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* 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

n/a

* 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.

Disappointed with Princess

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Manolo1

Trip Details
* 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


n/a




* 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.

Manolo1’s Full Rating Summary
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Cabin Review

Balcony
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!!!
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