738 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews

We chose to do a 6 week cruise package as coming from Australia it is to far to come for just 2 or 3 weeks. As far as my husband and I are concerned we enjoyed our time onboard the Crown Princess we found it a much better ship than the ... Read More
We chose to do a 6 week cruise package as coming from Australia it is to far to come for just 2 or 3 weeks. As far as my husband and I are concerned we enjoyed our time onboard the Crown Princess we found it a much better ship than the Golden which we were on last year.. The staff were always helpful and we felt that they represented Princess Cruise Line very well...Our cabin steward was a delight and always ready to help in anyway. The entertainment was top class especially the Crown Princess singers and dancers. and as we were on for 6 weeks we did see repeat shows, but never bored. We did have one hiccup with a Princess excursion, but that was sorted out to our satisfaction. The Mediterranean has to be one of the best cruises as the weather was sunny and warm and the seas calm. We were lucky enough to be in the top 40 passenger couples for the Captain's Circle parties. so that in its self was a real bonus... Yes we enjoyed this cruise and liked the layout of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Had the most fabulous time staff were u real so nice you were definitely treated like a princess nothin was a problem my husband found the bed too soft for his back they came changed mattress no prob good was Devine not one bad meal we ate ... Read More
Had the most fabulous time staff were u real so nice you were definitely treated like a princess nothin was a problem my husband found the bed too soft for his back they came changed mattress no prob good was Devine not one bad meal we ate in horizon davinci michealangelo and all outstanding and staff so nice excellent highly recommend will be going back when we left the ship each day shuttle bus or river boat waitin to take us no charge and no hassle with crowds the movie under the stars brilliant great films on and on the other side of the pool bands played the shows were great too Met lovely people on board and have to say the cleanliness was far before any cruise I did and only did one before but staff went out of there way to be so nice we really loved the formal night where the champagne glasses were all stocked up with wine that was amazing and there was free champagne Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise as we wanted to experience the Mediterranean and Princess Cruise’s choice of ports were what we were looking for and having cruised with Princess before, we knew that our experience would be wonderful. Our ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to experience the Mediterranean and Princess Cruise’s choice of ports were what we were looking for and having cruised with Princess before, we knew that our experience would be wonderful. Our ship experience was what we expected from Princess. Staff were very welcoming and friendly and made you feel special. There were many types of dining experience to choose from .... from fine dining with great variety to choose from or to just snacking with hot dogs or pizzas while watching a movie under the stars. Our cabin staff were exceptional and friendly which made out trip even more special. Princess choices of port locations was were amazing and our 14 day cruise experience at these stunning locations will be locked into our memories forever. We renewed our wedding vows on board Princess Crown and Princess made our special moment even more special for us....an occasion we will never forget with Princess. Thank you Princess for an unforgettable experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This is a lovely ship but not the pride of the fleet,with so many new ships coming in to service the crown lacks a main atrium area,the atrium at present is to small.And the layout of the ship is very poor ,the general areas are confusing ... Read More
This is a lovely ship but not the pride of the fleet,with so many new ships coming in to service the crown lacks a main atrium area,the atrium at present is to small.And the layout of the ship is very poor ,the general areas are confusing to access from the lifts and stairs mainy times you are doubling back on yourself to go from a to b.The cruise was a sightseeing cruise with mainy American,Australian Canadian,and Japanese passengers,so the ship was empty during the day so there was plenty of sun beds etc.We found the food in the Michelangelo restaurant excellent very good with any time dining,service was very good and attentive,horizon court was busy all the time but you could find a table if you looked hard enough.The crown grill was exceptional at 29 dollars each well worth it for a special occasion.Our room was an inside cabin that was kept immaculate by our room steward towels changed 3times a day.Entertainment was I am sorry to say was rather poor David Copperfield was disappointing ,the chap in crooners bar was very good but only 2or 3 shows in the main theatre .The staff are excellent the cruise was excellent the food was exceptional the entertainment was disappointing so over all we would give the cruise a 90 out 100 Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because we love Princess Cruises and we have sailed on the Crown Princess before. We have also sailed on a 14 day Mediterranean cruise but we wanted to experience new ports and this 21 day cruise afforded us 9 new ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love Princess Cruises and we have sailed on the Crown Princess before. We have also sailed on a 14 day Mediterranean cruise but we wanted to experience new ports and this 21 day cruise afforded us 9 new ports we had never been to. So we jumped at the chance to take it. We went to 2 new ports in France, Marseille and Touloune, we went to Corsica, we went to 2 new ports in Italy, Livorno and Salerno, we went to Dubrovnik,Croatia which we really wanted to see, and we went to Olympia Greece. Other other three reasons we went on this cruise is because it included the ports of, Barcelona, Spain, Mykonos, and Santerini, Greece. We also picked this ship because it was going to be coming out of a three week dry dock rehab period to freshen up the ship with new carpeting, bedding, venues, painting, and branding. The ship was sparkling fresh and new. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this ship based on a recommendation from a family member who loves Crown Princess. We loved the itinerary and the spacing of the 3 sea days as well as the ports of call. Everything with this cruise eithe rmet or seriously ... Read More
We chose this ship based on a recommendation from a family member who loves Crown Princess. We loved the itinerary and the spacing of the 3 sea days as well as the ports of call. Everything with this cruise eithe rmet or seriously exceeded our expectations. We flew into the departing port of Barcelona and arrived at 9:00am Sunday morning 4/15/18. Had 2 full days/nights in Barcelona before boarding ship on Tuesday. We arrived at the pier at 1:00pm and were in our room with all of our luggage, saying hello to our room steward, Reymond. Very easy embarkation. We did have a Club Class Mini Suite which included priority embarkation but I believe we were just checked in with the rest of the passengers and we all breezed through checkin together. The ship was gorgeous and very clean. Everything was so pretty and it looked like a luxury ship. The beautiful atrium....the pool decks, the shops and dining rooms/restaurants all were wonderful. Our cabin was lovely...deck 9, mid ship. Very stable and quiet room. D417. Since it was a mini suite, we had plenty of room with new luxury bed/linens, a nice big bathtub and a big living room area. We had nice new carper, new wall furnishings around the bed and 2 new flat screen 42” tv’s in the suite. It was lovely. We had Club Class Dining in the Da Vinci DIning Room which we enjoyed. Well worth the extra money for Club Class extras. We liked the special entrance and seating area , not ever having to wait for a table for 2 and we usually sat near a window so we could watch the ocean go by as we dined. The food was good, some nights better than others as expected when trying to feed 3000 people and the service was great. Staff on the ship knew our names almost immediately and we loved chatting with them when we saw them for dinner. Especially our hostess, Jel....she was so sweet. We ate at both specialty restaurants while on board...once at crown Grill and twice at Sabatini’s. Sabatini’s was our favorite but they are both very good and worth thee extra service charge. The service there is excellent! The buffet was ok...some food better than others (the chicken enchiladas were so tasty!). We only ate here twice doe dinner on nights we wanted to grab a blanket to watch a movie under the stars. My husband enjoyed fruit and yogurt at the buffet every morning with coffee. Love the Salty Dog - the Ernesto burger was worth the extra $5! Liked the chicken street tacos as wel. Fun, easy place to grab a quick bite of some tasty food. We did not use room service and actually kept to a fairly normal eating schedule. I actually lost 8 lbs on the cruise from sticking to the portions I was served and all of the walking on port days! But I ate what i wanted within reason and enjoyed everything! We really didn’t avail ourselves of the entertainment or the activities....we had shore excursions qt most ports and were getting up at 6:00am in order to meet our groups on the pier. After a long day on shore, we would come back to the ship, throw on our bathing suits nd either go to MUTS pool or hot tub and watch a concert while we refreshed and would then shower and change for dinner. We were in bed pretty early after such long, wonderful days. The service was magnificent. Really great staff...especially the Kostya and Avit in the International Cafe, Bing the bartender, Raymond the cabin steward, Anastasia at Sabatinis and Alex at Crown Grille. The ports were amazing!!! We did private shore excursions for all of ours and it was prefect. Small groups that were easy to manage and we had wonderful tour guides. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Always have a great experience with Princess. We wanted to see the countries in the Mediterranean. We love the fine dining, and the service we received was excellent. They always have great entertainment, and the ship had just gotten a ... Read More
Always have a great experience with Princess. We wanted to see the countries in the Mediterranean. We love the fine dining, and the service we received was excellent. They always have great entertainment, and the ship had just gotten a retrofit. This was our fifth cruise with Princess, and we are always impressed. We have been able to enjoy Suites on all but one of our cruises, and that adds so much to the quality of the experience. We had dinner in the Crown Grill and Sabatini's on 3 nights, and this again makes the cruise experience that much better. The new Club Class dining was also enjoyable. Princess does a good job rewarding customer loyalty. There were many people on board that have cruised many more times than us. Every request for help or service of any type was quickly addressed and well taken care of. We will be back soon! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Chose this cruise as it visited the Greek islands and started and ended in my favorite cities in Europe of Barcelona and Rome Food was very good and better in taste than the newer and much larger Royal Princess that I was on year ... Read More
Chose this cruise as it visited the Greek islands and started and ended in my favorite cities in Europe of Barcelona and Rome Food was very good and better in taste than the newer and much larger Royal Princess that I was on year before The ship never felt crowded and actually thought it wasn't full until I saw it was sold out. Never wait for anything, buffet was small and limited compared to bigger ships but the quality was good and service excellent in buffet, dining room or the specialty restaurants. The Italian was my favorite and it was a very intimate experience as the big dining room wasn't that full at all and same with the steakhouse Movie under the stars with blankets, cushions and popcorn was great. Rooms doesn't have movies on demand like the newer ships but had movie channels I liked the star talk for narrated star gazing as well Room was fine, had a balcony cabin and good size except for the washroom and small shower stall with a curtain that sticks to you International cafe was my favorite place on ship for good snacks, drinks and quick bite for breakfast before going on shore or after coming back Excellent cruise and princess has the whole relaxation experience polished and much better experience than the new mega ships that's always a wait, crowded and qualify suffers One complaint is that the gym had low ceilings and I couldn't go on the treadmill as I bumped my head ..I'm 6'2, gym was on small size but was never crowded and they had cold wet towels and dry towels Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Took this cruise to celebrate our anniversary. We had been on the Crown Princess before and liked the size of the ship and the itinerary it offered (Mediterranean cruise Barcelona to Rome). Our cabin (D217) was fresh (new bedding, new ... Read More
Took this cruise to celebrate our anniversary. We had been on the Crown Princess before and liked the size of the ship and the itinerary it offered (Mediterranean cruise Barcelona to Rome). Our cabin (D217) was fresh (new bedding, new couch, new tile in the bathroom) and was spotlessly clean! Had the best cabin steward ever (Jose) who was always "one step ahead" of us! Since this was a port-intensive cruise, we only saw one of the shows so I can't really comment on the entertainment and we had little time to partake in any activities. The dining room staff in the DaVinci Dining Room was excellent especially Mirkos the head waiter and Peter the assistant head waiter. They made each evening enjoyable! As for the food, while I am not really a fan of the food in the dining room but on this cruise it was better than some of the other ships. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We’ve been on the Crown before and had great service, food, entertainment and the ports on this trip were fantastic. We met some fantastic people from different countries and are still in contact with them. Hopefully will meet them for ... Read More
We’ve been on the Crown before and had great service, food, entertainment and the ports on this trip were fantastic. We met some fantastic people from different countries and are still in contact with them. Hopefully will meet them for other cruises also. We’ve always wanted to try a transatlantic cruise and this one was great. Very relaxing they had great speakers to keep us occupied and the shows were fantastic. Some of the best we’ve ever seen. Our State room attendant was absolutely fantastic friendly and always smiling. She was also a wealth of knowledge. The food we had was fantastic and the specialty dining rooms were great too. We tried them all. The courts we went to were fantastic absolutely beautiful and the excursions we were on were great also. We did do a couple of excursions with some people we met on cruise critic which turned out to be excellent. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
As always, Crown Princess delivered Princess value and quality on everything on board, from stateroom to dining room. We have great time on board and met great people along the way. Worth every penny and time spent. Iteinerary and ports ... Read More
As always, Crown Princess delivered Princess value and quality on everything on board, from stateroom to dining room. We have great time on board and met great people along the way. Worth every penny and time spent. Iteinerary and ports are excellent. We specially like Funchal and Mallorca. We may not visit these lovely places if for taking the cruise. Food was good in both dining room and Horizon court (buffet). Service staffs were excellent. Stateroom steward was wonderful, delivered first class service everyday. Enrichment talk and destination talk keep you busy during 7 continuous sea days, also enhance your knowledge and understanding of the place and history. One extra day on Barcelone is a wonderful arrangement, so you can tour Barcelona at leisure pace and don't need to worry about hotel reservation or hauling luggage around town. Barcelona is truely an amazing city, worth to visit again and again. We will definitely take few more cruises to stop by Barcelona in coming months and years. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because we had never visited Aruba, Bonaire, or Curacao and had heard good things about them. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit on each island and found that each had distinctive personalities bound together by a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never visited Aruba, Bonaire, or Curacao and had heard good things about them. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit on each island and found that each had distinctive personalities bound together by a similar Dutch influence. We would visit again in a heartbeat! The weather was perfect! Highest temperature was 81 degree and very low humidity. Ideal! The Crown Princess was our choice for the itinerary, price, and prior experience on Princess cruises. We prefer the non-waterslide and not kid-focused ships. We found the food delicious with a variety of choices and the staff was highly professional and always accommodating! The entertainment was incredible-Broadway quality, amazing talent, and an excellent variety of offerings. In addition to all of the shows in the Princess theatre, we thoroughly enjoyed A.J.Clarke, an unbelievably talented pianist and singer. Catch him on request night if you can! Disembarkations was a breeze! Embarkation would have been the same, but the Coast Guard decided to hold up everyone for some inspection. Definitely was not Princess" fault! My husband and I would love to take this cruise again, so that speaks to how much we enjoyed the ABC's and Princess. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Cruise was great. Hats off to Keith and Karen for planning our meet and greet, cabin crawl, and slot pull! These activities made our cruise even more enjoyable. Met many great people. The entertainment in the theater was the best of any ... Read More
Cruise was great. Hats off to Keith and Karen for planning our meet and greet, cabin crawl, and slot pull! These activities made our cruise even more enjoyable. Met many great people. The entertainment in the theater was the best of any cruise we have taken. Corey and company were very approachable. Saw the Captain out and about on the ship and he would always stop and talk with us. Our early dining DaVinci wait staff were outstanding. Milos and Ben table 459 were great. We had dinner in Crown Grill for our anniversary which was a nice surprise, but service was a bit shaky. My sea bass was delicious! My friends steak (ribeye). Was very tough. She was given a new steak, but it came on a plain plate without the sauce that was described on the menu. Dessert sampler was good but took over 15-20 minutes to arrive. I had lemon meringue pie that was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Wanted to take my son and his family on a snorkling cruise. Chose Princess because of the island choices. Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao were exactly what I wanted. This cruise did not disappoint! The ship is not a mega ship. The rooms were ... Read More
Wanted to take my son and his family on a snorkling cruise. Chose Princess because of the island choices. Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao were exactly what I wanted. This cruise did not disappoint! The ship is not a mega ship. The rooms were smaller than we expected. Crew was great. Dining room wait staff was phenomenal! Bonaire had the best snorkling ever. We took a cab to Coco Beach. Public beach with beach chair rentals. More fish than we expected. Parrot fish, angel fish and even barracuda. Eye to eye with a barracuda was an exciting experience! Aruba..we took a ship excursion to DePalm island. $99 per person but a bus from the ship to the ferry..then breakfast, drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) were included. Lunch..sit down with lots of sides and dessert. Also, hamburgers and fries or hot dogs at the beachside. There was ziplining, banana boat ride, bungee jumping, snorkling, water slide park for the little ones with lifeguards. Lots of sun or shade. Curacao took a cab to Mambo beach. It is at a resort. Cab was $2.50 per person. Beautiful beach. Lots of nice shops in the city of Curacao. Days at sea were relaxing. Little ones wished there was a waterslide but took advantage of the kids camp and arts and crafts. They loved the first run movies under the stars. Best food out of any cruiseline we have travelled. Beds were new. The ship is now in drydock. Had a blast! Would definitely do this trip again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Crown Princess Review My review will highlight various areas, and hopefully you can pick and choose the options you wish to read, or read in its entirety! My hope is that it will help you. SUMMARY – This was a wonderful, relaxing ... Read More
Crown Princess Review My review will highlight various areas, and hopefully you can pick and choose the options you wish to read, or read in its entirety! My hope is that it will help you. SUMMARY – This was a wonderful, relaxing cruise and offered great amenities, entertainment and was much more adult oriented. Overall, it was one of our favorite cruises because I relaxed. It was quieter and more subdued than most of the cruises I have been on, which was quite enjoyable. We both discussed that this was one of the most relaxing cruises we had been on and we thoroughly loved Princess. I would personally say that Princess is a step above some of the other lines, and the food quality is where I would say it is most noticeable. The service was always very good, and our room steward was exceptionally kind and helpful. I never felt the overcrowding that I have always noticed on prior cruises. That was exceptional. The difference between this cruise and others was truly the atmosphere. The ship was overall much quieter than other cruises we have been on with Royal, Norwegian and Carnival. I suspected that since it was over Spring Break, we might have a younger crowd, but there were only a few kids onboard. On other lines, I notice that I experience what I refer to as “sensory overload”. When the music is blaring and you cannot hold a conversation, it is just not enjoyable to me. Some people don’t mind it and love it, but I can only handle for brief periods of time. I do tend to hear background noises more than others and am unable to “tune it out!” As such, I believe that is why it is more noticeable to me. If you prefer a quieter setting, I always recommend the Havana on Carnival which is amazing, and then on Norwegian, the Haven is another incredible atmosphere. So there are options to have the same experience, but they do come at an additional cost. This was a great match for us, and I would highly recommend for certain people. PRE-HOTEL STAY – We stayed at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. We had a standard room, and it wasn’t very large, but we did enjoy a very nice view of the ship the following morning. We met up with some of our group that night, and enjoyed a nice table overlooking the Marina. We had an appetizer and drinks which were very good. It was a great place to sit outside and enjoy that evening before the cruise. I would definitely recommend due to the location. In the morning we did have room service, and the food was very good (expensive, but worth it). TRANSPORTATION TO PORT – We had arranged for a taxi, however, they didn’t arrive, so we utilized transport from the hotel which worked out well. The arrival was very busy, but the driver got us right through. EMBARKATION – Arrived at the terminal and went through the boarding process and onto the priority lounge around 11 a.m. We waited for about an hour and then were allowed to board. The rooms were ready around 1:30 p.m. SHIP – The ship was very pretty and had many beautiful, intricate details. I still personally think that Royal builds the most gorgeous interiors for ships, but Princess would come in very close. Overall, I think all of the lines have incredible ships, but the amenities are what make the differences, and that depends on what you want. SAILAWAY - This is much more subdued than any other line. I am accustomed to the line dances and hundreds of people onboard participating in the Electric Slide, Cha cha slide, Wobble, among others. This was not the case onboard Princess. I did follow the tunes of the familiar sounding music, which lead me to about 20-30 others (8 of which were Princess employees) who were doing the line dances, so I went out there with them. It was definitely fun, but very different from what I am accustomed to! GROUP CRUISE - We had a FB group set up for this trip and we enjoyed a nice get together in our cabin. It was wonderful having the chance to meet up with so many in the PCL and the Castaways group and I was thrilled to be able to host. We all made new friends on this trip. CABIN – We originally booked an aft balcony but decided to upgrade to an aft suite, and I am glad that we did. I love aft cabins at the back of the ship to look at the wake. We thoroughly enjoyed the balcony and used it every single day. I know some people don’t spend much time in their cabins, but we do, and just watching the ocean, so it was nice to have the larger balcony and beautiful view! We also held a party for our group, and everyone was comfortable inside the cabin! It was very large. The toilet and the shower were separate from one another which was also nice. It also offered a jetted bath tub. The size of the bathroom was very nice and comfortable. The beds were AMAZING. They were very comfortable to sleep in, and Princess did a nice job of selecting their new mattresses. We slept quite well. The balcony, you just can’t ask for a better view. It was fantastic. We did have some vibration in the back, but that is expected when you are in the aft. It was more noticeable on the first couple days, and then it improved. We were told some others had some loud noises on the aft area and that they had been working on it, and then it improved. That may have been why ours seemed to be less noticeable as well. IMPROVEMENT - On other lines, with suite guests, you receive extra perks, such as alcohol, wifi, specialty dining, private areas with private decks/pools/hot tubs. Although Princess does offer the suite breakfast and club class dining, I feel they lack in the “extras” for suite guests in the perks department. Given what you pay for a suite, I do believe they could add the extras in and include in the pricing to be more competitive with other lines. I’ve never heard complaints about that, but I believe most who sail on Princess tend to be very loyal to their line (for good reason) and simply haven’t experienced what other lines offer. I don’t think they necessarily need to add extra spaces for suite guests (and they do have some on the newer ships), but perks would be nice. DECK/LOUNGE CHAIRS/SPACE – This is the fantastic aspect on this cruise. You do not need to get up at the crack of dawn to save a deck chair. They have plenty! Because Princess caters to a more adult crowd, they are lacking the space utilized for waterparks, ropes courses, ice rinks, etc...on other lines. As such, there is more free flowing space. That was definitely a great attribute. SERVICE/STAFF – The staff were very kind, and I would say it was very similar to how we have been treated on other lines. I’ve always felt the staff are incredible, but I do think they were similar to my prior experiences. SANCTUARY - This was a beautiful display, and very relaxing. The area is so quiet and relaxing and beautiful. It isn’t needed for the entire trip, but it is nice to experience for one or two half days in my opinion. I would definitely do that again! STORES ONBOARD – We were very happy with the quality of the clothing and options they were selling on the ship at reasonable prices. NOROVIRUS – We were at a red level while onboard, and they were very good at passing out plates and silverware in the buffet and making sure that you used the antibacterial cleanser. CAPTAIN AND CREW They were somewhat visible during the cruise, but not like I have seen on other lines. NCL definitely had the best interaction with crew and members onboard. ROOM STEWARD Our room steward, Riz, was very nice and helpful. He talked to us and was enjoyable to be around. We felt that he did a very nice job, and was always on top of our cabin. He did request that we always use the door hanger so he knew when to come in. I think that does help them when they are cleaning so many cabins. BARTENDERS/SERVERS They have some great bartenders onboard. The aft deck, is where most people seemed to enjoy spending time because the bartenders were very interactive. At times you might have to wait, but for the most part, they were very good at keeping everyone happy. I felt they had enough staff and enough options around the ship that were open to cater to everyone. They do have some staff going around to check to see if you need a drink. POOLS There were plenty of pools, and they were never crowded or busy as I have seen on most other ships. Again, this was the highlight because of this fact. LOUNGE CHAIRS – Even on multiple sea days, you were able to find a spot. ICE CREAM - This is available for a certain period of time throughout the day, and you have to go to the counter. Most lines do offer self-serve cones/cups, but this worked out quite well. It was never a long wait, and the staff were very friendly. ENTERTAINMENT We attended the comedy show and it was hysterical, definitely one of the best comedians we have seen. He packed the house when everyone knew he was coming back. Many people went to multiple shows because he interacted with the crowd. We were told they had some incredible shows. CASINO We only visited once, and we always take a pre-set limit. I won back what we were willing to lose and then left. PORTS - This trip was scheduled to visit Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, which were FANTASTIC islands. I was initially concerned about 4 sea days, but they were wonderful. Aruba – Aruba Trykes. This was likely the highlight of our excursions, we enjoyed this tour tremendously. We booked outside of Princess following a recommendation. We were taken on a guided tour for appx 4 hrs. The cost was $190 for the two of us, which I felt was very reasonable for the amount of time we spent, and the quality of the trykes we were on. They offer auto and manual trykes, so you need to pre-request what you want when you book. We saw so much while we were in Aruba and I would love to return. If you book this, I recommend that you do NOT wear a hat, but something you can tie onto your head. A hat can fly off easily given the speeds. It was a lot of fun!! Bonaire – We opted for a Princess tour on the Tuk Tuk, which is an electric vehicle. We took a tour around the island for about an hour. The guide was very nice, and she showed us various areas around the island. This is definitely the snorkelers and divers paradise. It was an enjoyable tour. Curacao – We walked around the shops, the island and over the swaying bridge. Then when we returned, we had gone to the Renaissance and booked a resort for a day direct through them when we arrived. We were able to actually book a room because they had availability. It was wonderful. We laid out on the beach by the ocean/pool during the afternoon and did enjoy a small appetizer and some drinks, it was very nice and relaxing. SPA We both had a massage and it was nice. For the cost, I would have gone four times to my normal massage therapist. It was nice, but not spectacular. GYM They have a very nice gym and it was well equipped and there were multiple classes each day. Some of the instructors were very motivating!! FOOD This is where Princess wins. We were very impressed with the food. I will say that we tend to do room service, and that food was consistently hot and served quickly. We cannot eat all the food they serve. The waiter in fact said that I was not on a wellness cruise and to eat more. I explained that I’d weigh 600 lbs if I ate what they served! However, they definitely give you far too much food. We needed half of the servings provided. We did specialty restaurants and club class dining and the buffet Salty Dog – This was hands down our FAVORITE. Others didn’t care for it, but we LOVED it. We had the tomato soup with grilled cheese, and the burger (no toppings/no bread). The initial appetizer of pretzel with a butter/garlic was incredible. This is one I would absolutely return to! Crown Grill – I was impressed with the speed of service because they were quite busy. We both had filet mignon, baked potato and smores dessert. It was very good, the meat was a tad dry, but everything was flavored well and I would recommend. Sabatinis – Again, I was impressed with the service and that they were able to move people in and out relatively quickly. Ordered manicotti only, told them I could just not eat four different options! They just provide far too much food! Club Class dining – this was very nice, our wait staff was quite good, and with my food allergies, they were very attentive like the other lines. That was greatly appreciated. The food in the dining was all very good, we were very pleased. We did not eat in the main dining room, but we did go to the buffet a couple times each for breakfast and for dinner. It was all very good. I just had meat and mashed potatoes and the turkey and roast beef were incredibly prepared and the potatoes were INCREDIBLE!! The food was definitely better quality on this cruise than some we have been on. CRUISE DIRECTOR – I am accustomed to having a very energetic cruise director who thrives on involving the crowd. Due to the vibe of this cruise, that was definitely not a priority. The role of a CD seems a little less important, and that was fine. INTERNET – this was about my only complaint. It’s horrible. I always work during vacation, and I simply could not respond to clients. I couldn’t access emails, I couldn’t load documents, it was very troubling. I finally did make my complaint to the internet manager, and he was very kind and worked with me given what I had spent to try to access. I’ve never had such an issue onboard, but they assured me that once the Medallion is added, it will improve dramatically. When you are an agent, not having internet access is simply not an option, so they do need to improve in this arena. DISEMBARKATION We had the luggage express, so we were one of the first to disembark. There was no line, we simply walked off, walked through customs and found a taxi. It was impressive to say the least! NCL and Princess have been the best as far as disembarkation in my mind. Good points on the Crown -The ship is smaller in size, it has sufficient pools and deck space for all to enjoy -This was one of the smoothest sailings I have been on - The specialty restaurants are amazing - Our comedian was one of the best I have ever seen. - Food even in the buffet was extremely good and well presented. I felt they were a few notches up in this department compared to other buffets on cruise lines - We didn’t attend many of the shows, but everyone raved about them - Deck chairs for movies under the stars are the BEST. They have pillows and offer towels and blankets and popcorn. That was really nice! - Points to improve upon: - Getting around the ship was a bit challenging since all of the decks don’t go through - Internet – awful - There was an altercation onboard the ship between an older couple and the man pushed his wife, and then pushed another lady who attempted to intervene. I was shocked that Princess did not remove the couple from the ship. That seemed very concerning to me for the safety of others. THINGS I LEARNED Go with an open mind. Do not try to pre-schedule everything, go with the flow and see what you want to do and ENJOY!! Do something new and different that you normally wouldn’t do. Personally, a suite was not worth it to me on Princess. In the future, I will opt for an aft balcony and do the specialty restaurants instead. For us, there weren’t enough inclusions for the additional cost, although it worked out perfectly for our party with everyone. I do not regret trying it out at all, but I may not splurge in the future for a suite on Princess, I would on another line just because the separated space IS needed. On Princess it just isn’t. But I do like to get the extra perks from other lines with the suite booking. So next time I will save some money and stay with my aft cabin. In summary, we purchased a future cruise certificate and plan to return to Princess in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We picked this cruise line to experience the Princess Cruse line and so far it is one of the best cruise lines so far. We cruised to the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands the week of March 11-16, 2018. This cruise left ... Read More
We picked this cruise line to experience the Princess Cruse line and so far it is one of the best cruise lines so far. We cruised to the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands the week of March 11-16, 2018. This cruise left out of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Both Embarkation and Debarkation went smoothly. At debarktion we were able to get our luggage from the holding area immediately without having to search the assigned holding area. They kept all of our luggage for each traveler together which made it easier to spot right away in the holding area. The ship was very clean from beginning to end and if something was dropped it was immediately picked up. In the dining areas there was hand sanitizer to use before walking into the area and if you didn't use it guests were asked to please use it now. Every one was encouraged to wash hands with soap and water before coming to the dining areas first. The food was excellent for all 3 meals as well as any snacks. We especially enjoyed tea time which was a chance to sit and meet other cruisers . Entertainment was fun and as well as engaging. Services overall was great. Our cabin steward Emmanual was especially attentive to our room and really took care of us. He kept our room spotless. We had a mini-suite with a balcony. It was nice but could use some updating. The bedside tables could be replaced as the drawers stick and was hard to pull out. The fixtures and counter top as well as the bathtub could use some updating. The sofa for the third pulls out into a comfortable bed but the sofa itself is old and could use updating or replaced. Also the chairs in the buffet dining area could also use some updating or replacement. We visited two ports, Amber Cove and Grand Turk. The shore excursion at Amber Cove was excellent. We took the VIP Lifestyle and Serenity excursion. This was an excellent experience. We were greeted with Mimosas when we got off the bus and the drinks never stopped (all- inclusive). The beach was beautiful and there was beach beds both covered and uncovered for us to use and well as a full buffet lunch. The second day we visited Grand Turk and took the Rainbow Calypso Tram around the city. I would NOT recommend this particular excursion. The tram was old and dirty and rusty and needs to be replaced. We were taken to less desirable parts of the island which was dirty to put it mildly. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose the Crown Princess because our experience in November on Carnival was so awful and because the service on Royal Caribbean (our former favorite cruise line) is so lacking. We are so glad we tried Princess! First of all, I am ... Read More
We chose the Crown Princess because our experience in November on Carnival was so awful and because the service on Royal Caribbean (our former favorite cruise line) is so lacking. We are so glad we tried Princess! First of all, I am not sure why there are several negative reviews regarding this ship and the staff. Every single person we encountered was friendly and smiling. All greeted us and made us feel welcomed and we got the feeling that they truly enjoyed their jobs. Especially wonderful were: Dario the ice-cream scooper, Roman the internet specialist, Betelguese in the Horizon Buffett, and Kenneth at the roulette table in the casino. What a happy, kind, caring bunch of employees! First, the bad (though it really wasn't bad at all): luggage drop-off in Ft. Lauderdale is very different from Port Canaveral. One must maneuver the luggage and oneself across three lanes of stopped traffic (because everyone is dropping off luggage) to get to the porter. They do not come to you, they stay in the shade. Then you park and have to walk through that loop of cars again to get in the building. We parked in Terminal 19, boarded at Terminal 19, but after the cruise the ship docked at Terminal 2. There was a very long line to get on the buses to take us to the parking garage and the lines were not moving. We opted for a taxi at a cost of $7.70 (we were 1.5 miles away at the other terminal). Because we felt bad for the driver, getting such a small fare, we gave him a $20. The driver told us this happens a lot at the port and I'm not sure why since the Crown was the only ship returning that Friday morning. Everything else was simply perfect. The muster drill was held in a lounge, so we got to sit instead of being crammed against a wall with sweaty bodies. Our cabin, C734, had the most comfortable bed and pillows and the coldest A/C. That deck has larger balconies and I thought it would be weird that everyone could see us and that we could see them. It wasn't. Everyone was just so jovial. The entertainment on the ship was the best of any of the 12 cruises we had been on previously. The magician astounded. The comedian had us rolling. The movies shown were first-run: The Greatest Showman, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water, League of Justice. There was free popcorn, cozy blankets, and pads on the chairs with little pillows. One night there was stargazing and those interested were invited to Deck 17 Forward. The lights were turned off and the location of constellations identified. This was so much fun. Also, on the last full morning, there was a cooking show and it was hysterical. This was followed by a galley tour, completely free. The food was delicious. Our son gifted us with "Breakfast on the Balcony" and the steward came exactly at the time we requested and made it so beautiful with a tablecloth, champagne, coffee, salmon, quiche, pastries, and fruit. It was all just beautifully presented and it was private since that giant balcony also had an overhang. Most of the other passengers were a bit older, even though we went at the height of spring break. Everyone was polite and happy and just having a good time, just like us! In Amber Cove we were lucky enough to reserve an over the water cabana. It was the best day...so relaxing and the water so refreshing. If we go back to this port, we would definitely do this again. In Grand Turk, we rented ATV's to tour the island. It was not as advertised since we were supposed to go the a lighthouse for pictures and stop at a replica of John Glen's capsule. We didn't. However, we would do this excursion again because riding the ATV's was so much fun. They clean the helmets with Lysol. I saw it happen! This is one of the few times where we were sad that the vacation was ending. We were not ready to get off of this lovely ship. Our loyalty is now to Princess Cruises. We would have booked another cruise onboard, but the incentive wasn't as great as we had hoped. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise explicitly for the ABC islands and they didn't disappoint. Unique culture and flavor for each and we are already planning an extended stay at Aruba. The Crown is a bit tired, but this close to dry dock it was ... Read More
We chose this cruise explicitly for the ABC islands and they didn't disappoint. Unique culture and flavor for each and we are already planning an extended stay at Aruba. The Crown is a bit tired, but this close to dry dock it was anticipated. No real complaints from us on the ship. Service was great, and all food was on par. Stand outs were the Ultimate Balcony Dinner, and the Crab Shack. 10 out of 10 on those in our opinion. The UBD is worth every nickel. It's an awesome meal and experience. Definitely will do again. Highly recommend the Sunset Cruise in Aruba and the golf cart rentals in Bonaire, as well as the glass bottom boat. I don't think there is a bad excursion on all three islands. These are awesome ports. You could easily spend a week at each port and not get enough IMO. Embarkation took one hour from taxi to our suite. We arrived at 11:30am. Debarking we left the room at 8am and we're in a taxi by 8:45. Great cruise. 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
Great cruise, had a wonderful time. Embarkation and De-embarkation was great. Entertainment and service were top notch. Dining and activities were excellent. We started off a bit rough as the seas were really high,I believe 3 meter ... Read More
Great cruise, had a wonderful time. Embarkation and De-embarkation was great. Entertainment and service were top notch. Dining and activities were excellent. We started off a bit rough as the seas were really high,I believe 3 meter seas, but after we got through the second sea day, it was smooth as glass. There were limited issues that Princess could control, my biggest complaint was the other passengers who reserved seats in the theater which is a clear violation of the policy. There were 2 night we missed a show because of other guest saving as many as 10 seats for friends and family. One night I sat in a seat and said, if your family shows up I'll move, which they never showed up. The dinner service and room service were spot on,I don't think we had a bad evening or meal. I did get my butt kicked at the spin class, way more tougher than I thought it would be. We had a great time at each port and the overall cruise was a excellent experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and number of days at sea. Loved the trip, the ports of call and the overall cruise ship. Very well maintained interior and heard it is going into dry dock for refurbishing soon. Comedian ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and number of days at sea. Loved the trip, the ports of call and the overall cruise ship. Very well maintained interior and heard it is going into dry dock for refurbishing soon. Comedian entertainment on Ship was very good. Anytime Dining was excellent and enjoyed having dinner with different cruisers each night. Even the buffets for lunch and dinner were very good. We have done a lot of all-inclusives over the past decade and really appreciate the better food on Princess lines. The embarkation was way ahead of schedule and we boarded the ship by 11:30. Our scheduled boarding time was 1 pm according to pre-cruise paperwork. We were thrilled to get on to early and so quickly. Loved that they didn't hound you with all those cruise pictures either. They were there but we didn't feel the continued pressure to get them taken.. Overall we love Princess and booked a cruise for next year while on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We love leaving the Midwest in the winter and head to the Caribbean. This was a great trip! The Crown is going into Dry Dock for some upgrades and I am sure they will all be great upgrades. We were lucky and already had the new mattress ... Read More
We love leaving the Midwest in the winter and head to the Caribbean. This was a great trip! The Crown is going into Dry Dock for some upgrades and I am sure they will all be great upgrades. We were lucky and already had the new mattress and loved it. The crew was amazing and did everything they could to help. Horizon Court is still a downfall for Princess. After having been on the Regal and seeing the new set up, it makes the old design harder to deal with. Don't get me wrong, we will continue sailing with Princess for all our cruises but there are changes for the older ships that would be nice improvements. The entertainment was good and there was always something going on. You could do as much or as little as you wanted. We did back to back with Eastern and Southern and really liked the ports we visited. We had been to most of them before but we enjoy them all and returning after the hurricane damage was interesting. We feel the islands need the tourist dollars to rebuild and thrive again. The Islanders we came in contact with were all grateful the ships were stopping again. At the end of the 16 days for these 2 cruises we disembarked and walked across the parking lot and boarded the Regal for 2 more weeks in the Caribbean. In 30 days we only repeated 1 port and that was St. Thomas. Even that wasn't an issue since we had a beautiful day for the 1st visit and it was really rainy and messy the second visit. We just stayed onboard the 2nd visit and made it a "sea day". Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise due to itinerary, timing and price. We went with another couple and booked balcony cabins side by side. Ours was R703. Great location. It was the first time I have ever been that high on a ship and that far aft and ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to itinerary, timing and price. We went with another couple and booked balcony cabins side by side. Ours was R703. Great location. It was the first time I have ever been that high on a ship and that far aft and we had no problems with extra noise or vibration or anything else. We were right by the elevators but experienced no noise from that. It was such a good location - just one flight of stairs up to Horizon Court and the main pool. Also, easy access to the aft door and right out to the aft pool which was my favorite part of the ship! We did traditional late seating dining. Excellent service and the food was great. Not one complaint. I have been lucky to have a great wait staff on every cruise I have been on. But Rea, the head water for us, was the best ever! She was amazing, so pleasant and efficient, yet took the time to have fun conversations with us about her homeland etc. We saw many shows, they were good, we took part in activities on the ship, which were all fun. I love Princess because we can connect our balconies together with our friends cabins, and the self serve laundry! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
A very good cruise where just about everything went very well. The staff was friendly and very helpful and the entertainment was one of the best scheduled. The Crown is stating to show its age of about 12 years; however, it is still ... Read More
A very good cruise where just about everything went very well. The staff was friendly and very helpful and the entertainment was one of the best scheduled. The Crown is stating to show its age of about 12 years; however, it is still one of the best looking. The ports of call were most of the ones we had been to before and Amber Cove was the first visit for us. Phillipsburg and St. Thomas are very much showing the effects from hurricane Irma and will take several months to be completely restored. The visit to Phillipsburg was the first Princess ship to pull in after the hurricane. The number of shops open was about 50% and many people stayed on the ship vice walking about. We had an excursion on Amber Cove so we did not spend any time in the shopping port area. One bad thing concerning Amber Cove is a very long walk from the ship to the shopping area; however, there were opportunities to ride the pier. I wouild have liked to know what pier we pulled into when returning to Port Everglades before getting off the ship and if it was announced then we missed it. This was also a concerts at sea cruise and we were not impacted by any of the events associated with the cruisers attending the concerts. This was a last minute booking for us after finding out that MSC had booked over 60% of their ship to a group that would be forcing us to use second seating and closing of public areas for them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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 3.9
Family 4.5 3.9
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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