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We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit New York and then see the autumn colours of New England and Canada. This cruise did not disappoint! Our cruise itinerary began in New York and we arranged our hotel and transfers independently of Princess. The city is well worth a visit and the highlight for us was probably 'Top of the Rock' which we visited at sun set. Boarding Crown Princess at Brooklyn was definitely the smoothest, quickest and stress free embarkation I have experienced. The whole team onboard made us feel very welcome and, having taken our last 2 cruises with another line, it was good to be back with Princess. Sailing away in the dark from New York was magical, although there wasn't really the usual sail away party atmosphere. Dinner in the Freedom dining restaurants was a bit haphazard that evening, probably because there had been a fairly late muster drill, followed by the sail away, after which everyone seemed to descend on the restaurant. Of course they were inundated, which was understandable. The staff could have helped the situation though by giving people clearer explanations and updates on what was happening. They should also have banned the booking of tables on that evening as well because it seemed to add another level of confusion. Maybe then there would have been fewer moaners who didn't seem to be able to understand the difficulties facing the dining room and kitchen and who rather spoiled the mood on our first evening. We didn't have to wait to be seated on any other evening though. The next day we woke to the news that we wouldn't be able to visit Newport, RI because another craft had broken down where our tenders were due to dock. Amazingly, there were clearly many maritime experts on board who moaned that the captain could have sent our tenders to a different landing site. Again, a difficult situation worsened by others who bring in an element of stress. We enjoyed an unexpected sea day. These things happen! It wasn't Princess' fault. Day 3 was in Boston. A pretty city. We did a walking tour, which was a bit boring, if I'm honest. I think it was down to our guide who wasn't particularly good. Our next stop, day 4, in Bar Harbor made up for any disappointment from Newport. The town is really pretty, a lovely place to visit. We did a tour to Cadillac mountain and Acadia national park. We saw some autumn colours and the scenery was beautiful. Lobster rolls and blueberry pie just had to be eaten and were superb. Day 5 was in St John. We looked around the town but felt there wasn't much to see. Day 6 in Halifax was much better. We did the tour to Peggy's Cove which was beautiful. Good guide too. Day 7 was in Sydney which, again, didn't have much to offer. Although it was Saturday the town seemed to be closed. We enjoyed walking around the residential area, seeing Canadian houses and their hallowe'en decorations. Day 8 was Charlotte town, Prince Edward Island, where we did a culinary walking tour. It's well worth doing because it's great to sample local food and drink. We enjoyed the mussels in particular. Day 9 was a sea day which meant we could enjoy the ship. Crown Princess has an Art Deco styling, which is lovely. She's well maintained. The crew all seem really friendly and happy. I know they're told to smile and say hello but I didn't feel anyone was forcing themselves to be polite. Many engaged in conversation with us which we found interesting and, as we shared some of our experiences with them, I hope they did too. Day 10 was in Quebec which is a lovely city. It's very French and the people mainly speak French, with many unable to converse in English. We don't really speak more than a few words of French but managed fine. We did a tour to the maple syrup sugar shack and the water falls. The tour itself was good with an excellent guide, but it didn't leave until 4pm so the light faded and we ended the tour in the dark. Not ideal! It's probably fair to say the average age of our fellow passengers was somewhat older than us and we did feel entertainment and activities were geared towards their age group. There really weren't any activities we were interested in during the day, apart from wine tasting and a cooking 'competition '. I enjoyed the illusion and dance show on the final evening. Our final day we disembarked smoothly and went on an excursion to Montreal before transferring to the airport. We had a smashing holiday. Food was fabulous. There was some excellent company and Princess showed us why we should come back to them. I wouldn't hesitate to book another cruise with Princess and hope I get the chance to sail on Crown Princess again.

Fabulous cruise - New York, New England, Canada

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Mini1red

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We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit New York and then see the autumn colours of New England and Canada. This cruise did not disappoint! Our cruise itinerary began in New York and we arranged our hotel and transfers independently of Princess. The city is well worth a visit and the highlight for us was probably 'Top of the Rock' which we visited at sun set.

Boarding Crown Princess at Brooklyn was definitely the smoothest, quickest and stress free embarkation I have experienced. The whole team onboard made us feel very welcome and, having taken our last 2 cruises with another line, it was good to be back with Princess. Sailing away in the dark from New York was magical, although there wasn't really the usual sail away party atmosphere.

Dinner in the Freedom dining restaurants was a bit haphazard that evening, probably because there had been a fairly late muster drill, followed by the sail away, after which everyone seemed to descend on the restaurant. Of course they were inundated, which was understandable. The staff could have helped the situation though by giving people clearer explanations and updates on what was happening. They should also have banned the booking of tables on that evening as well because it seemed to add another level of confusion. Maybe then there would have been fewer moaners who didn't seem to be able to understand the difficulties facing the dining room and kitchen and who rather spoiled the mood on our first evening. We didn't have to wait to be seated on any other evening though.

The next day we woke to the news that we wouldn't be able to visit Newport, RI because another craft had broken down where our tenders were due to dock. Amazingly, there were clearly many maritime experts on board who moaned that the captain could have sent our tenders to a different landing site. Again, a difficult situation worsened by others who bring in an element of stress. We enjoyed an unexpected sea day. These things happen! It wasn't Princess' fault.

Day 3 was in Boston. A pretty city. We did a walking tour, which was a bit boring, if I'm honest. I think it was down to our guide who wasn't particularly good.

Our next stop, day 4, in Bar Harbor made up for any disappointment from Newport. The town is really pretty, a lovely place to visit. We did a tour to Cadillac mountain and Acadia national park. We saw some autumn colours and the scenery was beautiful. Lobster rolls and blueberry pie just had to be eaten and were superb.

Day 5 was in St John. We looked around the town but felt there wasn't much to see.

Day 6 in Halifax was much better. We did the tour to Peggy's Cove which was beautiful. Good guide too.

Day 7 was in Sydney which, again, didn't have much to offer. Although it was Saturday the town seemed to be closed. We enjoyed walking around the residential area, seeing Canadian houses and their hallowe'en decorations.

Day 8 was Charlotte town, Prince Edward Island, where we did a culinary walking tour. It's well worth doing because it's great to sample local food and drink. We enjoyed the mussels in particular.

Day 9 was a sea day which meant we could enjoy the ship. Crown Princess has an Art Deco styling, which is lovely. She's well maintained. The crew all seem really friendly and happy. I know they're told to smile and say hello but I didn't feel anyone was forcing themselves to be polite. Many engaged in conversation with us which we found interesting and, as we shared some of our experiences with them, I hope they did too.

Day 10 was in Quebec which is a lovely city. It's very French and the people mainly speak French, with many unable to converse in English. We don't really speak more than a few words of French but managed fine. We did a tour to the maple syrup sugar shack and the water falls. The tour itself was good with an excellent guide, but it didn't leave until 4pm so the light faded and we ended the tour in the dark. Not ideal!

It's probably fair to say the average age of our fellow passengers was somewhat older than us and we did feel entertainment and activities were geared towards their age group. There really weren't any activities we were interested in during the day, apart from wine tasting and a cooking 'competition '. I enjoyed the illusion and dance show on the final evening.

Our final day we disembarked smoothly and went on an excursion to Montreal before transferring to the airport.

We had a smashing holiday. Food was fabulous. There was some excellent company and Princess showed us why we should come back to them. I wouldn't hesitate to book another cruise with Princess and hope I get the chance to sail on Crown Princess again.
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Cabin IB A537
Average size and layout for an inside cabin. No noise from outside. Still not sure what is next door, probably a crew area but no disturbance from it. Air conditioning quiet.
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