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We picked the Mediterranean as a destination for the history and the variety. Our kids (19 and 17) love Roman and Greek history and mythology. This was a great way for our family to have a trip before both kids head off to college in the fall. We went with my sister-in-law and a family friend (making our party 6 in total). We boarded in Barcelona for a two week cruise to Rome and Athens. We flew in on the red eye from Atlanta to Barcelona, arriving the day of departure at 8:30am. We found the Princess transportation in the airport easily and had a lovely coach ride to the port. Embarkation went smoothly and we got onboard easily. Three of us took the Hop On Hop Off bus tour of Barcelona which was easy to get to by taxi at the Columbus Statue just outside the port. The ship left around 9:00pm so there was plenty of time to explore port and ship before we left the dock. The Cabin we had was a Premium Balcony at the back of the ship. The steward was fantastic and took great care of us.The bathroom was a typically small space and very utilitarian (the towels were thick and soft). There is not much shelf space but tons of hanging space in the closet. The safe is a reasonable room safe to easily store documents and jewelry. The beds were very comfortable! The Mediterranean was a very calm smooth ocean and we did not notice any pitch or roll - even on the nights we passed a few thunderstorms. The kids were in an interior cabin and found it a comfortable space (akin to their dorm room at college). We used the shipboard laundromat and that helped us cut down on the volume of clothing. The washers and dryers were utilitarian but did the trick. $3 for a wash cycle, $3 for a dry cycle and $1.50 each for laundry soap and softener (we brought our own). Princess has a laundry service but does not offer a laundry special as we have seen on Hawaiian and other Caribbean long cruises. Dinners were in the DaVinci Dining Room and were a pleasure. The menu was varied with some standard fare and regional options to allow a taste of regional cuisine. The Waiter and Assistant Waitress were wonderful!! Other meals were varied; we made use of the buffet, in-room breakfast, the Deckside dining in the pool areas (the pizza is New York style and not great, but the hot dogs and hamburgers were some of the best we have had on a cruise ship). We did not use the two specialty restaurants. If you are going to eat ashore, ask the Dining room staff if they have any recommendations the head waiter in our dining room had good suggestions. The cruise we were on had a Destination Specialist - Angela Kelly. She was great and gave port talks. If you could not attend the talk, it was televised to watch at a later time. The talks were not a sales pitch for excursions as we have seen on other cruises , but genuinely interesting morsels of history and sites in the area. Angela gave information on approximate costs of taxis and other transportation, things to see in port and surrounding areas, things tourists might not know (validate tickets on trains/buses to avoid fines) and reminders of personal safety in areas so as to have a good trip and make reasonable decisions. I hope Princess expands this program - it was great and VERY helpful to us. We planned most of our excursions on our own in order to see as much as we could of the items we were interested in. We did one Shore Excursion through Princess (the Minoan ruins at Heraklion) and were pleasantly surprised to find it included a meal (we thought we would have to grab something along the way as the information was not clear on this point). The Excursion was well organised and very professional. We were disappointed in the Entertainment this cruise. There was only one entertainer we felt was truly good (a violinist that we went to every show he had) the other entertainment was marginal at best. We have seen better people rejected from America's/Britain's Got Talent. Some things for American cruisers to remember: There is a dress code for dining in the dining rooms (please don't wear your swim things or shorts, it looks tacky). Air Conditioning in the Mediterranean is more of a suggestion than a reality and in August it is really HOT - drink plenty of water (we brought refillable bottles which were a godsend). We would go again! This cruise is was an amazing experience and we did not see all we were interested in on the trip so I anticipate a return trip in our future.

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Crown Princess Cruise Review by kkidred

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We picked the Mediterranean as a destination for the history and the variety. Our kids (19 and 17) love Roman and Greek history and mythology. This was a great way for our family to have a trip before both kids head off to college in the fall. We went with my sister-in-law and a family friend (making our party 6 in total). We boarded in Barcelona for a two week cruise to Rome and Athens.

We flew in on the red eye from Atlanta to Barcelona, arriving the day of departure at 8:30am. We found the Princess transportation in the airport easily and had a lovely coach ride to the port. Embarkation went smoothly and we got onboard easily. Three of us took the Hop On Hop Off bus tour of Barcelona which was easy to get to by taxi at the Columbus Statue just outside the port. The ship left around 9:00pm so there was plenty of time to explore port and ship before we left the dock.

The Cabin we had was a Premium Balcony at the back of the ship. The steward was fantastic and took great care of us.The bathroom was a typically small space and very utilitarian (the towels were thick and soft). There is not much shelf space but tons of hanging space in the closet. The safe is a reasonable room safe to easily store documents and jewelry. The beds were very comfortable! The Mediterranean was a very calm smooth ocean and we did not notice any pitch or roll - even on the nights we passed a few thunderstorms. The kids were in an interior cabin and found it a comfortable space (akin to their dorm room at college).

We used the shipboard laundromat and that helped us cut down on the volume of clothing. The washers and dryers were utilitarian but did the trick. $3 for a wash cycle, $3 for a dry cycle and $1.50 each for laundry soap and softener (we brought our own). Princess has a laundry service but does not offer a laundry special as we have seen on Hawaiian and other Caribbean long cruises.

Dinners were in the DaVinci Dining Room and were a pleasure. The menu was varied with some standard fare and regional options to allow a taste of regional cuisine. The Waiter and Assistant Waitress were wonderful!! Other meals were varied; we made use of the buffet, in-room breakfast, the Deckside dining in the pool areas (the pizza is New York style and not great, but the hot dogs and hamburgers were some of the best we have had on a cruise ship). We did not use the two specialty restaurants. If you are going to eat ashore, ask the Dining room staff if they have any recommendations the head waiter in our dining room had good suggestions.

The cruise we were on had a Destination Specialist - Angela Kelly. She was great and gave port talks. If you could not attend the talk, it was televised to watch at a later time. The talks were not a sales pitch for excursions as we have seen on other cruises , but genuinely interesting morsels of history and sites in the area. Angela gave information on approximate costs of taxis and other transportation, things to see in port and surrounding areas, things tourists might not know (validate tickets on trains/buses to avoid fines) and reminders of personal safety in areas so as to have a good trip and make reasonable decisions. I hope Princess expands this program - it was great and VERY helpful to us.

We planned most of our excursions on our own in order to see as much as we could of the items we were interested in. We did one Shore Excursion through Princess (the Minoan ruins at Heraklion) and were pleasantly surprised to find it included a meal (we thought we would have to grab something along the way as the information was not clear on this point). The Excursion was well organised and very professional.

We were disappointed in the Entertainment this cruise. There was only one entertainer we felt was truly good (a violinist that we went to every show he had) the other entertainment was marginal at best. We have seen better people rejected from America's/Britain's Got Talent.

Some things for American cruisers to remember: There is a dress code for dining in the dining rooms (please don't wear your swim things or shorts, it looks tacky). Air Conditioning in the Mediterranean is more of a suggestion than a reality and in August it is really HOT - drink plenty of water (we brought refillable bottles which were a godsend).

We would go again! This cruise is was an amazing experience and we did not see all we were interested in on the trip so I anticipate a return trip in our future.
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The Cabin was cozy. I wish there was a bit more shelving space (the space allotted in the closet was just a little too tight for a 2 week cruise). The TV was unnecessarily large.
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