* Background Information
Only cruised once before (Feb. 2010) in the Celebrity Solstice.
* Ship Info
Crown Princess is only 4 years old but obviously 4 years in "sea time" are like 8 or 12 years in "land time"... The ship is beginning to lack in some areas. Age begins to show.
Plenty of choices. Better than Celebrity in this area only!
Good, but does not compare with the Solstice.
* Port & Shore Excursions
Good and bad experiences. 7 mile beach in Grand Cayman was very satisfactory as was also the Tabyana beach tour in Roatan. The Tulum ruins tour in Cozumel lacked in three areas:
=Tour schedule was dictated by local company and was not up to par. Stopped for shopping at an authentic "tourist trap"...
=AC in the bus was insufficient.
=Misleading brochure advertised time for shopping or sightseeing in "city" (?) and there was never time for that which was the reason I picked this tour as I wanted to get to visit Playa del Carmen.
Disappointed. Not planning to use Princess again.
Shows age. Very small. Plenty of closet space.
Food not up to Solstice standards, Sabatini and Crown Grill overrated...
* Children's Clubs
Plenty of choices. To me this is the only area where Crown Princess beats Solstice hands down. Needless to say Princess is a better choice for younger crowds (under 40) or party animals...
Very poor crowd control (in all areas). Lacking greatly.
Missing Port of Call:
Princess Cays in Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas.
Ship tenders need to be used, bad!
I picked this ship precisely to be able to visit a private beach/island. Ship tenders are slow and uncomfortable. Long lines to get to the tenders due to poor crowd management. First and last private beach I will be visiting, unless there is a dock like in Mahogany Bay, Roatan.
Big closet, tiny room. Standard balcony. Dated bathroom.
There was one jogger at 5:45 AM in the upper deck (Lido is 15 and 16 is open)
The ship should not allow jogging at that time in the morning!!!
Using GC big tenders facilitates movement ship to shore and viceversa. 7 Mile Beach is good. A nice port of call.
No need to tender is a big plus! Island is poor. You'll see plenty of misery, but island has lush vegetation, which is missing in other islands and has very good prospects. Tabyana beach is excellent!
I was not able to visit Cozumel as we went to the Mayan Ruins in Tulum. Ferry crossing was a nightmare with rough seas. Half the passengers got seasick. Tour to Tulum was not at all to my liking. Brochure was misleading. Schedule was poorly planned and badly executed.