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We chose this cruise to celebrate a special birthday - and this was a high priority item on our bucket list. The ship was beautiful as are most of the Princess ships...and was one of the most efficiently run ships that we have been part of. From the food handlers to the cruise director - everyone was enthusiastic and made us feel that we were an important component of this cruise. The cruise director in particular was friendly, personable, and worked incredibly hard to have a "happy ship". We ate in the anytime dining room, and the staff was incredible. The Assistant Maitre'd and the hostess were incredible. We very seldon waited to be seated, no matter what time we arrived for dinner. Unfortunately Carla was on the last sailing of her contract, and she will be difficult to replace. If I had to find fault with any part of this sailing, it would be with some of the theatre productions becoming a littled "tired". The entertainers themselves were wonderful, but with the except of one big production, most of the productions lacked lustre and were repetitive from other cruises. This is a difficult area to satisfy everyone, but in general they were very good and entertaining. Many of the individual entertainers were excellent, but there again it is a matter of luck, with some of them needing to "retire". The programming on the ship was amazing from early morning to late in the evening. There seemed to be something for everyone. There is one comment that I wish to make: not everyone travelling is a 6:00 a.m. riser and some of these programs were just too early....in particular, the "knit and knatter". This became a very active group with no assistance from the ship, and managed to function from about 10:30 a.m. to noon, unhosted. However, when the cruise director was made aware that this group existed, he organized the "wake-up" show to originate from Skywalkers focusing on the group. This was special! We had a particularly difficult time with one of the excursions in Moorea - and reported our dissatisfaction to the excursion department. We met with the Assistant Excursion Manager who listened intently to our complaint. We feel that more scrutinyof the quality of the excursions need to be reviewed with particular focus on safety and quality of the vehicles. This trip was not safe in that large buses were being used on the road to the Belvedere and the safety of the passengers were at risk, many times during the drive up and back. There was a small adjustment to our bill. This experience will probably result in our not booking excursions any longer with Princess, but rather arrange through external sources. On the few trips that we did take from external sources, I would like Princess to know that the drivers are very careful about the return time to the ship and were never in jeopardy of being late to re-board. This may have been a problem in the past, but withcell phones being used by all of the drivers, this really does not happy except for extenuating circumstances, and it is entirely possible to notify those in charge, if there is a delay...so you cannot sell me any longer on this risk. There is none! All in all, a great trip and I highly recommend this cruise.

A bucket list item - checked off

Crown Princess Cruise Review by supertomom

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview
We chose this cruise to celebrate a special birthday - and this was a high priority item on our bucket list.

The ship was beautiful as are most of the Princess ships...and was one of the most efficiently run ships that we have been part of. From the food handlers to the cruise director - everyone was enthusiastic and made us feel that we were an important component of this cruise. The cruise director in particular was friendly, personable, and worked incredibly hard to have a "happy ship". We ate in the anytime dining room, and the staff was incredible. The Assistant Maitre'd and the hostess were incredible. We very seldon waited to be seated, no matter what time we arrived for dinner. Unfortunately Carla was on the last sailing of her contract, and she will be difficult to replace.

If I had to find fault with any part of this sailing, it would be with some of the theatre productions becoming a littled "tired". The entertainers themselves were wonderful, but with the except of one big production, most of the productions lacked lustre and were repetitive from other cruises. This is a difficult area to satisfy everyone, but in general they were very good and entertaining. Many of the individual entertainers were excellent, but there again it is a matter of luck, with some of them needing to "retire".

The programming on the ship was amazing from early morning to late in the evening. There seemed to be something for everyone. There is one comment that I wish to make: not everyone travelling is a 6:00 a.m. riser and some of these programs were just too early....in particular, the "knit and knatter". This became a very active group with no assistance from the ship, and managed to function from about 10:30 a.m. to noon, unhosted. However, when the cruise director was made aware that this group existed, he organized the "wake-up" show to originate from Skywalkers focusing on the group. This was special!

We had a particularly difficult time with one of the excursions in Moorea - and reported our dissatisfaction to the excursion department. We met with the Assistant Excursion Manager who listened intently to our complaint. We feel that more scrutinyof the quality of the excursions need to be reviewed with particular focus on safety and quality of the vehicles. This trip was not safe in that large buses were being used on the road to the Belvedere and the safety of the passengers were at risk, many times during the drive up and back. There was a small adjustment to our bill. This experience will probably result in our not booking excursions any longer with Princess, but rather arrange through external sources. On the few trips that we did take from external sources, I would like Princess to know that the drivers are very careful about the return time to the ship and were never in jeopardy of being late to re-board. This may have been a problem in the past, but withcell phones being used by all of the drivers, this really does not happy except for extenuating circumstances, and it is entirely possible to notify those in charge, if there is a delay...so you cannot sell me any longer on this risk. There is none!

All in all, a great trip and I highly recommend this cruise.
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Oceanview
Cabin OF P234
The cabin steward did an excellent job of maintaining the high Princess standards. We always had an excellent supply of towels and the bathroom was immaculately cleaned.
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