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We sailed the Crown last year before it went to dry dock. Many things changed, but some were NOT for the better. First, yes, the carpet and soft goods were renewed. But many things were NOT. Some of the upper decks were neglected, especially in the rear where cutesy places were totally in shambles. The front where the library and floor-show area was had been changed to the exercise area. Nice, but too noisy for the demo shows they had there. The worst thing they did was the ice cream bar! They took out the hard ice cream bar and replaced it with one of those cheap-o soft-serve machines. Used to be you could get one of three or four flavors of REAL ice cream, rotated throughout the day with great offerings. Another evidence of cheapening up the experience. Food? Yes, they replaced the chef. The new chef is a pleasant guy from England. Actually, for a Brit he is REALLY a humorous guy! (I love the Brits). However, it is a given that Brits are NOT cooks. Ever heard of that "great British cuisine? Neither have I. Example: Prime Rib. Forget it! I had an end cut because the flavor is (generally) right 'up there'. Yes, the end cut is NOT the most tender, but this end cut was NOT GOOD. A guy at our table had the rare cut and his was tough! Well, I thought mine was tough because it had been so cooked. Not so. I suspect we were served another cut, because this is NOT prime rib. Our travel companions from the other dining room reported the same thing. Yet, the lobster tail and shrimp was splendid! Go figure. Same old ports, but Crown will not fit into the Cabo port and it is stand in line with a lifeboat ticket for two hours... BUT, no biggie, because Cabo is without question the worlds WORST cruise port. If you have seen the whales and the Land's End rocks, forget it. It is a blasted desert with hawkers peeling off the saps. If you NEED to see the desert, walk down the entry-way past the barkers and rent a taxi. much cheaper than the tour guides and ism right at the end of the tour booths. Otherwise, the Crown is GREAT! Shows are splendid, especially Magic to Do! Comic is a rerun from last year, but not bad anyway. New singers and dancers doing last years' routines. Behind Magic TO Do was the great Los Brilliantes Mexican band. Crown makes the mistake of stuffing these great performers on the tiny stage in the center area with only 20 seats. These guys really ROCK and have everybody dancing in the aisles C'mon, talent director, wake up! Compared to other ships, Crown gives you your money's worth in talent and class. The port stops are too, short, but otherwise, it beats a lot of other ships. We are Ruby level with Princess.

Good Trip in Most Respects

Crown Princess Cruise Review by cessna98f

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We sailed the Crown last year before it went to dry dock. Many things changed, but some were NOT for the better. First, yes, the carpet and soft goods were renewed. But many things were NOT. Some of the upper decks were neglected, especially in the rear where cutesy places were totally in shambles. The front where the library and floor-show area was had been changed to the exercise area. Nice, but too noisy for the demo shows they had there.

The worst thing they did was the ice cream bar! They took out the hard ice cream bar and replaced it with one of those cheap-o soft-serve machines. Used to be you could get one of three or four flavors of REAL ice cream, rotated throughout the day with great offerings. Another evidence of cheapening up the experience.

Food? Yes, they replaced the chef. The new chef is a pleasant guy from England. Actually, for a Brit he is REALLY a humorous guy! (I love the Brits). However, it is a given that Brits are NOT cooks. Ever heard of that "great British cuisine? Neither have I. Example: Prime Rib. Forget it! I had an end cut because the flavor is (generally) right 'up there'. Yes, the end cut is NOT the most tender, but this end cut was NOT GOOD. A guy at our table had the rare cut and his was tough! Well, I thought mine was tough because it had been so cooked. Not so. I suspect we were served another cut, because this is NOT prime rib. Our travel companions from the other dining room reported the same thing. Yet, the lobster tail and shrimp was splendid! Go figure.

Same old ports, but Crown will not fit into the Cabo port and it is stand in line with a lifeboat ticket for two hours... BUT, no biggie, because Cabo is without question the worlds WORST cruise port. If you have seen the whales and the Land's End rocks, forget it. It is a blasted desert with hawkers peeling off the saps. If you NEED to see the desert, walk down the entry-way past the barkers and rent a taxi. much cheaper than the tour guides and ism right at the end of the tour booths.

Otherwise, the Crown is GREAT! Shows are splendid, especially Magic to Do! Comic is a rerun from last year, but not bad anyway. New singers and dancers doing last years' routines.

Behind Magic TO Do was the great Los Brilliantes Mexican band. Crown makes the mistake of stuffing these great performers on the tiny stage in the center area with only 20 seats. These guys really ROCK and have everybody dancing in the aisles C'mon, talent director, wake up!

Compared to other ships, Crown gives you your money's worth in talent and class. The port stops are too, short, but otherwise, it beats a lot of other ships.

We are Ruby level with Princess.
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Balcony
Cabin BC 1408 ?
Cabin OK, but NO clock. Had to wake up, and look at my watch. Typical ship TV (not great). Otherwise, about what you expect.
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