Crown Princess Cruise Review by RayW
- Sail Date: August 2016
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
Boarding and Disembarking - Only have Los Angeles and Seattle to compare with, but while LA was a shorter drive from the airport, Seattle was a much smoother boarding experience and the customs was much faster leaving. And the two (Princess contract) bus drivers we had acted like tour guides, made for a very fun experience.
Ship good - Very friendly staff, one example - drink server asks if I want a drink, I say no, they ask "Would you like some water", I say please, and with a smile they say OK, and I get the clean cold water just like I had ordered a drink (Note: they do not make any money off of water, so that is just being nice for them). I have been on cruises where that is not what happens.
Ship maybe - One caveat, I am retired Navy, so I notice some things others may not. I noted a lot of corrosion on the outside and inside that should have been taken care of. The staff does clean, but it is more of the "White Glove" type cleaning, not deck hand stuff.
Ship bad - I like the bow, good view at night. This ship closes the bow (and a few other areas) for "safety" (at 7PM with another hour of sun left?). Turns out those are crew cabin windows and the tourists bother them, so they close some of the best viewing areas.
Dining - The buffet is ok, but it is very crowded and has poor flow. You come in one side, and there are two islands in the middle, and stuff around the edges. You try to get a scan of what is available and you have a hard time getting around people, then you have to get into different lines with people bypassing some lines and getting in front for the next line. Normal sit down dining was mixed (we had anytime dinner). Some good service (Arnel at dinner was great), and some that had a hard time doing the job. Overall the food was good, but some things were not as good as last time. It was surprising that at the grill they had fresh halibut sandwiches one day, and the halibut there was MUCH better than that served at dinner.
Entertainment - In April we had good entertainment, but this trip there seemed to be less in the piazza. We liked most of the music, but this trip they focused more on shows like juggling and had more dead time there. There were good things still going on, but usually in the clubs.
We only did one shore excursion, the Skagway town and play tour. We enjoyed our driver and the play. The Glacier Bay was one of the best days, cool and windy but mostly clear and sunny. A good view of the glaciers and some distant wild life.
Unless I knew that the ship went into dry dock, I doubt if I would take the Crown again anytime soon.
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