This review is written from the perspective of the independent traveler, and for those with particular interest in Jewish Heritage sites.
Comments on the Crown Princess: -Most everything was great. -Good use of our balconies, as our weather was surprisingly beautiful. Watched many sails in and away from the balcony -No alarm clock in cabin, and wake up calls were unreliable. -Had traditional dining, but "anytime dining" would have worked as well. For the "anytime dining" many people booked the same "table area" in order to get a particular waiter each night, either at the same time each evening, or at various times. -I am not a coffee drinker, but others complained that the coffee is terrible. Apparently they use "syrup" instead of coffee beans. The International Cafe on level 5 offers real coffee as well as cappuccinos for an up-charge. You can also purchase a "coffee card". This cafe also has lovely salads and sandwiches, which are free. Gelato is an extra charge, and so is the ice cream bar on the buffet level. -Internet on our voyage was almost useless!! It was totally down for the majority of the trip, and when there was a signal it was so slow, that we were hardly able to access the sites we needed. Lots of unhappy customers! We did ask for and got 50% reduction in our Internet package. Not a lot of time to spend on Internet in ports, but in Gdansk there is a great, fast, cheap internet place right off the main pedestrian street, which is DLUGA. If you are coming through the Golden Gate on Dluga, take your first left, and you will see a large yellow internet sign on the opposite side of the street. -did not get to many shows, but thought the comedian Kevin Hughes (on for 2 nights in Explorer Lounge - day of Helsinki, and day of Tallinn) was excellent! "White nights" are amazing- sun sets very late- 10:30 in some ports to even later in others. Sun rises as early as 3:30 am in some cities! Taxi back to airport- approx. $75 CAN- no problem getting a taxi, but it was Saturday. Walked off ship at 8:00 am.