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We all flew into Ft Lauderdale from different places the day before the cruise. Stayed at the Marriott Courtyard cruiseport location. Hotel was very nice and located next to the Bass Pro Shop but nothing else around so restaurants were no where to be found with in walking distance. The Hotel took us to the cruise terminal 11 am and after a short wait we were able to board a little early and considering the huge crowd it went pretty smooth. Of course the first thing you do is find your room {our was a balcony} pretty small compared to the prior cruises we had been on. Baja deck #11. We seen an inside room and it was the same size so not much of an upgrade for the money difference. The Tv was 32" flat screen but most channels were about the cruise ship and any other programs were played over and over and over, no NBC CBS ABC or National News. We thought most activities were pretty lame for us, scrap booking, Crafts, The huge outside Big Screen was nice but all the activities and big screen were on deck 15 along with the pools, buffet, ice cream pizza, and of course that's where everyone was so you always had to fight the crowd. If you wanted a hamburger,pizza,or anything from the buffet you were in a line 40 people deep. All the food served was barely warm at best and by the time you found a seat it was cold, as seating was limited because of so many people and so little space. On a positive note the coffee was Hot! Of course the ship had plenty of bars and a wait staff always trying to get you a drink but at $3.95 + tax and 15% tip a beer cost you $4.75 and if you had a small Mai-Tai it was $7.76 so needless to say you were either sober or broke. You could buy a soda package for $4.95 + tax and 15% gratuity that = $68.43 for both of us and that was for fountain drinks only, any juice was extra. We did not go to any of the Pay Additional Money restaurants as we were so disappointed with the food so far we weren't going to pay additional for more disappointment. The included sit down restaurants were just OK. I am sure it is a challenge to have food prepared for so many but that's what they are charging for. Most of the food had good presentation but was really lacking in flavor as it appears they do not use spices on this ship. Steaks were of poor quality and very tough. We love to cook and enjoy great food and all of the food on this ship was very disappointing. A couple that took their children were very disappointed in the activities and after 1 day the kids did did not want to go back. Shore excursions that we took we pretty good. But we do believe that Princess Cruise Lines gets some kind of kick back as they push real hard for you to deal with Diamonds International and a few companies that are very pricey. Entertainment! Well they had a comic, juggler and a magician that were all pretty good, but allot of trivia and karaoke that is cheep entertainment and went on nightly and got old quick. Most of the music played around the boat was fair to poor at best. Public restrooms are few and far in-between and well hidden and hard to find. Looking at other reviews on this Crown Princess before writing mine I see where others mention also that THIS BOAT HAS A BAD VIBRATION that will drive you nuts. Unless you are docked. We did have a few positive things to say, We had plenty of hot water, hot coffee. Our room Stewart Sandi was great, as we did not want for anything when it came to him. And he was rewarded in person for a job well done. Disembarkation went well and was probably one of the best things that happened to us. GETTING US OFF THIS SORRY EXCUSE OF A BOAT THAT RUINED OUR VACATION. Thank god we went with friends so we could enjoy them. I hope this little bit of info will help you make a better decision when choosing what cruise you go on. And if it's not Princess Cruise Lines then the time I took to write this for myself and my friends was well worth it. Don,Rose,Al,JoAnn

Review from 12 that will never cruise with Princess again!

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Old Folks 55

Trip Details
We all flew into Ft Lauderdale from different places the day before the cruise. Stayed at the Marriott Courtyard cruiseport location. Hotel was very nice and located next to the Bass Pro Shop but nothing else around so restaurants were no where to be found with in walking distance.
The Hotel took us to the cruise terminal 11 am and after a short wait we were able to board a little early and considering the huge crowd it went pretty smooth.
Of course the first thing you do is find your room {our was a balcony} pretty small compared to the prior cruises we had been on. Baja deck #11. We seen an inside room and it was the same size so not much of an upgrade for the money difference. The Tv was 32" flat screen but most channels were about the cruise ship and any other programs were played over and over and over, no NBC CBS ABC or National News.
We thought most activities were pretty lame for us, scrap booking, Crafts, The huge outside Big Screen was nice but all the activities and big screen were on deck 15 along with the pools, buffet, ice cream pizza, and of course that's where everyone was so you always had to fight the crowd. If you wanted a hamburger,pizza,or anything from the buffet you were in a line 40 people deep. All the food served was barely warm at best and by the time you found a seat it was cold, as seating was limited because of so many people and so little space. On a positive note the coffee was Hot!
Of course the ship had plenty of bars and a wait staff always trying to get you a drink but at $3.95 + tax and 15% tip a beer cost you $4.75 and if you had a small Mai-Tai it was $7.76 so needless to say you were either sober or broke. You could buy a soda package for $4.95 + tax and 15% gratuity that = $68.43 for both of us and that was for fountain drinks only, any juice was extra.
We did not go to any of the Pay Additional Money restaurants as we were so disappointed with the food so far we weren't going to pay additional for more disappointment. The included sit down restaurants were just OK. I am sure it is a challenge to have food prepared for so many but that's what they are charging for. Most of the food had good presentation but was really lacking in flavor as it appears they do not use spices on this ship. Steaks were of poor quality and very tough. We love to cook and enjoy great food and all of the food on this ship was very disappointing.
A couple that took their children were very disappointed in the activities and after 1 day the kids did did not want to go back.
Shore excursions that we took we pretty good. But we do believe that Princess Cruise Lines gets some kind of kick back as they push real hard for you to deal with Diamonds International and a few companies that are very pricey.
Entertainment! Well they had a comic, juggler and a magician that were all pretty good, but allot of trivia and karaoke that is cheep entertainment and went on nightly and got old quick. Most of the music played around the boat was fair to poor at best.
Public restrooms are few and far in-between and well hidden and hard to find.
Looking at other reviews on this Crown Princess before writing mine I see where others mention also that THIS BOAT HAS A BAD VIBRATION that will drive you nuts. Unless you are docked.
We did have a few positive things to say, We had plenty of hot water, hot coffee. Our room Stewart Sandi was great, as we did not want for anything when it came to him. And he was rewarded in person for a job well done.
Disembarkation went well and was probably one of the best things that happened to us. GETTING US OFF THIS SORRY EXCUSE OF A BOAT THAT RUINED OUR VACATION. Thank god we went with friends so we could enjoy them. I hope this little bit of info will help you make a better decision when choosing what cruise you go on. And if it's not Princess Cruise Lines then the time I took to write this for myself and my friends was well worth it.
Don,Rose,Al,JoAnn
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Balcony is same size as an inside room !! not worth the pricey upcharge
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