Crown Princess Cruise Review by NJMD214
- Sail Date: April 2012
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
If you are a gambler, this is not the ship for you. The casino is small with only a few table games. If your children are looking for an arcade to spend some time in, the arcade room consists of 4-5 video games in a very small alcove. My nephew chose not to go to the kids camp for older children, but it seems the younger children on the ship were having fun.
The ceilings in the dining hall are low which may give one a slight claustraphobic feeling if you are looking for a more airy dining experience and with the low ceiling, the sound level is very loud (especially if there are children in the area).
The Movies Under the Stars experience was new. However the nights were cool and a bit breezy so blankets are offered with the lounge chairs.
On the plus side, the specialty restaurants were exceptional and well worth the cover charge. I would highly recommend Sabatinis and the Crown Grill. We tried to get a seat at the Chef's Table . "The Chef's Table is designed as a special treat for dining enthusiasts, and offers the rare opportunity to be welcomed into the inner sanctum of the ship's galley to enjoy a full evening of memorable sights, tastes and conversation hosted by the executive chef." You cannot make reservations ahead of time and must sign up ASAP once you board the ship as it only occurs on one day of the whole cruise and there is limited seating. We could not get a seat as we were on the waiting list but the specialty restaurants again were excellent.
The ports of call were the following:
Princess Cays - this is their private island. Definitely secure your excursions ahead of time. I would say this was our favorite stop.
Curacao - the ship is docked at the Mega Pier so there is a walk before you get to the main part of town. There are taxis and tours available at the pier area if you didn't get to book an excursion via the cruise line.
Aruba- many of the excursions were sold out before the cruise left Ft Lauderdale. We rented a minivan and drove about the island by ourselves so we did not feel rushed. Rentals are available at the pier as well so if you didn't rent a car online, they are there.
As a whole, it was one of our most low-key cruises.
Good location- on port side - near laundromat area so just a short walk down the hall if you need to do some laundry- cost $2 for wash and $2 for drying (uses quarters), and $2 to buy detergent-