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Crown Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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2,116 Reviews

Crown Princess is as Good as Ever.

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Rotenmutts

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2012
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite with Balcony

The Crown is the oldest of the triplets and being 6 years old, she is still in great shape. We originally were in a mini-suite but was offered and upgrade to the second largest suite on the ship for less than $700. The extras you get with the suite are fantastic if you don't overpay for the privilege.

Embarkation would have been easier if they had the luggage drop somewhere near the People Mover from Venice instead of at the wrong end of the ship.

The suite was to die for. We like the balconies on the Caribe deck on our other cruises because they are so big but this one was at the rear of the ship and stretched one quarter the way across the back. Free minibar, jacuzzi tub plus big shower, 2 TVs with DVD and movie library, fresh flowers and canapes, and free dry cleaning and a steward who earned his sizable extra tip.

Dining was better than last trip on the Emerald. Although I was a little disappointed with the Crown Grill, the MDR was good every night and if we wanted to order from that menu, we did and it was delivered promptly. The best perk was eating breakfast in Sabatini's every morning we chose with our wonderful waiter Fabio from Italy. We used room service only one morning because of a early tour and it was on time and warm.

The shows we're pretty good and considering most of the passengers were English speaking ( Aussies, NZers, Canadians, Americans and Brits), the Staff had comedians of various accents to entertain us. As on many cruises lately, the traffic in the casino seems to be down big time.

The service throughout the ship has actually improved over the years--absolutely outstanding this time in every category.


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Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite with Balcony
Cabin S3 C749

The suite had only two flaws and that was the vibration because the Curacao Suite is on the 10th floor at the very back facing the stern and second, the lighting in the washroom half was quite dim for shaving and makeup. Otherwise, worth every dime extra I paid for it.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Dubrovnik

Pretty place as we have been there before but this was a Sunday and only one other ship was in. What a zoo. Don't take the ship's buses. The city's bus station is just outside the gate and even a taxi for 2 is cheaper than those overcrowded buses.

Katakolon (Olympia)

Sadly they replaced Rhodes with this place. Unless you want to pay a lot to see the original "Olympic field" then tacky shopping is all you have in this little place.

Santorini

Get off early-this place can get crowded but it is drop dead gorgeous. Forget the tours. Take a cable car up 2000' and head to Oia for the early morning. The views are unreal with their white exterior on the edge of the Caldera cliffs. The belvedere walks in Fira are stunning. The food and wine are excellent. Only problem was getting down, with 3 ships anchored in the volcano, the lineup at the gondola down was a bit long so we took the donkey. Don't buy a round trip on the gondola because the donkeys are only a euro more but may save you an hours wait. At the duty free near the tender at the bottom on the way back you can pick up a bottle or two of Santorini's fabulous wine. No kidding, this place makes one of the finest whites in Europe at a very reasonable 6.5 euros.

Mykonos

Its like Santorini without the scenery. The usual bus ripoff. Cute little town so try to make it through Little Venice to the windmills and relax at a cafe for a bit.

Athens (Piraeus)

We've been here before and just about killed ourselves to see all the great sites you must see once because you figure you will never be back. This time we arrived on 'free museum' day so spent our time browsing the some great museums. There is one with Greece's best bronzes within waking distance of the port in Piraeus.

Monastery of the Virgin Mary

Overcrowded (45 people) bus which started before the sun came up went to the other side of Corfu and then to Old Town for a few hours. Monastery was really interesting but I was reminded why I hate ship's tours.

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Ephesus

The tour was fabulous as was Ephesus itself. This tour was half the cost of the ship's and returned in plenty of time. Last time (6 years ago) we took the ship's tour with 45 of our closest friends but this time with a small bus and only 8 other people we saw so much more and the guide was a real professional. SO MUCH BETTER. Pretty little town too and very safe.

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Sorrento

Naples is a bit of a grubby city and the great Archeological Museum was closed on Tuesdays but a quick train ride to Sorrento or high-speed ferry is worth the trip to this beautiful little cliff side town. Lots of interesting shops and cafes. Pompeii is the usual attraction here and should not be missed but avoid ship's tours here too because they are awful.

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