2 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to South Pacific

I have sailed at least six times over the past 20 years in the South Pacific and always found the conditions ideal for a relaxing 'disconnect' from all the distractions at home. I retired about 3 years ago so when I started ... Read More
I have sailed at least six times over the past 20 years in the South Pacific and always found the conditions ideal for a relaxing 'disconnect' from all the distractions at home. I retired about 3 years ago so when I started shopping for a new cruise this past fall the length and location of this particular cruise seemed perfect. Last minute discounts for new bookings was also very helpful since I was traveling alone. I have sailed on the Princess line on at least six previous times starting when we had young children with us in the early 90s. All of our experiences on this cruise line have been very positive. I like to describe it to others in car terms as the 'Fully Loaded Chevrolet'. The ship was in very good condition and the crew are all very nice. The on board entertainment was generally good. The outdoor movie theater was really wonderful for both movies and live sporting events (NFL games & World Series) but was TOO loud on occasion. The shore excursions were very well organised and interesting. I have come to the conclusion from past experience that the prices for these services have been raised so much that you can do much better by booking your own tours either in advance or immediately on shore when you arrive. I would estimate your savings in the 30 to 50% range. The food and service in the dining rooms was of Four Star quality which is the same from all my previous cruises on Princess. The one item that has definitely become a major profit center is ANY alcoholic beverage. I would estimate that the pricing is at least 30% over what you would pay for similar services on shore. So from the view of the AA this is a friendly atmosphere! Overall the experience on this LONG cruise was very good (20 sea days) and what made it exceptional were the variety of people from all walks of life who you could easily meet in the dining rooms on a random basis for breakfast, lunch & dinner! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise to celebrate a special birthday - and this was a high priority item on our bucket list. The ship was beautiful as are most of the Princess ships...and was one of the most efficiently run ships that we have been part ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate a special birthday - and this was a high priority item on our bucket list. The ship was beautiful as are most of the Princess ships...and was one of the most efficiently run ships that we have been part of. From the food handlers to the cruise director - everyone was enthusiastic and made us feel that we were an important component of this cruise. The cruise director in particular was friendly, personable, and worked incredibly hard to have a "happy ship". We ate in the anytime dining room, and the staff was incredible. The Assistant Maitre'd and the hostess were incredible. We very seldon waited to be seated, no matter what time we arrived for dinner. Unfortunately Carla was on the last sailing of her contract, and she will be difficult to replace. If I had to find fault with any part of this sailing, it would be with some of the theatre productions becoming a littled "tired". The entertainers themselves were wonderful, but with the except of one big production, most of the productions lacked lustre and were repetitive from other cruises. This is a difficult area to satisfy everyone, but in general they were very good and entertaining. Many of the individual entertainers were excellent, but there again it is a matter of luck, with some of them needing to "retire". The programming on the ship was amazing from early morning to late in the evening. There seemed to be something for everyone. There is one comment that I wish to make: not everyone travelling is a 6:00 a.m. riser and some of these programs were just too early....in particular, the "knit and knatter". This became a very active group with no assistance from the ship, and managed to function from about 10:30 a.m. to noon, unhosted. However, when the cruise director was made aware that this group existed, he organized the "wake-up" show to originate from Skywalkers focusing on the group. This was special! We had a particularly difficult time with one of the excursions in Moorea - and reported our dissatisfaction to the excursion department. We met with the Assistant Excursion Manager who listened intently to our complaint. We feel that more scrutinyof the quality of the excursions need to be reviewed with particular focus on safety and quality of the vehicles. This trip was not safe in that large buses were being used on the road to the Belvedere and the safety of the passengers were at risk, many times during the drive up and back. There was a small adjustment to our bill. This experience will probably result in our not booking excursions any longer with Princess, but rather arrange through external sources. On the few trips that we did take from external sources, I would like Princess to know that the drivers are very careful about the return time to the ship and were never in jeopardy of being late to re-board. This may have been a problem in the past, but withcell phones being used by all of the drivers, this really does not happy except for extenuating circumstances, and it is entirely possible to notify those in charge, if there is a delay...so you cannot sell me any longer on this risk. There is none! All in all, a great trip and I highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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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