Sun AND Snow! Amazing cruise on Crown Princess: Crown Princess Cruise Review by World Gallery

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Sun AND Snow! Amazing cruise on Crown Princess

Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
This was a great trip! We did all of our research on Cruise Critic and this made the trip for us! Our Background - My husband and I are both in our 40's and wanted to try something different. Our main focus when deciding on which cruise to take is the port stops. We have done many Caribbean cruises and one Mediterranean cruise. We have sailed with NCL, RCCL, Carnival and did one with the R1, which is now Oceania. This was our first Princess Cruise.

Overall - The ship is very nice. It was clean and easy to get around. Even though it is a large ship with 3000 passengers, it never felt too crowded for the most part. The ship has great stabilizers, better than any other cruise we have been on. The cabin seemed to be a bit bigger but I think it may be a better floorplan that made it seem this way. The beds were not comfortable but they will bring you an egg crate for your bed if you request one. We had an interior cabin and it was fine. We couldn't beat the price! More

Service - The first day, we noticed a different from past cruises. There were staff every where helping people find their cabins and other locations on the ship. After that, it was typical of what we had on other cruises for the most part. We received good service throughout, not great but good. The staff was very friendly and seemed to be trying very hard. The one thing we did notice on this cruise was, the staff couldn't answer 80% of our questions. It became quite comical! I don't blame them but rather their training. They tried very hard. NOTE: Do all port/tour research before your cruise because nobody on board can help you make a decision or answer any questions about the ship's tours or sites at the port in general, not even the people working at the shore excursion desk! One staff member told us, "I do not have any time to go ashore so we don't know."

Food - Very average and similar to what we have had on past cruises on different cruise lines. My husband eats mostly seafood and he did not like the food on this ship. I do not eat most seafood and found the food to be average, some dishes better than others, typical "cruise-type" food to me. We ate in the buffet some nights and there was a good selection. Entertainment - Because this cruise was very port intensive (which we love!), we didn't worry about the entertainment aspect of the cruise when researching. I do have to say though that the entertainment was the worse ever for us. I am not sure why but it was very poor in our opinion. We did enjoy two nights - a comedian and a comedian/juggler from France. We did a Carnival cruise this summer on the Fantasy and the entertainment was far better. The two cruise directors were great but I can't remember their names. They tried very hard and you did see them out and about.

We arrived in New York the day the cruise departed but we took advantage of our one day in New York. Because embarkation at Red Hook in Brooklyn was so fast and easy (the best we have ever had), we had half a day to explore Brooklyn and New York. We decided to take a take a taxi to the end of the Brooklyn Bridge and walk the bridge. This was a great experience with beautiful views. Hundreds of people from all walks of life were walking the bridge. We then walked around New York - Wall Street, Battery Park, etc. Great experience! The ship left that night at 7:00. Beautiful views of the city and Statue of Liberty!

Other ports: Sydney - This port was canceled due to bad weather so we had an extra sea day. We watched movies in the cabin all day because the entertainment and activities that day was not very good at all.

Saguenay, Canada - I spent a ton of time trying to figure out what to do in this port and couldn't find a lot of information. We didn't book a tour in advance and waited to get on board to ask them about this port. None of the ship's staff (not even the shore excursion desk) could help us. We decided to get off the ship without a plan. This port was quite a different experience. This port has only been open for tourism for 3 years and it was obvious. We did enjoy ourselves though. The people were very friendly and wanted you to have a good time in their little town. There were many locals at the dock in costume handing out candy, blueberry juice and homemade cheese. We did two things: The hop on/hop off bus that you can purchase tickets for at their tourism center that is at the pier (only $10 per person) and a tour to Bec Scie, which we also purchased tickets for at their tourism center. We didn't think the tour on the hop on/hop off bus was interesting. Actually, we would not recommend it unless it is very cold or if someone in your group has trouble with mobility. There really isn't anything that interesting that you see. We did enjoy our tour to Bec Scie, which was absolutely beautiful and only a 15 minute drive. It cost $35 per person and included a one hour guided tour through the forest and to see waterfalls. The guide explains things about the waterfalls, the forest, and talks about the Salmon's trip up river, etc. This tour is on an uneven path and there are stairs to climb at several points. To see some pictures, you can do a search for Bec Scie on "google images". Would we go on another Princess Cruise again? Yes, if the price is right and the ports are of interest to us. Less

Published 10/26/09

Cabin review: D517

We had cabin D517. Good location, mid ship. Nice for an interior cabin. Great closet space and storage, better than any other ship we have been on. Beds were lumpy but we request an egg crate and that helped a lot.

Port and Shore Excursions

Bar Harbor - This day didn't start off well but turned out great! We made reservations for Oli's Trolley for 10:00, the 2 1/2 hour tour to Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain. We got abroad and started the tour. About 20 minutes into the tour, the trolley started making noises and was having trouble going up the hills. The driver called someone and said that we were returning. He was clearly aggravated and it seemed to us that this wasn't the first time this had happened to him. When we got back, they didn't have any other trolleys for us to go on so they gave us our money back. I remembered from Cruise Critic that there was a second tour bus called, Acadia Tours,, so we found them and they had openings on their 11:00 tour. We did this one and it was great. It was by bus and way more comfortable then the trolley had been. The trolley seats are like benches with low backs so you don't have full back support and no head/neck support.

SHOPPING in Bar Harbor - Afterward, we spent two hours in a little store close to the pier called, Fair Trade Winds. This store is a must-see, the best gifts you will find anywhere! The gifts and jewelry are great quality, very unique, and the prices are great too. Here is a little bit from there website, "Fair Trade Winds provides something a typical shopping experience doesn‘t – unique gifts with purpose. Shoppers can feel confident that a significant percentage of their purchase goes directly to the artisans and farmers who created it, all over the world..." You can read more about this great little store at We found it by accident and so happy we did! Their address is: 119 Main St. Bar Harbor, ME 04609,(207) 288-0056

Great day. We love Boston! We did the hop on/hop off bus with Old Town Trolley Tours - ( and walked some of the Freedom Trail from the different stops. They are the only tour bus that comes close enough to the ship, stop 16. When you book online with them, you can request their free booklet that will help you plan your stops. You can't do everything on their route so it is very helpful to plan your day in advance so that you don't waste any time. Even with directions, it was somewhat confusing to find that first stop because the city does not allow any tour buses to post signs around the city. It is about a 15 minute walk to that first stop. Directions to stop 16: When you exit the terminal turn left on Black Falcon Avenue, go to the end of the building and turn right onto Design Center Place. Take your next left onto Drydock Avenue. At the traffic light, turn right onto Summer Street and follow until you see the Westin Hotel on your left. The Trolley will stop right by the front door of the hotel. At stop #1, if you have an e-ticket, you will have to get it converted to a regular ticket.
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Halifax, Canada - We did a private tour called Evangeline Trail/Grand Pre with Jonathan Duru of Aberdeen Tours: This was an amazing tour for us because both my husband and I have French Acadian (Cajun) ancestors that were deported from Nova Scotia. Grand Pre and the Annapolis is beautiful and breathtaking! It does take over an hour to get to this area of Grand Pre and the Annapolis Valley but well worth it. Jonathan is from Ghana and moved to Canada with his family when he was 19 years old. He was a very knowledgeable guide and has other tour options. Also, we stopped at Just Us Coffee Cafe and Roasting facility which is the most interesting coffee cafe we have ever been to. It has the best coffee we have ever tasted. They also have a small museum that explains the story of fair trade coffee. You can visit them at It is well worth the visit!
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Newport, Rhode Island - The day was bright and sunny. We went to the information center (a 5 - 10 minute walk from where the tender drops you off) and bought tickets for Bus 67. The info center is located on America's Cup Ave. You can ask anyone at the dock and they can point you in the right direction. The bus leaves from the info center and it took us to the Breakers and then the Marble House. You will receive a map and can get off and on at the appropriate stop, according to where you want to go. The cost to do two mansions was $23 (We purchased tickets at the info center but you can purchase them at the mansion). The ship's tour cost much more. Both mansions were very nice but I think we liked Marble House better. The self-guided audio about the family that lived there was a bit more interesting and unique. Also, we had time to walk some of the Cliff Walk and ate lunch at a hotel on the Cliff Walk. The tender ride is short and very pretty. Great day. Loved this port.
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Quebec - Even though we had the most unexpected weather, SNOW, we loved this port! Yes, it snowed hard until 4:00 that day! The people there said that this is the earliest snow on record for Quebec (It was Oct. 23rd). We are from Louisiana and have only seen snow a few times in our lives so we loved it though it was very cold. For this port, you really do not need a tour because staying inside the beautiful Old City gives you plenty to do all day. There are many churches you can go inside, great little shops and great museums. The ship gave us a "Things to See" page for every port and we followed this for Quebec City and asked the locals along the way about other sites and restaurants to visit. We only had one day there because our flight was the next day so we stayed out from 8:30 AM until 8:30 PM. It was just beautiful seeing everything covered in snow. RESTAURANT - We ate a late lunch at Aux AnCiens Canadiens, address: 34 rue Saint-Louis - C.P. 175, Succursale Haute-Ville. It is located in one of the oldest French homes in Quebec City. It has excellent atmosphere, service and food. We highly recommend it. If you go before 5:45 you can take advantage of the lunch special for $20, a full course meal. Otherwise, dinner prices are $50 and up.

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