Crown Princess Cruise Review by voyager Pyoter
- Sail Date: July 2006
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
EMBARKATION- The embarkation process at Red Hook was a breeze, and perhaps the quickest and most efficient that I have ever experienced. The process was very easy and we were on the ship in no time.
STATEROOMS- When we first walked onto the ship we were greeted by crew members who were very welcoming. We went to our stateroom to be warmly greeted by our stateroom attendant Geoffrey. The indoor stateroom on this ship is slightly bigger with the addition of the little hallway to the right when walking into the room. Since we had 4 in the room, when the 2 bunk beds came down one bed was not able to see the television. The air condition took a long time to get the room cold. The shower seemed to be smaller than other ships. The water pressure is decent, and there is an easy temperature control for the water in the shower. The pillows are very comfortable. The first night we heard a horrible noise the entire night. It sounded like a whale was stuck in the hall and couldn't move. We complained and we were told it was the exhaust pipes, they fixed it and gave us a tray of chocolates. How noble.
SERVICE- The cabin steward was excellent. As were the waiters Pachinai and Alex. The crew on the pool deck working the buffet and outside by the pools are very friendly and polite. Some workers in the shop stand there looking confused and dazed. They get annoyed if you ask questions. The workers at the International Cafe are rude. They get mad and bothered if you ask for more than one sandwich. Some people at pursers desk are nasty. Casino workers are rude and arrogant and think they work for the FBI. Crew was working very hard to maintain and keep ship clean.
SHIP- The ship is very nice and clean. The decor is elegant and relaxed, not busy like Carnival ships. However the layout of the ship is very stupid. In order to get to the dining room, you need to go up a deck walk around go back down.. very confusing and causes inconvenience. The elevators are the slowest elevators in the world. You can never get one, and when you do they are full. There are 6 elevators in the middle of the ship. Only 4 were used. One day water was dripping down through one of the elevators, and much of an area on deck 11 was covered in water. The crew said it was the 2nd time this happened, because a roof pipe leaks. That same day, another elevator broke down, leaving 2 elevators for use in the middle of the ship.
POOLS AND PUBLIC ROOMS- There are many pools on the ship. The 2 main pools are crowded, with one being located under the large screen that they show movies on, and the other where they play music and pool games. There is a swim against the current pool in the front of ship which was nice.. and some puddle of a pool in the back of the ship. Youth security did a good job of stopping kids from jumping all over the place. The doors that require you to push a button aren't automatic and don't sense when someone is there. Be careful as they are strong and tended to smash against people.
FOOD- We had a problem with seating. We were a party of ten and they gave us a table of 6 and a table of 4. They claimed that they didn't have any tables of ten in Boticelli (Traditional Dining) and were going to throw us into the freestyle dining, which we don't like. We kept the table of 6 and 4, but we were lied to because Boticelli had several tables of ten. Portuguese maitre d' becomes your best friend on the last few days because he wants to get more tips. The food was very bad, and of poor quality. The buffet area had nothing appealing. Some things were good, but overall the taste of the food was inconsistent. The meat was hard and tasted like liver. The Fetttucine Alfredo is very good. The best food they have are the burgers, pizza and fries. The sandwiches at the International Cafe are also good. They have chocolate chip cookies which are good, but they had those for a day. When you ask for chocolate chip they workers growl at you and make faces. We often ordered chicken fingers as an appetizer at dinner because everything else was not good. Don't even bother ordering a desert because even the ice cream was horrible. By far the worst food I ever had on all the cruises I have been on.
ENTERTAINMENT- The Cruise Director was quite boring. He would come out make an announcement and disappear. Assistant Cruise Director was just as obnoxious. The Princess theater is WAY TOO SMALL for the amount of people on board. People often complained about reserving seats. You need to get there about an hour before showtime to get a seat. The International Show was excellent. Bingo was very crowded and staff didn't care if there was still a long line to buy cards. They started regardless and would be annoyed. Not much nightlife since all they want you to do is gamble. Very cunning in some ways. Movies under the stars is a nice idea. They show movies during the day. The movies at night are the same ones that they show on tv in your stateroom. The popcorn they give out is freshly popped but still tastes 6 months old. It has no butter or salt. But they give you some old can of salt to toss into to give the popcorn some flavor.
PORTS- Grand Turk is very nice. Go to Margaritaville. They have a nice pool, since beach is small. We didn't go to Puerto Rico due to Tropical Storm Chris, instead we went to La Romana, Dominican Republic which was beautiful. It rained in St. Thomas so we just shopped. Bermuda was gorgeous. We went to Horseshoe Bay, which was a beautiful beach.
Overall- This wasn't a bad cruise but it wasn't amazing. The food and entertainment stink. Princess is sneaky and makes up stories to get you to spend money. Some crew friendly, others mean and nasty. Overall this cruise wasn't as great as expected. For a new ship some things are broken, such as elevators and leaky pipes. If the food and entertainment were better, the cruise would have been almost perfect, but these 2 things dragged it down a lot.
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