Jumped on the Crown at the last minute when the price plummeted and when we realized we had 10 open days before the holidays begin. Our last 4 cruises had been on newer and larger ships, so we lowered our expectations on several fronts.
The positives: Nice size balcony, friendly and excellent service, good MDR experience, anytime dining was prompt with small wait times, good promenade deck, very little selling pressure, and Princess did a nice job on moving folks on and off the ship.
The less positive: There are still plenty of kinks with the medallion usage, entertainment was average and not plentiful, buffet never seemed to have enough lines open or enough seating, and buffet selection was hit and miss.
The ship has some wear and tear, but given the age of the ship, it was in good shape.
We docked promptly at ports and sailed out right on time. For beach enthusiasts, there were excellent reasonable beach choices at every port. Breezes at each port helped make the beach days good. Princess Cay is in excellent condition.
Overall, good value, good ports and a relaxing cruise.