2 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Western from Galveston

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
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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