This was our third time on the Crown Princess, fifth on Princess, and eighth overall. The charm of this cruise is the incredible port and tour selection. The itinerary was changed because of a general strike in Athens on our port day so Athens and Santorini were switched. Many tours on this cruise require a lot of walking over uneven surfaces and climbing many steps so choose tours carefully. This is also a get-in-shape cruise as I ended up losing a little weight. With seven port days in a row with extensive tours, it can be tiring before having two recuperating days at sea. There was a concern about an outbreak of norovirus on Day 2, but it seems to have been some cases of overeating. Unfortunately some people still ignored the hand sanitizer stations throughout the cruise. In addition to the ports and tours, the biggest plus of the cruise was that all 12 days were sunny and warm with no rough seas. Special Note: Make sure to be on deck for the cruise through main channel in Venice and through the strait of Messina for beautiful views.
Ship. The Crown has had a recent makeover and is spotlessly clean. The public areas are well laid out and you can always find a quiet spot for some reading. For photo-taking such as the cruise along Venice and the Strait of Messina, head to the rear of the ship as the bow area is just packed. The rails by the putting area are the highest points on the ship and were not crowded.
Cabin. Aloha deck, outside starboard, mid-ship. Tidy and efficient but with only one set of electrical plugs, so bring and extension cord or multi-plug for charging cameras, iPads, etc. On all previous cruises, we had been on the port side which did cause some quick changes in direction and we found this to be quite funny after awhile.
A431. Standard outside cabin on starboard side near mid-ship. Convenient as it was across from the laundry station. Nice, comfortable layout, and relative quiet. Small balcony. Clean. Only two electrical outlets on the far wall.
The highlight of the tour was the visit to the original site of the Olympics. This tour requires lots of walking but was mostly over level grounds and was quite shady. Very informative tour and we were lucky to be among the first groups to enter the grounds. This is one of those places with an overwhelming sense of history.