Good With Some Reservations: Crown Princess Cruise Review by cassandra44
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Good With Some Reservations
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Having been on Emerald and the Ruby Princess (both in their first year) we had got used to the lovely pristine condition of both ships. Crown was fine was is now looking very tired in comparison with the other two. The deck chairs (we had 2 mini suites) really seemed very worn and a couple had holes that looked like cigarette burns. We also found that several things had been thrown over the balconies of cabins above so that they landed on our balconies (on Dolphin). This included a cigar butt. Also the blue "matting" on the balcony was dirty and needed a good scrub. I also noticed a lot of rust under the railings. I think this ship really needs to be spruced up.
Food was good - we used both the Horizon Cafe (for breakfast and lunch) and the Michelangelo dining room for dinner. We had great wait staff (thanks Elena and Olena!) and a very good cabin steward (Albert) who looked after turning down the sofa bed for our two grandchildren.
The staff in the Pelican were wonderful....great ideas for keeping the youngsters occupied...and they did some very interesting crafts e.g. colouring t-shirts and so on. The young ones loved it.
We didn't go to any of the shows so I can't comment - we have really got tired of the Vegas style shows and prefer having classical string quartets playing before and after dinner...and watching movies.
Which brings me to MUTS....This should be an interesting experience but it was not because the SOUND WAS MUCH TOO LOUD! IT WAS DEAFENING and we couldn't wait to get away from the area. Having watched movies on a Med cruise on Ruby Princess I have to say that someone has pumped up the volume and it is no longer an enjoyable experience. Many passengers expressed similar views to me.
My final comment relates to smoking. I would like to see smoking banned entirely from balconies but if passengers are allowed to smoke for goodness sake PLEASE BAN CIGARS! We were constantly having to put up with the stench of cigar smoke coming from several cabins above and along from us. This is quite intolerable in an age when many people are giving up smoking. If people want to smoke insist on their smoking in a controlled room.
Other than that we had a very good cruise. The staff were very good with the grandchildren and I would certainly take them on another Princess cruise. Good destinations (easy for children), good food and great company. PS One final criticism - because of Superbowl activities we were displaced from normal terminal and had to go to a most inconvenient one which was much too small and difficult to get to from the parking building. This is a one off thing but it was REALLY INCONVENIENT. Less
Cabin review: BB Balcony
We liked our 2 mini suites on Dolphin. In particular we liked the bath and extra room in the bathroom and the sitting area. Negative? The balcony chairs were worn and had holes and the deck matting on the balcony was dirty - it was stained and needed replacing.Read All Balcony (BB) Reviews >>
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