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Crown Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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2032 reviews
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Thanksgiving Cruise 2018

Review for Crown Princess to the Caribbean
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creativegenius
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Nov 2018
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin D423 looking into the room from the Balcony side.
Cabin D423 looking at the room from the entry side.
View forward from Cabin D423 balcony.
The Crown Princess sitting at harbor in Martinique.
Dining Manager preparing a Club Class special entree.  Each night he would
View forward on the Silver Moon Catamaran in Barbados
Looking forward from Deck 16 behind the stacks.
The Love Boat Disco Party up on Deck 15.  Those are the Princess Dancers up
The Love Boat Disco Party up on Deck 15.  Some of the Princess Dancers in a
View of the Terrace Pool aft.  Our favorite pool at sea because you get tha
The Voice at Sea in the Princess Theater.  Interesting show, the theater wa
ATV Off Road Adventure in Grand Turk.  Fun excursion.
Mad Max Dune Buggies excursion in St. Kitts.  We booked this privately.  Re
Mad Max Dune Buggies excursion.  We booked this privately, really really fu

10 day Southern Caribbean. Itinerary: Ft. Lauderdale, Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Ft. Lauderdale

We’re 52 years old, married 22 years. For cuisine, I eat everything and my wife is a pescatarian (vegetables and seafood). This is our 12th cruise overall and fourth on Princess. After our first three cruises (Caribbean, Sapphire and Island Princesses) we have not sailed this line in over 8 years. In those years we’ve sailed Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Holland America and NCL.

After those ships and experiences, it honestly felt like a little bit of a throwback when we got onboard Crown Princess. We’ve gotten so used to the wide expanses and features of the more modern ships, the Crown feels more like an oversized yacht than cruise ship. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing.

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin M1

Our cabin was on Dolphin, Deck 9, D432. This particular cabin is very convenient to the mid-ship elevators and stairs, literally walking directly into the room from the stairs. Prior to boarding we were concerned the proximity to the elevators/stairs might be an issue with noise, but that never materialized. The cabin itself is a bit dated in its appearance, but as a mini-suite, Club Class, it’s perfectly functional. It has the mini-fridge and dual TVs so you could, in theory, watch two different programs. Being on the Dolphin deck our balcony was on the deck that sticks out the furthest on the ship, so we could look directly down into the water, rather than down into other balconies. That also means the balcony is fully exposed to everyone above you, but it wasn’t a problem during our cruise. One effect of the balconies being exposed is that they are full sun when the sun is on that side of the ship. There is no overhang.

There was plenty of space in the closet for both of our clothes for a 10 day sail along with lots of shelving both in the closet area and the ‘living room’ area cabinets. We had no problems storing all our ‘stuff’ for the 10 days.

There are two American style power outlets above the desk. They’re pretty close together so using a power tap for one of them will block the other. If you want to create additional power outlets, get a power strip that does not have a circuit breaker on it.

The added space in the cabin is nice to allow for spreading out stuff or even just sitting to enjoy the 2nd TV in the ‘living room’ portion of the cabin. Could easily entertain a few friends in there. The shower has a step over tub so if you have any issues stepping up and over a tub lip, something to keep in mind when choosing cabins.

My wife enjoyed the bed but I found it somewhat stiff. For me it feels like a classic futon and I woke up with my shoulders sore each morning. Room steward was Francisco and he was great. We hardly saw him but whenever we needed something, we’d just leave a note on the bed and he took care of it.

Port Reviews

Martinique

If you are a photographer, this is a great port to simply exit the ship and stroll the local town. There’s a great harbor area, small shopping district near the ship and then the main city is literally one block away from the pier. Lots of great buildings, people, colors and textures for photographers to simply stroll. I spent about two hours wandering and taking photos. Be sure not to miss the inside of the church. You’ll know which one, it’s the really tall one you can see as you walk towards the city.

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