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Crown Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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2032 reviews
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Review for Crown Princess to the Southern Caribbean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Mar 2008
Cabin: Balcony

My husband I took our 1st cruise on the Crown Princess in March. We were thoroughly impressed! We flew into San Juan a day early and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. I wouldn't stay there for a week, but one night was okay. The room was small but we were hardly there. It was worth the savings. The ship was a beauty and check in was a breeze. We arrived shortly before Noon and we were in our room by 12:30. The boat was empty and we enjoyed exploring the ship. We had a balcony room on the Baja deck. It was fabulous!! Much more spacious than I expected. Plenty of storage and a great use of space. The only thing that annoyed me was in the shower, there was only a very small space for your shampoo, conditioner and bath gel. I brought my own so they were on the floor of the shower the entire time. I was a bit concerned about the beds after reading some of the reviews. I have a tempurpedic at home so I'm used to a great mattress. I must say bed was very comfortable. We requested an egg crate mattress and asked for a top sheet when we arrived. We also requested feather pillows. We had anytime dining and both dining rooms were great. I am an extremely picky eater so I was expecting good food, but not great. The food exceeded my expectations! We did try the Crown Grill. It was a good experience, but it's not something I would need to do again. We had burgers and pizza for lunches. Again, very good. We had breakfast in the buffet every morning except one. We did try the dining room one morning, the buffet was much better in our opinion. We had the Gelato in the International Cafe and the strawberry was fabulous! Definitely worth the $1.50 surcharge (for three scoops). They will give you 1 or 2 scoops for 50 cents each if you ask. We tried the free ice cream in the Caribe Cafe one afternoon and it was okay. They had fresh cookies and milk at the pool and at the International Cafe everyday at 4pm. We did see some entertainment, but both my husband and I came down with colds so we didn't do as much as we hoped. BRING AIRBORNE and a lot of it. I brought one tube and it lasted 2 days (maybe). We couldn't find it on the islands so we were paying $2.59 per tablet in the gift shop! We spent over $60 for airborne on the ship! But I gladly paid it... We did see the piano player in the martini bar for two nights. He was very good. We also went to see the marriage game. That was hysterical! Get there early to get a seat. Our 1st stop was Tortola and we did a half day trip with Patouche. You arrive by boat and snorkel to the island, and then walk/crawl through the baths and get some beach time. We had rum punch on the way back to Tortola. A great trip and well worth the $80pp. Our 2nd day was Antigua. We went to Runaway Bay which is a small, secluded beach. It was beautiful! The pictures are amazing! Our 3rd stop was St Lucia and we did a tour with Cosol Tours. The trip was $50 pp and included all admission fees, food stops, drink stops (which included rum punch and piton beer). This is one of the best tours I have been on. We went to a banana plantation, live volcano, beach near the pitons, waterfall and botanical gardens, and many great picture stops. I would highly recommend his tour! Our 4th stop was Barbados and we went to Accra Beach. It was beautiful and the waves were great! We rented 2 chairs and an umbrella for $20 for the day. We were going to go to the Boatyard, but it was so loud. Our taxi driver let some people out there but we decided to go to the other beach. I'm so glad we did. Our 5th stop was St Thomas. Our intention was to go to St Johns but that entails taking a taxi to a ferry and then another taxi once you are on St John. We were tired so we opted for Megan's Bay instead. What a beautiful beach! The service on the ship was fabulous and our steward did an excellent job. Never did I feel as though he "imposed" upon us. Our room was always meticulous. Disembarkation seemed a little unorganized. There were too many people looking for there luggage at the same time. Once we got our luggage we left the terminal and promptly boarded the bus to the airport. We paid $15 pp to do the "Express check in" with Princess. They print your boarding passes and take your luggage before you get to the bus. You don't see it again until you arrive home! My husband and I had a fabulous trip and cannot wait to take another cruise. Definitely with Princess! We don't have children and if your looking to take small children on a Princess cruise, there were very few on the boat. There were a fair amount of teenagers and meet a couple with a teen daughter and she was having a blast. There were 3100 passengers on the boat and it never crowded. I hope this review helps you. Happy Cruising!

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