13 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Western

Last year we had to cancel three cruises due to medical issues. So this year we are hitting the ground running and what better way than a Princess Cruise. The price and timing were right. It was a cruise of relaxation and a chance to be ... Read More
Last year we had to cancel three cruises due to medical issues. So this year we are hitting the ground running and what better way than a Princess Cruise. The price and timing were right. It was a cruise of relaxation and a chance to be catered too. The Crown Princess hit all the marks. The Entertainment and Activities were excellent. We enjoyed the both of the major productions (Magic and Encore). The singers and dancers were great. We had early dining and enjoyed all of our dinners. We were especially pleased that Princess offered us free cover charge for a meal at one of the specialty restaurants for our anniversary. We chose The Crown Grill and were not disappointed. Although we did not do any shore excursions this trip, we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon aboard the ship. We also took advantage of the future booking promotion and are looking forward to our next two Princess cruises we booked. With the impeccable service and friendly personnel we met, I am sure that we will enjoy the next two Princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Crown Princess November 2017 We booked this cruise as a 5 night get away before the holidays. We are seasoned cruisers and this was our 52nd cruise over all and 18th with Princess. I am sorry to say that it probably was our last ... Read More
Crown Princess November 2017 We booked this cruise as a 5 night get away before the holidays. We are seasoned cruisers and this was our 52nd cruise over all and 18th with Princess. I am sorry to say that it probably was our last cruise. We are a retired couple from Florida me 72 and my husband 82. We began cruising in 1987 and have loved it. We started on Commodore then to NCL, RCCL, Dolphin, Carnival(once never again), Costa, MSC, HAL, Celebrity, and Princess. We are Elite on both Celebrity and Princess and have cruised with mostly those lines for the past 10 years. We have always loved the Grand Class ships of Princess. The layout of the ships is very livable for us. Over the years my husband's mobility has decreased and these ships are very manageable for him. This was our second time on the Crown – last time was in November of 2009. Because of my husband's mobility issues, we do not get off the ship in ports anymore. They are just too difficult for him to manage and we have been to every port in the Caribbean many times over the years. But this puts a different slant on our cruising experience. Let me take you through the cruise. We embarked in terminal 21 at Port Everglades. This is the older part of the port. Getting checked in was easy and quick. But the line to get on the ship seemed interminable. A suggestion to Princess – have a NO PICTURE line for those of us who do not want or need another embarkation photo. Once on board, we went to our stateroom which was ready for us. These days we book an inside or outside on Plaza Deck (5). We were in P314 – an outside cabin port side. It was a typical cabin and in very good shape. The ship had had a Noro outbreak two cruises prior, so I took my noro killer wipes and wiped the cabin down. Our stateroom attendent, Wilson, was very good and saw to our needs. He exchanged our Elite liquor allotment to what we wanted and saw to it that we had robes in the cabin. He kept us stocked with ice – we really have no other needs from a cabin steward. The cabin is conveniently located behind the Art Gallery and was very quiet. Time for lunch!!! We went up one deck to the DaVinci dining room for lunch. In the past we had no trouble having a nice table for 2 for lunch to begin our cruise. This time they insisted that they didn't have tables for 2 and we would have to share – not our first choice – but it worked out well enough. We do not eat in the buffet at all anymore – and especially want to avoid it for the embarkation lunch – way too much confusion for us! We settled down in the International Cafe and I went back to the cabin to unpack and get our lifejackets for the Safety Drill. Afterwards we went to Crooners during the sail-away. Enjoyed a Pina Colada (prices have gone up since last year – it was $9.50). Dinner for us was in the Botticelli dining room around 7:30pm – we had to wait a short time for a table for two and enjoyed dinner there. We had dinner every night there at various times and always had to wait – a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes. They seated us a number of times at a larger table but set it for 2. I think that they underestimate the number of passengers who want to have dinner alone. We are fine with sharing for breakfast and lunch – but enjoy dinner with each other. The food was good – always something to enjoy – the desserts were especially good. Because of the Noro outbreak, butter was pre-packaged until the last night. The DaVinci dining room is open for breakfast every day and for lunch on sea days but not port days – we had lunch those days (2) once at the Grill at the pool and once in the International Cafe. We had breakfast in the International Cafe twice – the last being debarkation day. They have a delicious yogurt parfait and, of course, wonderful pastry. The menu is not as good as it once was – on a 5 day no lobster – no rack of lamb – there was prime rib – pretty good – but the filet was a joke – we certainly didn't go hungry and most of what we had to eat was good to very good – but it just isn't what it once was. I always get a coffee card – think it is a bargain for those of us who are coffee-holics – we particularly enjoy the specialty coffees – those are a real treat. Gelato is no longer included on the coffee card. The cost was $31.00. Our ports were Cozumel and Costa Maya – we enjoyed the ship while everyone got off – the piers at both ports are too hard for my husband to navigate and we spent time in the Piazza at the International Cafe and on the deck. There were silly games and musical entertainment in the Piazza. There was one formal night – I doubt that even 50% of the ship “dressed”. The rules for dressing in the dining room were totally ignored – we don't do formal anymore but we certainly do Smart Casual every night. There were many that didn't even do that. Jeans, ripped shirts and jeans, shorts, dirty t shirts were in abundance. There were two Captains Circle parties – we went to the later one and I doubt that I have ever seen so many Elite and Platinum members at one time. I actually won a bottle of Korbel Champagne – brought it home. We had great weather – didn't use the spa or gym but did use the forward pool by the Sanctuary. Brought my water aerobics workout on my phone and had bluetooth earphones so went up each morning and did that there. It was particularly a challenge when the ship was moving but most enjoyable. The pool is 4'7” deep and worked well for me. I had read that the ship looked worn and tired – I would have to disagree with that – there, of course, were spots that could have used a freshening, but all in all the ship was extremely clean and looked good to us. I did use the free wi-fi that we get – the speed has improved over the years. Princess has their own wi-fi once you embark. Just put your phone or tablet into “airplane” mode and then log on the the ship wi-fi. You can keep in touch with others that you are traveling with and stay current on what is happening around the ship. Personally we like to disengage as much as possible so didn't really use this much. Great for families or couples traveling together though. All in all it was a good cruise – but we were ready to be home. In the future our travels will be more land based. We live in a beautiful part of Florida in a boating community and are very close to the beach. The changes that we have seen in 30 years of cruising are many and some not to our liking. It is still a great value for money. The larger and larger ships are not something that makes sense to us and the islands, over the years, have become somewhat homogenized. We were able to see them all in an earlier time when they each had their own identity. Please don't read our assessment as a “downer” - we have LOVED cruising and thought we would never stop. However, one cannot always predict the future. If there is anything I did not address, or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to email me at melkaz1758@gmail.com. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We have been on 22 cruises on various lines, 9 on Princess; Princess being our obvious favorite and it always comes down to the entertainment. Princess is best for an active older crowd but not ready for Holland. The evenings are always ... Read More
We have been on 22 cruises on various lines, 9 on Princess; Princess being our obvious favorite and it always comes down to the entertainment. Princess is best for an active older crowd but not ready for Holland. The evenings are always packed with things to do to the point you get frustrated cause you can't fit it all in. But, it sure beats going back to the room after the show and watching tv. We can do that at home for free. The entertainment on this ship was the best even for Princess. They had a magician Michael Misko who was actually more of a comedian. And then there was the comedian Joe Yannetty. It was a toss up who was funnier but if you like to laugh - DO NOT miss their shows. The magician was also in the Liars Club - not to be missed either. Don't waste any time when a show is in the Explorer's Lounge as the seats fill up quickly. They also had the usual game shows, trivia & bingo. The first seating in the Princess Theatre fills up but we discovered there were always seat at the later show. The production shows were also excellent. After the "Blame it on the Boogie" show, the entertainers go up to the deck party and continue. I know alot of people skip the deck party - don't. They have changed it and they bring in the "Love Boat" theme to the party - very touching and fun. We were both even lucky in the casino. We don't hang out at the bars. We went on this ship when it was new and while it needs some refurbishments, it didn't affect us at all. It was clean and all the personnel were pleasant and friendly. Service was very good. The size of this ship is perfect. While my husband likes the pool, I prefer the games. The only thing I'll say about the pool is I noticed both pools only have ladders to get in and out. The only complaint would be the mattress. It obviously needed replacing and an eggcrate didn't help much. Our steward Russell tried. Our room was always clean and he was quick at filling requests. He introduced himself as soon as we came in. The embarkation and disembarkation were incredibly quick and easy. We're platinum and that might have helped with embarkation. Our room was ready. We didn't do any excursions as we had been to these ports before. Costa Maya has a very long pier and everyone walked. It could be a problem for some. Costa Maya and Cozumel both had too many ships and passengers in port. I won't say much about the food except it was good and service was excellent tho steak was tough. We ate at Sabatini's one night - save your money - the dining room was better. Ice cream is ice milk but they sell gelato. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We are diamond cruisers with Royal Caribbean and have cruised with Cunard, Carnival (never again) and years ago on the SS United States. This is our first with Princess; leaving from Galveston going to Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. We had ... Read More
We are diamond cruisers with Royal Caribbean and have cruised with Cunard, Carnival (never again) and years ago on the SS United States. This is our first with Princess; leaving from Galveston going to Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. We had heard that Princess was a cut below RC but were very pleasantly surprised with the Crown Princess. What was most pleasing was that unlike RC, even with over 3,000 passengers (900 were children) we never encountered a crowded area, seldom found ourselves in a line of more than 10 minutes and never heard kids running up and down the halls. The ship has three main dining rooms two of which are for anytime dining and one exclusively for traditional seating. We prefer traditional. Our mini-suite was excellent with 2 flat screen TVs a tub with shower and large balcony and the price was less than RC charged for a regular balcony cabin on its ship with the same cruise itinerary sailing on the following day. The food and service in the main dining room was actually very good and compared favorably with RC. Sure, some of the dishes were a bit bland but with a bit of salt and pepper were actually quite good. On Lobster night I asked for 4 of them and went away well satisfied. To tell the truth, we thought that the Dining room meals were just a good as those in the Crown Grill at $25 per person. Even the food in the Horizon Court and Cafe Caribe buffets was not bad at all. What we really appreciated were the following: Very large gym (seldom any children), 5 Pools with an Adults-only pool and hot tubs and Adults only lounge areas (actually enforced), more than adequate outdoor lounge chairs on multiple decks (always some available), and children/teen activity areas in remote areas of the ship so that we never encountered groups of them in the halls or on the stairways. Even though it was spring break, we never saw any inebriated or rowdy college kids. Best of all, unlike RC, there were seldom any PA announcements regarding tours, sales, or bingo games -- they were all printed in the daily schedule provided to each cabin the night before. Finally, the cabins had great sound proofing. All in all, we are now confirmed fans of Princess and although we would certainly consider another cruise line if its ships can match these amenities, we'd actually choose it over Royal Caribbean. March 30, 2013 Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Love Princess Cruise Line. Have cruise many times. Was not crazy about the Galveston, TX Port, however. We have always cruised out of Porto Rico or Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Galveston was not convenient. Our plane was delayed due to snow, rental ... Read More
Love Princess Cruise Line. Have cruise many times. Was not crazy about the Galveston, TX Port, however. We have always cruised out of Porto Rico or Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Galveston was not convenient. Our plane was delayed due to snow, rental car place was closed when we arrived in Houston, took a crappy (not Princess sponsored because we flew in the day before) shuttle to Galveston to spend the night before. Next time, we'll return to Florida to cruise out again. Staff in Galveston, TX were outstanding and very, very helpful, however. Fast, courteous and polite. Hubs and I thoroughly enjoyed cruise. We did not care for the "Party on the Deck" Caribbean theme they did one night. It was all line dancing. . . .maybe this was due to the port we left out of being in Galveston, TX!?! Any who, folks who don't line dance could not join in, this is not the age of the crowd to line-dance. Maybe Jazz Music, MoTown Music would go over better with this age group, or something to slow dance to. Most were just observers for 10 minutes and then left. Maybe 20 people line-dancing and they were the ship's performers! I'll take my movies under the stars instead :) We even sat out in the rain one night and watched our movie. Service was great as ever, people, staff friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. Loved the entertainment, piano guy, guitar players, comedians, theatre, Marriage Game (Co-Cruise Director, Dan, was hysterical leading this segment), Trivia, afternoon Tea was my special delight of the day. . .being English heritage. etc. The "Destination" show should be axed, however. 70's performance was outstanding. Got a coffee card and this was my favorite thing this trip. Gotta love my freshly made coffee drinks. The ONLY complaint I have, besides the line-dancing, party on the deck attempt, was there was a smell on the ship of sewage. We were on Caribe, 10th floor. After the 3rd day we smelled it and others were complaining as well. We did call and let them know. It disappeared for one day and then returned. Not a nice smell to be filtering down the hall and considering the Triumph fiasco the week before we cruised. . . we all in our area made mention of that! We did not, however, have the smell inside our room, perhaps because we had a balcony and had the door open frequently??? Taking our 19 year old and 26 year old with us in December to cruise again. Maybe they will like the line-dancing :) Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
WHY I TOOK THIS CRUISE...I had a future cruise which I purchased on the Crown TA from London - NYC in September 2010. This cruise was for relation only, I had no intention to take shore excursions. PRE-CRUISE FROM 3/31 - 4/1Why the ... Read More
WHY I TOOK THIS CRUISE...I had a future cruise which I purchased on the Crown TA from London - NYC in September 2010. This cruise was for relation only, I had no intention to take shore excursions. PRE-CRUISE FROM 3/31 - 4/1Why the Holiday Inn Cruiseport...I don't like to rent a car and have found this Holiday Inn both convenient to the cruise port and within walking distance of several malls, restaurants not to mention a Walgreens and several supermarkets for those last minute purchases. The rooms come also come with a mini refrigerator and microwave. The hotel is several blocks away from the Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley that takes you downtown for $.50. I do not think any hotel is the best if that is what you are looking for. Perks...I was lucky this cruise with the perks I got for 100 shares of CCL stock and my DD214 military. This cruise cost me cabin, insurance, air fare, hotel and tips. Everything else was courtesy of Princess; 10.50 tip per day, a shirt I bought, spa treatment, pictures, dvd's, and coke drinks. The 3rd and last week I had a credit of $360; Passenger Services said I either had to use it or lose it as Princess would not roll-over the balance to another cruise nor give me a refund.Embarkation...I took the 11:30am bus, there was a line when I got to the terminal, yet we moved quickly and would have been speedier had I followed directions. There were about 3 check-ins for each deck, the elite and platinum having their own check-ins.Formal Night...For me this consists of a tie, shirt, jacket, and slacks. It appears that the older crowd goes for dress up while the younger crowd for casual. Although I agree with the older crowd the work involved in dressing is not worth it. I wore a tuxedo once and do not feel the extra weight justifies the use. Besides, you can rent one from the ship.Entertainment...No question about it, the performers are talented but as one person I met at lunch put it "they do not compare to a Broadway Performance". However you get what you pay for. On the April 2-9 & 16-23 cruises there were about 800 kids each with younger adults while the April 9-16 cruise had about 200 kids and the adult age being older. A standing ovation on the 2nd cruise was given at all performances. Safe (Personal) inside Cabin...There was a safe in the cabin to store your valuables. You feel naked walking around the decks without your keys, wallet, passport, etc. As for the combination, I kept a copy of it on my laptop and forget I had it there the one time I needed it.SPA (see perks above)..I used the spa (see Perks above). This is always fun. It was scheduled for 8am and I thought I would be the only one there. Was I mistaken; this Spa thing is quite a business. I chose to take the message au-natural; why make it easier for them. When the message was finished the fun began. She told me that Sauna and the Steam Room will help me with my arthritis then tried to sell me this expensive stuff that that I would never use but I should get two anyway. I probably should have stopped her but this was part of the message treatment. Sanctuary..If it were possible to reserve this in advance I would have in a heartbeat. Several people in the Cruise Critic Roll Call mentioned they would take the Sanctuary as they were teachers or came into contact with school kids. I went to the Sanctuary on the 2nd day of my cruise and was told the Sanctuary is booked for the week (at $109) but for $20 for half a day I would have to come back in the morning or afternoon. This gave me time to think: was I really going to use this?Grand Cayman - tender...At the terminal there are private tours available in case you do not have one planned. At Margaritaville in The Island Plaza on the waterfront on Harbour Drive, take a right as you exit the pier, there is free Wi-Fi; I was told maybe the whole building is Wi-Fi. There also is a man who makes cigars; you can smoke them onboard but cannot bring any back to the states. Quite a few people smell the cigars for whatever reason I do not know; to me a cigar is to smoke not smell however I do not smoke? When I went ashore on the third week I noticed that at Cayside Galleries - Souvenir World (about a block from Margaritaville) there was free internet with a purchase.Isle of Roatan Honduras - docked...At the Meet and Greet Captain Nick Nash said the docking here was tricky; the wind must be from the East and sea conditions must be just right. We docked here the first week. The second week the wind was too strong at 8am but we managed to dock around 10am. The third week we did not make this port due to the weather. Private tours are available onshore for last minute cruisers. About the only thing here is the beach although there are other activities. At East Wind Electronics near the terminal there was high speed internet available - $5 for 15 minutes. The dock was within walking distance of the beach and the chair lifts; one can either walk to the beach or take the chair lift for a price (about $10).Cozumel - docked...Many private tours are available on the pier. After getting off the ship you take a right and immediately walk into a duty free shop. After exiting the shop there are various other shops one of which is called Cafe Punta del Cielo. Here Wi-Fi is available free, you provide the computer. Beverages are about $5 or less; best to get there early as the place is crowded and there are few seats. It is 3 miles to downtown; you can either take a $4 taxi or walk. To get back on the ship be sure to bring a picture id or passport with you. Princess told us but the other ports required showing your key card only. This port not only checks passports but also your cabin key. The Myan ruins tour takes about 8 hours; rather interesting but stressful. There is not much to the pier area and from what I hear not much to the city either.Princess Cays - docked..This is Princess Cruise Line's private beach; I did not go ashore here on any of the three cruises.Sabatini's (Authentic Italian Cuisine)..I did not eat here but was told the price was worth it; the only complaint being (if you call it that) they give you too much food.Crown Grill..I do not like specialty restaurants as I travel alone, it is difficult to get someone to eat with you and I do not like eating solo. However, I heard from various people that the food was good and worth the price.International Cafe..People say that the coffee is good here but I could not tell you as my taste buds burned out long ago. There are two things you should get; one is a coke card which comes in two versions and is valid for other drinks besides coke. The versions being kids and adults or cheap $49 and expensive $55; however to these prices is added a 15% gratuity. I chose the kids for it was cheaper and something I would use (however had I not had a credit to use I would not have purchased it). The other is the coffee card. This does not have an expiration date; is more or less valid for life and can be used on other Princess ships. You get about 15 punches for cafe au late etc. Your basic coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are free so that is what I chose. At the other end of the International Cafe are desserts, salads, and sandwiches. It is not a bad place to meet people either.Cafe Caribe & Horizon Court..These are the restaurants that do not require you to dress up and food is available 24/7. The 2nd night of the cruise I awoke at 1pm and did something I would never do at home and that is eat. At that hour the Horizon Court carries a limited menu but it solves the purpose. Michealangelo Dining Room ...For the April 2, 9, and 16 cruises this was used for anytime or traditional dining. Da Vinci Dining Room ...This was for anytime or traditional dining for all cruises as above. I had most of my meals here mainly because you are seated with other people and why serve yourself when you can be waited on as this service is included.Bars, Clubs, and Lounges...Various events are held here; other than that I did not visit these places as I do not drink or smoke.Movies Under The Stars..Shown here are various movies; the problem being that seats were not available as it was quite crowded on all three cruises due to it being school vacation. Week three was perhaps the worse as the kids (kids to me) were older (high school and collegeate).Cabin...The cabin was large enough but one complaint the bathroom was small in that it did not have enough storage space; the shower was fine for my height. I compared this to the oceanview cabin on the Nieuw Amsterdam I had in January; the balcony cabin on the Crown Princess was smaller. My cabin steward was Ramil; he did a good job all three weeks; (would like to offer him a job as my chauffeur).?...Internet and Cell Phone: There is a sign telling you that Satellite connection is slower than DSL and they are not kidding; it is faster watching paint dry (no doubt more interesting also). I used the internet once as I got 150 free minutes being a platinum member and sent a message to the cruise critic forum; it took me 25 minutes to do this. Thu 3/31/11: Boston - Fort Lauderdale...The taxi from condo to the airport was $20. Then Jet Blue flight 449 A320 nonstop from Boston to FLL; it was not bumpy despite the bad weather along the East Coast but then again we were flying about 34,000 ft. Holiday Inn picked me up near the terminal and after checking in I went to Marina Deli for lunch: a $9.70 tuna fish salad with potato salad. Next to Office Depot for a 32GB flash drive; then to the Dollar Tree Store for some thank you cards for the meet & greet and Wool Wash for my underwear. For supper I went to the Siam House around the corner from the hotel; I have often wanted to try his restaurant, tried it this time, and won't go back. I had the roast duck with rice and Chinese broccoli; (I put the broccoli aside as I do not eat broccoli). Next I walked to Walgreens for some last minute things; also it was exercise after supper.Fri 4/1/11: Fort Lauderdale..Breakfast then back to the room to get ready for the day. There was a power outage for about 5 minutes at the hotel last night, no explanation given. Lunch was at the Tropical Cafe on Cordova then to Publix supermarket. On weekends you can catch the Sun trolley that stops at Publix. Supper was at Joe's Cafe on Cordova, the street that leads to Publix supermarkets. I had chopped beefsteak and New England clam chowder but the chowder at Legal Seafood's in Boston is much better.Sat 4/2/11: FLL - Grand Cayman - smart casual...I had the free hotel breakfast then took Ace bus from the hotel to the cruise terminal; later it occurred to me that the driver never asked for the $8 (and I was not about to remind him - the hotel never asked for it either). At the terminal I looked at my watch saw it was 11:42 and the next time I was in my room unpacking and it was 1:41pm. The muster drill was held in the Wheelhouse Bar; I sat doing a crossword. The important thing is that I showed up and had my key card validated as being present. We saw a super tanker and the HAL Eurodam leave. Captain Nash said that after the Zuiderdam & Oasis of the Seas left we would leave. We departed about 5:30pm. Supper guests this week were Sherri, Bill, Betty, Jackie, Neil and newlyweds Andy and Jennifer. For supper @ 5:30pm I had lobster pate, prime rib, baked potato, coffee and chocolate cake. The entertainment tonight was Welcome Aboard Showtime in the Princess Theater. It was well done and Cruise Director Ron Goodman did a good job. Comedian Cary Long was great; he has performed on the Tonight show. I turned in early, early for me that is; asked in the afternoon that my queen size bed be made into twins and I felt like I was going to fall off the bed. Before turning in I looked at the various tours that were left in my cabin; just looked... Sun 4/3/11: Sea Day - formal ...I woke about 1am and felt like taking a little walk, this is something I would not do at home. I looked in the Princess Patter for a restaurant that was open at midnight and none was displayed. So I called Passenger Services and was told that Horizon Buffet is open 24 hours. Thus I trotted up to Horizons & had a midnight snack if you will. Breakfast and lunch was at Da Vinci on Deck 6. The Cruise Critic Meet and Greet was held at 10am in Skywalker's; sort of disappointed that we did not have coffee or tea but no one complained. About 20 people showed up. Captain Nick Nash came with the invite letter I sent him & he might have been disappointed as he joking expected 100 people. One thing he pointed out was that to Grand Cayman there are 2 routes; the fast & the marriage. We are taking the marriage as there was a marriage planned and we have to be 12 miles out. He also said that Roatan is a tricky port and one cannot always maneuver the ship into that port. For lunch I had the soup and Philly steak minus the bread. I did it again; in the Princess Patter yesterday it stated that if you want a robe for the cruise just ask, so I asked Ramil for a robe and slippers. The slippers I received last night, the robe today; ask and ye shall receive (playing dumb doesn't hurt either). The show tonight "Destination Anywhere" was on the Crown from London to NYC but the crew was different. Tonight before the show Cruise Director Ron Goodman said that Captain Nash is leaving to Captain the Emerald Princess. At Movies Under Stars I saw ½ hr of True Grit; seen it on TV so didn't stay long; this was a take-off on the western True Grit starring John Wayne and you just can't beat John Wayne, it was more of an insult.Mon 4/4/11: Grand Cayman - smart casual ..Wake-up call service rang the telephone at 5am; after getting up I set it for 7:30am then went back to sleep. For breakfast I had steak and eggs which was delicious (probably because I was hungry) after which I took the tender ashore. Back at Da Vinci for lunch I sat at a table with 2 couples, both checked in to the cruise critic roll call but did not attend yesterday's Meet and Greet. After lunch I went to Movies Under the Stars and saw "Tron: Legacy"; I could not make sense out of it so went to the 2pm movie in the Explorers Lounge of "RED" with Bruce Willis & Morgan Freeman. Usually if these two gentlemen are in a movie you get a wonderful performance and this movie was no exception. After supper I went to the Explorers Lounge to get a decent seat for the 8:45 performance of comedian Cary Long; he was great, the audience loved him. I went to the Casino and looked at a $.01 slot machine. A lady was walking away saying she put $10 in the machine and lost, so I took a gamble, put $10 in and within minutes won $19.70 or nearly doubling my money. Then I played a machine the Princess Casino People call "the Pusher or Spin & Win". As money was in the pot, apparently left by the previous player, I played that machine winning and losing but it did not cost me anything. Several elderly ladies came by so I let them have the remaining quarters and the machine; it was not my money to begin with.Tue 4/5/11: Isle of Roatan- smart casual ..Woke up at 5am for medication then again at 7:30; breakfast and lunch were both at the Da Vinci Dining Room. A couple from NY at the table, they have been married 50 years, said that it was too hot outside. After lunch I went outside and browsed the various shops mainly just to get some exercise. For supper I had leg of lamb which was a mistake; meat on a bone and it was difficult to cut. The meat was not tender and I know what not to have. Showtime in the Princess Theater was hypnotist Kellie Karl and she was fine; what made her act less enjoyable was the loudspeaker background music. She spoke on the microphone and most of what she said I could not hear. There was the international show at 11pm, also in the Princess theater, which was a riot. Prior to the show the Assistant Cruise Director let loose many balloons which kept the audience busy as balloons were being batted everywhere and some even exploded. In addition to that there was music that I enjoyed and the Assistant Cruise Director and several of her people moved to the music of YMCA. I've never seen movement like this to that song. Wed 4/6/11: Cozumel - smart casual..We arrived here at 7am along with 3 Carnival ships and 1 Disney ship. Breakfast was normal; at lunch a couple I had lunch with said this weather was abnormal. They had gone ashore and said it was unusually hot for this time of year as they had been here before. After lunch I went ashore, visited the nearby stores, then returned to the ship; a combination of the heat and I really did not want to buy anything plus there was not much to be seen in the area, also the ship was air conditioned. Tonight in the Princess Theater piano entertainer Glenn Smith; I have come to the conclusion that the performers are talented but the theater background noise does not help them at all. The music is just too loud. I question the acoustics in the cruise theater. Also I saw comedian Dan Grueter in the Explorer's Lounge; he was very good, did not have theater background noise to drown him out and used audience participation. I ended up at Horizon Buffet for a midnight snack. We turn our clocks ahead one hour tonight.Thu 4/7/11: Sea Day - formal ..I had breakfast as usual then an interesting lunch with 2 couples. One was in the grocery business from Ohio, the other in the teaching field from Michigan, and another individual in the trucking business from Oregon. It was an interesting conversation covering welfare to a comparison between working adults and kids to trucks with GPS. Then I went to Future Cruise and booked a cruise from London round trip to Ft Lauderdale in October 2012; booked a guarantee BG room that may turn into an upgrade. .Fri 4/8/11: Princess Cays - smart casual ..Breakfast; after lunch I saw Morning Glory and was just killing time. At 2pm I saw Bernadtte Varizi the Captains Circle Membership Hostess to straighten out my membership. She said that for next week I would be Platinum, but if the new card still says Gold to go to Passenger Services and have a new card made. I did not go ashore. Earlier Passenger Services told me that I had a $148.50 credit for this cruise so I decided to take the Sanctuary for a week at $109 but the stewards told me to come back tomorrow. This gave me time to think; bad for them but good for me. For supper tonight I had steak, as did most of the table, which was a mistake; should have had Salmon instead. Tonight was Baked Alaska night. I went to the Princess Theater to see Ray Coussins, a former pianist for Frank Sinatra, and his tribute to Frank Sinatra. At Movies Under the Stars I saw Little Fockers; funny but not as good as the first one. Sat 4/9/11: FLL - Grand Cayman ..Breakfast, and then back to the cabin to finish the diary for the first week. The group of transit passengers, those travelling on the next voyage, met at Vines, got off the ship, went through customs, and then reboarded the ship. I had lunch and met Papermaker from the roll call. Passengers in transit are only required to take the mandatory muster once, so I took a nap instead only to be awaked by the loudspeaker. In the afternoon I purchased a soda card for $57 including tip; it figures to about $8 per day. Supper was at a table for 4 people even though I requested a table for six; I had the same as 4/2/11 then went to Passenger Services and got a Platinum card. It is not easy; I argued with the Princess rep on the phone back in Boston, argued with Passenger services on the Crown Princess, it was like "not my job", they seem to really make you work. Then I saw the movie RED two times. What I learned to do is wash my underwear at 5pm so it is ready by 5am the next day; this gave me more time in the evening.Sun 4/10/11: Sea Day - formal ..Breakfast with 3 couples and the talk ended up political, but was very interesting; started to eat about 8am, next time I looked at my watch it was 9:30am. I was going to ask that my seat for the evening be changed but decided otherwise. At the Meet & Greet about 40 people showed up, the most of any Meet and Greet I have organized. Again no beverages or pastries; no Officers showed up either. Lunch was with 2 couples; a mother, father, and daughter, son in-law and also one female whose husband died recently; she loved to talk and boast about her son, she booked this cruise at the last minute because of family problems - she doesn't get along with her daughter in-law. I had chicken broth, mixed grill, and fruit tart. Last night for supper I was seated at a table for 4 by mistake. Tonight it was corrected. My other guests were Sue and George, John and Jackie and myself. I had a delicious steak for supper then the production of "Motor City" in the Princess Theater. The audience gave the dancer's a standing ovation; this shows the difference between this week's audience and last week's. Last week we had many children and this week we have few children plus the ship appears not to be sold out. Later the Liars Club followed by Comedian Dan Grueter whose show was similar to last week's performance but was still funny. Mon 4/11/11: Grand Cayman - smart casual ..I had breakfast with a couple from the Meet & Greet and a couple from FL. The table was by a window and I noticed the RCCL Navigator of the Seas anchored as well as Carnival's Inspiration. Then I went to Passenger Services and noticed that I will have a credit of $200 by the end of the week. The credit is non refundable so I either have to use it or lose it; that's a tough decision for someone that does not expect to buy anything on board or take a tour. This morning I went ashore to Grand Cayman; gave me the afternoon to get a tan and enjoy the ship's air-conditioning. But the temperature did not feel as bad today as it did last week. I visited Margaritaville and the Island Plaza. Lunch with 5 people, no couples, we talked about different cruise lines, sports, weather, and food. After lunch instead of getting a tan I worked on pictures taken; took me about 2 hours; now I am caught up to date. The Patter, the daily list of events, had few activities that I was interested in. I saw the movie Burlesque at Movies Under the Starts then took part is The Ultimate Deck Party followed by a midnight snack.Tue 4/12/11: Roatan - smart casual ..We were having breakfast when the Captain announced that due to the strong Easterly winds landing at the pier would have to be delayed; we ended up docking by 10am. After breakfast I visited the future cruise consultant who told me that the Star Princess (cruise of 2012) is being renovated. Then I went to Movies Under the Stars to see "An Affair to Remember". About noon I had lunch with two couples; one of the women agreed that women over-pack saying the most she takes is a small suitcase. Then I went ashore, came back to Movies Under the Stars saw "James Brown Live in Berlin" and the start of "Tangled". Supper with John and Jackie as Sue and George were no shows. Tonight was Italian night; John and Jackie had the eggplants appetizer which looked good. I had veal again, had it last week, and must remember to have something else next week. Then to the Production Show of "Destination Anywhere"; before the show I talked to a couple who said they tried Carnival once and did not like it. Then they gave it two more tries and still the same; the last time was a two week trip to the Panama Canal and the ship they were on was used for Hurricane Katrina. Carnival said they spent about a million dollars renovating but the couple found too many flaws. The audience gave the show a standing ovation again. After that I went to the Explorers Lounge to see the end of "Alphabet Trivia" and the show "Classical Concert" with the Venice Cafe Quintet.Wed 4/13/11: Cozumel - smart casual ..Breakfast with two couples, one of which I had breakfast with yesterday; conversation ended up with overweight people. The ship may hold more than 3000 people, but I am amazed at how many faces are familiar and the same faces at the table I am sitting at. Then I went to the Internet Cafe to write to the Cruise Critic Roll Call for 4/16/11; connection is so slow it's faster watching paint dry. I eventually went ashore, did not take any tours, just looked around the pier area and purchased a T-Shirt. In port with us were Carnival, and Celebrity. Lunch then saw the "Social Network"; supper was chef's night, nothing to write home about. I went to the Explorer's Lounge and heard Gordon and the Orchestra as well as Comedian Cary Long then went to the Princess Theater for Hypnotist Kellie Karl and the International Crew Show.Thu 4/14/11: Sea Day - Formal Night ..Breakfast then to Movies Under the Stars to see Tangled followed by lunch. I did not eat all for I had requested Princess to have a Masons Get Together; this was at 1pm in the Adagio Bar - they were very accommodating; however nobody showed up. For supper I had 2 escargots, 2 lobsters which was filling. Following that was the Production Show in the Princess Theater of "What a Swell Party; the audience gave them a standing ovation again. Then I went to the Newlywed Game Show followed by Movies Under the Stars and Morning Glory. Fri 4/15/11: Princess Cays - Smart Casual ..Breakfast then I went to Future Cruise Sales and changed my cabin to an obstructed view as I most likely might be upgraded. After lunch went to Movies Under Stars and saw Morning Glory and Inception. Supper then in the Princess Theater A Tribute to Frank Sinatra starring Ray Coussins; the show was different from last week and the audience gave him a standing ovation. Then Little Fockers at Movies Under the Stars, back to my stateroom. Me thinks I am going to have trouble with Princess in the future regarding my Platinum and Elite memberships. Sat 4/16/11: Fll - Grand Cayman - smart casual ..Breakfast then to front desk to mail a postcard, back to cabin to work; there are clothes I took that I haven't even worn. I showed up at Vines as instructed, the four of us left the ship, went through customs, then boarded the ship again; about ½ - 1 hour of inconvenience but Princess must show a zero count per customs law (so I am told). I had a rather big lunch, big for me as I dine at 5:30pm. I watched several movies at Movies Under the Stars. Supper was at table 442 this week with a family of 3 from CA (Frank, Bobbie, Jason) and a family of 3 from NY via Russia (Alex, Iring, Lilia; extremely interesting. After supper we went to Showtime in the Princess Theater with the Crown Princess Singers and Dancers and comedian Cary Long. Then to the spa where I made an appointment for tomorrow at 8am for a message. Next Movies Under the Stars and the movie RED followed by a snack in Horizons Grill.Sun 4/17/11: Sea Day - formal ..I got up at 6:45am to get ready for the day and my spa appointment at 8am. To my surprise, the spa was quite crowded; I thought I'd be the only one there but it seems that people do get up early. It seems the spa makes a killing on cruises. Then I made my way to Skywalkers and the M&G. About 10 people showed up; the small number probably because of the nice weather. Hotel General Manager Melania showed up and said that after this week she is going home for two months. Now about the spa; I went to Passenger Services last night a saw that I had a credit balance for this trip of $365, so either I use it or lose it. Of that $56 goes for the soda card I purchased, $140 for the spa, $63 for tips per day; all this will leave me about $88 credit for the trip. Supper then to the Explorers Lounge for comedian Cary Long followed by the Liars Club; next to Movies Under The Stars and True Grit.Mon 4/18/11: Grand Cayman - smart casual ..Breakfast then went took the tender ashore to Grand Cayman and walked to Bayshore Mall. Last week I had lunch with someone who said the Museum was on a side street when it really is on Harbour Drive. Island Plaza has more to offer than Bayshore Mall, but the Mall is adjacent to Grand Cayman's Hard Rock Cafe. Back on the ship I had lunch then saw Yogi Bear in Movies Under the Stars. After supper I went to the Explorers Lounge and saw comedian Cary Long then the Yes/No Game Show followed by the Kings Speech in the Princess Theater.Tue 4/19/11: Roatan - smart casual ..During breakfast the Captain announced that weather conditions were unsafe to land at Roatan and the forecast is for the weather to worsen, so we are heading for our next stop of Cozumel. After lunch I spent the whole afternoon at Movies Under the Stars. I went to supper then Showtime with hypnotist Kellie Karl in the Princess Theater followed by The International Crew Show. I gambled $10 and am not sure if I have money to spend or not, anyway it is not mine, Princess is paying for it; I still have a credit balance.Wed 4/20/11: Cozumel - smart casual ..Breakfast then to deck 17; we docked with the Carnival Legend, Carnival Ecstasy all at Mahogny Bay Pier. Disney Cruise Lines and NCL dock downtown; the cab fare from Mahogney Bay to downtown is $4; it is a 3 mile walk, paved, and you pass various shops and hotels. On Adagio, which is an outdoor bar, I got in a chat with a woman who said that the walk to town is 3 miles and is not bad considering you pass many shops and hotels. This gave me an idea to walk to town but I never made it. I walked by Sabatini's and Adagio and for $20 I can eat here; this will reduce my credit balance and Princess will pay for it, the bad part is that I will eat alone. I had lunch with a bridge player and ended up escorting her to the game area and playing chess. After supper I saw comedian Troy Thirdgill whom the audience liked but I did not think he was that great. This was followed by Majority Rules Trivia where a question is asked and the most popular answer wins. After that I saw the Tourist at Movies Under the Stars then spent $10 in the Casino.Thu 4/21/11: Sea Day - formal ..Breakfast then to Movies Under the Stars and Tangled followed by lunch. In the Princess Patter, the daily menu of events, I saw listed at 1pm "Masons Get Together"; no one showed up last week so I was not in any hurry to get there this week. I went to the Adagio Bar on deck 16 aft and was surprised to see 3 Masons talking. We chatted for about 2 hours; it was good but 3 of us were from the states and 1 was from Canada; it would have been more interesting if other nations were there. After supper I went to Club Fusion for the 80's Music Trivia with CJ the DJ and succeeded in getting zero correct; following that was The Newlywed, Not So Newlywed Game Show and this is always funny no matter which cruise ship it is on. I then purchased a DVD from the photo shop as I still have a credit balance. Today I began packing and will continue it tomorrow and Saturday; I plan to leave the ship about 10am as I will spend a few days in Ft Lauderdale.Fri 4/22/11: Princess Cays - smart casual .. After breakfast I went back to my cabin and packed for about 2 hours. I met a single lady outside the Explorers Lounge who also had a Nook; she taught me some tricks on how to use it and suggested I take the free Barnes & Noble class. Lunch then I went to Movies Under the Stars and saw Inception which I gave 2 stars and read my Nook instead. Next I went to supper then spent time in Club Fusion reading my Nook, seeing the shows Bollywood followed by Make A Deal or Not; next was The Quest. Following that I went to Movies Under the Stars and saw Little Fockers. The problem I had at supper, watches were being sold for $20; I still had a credit of $30. But the watch I had was fine and had two alarms while the ones being sold only have one alarm, besides they are bigger. Sat 4/23/11: Fort Lauderdale.....Breakfast then to the cabin to finish packing and for some strange reason the baggage feels heavier than when I left home. I called the hotel and requested a pickup at terminal 2 but they told me they do not pick up at the terminal. So I took a $10 taxi to the hotel; if I could have walked it I would have. Most of the day I spent working on email, and deleting most of it; I had lunch at the nearby Harbor Cafe and supper at Kelly's Landing, also in the neighborhood.Sun 4/24/11: Fort Lauderdale..Breakfast then checked into Jet Blue for my Boarding Pass next back to my room and worked on the laptop until the maid requested to make up the room when I went outside. I had lunch at Five Guys Burger that was in a local mall but the Publix supermarket was closed. Surprisingly many shops on this Easter Sunday were open; this is far different than in Massachusetts. Supper at Bravo Italiano Restorante right across the street; back at my hotel room I prepared for a 5:30am tomorrow shuttle from the hotel to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
I feel obligated to let you all know my experience on the Crown Princess the week of Feb 12, 2011. As a travel agent, I escorted a small group of eight cabins with people of various ages, cruising experiences, and disabilities. I am ... Read More
I feel obligated to let you all know my experience on the Crown Princess the week of Feb 12, 2011. As a travel agent, I escorted a small group of eight cabins with people of various ages, cruising experiences, and disabilities. I am very disappointed with the experience we had on the Crown Princess. I read many reviews prior to our cruise. I was hoping all along that our experience would be different. It was not. This was very disappointing. I have never wrote a review before and I am a new member. I feel very obligated to tell our experience with this ship and cruise line. I will divide the review by sections. Dining - We chose Anytime Dining. I was advised that we could make reservations for the week for my group only to find out that you can only make reservations one day at a time the day before and because of the size of my group I was given either very early or after 7:00 PM reservations not the 6:30 PM my group wanted. This was very frustrating. There did seem to be a line if you just arrived and requested a table. The food selections were limited. The menu that they had available everyday included fillet medallions which were very low end. Normally we look forward to dinner. There was only a few nights (mainly formal nights) that dinner was worth looking forward to. The lobster was very good. The pork tenderloin was awful. Desserts were just ok. The service in the dining room was hit and miss. The first couple of nights we had terrible service. The wait staff did not understand English very well. They seemed preoccupied with what was going on around the dining room and did not seem to focus on the guests at their table. When we did find a waiter and asst. waiter that we liked, we requested them the remaining nights. This is not how it should be. Everyone should experience good service in the dining room. I don't expect 5 star at budget prices however I expect good service. It was very confusing to figure out who was suppose to take your drink orders etc. because other wait staff would show up at your table other than the traditional waiter and asst. waiter. It would take so long to get drinks refilled that you would end up asking two different people for a drink refill just to hope that one would respond to your request. We enjoyed the Pub Lunch on sea days, it was very good. We also visited the Crown Grill. The food was very good. My fillet was excellent as was the other steak and lobster meals that my party ordered. The main complaint we had about the Crown Grill was it took 3 hours. We did not plan on spending that much time but it seemed that we had to wait 20 minutes for our coffee/tea and then we waited a long time for our check to come at the end of dinner. It was not very crowded that night either so we don't understand what the hold up was. They do tell you in the beginning that everything is freshly prepared so we were patient waiting for appetizers however, there was too much time wasted between the other courses. International Cafe was very nice. I wish they had complimentary beverages available there but the food is very good. The cookies are great and the pastries/donuts/etc. in the AM are very good also. Breakfast buffet was very limited and we found the eggs to be cold. Overall the buffet seemed limited even for lunch. The tables were preset with silverware. Drink service at the tables was okay. There were a few times we had to hunt staff down to clean off table or to retrieve drink orders. We visited the buffet for dinner one night only to find a very long line, only one section open and it was single file. There were no stations. There were pre made salads, the selection was awful, and people were complaining like crazy about the single file line. If you wanted seconds, forget it you had to stand in line another half hour. There really was nothing you would want seconds of. We opted for a late night pizza snack because we left the buffet hungry. I thought the pizza was good, I would have to say better than the other cruise lines we have experienced. Room Stewards - None of my group had any complaints about the room stewards. Most did their job. Nothing outstanding. No towel figures which the children and my first time cruisers would probably have enjoyed. Gratuities - The automatic gratuities are a problem. There is no incentive for good service. We opted to have our gratuities removed so we could reward personally for good service which was few and far between in the dining room. Disappointingly, we eventually found out that even though you personally hand an envelope of money to these people they must turn that in to be put in a pool and divided among everyone. Again, there is NO incentive for good service. The staff that perform poorly get the same amount that the outstanding staff receive. Casino - There were no $5 blackjack tables. This was very disappointing. I asked why and was told that passengers do not want them. I don't believe this. I think that they should have a few available. By the way, it is possible to get $200 from the slot machines without paying a fee. I read a previous post regarding this and I think some people thought you were getting $200 just free period. Free means no 3% surcharge or transaction fee that you would normally pay with ATM or using your card at one of the gaming tables. Shows - The comedians were good and the hypnotist was entertaining. The other shows were not impressive. Wheelchair request - One of my guests requested a wheelchair two days in advance to use in Cozumel. The request was lost by passenger services and the wheelchair was never delivered. I had a meeting with the Maitre D and the Manager of Passenger Services for 45 minutes regarding all of the disappointments we experienced on this sailing. I told them I am embarrassed to have invited my guests on the Princess Crown and I feel I need to apologize to my guests. I should not have to do this. Princess was always rated close to Royal Caribbean in my opinion. Not anymore. I will be personally be sailing Royal Caribbean and will strongly hesitate to recommend Princess to my customers. I hope that my recommendations and complaints were heard at my meeting. That is all I can do. I also thought it was important to write this review. It is harder writing a review than I thought. I hope it is helpful to you all. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We decided to take advantage of a flash fare and hope on down to the Western Caribbean again. We have sailed on Princess a number of times and really enjoy their product, so when we could get it at a good rate, it was hard to pass up. ... Read More
We decided to take advantage of a flash fare and hope on down to the Western Caribbean again. We have sailed on Princess a number of times and really enjoy their product, so when we could get it at a good rate, it was hard to pass up. Embarkation-- We drove down to Ft Lauderdale and parked at Park and Go and they loaded our bags and took us right to the Princess terminal. Could not have been easier and the people were great. Bags were checked and we we spent maybe a total of 10 minutes getting checked in and boarding the ship. We arrived at about 1:30 pm and there was no crowd even though the ship was sold out. Went to our room, which was ready, met our cabin steward and headed up for some lunch in the Horizon Cafe. It was crowded, but we were able to find a place to sit and the lunch was very good. Would have sat outside, but for some reason, the weather had turned cold and it was not even 60 degrees and quite cloudy. Room- We booked an inside guarantee and knew what the room would be like since we had sailed on the Grand and Emerald. We were all the way forward and the room was about 160 sq feet. The only thing different was it had two upper berths and that made getting around a queen bed a bit difficult. If there are just two of you try to avoid the quad rooms! Food-- Was very good. Princess has upgraded their food service and even improved the coffee in the Horizon! Had no complaints. Service-- Our cabin steward was one of the best we have ever had. Learned our name after day 1 and always greeted us by name! The beds are due for replacement and I would suggest you ask for an egg crate to top them. He got one for us the second day. In the dining room, uniformly great service. We had anytime dining and ate and a couple of different tables and received excellent service at each table. The head waiter actually did something to improve service. He helped deliver the food and helped clear tables to keep things moving along! One of he best I have seen. Service in the Horizon and at the bars was excellent. They now deliver your beverage to you at the buffets- a nice touch. Entertainment-- Great. Just got back from a Holland America cruise where the singers and dancers could do neither-- these Princess dancers and singers were very good and their shows were top notch. The specialty acts were very good also. There was plenty going on at all hours. Lots of things to do and something for everyone. All of us enjoyed the entertainment. Computer service-- Much better than Holland America and the manager was helpful and even shut down the center one day because the server was so slow and he didn't want people wasting their minutes. When it improved, he re-opened it. Very thoughtful. Ports-- see below Disembarkation-- ran like clockwork. They actually had a desk where you could get help. They got all our group the right colored tags and we were off the ship, by 8:15 am and out of the parking lot at 9:00-- totally painless. Summary- we had three people with us who had never cruised before and they were really impressed-- heck I have cruised over 25 times and I was impressed. This was an improvement over the Grand Princess and Emerald Princess sailing I went on and I liked them. This is what cruising is about, good food, good entertainment, nice staff, great service and I was able to relax completely! Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
* Background Information Only cruised once before (Feb. 2010) in the Celebrity Solstice. * Ship Info Crown Princess is only 4 years old but obviously 4 years in "sea time" are like 8 or 12 years in "land ... Read More
* Background Information Only cruised once before (Feb. 2010) in the Celebrity Solstice. * Ship Info Crown Princess is only 4 years old but obviously 4 years in "sea time" are like 8 or 12 years in "land time"... The ship is beginning to lack in some areas. Age begins to show. * Activities Plenty of choices. Better than Celebrity in this area only! * Service Good, but does not compare with the Solstice. * Port & Shore Excursions Good and bad experiences. 7 mile beach in Grand Cayman was very satisfactory as was also the Tabyana beach tour in Roatan. The Tulum ruins tour in Cozumel lacked in three areas: =Tour schedule was dictated by local company and was not up to par. Stopped for shopping at an authentic "tourist trap"... =AC in the bus was insufficient. =Misleading brochure advertised time for shopping or sightseeing in "city" (?) and there was never time for that which was the reason I picked this tour as I wanted to get to visit Playa del Carmen. * Summary Disappointed. Not planning to use Princess again. * Stateroom Shows age. Very small. Plenty of closet space. * Dining Food not up to Solstice standards, Sabatini and Crown Grill overrated... * Children's Clubs n/a * Entertainment Plenty of choices. To me this is the only area where Crown Princess beats Solstice hands down. Needless to say Princess is a better choice for younger crowds (under 40) or party animals... * Disembarkation Very poor crowd control (in all areas). Lacking greatly. Missing Port of Call: Princess Cays in Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas. Ship tenders need to be used, bad! I picked this ship precisely to be able to visit a private beach/island. Ship tenders are slow and uncomfortable. Long lines to get to the tenders due to poor crowd management. First and last private beach I will be visiting, unless there is a dock like in Mahogany Bay, Roatan. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
CROWN PRINCESS Western Caribbean Cruise Nov. 6 - 13, 2010 By Mary & Vincent Finelli This was our first cruise on board the Crown Princess, but her class includes the Ruby and the Emerald Princesses which are exact ... Read More
CROWN PRINCESS Western Caribbean Cruise Nov. 6 - 13, 2010 By Mary & Vincent Finelli This was our first cruise on board the Crown Princess, but her class includes the Ruby and the Emerald Princesses which are exact replicas, and we have sailed on both of them. The tradition of creating new classes of ships built to one basic engineering design is a good one, since passengers feel that they already know the deck plan well from sailing aboard a sister ship. It also reduces time spent looking for various locals on board --- theater forward, dining rooms mid to aft, Piazza or centrum Decks 5, 6, & 7, Buffet and pool areas Deck 15 etc. etc. etc. The Crown Princess Captain Andrew Proctor can usually be seen at morning tea with his lovely wife in the International Cafe`. He says that he enjoys this area of the ship immensely because the open atmosphere invites informal conversations with passengers. This kindly gentleman sets the warm mood of the Crown Princess. EMBARKATION On Princess ships embarkation is speedy and orderly. Baggage is taken at curbside and for wheelchair passengers there is direct access to Priority Check In counters. All passengers go to Check In counters individually marked with each deck name. This system reduces long lines and needless waiting. The gangway once again was quite steep, which means reversing the swing away pedals on the wheel chair to protect them. Vincent also shut off his scooter to avoid jamming the motor or gears. This was our 88th cruise, so by now we know how to avoid equipment damage. We arrived in Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL at 12:30pm and had assistance all the way to our cabin C303 where we dropped off our walker and hand luggage and were off to the buffet at 1:00pm. After lunch Vincent went to the Crown Grill Restaurant where Maitre D'Hotel Francesco Ciorfito assigned us an exquisite table for two, by the window, in the Da Vinci dining room. Personal Choice Dining allows us to dine at the same table every evening with the same wait staff. Now all that remained was the Boat Drill at 4:15pm. On Princess this is painless since the Muster Stations are indoors and seating is available. THE SHIP The Crown Princess is the first of three ships in the Crown Class. She was built by Fincantieri Shipyards at Montefalcone, Italy in 2006. She is Hull #6100 to come from this venerable builder. There is an abundance of wood, brass and marble which contribute to its elegant interiors. Throughout the ship are many paintings and mosaics. Her Port of Registry is Hamilton, Bermuda. Her gross tonnage is 112,894, her length is 951 ft. and breadth is 118 ft. Passenger capacity is 3,150 and she sails with a crew of 1,200. She has a cruising speed of 22.5 knots. There are three sets of elevators: one forward, one aft and a Panoramic set of lifts mid ship. Gala Deck 4 has crew areas and the Medical Center. Decks 5, 6, & 7 (Plaza, Fiesta & Promenade) are all public passenger areas. Forward on Deck 5 there are passenger cabins and the Laundromat (other Laundromats are on Decks 8, 9, 11, 12, & 14 aft, and on Deck10 midship). The theater is located on Decks 6 & 7 forward. Plaza Deck 5 midship are the Piazza, with live music and entertainment and the International Cafe`, with terrific coffees and hot chocolates, not to mention marvelous desserts, salads, soups and sandwiches. Here is also served Italian Gelato (three huge scoops on a special elongated dish for a $1.50). There is a beautiful Peacock mural and mosaics everywhere and even on the floor. Midship are also the Internet Cafe`, with its many interesting chiaro-scuro photographs of Venetian scenes, the Travel Cafe` Escapes, the Vines (a wine and cheese bar), the Future Cruise Sales and the Art Gallery. Aft is the Michelangelo Dining Room. Fiesta Deck 6 midship has the Gatsby Casino, Reception Desk and the shops of Meridian Bay. Aft is the Da Vinci Dining Room, with its light maple wood walls and low ceilings and lovely art work. Aft is the Botticelli dining room, accessible only from the upper decks by the aft lifts. On Deck 6 forward is the lower level of Princess Theater with wheelchair accessible seats through a corridor. Promenade Deck 7 has the promenade around the ship with the exception of the forward part, which continues through the stairs on Deck 8, Emerald deck. On Deck 7, forward there is wheelchair access to the upper level of Princess Theater. Here are also the Wheelhouse Bar with its nautical dEcor and the Library with its excellent stacks. Decks 8 through 14 (Emerald, Dolphin, Caribe, Baja, Aloha and Riviera) are mainly for passenger cabins and suites. Lido Deck 15 forward has cabins, midship are the Trident Grill with more mosaics, the Neptune's Reef & Pool with the Pizza and Ice Cream station. At midship there are also the Pool and the Movies under the Stars. Aft is the Horizon Court & Terrace for buffet dining. Sun Deck 16 forward has the Lotus Spa with the Beauty Salon, Sauna and Massage rooms, Aerobics, Fitness Center and the Hearts & Minds wedding chapel. Aft is Sabatini's gourmet Italian Restaurant and the Adagio Bar with elegant entrances of wrought copper grape vines. Sports Deck 17 forward is the Sanctuary, an exclusive area reserved for sunning and relaxation. All the way aft are the Teen Center with Chill Out, The Fun Zone, Off Limits and the Video Arcade. Sky/Star Decks 18/19 have the Center Court, Cybergolf and the Jogging Track and the Skywalkers Night Club at the top. This is a beautifully kept ship with much to do for all ages. FOOD & SERVICE The service on board is top notch -- fit for a queen -- every afternoon at 3:30pm High Tea is served in the Da Vinci Dining Room. This is a must experience. Maitre D'Hotel Francesco Ciorfito is a patient and kind man dedicated to giving the passengers a wonderful experience on board. Head Waiter Giuseppe Renda made us welcome each evening in the Da Vinci. Sous Chef Federico Femiano sent us some marvelous specialities like Lucullus (egg plant rolled around angel hair pasta, baked with a tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and topped with Parmigiano Reggiano), and a Risotto ai funghi (mushroom risotto) that was delicious. Our waiters each evening were the very adept Douglas Garcia and his assistant Despot Cvedanovic. They served the meal at a nice pace and always with a smile. We especially like the crisp salads and innovative soups including the cold ones (Pina Colada, pear and peach were superb). Lunch time was always pleasant with the the very cordial waiter Enrique. Head Waiter Mihai Baroi was everywhere on board and overlooking everything. The luncheon menu is quite good, in fact we think the best afloat: including fried Calamari, Vitello Tonnato, osso buco, etc., items usually found in upscale restaurants only! We ate dinner in Sabatini's ($20) with what seemed like 18 courses. Our table was next to a fountain and the delightful room design is repeated circles of round tables and wood dEcor with a huge Tiffany ceiling globe, similar to the one in the centrum. All in all a gorgeous room. All the breads on Princess are exceptional, but the Food & Beverage Supervisor Claudio Guarnieri told us that the Corporate Executive Baker was on board to "Tweak" the recipes and has already had great success with the focaccia. Since this was our fifteenth cruise with Princess, we are now Elite members and were invited to breakfast in Sabatini's. Excellent! Mary recommends the poached eggs served over tiny roasted potato cubes in a snifter of sorts with Hollandaise sauce on the side. Vincent recommends the freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice with James Beard's French toast, or an excellent Belgian waffle. Sous Chef Ivano Milani (a student of Executive Chef Antonio Cereda) makes Sabatini's a terrific place to dine. Vincent, as an Italian, usually avoids Italian food when dining out, because he is afraid of being disappointed, but not on Princess with her many terrific Italian born chefs. We feel Princess has the best food on the seas. Hotel General Manager Martin Ford has every right to be proud of the service aboard the Crown: It is superb! CABIN C303 on Caribe Deck 10 is a wheelchair accessible cabin with ample space. When entering on the left is a parking area for the wheelchair and next a triple armoire, with two sections for hanging clothes and one with shelves and a personal safe. Next, there is a flat screen TV and a refrigerator, a long counter area and one cabinet with two drawers. There is also a small round coffee table and two chairs. When entering on the right, there is a large bathe with a fold up shower seat and a single sink with shelves for amenities. All was nicely tiled and kept exceptionally clean by our Steward Marius. There is a large queen bed with a puff quilt. The bed is flanked by two bureaus with four drawers each and a reading lamp too far away to shut off from the bed. The dEcor is blue, gold and cream, very cool. The balcony is oversized and held two lounge chairs, two chairs and a table. There was a cover over half of it. It was very convenient, private and protected. We were very comfortable here and the chocolate dipped strawberries and fresh fruit daily made life a dream. ENTERTAINMENT Princes always has excellent music in the Piazza, the Dining Rooms and on deck poolside. Cruise Director Ron Goodman leads off the cruse with a Sail Away at Neptune's Reef on Deck 15 and the music and dancing begin. In the Explorer's Lounge on Promenade Deck 7 there was an early movie "Oceans" and the cruise was off to a great start. The Princess Theater usually has two nightly shows: 7 and 9pm. We dined at 5:30 and sometimes made the early show. The Princess Orchestra and Dancers star in two shows "Motor City" and "Destination Anywhere." The Piazza has many entertainers among which were "Duo Alia" (two gorgeous girls who did "adagio body balancing" a unique acrobatic routine. Then there is the Champagne Waterfall Party hosted by Captain Proctor and built by Maitre D' Francesco Ciorfito, where many ladies had their pictures taken with the gracious and patient Francesco. This was formerly held at midnight, but has now been moved to 7:30-8:30 pm with free champagne for all. There was an abundance of comedians on board. We thought the best was Cary Long in the Explorer's Lounge. The well organized "Princess Patter" lists all the daily activities and events—Go have a ball. PORTS OF CALL Day 1. Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Depart 5:00pm Day 2. At sea Day 3. Grand Cayman Arrive 7:00am Depart 4:00pm Day 4. Roatan, Honduras Arrive 10:00am Depart 5:00pm Day 5. Cozumel, Mexico Arrive 7:00am Depart 8:00pm Day 6. At sea Day 7. Princess Cays, Bahamas Arrive 9:00am Depart 4:30pm Day 8. Ft. Lauderdale, FL Arrive 6:00am Disembark 7:00 DEBARKATION Debarkation was as organized and simple as embarkation. Passengers were called by their luggage tag colors. Wheelchair Passengers met at the Crooner's Bar and, since our color was already called, we had immediate assistance, thanks to our new acquaintance F & B Manager Claudio Guarnieri. We were off, collected our luggage, and were through customs, passport check and outside awaiting our son Marcello by 8:30am. Excellent! CONCLUSIONS This was our fifteenth cruise on Princess and another pleasant one. We are now Elite members of the Captain's Circle, so we look forward to more cruises on Princess ships for the enhanced benefits, such as complimentary Mini Bar set up, free laundry and professional cleaning services, deluxe canape selections and, most of all, the special breakfasts at Sabatini's! However, our next cruises will be a three day cruise to nowhere on the new Allure of the Seas Nov. 23rd and a seven day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the same ship Jan 23rd, 2011. Happy Cruising! Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
We drove to the port in Fort Lauderdale from Jacksonville, Florida. The drive was uneventful until we decided to leave the interstate to do some banking. We were involved in a minor accident. Luckily, we were able to report the accident to ... Read More
We drove to the port in Fort Lauderdale from Jacksonville, Florida. The drive was uneventful until we decided to leave the interstate to do some banking. We were involved in a minor accident. Luckily, we were able to report the accident to all insurance companies involved and continue on to Fort Lauderdale. So my first word of advice would be to stay on the interstate, except, for emergencies before year reach the Port. Once there, we boarded very easily. It was around three in the afternoon, so we faced no lines or crowds. Princess lets you go to your cabin as soon as you board. I loved that. Our cabin attendent came in, introduced himself, answered our questions, told us where the Maitre'd Was located and pointed out services we could expect. We were so impressed that we tipped him right then. We have never done that before. He was that excellent for the entire cruise. The cabin was always kept tidy and neat. He solved any problems we had quickly. We had few, but appreciated his effort. Needless to say, we tipped him extra again when we left. The balcony overlooked other balconys. My DH started conversations with some of the men enjoying their balconies below, and they chatted every day for the entire cruise. That was nice but I would not want one of the uncovered balconies. The Baja Deck Balcaonies were all covered. The Shower was tiny. We had lots of cabinet and closet space. Other than the shower, the room was excellent. The Muster is inside. Stupid me, I thought it was outside. So I took my life jacket, sat out there, and began to wonder where was everyone. They were sitting INSIDE right the behind the window I was sitting beside OUTSIDE. So the muster in INSIDE, not on the Deck. We dined in the Botticelli Dining Room on early fixed dining. Our wait staff was very good. We found the food to be very good. My favorites seemed to all come on the first three nights. I enjoyed the beef medallians on the anytime dining, the Fetticine Alfredo was as good as everyone said it was, and the desserts were good. We ate in the Crown Grill one night. The Filet Migon I had was the best steak I have ever had. It was delicious, fork tender and cooked just right. We also ate at Sabatinis(sp) and enjoyed it. Our Waiter was charming and informed. You basically order an entree and then sample a lot of appetizers. I enjoyed that. The bread they served there was the best in the world. They had one with black olives baked into it and another with different cheese. They should be packaged and sold. I could have made a meal from just that wonderful bread. We did not do any room service. I went to the International Cafe every day for a Latte. I also ate a party sandwich and cookies from the complimentary treats. I loved that place. I really did. We ate breakfast in the Buffet every morning. If you can not find something good to eat up there, you are not looking very hard. I liked the layout of the buffet. it managed the crowds much better, I thought. I again enjoyed their sweet rolls. We did not try the Pizza. My DH ate a hamburger every day for lunch and he was pleased. I can't imagine anyone seriously gripping about the food on The Crown. We took shore trips at each port except for Grand Caymon. The Trolley Tour was cancelled so we could not get on a tour. We walked around and shopped some. It was a nice day. In Roatan, we did the tour of the Island where one sees Iguanas. It was a horrible tour. We, and most of us were Senior Citizens, were crammed into tiny vans, sitting three and four aside. The tour consisted of a stop at an American's Beach House. It had huge steps, no rails and at the top you were met by the Owners, who then tried to sell you a condo. Ugh. It was a Princess Tour. The Tour in Mexico, a Princess Tour, was sort of routine, but it was professional. The Bus was clean and cool. We did go to shopping areas too much, but we also went to the National Museum of Cozumel and I enjoyed that. Our guide was knew his stuff and spoke perfect English. He had lived in Chicago. The tour in the Bahamas, Princess Cay, was a major surprise. It was pricy, but I wanted to see the Island. We had nice buses, no crowd, the Island beyond Princes Cays is clean, bright, well kept. The villages are small, but gaily painted. Our tour guides spoke excellent English. They tried to teach us how to weave baskets, much to our enjoyment. We went walking to a local jail andother govt. buildings. A lunch at a local restaurant was included on the tour. The food, while not to my taste, was clean as was the restaurant. The locals could not have been nicer. We were shown how they celebrate Christmas in the Bahamas and all in all, it was one of the best, nicest tours I have ever been on, and I have been on a few. More people should take this one. We enjoy playing Trivia on Cruise Ships. The Crown gets an A+ in this area. The activities staff had trivias with themes, including costumes and in character, trivia that is "jeopardized" and one with a Big Western Theme. We meet two Canadian Families that we played ( and won) with several times, and the fun we had there just made the cruise. My hat is off to the Crown's Activities staff. They were just super. The Cruise Director was out and about on the ship all of the time. He was the first CD I have ever known to go up and down the lines in the theater and greet people. I think he is doing a heck of a job. We went to all of the stage productions. The First one, which was a Cole Porter sort of thing, with young "gentlemen" and "french" maids was about 40 years out of day. It was a what time is it? what day is it? what month is it? endurance test. I slmost did not go back. But the Second Production Show and the Third one were excellent. My DH and I enjoyed them both.What happened with that first one, I don't know. I heard several passengers complain about how bad it was. I think Princess, in the two last performances, had good shows. But to me, Carnival has the best at Sea. As they are all owned by the same parent company, I wonder why they don't swap them around among cruise lines? The dancers and singers on Princess had MUCH talent. They needed better materials. The stage sets were lovely on Princess too. We don't swim, so we did do pools or anything, but the weather was great and I always saw empty sun chairs by the pool. We did not see any of the comedians, but again, we heard people rave about some of them. Actually, there were so many things we did not get to do, that we have decided that we must go back on the Crown and sail the same route again. You know we enjoyed the cruise! We met lovely people. We had much fun. We ate many good meals. We saw many intersting things. Too Soon, it was time to leave. The week was gone in a flash. We were late in getting off of the ship. We had been told we were to go to breakfast,go to an assigned area ( we were in the casino) and wait to be called by color code on our luggage,( which went out the night before.) We were to be called..or we were given a time to disembark at 9:30. It was almost 11 when we were called. I heard that something had happened in Immigration, but then someone else said the computors went out, so who knows. Once we were called, we were out like a flash, collected our luggage and went through immigration quickly. I would recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
After a great flight to FLL we got Hampton Inn's flamingo van to pick us up at the airport via a phone call to them that we were there. Great sleep in a very comfy bed, next morning I made hot Belgium waffles with sugar free syrup for ... Read More
After a great flight to FLL we got Hampton Inn's flamingo van to pick us up at the airport via a phone call to them that we were there. Great sleep in a very comfy bed, next morning I made hot Belgium waffles with sugar free syrup for both of us with bacon & sausage & scrambled eggs. Then at 11AM we were shuttled to the port. 4/24 Here we are on Crown, Dick greeted us exiting the Hampton Van at the Port. They asked for Elite & Platinum folks at a door & Dick got us. Takes us to a small room with 20 folks sitting there waiting for the OK to board the ship. Then we are told by deck we will board & they took A-C so we were first at the desk. C522 is our stateroom & up we go. Lunch at DiVinci's with beef tenderloin that melted in my mouth & desert was orange souffle. But we did dinner at Michaelangelo. starting with Pina Colada soup, which is a Pina Colada in the glass so we had a few of those. Then we had prime rib which has no flavor & the corn on the cob was burnt on the BBQ, why they served it was the question. But more than half hour wait for dinner to arrive was not for us so back to DaVinci as the best dining room. Great game to see 10 places on the ship between 1-4PM. They give you a card with 10 locations that you get punched per visit & then you drop it into a drawing by the CD Ron Goodman at 5PM at the pool on 15. The bed was very comfy and we had the balcony door open for the breeze until very high winds blew into the doorway squealing at high pitch, so that was closed. AC worked very well set on cold. 4/25, my 60th birthday & we wake to 3 balloons on the side of the doorway by our steward. Eddie (Edgardo) was the greatest in 31 cruises. Today is M&G at Skywalkers from 1-2PM, I am meeting folks who sign on & read us to learn about the ship they are going on. It is on 18 and elevators only go to 15. SO we see stairs on 15 & walk the 3 decks on them to a lookout but no bar. Took an hour to get up to Skywalkers & the clue is AFT elevators to 18 & the bar. SO it was over & they did their gift exchange. Got our first taste of MUTS and too bright during the afternoon to really enjoy it but at night it is the greatest with popcorn & blankets for those who wanted it. 4/26: Hot & humid in Grand Cayman, but so beautiful and great people to enjoy here. Carnival Dream is the other ship but tomorrow 11 ships! Woke to the Captain announcing a fire in the galley smoke was on lower floors but everyone stay in your staterooms & many are asleep but we thought we would wake you to tell you it is under control. If you smell smoke it will go away with the fans on all the floors. Dinner last night at Sabatini's for my BD. fabulous food and very entertaining with the use of 2 forks to serve or a fork & a spoon for pasta. You order you main coyrse, I had lobster (no extra charge) & Jerry had scallops with sea weed. Before they serve 10 side dishes, 3 I did not want. Great taste of good Italian food, then you get soup & a salad. Then the sun was going down & the sea was a mirror with the light coming thru the windows, so they loved us to finish dinner since the curtain are fake & do not go down. Burlee & Tirimisu for desert, but my BD cake never showed, still not today either. Just had lunch at Divinci's which has become our dining room with a great Matre D, and waiters that are fast with the food. Lamb with New England Clam Chowder & oyster crackers for me, Jerry had Chicken Parmigan & a great salad with various greens. The lady next to us added a burger to hers with olive oil & balsamic vinegar. 4/27: Roatan is today 106 for a high with 100% humidity. Fog is everywhere as we left since we have AC & the sea doesn't. Folks are burnt to a crisp. Roatan was boring last December when we cruised NCL Jewel. But with Princess you have Carnival Corp's beach which is 1000 loungers on the beach, some under palm trees. Right hand of the beach is a sand bar that you can walk to the end of the swim area & only be in chin high water, yet middle is straight down about 6 feet out. Peace & quiet, no drunks or the silver salesmen with their cases as in Mexico. Really enjoyed it. We even did laundry for $1 for wash & $1 for dry using our Purex 3 in 1 sheets that are the blue soap & then the white sheet for the dryer. They sell $1 single use all fabric bleach, then All detergent & Snuggle dryer sheets with 2 to a package. The machines are 40 minutes per load. It was packed with wrestlers & women ironing clothes. The wrestler was bare chested ironing his shirt for dinner. Just like the Hulk! Dinner was mango soup served in a cocktail glass with a straw, then I had Jerk Chicken & nothing for desert as we will hit the International cafe for their goodies. Jerry had scallops & shrimp cocktail with the jerk chicken also. Last night we went to Wheelhouse bar for the 8PM $2.99 cocktails. Jerry had Miller Lite & I ordered a vodka martini & the gal states $6.95. I stated $2.99 for after 8PM POWER HOUR it is called. She states I can have Vodka & Tonic. SO I did & hated it. So tonight we try elsewhere. Then we get a personal invite from Captain Nash to his party Thursday from 5:30 - 6:30PM FORMAL ONLY. I said that is formal for a bar not just dinner. And it is during our dinnertime? Great waiter who also sings is from the Phillipines & named Alan. We have lucked out with getting him 3 times so far. He is also a magician changing used tables into new with tablecloths that goes up in the air & land perfectly on the middle. Then he flips napkins like a Vega dealer into position and he glassware is next for water & wine finally a champagne bucket filled with ice that he has silverware in, he moves them around in the ice & wipes with a cloth to place in their position. Very shiny! I am very tired, so I predict 11 hours again tonite with the heat we had walking back to the ship. Even jumping into the pool and then get our feet broiled on the flooring, so we knew it was 106. Then at 4:30 the departation annoucement goes out & folks on the balconies (port) are cheering a drunk guy back to the ship as he weaves & almost went into the water, but he made it to applause & yelled up "drinks for all"....... Shows are pretty boring with a Cole Porter show last night & tonite, so far no idea what else but MUTS had folks dancing to a Tina Turner concert at 2PM, Cirque Du Soleil followed but watching while laying in the sun drains the colors out. So we agreed with many that night shows win. $2.99 drinks after 8PM and served at all bars but not in restaurants, casino, or poolside. The greatest bartender is CHRIS at the pool bar. Massimino, the Matre D is the baby sitter of the year with babies he serves as well as making sure everyone is delighted at dinner, lunch and even breakfast. Egg Benedict is not on the menu but they makke it & very well I will add. 4/28: Today is Cozumel that I call shopping heaven next to E Carib St Thomas. Quite funny that we had to either get off the ship at 7:30AM or wait an hour for Carnival to dock, since they were removing our lines an then replacing both ship's lines & it is Legend not a big guy, Celebrity Soltice, and another Carnival ship way back behind Soltice that is unknown. Shows are pretty petty, MUTS has Up, Nine, Avatar & Blindside with 4 concerts. So today we are off MUTS. A hyponist is in the theatre at 7PM, a juggler is in the Atrium under the stairs as he was yesterday. We had the martini mix party with 4 bartenders who dance with bottles dropping them also. People next to us got blue ones. It was confirmed this morning that we survived the 106 temp in Routan & many were treated for heat exhaustion. We are bright RED today even after spraying ourselves with USF 15 Bull Frog. I hit the pool to cool off and then layed on the boundry as did Jerry so that is when we toasted. He had chills last night but we both slept 12 hours. So that bed is comfy in C522. Today we had a strange lunch. I had a beef roulade that was hamburger wrapped in thick fat. So I cut it into 4 & stripped it to just eat the meat. Roast potatoes with it. Jerry had roast beef sandwich that was covered in horseradish. Folks next to us had it also & pulled the meat out of the bun to eat it. The Mozarella sticks were great Jerry said since they are breaded with rye flour. A great taste. Desert was Strawberry daquiri ice cream & I had a frozen chocolate mousse call a Chocolate Clarrisse. 3 days after my BD I got my cake last night. Jerry snapped a photo so you can see the glass size cake of chocolate mousse, cake wrapped in Princess logo chocolate. One person serving. We hit Diamonds International after a 2 kt diamond tennis bracelet Jerry got me for our 30th anniversary broke. It just fell off my arm & he found it in the carpet. So it went into the case, in the luggage to go back to them. No one in Grand Caymen would change it or fix it, in fact they wanted $1400 for a 3 kt. I told them $1400 for a 4 kt was the price in Deceber when we bought this. Then Routan took a needle nose plier to it & called it fixed. It fell off as we walked for drinks. So back to the room to put it back in its box. So in Cozmel the manager of the store took it, promised to have it like new since he saw the mistakes in it. 2 hours later, as it was pouring outside, so we went back to the store, sat on their sofas, they served us Pepsi Light tha read CERO CALORIES. Not Zero! Very nice treatment and when it was done they brought it out, showed us the difference, he laughed as I counted my 49 stones but stated I now jewelry. It is polished also and the shine is incredible, SPARKLE CITY! Then he asked me to take it off, I can't & that is good ince a jewler should remove it to clean it. He told us lotion can get trapped in jewelry making the connection not tight. So clean it monthly he told me, so my warranty will be good since it is stamped by the jeweler. Sea Day Tomorrow....... 4/29: Hot stone message for both of us comps of the spa as models for a tour group. It was heaven! $179 for 50 minutes is the price. They featured Eggs Benedict today, tho I have had it daily & it is not on the menu, just ask for it. Papaya & melons also with half a grapefruit. Then we did a champagne art auction & they had a piece for $8.15 but someone beat me to it & I got $15, so I took it "Gabriela & Amelia". Princess frames it for free but $70 shipping (Fed Ex). Then I win a drawing for "Final Preparation" (2 ballerinas fitting each other) & it will match Annabella that I won on Norwegian valued at $650, so it is becoming a joke that we are art collectors. Then Wheelhouse had a pub lunch for free. Irish menu with fish & chips, Steak & Kidney pie & Currey chicken. And as we walk on 7 the Matre D of DaVinci's yells that we are late for lunch, so we go there too for salad & the swan on a lake Princess desert. Then we have Captain Nic talking in the Atrium, he is on vacation in September & is hearing he is going to Sapphire. Folks were shocked. So I am going to shampoo my hair & walk promenade to dry it then bed. Tomorrow is Princess Cays, then back to Cleveland & reality. 4/30: Our last day was Princess Cays, but waking us at 1:46AM for another fire in the galley freaked me out. Twice in a week with the Captain called for help from his crew. Princess Cays is still the same as years back but some small cottages added that have a table & chairs inside to bring out, a shower outside and they seems sold out. Princess has an amazing buffet lunch cooked on the BBQ there, fresh fruit bowls to serve yourself. The beach was rocky as you try to walk out and the water was colder than Roatan. On the right was a huge rock wall laying in the water that folks were slipping on entering the water think it was sand. No sea shells either. Snorkelers said they only saw toes which we got a laugh out of. They also have a great T-Shirt for $15. It is written upside down "If you can read this , then pull me onto the boat". Many were wearing them in the water. No Platinum/Elite lounge on a week cruise, so the Purser stated. $2.99 drinks after 8PM are Long Island Ice Tea, Pina Colada & Singapore Sling, beers like Bud lite, and bottom shelf liquor. I ordered a Vodka martini which is a shot & a spit of vermouth, but they stated it was 2 shots so $6. SO I had Vodka on the rocks at Wheelhouse & Explorer. Then I met the Martini Man at a show he did & he poured me a blue one. FREE! At the Art Auction we bought a $15 painting & I won one. Have to check these 2 out at the gallery near us for value. I also got jewelry that is artwork for the guest artist, Eric Waughn, on board all week. He did a painting everyday that folk could watch him work. It sold for $4000 for a charity. They also had a breast cancer walk that raised $95K. $60 for a silk chained necklace that is called MARTINI CITY. Eric ran to his stateroom to get it for me to see when he learned I love martinis. Jerry bought it for my BD present. The chain feels like silk. Everyone on our flight was checking it out since it was different. He autographed the lid of the can that holds it when not worn it goes in a black velvet bag then inside the storage can with autographed lid. Funny that we got off at 10AM with half the staff who were on vacation for 3 months after working 5. So we got a free ride with them to the airport. Our steward Edguardo, who we called Ed, was just amazing how he knows when we are gone morning & night. Never need a service or a do not disturb note on the door. No smokers, no one loud, other than 40 staterooms at 4PM last day rooting a drunk guy running for the ship in S formation almost falling into the water, and cheering him on. It was great to hear everyone rooting him on. Then the major applause as he reaches the gangway & he yells DRINKS FOR EVERYONE. The Executive Chef Guiseppe did a culinary show cooking 3 Italian specialties that we didn't get to sample & then we did a tour of the galley. How clean the area is & they win awards for it. Laughed that the desert cooler had a BIG lock on it. But now we are home, sleeping in our own bed was great, & it stormed this morning so we are waiting for the sun to dry the lawn that is over my calves high, but it is to storm for 6 hours starting 2 hours. SO in 1 hour I will be out with mower set on highest setting to mulch all the seed I see. I go for high after May but this is over week cut on middle setting. One of the Elite neighbors told us of a S Carib cruise for $299 including air to San Juan. I called my TA on it but it is sold out. So we are ready for another one like it. Any further questions, just ask...... Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
We have cruised over 30 times in the last 18 years, everything from crystal to carnival and really enjoyed this trip.The ship is beautiful in all respects,you wouldn't think it was 4 years old. All the public rooms were very clean and ... Read More
We have cruised over 30 times in the last 18 years, everything from crystal to carnival and really enjoyed this trip.The ship is beautiful in all respects,you wouldn't think it was 4 years old. All the public rooms were very clean and well maintained. overall very happy with the ship and the crew. ROOM: We had booked inside on deck 14 forward, very quiet and a great location for getting to the upper decks (pools, horizon court, spa etc.) It was a ride down to other decks but it was never a problem. DINING: We booked any time dining and ate at the Crown Grill twice, Sabatini's once and the Chefs Table once, the dining room was also very nice on the three times we went there. Over all the food was very good, even the buffet had its moments. The burgers etc. were very good out by the pool, and the pizza OH the pizza was the best, I could not stop eating it, just like NY, Boston thin crust... The Chefs Table was the best $150.00 I've ever spent on a ship. You must try to go on this dining trip with the head chef. Book as soon as you get on board, it is limited to about 24 guests only, you must book asap. The crown Grill, with George at the front desk taking care of us, was the highlight of our trip. Don't miss this dining thrill. SHOWS: Very good, some of the best we have seen on board,no complaints. We did use the sanctuary on about 3 days, it was great, very secluded and plush would do it again. CASINO: One word, STINKS,the smoke is unbeliveble, could not spend more than two minutes in that place and I was a smoker for 33 years...Stop the smoking. HOT TUBS: Make them HOT, then you won't have 5 people sit in the same tub for 2.5 hours at a time, and the kids won't sit in them for 7.5 hours a day. Overall, great ship, great crew, will go again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Crown Princess Ratings
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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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