Crown Princess Cruise Review by reedit3
We chose the Crown Princess over Royal Carib and Celebrity strictly because of the departure dates (Sunday to Sunday) so we could visit our family in West Palm on Saturday. We are very glad we did too. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived too early but once they began processing we flew through at warp speed and were in our room before 12:00AM. We met our cabin steward (Rommel from the Philippines) and asked him for bathrobes, extra hangers and wine glasses. He had them in our room pronto and continued his excellent service throughout our stay. We made sure to express our appreciation at the end. We chose an inside cabin / mid-ship (Baja 421) because my wife does get seasick and we find this situation works well for her. The room had plenty of space and storage but must admit the bathroom was way too small. We spent so little time in the room that it would even be a waste for it to be much bigger except for the bathroom. The ship is beautiful. We read the reviews about all the rocking and poor stabilizers but we did not have that experience at all. Smooth as silk is all I can say. The Commodore (Head of the entire Princess fleet) happen to be in command for our cruise and he must have done something right. It was amazingly calm and steady. We had great weather and of course this can make or break any vacation. The Crown has so much activity and entertainment that you almost felt like you had to plan carefully to get in as much as you wanted. We loved the shows (not Broadway, but if I wanted Broadway would have gone there) but very high quality nonetheless. The comedians (from Comedy Central on TV) were very funny. We did our first art auction and even did a history of art lecture (very informative). We played trivia (met so many nice people). Sat by the pools (never so crowded you couldn't find a lounge) and had so many choices of where to relax. Watched movies under the stars (give us blankets and had popcorn). We really enjoyed the entertainment in the Piazza including the steel drummer, Acapella group Spank, magic show/class, and so much more. So many bars and even one next to Sabitini's called Adagio that was non smoking (that was refreshing - so pun intended). I ran every day on deck 7 (less than four laps for a mile) even through they said it was just for walkers (weren't any at 6:30 i the morning) so that was very nice. Fitness center was well appointed but does not open until 7:00AM which was of concern to many of the cruisers especially on port days. Speaking of which the ports were nice. We didn't get off the ship at Princess Cay because it was our first day and we just wanted to relax by the pool on the ship. We liked St. Martin (rented a house there once) and so only did some in town shopping and in St. Thomas we did a solo walking tour (found one on Frommer's) and a little shopping. Grand Turk was not much of anything and so only had a drink at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and looked in some shops. Food was very good (I love fish and my wife loves meat) and there was plenty for the both of us. The service was excellent. We chose anytime dining and always made reservations the day before anyway. Had lunch at the International Cafe a couple of times (good food and nice feel eating in the Piazza). Did eat at the specialty restaurants and love the Crown Grill. Ate there twice and Daniele from Italy was our waiter. He was so wonderful we requested him for the second night and was definitely worth the extra cost. Sabitini's was good but they gave too much food (family style service). Buffet was okay for breakfast (area was too small for so may users) but for we chose sit down lunches in the Da Vinci. The pizza by the pool on deck 15 was as good as all the reviews said it would be (great crust). Overall the food deserves a rating of 8 out of 10. Then again if I want great food I go to great restaurants where they are not cooking for 3200 people. The ship never felt crowded because there was so much activity going on and everyone had so many choices. Disembarking for the ports was easy (a little unorganized) but quick. Even the final disembarkation (we chose express walk-out) when we got back to Fort Lauderdale was relatively quick but once again unorganized especially in the waiting area. Overall the cruise was heavenly and fit our interests and lifestyle. The service throughout our trip was exceptional and it was a spectacular ship to be on. What more can anyone want from a vacation. Go enjoy. We certainly did.
reedit3’s Full Rating Summary
Inside cabin B421 was a great location in mid-ship. Excellent storage space but very small bathroom. Over 6 feet tall forget about washing your feet in the shower or sitting comfortably on the commode. Yes it is that small. Luckily I am 5'6 and the Mrs. 5'1.
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