Crown Princess Cruise Review by shipplane
- Sail Date: January 2020
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Oceanview
The food was mostly good to very good. Desserts were disappointing in the buffet. At dinner, they were a little better. The soft serve ice cream, always available on the pool deck is your best bet. And lets talk about the Horizon buffet. Food was varied and tasty (except desserts) but it wins the award for poorest design. As an early riser I have been in there when there are only 6 guests and we were still bumping into each other. Never had that much of a problem on other ships. Just a poor layout.
Exercise room has everything you need. The big complaint was it does not open until 7 AM. Also they only have a limited number of exercise bikes which the older Princess crowd needs. They spent a lot of money on spin bikes which are only used once a day for a class while we had to stand in line to get on a conventional exercise bike.
Staff was excellent and friendly. Entertainment was just ok. Comedians were good.
For a ship built in 2006, I would have expected a smarter design. Big issue was on some stairs/elevators, you can't get to all the lower decks from deck 6 and higher. Even after 10 days, we still sometimes were making the mistake of getting on the wrong stairs.
This ship has been converted to one of their Medallion Class vessels. Loved it. Getting on and off ship is a breeze. Had a little bit of trouble setting up but there were plenty of staff to help. No more key card to get in and out of cabin. Also, you can order food and beverage to be delivered to you. The Medallion knows your exact location. You can also find your friends on the ship and an easy to follow map to get you to their location. There is a feature that allows you to "chat" with friends on board. Only complaint is that you have to have the app open and looking at it to see messages from ship board friends. No other notice that someone has sent you a message. You can also see your ship account. When you order your Medallion, which is water proof, a free lanyard to hang around your neck comes with it. Try it, maybe you won't mind it. We did not like it, it was too long and got in the way. We bought the wrist bands on board the ship. Worth the $12 each.
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