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We enjoyed a great 10-night cruise on the Crown Princess to the Eastern Caribbean. There were three couples travelling together (3 sisters + husbands). We had Club Class minisuites, deck 9, rooms D421, D423, D425. The rooms were near the stairs and elevators, but there was no noise or additional commotion associated with the location. Our airport transfer to the ship had an inordinate wait time (45 minutes) as there was some trouble with the bus. Embarkation was a breeze once we arrived from the airport. It's a very well-run process. Our bags were delivered timely to our rooms. We really enjoy Club Class, having experienced it on our last cruise in December 2018. Not having to wait for a table at dinner is very nice. Our wait staff in the dining room was superb. They called us by name at every meal and remembered our preferences. One member of our party must be gluten-free and the wait staff and chef were more than accommodating. The food was the best I've had on a cruise. Princess had a chef in the dining room preparing special appetizers/mains/desserts every night: a really nice touch. The prime rib served on the first night was deemed the best ever had by several in our party. We had one meal in the Crown Grill (a freebie associated with Club Class). The steaks were top notch and we thoroughly enjoyed this special night. The buffets were delicious and give you the opportunity to taste many different items. We enjoyed all of our meals here as well, but were a bit tired of the food by the end. The soft-serve ice cream on the pool deck is quite good. Our cabin was a typical minisuite on a Princess ship. The only bad thing was the couch, which was uncomfortable and worn/tired. Our steward did a fine job. My sisters had a different steward who made towels into animals and squeegied the glass on the balcony daily (ours didn't do this). The hand rails on our balcony were worn and half of the varnish had chipped off - unsightly and rough. The bed was very comfortable. I wish there had been an electrical outlet on my side of the bed as I had on the Royal Princess last year. We swam frequently in the Lotus Spa pool (free and adults only). Several members of our party also used the Promenade (Deck 7) as a walking track for exercise. We sisters had a massage and facial in the Lotus Spa, which we all enjoyed. This ship has Medallion Class on board. We got help from staff to set each other up for the "shipmate finding" feature, but out of the 5 people added only 2 or 3 showed up. Being able to find shipmates was a nice feature and we looked up daily activities and ship maps to find our way. We used it alot and know it will only get better. The entertainment was good. We didn't attend any of the Princess shows in the theatre as we find them cheesy. But we enjoyed Miguel Washington, Travis Turbin, Tommy McPhee, and the Elegance Duo (violin and cello) very much. We played very challenging trivia games most days. We did shore excursions in St. Kitts, Barbados and Antigua. St. Kitts was an island tour and stop at a batik shop, which was interesting. On Barbados, we went to Carlisle Beach which was fabulous. On Antigua, we did a 4X4 tour of the island with a stop at Turners Beach - also very fun. We took a shuttle to Magen's Bay on St. Thomas - a fantastic beach - and a cab to Vigie Beach (a public beach) on St. Lucia, where we also had a great time, though the hustlers selling chairs, umbrellas, massages were a bit aggressive. They wanted to charge us $1/pp to use the bathrooms. We loved all the beach time on this cruise and enjoyed each and every one. Disembarkation was very different from last year in FLL. Was chaotic with a stop in US Customs that we don't recall having last year. We also didn't know where to go to catch our bus transfer and that was a bit unsettling.

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Crown Princess Cruise Review by NanTOsh

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Premium Mini-Suite with Balcony
We enjoyed a great 10-night cruise on the Crown Princess to the Eastern Caribbean. There were three couples travelling together (3 sisters + husbands). We had Club Class minisuites, deck 9, rooms D421, D423, D425. The rooms were near the stairs and elevators, but there was no noise or additional commotion associated with the location.

Our airport transfer to the ship had an inordinate wait time (45 minutes) as there was some trouble with the bus. Embarkation was a breeze once we arrived from the airport. It's a very well-run process. Our bags were delivered timely to our rooms.

We really enjoy Club Class, having experienced it on our last cruise in December 2018. Not having to wait for a table at dinner is very nice. Our wait staff in the dining room was superb. They called us by name at every meal and remembered our preferences. One member of our party must be gluten-free and the wait staff and chef were more than accommodating. The food was the best I've had on a cruise. Princess had a chef in the dining room preparing special appetizers/mains/desserts every night: a really nice touch. The prime rib served on the first night was deemed the best ever had by several in our party.

We had one meal in the Crown Grill (a freebie associated with Club Class). The steaks were top notch and we thoroughly enjoyed this special night.

The buffets were delicious and give you the opportunity to taste many different items. We enjoyed all of our meals here as well, but were a bit tired of the food by the end.

The soft-serve ice cream on the pool deck is quite good.

Our cabin was a typical minisuite on a Princess ship. The only bad thing was the couch, which was uncomfortable and worn/tired. Our steward did a fine job. My sisters had a different steward who made towels into animals and squeegied the glass on the balcony daily (ours didn't do this). The hand rails on our balcony were worn and half of the varnish had chipped off - unsightly and rough. The bed was very comfortable. I wish there had been an electrical outlet on my side of the bed as I had on the Royal Princess last year.

We swam frequently in the Lotus Spa pool (free and adults only). Several members of our party also used the Promenade (Deck 7) as a walking track for exercise.

We sisters had a massage and facial in the Lotus Spa, which we all enjoyed.

This ship has Medallion Class on board. We got help from staff to set each other up for the "shipmate finding" feature, but out of the 5 people added only 2 or 3 showed up. Being able to find shipmates was a nice feature and we looked up daily activities and ship maps to find our way. We used it alot and know it will only get better.

The entertainment was good. We didn't attend any of the Princess shows in the theatre as we find them cheesy. But we enjoyed Miguel Washington, Travis Turbin, Tommy McPhee, and the Elegance Duo (violin and cello) very much. We played very challenging trivia games most days.

We did shore excursions in St. Kitts, Barbados and Antigua. St. Kitts was an island tour and stop at a batik shop, which was interesting. On Barbados, we went to Carlisle Beach which was fabulous. On Antigua, we did a 4X4 tour of the island with a stop at Turners Beach - also very fun. We took a shuttle to Magen's Bay on St. Thomas - a fantastic beach - and a cab to Vigie Beach (a public beach) on St. Lucia, where we also had a great time, though the hustlers selling chairs, umbrellas, massages were a bit aggressive. They wanted to charge us $1/pp to use the bathrooms. We loved all the beach time on this cruise and enjoyed each and every one.

Disembarkation was very different from last year in FLL. Was chaotic with a stop in US Customs that we don't recall having last year. We also didn't know where to go to catch our bus transfer and that was a bit unsettling.
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We enjoyed a great 10-night cruise on the Crown Princess to the Eastern Caribbean. There were three couples travelling together (3 sisters + husbands). We had Club Class minisuites, deck 9, rooms D421, D423, D425. The rooms were near the stairs and elevators, but there was no noise or additional commotion associated with the location.

Our cabin was a typical minisuite on a Princess ship. The only bad thing was the couch, which was uncomfortable and worn/tired. Our steward did a fine job. My sisters had a different steward who made towels into animals and squeegied the glass on the balcony daily (ours didn't do this). The hand rails on our balcony were worn and half of the varnish had chipped off - unsightly and rough. The bed was very comfortable. I wish there had been an electrical outlet on my side of the bed as I had on the Royal Princess last year.
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