dedicated to this, plus the Divinci became freedom after 7.45pm. We use this one and apart from one evening got a table for 2. Food was good, not a huge amount of veg, but you could ask for more. Waiters were great, remembered you and your preferences. Breakfast and lunch were eaten at either the buffet or the great international cafe. Food ok at the buffet, much preferred the cafe. Some guests did not realise that the food was free in the cafe. Bought one coffee card which you could get speciality coffees, but you could also get complimentary tea,coffee and hot chocolate. The coffee in the buffet and after dinner was awful! Always a huge amount of activities in the Princess Patter, but a lot of it was sales related. Art actions, jewellery sales, etc, etc. Lots of quizzes, throwing the bean bag, wii games. Very good band at the back of the ship that very rarely had more than a dozen listeners/dancers. Theatre had very good acts, theatre company excellent. We did not take Princess excursions, they were horrendously expensive. Brugge - booked an independent transfer. Wonderful place, got very busy in afternoon. Copenhagen- hoho bus next to ship, could put cost on cruise card, though we found that Princess took a cut, not much, but still a cut. Stockholm- visited Abba museum, excellent. Again hoho bus at dockside. Tallin - beautiful place, more commercial than the last time we visit, caught the local shuttle into town. St Petersburg- marvellous two day tour with allah, wonderful could not praise this company enough. We were exhausted, but well worth it. Helsinki- poured with rain so did not do anything. Gdansk - docked at Gdynia, so just looked round this port town. Not sure if we would sail with Princess agin, mostly due to the expensive drinks with added 15% ( for your convenience!) not that we are big drinkers. Did not use the speciality restaurants. Quite happy with the main dining room. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Holiday started badly when arriving at the Ocean terminal to park the car, an official redirected us to an obscure car park 30 mins away. After negotiating rush hour traffic in Southampton we were turned away from this car park and told we ... Read More
Holiday started badly when arriving at the Ocean terminal to park the car, an official redirected us to an obscure car park 30 mins away. After negotiating rush hour traffic in Southampton we were turned away from this car park and told we were at the right one originally. We arrived back at Ocean terminal to apologies and from then on embarkation went faultlessly. We were shown straight to our stateroom,( cases having arrived)and impressed by the standard of accommodation. After enduring the mandatory Lifeboat drill, we set about exploring the ship. The staff were extremely helpful and polite and we soon settled in. We chose late evening dining, but on reflection probably would have chosen anytime dining as space in the entertainment venues become limited by the time evening meal has ended. Meals were all first class with great attention to detail. We never felt the need to go to the a la carte restaurants. The entertainment was excellent in both the theatre and bars and apart from one American comedian, was well worth watching. We found the drinks a lot cheaper than last year when we went with Royal Caribbean which meant wine at dinner and drinks in the bar were not an issue. If you want to do trips through the Cruiseline, book early as they sell out fast, It must be said you can do a lot of trips under your own steam although can be a little chaotic unless you prebook online. The scenery was absolutely stunning, something you will never forget........ Make sure you take your camera and get up early for the arrivals in the fjords.Our first port of call was Stavanger. We opted to do our own thing and buy tickets on the waterfront for a cruise up the Lysefjord.Be warned it is chaos to get your tickets,make sure you are there early. Fantastic sights in the fjord, although it was raining it only added to the dramatic landsacape. The 3 hour boat trip was not to be missed. After the trip we walked around Stavanger and enjoyed the sights. Not much to do in Olden and would recommend taking the Cruise coach tour of the surrounding area, to take in the breathtaking scenery, and enjoy afternoon tea at a local hotel in the mountains. Guide was extremely knowledgable and even showed us his house set in the hillside. Fantastic views as you cruise the fjord to Gerainger (Get up early for Photos). You can leave the Boat by tender, and walk around the small town, but not much to do unless you take the organised coach tour, which was very similar to the one in Olden, so we opted out. A super cruise, thoroughly recommended, but would suggest more for adults of a certain age rather than children Well done Princess Cruises 5* Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Norwegian Fjords 7 Nights 28th July 2011 My Mother and I are experienced cruisers and have sailed with Princess, P&O, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Fred Olsen & Cunard. Pre-cruise information by email was good, but I did not ... Read More
Norwegian Fjords 7 Nights 28th July 2011 My Mother and I are experienced cruisers and have sailed with Princess, P&O, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Fred Olsen & Cunard. Pre-cruise information by email was good, but I did not like having to print my own luggage labels. I had to reinforce the paper with sticky back clear film, otherwise they would have pulled off too easily. However I understand you can ask your travel agent to do it for you, but whether they would have gone to this amount of trouble I am not sure. Also Princess do not provide any printed literature about excursions. In contrast, P&O still send a beautifully presented bound folder with all the information about your cruise, excursion information and ready printed luggage labels. We arrived at the Ocean Terminal in good time and after leaving our car with Cruise & Passenger Services we had a speedy check in (we had priority check in). Then it was through security and onto the ship. All our cases arrived within 30mins of arriving in the cabin. Our Cabins Mini Suites on Dolphin deck were excellent in every way, very spacious, pristine condition, large sitting area with three seat sofa and large 5sq Mtr balcony. There was a large walk in wardrobe area and the ensuite had bath with shower. Shelf space was good, but drawer space however was minimal. Our cabin steward arrived to introduce himself and he looked after us very efficiently throughout the whole cruise. After a freshen up it was off to the Horizon Court (Lido Cafe) for a drink and something to eat. The food here was very good indeed, we had our breakfasts and lunches here and our evening meals in the Cafe Caribe which is adjacent to the Horizon Court at the rear of the ship. The service in these areas is first class, with staff anxious to assist you at every turn, very useful for elderly or disabled passengers. Once seated they are constantly at your side to assist with more food or drinks. These waiters are in addition to the staff clearing the tables, who do so efficiently and on a constant basis. A wide range of hot & cold food is available, in the evening sometimes with a particular theme. For us the only thing missing at lunch time was cold meats such as Ham, Beef or Pork, but there was always cheese and a very varied choice of salad items. We never had to queue when eating in these areas. It is also worth mentioning that hand gel was actively insisted upon whenever anybody entered the cafe and was freely available in all areas throughout the ship. Another aspect of hygiene was that milk was dispensed in jugs and jam and butter was in bowls with tongs or spoons which removed the process of multiple fingers diving into bowls for small packs of butter, jam and UHT milk (which we experienced on P&O Oceana the following week - see our separate report of this cruise) We ate only twice in the dining room, so cannot really comment on the standard of service here. The menu's we felt were not to our taste, a little too European and on one of the occasions for us, under cooked and poorly presented. However the evening meals in the Cafe Caribe were very good with plenty of choice and excellent desserts. If you are on anytime dining, there can be long queues if you want to eat in the dining rooms, so it's best to book a table early in the day. The layout of the ship is good, very easy to get around, the elevators are fast and numerous. The Piazza (Atrium) which covers three decks is the central hub with an attractive Coffee Bar which has lovely pastries throughout the day including sandwiches at lunch time (all free with the purchased drinks). We did not book any tours on the short cruise so cannot comment on how efficiently these were organised, but had no trouble getting on or off the ship at the various ports. PORTS OF CALL BERGEN city has some attractive areas in the town, with a large central park area with fountain and bandstand. The main shopping areas have wide pedestrian areas, although on our visit the pavements seemed very dirty and there were a lot of buskers. The attractive port area (with the pretty coloured quay side buildings) was rather spoilt by the covered market stalls and food outlets. The small harbour has some major building work on the quay side at the moment so it's in a mess. GEIRANGER We did not get off the ship here as it was a tender port and mostly for people going on tours who would be meeting up with the ship later in the day at HELLESYLT. The scenic cruising of the fjord here was very pleasant. HELLESYLT Service call only for passengers returning to the ship from overland tours. OLDEN is a small village at one end of the Nordfjord which has a few useful shops. The old church in Olden (the one in the village) was built in 1759 on the site of a stave church dating from around 1300. It's pew doors and jambs are made from timbers of the old stave church. This is well worth a visit and is only a 15 minute walk from the ship. During the Summer a small motor driven train with passenger cars does a shuttle service up and down the main road leading into the village. STAVANGER our final port is of course very large, we were docked very close to the Cathedral which is worth a visit if time permits. At the time of our visit a certain air of sadness prevailed due to the numerous memorials left in memory of all the students who died in the recent shooting tragedy. We did not go to any of the shows or entertainments so cannot comment on these. The usual array of daytime activities were available on board, including shuffle board, quoits, putting & table tennis. Disembarkation was smooth and trouble free. Overall an enjoyable relaxing cruise on a well run ship, with excellent service, accommodation and food. Read Less
Sail Date July 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 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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