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Now that I have returned home, took a nice long shower in a normal-sized tub,and visited my chiropractor I would like to give my impressions of my Crown Princess experience. First, I want to praise the crew and the passengers both with and with out medical training for working together to make sure everyone was okay. Many of the passengers knocked on cabin doors to make sure everyone was all right or to find out if they needed medical attention. When the need arose everybody worked as a team. The Crown is a beautiful ship, not glitzy but elegant. All the entertainment, shops and service restaurants are located on decks 5,6 and 7. The layout of the ship was good and convenient. There was good traffic flow. Due to the newness of the ship, many of the staff / crew were not familiar with the layout and amenities of the ship. The two production shows we saw were good. We also enjoyed the piano player in the Crooners Bar (along with 52 types of Martinis) as well as the one in Adagio. The country night was very disappointing,and the disco was ok. The entertainment around the pool was limited. The best entertainment we found was the Movies Under the Stars around one of the main pools. You could watch movies all day, while swimming. In the evening they covered the lounges, put out blankets and served popcorn. It was great fun to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show under the stars at midnight. Make sure you get to the pools early. Many people were hogging the better chair locations and then disappeared for hours. Some even took chairs in two locations and never used the chairs at all. Even though there was a 30 minute limit regarding unused chairs, it was not enforced. Children, for the most part, were well behaved and controlled by their parents. There are several pools and hot tubs around the ship. Santuary, which is a child free area charges $15:00 for each half day or around 4 hours. The food both in the dining room and the buffets were excellent. We also found that the dining staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. We did not eat in the two premium restaurants, Sabbitini's (Fine Italian)or Crown Grill (steaks and chops). We were thoroughly satisfied with the anytime dining in the Da Vinci and Michelangelo Dining Rooms. The charges in the premium restaurants ranged from $20.00 to $25.00 with an extra $7.00 if you want lobster. There was a wine and sushi bar (Vines). The sushi was limited in what was pre-made so you could not be sure how long it was sitting out. There was a $1.00 a piece charge. The international cafe served great cookies, sandwiches and certain desserts free of charge. There was a charge for gelato, ice cream and coffee/tea, unless you had it with dinner or during the buffet. Pizza was made fresh and tasted great. They had a grill that made fresh hot dogs(ok) and hamburgers(overcooked and tasted like hockey pucks). We took a cabin with a Balcony for the 1st time after 10 previous cruises. We were was very satisfied with the cabin. The exception was the shower. Who ever designed the shower should be shot, it was so tiny, that you had to be a contortionist or very creative to get clean. It was surprising that a cabin with so many comforts and amenities should have such a poorly designed shower. Excursions: We took the semisub/snorkeling in Grand Turk. Forget about it. Go have a drink and a Cheeseburger in Paradise at Margaritaville and have it while sitting in the pool. Ocho Rios, even though the excursion was poorly organized, the Dolphin Encounter/Dunns Falls are not to be missed. Just be careful of all the pushy locals and the drug pushers. Two teens from our cruise, got busted. At Grand Cayman don't miss the turtle farm and stingray swim. It was great hands on experience. All in all, other than an exciting end to the cruise, charging for some things that should have been included and little inconveniences here and there, it was a most enjoyable trip.

Crown Princess - Western Caribbean

Crown Princess Cruise Review by cowboyira

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Now that I have returned home, took a nice long shower in a normal-sized tub,and visited my chiropractor I would like to give my impressions of my Crown Princess experience. First, I want to praise the crew and the passengers both with and with out medical training for working together to make sure everyone was okay. Many of the passengers knocked on cabin doors to make sure everyone was all right or to find out if they needed medical attention. When the need arose everybody worked as a team.
The Crown is a beautiful ship, not glitzy but elegant. All the entertainment, shops and service restaurants are located on decks 5,6 and 7. The layout of the ship was good and convenient. There was good traffic flow. Due to the newness of the ship, many of the staff / crew were not familiar with the layout and amenities of the ship.
The two production shows we saw were good. We also enjoyed the piano player in the Crooners Bar (along with 52 types of Martinis) as well as the one in Adagio. The country night was very disappointing,and the disco was ok. The entertainment around the pool was limited. The best entertainment we found was the Movies Under the Stars around one of the main pools. You could watch movies all day, while swimming. In the evening they covered the lounges, put out blankets and served popcorn. It was great fun to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show under the stars at midnight. Make sure you get to the pools early. Many people were hogging the better chair locations and then disappeared for hours. Some even took chairs in two locations and never used the chairs at all. Even though there was a 30 minute limit regarding unused chairs, it was not enforced. Children, for the most part, were well behaved and controlled by their parents. There are several pools and hot tubs around the ship. Santuary, which is a child free area charges $15:00 for each half day or around 4 hours.
The food both in the dining room and the buffets were excellent. We also found that the dining staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. We did not eat in the two premium restaurants, Sabbitini's (Fine Italian)or Crown Grill (steaks and chops). We were thoroughly satisfied with the anytime dining in the Da Vinci and Michelangelo Dining Rooms. The charges in the premium restaurants ranged from $20.00 to $25.00 with an extra $7.00 if you want lobster.
There was a wine and sushi bar (Vines). The sushi was limited in what was pre-made so you could not be sure how long it was sitting out. There was a $1.00 a piece charge.
The international cafe served great cookies, sandwiches and certain desserts free of charge. There was a charge for gelato, ice cream and coffee/tea, unless you had it with dinner or during the buffet.
Pizza was made fresh and tasted great. They had a grill that made fresh hot dogs(ok) and hamburgers(overcooked and tasted like hockey pucks). We took a cabin with a Balcony for the 1st time after 10 previous cruises. We were was very satisfied with the cabin. The exception was the shower. Who ever designed the shower should be shot, it was so tiny, that you had to be a contortionist or very creative to get clean. It was surprising that a cabin with so many comforts and amenities should have such a poorly designed shower.
Excursions: We took the semisub/snorkeling in Grand Turk. Forget about it. Go have a drink and a Cheeseburger in Paradise at Margaritaville and have it while sitting in the pool. Ocho Rios, even though the excursion was poorly organized, the Dolphin Encounter/Dunns Falls are not to be missed. Just be careful of all the pushy locals and the drug pushers. Two teens from our cruise, got busted. At Grand Cayman don't miss the turtle farm and stingray swim. It was great hands on experience.
All in all, other than an exciting end to the cruise, charging for some things that should have been included and little inconveniences here and there, it was a most enjoyable trip.
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