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We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the night before the cruise and took a $20 cab ride to The Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel. It was unusually cold in southern Florida so walking the beach as planned was not possible. The restaurant in the hotel was very pricey...$13 for a burger...so we ate across the street at a fun little place across the street at the Days Inn. The room was comfortable and after a good night's sleep we were ready to start our adventure. We checked out just before 11am and got a cab ($12) right away to the dock, not far from our hotel. We were given a number and directed to sit in a certain area that corresponded to our number. By 11:45 our group was called and in just a few minutes we were on out way to the gangway. We avoided the long line for photographer and skipped ahead to get on the ship quicker. We were directed into an elevator and told our room was ready! We were shocked that we could see our room immediately...fastest, easiest embarkation ever! This is the first time we booked an inside cabin and I was nervous that it would be itty bitty. I was pleasantly surprised at the size... very roomy and well laid out. We had more than enough room for all our things (we pack light). On the downside the bed was lumpy and hard but we requested an egg crate topper right away and that helped. The linens were great and the feather pillows I requested were also comfy. The shower was small and did not have a detachable shower head but other than those complaints the room was quite nice. The ship was beautiful and sparking clean. The service was awesome. Our room steward Somnuek was wonderful granting all our requests immediately. We left notes for anything we needed and like magic it was there! Four fresh water pools, two in the center are rather large with hot tubs. The one with the movie screen over it (MUTS) is heated which was nice the first and last days which were cool. The superbowl played the first night but getting a seat was tough and the winds made it uncomfortable so we peeked in at it now and then. We missed the funny commercials because it was a satellite feed. We actually didn't make use of Movies Under the Stars much as we had seen most of the movies that were offered. We usually enjoy the big production shows on ships but were sorely disappointed in the shows on the Crown. The crowd on this ship was older and arrived in the theater very early to claim their seats. We had to go at least 30 min. early just to get a seat. We left early for each show out of boredom. The Motown show was lame, the Destination Anywhere show started off ok but then got weird...we couldn't follow the logic and left. Kimika (comedy/music act) was just ok. The entertainment on the piazza was nice. The do-wop group was fun and the violinist in the group Quadri was awesome! Not the usual Titanic Quartet you expect! The Karaoke was not very exciting like on other ships. The Princess Popstar search wasn't terribly exciting either even though there were some talented people on board. Carnival and Holland do a much better job with these things. The enrichment programs were mostly computer classes which didn't interest us at all. I attended a box making class which was nice. The pool games were funny but the trivia was not very exciting. The cruise director and staff were not very engaging. The entertainment largely disappointed. The video poker machines in the casino were tight and the smokers made it uncomfortable so we didn't gamble much. The food was good overall. We chose anytime dining and always arrived before 6:15 to be sure to get a seat. The dining rooms are hot and noisy and the service is slow. We had good table mates for the most part so we chatted while we waited. The beef dishes were tasteless and tough but we enjoyed the seafood dishes a lot. The lobster served at the second formal night was the best we have had on a ship. The dinner buffet was hit and miss. It has a theme each night and is rather small for a buffet. the breakfast and lunch buffets were better, bigger with more selections. The salad bar and homemade breads were great. The homemade icecream in he closed section of the buffet is offered for free from 3:30-4:30. The other ice cream is $1.5 in a large waffle cone. We tried the soft serve and found it to be more like ice milk. The pizza is good but we have great pizza in NY so we are picky. It was for a snack. We liked the chicken and shrimp salads and the gelato from the international cafe near the piazza(small charge for the gelato). Our first port was Princess Cay. The water was too cold for me but DH tried to snorkel...a few fish but too rough and cold to stay too long. We walked around, bought a small souvenir form a local vendor then returned to the ship. Tenders go back and forth constantly so there was no wait. St Maartin was warmer and sunny. We rented a car from Budget at the pier. We prefer to drive ourselves rather than pay for expensive shore trips. The roads were not good and too narrow to pull over to take aphoto or read the map. It was a harrowing experience to drive there. We finally made it to Orient beach on the French side and DH was surprised to find it was a nude beach! Apparently he didn't believe me when I told him about that when planning the trip! The water and sand are gorgeous! We walked the beach up and down then hopped back in the to tour the island. It is sort of desert like and not much to see. the lookout on the otherside has great views but no parking so we moved on. We had to park quite a distance form famous Front Street and walk 10 minutes to shop. We bought some homemade rum in painted bottles from the duty free and went back to the ship a bit early as it got really hot. We never found the snorkel spots I researched but the water was too rough anyway. I wouldn't rent a car again..expensive and rough driving. We rented a car in St. Thomas as well. Better roads but driving on the opposite side was weird. We stopped at Sapphire Beach...gorgeous water and good snorkeling. The weather was great and water was . I brought dog biscuits to feed the fish and an underwater case for my digital camera. It was amazing to see the fish swarming around eating right out of our hands! We got some great pics of fish. We moved onto Coki beach next for more good shore snorkeling. DH actually saw an octopus! The parking area is scary there and limited too. I heard you can park next door at coral work and walk down the stairs to the beach. We couldn't get a parking spot to shop downtown...what a mess that is! We found a store to buy diet coke at took the car back early. We bought some rum at the duty free on Crown Bay (port) and pored it into empty coke bottles to get it back on the ship. We ordered sliced limes from room service and enjoyed cocktails when we got back to our room. Our last port Grand Turk was cancelled due to rough sea conditions. There is bo bay so I guess this happens whenever the sea is rough. Our port charges were refunded. The seas were so rough the pools were closed as the water was sloshing right out of them! We chose to walk off with our luggage which you could do if you have no more than 2 bags each. Getting an elevator was impossible...we carried our luggage down 5 floors! I would go earlier next time to avoid the problem with the busy elevators (which are slow anyway!). We got off by 7:30 and got a cab right away. We were at the airport and checked in by 8:30 for a 11 am flight back to snow! Overall the cruise was nice and we will probably try another Princess ship again. We prefer Holland to Princess for food and entertainment.

winter escape on the crown princess

Crown Princess Cruise Review by paintingfool

Trip Details
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the night before the cruise and took a $20 cab ride to The Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel. It was unusually cold in southern Florida so walking the beach as planned was not possible. The restaurant in the hotel was very pricey...$13 for a burger...so we ate across the street at a fun little place across the street at the Days Inn. The room was comfortable and after a good night's sleep we were ready to start our adventure. We checked out just before 11am and got a cab ($12) right away to the dock, not far from our hotel. We were given a number and directed to sit in a certain area that corresponded to our number. By 11:45 our group was called and in just a few minutes we were on out way to the gangway. We avoided the long line for photographer and skipped ahead to get on the ship quicker. We were directed into an elevator and told our room was ready! We were shocked that we could see our room immediately...fastest, easiest embarkation ever!
This is the first time we booked an inside cabin and I was nervous that it would be itty bitty. I was pleasantly surprised at the size... very roomy and well laid out. We had more than enough room for all our things (we pack light). On the downside the bed was lumpy and hard but we requested an egg crate topper right away and that helped. The linens were great and the feather pillows I requested were also comfy. The shower was small and did not have a detachable shower head but other than those complaints the room was quite nice.
The ship was beautiful and sparking clean. The service was awesome. Our room steward Somnuek was wonderful granting all our requests immediately. We left notes for anything we needed and like magic it was there! Four fresh water pools, two in the center are rather large with hot tubs. The one with the movie screen over it (MUTS) is heated which was nice the first and last days which were cool. The superbowl played the first night but getting a seat was tough and the winds made it uncomfortable so we peeked in at it now and then. We missed the funny commercials because it was a satellite feed. We actually didn't make use of Movies Under the Stars much as we had seen most of the movies that were offered. We usually enjoy the big production shows on ships but were sorely disappointed in the shows on the Crown. The crowd on this ship was older and arrived in the theater very early to claim their seats. We had to go at least 30 min. early just to get a seat. We left early for each show out of boredom. The Motown show was lame, the Destination Anywhere show started off ok but then got weird...we couldn't follow the logic and left. Kimika (comedy/music act) was just ok. The entertainment on the piazza was nice. The do-wop group was fun and the violinist in the group Quadri was awesome! Not the usual Titanic Quartet you expect! The Karaoke was not very exciting like on other ships. The Princess Popstar search wasn't terribly exciting either even though there were some talented people on board. Carnival and Holland do a much better job with these things. The enrichment programs were mostly computer classes which didn't interest us at all. I attended a box making class which was nice. The pool games were funny but the trivia was not very exciting. The cruise director and staff were not very engaging. The entertainment largely disappointed. The video poker machines in the casino were tight and the smokers made it uncomfortable so we didn't gamble much. The food was good overall. We chose anytime dining and always arrived before 6:15 to be sure to get a seat. The dining rooms are hot and noisy and the service is slow. We had good table mates for the most part so we chatted while we waited. The beef dishes were tasteless and tough but we enjoyed the seafood dishes a lot. The lobster served at the second formal night was the best we have had on a ship. The dinner buffet was hit and miss. It has a theme each night and is rather small for a buffet. the breakfast and lunch buffets were better, bigger with more selections. The salad bar and homemade breads were great. The homemade icecream in he closed section of the buffet is offered for free from 3:30-4:30. The other ice cream is $1.5 in a large waffle cone. We tried the soft serve and found it to be more like ice milk. The pizza is good but we have great pizza in NY so we are picky. It was for a snack. We liked the chicken and shrimp salads and the gelato from the international cafe near the piazza(small charge for the gelato).
Our first port was Princess Cay. The water was too cold for me but DH tried to snorkel...a few fish but too rough and cold to stay too long. We walked around, bought a small souvenir form a local vendor then returned to the ship. Tenders go back and forth constantly so there was no wait.
St Maartin was warmer and sunny. We rented a car from Budget at the pier. We prefer to drive ourselves rather than pay for expensive shore trips. The roads were not good and too narrow to pull over to take aphoto or read the map. It was a harrowing experience to drive there. We finally made it to Orient beach on the French side and DH was surprised to find it was a nude beach! Apparently he didn't believe me when I told him about that when planning the trip! The water and sand are gorgeous! We walked the beach up and down then hopped back in the to tour the island. It is sort of desert like and not much to see. the lookout on the otherside has great views but no parking so we moved on. We had to park quite a distance form famous Front Street and walk 10 minutes to shop. We bought some homemade rum in painted bottles from the duty free and went back to the ship a bit early as it got really hot. We never found the snorkel spots I researched but the water was too rough anyway. I wouldn't rent a car again..expensive and rough driving. We rented a car in St. Thomas as well. Better roads but driving on the opposite side was weird. We stopped at Sapphire Beach...gorgeous water and good snorkeling. The weather was great and water was . I brought dog biscuits to feed the fish and an underwater case for my digital camera. It was amazing to see the fish swarming around eating right out of our hands! We got some great pics of fish. We moved onto Coki beach next for more good shore snorkeling. DH actually saw an octopus! The parking area is scary there and limited too. I heard you can park next door at coral work and walk down the stairs to the beach. We couldn't get a parking spot to shop downtown...what a mess that is! We found a store to buy diet coke at took the car back early. We bought some rum at the duty free on Crown Bay (port) and pored it into empty coke bottles to get it back on the ship. We ordered sliced limes from room service and enjoyed cocktails when we got back to our room.
Our last port Grand Turk was cancelled due to rough sea conditions. There is bo bay so I guess this happens whenever the sea is rough. Our port charges were refunded. The seas were so rough the pools were closed as the water was sloshing right out of them!
We chose to walk off with our luggage which you could do if you have no more than 2 bags each. Getting an elevator was impossible...we carried our luggage down 5 floors! I would go earlier next time to avoid the problem with the busy elevators (which are slow anyway!). We got off by 7:30 and got a cab right away. We were at the airport and checked in by 8:30 for a 11 am flight back to snow!
Overall the cruise was nice and we will probably try another Princess ship again. We prefer Holland to Princess for food and entertainment.
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