1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Crown Princess
For the onboard staff and crew, I have nothing but praise. We also had 14 days of sunny skies and a sea like glass. It was almost eerie that it was so calm. This was true across all ports we visited in Greece, Italy, and Barcelona. We didn't find out until we got on the ship that the popular 2 for 1 happy hours had been eliminated on most (if not all) Princess cruises.. This really angered a lot of passengers and was a quick way to get a heated bashing of Princess going just about anywhere on the ship. This problem was caused by the Princess Corporation and not the ship. They seem to put more priority on selling their drink package vice guest preferences. This was a complete policy failure on their part. We did not buy that package and will not buy it in the future. On formal night they served lobster, but whatever they served looked more like crawdad. It was another major area of complaint in all dining rooms. Again, this was not caused by the ship but rather th company buyers for the product. Another failure for Princess apparently trying to save money. I felt sorry for the waiters who had to field all of the complaints they got. On the second half of this cruise when lobster was served, we bypassed it completely. The ports of call were fabulous, and we had no real complaints on them. Other than the above, this was probably the best one we have done out of 8 cruises in various parts of the world.

Excellent For the Most Part

Crown Princess Cruise Review by jeloffland

1 person found this helpful
Trip Details
For the onboard staff and crew, I have nothing but praise. We also had 14 days of sunny skies and a sea like glass. It was almost eerie that it was so calm. This was true across all ports we visited in Greece, Italy, and Barcelona.

We didn't find out until we got on the ship that the popular 2 for 1 happy hours had been eliminated on most (if not all) Princess cruises.. This really angered a lot of passengers and was a quick way to get a heated bashing of Princess going just about anywhere on the ship. This problem was caused by the Princess Corporation and not the ship. They seem to put more priority on selling their drink package vice guest preferences. This was a complete policy failure on their part. We did not buy that package and will not buy it in the future.

On formal night they served lobster, but whatever they served looked more like crawdad. It was another major area of complaint in all dining rooms. Again, this was not caused by the ship but rather th company buyers for the product. Another failure for Princess apparently trying to save money. I felt sorry for the waiters who had to field all of the complaints they got. On the second half of this cruise when lobster was served, we bypassed it completely.

The ports of call were fabulous, and we had no real complaints on them. Other than the above, this was probably the best one we have done out of 8 cruises in various parts of the world.
jeloffland’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Crown Princess price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BB A337
Good location and served our needs very well. It is away from most of the public areas and located close enough to the center of the ship to give a good ride in heavy seas, although we did not have any on this cruise.
Aloha Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    Good walking tour and shopping
    View All 42 City Tour Reviews
  • Island of Delos
    This is a fascinating place out of history and the tour was very extensive. One of the best excursions of the cruise.
    View All 93 Island of Delos Reviews
  • Amalfi Coast
    This was the single best tour we took over the 14 days. The company is called Carmine's Coast and is locatable on Tripadvisor. Carmine has operated this for 30 years and he took us to places Princess didn't even advertise. He drove a mountain road vice the tunnels and shopped in Revella before descending back to the Amalfi coast. We stopped at several locations for pictures. Our group was only 4 in number so we didn't have to go thru the bus drills Princess provides. A highlight was a a stop at a local restaurant overlooking Positano where we had an amazing meal of farm to table dishes, pasta, wine, and desserts. Everything we ate and drank was derived from the farm that we also walked thru and sampled before eating. It cost us 25 Euros each plus tip (above the cost of the tour) but would have been easily 75 Euros each in any other restaurant. We then went on to visit an olive oil company and toured it. This overall tour was the single best tour we had ever taken over 8 cruises around the world. I highly recommend it.
    View All 266 Amalfi Coast Reviews
  • Rome (Civitavecchia)
    We were in Rome about 4 days ahead of the cruise and took tours on our own or some that our concierge at the hotel helped us arrange.
    View All 2,211 Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Port Reviews
    View Cruise Critic's Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Port Review
  • Salerno
    Took a tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum using a local company. He was an archaeologist at both locations and our tour of 4 people was more than great.
    View All 46 Salerno Cruise Port Reviews
    View Cruise Critic's Salerno Cruise Port Review