Crown Princess Fall Canada/New England cruise: Crown Princess Cruise Review by lovetocruisenow

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Crown Princess Fall Canada/New England cruise

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Quebec City
We are experienced cruisers with 16 total cruise, 4 Princess cruise experiences. We previously sailed on the Crown Princess in January 2010 and loved it so much we immediately booked another cruise on the Crown and two more Princess cruises. This Canada/New England cruise was somewhat a disappointment for the Crown had lost some of her unique charm we experienced on the January cruise (see my review on the previous cruise). I understand there had been numerous crew/staff changes during the past 9 months so that may account for some of the differences. Enough comparisons with past experiences and on to this cruise. Embarkation was definitely not up to Princess standards - inf fact it was the worst experience of our 16 cruises. I don't know if this was because it was in Quebec or because that port is not used very much (only during these few fall weeks). Once on board, things went much smoother.

We had a wonderful cabin steward who took very good care of us. The dining staff (we More did anytime dining, usually in the Michelangelo Dining Room), did a good job. Some nights it was hectic when everyone showed up at the same time for dinner. We ate most meals in the dining room and avoided the mob at the Horizon Food Court, which was usually very crowded. The entertainment was not as good as expected. The wonderful Crown Princess orchestra played rarely outside of the theatrical productions. The few times they played it was mostly "Jazzio in the Adadgio" - jazz in one of the lounges. There was a lovely violin group that played in the Piazza. They were EXCELLENT. One of the lounge bands, Gypsy Moon (in the Wheelhouse Bar) was very good and was very willing to take requests. They played a wide range of music and were very user friendly.

The Canada/New England cruise is a lovely experience, even if you don't hit it in the peak of foliage season. The ports are very nice and a good sampling of New England. This was our third Canada/New England cruise and we enjoyed the ports and the New England experience just as much as the previous 2 times. We really loved our cabin location. We were a little skeptical about being on the Plaza deck and so low in the ship but it was great. It was very quiet and very near everything. Less

Published 10/10/10

Cabin review: OCP310 Oceanview

We stayed in cabin 310 on the Plaza Deck (deck 5). This cabin is just about mid-ship (a little towards the front). It was an excellent cabin, very quite and convenient to everything. I did a little research on this cabin before our cruise and found a photo and description but that photo is NOT CORRECT. This is a "D" category cabin with the bed under the window, not along the side wall. It is a nice little room with a desk and chair (no other chair or sofa). Closet space is great. The bathroom is tiny (as expected) but had lots of storage in the form of wall shelf and a shelf under the seat.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Bar Harbor is such a cute little town and a beautiful one as well. You can see Acadia, the quaint "cottages" of the rich and famous, of stroll the streets full of unique souvenier shops and restaurants.

I'd never been to PEI before and it's a beautiful island. This would be a wonderful stop for a child or young adult just reading Anne of Green Gables. There's a cute gift shop where you can dress up as Anne and have your picture taken. Children, women, and MEN were doing this. Some of the cutest "Anne's" had a beard or mustache.

Quebec City is beautiful. We had one full day and a piece of the embarkation day there. The view from the ship, looking up the hill to the Frontenac Hotel is spectacular anytime but particularly at night. We took the Historic and Modern tour and it was very informative.

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