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The cruise itinerary is pretty unique, starting at Valparaiso , then around the Cape ,into Buenos Aires and Rio, Salvador and onto the Caribbean. We spent 2 days in Santiago before we embarked, embarkation was an unorganised Shambles, a strike by Chilean dock staff delayed passengers getting off and passengers getting on - no input from Princess just very poorly organised chaos, and the chaos was repeated in Fort Lauderdale [ but more later]. The ship is a bit tired , but our cabin was fine and the cabin staff were great. Dining was anytime for us and most nights was wait and trouble free, food standard was ok, not as good as Celebrity but similar to other Princess cruises, average variety [ almost poor variety, and lots of repetition in the Horizon Court Buffet] The specialty restaurants were poorly patronised, we ate once at the Salty Dog [ very average] and once in Sabitinis [ great food, excellent service, but only 12 patrons] Entertainment was mixed, production shows were excellent, but if you wanted to go to the 8pm show be there an half hour early , the theatre holds just over 700 and their were 2800 passengers ? Staff were great everywhere, the coffee shop, restaurants, cabin staff and cruise directors team. The officers were rarely seen and the Captain rarely heard -- most unusual Ports were generally good, although the Chileans were on strike again at Puerto Montt and tours were cancelled, all the rest were great, Stanly, Punta Arenas, Montevideo and Rio were all excellent. Rio De Janeiro immigration held the ship up for over an hour before allowing disembarkation. Disembarkation at Fort lauderdale was also chaotic, long lines and 2 hour delays, and then the ships bus transits to airports was very poorly organised, we have done this type of transit from ports before, it has always been poor, lots missed flights.

33 Nights, South America to the Caribbean

Crown Princess Cruise Review by BarryJ100

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2017
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
The cruise itinerary is pretty unique, starting at Valparaiso , then around the Cape ,into Buenos Aires and Rio, Salvador and onto the Caribbean.

We spent 2 days in Santiago before we embarked, embarkation was an unorganised Shambles, a strike by Chilean dock staff delayed passengers getting off and passengers getting on - no input from Princess just very poorly organised chaos, and the chaos was repeated in Fort Lauderdale [ but more later].

The ship is a bit tired , but our cabin was fine and the cabin staff were great.

Dining was anytime for us and most nights was wait and trouble free, food standard was ok, not as good as Celebrity but similar to other Princess cruises, average variety [ almost poor variety, and lots of repetition in the Horizon Court Buffet]

The specialty restaurants were poorly patronised, we ate once at the Salty Dog [ very average] and once in Sabitinis [ great food, excellent service, but only 12 patrons]

Entertainment was mixed, production shows were excellent, but if you wanted to go to the 8pm show be there an half hour early , the theatre holds just over 700 and their were 2800 passengers ?

Staff were great everywhere, the coffee shop, restaurants, cabin staff and cruise directors team.

The officers were rarely seen and the Captain rarely heard -- most unusual

Ports were generally good, although the Chileans were on strike again at Puerto Montt and tours were cancelled, all the rest were great, Stanly, Punta Arenas, Montevideo and Rio were all excellent. Rio De Janeiro immigration held the ship up for over an hour before allowing disembarkation.

Disembarkation at Fort lauderdale was also chaotic, long lines and 2 hour delays, and then the ships bus transits to airports was very poorly organised, we have done this type of transit from ports before, it has always been poor, lots missed flights.
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Plenty of hanging space, comfortable bed, great staff, hate the shower, its small and the curtain is no where near as good as a sliding door.
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