552 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because it took in a lot of the major European landmarks that were on our bucket list. We booked it when the price was right (albeit an interior stateroom), but were upgraded to a better deck and a room with a view. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it took in a lot of the major European landmarks that were on our bucket list. We booked it when the price was right (albeit an interior stateroom), but were upgraded to a better deck and a room with a view. Pretty happy about that. It was a great way to visit multiple cities so we could work out where we'd happily revisit, or not bother again. Embarkation/disembarkation was seamless, but not everyone onboard was getting on/off at the same time so that was to be expected. Cabin was clean and well appointed. Dining options were varied and menu choices excellent. Entertainment/activities was not as detailed as other cruises, but as we were ashore each day (apart from 3) it didn't impact us at all. We were up early and in bed early every day anyway. Stateroom Steward (Antonio) was brilliant..friendly and accommodating. We did 3 shore excursions with Princess...value for money and well run. The other 3 excursions were with another providers because they offered better value for the places visited. To be honest, while I enjoy cruising, it's all about WHERE I want to go, and if a cruise ship offers that in the best way, then I'll opt for cruising. As long as the rooms are clean, the bed is comfortable and the food is ok (and lets face it, if I don't have to cook then I'm already liking it) then the actual ship doesn't make any difference to me at all. The one thing cruising has trumps over other forms of travel..you only have to unpack once!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise predominantly because it was convenient both in length and destination. Nonetheless, the itinerary was great and easy enough to plan shore excursions with local agents or simply going ashore on your own. The ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise predominantly because it was convenient both in length and destination. Nonetheless, the itinerary was great and easy enough to plan shore excursions with local agents or simply going ashore on your own. The ship was in good condition having been refurbished in March last year. The beds were extremely comfortable and our mini suite was very spacious (more space than we really needed to be honest but it was the only category of cabin left available). The staff were very helpful and professional at all times and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. We arranged a transfer from Rome airport direct to the ship so we were not able to explore before but we have been to Rome before. I would recommend anyone see Rome beforehand if they have never been before. Embarkation was very smooth with no wait time. We chose anytime dining but actually only visited the main dining rooms on 3 occasions as the food in Horizon Court was delicious. The entertainment was disapppointing though especially the shows in the main Princess Theatre. Most interesting ports were definitely Salerno where we visited Caserta Palace, Viestri sur Mer, and Salerno itself (having already been to Pompeii and Amalfi coast on a previous cruise), and Kotor where we visited Budva, Perast and Kotor. Corfu, Crete and Mykonos are all easy enough to visit independently although all required a short transfer from the cruise ship port to places of main interest. In the case of Mykonos, there were two choices - a 15-20 minute local bus ride costing €1 each way or a 5-10 minute local sea-bus costing €2 each way which is what I chose. In Crete, there was a local bus service from the port costing €1.70 each way which took approximately 15-20 minutes from the cruise ship port (new port) to Old Town. Sadly, Princess arranged the bus transport in Corfu for those who didn’t want to walk the long distance and charged $14 per person. We chose to use a local taxi which we shared with another couple - total cost for the 4 of us was €10 (i.e. €2.50 per person)! Again, in Athens, we arranged airport transfer with Princess so didn’t see the city before departing. The transfer takes approximately 45-60 minutes so their transfer service at $29 per person seems to be a cheaper option than the potential cost of a taxi which was estimated to be around €79. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
To see the best of Europe, explored Rome before embarkment, embarkment was very smooth and we were able to embark early. The cabin was excellent with a balcony that had a great view of the coastline for most of the cruise. The cabin was ... Read More
To see the best of Europe, explored Rome before embarkment, embarkment was very smooth and we were able to embark early. The cabin was excellent with a balcony that had a great view of the coastline for most of the cruise. The cabin was clean/tidy and always serviced regularly. The only fault was we were directly under the pool/bar deck and early 5.30-6 am we were woken with the setting up of the deck chairs and tables, and they would scrap them along the deck and this went on for a very long time. The shore excursion were great except on a couple we were not able to have a drink/toilet break or lunch, so at the end of the excursion everyone was thirsty and hungry. There enough pools and spas for everyone to be comfortable and the water was a comfortable temperature. There was not enough quality evening entertainment on this cruise. The service of the staff was exceptional. The shops on board appeared to have something for everyone, the pricing was reasonable. The food and service at all the dining centers was of exceptional quality. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our 10th cruise with Princess and our third trip on the Crown. We boarded the ship in Athens Greece and we had 14 days of perfect weather, calm seas and the ports we visited were fantastic..Our cabin was clean and bright, but the ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise with Princess and our third trip on the Crown. We boarded the ship in Athens Greece and we had 14 days of perfect weather, calm seas and the ports we visited were fantastic..Our cabin was clean and bright, but the ship is starting to show it's age. The water in our shower would suddenly turn cold then stop altogether and leave us covered in soap suds. After frantic tries to get the flow going again it would slowly come back (ice cold) then warm to normal. The first time it happened I figured it was an anomaly but when it later happened to my wife we started calling for help. A plumber showed up several hours later and said he 'fixed' it but the next day it did the same thing and after more trips from maintenance people they finally said they would have to move us to another cabin, which required that we pack everything up and move. Also, there was an entire bank of elevators that didn't work the whole cruise and with the ship being at full capacity it made for long waits. The food was better than we remembered and the waiters were pleasant but the service was very slow. If you ordered a drink before dinner it would sometimes takes 15 or 20 minutes to get there. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The two week cruise commencing from Athens and terminating in Rome was a wonderful experience. The service, entertainment and food was excellent. The Princess excursions were well conducted for the most part except for Genoa which was ... Read More
The two week cruise commencing from Athens and terminating in Rome was a wonderful experience. The service, entertainment and food was excellent. The Princess excursions were well conducted for the most part except for Genoa which was rushed and the guide was not well versed with the history and had to read from her notes. The tour to Mt Etna was eventful as someone had their IPad stolen in a store that offers a taste of limoncello so be aware of your surroundings. The evening entertainment is first class but the afternoon lacks a liveliness. Could use a few more organised events for the youth on sea days. We had an interior cabin which was well appointed with a TV with select American channels. The maid service was excellent and our room was refreshed frequently. Dining room service was also excellent and the quality of food was good. All in all we had a great vacation and would recommend this cruise for those who want to get a flavor for ports in the eastern Mediterranean. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Was a nice cruise. Not spectacular.. but it was fine. Embarkation and disenbarkation were fine. Food was generally good. It probably ranged from ok to very good depending on what you had, with most of it being very good in the MDR. Tried ... Read More
Was a nice cruise. Not spectacular.. but it was fine. Embarkation and disenbarkation were fine. Food was generally good. It probably ranged from ok to very good depending on what you had, with most of it being very good in the MDR. Tried the Pizza, Burgers and Fries twice - they were not so good. There was some good options in the International Cafe which is open 24 hours a day. Room was ok. Bed comfortable. Entertainment was tame.. but as you would expect on a ship with mostly retirees on board. Service from all staff is excellent as always.Itinerary was great. Booked all our own tours as Princess gauge their customers on tour-pricing. They're certainly always on the look-out to lift a few more dollars from you. An example was the US$32 they charged us for the short shuttle from the Ship to one port.. with the notice coming round the ship night before to book it.. making it look like the only option. Felt a bit ripped off when we passed the sign shortly down the road offering it for free. I guess at the end of the day, you've just got to remember they're a big corporate trying to hoover up our dollars and be aware of them. It was a good holiday, mostly great food and always great service.. so I should be greatful (which I am), but it did'nt leave us going "wow, we need to book another cruise". The full-on Itinerary meant we were away off ship for 9+ hours most days (only 4 sea days on a 14 day cruise) and being fair.. the cruise was more about the destinations and less about the cruise. Smoking in the Casino was a negative - hello America, it's 2018! Much of the rest of the world have figured out smokers don't actually mind smoking outside once it's compulsory.. and it then makes your bars, casinos etc a much better place for ALL. Ship is in good condition and has nice public areas. Particularly enjoyed the International Cafe which is open 24 hours and sells good coffee with the food complimentary. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Arrival in Rome, met immediately and escorted to the holding area before bus ride to ship. Embarkation was quick and we were on the ship and checking our cabin. AND yes, our cabin was available immediately. We had a inside cabin with ... Read More
Arrival in Rome, met immediately and escorted to the holding area before bus ride to ship. Embarkation was quick and we were on the ship and checking our cabin. AND yes, our cabin was available immediately. We had a inside cabin with 3 women, we had enough room for all our stuff, and enough towels! My only disappointment, was the entertainment was pretty bad - Even the headliner was just ok. She kept going flat.. just bad. - ALSO why do you use an electric piano, while putting it on a Lovely grand piano??? - really folks. Ports - Wonderful selection of ports - quick on and offs everytime. - No delays, even with tenders. Dining and bars - We had good food every night, had an amazing steak at the specialty Steak House, good service with a smile from everyone. On Lobster night, the staff came around offering more lobster to anyone who wanted that - Who does not love that! Favorite place on ship - Adults only pool on Riviera Deck Aft, We had breakfast there every morning. Perfect Over all, well tended ship, good friendly crew, and good ports. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ports on this cruise were amazing everyday we woke up in a different county and, the weather was perfect it was a wonderful cruise. The ship was redone I haven't seen much of a difference from the last time I was on it about 2 ... Read More
The ports on this cruise were amazing everyday we woke up in a different county and, the weather was perfect it was a wonderful cruise. The ship was redone I haven't seen much of a difference from the last time I was on it about 2 years ago. The bedding was new and very comfortable but other then that it ship looked pretty much the same. I love princess its' a great cruise line. they have a laundry room which makes life so much easier. The food wasn't as good as I remember it being the first week there wasn't a thing I could rave about was very surprised since on the regal 9 months ago the food was amazing lots of seafood even lobster for lunch. Not on this cruise seafood wasn't plentiful and, a lot of the food was dried on the buffet. The entertainment also was just ok nothing was great. They had a singer that they called Sinatra but he sounded nothing like Frank Sinatra . The band was great . The second week the food got better and the third it was once again very good. That first week I don't know what happened. We had to ask almost every night for more butter they only put two pats on the table .There were never bread sticks they stopped putting them in bread basket which I love they told me machine was broken but, they had it up in Elite every night. The cruise was very good the only fault we have was I feel that they have been cutbacks on the food. The Crown is a perfect size ship not to large and, not to small just right for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Overall Cruise was great, Staff was, as usual, friendly and helpful. The ship needed a little more time in dry dock. Water ( no hot), and flushing of toilets was an annoying problem. You took all the blankets off the ship! . I ... Read More
Overall Cruise was great, Staff was, as usual, friendly and helpful. The ship needed a little more time in dry dock. Water ( no hot), and flushing of toilets was an annoying problem. You took all the blankets off the ship! . I hate duvets for the beds and our steward could not give us light blankets!! Internet was very troublesome and slow with bad connections. The walking tour in Cartegena was most interesting if you could hear the guide. Our ear phones and little receivers were totally useless to the point where the guide told us to take them off and he would shout at us. Most of us were very upset with the situation. I almost quit and went back to the ship to ask for my money back. There was too much good information that we missed!!! Upgrade your equipment!!! Good Comments.... The fish in the restaurants was much better than past cruises. It was nice variation, good flavor and texture. Presentation of meals excellent also. Tours, Cartegena, Valdemosa very interesting. Blandy only so so.. Daily lectures on ports of call and food (water, potatoes etc) also very informative and educational Overall thanks for most enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a Trans Atlantic Crossing. The crossing was fun and relaxing at the same time. The cruise staff were outstanding. I enjoyed the food very much. There was always a great selection and ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a Trans Atlantic Crossing. The crossing was fun and relaxing at the same time. The cruise staff were outstanding. I enjoyed the food very much. There was always a great selection and something for everyone. We dined at the steak house which was very good and I would do this again. Our ports of call were amazing. We stopped in Madeira Portugal, Gibraltar, and 3 places in Spain. I would definitely return to Spain! One day in Barcelona is not enough! Our only complaint was that the ship was coming out of dry dock and wasn't ready. Our boarding was delayed longer then anticipated and the ship wasn't ready. The pools weren't open until the 2nd day of the voyage. There were many areas of the ship that hadn't been cleaned up properly from the work and that were not finished and were still being maintained. The worse thing was the smell of varnish. This is something that should have been left for a time when there were no passengers on board. Overall I had a great time regardless of the ship's state. This was my 3rd cruise with Princes. Their staff go above and beyond to please which makes me want to keep cruising with them. Also the fact that you get financial perks for returning. As long as the price point stays where it is or improves, I will cruise with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The ship was brought into service, directly from a week of dry dock repairs, and it was pressed into service before the repairs were completed. We waited two hours in the terminal for embarkation to commence while last minute, crucial ... Read More
The ship was brought into service, directly from a week of dry dock repairs, and it was pressed into service before the repairs were completed. We waited two hours in the terminal for embarkation to commence while last minute, crucial repairs were conducted. In addition, there were engineers and technicians all over the ship running cables, installing carpet, grinding metal, painting, and making repairs throughout the cruise. None of the repairs interfered with our cruise experience, but we're not accustomed to seeing back-of-the-house services in plain view of the guests. Disembarkation was extremely quick and easy. The new Salty Dog Grille, which replaced the Trident Grill on Lido Deck, has a fabulously updated menu. The newly designed Coffee & Cones counter shares space with the Pizzaria, also on the Lido Deck. It features espresso coffee but doesn't serve other specialty coffees or even regular coffee. It's a nice addition. The Coffee Bar, located on the Plaza Deck, serves a wide variety of specialty coffees and is a terrific option for those who choose to purchase the coffee package as we did. The seating area around International Cafe and the Coffee Bar can become congested during peak serving times and during times when there is an entertainment feature in the Piazza. The wait time for the Anytime Dining option has improved significantly. We arrived for dinner at 7:30pm each night and we were seated almost immediately. The quality and presentation of food is exceptionally good. Sabatini's new menu was a welcome change. Horizon Court has a wide variety of buffet food which doesn't appeal to my family and friends. The congestion of passengers in this cramped area is uncomfortable. But many of the passengers enjoyed the easy access and casual dress environment. The entertainment, which is always subjective, didn't appeal to our family. There were several acts which were enjoyed by the younger families. The activities are designed for younger groups and are often loud, noisy and exciting. They are excellent options for outdoor decks. The Piazza is a perfect location for piano, guitar, strings and subdued presentations. We were extremely disappointed in the overall condition of the ship and our room steward was not very good on this cruise. But the rest of the staff and crew, including the captain, were helpful and even apologetic whenever needed. The ports of call were extremely important because it was our first visit to these ports. We were not disappointed. There is a level of comfort and security associated with Princess excursions, even though the cost is pretty high. We were able to book tours with outside vendors for much lower costs. The subject of the Enrichment Presentation was interesting but the presenter was somewhat boring. The powerpoint slides were dull and were not exciting for the audience or the presenter. In summary, the ship was put back into service too quickly but overall this cruise was a good value because we were excited to visit these particular ports of call. We plan to sail with Princess again in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The price was outrageous. Been on lots of cruises but our waiter was not personable and service was VERY slow. We ended up eating other places on the ship. 2 1/4 hours for dinner is way to slow. Great room steward. Ship was clean and ... Read More
The price was outrageous. Been on lots of cruises but our waiter was not personable and service was VERY slow. We ended up eating other places on the ship. 2 1/4 hours for dinner is way to slow. Great room steward. Ship was clean and nice but we were last cruise before it was going into dry dock. Enjoyed great room service and we just enjoyed relaxing. Did not book any shore excursions through Princess. Bonaire is a dud if you don't snorkel or dive. Curacao & Aruba were nice. Had more than enough time to see each port. Did not go to any shows. Watched a lot of movies in our cabin. We just enjoyed being lazy and watching the ocean go by from our cabin. We were looking for relaxation and good food. Luckily, the Crown has plenty of options for eating other than the main dining room. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I traveled with my mom, who has mobility issues. We both wanted good food, good entertainment, and we weren't interested in a party atmosphere, so from our research the Princess line seemed to fit the bill. We hit upon an excellent ... Read More
I traveled with my mom, who has mobility issues. We both wanted good food, good entertainment, and we weren't interested in a party atmosphere, so from our research the Princess line seemed to fit the bill. We hit upon an excellent deal on a mini-suite, and so we booked a cruise on the Crown Princess from March 11-16. Embarkation was great. I indicated in advance that my mom would require wheelchair assistance for embarkation and disembarkation and everything went smoothly. We had no complaints whatsoever about the food. From the buffet to the main dining room to the Specialty restaurant (Sabatini's) we enjoyed every meal. The service was outstanding, particularly at Afternoon Tea (which we enjoyed twice). We did one excursion, the Panoramic City Tour with lunch and swimming at Cabarete beach in Puerto Plata - and it exceeded our expectations. It was well-organized, the bus was comfortable, and the driver and tour guide were excellent. The driver waited patiently for us as we were always the last to get off, and my mom's walker was stowed carefully each time we boarded the bus. At the beach we had lots of time to relax and swim, lunch was great, and the price was right - the 6-hour tour with lunch was only $39 USD. On the ship we enjoyed a movie under the stars (The Greatest Showman) which was a lot of fun, and we saw the funniest comedian I've ever seen live, (and I'm from Montreal where we know comedy) Steve Caouette. I wish we had been able to see and do more but five days goes fast, and before we knew it it was over. There were only two blemishes during the whole week, and they were toward the end of the cruise. On the last full day on our way to afternoon tea we learned that someone forgot to unlock the 6th floor elevator, and by the time we found someone to unlock it we were late for tea. Not a big deal but it kind of threw us off schedule. The biggest negative was on disembarkation day. We were told to go to the Vines wine bar for 7:30 AM. to wait for wheelchair assistance. In the meantime I got us breakfast at the International Café and as I was doctoring my coffee I put the empty sugar packets on the counter and was promptly scolded by one of the staff in the specialty coffee section. He then went to the trouble to point out the small tin garbage receptacle on the counter, threw my used spoon dramatically into a buss tub, and picked up and slammed the garbage tin on the counter and said "Garbage!" very loudly for emphasis. This was obviously a person who was overtired and stressed, and I hope he takes some time off soon to recharge. I was tired, too, after a week of travelling with a disabled person. I didn't need drama in the last hour of a vacation that was two years in the planning. Overall a great cruise and we're already planning our next one - we'd sail with Princess again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Time frame and itinerary fit our needs. First time on the Crown. Not bad for an 18 year old vessel. Some rust on the balcony. Understand she is due for dry dock for scheduled maintenance. Room steward was great. Met every request for ... Read More
Time frame and itinerary fit our needs. First time on the Crown. Not bad for an 18 year old vessel. Some rust on the balcony. Understand she is due for dry dock for scheduled maintenance. Room steward was great. Met every request for our special needs kids. Dining staff was truly outstanding. The wait staff in Sabatini's for Breakfast and the team in the CC Dining totally outdid themselves to meet the special dietary needs of our kids. The dining was the best of any of our recent cruises. Corey, the CD was very good and was able to keep the passengers engaged. Entertainment: Magic to Do was very good. Nathan Foley, headliner, was outstanding. Went to see both of his shows. The Magician and Comedian (Names escape me at the moment) were very good at keeping the attendees engaged and rolling in the aisles. Princess embarkation and disembarkation continues to rank as the best, in our book. The Crown Princess is a grand old dame. A little rusty around the edges. Still a great ship to cruise on. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Be careful what you purchase at the Lotus Spa on Princess Cruises for services. I went for a pedicure and ended up with a rash that was oozing on both arms because the technician tried to sell me a cactus brush. The brush was used on my ... Read More
Be careful what you purchase at the Lotus Spa on Princess Cruises for services. I went for a pedicure and ended up with a rash that was oozing on both arms because the technician tried to sell me a cactus brush. The brush was used on my arms and on previous passengers....GROSS. Beware of the up-sell. It is not a relaxing experience when cream and cactus brushes are being shoved down your throat to purchase. My husband went to the gym and he was the only one wiping down the machines before and after use...GROSS. We were on a Caribbean cruise (Crown Princess). The shore excursions were wonderful. The ship stopped in Amber Cove, DR and Grand Turk. The embarkation and disembarkation process went very smoothly. Long story short: great cruise but bad spa experience. Otherwise it was a wonderful cruise. The food, entertainment and service were great. We will take another Princess Cruise. We just won't go to the spa. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This is our 4th cruise with Princess and again, a fun time. We usually sail the Med but took our first Caribbean cruise to get out of the New England cold/snow. Onboarding was a breeze, our balcony cabin was all ready for us when we got on ... Read More
This is our 4th cruise with Princess and again, a fun time. We usually sail the Med but took our first Caribbean cruise to get out of the New England cold/snow. Onboarding was a breeze, our balcony cabin was all ready for us when we got on board. A note about cabins on Crown Princess, if you want the best balconies, make sure you are on deck 10 - Caribe. These balconies are twice the size of the rest. We did anytime dining for the first time (we usually do late seating) and since it was just the two of us, it worked perfectly. We never waited for a table and we never had to share a table. We made 4 stops: St. Kitts, lovely - go to Carambola Beach Club - very nice beach, Antiqua, our highlight of the trip, we went to Half Moon beach and it was wonderful, St Thomas - still needs alot of work and Grand Turk - what a dump. I am not sure why Princess bothers to stop at Grand Turk, it is a cespool of an island. Lowest point of the trip. Just one gross, disgusting bar after the next with abandoned houses all around. The ship's personnel again were top notch - shout out to the Cruise Director, Corey, we have not idea how he keeps the pace up all day long but the entertainment is truly fun and another highlight. Don't forget to hit Pub Lunch on the Sea day, Fish n' Chips always great with a pint of guinness. The ship has put in some "pop-up" restaurants that are worth passing on. The Main Dining Room is still the best choice. Disembarkment was a breeze as well. Princess does not have a good incentive right now to book another cruise (they use to have strong on-board credits to reserve - only $50 per person now) so I am considering looking at other ships as the Med itineraries are repetitive to what we have already seen. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We've wanted to do another transatlantic cruise and also wanted to go to the Mediterranean. This was the perfect situation. Since the ship had just returned from dry dock and had some ongoing issues with maintenance while we were ... Read More
We've wanted to do another transatlantic cruise and also wanted to go to the Mediterranean. This was the perfect situation. Since the ship had just returned from dry dock and had some ongoing issues with maintenance while we were sailing, it wasn't a trip without some problems onboard. For example, elevators out of service sporadically and operation was occasionally unreliable. We were stuck on an elevator and the lights went out and the emergency bell did not operate. After a few minutes and my husband's strength to pry open the door, we exited and tried to avoid that elevator from then on. There were some water issues, dripping pipes overhead with buckets placed to catch the water. A bit of concern but we realized the workers were still finishing maintenance. The entertainment was average for Princess. The music groups, the bands, the trio, the single music performers were excellent. The cabin was great, our steward was the absolute best we have ever had on a cruise. The new bed was nice with big pillows and comforter. The food was good, with a lot of choices. We took a Princess shore excursion at every port. All were really more than we had expected except one and that was Barcelona. The tour guide did not seem to know basic things like hours of operation of sites, planning was thrown out and we ended up driving in heavy traffic through town back to port- a total waste of time. In Mykonos, the guide actually left 4 people at a site because he had failed to let everyone know where the location of the bus was to be as well as he had promised shopping time which never happened. The bus was hidden behind a stone wall out of sight. It's location was shared among the passengers which was the only reason passengers found it 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled departure. The 4 who were left behind hitched a ride back to port on another bus. The ship was pretty, but confusing because signage was not apparent. We actually had a really good time and ended up enjoying the "swinging with the punches" attitude on the ship. Will travel with Princess again but maybe will skip the Crown. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our family reunion group of 8 people wanted a warm climate and interesting islands to visit. This cruise was on a week we all had available. We did not really care where it went, just warm weather was important. Accommodations for 91 ... Read More
Our family reunion group of 8 people wanted a warm climate and interesting islands to visit. This cruise was on a week we all had available. We did not really care where it went, just warm weather was important. Accommodations for 91 year old Mother in a wheel chair were good. Meals great no matter where we ate in dining rooms, Horizon or Grill. Service staff were EXCELLENT. My favorite feature was the International Cafe, open 24 hours near the central Atrium. Nice music there, opportunity to paint and take steel drum classes. Cabin C416 was fairly spacious, lots of closet space and drawers. Mattress was great. I should have asked for a top sheet. Stacy the masseuse, and Brandon, the acupuncturist were excellent. Life jacket/Safety drill sadly was a joke. Holland America Eurodam makes it much more detailed and stresses the importance--has roll call at your station. I liked Princess and would cruise again with them. I still believe I have more learning opportunities on Holland America. I'm not a pool and hot tub person. I like to take classes,hear lectures and learn something. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Our group of four booked this cruise close to sailing for a nice getaway. I have been on 25+ cruises. I read the reviews and do not think that the reviews do it justice. The ship is lovely. It is designed in a way that you never feel ... Read More
Our group of four booked this cruise close to sailing for a nice getaway. I have been on 25+ cruises. I read the reviews and do not think that the reviews do it justice. The ship is lovely. It is designed in a way that you never feel crowded. The staff of this ship are personable, kind and helpful. The food was amazing, top of the line. Our inside cabin had more room than most plus a refrigerator. Quiet location, Baja deck, next to the elevators. The entertainment that we attended was very good. We did our own shore excursions but the stops at ABC islands with 4 sea days was a nice mix of busy and relaxation. The only down side was that I ingested something in my gin and tonic drink that has given me problems ever since. From what I have figured out with the help of the cruise staff, is that the ice comes attached to clear plastic in containers. Sometimes, the plastic sticks to the ice. The ice melts in the drink, the clear plastic is in the drink but you can't see it and unfortunately I ended up with it. I was told it has happened before from the staff. I had to seek medical attention and ended up in the hospital for my throat pain. Be careful with your drinks! Only reason for an overall 4 rating not a 5. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Some friends decided on a cruise based on ports of call and price. This year, Crown Princess won out with ports of Curacao, Aruba and Bonnaire. Overall, a pretty good cruise. Princess is good but not really exceptional. Overall, quite ... Read More
Some friends decided on a cruise based on ports of call and price. This year, Crown Princess won out with ports of Curacao, Aruba and Bonnaire. Overall, a pretty good cruise. Princess is good but not really exceptional. Overall, quite satisfied and good value. I would return to Princess but it is not my preferred cruise line. The service in the dining room was good, as was the food. The cabin cleaning crew was excellent, refreshing our room regularly. Entertainment, namely, the singers, dancers and musicians and comedians, was excellent, possibly best from any cruise that I had been on. Like so many other cruises, there never seemed to be enough lounges by the pool area. The music around the pool was sometimes too loud for reading or talking or snoozing. The disk jockey was very good and offered to play requests. The embarkation was very quick, as was the dis-embarkation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The ltinery was just what we wanted. The port too. Had no experience with Princess.and we were aware the ship was going into dry dock in March. We loved our cabin and cabin Steward Milo. We were on Riviera deck port side forward and our ... Read More
The ltinery was just what we wanted. The port too. Had no experience with Princess.and we were aware the ship was going into dry dock in March. We loved our cabin and cabin Steward Milo. We were on Riviera deck port side forward and our view from our balcony was heavenly. I find the food on this ship just ok. Nothing special. The coffee was awful and l had to wonder if they do this to force you into buying a coffee card for $31 At the International Cafe. We did find the majority of cruisers older than us. We are 58. Not very many younger people. I would say l sail for the ltinery mostly. We have another cruise booked on the Emerald Princess and l hope that food is better. We really are not buffet people and skip lunch a lot. It would help if the Horizon court stayed open till 12. We had some rough seas going down to Curacao but coming back was lovely. I would recommend going to the navigational presentation...So many things to learn about these ships! Also star gazing was great. Corey the cruise director was fun and we had wonderful entertainment. All in all a very good Cruise. The Crown grill was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
All of those concerns of this ship and crew are unwarranted. We were afraid as she is set to go into dry dock in March. Our cabin was starboard forward, right under the bridge on Caribe, we had booked a balcony guarantee. Well, rough ... Read More
All of those concerns of this ship and crew are unwarranted. We were afraid as she is set to go into dry dock in March. Our cabin was starboard forward, right under the bridge on Caribe, we had booked a balcony guarantee. Well, rough seas the first two days into our cruise and we've decided no more forward/rear cabins for us. The movement we felt was pretty bad, my wife got to the point where she hated walking up to our cabin. Other than this movement, our cabin had a new bed and linens, our steward was great and we love caribe balconies for the larger space. The Crown is still in good shape, you could tell they've been replacing carpeting and even mattresses on our debarkation day. Entertainment was first class, great musicians and comedians. The anytime dining worked out great for our party of four, we usually got reservations when we wanted and the one evening (embarkation night) we only had to wait maybe ten minutes for the line to move. The service was wonderful, having many different tables throughout our time there. The food was fantastic, with variety and quality/temperature always spot on. We ate in the Crown Grille on our last night and everything was first rate, from the food/ steaks to service. We really can't find fault with a thing. Most of the pools were drained due to the rough seas but finally refilled by the time things smoothed out. The crew was quite careful with hand sanitizer and all public restrooms were always clean and well tended by the crews. No issues with sickness were known of other than one gentleman who we saw with a mask on who's wife had just been diagnosed with the flu were quarantined on the second day. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We wanted to try Princess again. We last cruised with them in 2001. Great cruise, but those formal nights have to go if we are going to cruise Princess again. We cruise 3 to 5 weeks a year, usually on NCL. Princess tries hard, but at least ... Read More
We wanted to try Princess again. We last cruised with them in 2001. Great cruise, but those formal nights have to go if we are going to cruise Princess again. We cruise 3 to 5 weeks a year, usually on NCL. Princess tries hard, but at least on this cruise, they only delivered some of what we expected. Our Cabin Steward was very good and the Assistant Cruise director from New Zealand, Kaylee, was the best I have experienced at sea. She should be a Cruise Director somewhere very soon. Everything she did was first rate. Dining was OK in the Italian Restaurant, very good in the Steakhouse and in the Club Class dining section. The Buffet was better than expected. Embarkation, especially for a suite was average at best. Long line and very disorganized. Not a good first experience. No priority at all for suites guests other than right before check-in and that looked like about the same as for those without priority. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My husband and I have cruised twice on Carnival, twice on Celebrity, once on Royal Caribbean and most recently in February 2018 on the Crown Princess. By far, the best cruise we have ever experienced is with the Crown Princess. My ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised twice on Carnival, twice on Celebrity, once on Royal Caribbean and most recently in February 2018 on the Crown Princess. By far, the best cruise we have ever experienced is with the Crown Princess. My husband is not a big fan of cruising, because he gets sea sick. He cruises to make his wife happy. However, during our Crown Princess cruise, he made sure we put down a $100 deposit towards a future Princess cruise. That is how much we enjoyed our cruise on the Crown Princess, which began on February 2 in Fort Lauderdale. We sailed to Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk. We specifically choose this cruise, because we wanted to visit Grand Turks and experience cruising with Princess. The general dinning area food was plentiful and they served a variety of delicious selections of fish, meat, pasta and exquisite desserts. Once we found our seats, waiters would immediately request for our choice of beverage, and we never had to wait long for our drinks. If one side of the dinning area was closed, there was always another opened on the other side. Food was plentiful and good. We choose Anytime Dinning. Both the Da Vinci and Michelangelo dinning rooms were good. We dinned twice at the Crown Grill specialty restaurant, which has an up-charge of $29.99 per person. While I do not particularly believe it was worth the up-charge, my husband insisted on going for their lobsters. The service was good, but I thought it lacked the personalized service that you normally receive when dinning at exclusive restaurants. The service was anxious and rushed. For the up-charge, I expect personalized service with mouth watering meals. Our favorite spot to eat was the International Cafe. Prior to boarding, we purchased a Coffee Specialty card that allowed us to have specialty coffees. The coffee was excellent and the food was dietetic in nature and delicious. We began and ended our days at the International Cafe. Entertainment at the Crown Princess was mediocre. We enjoyed the comedy shows and dancing on the decks and other areas of the ship. However, the majority of their shows were in rooms that did not have sufficient room for all to sit. The cruise director should have organized these popular venues in the theater, where everyone could comfortably enjoy them. If the show was popular, people would gather an hour prior to show to save seats. I believe this is ridiculous. After all, its a vacation. The all night long party at the Skywalkers Nightclub was depressing. DJ Layla would be looking for song selection on a laptop without any interactions with the guest. A DJ is supposed to get people out on the dance floor. She looked depressed and choose songs that left the dance floor mostly empty. We love to dance and this was a GREAT disappointment. What I believe that made our cruise so magnificent was The Sanctuary. The Sanctuary on Princess Cruises sets the bar high for adults-only sun decks at sea. Lounge chairs aren't just padded, they're dressed in upscale cushions with fluffy towels; water is infused with fresh fruit and cabanas take room for alfresco massages. This is where the service was superb! We loved everything about it! The fact that our lounge chairs were reserved and could not be taken by anyone brought peace of mind. While the price is a little steep, $40 per person per day, I believe it was made our vacation divine. Overall, what sets Princess cruises apart from other cruise line is the Sanctuary and the level of service therein. I believe Celebrity has a similar adults only area, but my understanding is that it covered and we want to be under the beautiful sun. We do not enjoy loud parties or drunken crowds that you normally witness in other cruises. While we were a little disappointed on the entertainment level, we recommend the Crown Princess and God willing, we will be back to enjoy another cruise in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
What follows is purely opinion. Nothing should be construed as a statement of fact. This was our first ever cruise. We wanted a short cruise to see if we liked cruising at all and if we would get seasick. It was freezing in NJ so we ... Read More
What follows is purely opinion. Nothing should be construed as a statement of fact. This was our first ever cruise. We wanted a short cruise to see if we liked cruising at all and if we would get seasick. It was freezing in NJ so we did this last minute to get warm, booked everything including air travel less than about 30 days before the sail. First, I had always heard that on today's modern cruise ships you don't feel the ocean. Lies, damn lies. From Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Turk there were waves. They had to close all the pools because of the water sloshing back and forth in the pools, 2-3 foot pool waves anyone, and sometimes it would escape the pool and splash on the deck. I and my wife were generally OK however we heard from various people that their roommate was laid up with seasickness. Because of what I learned about ship movement I would get the lowest cabin mid-ship. Also, there are 3 main dining rooms, same menu in each however, one is in the stern (aft). I would try to get into one of the midsection main dining rooms, less rocking while eating. FYI, my wife was getting her hair done for the formal night and there was a swell. She told me some of the staff fell down. FYI, on this particular cruise there was a nice mix of ages from 20 somethings to 80 year olds. A few preschoolers. Very few teenagers and school age children. We liked this. Overall I liked the ship. Decent number of pools and hot tubs, nice promenade that circled the ship however there were stairs to get to the front part of the promenade this might be a problem for some (except in bad weather they closed the stairs to the front), nicely decorated dining rooms, nice interior, ship not too large, nice number of entertainment venues (i.e. bars with musical entertainment or trivia contests), theatre was OK, there was also a disco in the top aft section. However, some of the activities like learning to play a steel drum were in an interior conference room. Dinning in the main dining room was OK. The food was OK and the service was really great. I did not have any out and out misses. Some days I liked the food better than others. I thought the equivalent was Ruby Tuesdays maybe a little better, my wife thought it was a definitely a step up from that. Again, not 5 star New York restaurant but definitely reasonable, especially for what we paid (got a last minute dal for about $100 per person per day that included port fees, taxes and gratuities). Did not particularly care for the buffet. Generally we ate in a MDR for breakfast and dinner when we could and embarkation day we also made it on in time for lunch in the MDR. We scored a great table for 2 (table 132 in Botticelli MDR). The only problem is that because we booked so late we only got a 5:30 seating which was just a tiny bit early. One last thing about the Botticelli, it can get noisy from the conversations at dinner, I think there may be too many hard reflecting surfaces. We dressed up for formal night (I did a Tux, most of the men did dark suits or similar). In general the wait staff wore different outfits each day. There were fresh flowers on the table. Our wait staff remembered our drinks. The head waiter stopped by our table once or twice during the cruise. Generally nice little touches that made dining in the MDR an experience. Also ate pizza near one of the pools. Pizza was decent. I prefer ultra-thin crust NY style however the pizza on board was definitely acceptable. On the pool level they also have a place for burgers, bratwurst, BBQ, grilled chicken. The burgers were good, so was the grilled chicken, I did not think the BBQ brisket was up to snuff. There was also an international cafe on deck 5 that is supposedly open 24 hours (was never up in the wee hours to test that). They had Paninis, salads, deserts, in the morning they had donuts (here you had to pay for coffee, did not try it). I generally liked the food at the international cafe. In general the coffee on the ship was mediocre, but I drank it, I will pretty much drink anything although I would prefer Jamaican Blue or good pure Hawaii Kona. There is a coffee card you can buy, on such a short trip (5 days) it was not worth it. Might give it a try on 7 days or longer. We did not try the pay for dining rooms. We pre-bought water which I thought was a good idea. We bought the soda package, I think we broke even, probably would do that again. We're not drinkers so it was cheaper to buy drinks and wine by the piece. They also had buy one drink get one for a dollar at select times of the day. The only true miss on the whole cruise was a basic margarita in the Wheel House bar, really bad, and they overcharged me a dollar or two. The entertainment was generally good. We went to two of the shows in the theatre. Something called Encore and another about the 70s. Liked those two shows. Not sure younger people would like the 70s show because they would not get it without living through the time period. There was a disco party up on the pool deck one night. That was fun, not sure what they would do if the weather was bad. They also had live musical entertainment in many of the bars/lounges and in the piazza. Really liked the string duo (woman playing cello and one playing violin). The steel drum guy was pretty good (he also taught the steel drum lesson) as well as the band that played at the various things like the disco party and last night balloon drop. The movie under the stars was also fun. I was disappointed in the Mardi Gras event. It could have been much better and should have been held in club fusion and not the piazza. The enrichment stuff was a little lacking. However we did like the steel drum lesson (will probably buy the same steel drum for our granddaughter that they use in class) and I liked the talk on how the ship operates that was given by a third mate. The star gazing was not great because it was a full moon so the stars were washed out. Can't really blame that on Princess, luck of the draw. FYI, they use a pre-recorded tape for part of the star gazing. I did not object to that but others might mind. Stumbled on a lawn bowls contest one day. I am sure it was in the daily newspaper (a must read) however did not see it. It was run by a very nice young woman from the cruise staff. She had an English (or maybe Australian) accent. I didn't win. Overall the service was great, dinning staff was excellent. Cruise director was a lot of fun. Port excursions. There is not that much to do on Grand Turk. I did do one of the snorkeling excursions, Horseshoe Reef and Round Cay. I hadn't gone snorkeling in a while so this was fun. FYI, the water was chilly, just not cold. The group that actually ran the excursion was I believe Chukka Caribbean Adventures. Very nice, I was very happy with it. However, I think you can find better snorkeling off the Florida Keys. The diving is probably wonderful because of the "wall" but I did not try that. We also did a bus excursion, The Grand Turk Experience. I thought it was interesting, some people might not. Again it is a very small Island. I believe that most tourists to Turks and Caicos go to the bigger island in the chain. We also walked up the beach to Jack's Shack for a drink. The Dominican Republic is bigger. Puerto Plata, is main the city near where the ship docked. Puerto Plata and vicinity is probably worth two days. We did the Heritage Puerto Plata with lunch excursion. It was OK. I don't like just sitting around the cruise port so this was a reasonable choice. You get to do a rum tasting at one of the distilleries (they call it a tour of the distillery but I think of it as really just a tasting and buying opportunity in comparison to what Wild Turkey does for a tour in Kentucky), we saw the fort, a small local museum, the town plaza. You get a taste of the local environment. If I were younger and in good shape I would have done the waterfall swim excursion, sounded great but a little too strenuous for me. Some of the other activities sounded nice but not enough time. They try to get you off the ship early on disembarkation day (i.e., by 8 or 9 AM) and our flight was not until 7 PM. We had a lot of time to kill. By the time we decided to do an excursion most of the tours were filled up. The one available was a short tour of Fort Lauderdale and a boat ride on the intercostal. It was fun. We started early so we had extra time on the bus so they did an impromptu stop near the beach so we could stretch our legs, walk on the beach, or pay a small fee and walk out on the fishing pier. I have been to Fort Lauderdale, I like the city and if our travel plans had worked out I would have stayed an extra night either before or after at the beach area. I thought the sales staff in the onboard jewelry stores were a little pushy. However, that is easy to avoid, just don't go in. Locally we stayed at the Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Plantation the night before sailing. They have a free shuttle from the airport and to the port. YOU NEED TO BOOK THE SHUTTLE TO THE PORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THE TIME SLOTS FILL UP FAST. Nice little hotel. Nice little outdoor pool and hot tub in the back. Walking distance to two shopping areas. The shopping areas have restaurants and one has a liquor store with a good wine selection if you want to buy wine for the cruise. We brought on two bottles. Embarkation and disembarkation went OK Overall I would go again, assuming food and service did not decline. I would just try to get a mid-section cabin. 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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