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Crown Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Cruise OK on the whole but paired with a very bad tour of South America

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Evelyn16

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2017
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

This cruise was part of a longer trip with tours at the beginning and the end "organised" by Wendy Wu and booked through Cruise.co.uk.

The tour parts of the trip were a disappointing shambles so the cruise became a very important aspect of the trip.

We sailed from Valpraiso around the Horn and up to Buenos Aires.

Luckily for us the weather was reasonable most of the time so we were able to make all of the scheduled ports including the Falklands. As going around the Horn was quite chilly the majority of the over 3000 guests chose to stay inside the ship most of the time. This led to the ship feeling very crowded at times. Getting a seat in Horizon Court and in the bars was very difficult at times. Some of the ports of call were more interesting than others, but at most taxis were available at the quay, although many of the drivers only spoke Spanish.

The entertainment on the ship was not to a very high standard. Music played in the bars was very good but the main entertainment was very hit and miss .... sadly mostly miss.

There were an awful lot of "shopping opportunities" available.

Food was mainly good but I found that any time I chose chicken, however it was cooked apart from in a sauce, it was always very dry.

Our cabin was ok although very rocky at times as we were at the top and at the back of the ship. Luckily we soon got used to it.

As the trip was around South America there were lots of Spanish speaking guests, so a lot of time was spent on translations.

In conclusion I would say that entertainment has definitely deteriorated on Princess as has the food slightly, but on the whole the trip was good.

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