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We were boarded late onto our ship because the ship was being cleaned as it had norvo virus from the last cruise. I personally would have liked prior notive before we left the Uk as spending 7 days with a load of sick people does not appeal to me at all. However once boarded the ship looked nice. Our cabin was great. Kids club for the 5 year old again great. 13 year old wouldnt even look at his club so i can't comment on that. Food was an issue straight away. Due the the virus we had to be served everything - we were not allowed to touch anything and this caused BIG lines at peak times - like when everyone wants to eat. Also we had to keep using hand santitisors as meal times and my hands got really sore. My kids have eczema and their hands were cracking by day 3 - the 5 year old was forever touching things - hand rails, lift buttons and we were totally paranoid he would catch the bug as several people down our corridor had the virus. the first port was Princess Cayes and it was nice but just a beach. The tender boat taking us to the island however broke down and wasted an hour of our time and the food on the island was poor (a free BBQ). The sea was rough traveling down from Princess Cayes to Curacao. Far rougher than I expected and it seemed most passengers but that cant be helped. The excursion we had booked was a beach sea aquarium break. It was raining when we left the ship but we were told we couldnt cancel and it would probably clear up. Our guide was on his first day and didnt know where the aquarium was and it rained more or else all the time we were on the beach. Also the beach was a building site (pictures to back this up) huge crane, builders in hard hats, broken glass etc. we paid for our own taxi back to the ship as we didn't want to endure it any longer. the next day we were at Aruba - and it was pouring down. Again we were not allowed to cancel and this was a beach day again in an aqua park. I would have liked to have had the chance to swap to a more weather appropriate excursion. Anyway we went by bus and then open top boat to an island where we sat under cover and looked at the beach and aqua park until the owner of the park arranged for us to be taken back to the ship after about 2 hours. She said she had called the ship first thing and told them it would rain all day but they took us anyway - NOT IMPRESSED - i will probably never go back there again and all I saw of the island was a wet beach - no one enjoyed that day. Back on the boat and just when we thought it could get no worse the captain announced we were set for gale force winds and 18 foot seas that he hadn't seen in the Caribbean for his 20 years - panic !! I happened to be in the medical centre at this time and the crews faces dropped and then the passengers came in - mostly scared and some wanting sea sick pills as the shop had sold out. I thought the captains remarks were thoughtless and irresponsible - i didn't need to know this was the worst he had seen. All in all I could go on about the lack of sunbeds - although plenty not actually sat on just loads of "stuff" on them to reserve them.... how no one watched the pools- I feel out with a fellow passenger when he "bombed" my 5 year old but no one backed me up - movies under the stars - sucky - really noisy but during the day you cant actually see it due to the sun Zumba classes were advertised but were not on this ship. Also due to rough seas the stabilisers on the ship were used alot and these are noisy at night

Norvo virus, rough seas and rain

Crown Princess Cruise Review by jane salida

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We were boarded late onto our ship because the ship was being cleaned as it had norvo virus from the last cruise. I personally would have liked prior notive before we left the Uk as spending 7 days with a load of sick people does not appeal to me at all. However once boarded the ship looked nice.

Our cabin was great. Kids club for the 5 year old again great. 13 year old wouldnt even look at his club so i can't comment on that. Food was an issue straight away. Due the the virus we had to be served everything - we were not allowed to touch anything and this caused BIG lines at peak times - like when everyone wants to eat. Also we had to keep using hand santitisors as meal times and my hands got really sore. My kids have eczema and their hands were cracking by day 3 - the 5 year old was forever touching things - hand rails, lift buttons and we were totally paranoid he would catch the bug as several people down our corridor had the virus.

the first port was Princess Cayes and it was nice but just a beach. The tender boat taking us to the island however broke down and wasted an hour of our time and the food on the island was poor (a free BBQ). The sea was rough traveling down from Princess Cayes to Curacao. Far rougher than I expected and it seemed most passengers but that cant be helped. The excursion we had booked was a beach sea aquarium break. It was raining when we left the ship but we were told we couldnt cancel and it would probably clear up. Our guide was on his first day and didnt know where the aquarium was and it rained more or else all the time we were on the beach. Also the beach was a building site (pictures to back this up) huge crane, builders in hard hats, broken glass etc. we paid for our own taxi back to the ship as we didn't want to endure it any longer. the next day we were at Aruba - and it was pouring down. Again we were not allowed to cancel and this was a beach day again in an aqua park. I would have liked to have had the chance to swap to a more weather appropriate excursion. Anyway we went by bus and then open top boat to an island where we sat under cover and looked at the beach and aqua park until the owner of the park arranged for us to be taken back to the ship after about 2 hours. She said she had called the ship first thing and told them it would rain all day but they took us anyway - NOT IMPRESSED - i will probably never go back there again and all I saw of the island was a wet beach - no one enjoyed that day.

Back on the boat and just when we thought it could get no worse the captain announced we were set for gale force winds and 18 foot seas that he hadn't seen in the Caribbean for his 20 years - panic !! I happened to be in the medical centre at this time and the crews faces dropped and then the passengers came in - mostly scared and some wanting sea sick pills as the shop had sold out. I thought the captains remarks were thoughtless and irresponsible - i didn't need to know this was the worst he had seen.

All in all I could go on about the lack of sunbeds - although plenty not actually sat on just loads of "stuff" on them to reserve them.... how no one watched the pools- I feel out with a fellow passenger when he "bombed" my 5 year old but no one backed me up - movies under the stars - sucky - really noisy but during the day you cant actually see it due to the sun
Zumba classes were advertised but were not on this ship. Also due to rough seas the stabilisers on the ship were used alot and these are noisy at night
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