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Crown Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Crown Princess Cruise Review by toyota73

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2008
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite with Balcony

Overall a great cruise. Had great weather. Only rained one day before we boarded in Copenhagen. Excellent service. Was upgraded from inside to outside cabin. You can no longer buy liquor in duty free shop on ship and bring it to your room so bring some on in your bag. On cheap side, we made a sandwich from the buffet for lunch for the many day stops. Bring baggies. Excellent shows. Get to them early because theater is standing room only several nights. Comedian Hughes excellent, very funny.

No tour required in most stops except for transport in Gdansk and tour of St. Petersburg. Sure would be helpful in all places for ship to provide minimal amount of currency just for bathrooms. That would be great touch. Otherwise hotels and museums are best option to find wcs. This cruise was novel for us given different currency required in each port. Value of dollar so low did not spend much off ship.

Memories: beautiful Gydnia, and sculpture park in Oslo, Church of Blood in St. Petersburg and fountain park there, cathedral and russian church in Helsinki.

Complaints: It is not right for Princess to have 5 or 6 gates for Princess tours and only one for all others in Saint Petersburg. I don't know if Princess bought off Russian immigration but it left a foul taste to be treated as we were there. The customs situation should be the same for everyone. Princess tour people should not be treated preferentially. We tried to change lines but a guy in military fatigues told us to return to the independent outside tour lines. Alot of people moved with us in the attempt. I would suggest to others that they ignore the Princess tour sign from the get go and get in that line right away. I think the guy in the fatigues was a Princess stooge. Just a guess. We heard afterwards that others had no problem doing this; we were too conspicuous.

Line leaving to independent bus and returning at Stockholm was ridiculous. Then told to move to another line that was much longer when lines were split. Not right. Sometimes it was difficult to find seat in Buffet. Alot of people just don't leave after finishing and it being cold, or cool out, few were eating outside. Contesting amount of tip process also ridiculous. Have to meet at certain time to reduce tips - come on. That alone is reason to reduce tips.

Movie under the stars never used in Baltic - early cruise too cold. They should route signal to rooms to improve tv options that were very limited. Problems with signal throughout cruise.

Minor complaint about people using lcd screens to take pictures during shows. Very inconsiderate. Take pictures the old way without flash and without lcd if you have to but think of others behind you before using the lcd in a dark theater.

Otherwise very impressed with cruise. Great food and entertainment.


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