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the ship itself is very nice, i liked the ports, the excursions, the coffee card, the soda package, the production shows are good, other performers were good, getting on and off was no problem, the buffet served our needs,our inside cabin was fine, decent size, the gym was good the big negative factor is the quality of the food in the dining room. we had late seating in the boticelli dining room. my wife eats healthy , she ordered the chicken breast which we figured would be a nce healthy grilled dish. when it came out, there was a small bone attached so right away i knew there was an issue. the chicken tasted like it was boiled, it actually had no taste. there were exactly 4 pieces of vegetables on it even though my wife asked for all vegetables. we asked for the head waiter who eventually obtained a larger dish of vegetables and every night thereafter, we had as many vegetables as we could eat courtesy of the head waiter, Miro who was very nice. my wife decided to try the fish dishes which were generally of poor quality. i am a meat and potatoes person so my meals were better but not wow better. one other item irked me, i checked my table the first day and saw we were sitting with a family of 4, 2 of which were children. my wife and i are in our 60s and really dont understand why they would do this. i told the maitre"d we wanted to sit with only adults which by the time we arrived for our seating, he had arranged but if i hadnt checked in the afternoon, who knows where we would be sitting this was my 5th princess cruise, some had good dishes for dinner, others havent it. princess needs to upgrade their food quality and have it consistent across all its ships.

Nice Ship; Food Not So Nice

Crown Princess Cruise Review by blustig77

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Interior
the ship itself is very nice, i liked the ports, the excursions, the coffee card, the soda package, the production shows are good, other performers were good, getting on and off was no problem, the buffet served our needs,our inside cabin was fine, decent size, the gym was good

the big negative factor is the quality of the food in the dining room. we had late seating in the boticelli dining room. my wife eats healthy , she ordered the chicken breast which we figured would be a nce healthy grilled dish. when it came out, there was a small bone attached so right away i knew there was an issue. the chicken tasted like it was boiled, it actually had no taste. there were exactly 4 pieces of vegetables on it even though my wife asked for all vegetables. we asked for the head waiter who eventually obtained a larger dish of vegetables and every night thereafter, we had as many vegetables as we could eat courtesy of the head waiter, Miro who was very nice.

my wife decided to try the fish dishes which were generally of poor quality. i am a meat and potatoes person so my meals were better but not wow better.

one other item irked me, i checked my table the first day and saw we were sitting with a family of 4, 2 of which were children. my wife and i are in our 60s and really dont understand why they would do this. i told the maitre"d we wanted to sit with only adults which by the time we arrived for our seating, he had arranged but if i hadnt checked in the afternoon, who knows where we would be sitting

this was my 5th princess cruise, some had good dishes for dinner, others havent it. princess needs to upgrade their food quality and have it consistent across all its ships.
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Cabin Review

Interior
Cabin IA a244
i was on the aloha deck in the fornt of the ship, the size of the cabin was fine, it was fairly close to the elevator and just 2 flights under the pool deck.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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