My wife spotted a special deal advertised in the local paper.Each year we have an overseas holiday and decided to try ship cruising rather than living out of suit cases and train/ bus travel. The Crown Princess exceeded our expectations, especially with the quality of the food, service and daily tours ashore. The first thing that struck us was the size of the ship and the number of passengers, but we never felt crowded. We tried to experience everything on board but some bars and restaurants eluded us. We dined anytime and this gave us the freedom to dine when it suited us. We tried the Crown and Sabatinis Restaurants and enjoyed the service and quality of food, but the Michelangelo and Da Vinchi Restaurants suited us fine without the surcharge. The buffet was excellent and dishes were always different and a temptation to overeat. Drinks we felt were a little expensive, but mostly purchased wine by the bottle, and pleased to see wines grown near our property listed.We had an inside cabin on 14th deck and the sailing was so smooth that we were never sure if the ship was moving or not and used the TV showing the outside camera to determine if we were in port or not. The daily updates on the TV were excellent, and the shore tours very good. The organisation of tours and embarkation and disembarkation was like clockwork. Although one morning difficulties were encountered due to the ship being made to anchor so far from the harbour, that tendering took longer than it should have. Our cabin steward "Bong" was very helpful and gave excellent service, as did every member of the ships crew. The cabin was clean and comfortable, the bathroom small but still bigger than the hotel in Venice and not 500 years old, and the vacuum toilet really flushed. The only sour note was the pick pockets that preyed on the tourists and many lost wallets. I suggest using safety pins to protect your pockets and pockets with velcro fasteners. I was extremely lucky to detect a young lady opening my pocket at the Acropolis in Athens. The weather was perfect and warm each day, the Greek Islands exactly like the postcards depict. Venice was magical, and as the ship left port with the view over the city the ship played "Time to say goodbye". The on board videograpther did a good job producing DVD movies of each days activities and a marvellous memory of our cruise.The entertainers were good and we enjoyed the magician that was more a comic. The hypnotist was entertaining and the quality of the shows in the theatre was outstanding. It was obvious to us that the other passengers enjoyed the safety of the ship as they were astonished at our previous adventures and would not even contemplate going to those countries. Once again I have found that everywhere you travel you find something interesting and learn to have more appreciatation for the culture of the different countries.
Cabin had twin beds, comfortable and had a safe which we used and only took ashore enough for the day as pick pockets can ruin your holiday. Bathroom was small but adequate, but cabin lacked power points to recharge cameras. Quiet and we had no trouble sleeping
Loved Venice, the magic of the waterways, shops, masks, restaurants, the alleyways and the exceptionally impressive statues,churches and buildings.