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This was our first transatlantic cruise, second on this ship, third with Princess, and seventh cruise overall. Because we enjoy at sea days and onboard activities, this cruise was a lot of fun. Many people asked us how we keep from getting bored on the long passage. It was much the opposite, we sometimes had to choose between several good options of things to do. Put it this way: We brought along a travel guide for London, figuring with two weeks on the ship we could read it cover to cover. In fact, we only had time the last day to skim the book. Typical sea day: Up for breakfast in the main dining room, walk the deck for fresh air, freshen up in the room and off to Line Dance Class, then to lunch in the main dining room if time available or Vines for a sushi lunch, or if time is tight, a quick bite at the Buffet, then off to Ballroom Dance Class, by now a nap in the room or out on the pool deck, walking around the ship fighting the forty knot headwind or tailwind, coffee or tea in the Piazza listening to the string trio or the gotee piano man, by now it is near dinner time, so freshen up and maybe formal up, a glass of wine and off to dinner at the MDR or specialty restaurant or Vines for tapas, then the show or dancing in one of the lounges and then the show followed by dancing and another show and gosh we missed the movie so off the the lounge or quick break at the Piazza for music or some silly event and if we still have energy at midnight up to the disco at topside. Also to burn off all those calories no elevators before ten PM so it's up and down the stairs about ten times. Then you finally get to the room by one AM which now becomes two AM (moving east all day at 20 mph) so you got five hours to sleep before breakfast. Useful tips and info: We are in our sixties and were slightly younger than the average guest (at least I would like to think so). This Transatlantic cruise had only a few children and teens and twenty-something adults who appeared able to find something to do and never got in the way of us pensioners. Main Dining Room table sharing was fun. We looked forward to meeting new people and hearing their stories. And, if you get a oddball at the table, well, that is the last time you dine together anyway. The specialty restaurants are great but also offer a much quieter environment than the MDR, great for a break from everything. OK I'll tell you but don't spread it around. Vines is great for not just a glass of wine with tapas but the sushi and tapas are excellent and can quickly become dinner. Never crowded, in a great spot for people watching and maybe listing to music with very friendly and helpful staff. Save money and buy a bottle versus a glass of wine. They will hold it and all the other restaurants can retrieve it for your next dinner. Also, the Terrace pool is a nice quiet retreat. Now we are from Las Vegas so we know what a good buffet looks like. Our advise, you paid for it, skip the buffet and take advantage of the dining rooms for all meals; short or no lines, more relaxed, table service, better food. The buffet is a fall back option when you're in a hurry, not really hungry, overslept, or found yourself on the fifteenth floor and need some cookies. Who doesn't like cookies? So far, Princess is the best for danceable lounge music. Often two different bands or combos going in the evening playing cover songs from the 40's to present. Usually there are a few couples who are really good dancers (does Princess schedule this or is it just random) who are fun to watch but who do not interfere with mortal couples taking the floor for a dance. We like the Princess dance troops. They have high energy short (45 minutes or so) performances with impressive choreography. Sadly, this cruise only had two song and dance shows. The European cities visited were all interesting and worth a trip onto dry land.

Enjoyable Cruise, Great Way to get to Europe

Crown Princess Cruise Review by bjlands

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Interior
This was our first transatlantic cruise, second on this ship, third with Princess, and seventh cruise overall. Because we enjoy at sea days and onboard activities, this cruise was a lot of fun.

Many people asked us how we keep from getting bored on the long passage. It was much the opposite, we sometimes had to choose between several good options of things to do. Put it this way: We brought along a travel guide for London, figuring with two weeks on the ship we could read it cover to cover. In fact, we only had time the last day to skim the book.

Typical sea day: Up for breakfast in the main dining room, walk the deck for fresh air, freshen up in the room and off to Line Dance Class, then to lunch in the main dining room if time available or Vines for a sushi lunch, or if time is tight, a quick bite at the Buffet, then off to Ballroom Dance Class, by now a nap in the room or out on the pool deck, walking around the ship fighting the forty knot headwind or tailwind, coffee or tea in the Piazza listening to the string trio or the gotee piano man, by now it is near dinner time, so freshen up and maybe formal up, a glass of wine and off to dinner at the MDR or specialty restaurant or Vines for tapas, then the show or dancing in one of the lounges and then the show followed by dancing and another show and gosh we missed the movie so off the the lounge or quick break at the Piazza for music or some silly event and if we still have energy at midnight up to the disco at topside. Also to burn off all those calories no elevators before ten PM so it's up and down the stairs about ten times. Then you finally get to the room by one AM which now becomes two AM (moving east all day at 20 mph) so you got five hours to sleep before breakfast.

Useful tips and info: We are in our sixties and were slightly younger than the average guest (at least I would like to think so). This Transatlantic cruise had only a few children and teens and twenty-something adults who appeared able to find something to do and never got in the way of us pensioners. Main Dining Room table sharing was fun. We looked forward to meeting new people and hearing their stories. And, if you get a oddball at the table, well, that is the last time you dine together anyway. The specialty restaurants are great but also offer a much quieter environment than the MDR, great for a break from everything. OK I'll tell you but don't spread it around. Vines is great for not just a glass of wine with tapas but the sushi and tapas are excellent and can quickly become dinner. Never crowded, in a great spot for people watching and maybe listing to music with very friendly and helpful staff. Save money and buy a bottle versus a glass of wine. They will hold it and all the other restaurants can retrieve it for your next dinner. Also, the Terrace pool is a nice quiet retreat. Now we are from Las Vegas so we know what a good buffet looks like. Our advise, you paid for it, skip the buffet and take advantage of the dining rooms for all meals; short or no lines, more relaxed, table service, better food. The buffet is a fall back option when you're in a hurry, not really hungry, overslept, or found yourself on the fifteenth floor and need some cookies. Who doesn't like cookies?

So far, Princess is the best for danceable lounge music. Often two different bands or combos going in the evening playing cover songs from the 40's to present. Usually there are a few couples who are really good dancers (does Princess schedule this or is it just random) who are fun to watch but who do not interfere with mortal couples taking the floor for a dance.

We like the Princess dance troops. They have high energy short (45 minutes or so) performances with impressive choreography. Sadly, this cruise only had two song and dance shows.

The European cities visited were all interesting and worth a trip onto dry land.
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Interior
Cabin IE R729
OK, I know it is an interior cabin but still a disappointment. First, surprise! There are two huge beds such to the walls of our already tiny cabin. Can't stand up straight at the side of the real bed because of the useless wall beds. Shower curtain was a bit dirty. Not good when the shower is so small. TV controls don't work unless you reach up way high because the TV shelf blocks the UV sensor. Requested bathrobes missed the cruise. Otherwise OK. Location very good. And once you are out and in the public areas, no one knows you are staying in steerage. Ha!
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