We chose this cruise to celebrate our anniversary. We've had good experiences with Princess in the past, and we liked the itinerary for this cruise.
This was our second Christmas cruise, the other one being a couple of years ago on Celebrity Silhouette. Overall, we enjoyed this cruise (we always do), and I will try to give a brief rundown of what we found to be the pros and cons of this particular cruise.
Pros: Although the Crown is showing her age, it was still quite well maintained. We had a mini-suite on the Dolphin deck (9), which was quite spacious, and the extended balcony provided space for foot rests. Also had a 3-cushion sofa, as opposed to the old love seats. The cabin steward was great, and the rest of the staff was extremely friendly and eager to please. We had a favorite bartender (William) on our Royal TransAtlantic 2017 cruise, and he was on this cruise as well. Great to catch up with him. The fridge was ice cold, compared to those on previous cruises (all the lines we have been on, including Princess). The Medallion worked great for us. Embarkation seemed well organized, and we boarded in a fairly short time. A HUGE highlight of our cruise was the Chef's Table. It was SPECTACULAR, and well worth the $190/couple uncharge.
This was spacious, with a 3-cushion sofa (2/3 of which turned into a sofa bed). The balcony was extended, with room for foot rests, which was very nice. I would probably not choose this deck again, because it is fully exposed, and my husband has that white Irish skin that keeps our dermatologist busy. Great for sun worshipers though. Also had a bathtub with a retractable clothesline. Nice. I mentioned the problem with the mattress above, and that was replaced on the 3rd day.
Nice driver who took us all over island. No need to go back there
Very enjoyable. Beautiful plantation house, delicious rum punch, knowledgeable tour guide