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We have sailed on Norwegen, Holland America and Oceania., Chose this cruise based upon time of year and origin and final ports in the Mediterranean. The stateroom with balcony and the E-Z airfare were very affordable. Embarkation and disembarkation were very organized and well done. The public areas of the ship frequently were just a little smelly with sewer smell and on the promenade deck, the smoke exposure made it unpleasant to walk. Dining and food were quite mediocre in the Horizon dining area (cafeteria), Salty dog grill -as was service. Main dining room-Michelangelo- 2 nights-same server, Rafael, and very good service. 1 night with a less experienced server , service was slow and incomplete. Specialty restaurant-Crown Grill- food and service were excellent as expected-significant upcharge for specialty dining. Except for 1 port, our excursions were all through the ship. We were pleased with all the tours although the Best of the Bay of Naples:Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri tour was time limited and mediocre lunch was the only thing we did in Sorrento. The Pompeii guided tour was excellent and the guide, Luca clearly enjoyed giving this part of the tour. Of note, The Bon Appetit recommended Greek Classics in Corfu was lovely, relaxing and the cooking lesson was fun and tasty. Disappointed in the nickel and dime mentality of the Princess cruise line. The soda drink package included only 1 diet soda-choice-caffeinated cola. Non-caffeinated diet soda was an extra charge -disappointing for a type 1 diabetic. Paid for soda package and coffee packages and did not really get near the money's worth for either. Would not recommend non-alcoholic drink packages. Can't vouch for alcohol packages.Specialty meal at Crown Grill restaurant was similar in cost ( with the upcharge) and quality to quality restaurants near home but we enjoyed the experience anyway. Excursions were more expensive than what one could get on Trip Advisor, Viator but ease and assurance of the boat waiting in the event of a delay,were probably worth it. Probably will not become a loyalty member. We will be looking at other cruise line experiences especially for longer cruises

Our first Princess cruise-a little disappointing.

Crown Princess Cruise Review by S+D at sea

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We have sailed on Norwegen, Holland America and Oceania.,

Chose this cruise based upon time of year and origin and final ports in the Mediterranean. The stateroom with balcony and the E-Z airfare were very affordable.

Embarkation and disembarkation were very organized and well done.

The public areas of the ship frequently were just a little smelly with sewer smell and on the promenade deck, the smoke exposure made it unpleasant to walk.

Dining and food were quite mediocre in the Horizon dining area (cafeteria), Salty dog grill -as was service.

Main dining room-Michelangelo- 2 nights-same server, Rafael, and very good service. 1 night with a less experienced server , service was slow and incomplete.

Specialty restaurant-Crown Grill- food and service were excellent as expected-significant upcharge for specialty dining.

Except for 1 port, our excursions were all through the ship. We were pleased with all the tours although the Best of the Bay of Naples:Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri tour was time limited and mediocre lunch was the only thing we did in Sorrento. The Pompeii guided tour was excellent and the guide, Luca clearly enjoyed giving this part of the tour.

Of note, The Bon Appetit recommended Greek Classics in Corfu was lovely, relaxing and the cooking lesson was fun and tasty.

Disappointed in the nickel and dime mentality of the Princess cruise line. The soda drink package included only 1 diet soda-choice-caffeinated cola. Non-caffeinated diet soda was an extra charge -disappointing for a type 1 diabetic. Paid for soda package and coffee packages and did not really get near the money's worth for either. Would not recommend non-alcoholic drink packages. Can't vouch for alcohol packages.Specialty meal at Crown Grill restaurant was similar in cost ( with the upcharge) and quality to quality restaurants near home but we enjoyed the experience anyway.

Excursions were more expensive than what one could get on Trip Advisor, Viator but ease and assurance of the boat waiting in the event of a delay,were probably worth it.

Probably will not become a loyalty member. We will be looking at other cruise line experiences especially for longer cruises
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