We chose this cruise since there were some islands on the itinerary that we hadn't been to before. We love the crew on the Crown so we wanted to sail on her again and this was our 4th time on her!
We live in NE Florida so for a change we drove down to port the morning of the sailing. We parked our car at the Park N Cruise and caught the shuttle to port. We arrived around 11:45 and were onboard by Noon, just in time to get lunch in DaVinci dining room! Easy peasy!
Our cabin was on Baja Deck, midship. Nice cabin, in very nice condition except for the AC...our cabin was very warm and it wouldn't cool down. I always bring a small battery operated fan so that helped. The "ventilation worker" came to our cabin a few times and customer service followed up several time to see how the cabin temp was. It did get a wee bit better and the last day they offered us some obc credit to make up for the issue.
Our room steward, John was quick and efficient!
We sailed on the Crown 25 day sailing in the Med last October and the food in the dining room was not good. This time however, the meals in the dining room were very good! Not a bad meal for the whole 10 days! Very impressed by the change! Our waiter and assistant waiter were both friendly and efficient! The new "late dining" time was 7:15 but they opened the doors at 7:05 most nights. The new time fit with what we like to do onboard and if you want to make it to one of the shows(9:15), it works well
We ate in Crown Grill the first formal night, and it was lovely as usual! However, they rolled out the new wine list on our sailing and when we ordered a bottle in the Crown, they had a hard time finding it...took 20 minutes! We did try some of the new wines and were very pleased with our selections.
We played Trivia several times and actually won 3-4 times! We attended several of the game shows which are always fun! We went to Kareoke and the Voice of the Ocean audiions and that is always entertaining! The cruise director staff was great! We particularly enjoyed Allwynn and Song! Very fun and funny!
We didn't go to any of the shows in the Princess theater having seen many of them on our October cruise. We went to a few in the Explorers lounge and they were good.
I played Bingo twice and was very dissappointed with the higher priced packages...even higher than just 5 months ago! And I found the hard sell on the "tablets" to be extremely irritating. Smallest tablet package was $69!!! Won't be playing bingo anywhere near as much as I used to. Very disappointing....but I must say this was the only real downside to this sailing.
For one of the few times, we booked all Princess tours and they were good to excellent. Whale Watching in Dominica was a real highlight! And we also ventured to a sailing on the "AquaSpace" vessel, a one-of-a- kind 40 year old exploring boat that Jacque Cousteau used for some of his explorations! Very interesting and different! In Aruba the DePalm island beach break was nice and relaxing and included drinks and lunch.
Overall, we found the Crown to be even better than before and it was reflected in being voted #2 ship in the fleet only behind the Regal! The health inspectors came onbaord mid cruise and gave the Crown 99 points!! That's really saying something for a ship as old as the Crown! I give credit to the Hotel General Manager, Andreas Pitsch for all the quality improvements....he is doing an excellent job!
We will definitely sail on the Crown again!
Cabin was fine and in good repair except for the AC issues.
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Beautiful beach but too crowded the day we were there since there were 5 ships in port. When we were dropped off after the tour we were dropped off at the very end of the pier and had to walk the length of the Regal, the NCL Epic and finally to the Crown in the pouring rain!View All 265 Magen Bay Beach Reviews
Nice island, ok food and expensive drinks.