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We chose this cruise because we've never been on a transatlantic cruise, really wanted to see Iceland, and thought this would be a wonderful way to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We have taken about 20 cruises with almost all big ship cruise companies, but the most with Princess. We are Platinum members. We found the evening shows and daily activities to be very limited and not very interesting, especially for a cruise with 9 of it's 16 days at sea. The dining room menus often didn't have anything on them that sounded appetizing, even though I'm not picky! Although our dining room waiter, Napoleon, was EXCELLENT, I was hearing a LOT of comments that Princess appears to have severely cut the wait staff as they each seemed to have too many assigned tables to serve and service was extremely slow. We definitely agreed. Our mid-ship balcony cabin smelled weird (like old shoes or dirty clothes or something). Other cruises we've been on, not always on Princess, it seemed like EVERY time you left your room, you would find the room and towels refreshed every time you came back to the cabin. Not on this cruise. Several times our room was only made up once a day, WHILE WE WERE AT DINNER, which was definitely not up to snuff. Also, the power on the wall outlets and to the TV went out TWICE while we were on our cruise and was not fixed until the next DAY. Not awful...just really disappointing. I can't say we hated the cruise or anything, but it this one was definitely a let down, including the excursions which we felt were not properly described. For instance, on the excursion to Vigur Island, we looked forward to seeing the 8,000 puffins on the island, whales and seals, and all the other wildlife as described. They say "sighting of wildlife not guaranteed" on such excursions, but to get to the island to find absolutely no wildlife on it and be told by the tour guide that the puffins ALWAYS leave in early to mid-August and are NEVER there in September, we felt we were really mislead. "Sightings not guaranteed" is a lot different from "you are GUARANTEED absolutely no sightings" are two entirely different situations. On another excursion, we knew there would be walking involved but did not know there would not be an option to stay on the bus. Instead, all of the mostly 60 and over folks were let off in one parking lot and told to meet the bus in "parking lot 2," only to find out later that the walking involved at least two kilometers of walking on steep, rocky path to get to the other parking lot whether you were fit, slower, using a cane, a walker, or even being pushed in a wheelchair.

Not AT ALL what I expected.

Crown Princess Cruise Review by lovetravelgal

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We chose this cruise because we've never been on a transatlantic cruise, really wanted to see Iceland, and thought this would be a wonderful way to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We have taken about 20 cruises with almost all big ship cruise companies, but the most with Princess. We are Platinum members.

We found the evening shows and daily activities to be very limited and not very interesting, especially for a cruise with 9 of it's 16 days at sea.

The dining room menus often didn't have anything on them that sounded appetizing, even though I'm not picky!

Although our dining room waiter, Napoleon, was EXCELLENT, I was hearing a LOT of comments that Princess appears to have severely cut the wait staff as they each seemed to have too many assigned tables to serve and service was extremely slow. We definitely agreed.

Our mid-ship balcony cabin smelled weird (like old shoes or dirty clothes or something). Other cruises we've been on, not always on Princess, it seemed like EVERY time you left your room, you would find the room and towels refreshed every time you came back to the cabin. Not on this cruise. Several times our room was only made up once a day, WHILE WE WERE AT DINNER, which was definitely not up to snuff. Also, the power on the wall outlets and to the TV went out TWICE while we were on our cruise and was not fixed until the next DAY.

Not awful...just really disappointing.

I can't say we hated the cruise or anything, but it this one was definitely a let down, including the excursions which we felt were not properly described. For instance, on the excursion to Vigur Island, we looked forward to seeing the 8,000 puffins on the island, whales and seals, and all the other wildlife as described. They say "sighting of wildlife not guaranteed" on such excursions, but to get to the island to find absolutely no wildlife on it and be told by the tour guide that the puffins ALWAYS leave in early to mid-August and are NEVER there in September, we felt we were really mislead. "Sightings not guaranteed" is a lot different from "you are GUARANTEED absolutely no sightings" are two entirely different situations.

On another excursion, we knew there would be walking involved but did not know there would not be an option to stay on the bus. Instead, all of the mostly 60 and over folks were let off in one parking lot and told to meet the bus in "parking lot 2," only to find out later that the walking involved at least two kilometers of walking on steep, rocky path to get to the other parking lot whether you were fit, slower, using a cane, a walker, or even being pushed in a wheelchair.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BA B419
I was disappointed with this cabin. The only thing we liked about it was that it was mid-ship and had easy access to DaVinci dining room on level 5 below us. I suppose I am comparing this with Holland America which has bigger balcony rooms and definitely much bigger bathrooms. On a rolling ship, you'd better really judge correctly when go to use the toilet as you could easily end up in the shower. Yes, that small. This room in particular seemed to have a rather sour smell, almost like old moldy shoes or something that got worse as the 16 day cruise progressed. We are platinum members with Princess, but this stateroom just didn't cut it.
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