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7 Night Baltic Sea Cruise from Southampton

7 Night Baltic Sea Cruise from Southampton

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Southampton
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Stavanger
  • Day 4
    Olden
  • Day 5
    Skjolden
  • Day 6
    Bergen
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Southampton

Crown Princess

Crown Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Great layout for minimizing crowds; recent refresh makes the ship feel new

Cons

Fewer specialty dining options and bells and whistles than on new mega-ships

Bottom Line

A simple yet elegant cruise option for adults looking for relaxation or romance


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
I chose this cruise specifically due to the fact that it included Liverpool and a Deluxe Beatles tour that included access to inside tours of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood homes. Due to a series of events, my excursion ... Read More
I chose this cruise specifically due to the fact that it included Liverpool and a Deluxe Beatles tour that included access to inside tours of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood homes. Due to a series of events, my excursion was cancelled and I was told there was no room of any of the three lesser Beatles tours available. What lead to this? First, bad weather prevented us from tendering at Guernsey (which we heard from others happens quite often so I am wondering why it is included as a port). We headed on to Cobh where, as we docked, there was a problem with a generator which the captain said he had never experienced. We limped into Dublin hours late and extended that stay which made us late into Liverpool and resulted in the cancellation of my Deluxe Beatles excursion. In the mean time, our toilet had been running, so we reported it but got no one to look at it. Our toilet stopped flushing, so we reported it. After a while someone came to "fix" it and, as a result, our toilet overflowed, filling roughly 1/3 of the balcony cabin. Items we'd had on the floor were moved (including my husband's soaked shirt), the padding under the carpet was removed, a wet vacuum was used on the carpet, and large fans were placed in the room to dry the carpet. The fans had blown out the power so there was no air conditioning. We were told there was no other room to stay in for the night and that the best they could offer was to turn off the fans for the night. After my husband spent over an hour dealing with a supervisor who told us there was no other cabin available she finally found a single interior room that we could use for that night. My husband canceled his Wales excursion to help me find Beatle-related activities to do in Liverpool the next day. His excursion had been taken down to about half what it was supposed to be anyway due to the time constraints that resulted from the late arrival in Liverpool. Everyone on the cruise was given $100 onboard spending money for the troubles with the itinerary. My husband and I were each given $100 each for the trouble with the cabin, but I can't get back to Liverpool, take the tour I wanted and get back home on $100. Weather issues can happen on a cruise. Mechanical issues can happen too. But someone made the call that we should extend the stay in Dublin at the expense of the Liverpool stay. I guess they assumed that more people would want the time in Dublin than to arrive on time in Liverpool - but it would not have been my choice. We were so late into Dublin anyway that those who tried to make it to the Trinity Library to see the Book of Kells had the door shut in their faces. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We have been on 10 cruises with Princess and this one will not have us looking at Princess in the future. There are just too many other options out there to spend our vacation dollars. Earlier this year we booked a Princess Australia/New ... Read More
We have been on 10 cruises with Princess and this one will not have us looking at Princess in the future. There are just too many other options out there to spend our vacation dollars. Earlier this year we booked a Princess Australia/New Zealand cruise for 2020....that will be cancelled when we get home. I think we are now seeing the full negative affect of Carnival’s takeover of Princess. PROS: Cabin steward was great Staff at Vines (wine bar) was great until Princess management screwed them up with the construction mess (so this explained below). Entertainment staff was great. Entertainment was marginal. When you pay for a 12 day cruise they should not be repeating the same shows. We selected this cruise for the itinerary and the great experience we have had with Princess in the past. The people of Scotland and Ireland are fabulous! Ditto for the one port each in France and Great Britain. CONS: Piazza, deck 5, turned into a construction zone during the last few days of our cruise. This was the final negative issue that put us over the edge to write this review. The popular coffee bar was boarded up and moved to the tranquil Vines wine bar....now the wine bar is noisy and not enough seating....great move by Princess executives. Makes the ships focal gathering place look like a inner city construction zone. The construction will take around 4 weeks so the next 2+ cruises will be affected. I’m sure they, like us, will not be notified ahead of time....we would have cancelled if told. I have a suggestion for Princess executives. Instead of ruining the piazza for passengers paying large sums of money, redo the vacant Future Cruise area on deck 5 of the piazza. We never saw anyone using it. Might have something to do with the terrible cruise experience they were having. Princess is now having passengers subjected to their refurbishment projects (Medalion class,etc) so they don’t loose any revenue. These are projects that should be done in dry dock. I am sure the bean counters don’t care about our cruise experience...they had our money already. ALL elevators went down one morning. In the port of Cobh, Ireland the ship experienced propulsion failure. This required the ship to use tugboats to dock the ship and the ship needed to be pulled off the port by the tugs. The ship then limped towards Dublin at reduced speed since the propulsion problem was not resolved. Dublin wasn’t reached until 3pm the next day (9 hours late) which meant another port of call lost.....one due to weather (Guernsey) and one due to a non seaworthy ship (Dublin). The port for Edinburgh, Scotland was a tender port. We boarded a tender from a port side tender company to get off the ship and all went well. For the return, we boarded a Princess tender and the engines failed. After the fully loaded tender was banged around by the waves and pier for over 10 minutes we had to get off the Princess tender. We were moved to the independent company tender and thankfully it was operational. The stateroom hallways look like a battle zone. With dented panels up and down the corridors ...assume from the luggage. Can see significant staff reductions throughout the ship....another Princess corporate screw up. Now that they have expensive beverage packages available, there is no one that knows about the wine in the main dining rooms...no wine stewards or sommeliers! On several occasions drinks would take 20+ minutes in the dining room. Observed at an adjacent table to ours a lady get up, leave the dining room, and return with drinks. She smiled at us and said “we have to fend for ourselves”. She then proceeded to quietly start clearing some dishes from their table. Yikes! One night our waiter would give us updates every 5 minutes or so on our drink order status.....”the bar is backed up”. Bulletin, it’s dinner time on a cruise ship! More staff reductions by Princess and I am certain that the Princess executives will take this out on the poor staff when it is not their fault....100% I blame Princess corporate for the staff reductions throughout the ship. Oh, by the way, when my wife’s wine arrived over 20 minutes after ordering it was the wrong wine. We did not say anything. Internet and tv were down for two days. In a stroke of genius, Princess gave us 60 minutes of free internet to compensate for all the travel delays their non seaworthy ship caused. Such a nice gesture because the internet had been down for the last 2 days! Update...when the internet did start working, sporadically, the two voucher codes Princess provided to our stateroom for 60 complimentary minutes each....Did Not Work! I could continue and add several more issues with this ship but I think the point is made. Adios Princess....I hope this helps others anticipate what you are getting into with a company now at rock bottom. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Everything was great - itinerary, food, the ship, and service. We picked the cruise up in Le Havre, spending 3 days prior in Normandy and 5 nights in Paris. There is a free shuttle from the train station in Le Havre to the ship or take a ... Read More
Everything was great - itinerary, food, the ship, and service. We picked the cruise up in Le Havre, spending 3 days prior in Normandy and 5 nights in Paris. There is a free shuttle from the train station in Le Havre to the ship or take a taxi. We did traditional dining for most nights and had great table mates. We used anytime dining for some late excursion days. Ate at the Crown Grill specialty restaurants and enjoyed the Crab Shack night for King Crab. Service was exceptional. The Horizon Court was our go-to breakfast and service there was great including my husband’s special requests. The cruise director and staff did an excellent job. There was so much to do aboard ship we didn’t even scratch the surface. Entertainment was very good to excellent with some definite standouts. The music and dancing options were all enjoyable. We did all but one excursion from Princess. Most were excellent. The ports and overall itinerary was great. Lots of options for excursions and we did a lot of full day excursions. Would highly recommend this cruise for the British Isles unless you like bus touring. You see so many great ports and places. Read Less
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