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The destinations were great, more time at Messina and Crete would have made this portion of the trip outstanding (i.e. 10 to 12 hours at these ports would be ideal). 14 out of the 17 days we smelled sewage at various times on various decks while at sea, the other days were in ports. Passenger should not see bubbled up paint or rust anywhere where passengers can access, especially near the Serenity and on the Promenade Decks. This Boat is only 13 Years old. People pay a lot of money to go on these cruises, but, there was a constant push to sell extras even after saying NO! Other Examples of just being cheap: Ice Cream - free, pay extra for the sprinkles. Hamburgers - free, but put cheese and bacon on it, pay extra. Pizza same thing. The Entertainment was Marginal, there cultural nights in Barcelona and Athens with the local dances were effectively meaningless. There was No explanation of what the dances being performed are, nor there significance, purpose, or meaning. Minimal variety of the entertainment Port and shore excursions were more than 2x's the cost of doing it yourselves. Do a little research before you go and save a lot of money, a little planning goes a long way. Some of the sights you see on the Princess Shore Excursions are Drive Bys. But they do seem to find time to stop to Shop. If word got around that someone had a couple decks of cards and chips for a Texas Hold'em game no one would use their electronic table. Example 3 players 1 looses $40, 1 wins $2 another wins $10 and Princess Cruise Lines Takes $28

Smelly and Cheap (Nickeled and Dimed at ever turn)

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Marco Polo II

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The destinations were great, more time at Messina and Crete would have made this portion of the trip outstanding (i.e. 10 to 12 hours at these ports would be ideal).

14 out of the 17 days we smelled sewage at various times on various decks while at sea, the other days were in ports.

Passenger should not see bubbled up paint or rust anywhere where passengers can access, especially near the Serenity and on the Promenade Decks. This Boat is only 13 Years old.

People pay a lot of money to go on these cruises, but, there was a constant push to sell extras even after saying NO!

Other Examples of just being cheap: Ice Cream - free, pay extra for the sprinkles. Hamburgers - free, but put cheese and bacon on it, pay extra. Pizza same thing.

The Entertainment was Marginal, there cultural nights in Barcelona and Athens with the local dances were effectively meaningless. There was No explanation of what the dances being performed are, nor there significance, purpose, or meaning.

Minimal variety of the entertainment

Port and shore excursions were more than 2x's the cost of doing it yourselves. Do a little research before you go and save a lot of money, a little planning goes a long way. Some of the sights you see on the Princess Shore Excursions are Drive Bys. But they do seem to find time to stop to Shop.

If word got around that someone had a couple decks of cards and chips for a Texas Hold'em game no one would use their electronic table. Example 3 players 1 looses $40, 1 wins $2 another wins $10 and Princess Cruise Lines Takes $28
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