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I picked this 10-night cruise because the date spanned Christmas, and because it included four ports I hadn't visited before. I was a bit doubtful, because my last experience on the Crown Princess was a bit of a mixed bag. The good news: this ship has really pulled up its game, and the service staff were light-years better at their jobs than on my last trip. From cabin steward to bar servers, and dining rooms to specialty restaurants, the service everywhere was terrific. I got a last-minute upsell from a regular balcony cabin to a mini-suite, and loved the extra space. It was actually a wheelchair-designed cabin, so I had space to spare and more closet space than I could ever use. The regular service and cleaning was impeccable. Since it's the Caribbean, the sundecks and pools are a favourite area. Nice to know that the smaller Terrace Pool at the rear of decks 14/15 is reserved for adults only. The main pool areas, especially on sea days, are crowded and noisy, with live music and movies. Great for those who want them, but the Terrace is a nice quiet alternative. Lots of food choices on this ship. The buffet offered a good assortment of foods every day, with plenty of change-up from one day to the next. Main dining room menus are familiar to regular Princess cruisers, but there's no duplication from day to day except for the every day classics. Princess has a great wine list, and there are multiple choices of wines available by the glass -- some of them rather unusual. The two specialty restaurants I visited, Sabatini's and the Crown Grill, both had the familiar menus from previous voyages. The service staff in these venues were spot-on with just the right combination of efficiency and relaxation, and the meals were absolutely perfect. My favourite entertainment is to just sit around for a while in the Piazza (the three-storey atrium) with a cappuccino, and listen to whichever musician is currently performing there. Quiet relaxing music, always pleasant and easy on the ear. Even if you just get an ordinary coffee, the International Cafe's brew is far beyond the so-called coffee in the buffet. Since this cruise attracted a wide-ranging crowd of people of all ages, the Piazza never seemed to get very crowded. Service staff here were especially good at seeing that everyone got whatever they needed in the way of food and drinks. Our ports of call were Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Kitts. The tours I took from Princess were all good. The ferry from St. Thomas to St. John with a bus tour of St. John was a great experience in getting away from it all, since so much of St. John is a spectacular national park. The catamaran cruise down the west coast of St. Lucia to the Pitons and back was great fun. Best of all was the tour of Harrison's Cave in Barbados, a really eye-popping experience. I didn't go ashore at St. Kitts because there were so many ships in port that day and I was feeling all touristed out by then. Would I go again? Absolutely.

Great Ship, Great Trip

Crown Princess Cruise Review by kenny654

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
I picked this 10-night cruise because the date spanned Christmas, and because it included four ports I hadn't visited before. I was a bit doubtful, because my last experience on the Crown Princess was a bit of a mixed bag. The good news: this ship has really pulled up its game, and the service staff were light-years better at their jobs than on my last trip. From cabin steward to bar servers, and dining rooms to specialty restaurants, the service everywhere was terrific.

I got a last-minute upsell from a regular balcony cabin to a mini-suite, and loved the extra space. It was actually a wheelchair-designed cabin, so I had space to spare and more closet space than I could ever use. The regular service and cleaning was impeccable.

Since it's the Caribbean, the sundecks and pools are a favourite area. Nice to know that the smaller Terrace Pool at the rear of decks 14/15 is reserved for adults only. The main pool areas, especially on sea days, are crowded and noisy, with live music and movies. Great for those who want them, but the Terrace is a nice quiet alternative.

Lots of food choices on this ship. The buffet offered a good assortment of foods every day, with plenty of change-up from one day to the next. Main dining room menus are familiar to regular Princess cruisers, but there's no duplication from day to day except for the every day classics. Princess has a great wine list, and there are multiple choices of wines available by the glass -- some of them rather unusual.

The two specialty restaurants I visited, Sabatini's and the Crown Grill, both had the familiar menus from previous voyages. The service staff in these venues were spot-on with just the right combination of efficiency and relaxation, and the meals were absolutely perfect.

My favourite entertainment is to just sit around for a while in the Piazza (the three-storey atrium) with a cappuccino, and listen to whichever musician is currently performing there. Quiet relaxing music, always pleasant and easy on the ear. Even if you just get an ordinary coffee, the International Cafe's brew is far beyond the so-called coffee in the buffet. Since this cruise attracted a wide-ranging crowd of people of all ages, the Piazza never seemed to get very crowded. Service staff here were especially good at seeing that everyone got whatever they needed in the way of food and drinks.

Our ports of call were Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Kitts. The tours I took from Princess were all good. The ferry from St. Thomas to St. John with a bus tour of St. John was a great experience in getting away from it all, since so much of St. John is a spectacular national park. The catamaran cruise down the west coast of St. Lucia to the Pitons and back was great fun. Best of all was the tour of Harrison's Cave in Barbados, a really eye-popping experience. I didn't go ashore at St. Kitts because there were so many ships in port that day and I was feeling all touristed out by then.

Would I go again? Absolutely.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
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This is an ADA-compliant mini-suite, and is 50% wider than a regular mini-suite. Since the bathroom needs to be much bigger, it takes up all the space which in a regular mini-suite would be occupied by the bathroom and closet. The wall opposite the bedroom has a rank of closets for storage, giving ample space for everything. The balcony is also 50% wider than in the regular mini-suite, and the balcony on all mini-suites is deeper than the balcony in a regular balcony cabin. Ample space, comfortable furnishings, and the Princess luxury bed is one of the most comfortable I've ever encountered in all my travels.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Shirley Heights
    The guided drive to the south end of the island featured a good deal of information about life in Antigua. We had three separate stops. The Blockhouse viewpoint and the Shirley Heights viewpoint gave awesome overviews of the south coast. Nelson's Dockyard gave a short and uninformative guided tour, an included glass of rum punch or other refreshment, and just 20 minutes of free time to explore. There's much more to see at the Dockyard than just 20-minutes worth.
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  • Harrison's Cave
    With an entertaining, informative guide/driver, our scenic tour was excellent. The tour of Harrison's Cave was awesome -- it's really spectacular. It's a drive-through tour so no climbing or stairs are involved. Wear clothes that don't mind getting wet -- the cave roof drips. You'll be issued a hard hat and mesh net to protect your head and hair. Temperature in the cave is quite comfortable in shirt sleeves, you don't need any heavy clothes because it isn't cold.
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  • Princess Cays
    Beautiful if you like to laze on a beach. If that's not your thing, stay on board because that's all there is here. You have to remember to take a beach towel ashore or you won't get one -- there's no stash on land. There's a grill to dish up lunch, but any drinks except water/coffee/tea will cost you the same as on the ship.
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  • Catamaran Day Sail
    Not for people who are subject to motion sickness. This was a lively trip with lots of entertaining music and dancing, and an apparently bottomless cooler full of rum punch as well as water, juice, and soft drinks. I only noticed one person who got seriously inebriated. There's a 40-minute beach stop for a swim at L'Anse au Cochon, and the terrific scenery of St. Lucia's west coast, culminating in the view of the Pitons. On the way back we detoured into beautiful, peaceful Marigot Bay as well. Great trip, fun and spectacular. If you want to do any snorkeling, bring your own equipment.
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  • St. John Tour
    The 45-minute ferry ride to St. John involved some fairly rough water. Once we got there, we were loaded on the open-sided 20-seat truck-buses also used in St. Thomas. The drive is mainly through tropical forests since most of the island is occupied by a national park. There are spectacular scenic views of the beautiful beaches, and a stop at Annaberg to view the ruins of a sugar mill. The drive back went along Centerline Road on top of the mountains, and gave some great views over the south shore, the opposite side to the outward drive.
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