Crown Princess Cruise Review by Alex P. Keaton
- Sail Date: January 2011
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Interior
We left behind 13 kids between the 3 couples that went on this cruise but we talked about bringing our children on a future cruise so they can experience the fun that we have enjoyed several times. We may do that soon but we may not. They can wait until they are adults to cruise like we did. :)
Booking the cruise -
The anticipation of a cruise is great! We didn't book this cruise until early December but were generally looking forward to cruising in mid January for several months.
Since we decided to drive instead of fly (saving about $1100 for our group) we were somewhat flexible on what cruise line we would sail on after picking our dates (Jan 15 or 16 thru the 22nd or 23rd). We monitored the sales for several weeks before Princess offered a great price during the week we wanted to cruise. Shortly after booking the cruise the prices began to rise. $842 (including taxes) for a 7 day Caribbean cruise for 2 people is outstanding!
We dropped off our luggage and most of our group at the port and then parked at the Renaissance hotel and walked to the port. It was a 10 minute walk and we got in line at 11:30 am but were on the ship in about 40 minutes - a very good experience!
On the ship -
We ate lunch, toured the ship, took a nap on the deck, toured the ship some more and did the muster drill - a big improvement over the drills that we remember from 8-10 years ago. We felt "at home" in just a few hours! By the time the ship pulled out of Fort Lauderdale our bags had arrived and we were changed for our first dinner of the week.
The food for the week was outstanding! Everything I ate for dinner was delicious. On the fourth day I decided to try the cod just because I wasn't that hungry and I wanted to leave room for dessert but it was very good too! We stopped by the International Cafe at least once a day - just loved the choices there. The cookies, the salads, the desserts... getting a room a few feet away from the IC is possible :) but might not be a good idea for me. The burgers and hot dogs and brats at the Trident Grill were excellent. The pizza and ice cream were good options as well.
It was difficult to find water or lemonade during the day. I don't think I had lemonade more than 3 times during the week primarily because we couldn't find any when we ate outside of the dining rooms.
Not as good as other cruises we've been on. Went to one show - it had some good songs but nothing great and that show (Destination Anywhere) received the best reviews from previous cruisers. The comedians were pretty good and the Magician (Scott Alexander) was very good! Twice we were in a lounge with performers that we felt bad that they had to perform for just a few people. Eric Stone (piano) is talented but could use an advisor to help him attract and keep a crowd. We did watch the end of the Baltimore-Pittsburgh playoff game on the big screen after dinner which was a great finish!
We felt like the average age was mid to upper 50's on this cruise and the activities reflected this. We didn't do as many activities on this cruise. We did the Passenger Feud, played ping pong (table tennis for the sophisticated), some trivia and golf. We did miss having shuffleboard, a climbing wall, more competitive trivia/games to participate in but we relaxed more on this cruise which was wonderful!
Went to the beach at Grand Cayman and that was a nice afternoon.
Went on the zip line with Pirates of the Caribbean at Roatan and had a blast!
We spent the day at the beach in Cozumel. It was a great day of snorkeling, diving (that was so much fun!) and some volleyball.
We enjoyed the beach at Princess Cays although getting there and back on the tender boats took much longer than it could have taken.
This went very smoothly as well. We carried our luggage and walked back to the hotel in about 15 minutes and loaded up for the long drive home at 8:20 am.
The weather was ideal! The ship looked great! The people on board were pleasant and well behaved. The service was pretty good and the food was very good! We had a spectacular cruise on the Crown Princess!!
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