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Crown Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Crown Princess is as Good as Ever.

Review for Crown Princess to the Eastern Mediterranean
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Rotenmutts
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2012
Cabin: 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.

Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite with Balcony

Cabin S3

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 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.

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