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Greetings, My wife and myself have taken many cruises before this one. Our embarkation point was San Juan, Pr. We booked our flight ourselves and saved a ton on money by doing this. We flew in acouple of days before and stayed at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan. What a great place. On Saturday April 21 ( our sailing day) we arrived at the pier at 12:30 as our check out time was 12:00. Upon arrival by taxi ($16.00) we noticed a very long line of passengers all the way to the street. A very pushy porter offer to take ours 3 days to the baggage area and we said thanks and gave him our bags he was very adamant about receiving a tip, so we gave him $3.00 for the bags. We thought take he would have to take them all the way down to the building and drop them off but little did we know he took them 15 feet and dropped them off to a big bin that was hidden behind the pillars. I was so mad. I could have done that. Upon arriving at the first check point, we were asked for our tickets. I told the lady that we never got them for this was princess new way of doing things (electronic ticketing) she had to look up our names on some list and finally found them. After arriving at the next check point we were separated by which floor we were booked in that line was also long. So much for the precheck in on line. After 1 hour and 10 minutes of waiting we got to the check in counter. After getting our documents in order we preceded to wait in another line to go thru security and that took some time. Well after close to 2 hours later we finally got on board. We were directed to go to the elevator to the Aloha deck and to our room. After entering our room, boy was it small. I forgot to mention that we had my brother in law was with us and he was staying in our room he is 6'2". Nobody mention to use take the balcony was going to be small ( 2 chairs and a small table) and also that the bathroom was also small. I am 6'1" 220lb. and my wife is 5'7" about 160. well the bathroom was small did i mention the bathroom was really small. The standing joke was lather the walls and them just spin around. the shower head was stationery this made shaving your legs very difficult i was told. Well enough about that. the beds were not a luxurious as i was told to believe. the over head bunk that my brother in law choose to take was meant for a short person for his legs hung over the edge. After lunch we took a tour about the ship and noticed the lay out was very strange but we managed. With all the dining options we had a hard time deciding on were to eat and mostly eating at the buffet. We did enjoy the big screen movie screen outside and took advantage of that. We did not see any shows for our diner time was around 7 and the show started at 8;30 and 10;00. The on board shore excursions were very expensive so we opt to do our own thing by hiring a taxi. disembarkation was such a hassle also for we had a 1:00 flight and got a early tag to disembark which turned out to be 10:30 and was we were not the first ones out. the disembarkation started at 8:15. So much for getting that special privilege. Overall it was a decent cruise but we all was disappointed from all the reviews we had read stating how wonderful this cruise was.

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Crown Princess Cruise Review by George from Olymia

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Greetings, My wife and myself have taken many cruises before this one. Our embarkation point was San Juan, Pr. We booked our flight ourselves and saved a ton on money by doing this. We flew in acouple of days before and stayed at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan. What a great place. On Saturday April 21 ( our sailing day) we arrived at the pier at 12:30 as our check out time was 12:00. Upon arrival by taxi ($16.00) we noticed a very long line of passengers all the way to the street. A very pushy porter offer to take ours 3 days to the baggage area and we said thanks and gave him our bags he was very adamant about receiving a tip, so we gave him $3.00 for the bags. We thought take he would have to take them all the way down to the building and drop them off but little did we know he took them 15 feet and dropped them off to a big bin that was hidden behind the pillars. I was so mad. I could have done that.
Upon arriving at the first check point, we were asked for our tickets. I told the lady that we never got them for this was princess new way of doing things (electronic ticketing) she had to look up our names on some list and finally found them. After arriving at the next check point we were separated by which floor we were booked in that line was also long. So much for the precheck in on line. After 1 hour and 10 minutes of waiting we got to the check in counter. After getting our documents in order we preceded to wait in another line to go thru security and that took some time. Well after close to 2 hours later we finally got on board. We were directed to go to the elevator to the Aloha deck and to our room. After entering our room, boy was it small. I forgot to mention that we had my brother in law was with us and he was staying in our room he is 6'2". Nobody mention to use take the balcony was going to be small ( 2 chairs and a small table) and also that the bathroom was also small. I am 6'1" 220lb. and my wife is 5'7" about 160. well the bathroom was small did i mention the bathroom was really small. The standing joke was lather the walls and them just spin around. the shower head was stationery this made shaving your legs very difficult i was told. Well enough about that. the beds were not a luxurious as i was told to believe. the over head bunk that my brother in law choose to take was meant for a short person for his legs hung over the edge.
After lunch we took a tour about the ship and noticed the lay out was very strange but we managed. With all the dining options we had a hard time deciding on were to eat and mostly eating at the buffet. We did enjoy the big screen movie screen outside and took advantage of that. We did not see any shows for our diner time was around 7 and the show started at 8;30 and 10;00. The on board shore excursions were very expensive so we opt to do our own thing by hiring a taxi. disembarkation was such a hassle also for we had a 1:00 flight and got a early tag to disembark which turned out to be 10:30 and was we were not the first ones out. the disembarkation started at 8:15. So much for getting that special privilege. Overall it was a decent cruise but we all was disappointed from all the reviews we had read stating how wonderful this cruise was.
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