Crown Princess Review

So So, Average, Meh, Mid, Boring

Review for Pacific Coastal Cruise on Crown Princess
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Feb 2024

Words to describe our first time on Princess: average, uninspired, meh, just ok. We usually cruise on Royal Caribbean or Norwegian, but since Crown Princess had a sailing out of SF during our ski week, we decided to try it. Going in, I knew it would be a smaller ship without the activities of an Oasis class RC ship. What I didn't expect was how average it all was. Nothing blew us away.

We arrived at 11:30am, an hour after they opened for embarkation. The line was already wrapped around the lawn area, and then more lines once you got inside. We were dropped off on the street so we didn’t see any porters. Apparently they were all in the lot next to the terminal. It was fine though since we were going at a snail’s pace in the freezing cold and rain anyway. We didn’t get inside the ship until 1pm, an hour and a half after we arrived. So different from Royal where we were dropped off at the front, greeted by porters who whisked away our bags, and walked onto the ship 15 mins later. The good thing about having to wait so long was that our rooms were ready by the time we got there, so we went straight there to drop off our bags.

Food: Buffets usually get a bad rap but we usually find something we enjoy at each one. Not on the Crown. Even the salad was bad. They need to invest in some salad spinners because their salads were dripping with water, the dressings had no flavor, the ingredients (like the chicken, tomatoes, and hard boiled eggs) were shredded/chopped to where they were unrecognizable. Maybe this appeals to the older crowd who need their food chewed for them, but I prefer my salads to have some bite.

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