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Crown Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Disappointed with Princess

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Manolo1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2010
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

* 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.

* Activities

Plenty of choices. Better than Celebrity in this area only!

* Service

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.

* Summary

Disappointed. Not planning to use Princess again.

* Stateroom

Shows age. Very small. Plenty of closet space.

* Dining

Food not up to Solstice standards, Sabatini and Crown Grill overrated...

* Children's Clubs


* Entertainment

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...

* Disembarkation

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.

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Cabin Review

Cabin BA L231

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!!!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

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.

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