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We chose Crown Princess because we had experienced such a good cruise on Sea Princess 9 years ago. The itinerary was identical and we thought it would be nice to visit the same ports but different excursions. As a treat, we upgraded to a mini suite as we wanted a bath - what a rip off that was - it was nothing but a larger cabin with a balcony. The bath was disgusting and had a yellow 'tide' rim inside of it. The toilet had black like soot/ granules every time it was flushed. We were on cabin deck 9 and we experienced the most awful sewage smell every day - it made you gag every time you went pass the culprit area. We reported it constantly to no avail - the ship clearly has a problem as I have since read many reviews where passengers thought it was a smelly ship. We have cruised many times in 9 years having had 13 ocean cruises and 1 riverboat cruise and not once did we ever experience eating off of plastic plates, drinking a beverage from plastic cups or wine/beer from plastic glasses in a buffet restaurant. We did on this one!!! The food choices was certainly not great and nor was the food ever hot so to be given a cold plastic plate to put luke warm greasy food on is beyond belief!!! There was no trays at all, so it became a juggling act with plates and cups. Entertainment???? Mmmmmmmm, if you like art auctions then you will be in seventh heaven. We experienced 3 in our 1 week cruise. 2 of them were held in the Explorers bar and it became very annoying when you are trying to read or just want to be quiet - one went on for about 3.5 hours. You might think why didn't we move to another area - well, it was hard to find another quiet area that was attended by bar staff. A glass of wine was absolutely silly money - 8 dollars for a 175ml glass which at the time was equivalent to £6.45! Prior to this cruise we had 2 further cruises booked - one was on Sapphire Princess Sept 2018 and the other was on Arcadia (P&O) May 2018. When we returned, we cancelled these 2 cruises as they are both owned by Carnival - what ever Carnival touches, it turns into a holiday camp at sea. Standards have certainly dropped - it seems they are just out to fleece you any way possible - excursions, special restaurants add on cost etc etc. We went with Celebrity Cruises last year and it was faultless so we have booked with them again for next year.

Smelly ship and plastic plates, cups and wine glasses

Crown Princess Cruise Review by cwebbjaderuby

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We chose Crown Princess because we had experienced such a good cruise on Sea Princess 9 years ago. The itinerary was identical and we thought it would be nice to visit the same ports but different excursions. As a treat, we upgraded to a mini suite as we wanted a bath - what a rip off that was - it was nothing but a larger cabin with a balcony. The bath was disgusting and had a yellow 'tide' rim inside of it. The toilet had black like soot/ granules every time it was flushed. We were on cabin deck 9 and we experienced the most awful sewage smell every day - it made you gag every time you went pass the culprit area. We reported it constantly to no avail - the ship clearly has a problem as I have since read many reviews where passengers thought it was a smelly ship.

We have cruised many times in 9 years having had 13 ocean cruises and 1 riverboat cruise and not once did we ever experience eating off of plastic plates, drinking a beverage from plastic cups or wine/beer from plastic glasses in a buffet restaurant. We did on this one!!! The food choices was certainly not great and nor was the food ever hot so to be given a cold plastic plate to put luke warm greasy food on is beyond belief!!! There was no trays at all, so it became a juggling act with plates and cups.

Entertainment???? Mmmmmmmm, if you like art auctions then you will be in seventh heaven. We experienced 3 in our 1 week cruise. 2 of them were held in the Explorers bar and it became very annoying when you are trying to read or just want to be quiet - one went on for about 3.5 hours. You might think why didn't we move to another area - well, it was hard to find another quiet area that was attended by bar staff.

A glass of wine was absolutely silly money - 8 dollars for a 175ml glass which at the time was equivalent to £6.45!

Prior to this cruise we had 2 further cruises booked - one was on Sapphire Princess Sept 2018 and the other was on Arcadia (P&O) May 2018. When we returned, we cancelled these 2 cruises as they are both owned by Carnival - what ever Carnival touches, it turns into a holiday camp at sea. Standards have certainly dropped - it seems they are just out to fleece you any way possible - excursions, special restaurants add on cost etc etc. We went with Celebrity Cruises last year and it was faultless so we have booked with them again for next year.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD D326
Dirty bath with yellowing rim. Toilet sewage smell towards end of cruise. Mattress tired and lumpy pillows too soft they encompassed you
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