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Crown Princess Review

Crown Princess Review

Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on Crown Princess
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2011
Cabin: Balcony

DH and I flew into Fort Lauderdale early Saturday morning. Took a short taxi ride to the port, and found a HUGE line outside the Crown Princess. We were early and so was everyone else it seemed. It was just about 11:30. By 12:30, we were in our room. Princess personnel were very efficient in getting the masses through in a VERY organized fashion. Had we gotten to the port at 1:00 - we would have really sailed through the lines! Cabin C622 is a standard balcony room. What sets it apart from other rooms is the huge balcony. A table and 4 chairs -two that reclined - very comfortable! We loved sitting out there - great space. The closet was more than adequate and the bathroom was functional. Our cabin steward was attentive and we had no issues with our room. We slept very well every night.After the muster drill at 4:30, we enjoyed the sailaway from our balcony. The weather was beautiful and we had a Coast Guard escort out of port - machine gun and all... The first night we headed up to the buffet as we had read on Cruise Critic about the crab claws. They were awesome. We did have some difficulty finding a seat and were worried about the whole cruise being that way. It was not. This was the only time we encountered crowding. Our first sea day was Sunday. We met up with our fellow Cruise Critic members for a meet and greet. Great people! Captain Nash joined us and spent some time giving us information about our upcoming cruise. This man has a great sense of humor, and I appreciated his time with us. We also had a small gift exchange and mingled before going to our first trivia. We met several couples there that we met up with throughout the cruise. We were lucky to cruise with all of them. We found most to be repeat Princess customers. I think Princess does a great job with their incentive programs to keep people coming back. We chose anytime dining and we loved it. Never waited for a table except for about 10 min. on the second formal night. We did not make reservations - always just showed up and did not have any issues. I thought the food was very good. The lobster night was exceptional.We love to snorkel and each port was spectacular. We carried on our own equipment. DH even ordered a prescription mask from Amazon.com that worked out very well. On Grand Caymen we went to Eden Rock (just a short walk from the dock) rented a locker at the dive shop and snorkeled the reef. We saw amazing reef formations and tons of fish. We will definitely return there. We shopped a little on the way back to the port - nothing too memorable as far as shopping. We did find the wild chickens running about everywhere quite amusing. The only excursion we went on was the Tabayana Beach Day. We were bused from Mahogany Bay to the beach (about a 30 min. ride), given comfortable chairs, a bbq lunch and all the lemonade and ice tea we wanted. Shore snorkeling from here was unbelievable. If you swam out to the outer edge of the reef, you were greeted with amazing fish, turtles and coral. At Cozumel, we taxied to Chakakanab. For twenty dollars, you can see a sea lion show, walk the botanical gardens and sit on a beautiful beach under a palapa. From the shore, snorkeling was also good. Not as great as the previous two ports, but still had many fish to see. Our last port was Princess Cays. It was very nice. The water was choppy and the snorkeling was difficult as it was rocky at the place of entry. I passed on the experience here but my DH did go in and saw a stingray. He said the snorkeling was just okay. We did enjoy just relaxing under the palms here. We disliked that it was a longer tender ride - but overall it was still a great day. We did not go to many shows - but the two comedians we did see were funny. We loved the trivia games. We also took advantage of MUTS (movie under the stars). The only negative is that the cookies that they passed out were peanut butter - and I cannot have nuts... Both my husband and I agree that the Crown Princess was a great ship. He enjoyed the cigar lounge. We both loved the International cafe and thought the coffee card was well worth it. The fellow passengers that we met were wonderful. Our cabin balcony was huge. Service was outstanding. We thought this was the most relaxing itinerary and we would repeat it.

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