9 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Canada & New England

We have been traveling since 1995 by Princess cruise line only except one time in 2001 we took a celebrity cruise . We hated celebrity cruise experience that year so we only use Princess for over 16 cruises now. We chose this cruise ... Read More
We have been traveling since 1995 by Princess cruise line only except one time in 2001 we took a celebrity cruise . We hated celebrity cruise experience that year so we only use Princess for over 16 cruises now. We chose this cruise because of the ports visited . The embarkation process was the best this time . As soon as we got into our Balcony cabin on 14th floor, we wanted to get out because we noticed stains in the toilet and some leak between the tiles in the bathroom floor from the grout. We told the steward at once . Next morning we both had severe back pain-being 75 & 79 year old- because of sagging bed. We told that to our steward too. We used to get very efficient hardworking steward except in the celebrity cruise(who was not even changing sheet everyday), but this time we were not lucky in Princess in this matter too. Of course ships started getting bigger and getting more passengers -good for bottom line- but service had become less . Last two cruises in Ruby Princess and in Royal princess we were spoiled by their friendliness , and service with smile . As we expected after seeing the conditions , there was "norvo virus " infection in this cruise. First time after taking so many memorable cruises we were counting the days to get out of this ship. Usually we used to feel sad towards the end of cruise. There was not enough help in the Horizon buffet once the self service was discontinued due to Infectious diarrhea-which was a good attempt to control the spread of infection. We always love "Princess cruises" until this time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise to see the fall colors. We have cruised over 40 times, mostly with Princess and several times on the Crown. We had a balcony on Caribe, very spacious, but somewhat dated decor. We arrived in NY several days in advance ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see the fall colors. We have cruised over 40 times, mostly with Princess and several times on the Crown. We had a balcony on Caribe, very spacious, but somewhat dated decor. We arrived in NY several days in advance and stayed near Times Square, saw some family and went to a show. Lots to see and do in NYC. Took uber to the Ferry on Wall St to get to Red Hook, very easy to do. Embarkation was very fast and easy as sailaway wasn't until 7pm. Our luggage arrived fairly quickly, we went to the library to get books, very good selection. We ate in the Dining Room every night but one. We had anytime and it was hit or miss as to seating times. Food wasn't bad but service was uneven. Breakfast buffet stayed the same the whole week. Seating in the buffet was challenging. We had some gray and windy weather especially at night, the decks had to be closed. Weather got increasingly cold as we sailed north. We missed our stop in Newport and activities on the ship were practically nonexistent. Boston we went to the Kennedy library, Quincy market and Beacon Hill. Bar Harbor we took the trolley into Acadia park. Leaves turning somewhat yellow there. In St John we did the walking tour on our own, the info desk in town was very helpful. Halifax we took a winery tour booked privately, a enjoyable day. Sydney we did the ship's excursion to the Bell museum, very colorful there. Charlottetown we walked around, very quiet place we toured Beaconsfield House. Quebec we did a walking tour through the tourist info which was very good. The next day we checked into the Chateau Frontenac and went to Ile D'Orleans booked privately. Expect cold weather bring good shoes, gloves, hat and scarves. Found the ship to be boring, could not get into the shows, the 8pm was packed a half hour in advance. We did attend the past passenger get together and each of us won a bottle of champagne-that was crazy. We went to the elite happy hour a couple of times in Skywalkers. The Wheelhouse is always packed for its happy hour from 3-4. Flew home from Quebec to Los Angeles on air Canada with a stopover in Toronto. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This cruise really stops at places most people think of when they think Canada/New England. The tours we did were really great (outside of Princess Cruises excursions). Highly recommend Ollie's Trolley in Bar Harbor and Auto Cars ... Read More
This cruise really stops at places most people think of when they think Canada/New England. The tours we did were really great (outside of Princess Cruises excursions). Highly recommend Ollie's Trolley in Bar Harbor and Auto Cars for the Quebec 5 hour, 5 stops excursion. The ship itself leaves a lot to be desired and it is going into dry dock in March 19 for renovations. Staff was wonderful. All in all a very great cruise. We chose an inside cabin. However, it is one of the few that have 179 square feet. The layout was terrific. There were doors on the closets, which we absolutely loved. Lots of cabinet and drawer space for our things. Our cabin attendant did everything we asked and was fantastic. We liked the location on the ship, although we were concerned at the beginning of the trip. The weather cooperated with the dates of our trip. This is the 2nd time we did this itinerary. Loved it, but would not do again because we have too many other places we want to see on our bucked list. Food choices were adequate. Have had better on Princess. Service in the dining room and bars was excellent. The fall colors were great. Princess is our favorite line and we have been on it 21 times and have two more trips planned on Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Let me start by giving you a little background. We have sailed over 25 times on all mass marketed lines and though we do have our favorite line or lines, we normally choose a cruise by the itinerary and the price. This particular cruise ... Read More
Let me start by giving you a little background. We have sailed over 25 times on all mass marketed lines and though we do have our favorite line or lines, we normally choose a cruise by the itinerary and the price. This particular cruise was one we had our hearts set on for many years and I think our expectations were a little too high. Is this saying,"we didn't enjoy our cruise?" Absolutely not, but there were aspects that were not positive. I guess nothing is or can be perfect. We flew from Northwest Arkansas to Dallas and then to Montreal for a couple of days prior to taking the rail to Quebec City. Our flight was delayed and we had several gate changes, thus the trip didn't start out on a positive note, but we arrived safe and sound, checked into our hotel about 11 p.m. and had glasses of wine to unwind before going to sleep. To our amazement, the phone rang about 20 minutes after we got to our room. Either the walls were very thin or we talk really loud cause we were asked to quiet down a little. That was a first for us and we have traveled a lot. We decided maybe it was time to turn out the lights and call it an evening. The next day we did a little walking around, visited Chinatown, checked out the local grocery stores and mainly people-watched. That night we chose a french restaurant the front desk attendant recommended. I can honestly say he has very good tastes. After eating maybe 5000 calories of cream and butter, we left the restaurant full and quite satisfied. The service, typical for Canada we were told, was very good but not particularly friendly. The next morning we boarded the rail for a 3+hour ride to Quebec. The entire train pretty much consisted of people heading for the Crown Princess. One little peice of information: we were told there was a very strict max size for luggage and there would be nowhere it could be stored other than above the seat or under. Well, I wouldn't suggest arriving with a steam trunk, but they were not measuring the size and they had storage shelves at the front of each car. I mention this because I actually bought one new piece of luggage, believing my duffle bag was about 2 inches too long. I could have saved a few bucks had I known they were not going to measure anything and had a porter at the train station to convey our bags aboard. I think our main complaints, which I will explain in detail as I go along, were: 1-There were actually too many ports, even though we chose the cruise thinking we would love how port-intensive it would be, and 2-We have decided we are just not megaship people. Third issue was there were too many ships in port at almost every stop. This was not something Princess could contol, but it did make touring somewhat hectic. THE SHIP: From the minute we entered the Crown we were swept away by her elegenace and beauty. It was hard to imagine what more they could do to make her better when she went into dry dock at the end of our cruise. The fresh flowers we saw so many places, including public restrooms, added to the decor and the overall feel of the ship. Getting around the ship was relatively easy. After a few days there always seemed to be something exciting going on in the Piazza area (Deck 5 in the Atrium). The only problem, as I have mentioned, was the size of the ship; 3500 people seeming more like a small town than a ship. Just getting on and off on port days was a hassle, especially coming back on ship at ports that normally were embarkation ports such as Quebec, Boston and NYC. EMBARKATION: We had priority embarkation, so we were on the ship and in our cabins not more than 15 minutes or so after arriving at the ship in Quebec. There were no porters at the pier, so each of us loaded our bags onto large movable "crates." Seeing this, I was a bit nervous, but everything arrived intact, outside our cabin, in good time. CABIN: As we had decided on the trip at the last minute (for us, last minute, is about 2 months out) we chose an inside cabin - only done one other time. The location was perfect for us. We were only a few cabins from the pool area and not far from the outdoor grill, which was just before entering the Horizon Court(buffet)area. We were reasonably near elevators and couldn't have been more satisfied. As for the cabin, it was almost identical to our last Princess cabin on The Golden, even though last time we had an outside cabin. Sizewise, I would say Princess is pretty similar to other lines (NCL, RCI and Celebrity), the only difference is with bathrooms and the large dressing room/closet area. The bathroom was so small it appeared the toilet was in the shower. As for the closet/dressing room area, this is a matter of opinion as I prefer to have more cabin space, whereas others like added closet space. The cabin was clean and there was plenty of storage. It appeared there would not be enough, except for the closet, but as we unpacked, we realized just how much space there was. Admittedly, we did travel little lighter than some because we had free laundry availability and took full advantage of it. The worst part of the cabin was the bed. I do hope they are being replaced in dry dock. The best part of the cabin was the flat screen and program selections. While there was not a lot of up-to-date programming, if one wants to go on a vacation just to watch TV, then check into the nearest hotel and watch it all day. ENTERTAINMENT: This was very hit and miss; once again a matter of opinion. The positives: a lot to choose among most nights, but the negatives: most wasn't that great and some entertainers were often repeats (one night they would be in the main showroom, the next in the Explorers Lounge). Of course, there was music throughout the ship, which was a positive and the Piazza, as mentioned previously, had entertainment both during the days and at night. Activities were also hit and miss. There were some port talks, but the lecturers left a lot to be desired. Of course, there was daily bridge (well attended, I might add) and the usual trivia contests plus other activities on the fewcsea days we had. One could choose to stay busy if they wanted, but the cool weather did interfere. We have discovered that those who choose port-intensive cruises are not sailing to be entertained every minute by the staff . DINING: Here, of course, is the most talked-about subject on any cruise and cruise line, I think, creating the most debates. Yes, food is very subjective, as we found out in talking to other cruisers. Overall, our opinion was: like many other lines, Princess has cut back. It was our goal to try something in every dining establishment and we did. Starting with the MDRs, the entrees were always good, cooked perfectly. Serving sizes were generous without over-doing it. There were enough choices that I can't imaging anyone having trouble finding something to enjoy. The biggest problem was a lack of spices making bland almost everything we tasted. The best thing I had were cauliflower fritters for lunch one day. The other truly enjoyable food in the MDRs was, as I mentioned, the entrees - specifically the meats. I had steak in some form two or three nights, always cooked just the way I like it; hubby said the same. The worst were breakfasts. I can't think of one positive thing to say about MDR breakfasts. We enjoyed meeting lots of nice people the nights we ate in the MDR, but wish Princess would have more tables for 2 or 4 instead of so many that seat 6 or 8. How many times can you ask or answer the same questions: where are you from, how many times have you cruised, are you enjoying yourself, what did you do today? I think this is what we get for choosing personal dining, but we like the flexibility. We also tried both specialty dining rooms. Sabatini's was wonderful until I got my lobster: how many people enjoy lobster that looks more like a raw shrimp? We talked to 4 or 5 other people who varified theirs also was not cooked. Yes, I could have sent it back; but, by this time, we had been eating for almost 2 hours, were getting a little tired and were pretty full. So we let it slide. Hubby's steak was perfect. We enjoyed the Crown Grill, but I am not sure we would spend $25 each again, as we didn't find it that much better than the main dining rooms. Because we chose to go completely casual, we didn't eat in the MDrs on formal nights, but chose the buffet. We also ate there 3 or 4 mornings and for a couple of lunches. Overall, I honestly would not recommend it to anyone. The outdoor pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream were what one would expect. They served their purpose, so I can't imagine anyone complaining about them. The last but not least place to grab a bite was the international cafe in the Piazza area. Though we only ate there a couple of times for lunch, it was quick, you could people-watch and the food, though not a huge selection, was very satisfactory and some people would get it and take it back to the cabin. SERVICE: This was another mixed bag for us: our cabin steward was the best we have had in years. I think he stood in the corner, watched us leave, and then cleaned in 10 minutes, never missing a thing. No matter how short a time we would be gone, we would return and the "please clean" sign would be down, the cabin spotless and, if we saw him, he would always smile and call us by name. In fact, all the housekeeping staff seemed friendly. The dining room servers were usually good, but certainly appeared to be over-worked and not as friendly as on some cruise lines. This isn't to be taken as a real downer, as we only had one or two meals where the service might have been considered below par. Our other opinion of the overall service was good, maybe not as personal as some lines, but certainly acceptable in every way. Some people do not care about the crew being too friendly, so they would be very happy. EXCURSIONS AND PORTS: I could write a book about this because we did so many, a couple with the cruise line and the rest on our own. We certainly had favorite ports, as do most. For us the best ports were Halifax, Bar Harbor and Charleston. Some people thought Boston was their favorite, but we blew it and saw only Quincy Market in the rain. Of course, Quebec is always at the top of people's list for good reason. We did a hop-on, hop-off bus trip there, which gave us a wonderful, overall view of that beautiful city. In Sydney, we took a private tour with 2 other couples we met after getting off the ship. We had a really funny taxi driver who talked more than I do, knew his way around, took us to the fascinating Alexander Bell Museum and then dropped us off at a great little restaurant to enjoy a genuine seafood meal. Some had lobster, others clam chowder, fish and chips or mussles. On the way back we stopped at a state liquor store to pick up some wine. The tour price was right, the liquor expensive and it was one of the best tours we had. Halifax was our next port. We did the very touristy thing: Peggy's Cove and the cemetery where some of the Titanic victims are buried. The tour was set up by one of the gals on our roll call for about 20 of us and our delightful guide. The only negative: there were 4 large ships in port that day and the area is not equipped for so many. Peggy's Cove was a "zoo" because of the limited parking for so many tour buses and cabs. Bar Harbor was another wonderful experience. We chose a private tour that was short, but we managed to see what we wanted and were not disappointed. Boston, already mentioned, was a screw-up on our part. Again, too many ships in port. This was not the fault of anyone but us. In Newport, we chose to do our own thing as we had been there before. We walked around town, had lunch at the oldest tavern (1673) in the country, paying too much for a lobster sandwhich that I think was fake lobster, but we did buy 4 wine glasses with the logo on them and it was worth the price just to say we had been there. In NY City we took a wonderful tour of lower Manhattan with a couple stops, including one at the seaport where we ate rueben sandwiches - complete (nothing on them except for the meat and the cost, $16.00). Oh well, we can say we walked along the boardwalk and ate while watching the seagulls fly around. We did do some great souvenir shopping. Charleston was all one would expect to find in a city with so much of the Civil War history at their finger tips. We did the open carrige tour. Then we headed back to the ship. Of course,again, we took time to do some shopping. Our family will get a lot of cruise stuff in their stocking this year. All in all it was a great cruise and what a way to see Europe without really leaving the western hemisphere. From there one can travel to the oldest lighthouses in the Americas, see the wonderful old churches, both large and small, learn the history or our country, see the amazing color-changing of the leaves, walk where Paul Reverve rode, visit the largest city in America, and then head to the wonderful south, with all its hospitality and great cooking. A fall cruise out of Canada offers everything anyone could want (we even had some sunny, warm days) without packing and unpacking constantly. Would we do it again, maybe; would we recommend the Crown to others? Definitely yes, depending on their idea of cruising, would we cruise that itinerary again? I don't know, but we would do Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
New England itinerary and ports were fantastic. We took a ship excursion every day, and were extremely satisfied. Having been on many cruises, the Crown Princess was disappointing. It is relatively new, 3000+ passengers, yet the rooms ... Read More
New England itinerary and ports were fantastic. We took a ship excursion every day, and were extremely satisfied. Having been on many cruises, the Crown Princess was disappointing. It is relatively new, 3000+ passengers, yet the rooms are much smaller than most ships that we have been on. Like the early 1980's ships, there was barely enough room to walk(sideways) around the cabin. I would suggest using the twin bed configuration rather than the double bed option. Breakfast was terrible. Eggs tasted powered. French toast was just toast. Bacon was like eating toothpicks...if you could even chew it. Hash browns looked like fried cardboard, and tasted worse than cardboard. One omelet station for 3000 people! Cold cereal was good, if you could find milk. Lido staff was excellent, very helpful. Helped you find a seat in the very crowded Lido, and even carried your plates. Coffee, tea, and lemonade seemed to be a controlled substance. Despite having dispensers around, staff had to operate them. Lunches were ok. Selection options were very limited. No deli area. Only one, "prime", meal selection in Lido. Pizza, Hamburgers, Ice Cream, etc. were always good. Pizza was available 24hrs. and was excellent. Dinner was pretty good. Selection seems to be more limited than other cruises. Lots of Lamb. Small lobsters for a Maine cruise! Staff was excellent. Entertainment was excellent. Don't sit in the first few rows of the theater, as the lighting staff seems to talk a lot about a lot of non show things, answer phone calls, and cause a lot of disruption to the last few rows of folks. They did not seem to care when guests gave them a SHUSH! warning. Get to the theater early, as it was always standing room only 15 minutes before the performance. Seats had pull-out trays in the arm rests, but the isles were so small that if you did order a drink, it had to be passed down the line from the end. In many cases the line of seats was 30 or more with the only access from each end. Few seats were conducive to an after dinner drink. More leg room in the rear seats. Other night time entertainment was great. Plenty of options, and were all good. It may be due to having port stops daily, but the during the day ship entertainment options were very limited. Port discussions were virtually non existent. Over 1000 people took the cooking show/tour. Nothing else to do. All-in-all, will probably not go on Crown or sisters again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We recently returned from our cruise on the Crown Princess departing Quebec City on September 24, 2011, and arriving in New York City on October 4.. There were six of us in our group, all in our mid-seventies. Our staterooms were forward ... Read More
We recently returned from our cruise on the Crown Princess departing Quebec City on September 24, 2011, and arriving in New York City on October 4.. There were six of us in our group, all in our mid-seventies. Our staterooms were forward on the starboard side of Plaza, deck 5. After I had convinced our friends that we should take this cruise, I started reading reviews on Cruise Critic, and I also learned that the ship was due for refurbishing three weeks after our trip. I became very apprehensive about having recommended this trip because there were so many negative comments in the reviews and because I was afraid that since the ship was scheduled to be refurbished, it might not be in very good condition. With that background being laid, I want to stress that NOT ONE of the negatives I read in the reviews was experienced during our wonderful trip, and even though the ship was to be refurbished, we found the ship to be in wonderful condition. Last week the six of us met to share highlights of our trip. Not one of the six of us had a single complaint. Let me share what we all agreed were highlights. 1. Even though there were 3,000 passengers, we never felt that the ship was too crowded. We never had trouble finding a place to sit in the Horizon Court buffet; the two tender ports were handled as smoothly as anyone could hope for; we never had a problem moving from one part of the ship to another; we always found a space to sit in the common areas and on the promenade deck where we liked to watch sailing away each afternoon. The only place that was crowded was the Princess Theater for the first show each evening, but we were willing to arrive 30 to 40 minutes early so the six of us always got seats together. It was a great place to wait, relax, visit, people watch, and make new friends. 2. Dining All agreed that the food in the Botticelli dining room where we had traditional dining first setting was outstanding (some would say particularly the desserts!). Enrique and Maja, our waitpersons at table 114, were delightful and super efficient; both of them had wonderful smiles and a cheerful persona. Our orders always came quickly and just as we ordered them. From the first night on, they remembered our individual preferences. For example, I told them the first night I like coffee with my meal and I did not have to ask for that again; they always had it ready. The six of us ate breakfast together in the Horizon Court every morning except two when we ate in the main dining room. The food at the buffet was more than adequate and the variety was good. Made to order omelets and rice pudding every morning were big hits. The International Caf provided an excellent option for a light snack when we needed a bit of lunch or a refresher after our day on shore. 3. Entertainment All three of the main production shows were very well done with wonderful costumes, staging, and lighting effects (although the third one seemed a bit more disjointed than the first two). Ray Cousins, a former pianist for Frank Sinatra, had one performance in the Princess Theater, and Mark Preston, formerly with the Letterman, had two shows in that theater. These shows were at the top of our list of highlights for the trip. Ray Cousins performed nightly in Crooners Lounge, and Indigo performed in various venues throughout the trip. They, along with the pianist in the Adagio Lounge, were outstanding. 4. Ports of Call All nine of our ports were wonderful, but the unanimous consensus of our group is that Quebec City, Halifax, Saint John, Newport, and New York were the top of our highlight list. We did not take advantage of any of the tours provided by Princess, but we did a lot of research before the trip and had our personal walking tours planned before we went. One tip for Saint John we discovered that the city transit system provides a two hour tour on a city bus for $20.00 per person. We found this tour near the Market Place a few blocks from the ship. The driver/guide was simply outstanding, and we had a very complete tour of the city including time at the Reversing Tides area. We also took advantage of a 48 hour pass on the Grayline Hop on Hop Off bus in New York City; we purchased our tickets on line for $49 per person. We used the bus to get acquainted with the city, to get to from Times Square where we stayed for two nights at the Hotel Edison to Battery Park for our trip to the Statue of Liberty, to get to the site of the 9/11 Memorial, and to get back from those sites. We rode five or six different segments at different times, and each time we had fascinating guides that told us so much interesting information about the city with each guide having a different area of interest/expertise that made it all the more interesting. 5. Embarkation/disembarkation Both of these events could not have gone more easily or efficiently. All in all the six of us making this trip together would rate it 10 on a scale of 10! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Sept 14th to 24th, 2011 - Crown Princess - Canada/New England cruise. Embarkation & Disembarkation - Smooth and efficient. Food was a major disappointment. Horizon Court's food was always lukewarm. We had chosen anytime ... Read More
Sept 14th to 24th, 2011 - Crown Princess - Canada/New England cruise. Embarkation & Disembarkation - Smooth and efficient. Food was a major disappointment. Horizon Court's food was always lukewarm. We had chosen anytime dinning and we felt the service was slow and most of the food not well prepared (fish dry, veal tough, etc). Bars - our favorite was the Crooners bar. Great drinks and the waiters were entertaining along with great music being heard in the atrium. Entertainement - we went three times and we really enjoyed the shows...2 comedians & 1 piano player/singer. Service: We'd give it a 3 out of 5. Stewart did not do our room on 2 nights. Customer service: difficult to get responses or even someone to answer the phone. Itinerary (2.5 out of 5) short days in most ports We departed from New York on September 14th for a 10 day cruise. It was a great sail away with great views of New York and the Statue of Liberty. The next day was Newport, RI. The stop was a short one, we had to be back on board by 3:30 but there was fog and we were being tendered in. So that delayed things for us to get off until about 10:30. The process was really slow, we were able to get to shore but a lot of people that we met waited for hours for their tender # to be called and finally gave up because the time ashore would be too short. We did the Cliff Walk along the shore from one end to the other with great views of the mansions. It is a very rugged walk in certain areas. We returned to the dock to take the tender around 2:45 and there was a huge line up waiting for tenders, we waited a least one hour to get back on. Princess were only loading one tender at a time there seemed to be no coordination between the # of tenders and the number of people getting back on board. We sailed at 4:00 P.M. to go to Portland, Maine and only got in at 11:00 A.M. the next morning. City is small, nothing much to do. We took the local bus "day pass" for $6 and roamed around. We visited the Signal House which had a great storyteller guide and a great view of the harbour but we wondered why Princess choose to come to Portland. We then sailed away to Boston...so we questioned why we left Newport early bypassing Boston and now we were going back south. It would have made sense to go to Boston and then stopping in Portland on our way north . Shorter port times, longer sea time going back and forth, this did not make sense to us. We arrived in Boston at 7:00 A.M. We loved our time in Boston, the weather was amazing. Princess offered a bus transfer for $15/return per person with drop off near Quincy Market. We walked the city and enjoyed the Harbour front, Little Italy, the Commons. It is such an easy city to walk around in and there are points of interest everywhere. Our departure was at 4:00 P.M. - wish we had been able to stay longer. Our next stop was St John, New Brunswick, we had visited St John before but had not been to the Bay of Fundy and the Flowerpots so we decided to take the ships tour. The drive was over 2 hours, we had lunch for 30 minutes (perfect because we wanted as much time as possible seeing the flower pots). Our guide was very knowledgeable and even had a video on an I Pad to show us how quickly and how high the tide rose every day. Great communication tool. The ride back was another 2 hours with a few photo stops along the way. It was interesting to see how much the scenery had changed with the high tide. Our next stop was Halifax, Nova Scotia. We arrived at 10:00 A.M. and walked the city. The harbour front was very nice and we visited the Citadel which was very interesting and interactive. We left at 7:00 P.M. for Sydney...but during the night we hit really high winds and the boat was rocking & rolling. When we got up the next day the captain told us we would not be able to go to Sydney because of hurricane winds and waves of 25 ft. He did a manoeuvre to turn the boat around that had everybody hanging on...it was actually exciting. The captain did a great job in keeping us posted on everything that was happening and making sure that everyone was OK. So we had a day at sea. Going south for a while and then when it was safe to go north the captain changed directions so smoothly we did not even notice. We were told at the end of the day that Princess had negotiated to go into Sydney the next day. That we would not be going to Corner Brook, NFLD...we were a little disappointed because we were looking forward to seeing Gros Morne National Park on the ship's tour. We were also advised that we would be tendering because Holland America was in port. We rented a car in Sydney, Nova Scotia and drove to the Cabot Trail, we did about half of it in then doubled back because we knew that it would be too much of a risk to drive the whole way around. The views are beautiful but the fall colors had not started yet so the effect of the drive was not as beautiful that it could have been. I would guess that the 2nd or 3rd week of October would have been ideal for the fall colors. We had a day at sea then we got in to Quebec City for an overnight stay. This was the best of all of our stops. The ship was docked directly in the old port, we walked the city. The Old Port, Place Royal, Parliament, Chateau Frontenac having a great lunch on Grande AllEe and much more. Every corner is really enjoyable to discover...great walking city, beautiful day. It was really the highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We started our cruise in Quebec on Crown Princess bound for Ft. Lauderdale. We've done this cruise on Holland America a few years before and enjoyed it so much we wanted to do it again. We were traveling with a party of 8 friends and ... Read More
We started our cruise in Quebec on Crown Princess bound for Ft. Lauderdale. We've done this cruise on Holland America a few years before and enjoyed it so much we wanted to do it again. We were traveling with a party of 8 friends and family. We had a fairly smooth embarkation and went directly to our rooms...they had my sister-in-law and I in one room and our husbands in another..we let them know that wasn't going to work. It took a couple of days to get our account and room keys straight. The people at the desk were bombarded with similar complaints but handled it well enough. We had charges on our account that weren't accurate, food was not too good the first week but got better, our friends room had water in it from flooding above them, cabin wasn't very clean and other minor problems. We were about a week late to see the best colors in Canada but got better as we went south. It was dark when we went through the St. Lawrence river so I can't really give a good report on that. All our ports were great but my favorite was Newport, R.I. We took a bus tour around the city and saw beautiful mansions and scenery. I also enjoyed Norfolk. We took an interesting excursion to Williamsburg. It took about an hour from the ship but we enjoyed the gorgeous view and didn't mind the trip. Charleston was interesting and hot.Ninties the day we were there.We ate in the dining room most of the time because of our group size. Our wait staff was friendly but it usually took 2-3 hours for dinner. I've always thought Princess' food was some of the best but this time the menu wasn't very good nor was the food. The International Cafe is one of the highlights on Princess ships. We especially enjoyed the chicken salad. Downside...it's always crowded. Although we had a few bad experiences, we're always ready to go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
This was our 7th Princess cruise and it was most disappointing. FOOD: Unimaginative and bland. I generally order fish; white fish was the most common offered and would have been ok if it had some seasoning. The same vegetables, rice and ... Read More
This was our 7th Princess cruise and it was most disappointing. FOOD: Unimaginative and bland. I generally order fish; white fish was the most common offered and would have been ok if it had some seasoning. The same vegetables, rice and potatoes were on the menu; again, no flavor. IMMIGRATION CHECK: This was the worst. There were only 2 officers checking 2000 US citizens. The officers were 30 min late and the line extended from the Fusion Room to the Princess Theater. The time given to be in line meant nothing. It took an over an hour to get cleared. Several Princess tours were held up and cut short. If you had an independent morning tour, you missed it. TENDER SERVICE: Only 4 tenders for all passengers (3000). Given a number when entering dining room and wait for your number was 45-60 minutes. Again, affecting your tours. ENTERTAINMENT: No movies offered in Princess Theater only MUTS. Princess Theater holds 800 - with 3000 passengers you had to get to theater an hour before show and WAIT. OVERALL: The ports visited were very nice. We would not take a ship of this size in the future; too many logistical nightmares. Food needs to be greatly improved; quality was good, but preparation needs more taste and variation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
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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