Back to back Western and Southern Caribbean: Crown Princess Cruise Review by Mumsie2u

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Back to back Western and Southern Caribbean

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The night before embarking on the Crown, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Airport North and Cruiseport. We are Diamond Hilton Honors member so we are used to a few more perks but we decided the free shuttle from airport to hotel and to Port Everglades, along with free hot breakfast was worth the try. Hotel is older and a bit tired. Our room wasn't as clean as usual and we had ants in the bathroom. For this reason, manager gave us back our Hilton Honors points we'd used to book the room. This was nice. All shuttles were on time and worked out well for us. We walked about a block to have dinner at one of the best authentic German restaurants we've found anywhere! It is Old Heidelberg. Food and ambiance were authentic and terrific!

Our shuttle got us to the ship about 11:30AM and we only had to sit a half hour before boarding the Crown. No problems whatsoever.

We had lunch in the Horizon buffet and it was in the "ok" category. Not bad, but not great. We're happy More there are many options for meals on the Crown. During our cruise we also ate at the International Cafe, and had breakfast in the Da Vinci dining room. We did not do Sabatini's or the Crown Grill but heard rave reviews from other passengers about Sabatini's.

There were 4 formal nights during our 14 days. My husband rented a tux from the Cruisewear Formals that Princess recommends. Even after providing exact measurements, the coat was several sizes too small and we think the sizing was just odd. Luckily we had a fabulous cabin steward, Sandie, who got the right size and delivered it to our room. By the way, the photos taken on the formal nights seemed to be many times better this year than in past year. We don't know why because they claimed the photos had not been retouched, but somehow we came out looking great!

We chose Traditional early dining (5:30PM) in the Da Vinci dining room. This worked well for us so we were always finished early enough to get a seat for any show in the theater. Our two waitresses, Lilliana from the Ukraine and NA from the Phillipeans were fabulous. NA had more energy, happiness, and efficiency packed into her little 4'10" body than we could imagine. She really made dining fun. The only complaint we had would be the noise level in the dining room. Our table for 6 was by the window which was great, but there were two larger (10+) tables beside us filled with very, very loud guests. It was always difficult to hear our waitress' suggestions for the evening meal as well as carry on a conversation of our own. Food was good every night with many choices.

We saw two shows in the Princess Theater. One was the embarkation show which was more of a "things to come" show than and show. It was just "ok." The International Crew show had better entertainment than any of the other usual performers. The crew threw out about 100+ balloons before the show began and a balloon fest/war ensued and was so much fun. Every person there was flinging balloons all over the place with much laughter!

The music in the Atrium was always excellent. The music and sound up on the decks was usually very loud.

Our stateroom, on the true aft of the ship is our favorite and we have stayed in this room or the one next to it 3 times now. Highly recommend.

We believe most on this cruise enjoyed it. We heard less gumbling from passengers than on cruises in the past. The crew always seemed helpful and friendly and happy to have their jobs. We applaud Princess for going non-smoking in the staterooms and balconies in Jan. 2012. Hooray! Less

Published 12/09/11

Cabin review: B4B757 Balcony

Baja 757 is on the true aft of the ship overlooking the wake of the ship. There is no engine noise but you do have the "noise" of the ocean wake. We enjoy this. The cabin is the same as any other regular stateroom with very adequate closet and storage. The balcony is 1/3 larger and is covered and very private. Location is quiet because the only people who walk by are going to another room way back there and there are only about 6 rooms on the aft.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We snorkeled over two ship wrecks and then went to another area they said had good snorkeling. The water in all areas was very cloudy so viewing the wrecks and fish was not prime.

After tendering, we boarded a boat that took us out to a very small island close to the world's second longest barrier reef to snorkel. This is a tour for more advanced snorkelers. The snorkeling on the reef is about the best ever. The coral in undisturbed, colorful, and there were so many varieties to view. Not as many fish as we'd thought we would see, but that was ok. Water is clear because this is so far out away from the beaten path. Excellent snorkel adventure.

Took a water taxi tour to Klein Bonaire. If you are a snorkeler, this is the place to go. The beach is totally unimproved but there is a little shade if you settle under the bushes. However, the reef is undisturbed and the water is clear. We saw more fish than we've ever seen anywhere with many new varieties! This turned out to be our best tour of the entire 14 day cruise!
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I gave the Fury company a 3 rating which is low because the snorkeling was really impossible because of the large groups they required us to stay in and the fact that the "guides" would not take us to waters where there was coral. We mostly stayed in the deeper waters where there were few fish, except for the fish that gathered around the photographer who took the underwater pictures of snorkelers. Until we got to the Fury's beach, which was the only good part of this tour, the main objective of the ships' crew was to take pictures of guests and try to sell them to us. It was very annoying and very much inhibited a good snorkel adventure. The beach, however, had everything any beachgoer would want. Many, chairs, even some beds (yes, beds on the beach!) vendors, bars, and food. Also had every beach toy imagineable. Nice, nice beach, but this should be labled a beach tour, not a snorkel tour.

Tour was very educational and it was fun to get to hold the turtles. The tour is especially good for children, but adults had fun too. The only part we did not like was swimming in their closed lagoon. Water was very, very murky and we only saw 2 small turtles and very few fish. Not a snorkeler's delight!

We bought the right to the full day chair lift to the beach. Great idea and great ride with fantastic scenery. The ship docks right by the beautiful beach and this in a real perk! The beach has a lot of shade and enough chairs for everyone, good restrooms, shops, food and bar service and swimming area. We loved this beach.
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