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Crown Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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First class ship run by first class company

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Lancshoop

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2017
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

Princess has always delivered consistently good service and this Mediterranean Adventure was no exception. We've sailed on Crown before as well as Caribbean and Grand Princesses and the ship was familiar enough to feel comfortable but slightly different in some aspects from her sisters to make the experience just as refreshing. We are low demanding customers so found the service excellent by our standards. Food was 1st class in all areas, entertainment actually better than our last cruise in 2015 and although the itinerary was exactly the same, the choice of tours at the various ports of call meant there was always something different to do. There was the usual one or two complaining about sunbed hogging and to my astonishment one lady turned her nose up at the Horizon Court Buffet one night saying there was nothing there she liked. Out of interest I went round and counted over a dozen different hot meat or fish main dishes with enough vegetable/potato/rice variations to probably put together over a 100 different meal combinations; not to mention the salads, cold meats and fish and fruit options.

At 11 years old the Crown is a seasoned ship, not brand spanking new and no doubt ships built in the last 3 or 4 years will be far more advanced in facilities and decor styling. But this for my personal needs is what I want; it is clean, stylish and real feels like a proper cruise ship should, more than a floating hotel. We've put down a future cruise deposit with Princess but it looks like our next trip will be on the Sapphire or Regal. We'll miss not sailing on the Grand Class - long may they reign.


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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BA B414

Adequate would be an understatement but it did its job. Huge comfortable bed a nice small balcony and more than enough storage and habitable space. Cabins are for changing and sleeping in and it does the job.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Southampton

Embarkation port - efficient though we qualify for quick access and got there at the right time

Barcelona

No tour so took the shuttle bus and made our plans.

Corsica (Ajaccio)

Great port for getting off the ship and straight into the city centre.

Culinary tour

Went on a olive oil tasting tour with a short visit to Tuscania. Excellent morning trip and back on the ship in the afternoon to soak up the sun

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Florence Walking Tour

Fantastic day in Florence despite 44 c heat. Thoroughly recommended.

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Cinque Terre

Our favourite place in our favourite country. Again a full day with plenty of free time to have a meal and site see. Great day out.

View All 7 Cinque Terre Reviews
Marseille

Tour cancelled due to lack of numbers. Not Princess' fault. Hiking in the mountains obviously not popular in the heat wave and threat of bush fires. Stayed on the ship as the shuttle was rather dear and not a full day stop. Nothing lost, soaked up the sun on the Lido Deck.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar is easy to access and although tours are available we know our way around by now, so walked in, shopped, ate then went back for sail away party. Always tinged with a bit of sadness as after Gib we're on our way home.


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