217 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Caribbean - Western Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews

We were on the Crown a little over a year ago for 28 days to the South Pacific and loved the ship. So we decided to go again on the Crown. Granted it was only a 5 day cruise. We assumed things would be different on the shorter cruise. ... Read More
We were on the Crown a little over a year ago for 28 days to the South Pacific and loved the ship. So we decided to go again on the Crown. Granted it was only a 5 day cruise. We assumed things would be different on the shorter cruise. We were on the Royal in December for 10 days and I think we got spoiled. We had anytime dining, but only ate in the dining room one night. The food was just ok. We ate mostly in the Horizon and found there were less choices than a year ago. But found the food very good. The Crown Grill was excellent as always. We liked it much better than the Crown Grill on the Royal. My husband did get a rather large fish bone in his appetizer. The cruise director, Cory, was fantastic. A little quirky, but he was great. The comedian, Steve Caouette, was one of the best. They seemed to fit everything into the 5 days that they do on the longer cruise. The service was not as I remembered, maybe because it was a short cruise. It just seemed to be lacking. We did attend the platinum/elite cocktail party and the service was fantastic. Couldn't have asked for anything better. Did visit the spa. Had sinus issues for about 3 or 4 weeks (nothing contagious). The spa suggested the thermal suites. Only seemed to help for awhile and then came back. Then they suggest acupuncture. It was amazing! The best money ever spent. It cleared up what 2 doctors, 3 antibiotics & steroid couldn't. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise because it fit our timeframe and price. Embarkation was fast and easy. We used Park N Go, which I highly recommend. We were in the shuttle at 10:40 and onboard by 11:30! Very smooth! Our room was ready by 1:00 as ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit our timeframe and price. Embarkation was fast and easy. We used Park N Go, which I highly recommend. We were in the shuttle at 10:40 and onboard by 11:30! Very smooth! Our room was ready by 1:00 as promised. We had an OY obstructed view cabin E623. Our view was between 2 life boats but had plenty of Oceanview. It was located between the aft and mid elevators which was very convenient. The cabin was roomy with lots of storage. There were 2 night stands with 2 drawers and a cubby for storage. A desk with a door and 2 shelves. A fridge inside a cabinet with storage on top. A small table, lots of hanging space in the closet with a shelf above that. The bathroom had 3 shelves along the mirrors and a shelf below the sink. The shower is a good size and the shower curtain does NOT stick to you! There is shower gel and shampoo/conditioner in bottles in the shower. I did not use them so I don’t know how good they were. Our room attendant, Elizabeth Luna, was GREAT! I have been on 20 cruises and she was the best attendant I’ve ever had! We had Anytime dining but we only went to the dining room on formal night. It was nice, but we enjoyed the freedom and the food choices on the buffet better. The buffet was very well organized and laid out. An attendant gave you a plate and flatware only AFTER you used the hand sanitizer. One night Beef Medalions were on the buffet that were much better then the filet I was served in the dining room on formal night. We really enjoyed the entertainment by Motown singer, Solomon Jaye (I think that was his name) and the comedian, Steve Caouette, was fantastic! We also liked the Piano Bar. We did not attend any of the ship shows. Cruise Director Corey was really good. He seemed to be everywhere! Our ports were Roaten and Cozumel. Roatan was beautiful! We went to the last beach area and just relaxed! My only complaint was many of the plastic loungers were broken. I think Carnival Corp can afford some new ones! We only shopped the port area of Cozumel. I’ve been there many times and didn’t want to go into town. We did not have children with us. I would absolutely go on Crown again. Maybe next time to the ABC islands. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had an absolutely amazing time on this cruise! We went with another couple and they loved it too! We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day of the cruise. Rookie mistake! The first leg of our flight was canceled so we drove to the ... Read More
We had an absolutely amazing time on this cruise! We went with another couple and they loved it too! We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day of the cruise. Rookie mistake! The first leg of our flight was canceled so we drove to the connecting airport (a very long drive) and barely made it. Whew!! In reading other reviews, everyone suggests flying in the day before and staying in the city of departure. Lesson learned! Embarkation was smooth and easy, as was disembarkation. Having your documents all in order and easily accessible helps A LOT! The ship was clean and the staff were all very kind and helpful. The comedian was hilarious and the live show was superb! The guys were a bit irritated at first that the limit on the premier drink package was 15 per day but turns out that was plenty!! Anytime dining is so nice because it doesn't lock you into a time and although we had evenings in which we had to wait, it was always less than 10 minutes and everyone was exceptionally accommodating! We didn't do any excursions but the ports in Honduras and Cozumel are gorgeous! Highly recommend! Can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Let me begin by stating that I am an experienced cruiser. I have Platinum loyalty level with Princess and NCL with multiple cruises on Carnival; I have also cruised with Costa, Holland America, Celebrity, RCL, and Dolphin Cruise line. This ... Read More
Let me begin by stating that I am an experienced cruiser. I have Platinum loyalty level with Princess and NCL with multiple cruises on Carnival; I have also cruised with Costa, Holland America, Celebrity, RCL, and Dolphin Cruise line. This cruise was my second cruise on Crown Princess the first being in November; about 6 weeks before. We booked this cruise strictly due to price but I found the quality had slipped some since my first voyage late last year. The cruise was a five day, round trip Fort Lauderdale with stops at Mahogany Bay, Roatan and Cozumel. Our cabin, an inside, was adequate with lots of places for storage, a safe, and a fridge. My one complaint was that the shower was rather small. The dining room food on Crown Princess is very good although as I stated not quite as wonderful as the first time around. In one instance I ordered the roasted duck for dinner; the time before I was served a quarter duck but this time the portion was tiny and I was served only a leg which was beyond skimpy. Service in the dining room was excellent but I had requested a server I had from the time before who I knew was good and the service remained excellent. Pizza on Crown Princess is not the same wonderful pizza Princess is known for; on both cruises it was sub-par. The grill and buffet food is not much better. Like other Princess ships when dining on the Lido deck servers bring the beverages but that concept didn't work very well and the beverages are not set up well for self service. Fun things to do are pretty much non-existent. One night when going to the Lido deck for "Movies Under the Stars" there were no blankets, no towels, and no popcorn; we were told "they were out." The shopping host is more of the same talking about Diamonds International and Del Sol but she is awfully long winded and sensationalizes everything. One example was the grand prize at one of her talks; "a Tanzanite necklace worth $500.00 she said but it was the free giveaway at Tanzanite International; no gold, no silver metal omega with a stone that they give away with any purchase. Roatan was a bit of a disappointment. Last time we were there we found a wonderful flea market across the street from the port but this new port is a cruise line port with limited shops. Because Crown Princess is an older ship there is a complimentary steam room and sauna for both men and women which is always nice. A little past half way through the cruise I used the bathroom by the theater before the show and found the sink filled with vomit. I should have known then that there was sickness on the ship but the next day my companion came down with virus; vomiting and diarrhea. The day after I got it and could not leave the cabin at all. Food was out of the question. Finally I was able to get some jello down. The bottom line was that it turned out to be a horrible experience due to the virus we contracted but even without considering that I would not rate this ship very highly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Cruised on the Crown Princess from Ft Lauderdale to Honduras and Cozumel. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We were looking for a short getaway and we wanted to visit a port we had not gone to in the past; Honduras. We previously ... Read More
Cruised on the Crown Princess from Ft Lauderdale to Honduras and Cozumel. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We were looking for a short getaway and we wanted to visit a port we had not gone to in the past; Honduras. We previously cruised on the Regal Princess and thought we'd try Princess again. Embarkation/disembarkation was quick and easy. The ship needs some TLC. Lots of rust, chipped paint, old carpet. Cabin was a mini-suite (D422). Two TV's, queen size bed, sofa bed, fridge, balcony, bathroom with a tub. We did anytime dining. The menu was the same at all of the dining rooms including the dining room reserved for elite and premier passengers. Room service was the best dining option on this cruise. Other than the limited menu, the staff was fast, friendly and never made a mistake on our order. We saw a comedy act and a version of the Dating Game. Both were enjoyable and worthwhile. There were movies on deck and shows in the theater. We did not go to the theater but we did watch the movie on deck. Service on this ship was the biggest disappointment. Most of the staff seemed to be preoccupied with completing assigned tasks. Very few smiled or greeted passengers. We had to repeat ourselves regularly when placing orders or asking any questions. Most of the staff spent their time talking to each other instead of servicing the passengers. One of the hostesses yelled at my wife. The stateroom attendant forgot washcloths one night so we had to get our own. Most of the passengers on this ship were 'mature' people. The staff did not cater to this group. When announcements were made, we could barely understand what was being said. They spoke very quickly and did not pronounce words clearly enough. The internet was very slow and there was no one available to assist. We stopped in Roatan, Honduras but it rained that day. We still went ashore but could not take advantage of zip lining, the beach or any other excursions. It was very expensive there as well so if you are looking for souvenirs, buy them from Mexico; unless you want something with Roatan on it. The same items in Honduras were much cheaper in Cozumel which was the other port. We have been there several times so we did some sight seeing and ate at some Mexican restaurants. If you choose this ship and you choose a room with a balcony, make sure you choose a higher deck. We were on deck nine. The balconies above us were staggered so everyone above could see our balcony. No privacy! Select decks 11 or higher if you want privacy. My wife and I traveled alone. We are 49 and 50. There were families with children, teen agers, middle aged and elderly passengers on-board. Most of the passengers were over 50 and many were over 60. I will not cruise on this ship again. I may consider Princess if it is going to a port that I have not visited before but it would have to be a great price and there would have to be some perks...free gratuities, specialty dining, free upgrade, etc. I would give this cruise a 5/10 on the fun meter. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I chose this cruise because I wanted just a short break during a winter holiday in Florida. This 5-day sailing filled the bill. The biggest hassle (apart from one awful tour) was the nearly 2-hour wait for the Princess transfer from FLL ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted just a short break during a winter holiday in Florida. This 5-day sailing filled the bill. The biggest hassle (apart from one awful tour) was the nearly 2-hour wait for the Princess transfer from FLL airport to the ship. Once the coach finally arrived, the whole transfer/check-in/boarding experience went very smoothly and quickly. I always enjoy the extra space in the mini-suite, but always wish that my balcony wasn't open to the eyes of passengers on all the decks above me. It's not really very "private," is it? On-board service was excellent everywhere from my first-rate cabin steward to the service staff in the restaurant, at the bars, in the buffet, and especially at the International Café where the line always kept moving very quickly. I really enjoyed spending some time relaxing at the adults-only Terrace Pool, stern end of deck 14 and up a few steps. It's a lot quieter than the persistently noisy main pools on deck 15, with movies at one and loud music at the other. The biggest nod to Caribbean culture was the offering of a very fine steel drummer as one of the on-board musicians. Always enjoyable to sit down in the Piazza atrium and listen to him doing his thing. I ate in two of the upscale restaurants. Sabatini's offered an object lesson in fine dining service on all fronts, along with excellent food. It was delightful. The Crown Grill steakhouse was a bit more frantic, although service was duly attentive. The main server was having to cover too many tables, and was forced to rush a good deal. However, she did her work well, and all the food was excellent. The shore excursion on Roatan gave us a nice feel for the island, in all its economic diversity, although having every bank and school and government building pointed out to us as we passed quickly became tedious. At Cozumel, I took the tour called "Chichen Itza Express." Really, "Chichen Itza Hit and Run" would have been a better title. We were delayed by docking time, then delayed further by a long wait (45 minutes) for a coach to pick us up after crossing on the ferry to Playa del Carmen. Once we reached Chichen Itza, we lost more time walking from coach to entrance building, then waiting for tickets, then lining up to go through security, then walking from the entrance to the ruins -- and so we ended up with precisely TWENTY minutes to rush around and try to absorb as much as possible. The advance description of the tour said that we would get an hour at the ruins. Yeah, right. Don't even consider this tour unless/until Princess manages at least a 12-hour stop at Cozumel. In its current state this tour was a waste of my time and money. It worked out to $10 per minute of viewing time at the site. The end-of-tour excursion in Fort Lauderdale was enjoyable, with a fun airboat ride into the Everglades, and ample time to wander around and view all the wildlife at Flamingo Gardens. Quite a contrast. This is what all tours ideally should be like. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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
I was very disappointed by the current state of Princess. In the past, the food and entertainment were quite good. This time, the food was very poor and the entertainment on the ship was not up to par. The main theater was full a half ... Read More
I was very disappointed by the current state of Princess. In the past, the food and entertainment were quite good. This time, the food was very poor and the entertainment on the ship was not up to par. The main theater was full a half hour before the early show and we were shut out four nights. It is too small for the size of the ship. The activities on the ship were not very good and we spent the days at the pool or reading. They were geared to shopping and the art auction. The ship constantly vibrated whenever we were in motion. It was difficult to fall asleep and it was downright annoying. In 28 previous cruises, I had never experienced this problem. I think the engines need to be looked at. Prior to sailing, I had ordered the 12 water bottle package for $6.99. When it did not show up, I was told they never got the order and had to pay $2.50 a bottle. As for the food, the meat was tough, it was never served as ordered, and the dining room selections were not as I am used to on other lines. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My husband and I had been looking forward to trying Princess for the 1st time. We had cruised on several other cruise lines and had heard that Princess was a class above Carnival or Norwegian. Unfortunately, we found that this particular ... Read More
My husband and I had been looking forward to trying Princess for the 1st time. We had cruised on several other cruise lines and had heard that Princess was a class above Carnival or Norwegian. Unfortunately, we found that this particular ship was not the best food by any means. The buffet had the same selections every day, nothing was hot and there was always a long line. Sometimes had a hard time finding anything we liked. Seating was very limited and there were no other choices other than pizza, hamburger, hot dogs, cold sandwiches and maybe 1 carved meat. Tried the carved meat for lunch one day and you couldn't even cut it. The dinner wasn't any better, food was always cold and no good choices. Had prime rib one night and was cold to the touch, along with the sides. We had anytime dining and usually don't have any trouble getting a seat for 2 but, on this ship if you don't take a large table with a group you will find yourself waiting for 30-45 minutes to get a table. Entertainment was a big disappointment. The only music in the evenings was classical, ballroom dancing or instrumentals. The theatre was extremely small and if you didn't get there early there were no seats. You can't even get around people that are sitting down since they are so close together. Everywhere you went in the evening it was very hard to find seats, there is just not much entertainment and so everyone is going to the same place. We went to 5 theatre shows and only liked 1 of them very well. Not our normal productions that we are used to. They only had a comedy show one evening & he was very good but we are used to at least a couple of them. Didn't have karaoke very often either. The pools were nice, but chairs are limited. We did like our room and our room steward who was Antonio, he was the best. Our bed was very hard and we requested a mattress topper and a cover sheet because they do not give you a top sheet. This was a first for us, I don't like covering up with a comforter that is probably not washed frequently. Very quiet in the hallways, liked the type of people cruising on the ship. Ordered room service one evening and it was not good, sandwich had 1 shaved slice of roast beef and no taste. Tried the Crown Grill one evening and out of a rating of 10 I would give it a 5, but we were tired of the dining room. The steaks were just ok, nothing exceptional for $29 per person, potatoes were very small and not done well. Rolls were hard just like they were in the dining room. Must be leftovers that they use over and over. We were looking forward to trying the Salty Dog since the hamburger looked fabulous in a picture and they said it was the best on the seas. We saw someone eating one and it looked no bigger than a slider. There was never anyone there either. Service throughout the ship was very poor other than our room steward. Don't expect to have bar wait staff coming around much to bring drinks. Casino was not as lively as we have seen on others and didn't see anyone winning including us. The ship is very dated although it is going in for dry dock for 2 weeks. Don't know how much they will get done in that length of time. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and quick. There are so many ships to choose from we don't believe I will come back to Princess unless they make changes. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This review covers the 5-day and 8-day back-to-back voyages of the Crown Princess (January 7-20). We were able to book these dates for a last-minute booking (38 days out). Princess offered us a price we couldn't refuse, so off we ... Read More
This review covers the 5-day and 8-day back-to-back voyages of the Crown Princess (January 7-20). We were able to book these dates for a last-minute booking (38 days out). Princess offered us a price we couldn't refuse, so off we go. This was our 13th & 14th cruise respectively with Princess (20+ overall) so we know our way around the cruise world. Embarkation was as smooth as possible. We waited until the mass early morn crowd dissipates, and walked in about 1:30pm. Being platinum level, we were whisked through the preferred line and were onboard the ship within ten minutes. We chose an obstructed oceanview stateroom, since we would be outside 90% of the time aboard. Our room steward was excellent.....very personable, and took great care of us. The Crown Princess is a magnificent ship, slightly over 3000 passengers, well laid-out with lots of open space on top (4 pools), good traffic flow through most of the ship. Almost all activities occur on the 7th deck, which gives you access to all the lounges, theatre, and some shops. Gym and spa are at the front of the ship, which gives you 180-degree view forward behind glass walls. The buffet (Horizon Court) is at the back of the ship on deck 15, and has inside/outside tables available for great views. DINING: We stick with the late traditional dining venue (Botticelli room, deck 6 table for 2). Our wait staff was excellent, very friendly, knowledgeable of the food selections, and made our dining experience memorable. The food in this room was FANTASTIC.....in our opinion, one of the top 2 of our Princess experiences over the years. Portions were the perfect size, we ate everything that was on our plates. Desserts were well-presented. ENTERTAINMENT: Theater stage shows were great. You must watch ENCORE. Some serious talent there. The ship band was spot-on. Great costuming/lighting. Theater has good access/egress. Catch the party band STATIC.....high energy, very interactive with the passengers when they perform. Voice of the ocean was entertaining, as was marriage match game. PORTS: Visited Roatan, Cozemel, Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire. Beach days in Roatan and Aruba. Cozemel was a visit to Tuluum, which requires a ferry ride over to the mainland (Playa Del Carmen). Curacao was a walk-around visit, and we rode electric bicycles on a 25-mile tour of the island of Bonaire. We used off-ship venders (shoreexcursiongroup.com) for the land tours. Traveled about 5000 statute miles on this adventure. Point-of-information....you can now bring Cuban cigars back to the U.S. for personal consumption. We used city bus in Aruba (drastically cheaper than Taxi). OVERALL: There were no speedbumps on this cruise with Princess. We were treated like royalty. Crown is scheduled for dry-dock in a month or so, so the experience should get even better after that. This ship/schedule met our needs. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
First off, let me mention that this cruise was wholly chartered by Air Miles Canada and we didn’t pay a dime for it. On board were approximately 1000 collectors and their guests, as well as partner personnel and Air Miles employees who ... Read More
First off, let me mention that this cruise was wholly chartered by Air Miles Canada and we didn’t pay a dime for it. On board were approximately 1000 collectors and their guests, as well as partner personnel and Air Miles employees who had won the cruise. Needless to say, our experience was likely different as we did not have an international crowd, nor did we actually pay for the Crown Princess’ services in any way, shape or form. THE GOOD - Food: We thought that the menu was diverse enough and well executed (they always got our cooks just right). They had theme nights going at the buffet, what with Italian, Mexican or “Oriental” food being served. The dining rooms followed those themes but often with a more refined twist. We honestly don’t understand why anyone would opt for the speciality restaurants, as steak, seafood and pasta was available on every dining room’s menu and in the buffet every single night. Contrary to what others have been posting, we never felt like butter in the dining room was being rationed in any way, there being three or four pats on the table even when we sat just by ourselves. - Service/overall staff: While we felt like some of the crew really didn’t want to be there (some of them were at the end of their contract, which is understandable), we were overall very satisfied with the staff and the services received throughout our cruise, and even those that seemed less enthused were kind enough to offer a “good morning.” Bar staff was fantastic even at happy hour, and dirty plates were promptly removed from your table as soon as you were done, even at busier hours. There were rarely any glasses or plates lying around unattended; if so, it wasn’t for very long until a bus-boy scooped everything up and out of sight. - Entertainment: Even on port days, there was always something to do on the ship. Air Miles and the cruise staff had prepared a boatload (no pun intended) of activities to keep us occupied and on our feet on sea days. The shows were all great, from the Broadway-style production “Encore,” to the hilarious stand-up comedian Phil Tag, all the way down to bar flair in the Piazza. Trivia was on every day, twice a day, and the questions were totally challenging; one YouTuber recently complained that the production was shoddy (awkwardly-made PowerPoints and paper answer sheets), but we didn’t feel like this affected our experience negatively in any way, shape, or form. THE BAD - Ship: While it didn’t negatively impact our cruise in any way, mainly because we’ve witnessed much, much worse in terms of travel arrangements, we felt like the Crown Princess was getting tired. There wasn’t much attention to detail going on aesthetically-speaking, in the sense that there were a lot of scratches, scuff marks and stained shower grout in the staterooms, and some water spots on the ceilings of some of the public areas. We felt like everything was pretty sound, but it lacked the shine and polish that a cruise line that markets itself as “premium” should be putting into its ship. Other than that, we loved the “Love Boat” feel that was going on in the decorations; that being said, we aren’t big fans of the modern aspect some cruise lines (ex. Celebrity) have been turning towards, and much prefer the more traditional feel. - Room service: We honestly only used this once on our stay, and it was to order the pre-paid bottle of spirits that we had ordered. It took a good hour to get someone on the line, and then another 30 minutes before someone came by our room to drop the bottles off. I’m not sure why they just don’t deliver the bottles to your room prior to the cruise, like they do the water bottles. - Prices: Almost 7$ USD for a bottle of Budweiser is just an absolute ripoff. The drinks packages are also very expensive, at almost 70$ USD a night, which means that you have to drink the equivalent of a 12-pack of ship-priced beer every night to make the whole thing worth it. - Disembarkation: Not much to say on this other than, there’s absolutely nothing like the feeling or being herded off a ship like cattle once the cruise is over. While everything went smoothly, they could have made an effort to make you feel a little less like they wanted you gone so that they can get the next paying customers onboard. PORTS - Cozumel: We didn’t do any excursions in Cozumel seeing as my wife is pregnant and we wanted to minimize the risk of zika, so we opted for a taxi to downtown to stock up on tequila and vanilla at Los Cinco Soles. The whole downtown strip is a huge garage sale, with shop employees just peddling out on the street and almost pushing you into their store. We weren’t turned off by the whole thing but we felt that it was pretty intense. Otherwise, 2$ beers aren’t anything to be sad about. - Princess Cays: Such a beautiful, relaxing place. We loved it here; nothing else to add! OVERALL All in all, we loved our experience and look forward to sailing with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Stayed over night at the Embassy Suites on 17th. Very nice with transport from airport to hotel and from hotel to cruise port. Within walking distance of Publix, Outback, Carrabas, Five Guys, CVS, etc. My DH and I have sailed with ... Read More
Stayed over night at the Embassy Suites on 17th. Very nice with transport from airport to hotel and from hotel to cruise port. Within walking distance of Publix, Outback, Carrabas, Five Guys, CVS, etc. My DH and I have sailed with Princess 14 times but have never taken a 5 day cruise. Wont’t take another either. No comp in Crown Grill for suite passengers or EZ Air for disembarkation. Booked this trip as just a quick getaway before the holidays. Stayed in the Ocho Rios Suite, E732. We prefer aft suites and this one is worn, but quiet and comfortable with a large covered balcony. We have been on the Crown three other times and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves but this cruise, yikes! The attitude of the staff, from surly to pre-occupied, was dismal. Horizon Court attendants were like ghosts and when you did ask for a glass of water or lemonade they acted as though you were a huge interruption to their day. The MDR staff were just ok but the menus were repetitive and the food, for the first time for us, was poorly plated and poorly cooked. And the menu items, oh geez. As always, the Crown Grill food was delicious and the service excellent as was breakfast in Sabatini’s. Booked the Sanctuary for the entire week and what is not to love there? Our port were Costa Maya and Cozumel. Costa Maya was interesting but I won’t venture off the boat again should I sail that itinerary again. We have a condo in Cozumel so we “went home”for the day. We have always loved Princess and are loyal to the brand but this was a forgettable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We love to cruise with Princess. The crew, food and entertainment are always great. However, this Ship needs to be “refreshed”. Fortunately they have a refurbishment scheduled for Spring 2018. The cabins, furniture and decor are not ... Read More
We love to cruise with Princess. The crew, food and entertainment are always great. However, this Ship needs to be “refreshed”. Fortunately they have a refurbishment scheduled for Spring 2018. The cabins, furniture and decor are not current with other ships and cruise lines. We also feel that the menu should be revised. We have been on 3 different Princess Ships recently and the choices are frankly a little boring. Although the food is very tasty and plentiful there are no “new” ideas. From appetizers to entrees and desserts the menus have been relatively the same for quite a few years. Breakfast is breakfast but lunch and dinner in both the Buffet and Dining rooms are old hat. In contrast the Pizza and Burger bars are some of the best we’ve had on several cruise lines. The entertainment is incredible ! What great voices, dancing, music and overall productions. This Cruise Director, Paul, was also one of the best we have ever seen. Overall this was a typically well done Princess cruise but a Fresh look could help. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
To see the Yucatan ruins and to get away for a few days in luxury. If you read my reviews, you know that I generally only post positive experiences. This voyage of the Crown Princess from Ft. Lauderdale to the Yucatan for 5 days ... Read More
To see the Yucatan ruins and to get away for a few days in luxury. If you read my reviews, you know that I generally only post positive experiences. This voyage of the Crown Princess from Ft. Lauderdale to the Yucatan for 5 days leaving November 13 has not been one of those. The standards for Princess have dropped since our cruise to Alaska in 2010 in so many ways and this has been an extreme disappointment. We have cruised on Holland, Windstar, Princess, and Carnival in the past and chose Princess this time because of our Alaska experience. The Dining Room, Da Vinci, especially for breakfast has been poor. The coffee and tea have either been stale or very watery, the omelet came out overdone and dry to where I could not eat it. My husband’s ham steak (per the menu description) was an 1/8 inch slice of ham curled in a ball. The buffets are overcrowded with no available seating. We pre-booked from home and paid for the Crown Grill where my husband’s well done request for a filet mignon to be butterflied came out black and burned through. The replacement was bloody in the middle to where he could not eat it. If you are on an early shore excursion you cannot make a reservation for anytime dining as you must call in specified hours, 8-5, and he recording says they will try to accommodate you if you come to the Dining Room in a disdainful tone. We got back 5 minutes late. And we found the shows overcrowded and impossible to get into because of people saving seats in rows for large parties and the cruise line made no accommodation as the seating is inadequate for the population of the ship. Our shore excursion to the ruins was advertised as 2 hours each way; it is actually 2 and ¾ hours there to one set of ruins and 2 and ¼ hours back from the second one with 2 hours and ¼ total at the ruins. The weather was beautiful, no road delays; this was an obvious misrepresentation. Signs of cost cutting and deteriorating service are everywhere in this environment and they are not subtle. There were so many opportunities for the staff to provide service recovery to make this right and they did not. We are so disappointed. Thank you for making this forum available. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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
This was our third time on the Crown - due to itinerary, not because of the ship itself. Each time, the ship, the food, the activities (if any) have declined. Before considering this ship, be aware, there is no bowling alley, no rock wall, ... Read More
This was our third time on the Crown - due to itinerary, not because of the ship itself. Each time, the ship, the food, the activities (if any) have declined. Before considering this ship, be aware, there is no bowling alley, no rock wall, no enclosed pool, no water slide and very little to do for anyone who likes to move around at a normal pace. The director was leaving this week, so maybe the new one will bring in fresh ideas - but don't count on it. Scooters, walkers and canes outnumbered and overwhelmed elevators. Nothing wrong with that, except that it was often as challenging for the ambulatory to get around all of the non-ambulatory passengers as it was for the scooter-bound to navigate the aisles. There was only ONE decent night on the buffet this time, and that was the final night. All of the previous lunch and dinner buffets were duplicates of the ones before. Same minimal selections of the same old tired foods (except the last night). Dining rooms were the same as ever - super slow with minimal options. We've done better cruises on this ship, but this time we were only on a 5 day voyage. For whatever reason, there were 2 formal nights on it - ugh, but people stayed overly dressed for most of the cruise, opting to fall for the constant sales pitch of formal photos, I suppose. It was uncomfortable to be on a HOT Caribbean cruise, where temps averaged 80+ degrees, yet passengers chose to deck out in suits and dresses rather than enjoying vacation attire. Perfect if you're in to that, but for those who want a break from the business look, try another carrier. I want to stress however, without being facetious, that if you want isolation and to blend in with a less-ambulatory, older, more formally dressed crowd - this is your perfect cruise. It was nearly impossible to find anyone on any deck after 10 PM. There were few actual activities other than the constant sales pitches that were disguised as events. Even these were done by 10 PM. The bulk of the cruise, as in the past few years, has been a pitch to buy art. While you'll never convince the pretentious set that these "fabulous" works of art are actually mass-produced, any good art-teacher or art enthusiast in-the-know can tell you that the $36,000 half-price one of a kind you are eyeing is likely worth less than half of the half you think you're saving! And while all art is subjective, apparently too is the value of your vacation dollar. This cruise is attempting to become an art-at-sea auction/selling exclusive. But savvy, frequent cruisers who see almost the same art works on ship after ship, cruise line after cruise line, can tell you that your "awesome buy" is not as rare as you think! When massed produced, even with exceptional quality - what do you really have? With all of that said, there are things even worse about the ship than the constant sales pitches and the lack of vacation-worthy activities. The ship itself is tired and is showing significant rust in many areas. The decor is no longer "luxurious" as it is too dated and can no longer compete with the massive and fabulous new ships of other cruise lines, which, by the way, offer far more for the money in comparison. Our balcony suite was "rough around the edges" at best. The mattresses are worn with sinkholes in the middle. The feather pillows have seen better days. Towels are frayed and often torn or thinning. Toiletries are not re-stocked appropriately and staff enthusiasm no longer exists. There really are no positives this time. We were on the same ship a few months ago and had a glorious time. We paid less regard to the condition of the ship or crew because we were self-involved and had travel mates. We had a great time this time as well - but this time it was in spite of the ship and crew but not because of them. Little effort, if any came from Princess to do anything more than forcefully sell and push products with high-pressure sales pitches. It made it hard to relax and chill this time. Over all, if CROWN Princess does nothing to improve its image, it will sink in its own demise. It may continue to service the sluggish, whose greatest excitement is buying a bingo card or perusing mass produced "one-of-a-kind" artworks while dressed to the nines, but it will loose the fun-seekers and the average vacationers who are looking to escape the mundane. Surely someone on the same cruise will beg to differ, while adjusting his ascot, but I'm fine with that. Let them seek an Oceanic or Seaborne cruise, or better yet, hire a private yacht. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Great Price for a last minute trip. We have sailed on this ships three times now. Embarkation was so smooth, arrived at port about 11:30 a.m. on ship in about 20 minutes. Dropped bags off in cabin (R616) and headed out to explore. Our ... Read More
Great Price for a last minute trip. We have sailed on this ships three times now. Embarkation was so smooth, arrived at port about 11:30 a.m. on ship in about 20 minutes. Dropped bags off in cabin (R616) and headed out to explore. Our cabin steward was great, easy to locate and very friendly, Chai. We set sail on time and off we went to the Western Mexico ports. Smooth sailing with only two little sprinkles of rain. Costa Maya is a port with shopping and a few beaches down the road. We just checked it out and back on the ship. Next stop was Cozumel same here walked through the shops and back to the ship. We have been here many times. There were 5 ships in port this day. Back on ship to sail to Fort Lauderdale. Entertainment could have been better one comedian two different nights, one magician with one show in Explorers lounge could not even get it to see him. The show troupe was good. The food was not up to our normal princess experience. I felt the buffet, just so so. Dining room food the same. We have great servers in DR. We ate at Crown Grill and it was wonderful. Best experience we have had there in over 7 cruises. We purchased a coffee card, not pleased, tasted very weak for brewed coffees. Wanted to try to Salty Dog but it only open at 6 pm, same time as dining and a charge of 12.00 pp for two picks. Should be open for lunch. We had a good time, its what you make of it. Will sail Princess again, its always been our favorite. 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
Decided to take a short cruise mid year before our 15 day transatlantic in October and wanted to visit a couple of ports we actually haven't been to. There aren't many left. So we chose this one since it visited Roatan and ... Read More
Decided to take a short cruise mid year before our 15 day transatlantic in October and wanted to visit a couple of ports we actually haven't been to. There aren't many left. So we chose this one since it visited Roatan and Belize - new to us. We were a bit hesitant about the April date as it was still spring break for some and that is not our ideal time to cruise because of the large amount of children during this time. Not that we don't like children, but having endured 700 of them one time on an April cruise, it was horrible and something we vowed never to do again. As seniors, we like some peace and quiet. Things started out a bit rocky as the ship wasn't cleared right away when it came into port the day of embarkation, so to say it was backed up at boarding time is an understatement. The port staff weren't really all that great about getting people into the right lines and into the terminal. Our friends stood in line (the wrong one) for almost an hour. After boarding and relaxing for a bit we went to grab a bite but the line to get into the buffet was out the door and a mile long. The worst I've ever experienced. Same thing happened the next morning at breakfast as they only had one side open. We were at sea and obviously everyone would be up and about at the same time. One line really! This happened several times. When it was the busiest, they would only have one side open and took their good old time opening the second side. The other thing is that they served the exact same food in the buffet two days or more in a row. Never experienced that either. Trash cans on the pool deck were often overflowing as it appeared they were trying to do more or the same with less staff. There was often a language problem with the staff and many of them didn't act very happy. Trying to find someone to take a drink order on the pool deck or get something in the buffet dining room was often a problem. So unlike Princess. The food was very consistent and good in the main dining room and no complaints there or with the service staff. Hamburgers and pizza were also good as was the soft serve ice cream. Our room steward was very sweet and helpful and took very good care of us. The ship was in very good shape considering it has been a few years since her last dry dock. Carpets appeared to be fairly new and furniture, etc. was in pretty good shape. The ship was very clean. Disembarkation went smoothly and was well organized. No problems there. The production numbers were really great - some of the best we've seen lately. Our kind of music and the costumes were spectacular. Like all cruise lines, drinks are still extremely overpriced. They are always selling something on the ship Most of it is typical stuff and no big bargains. Roatan was lovely. The Carnival Corp has done a wonderful job with that little island and it was extremely nice. Belize City is a sad poor area that was very depressing and you had to endure a long tender ride to get there. Won't visit there again. I'm sure it has its beautiful areas but the city isn't one of them. One of the train trolley tours broke down and the passengers had to walk back to the dock for quite a distance and it was hot! Been to Cozumel many times so it was margaritas at Three Amigos, besides, there were seven ships in their two ports that day and five of them were at our dock. Thousands of wall to wall people. Horrible! When all is said and done we prefer the eastern acaribbean to the western but nothing ventured nothing gained. Would we do this itinerary again? Probably not. Would we cruise on the Crown again? I am booked on her for next January. Hopefully the little things will be better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We were in Balcony Riviera 703....lovely room, without a sofa, and great balcony. However, I picked one that vibrated constantly....not terribly and you do did get used to it. It was beside the back stairway/elevators and super location ... Read More
We were in Balcony Riviera 703....lovely room, without a sofa, and great balcony. However, I picked one that vibrated constantly....not terribly and you do did get used to it. It was beside the back stairway/elevators and super location but because of the motors it vibrated..... My mistake. The bathroom was tiny but was totally adequate. Ladies if you need to shave your legs, put a foot on the toilet. Speaking of toilets....we had fits with ours several different days. Waited over 2-1/2 hours one day to have it repaired, but a super nice gentleman came and took 45 minutes to get it working. Then it quit again....oh well. We had THE BEST ROOM ATTENDANT Arvan from the Phillippines. He just could not do enough for us. He kept the room lovely and of course, received an extra remuneration for such a nice job. He is ALWAYS smiling and pleasant and it is so appreciated. We had superior service from our waiter in Crown Grill for my husbands birthday dinner...Borko from Serbia was wonderful. He was lovely and we thank him for making this such a nice, nice, birthday. Our Da Vinci waiters were great....Sehono and Yudi the Jr. Waiter. Thank you fellows for making Dinner so pleasant each evening. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Stefan....Stefan from Romania is a Head Waiter in DaVinci dining.....but where I saw him totally shine was in the Horizon. Stefan did not mind jumping in to help anywhere needed, from delivering an omelet or cleaning a table for new guests ready to eat. Stefan was so very kind to his workers that he really caught my attention. He never "told" a worker to do something, he "ASKED". Now isn't that the way to be a superior......work with your people. Thanks to all our helpers on this cruise....you made our trip so very enjoyable. This ship is going to be refurbished next year, but we did not find it unpleasant this year. It will be nice if they make the complete ship a bit less confusing with locations of everything.....Even after a week, I still was trying to decide WHICH FLOOR DO WE NEED. Others have complained about elevators..we found them good and almost always ready for use. Do not like the location of the Photo Gallery.....it causes the through ways to other parts of the ship to be jammed with people. In fact, during the early evening, the ship seemed too crowded and I just found it unpleasant at those times. Also, sooooo many fussed about the theater being too crowded....If you will just arrive 15-25 minutes ahead, you can pick a seat anywhere. But PLEASE, stop holding seats....if people want to see the show, let them get there themselves. Had trouble getting my "future cruise credit" credited to this cruise. Booked a Future Cruise in December '15 and used it on this trip......actually had to fight to get my few dollars of OBC. Read the fine print and dont LISTEN to the person booking your future cruise while on board. Was very disappointed to NOT get the $100.00 per person OBC that the person in Dec '15 said we would get with a balcony on this trip. We got $25.00 per person instead. I wouldn't have tied up the money for that. Oh well.....we had fun and we thank Princess for a safe, lovely trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We were primarily interested in visiting St. Petersburg andit was the highlight of the trip..The other ports were less interesting...The stop in Poland was good and suprissing and again the weather was beautiful...The other ports were ... Read More
We were primarily interested in visiting St. Petersburg andit was the highlight of the trip..The other ports were less interesting...The stop in Poland was good and suprissing and again the weather was beautiful...The other ports were primarily time fillers...The crew was absolutely excellent...The food was mediocre to say the best and there was a lot of discussion by the passengers about the disappointment...We were permitted to upgrade to the steak or hamburger restaurants but the steaks were nothing extra and that was after the excessive fee to be able to eat there and also pay for the steaks.......The hamburger restaurant charged an entry fee of 12.00 per person and then one had to buy the hamburgers...Noticed not a lot of passengers took to the hamburger restaurant... The entire crew appeared to be well trained and every individual was always cordial and tried to please . The boarding and departure was timely and well done. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our 4th time cruising. We were excited to cruise with Princess mainly because we thought Princess is higher class than Carnival or Norwegian. I was wrong. In many ways, they were even worse. Perhaps my expectation was too ... Read More
This was our 4th time cruising. We were excited to cruise with Princess mainly because we thought Princess is higher class than Carnival or Norwegian. I was wrong. In many ways, they were even worse. Perhaps my expectation was too high. Their service was poor. Especially, the waiters and reception desk folks were pretty unfriendly. The food was mediocre at best and their room was pretty old and outdated. The ship was rusted and amenities were just old. This ship needs some refurb ASAP. We found their entertainment was not that great. The comedian was not funny, and magician was just not good. Singers were not great either. One thing I hate the most about Princess cruise is their strict policy on dress code. WTH? We cruise to relax and have fun, not to show off your clothes. I don' want to wear or pack formal clothes to the cruise. They do really enforce the dress code, so be aware. This applies to kids too. Crazy policy. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Crown seems to be a good ship. Our first time on the Crown. New balcony chairs have been added and carpeting is being repaired. Service was great. We had rolling seas the one day but who can control the weather. Common areas seemed in ... Read More
Crown seems to be a good ship. Our first time on the Crown. New balcony chairs have been added and carpeting is being repaired. Service was great. We had rolling seas the one day but who can control the weather. Common areas seemed in good shape. Food at speciality restaurants good. The rest of dining was OK. Biggest difficulty was embarkation. There was an issue for passages leaving so getting on was a little slow. There were only two ports, neither were special by any means but we knew that going on the cruise. We like sea days had plenty to do, enjoyed our time. Shows were good and lots to do on the ship We chose a mini suit in the bow end of the ship Dolphin deck. We had high seas, water splashed over our balcony. We found the bow to be noisy in the high seas. Think we will stick to mid ships in the future. There were some sea sick passages, but we fared quite well. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Crown Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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