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We chose the cruise mainly for the destinations, which were just what we wanted; the timing was right and we thought we would try a bigger ship than previously. Also, very importantly, it sailed from Southampton. We were upgraded, months earlier for a very small charge, to a mini-suite (of our choice) which we were very pleased with. Oodles of space, a friendly steward who kept it clean. We were also happy with the evening dining (we had traditional in the Botticelli). Some nights we went to the show, other times it was not our scene. The Explorers Lounge was where we wanted to be some nights for the entertainment but it was IMPOSSIBLE sometimes to get a seat. Why oh why do they do this - when other lounges were fairly empty. It does not make sense! The excursions were expensive but we knew that before we booked so we had a choice. On the whole they were good, particularly the one to Florence. One of them though was a let down, I complained and got a partial refund. It was not the ship's fault but I doubt they will use that particular guide again. Horizon Court Buffet is far too busy and very difficult to get a seat. It took the relaxation out of daytime eating. Same with the International Cafe, it looks good and is good, but only ONCE in 14 days could I find a seat. Ridiculous. Not enough seats. Embarkation and Disembarkation were excellent in our opinion. Just wish airports were as efficient. We have booked another line next year but only because we want to try others out and the destinations were key. The downside? This is an American company and boy did we get the hard sell for just about everything they were selling, which was expensive (including drinks). We paid for the cruise, just please now leave us alone to enjoy it! But on the whole an enjoyable experience.

Great holiday except the hard sell!

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Scan

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We chose the cruise mainly for the destinations, which were just what we wanted; the timing was right and we thought we would try a bigger ship than previously. Also, very importantly, it sailed from Southampton.

We were upgraded, months earlier for a very small charge, to a mini-suite (of our choice) which we were very pleased with. Oodles of space, a friendly steward who kept it clean. We were also happy with the evening dining (we had traditional in the Botticelli). Some nights we went to the show, other times it was not our scene. The Explorers Lounge was where we wanted to be some nights for the entertainment but it was IMPOSSIBLE sometimes to get a seat. Why oh why do they do this - when other lounges were fairly empty. It does not make sense!

The excursions were expensive but we knew that before we booked so we had a choice. On the whole they were good, particularly the one to Florence. One of them though was a let down, I complained and got a partial refund. It was not the ship's fault but I doubt they will use that particular guide again.

Horizon Court Buffet is far too busy and very difficult to get a seat. It took the relaxation out of daytime eating. Same with the International Cafe, it looks good and is good, but only ONCE in 14 days could I find a seat. Ridiculous. Not enough seats.

Embarkation and Disembarkation were excellent in our opinion. Just wish airports were as efficient.

We have booked another line next year but only because we want to try others out and the destinations were key.

The downside? This is an American company and boy did we get the hard sell for just about everything they were selling, which was expensive (including drinks). We paid for the cruise, just please now leave us alone to enjoy it! But on the whole an enjoyable experience.
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises has responded
Thanks for your great feedback, Scan! We're so glad that you enjoyed our itinerary onboard Crown Princess. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you onboard again!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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We were upgraded to a mini-suite with balcony, which we loved, on Dolphin Deck midships. Loads of room. Clean and comfortable. Enough space to enjoy room service breakfast in comfort when setting off early and to sit and read.
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