Second cruise on Crown Princess: Crown Princess Cruise Review by souxiequzy

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Second cruise on Crown Princess

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We were very pleased with our Crown Princess cruise 5 years ago. We travel with other couples every 5 years, and it was unanimous that we go on the Crown Princess again. This is a very nice ship, a larger category. Rooms are nice, plenty of storage and room to move around. Our Cabin was an obstructed ocean view, but we had great visibility.

Most impressive was there attention to detail in the dining room. Every aspect was above average, especially their willingness to accommodate my gluten free dietary needs. I had pre-registered my needs according to instructions at the Princess website. On day one, I checked with our waiter and the head waiter came to our table to introduce himself. Claudio was kind enough to come to our table every evening so that I could choose from the next day's menu what items I would like. This was also done for the days that the formal dining room (we were in the Da Vinci Dining Room) was open for lunch. I was even surprised with different More desserts each night.

We loved that attention to detail that our cabin steward provided. No, there are no towel animals now, but he was very attentive.

Entertainment for the most part was exceptional. There was only one evening that was less than desirable.

Be forewarned that Princess does not do a very good job describing their excursions when it comes to transportation. There is no warning about how long you will be traveling, whether you'll be in an old van or a nice newer bus, etc. Our travel companions were very disappointed in this aspect of the shore excursions.

LOVE the Movies Under The Stars and the fact that they played great movies everyday. Very recent, most of the Oscar nominated movies. They are also shown in the Theater and in the Cabins, which is a nice alternative. Appreciated the padded cushions, blankets and popcorn each night! Less

Published 05/03/12

Cabin review: OVE410 Oceanview (obstructed view)

Cabin E410, obstructed ocean view. Very pleased with room. It's the same size as the balcony rooms, has a very large window and instead of looking through a lifeboat, this cabin looks out around a white box structure. There was about 50% visibility. Very nice. Large easy-to-use safe, plenty of shelves and hanging space. Love the nightstands with drawers and a shelf. Two outlets at the desk instead of the usual one. Plenty of mirrors. Nice LCD TV.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This is our second time to Belize City, but we did not do much there. Plenty of shopping right where the tender drops you off. A couple of places to eat, and areas to cool off or avoid the rain. The tender ride is about 30 minutes. If the weather cooperates and you do some diving or snorkeling, this port would probably rate a 5+.

Having been to this port many times, both before and after hurricanes, we were pleasantly surprised and all the rebuilding that has taken place. There are now two docks for up to four ships to port and tendering downtown. A beautiful shopping/restaurant center has been built in both locations. There are several private beach clubs to choose from. Our friends really enjoyed Paradise Island (Isla Pasion) and we usually go to Playa Mia. Along with the shopping and dining, there is a really nice beach right there at the pier with lounge chairs and massages offered.
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We didn't do an excursion this trip, as we had been to this port a few times before. I think the highlights would be the tour that visits Hell and the Turtle Farm. Seven Mile Beach is beautiful and a nice place just to walk along the water. Don't bother with the 2-3 minute drive out of town. That is not the prettiest part of Seven Mile Beach. You can take a taxi for about a 10 minute drive to some really nice resort areas. Swimming with stingrays is also a great excursion. There is plenty to do and see right there in port also. Shopping and restaurants. This was a tender port.

Roatan has really changed since we were there several years ago. A dock/pier and shopping-eating complex similar to the one in Grand Turk has been built. It is very nice for those who do not want to do a shore excursion. You are docked right in Mahogany Bay, within walking distance (or, the ski lift) of a very nice beach. I think that there is a charge to actually use anything at that beach. We opted for a shore excursion to Tabyana Beach, a very nice private beach. That is also where one of the snorkeling excursions went via catamaran. We had a really nice lunch, plenty of shady or sunny lounge chairs, and the snorkeling was amazing right from the shore. There was a lot of equipment available for rent, ans well as some bouncy equipment in the water (for a fee). We heard that the drinks from the bar were very good also. They did provide each area with a security guard, which was a nice addition.
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