145 New York (Manhattan) Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews

The Crown Princess is a large ship that has lots positive reasons to sail on. The ship is in need of some restoration, but nothing that affected the quality of our cruise. The embarkation out of the port Brooklyn was very well organized ... Read More
The Crown Princess is a large ship that has lots positive reasons to sail on. The ship is in need of some restoration, but nothing that affected the quality of our cruise. The embarkation out of the port Brooklyn was very well organized and ran about as smoothly and quickly as possible. Our cabin was ready and our steward was by our room when we first arrived. He did a very good job during our 10 day trip. While the cabin was basic, it had all the necessary items. The food in the dining rooms and Horizon Court (buffet) were good, but nothing special. The desserts were just ok, except for the special chocolate additions, which were outstanding. We ate in the Crown Grill, which is one of the specialty restaurants. The service was very average and, unfortunately, the food was not as good as that. When you are paying almost $30 per person additional for a meal, you just expect more. The bar service was good at the bars we visited. The entertainment shows were average, while some of the special people or groups were very good. The magician and both comedians had very good shows that were very entertaining. The magician’s last show was especially creative and just fantastic. The music choices were across many different genres and they were all good. The two ladies that played classical string music were very good. The variety of games offered by the cruise was good. The cruise director (Paul) and his staff added high energy to all of the events that they oversaw. The workout area was large and had full cardio exercise equipment. The locker room was good size and had a nice steam and sauna room attached. There is nothing negative to say about the ship, crew or ports of call. However, the cruise director, his staff and our cabin steward were standouts for our trip. The ship is good, not great. The food is good, not great. This trip from NY to Quebec City during the fall season is a positive experience on the Crown Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary and the fact we are loyal Princess customers. The cruise did not disappoint, the itinerary took us into may interesting ports of call. From embarkation to the end everything went smoothly. ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary and the fact we are loyal Princess customers. The cruise did not disappoint, the itinerary took us into may interesting ports of call. From embarkation to the end everything went smoothly. The only glitches were not going ashore in Newport (no fault of Princess, the Coast Guard had closed the harbor due to a tall ship running aground) and only a single gangway in Quebec City (port authority responsibility). As an anticipated the demographics on this cruise were an older crowd therefore activities were geared more to the older crowd. "Knitters and natters" was not for us. The entertainment on the ship was good. On most cruises the featured Princess Theater entertainers usually do a second show or appear in Explorers lounge, unfortunately not on this cruise. There were two comedians we would have liked to have seen again. Very good production shows offered by the Princess singers and dancers. Cruise Director Paul was very funny, had a very quick wit. The dining room service was excellent. We went for late seating. For that seating the dining room was never full as I guess most people preferred the earlier seating or anytime dining. This resulted in the early show being packed and easy to find a seat for the late show. The quality of the food was very good and portions were always on the generous side. Our waiter Renata and her assistant Felix provided excellent service and really enhanced our dining experience with the quality of service and their friendliness. It was also nice to see a head waiter with a personality. Mauricio was very friendly and chatted to us frequently. This added a very nice touch so often they are quite reserved. Regarding friendliness, the entire ship's crew were that way. We opted for an ocean view cabin rather than balcony primarily due to the anticipated Fall weather and the cost was higher than normal for cruise of this length. The cabin E630 was supposed to have and obstructed view but such wasn't really the case, we had good sight lines. Only one flaw with our cabin was the service provided by our cabin attendant. Sometimes service was incomplete or lacking items.Thanks Crown Princess for a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit New York and then see the autumn colours of New England and Canada. This cruise did not disappoint! Our cruise itinerary began in New York and we arranged our hotel and transfers ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit New York and then see the autumn colours of New England and Canada. This cruise did not disappoint! Our cruise itinerary began in New York and we arranged our hotel and transfers independently of Princess. The city is well worth a visit and the highlight for us was probably 'Top of the Rock' which we visited at sun set. Boarding Crown Princess at Brooklyn was definitely the smoothest, quickest and stress free embarkation I have experienced. The whole team onboard made us feel very welcome and, having taken our last 2 cruises with another line, it was good to be back with Princess. Sailing away in the dark from New York was magical, although there wasn't really the usual sail away party atmosphere. Dinner in the Freedom dining restaurants was a bit haphazard that evening, probably because there had been a fairly late muster drill, followed by the sail away, after which everyone seemed to descend on the restaurant. Of course they were inundated, which was understandable. The staff could have helped the situation though by giving people clearer explanations and updates on what was happening. They should also have banned the booking of tables on that evening as well because it seemed to add another level of confusion. Maybe then there would have been fewer moaners who didn't seem to be able to understand the difficulties facing the dining room and kitchen and who rather spoiled the mood on our first evening. We didn't have to wait to be seated on any other evening though. The next day we woke to the news that we wouldn't be able to visit Newport, RI because another craft had broken down where our tenders were due to dock. Amazingly, there were clearly many maritime experts on board who moaned that the captain could have sent our tenders to a different landing site. Again, a difficult situation worsened by others who bring in an element of stress. We enjoyed an unexpected sea day. These things happen! It wasn't Princess' fault. Day 3 was in Boston. A pretty city. We did a walking tour, which was a bit boring, if I'm honest. I think it was down to our guide who wasn't particularly good. Our next stop, day 4, in Bar Harbor made up for any disappointment from Newport. The town is really pretty, a lovely place to visit. We did a tour to Cadillac mountain and Acadia national park. We saw some autumn colours and the scenery was beautiful. Lobster rolls and blueberry pie just had to be eaten and were superb. Day 5 was in St John. We looked around the town but felt there wasn't much to see. Day 6 in Halifax was much better. We did the tour to Peggy's Cove which was beautiful. Good guide too. Day 7 was in Sydney which, again, didn't have much to offer. Although it was Saturday the town seemed to be closed. We enjoyed walking around the residential area, seeing Canadian houses and their hallowe'en decorations. Day 8 was Charlotte town, Prince Edward Island, where we did a culinary walking tour. It's well worth doing because it's great to sample local food and drink. We enjoyed the mussels in particular. Day 9 was a sea day which meant we could enjoy the ship. Crown Princess has an Art Deco styling, which is lovely. She's well maintained. The crew all seem really friendly and happy. I know they're told to smile and say hello but I didn't feel anyone was forcing themselves to be polite. Many engaged in conversation with us which we found interesting and, as we shared some of our experiences with them, I hope they did too. Day 10 was in Quebec which is a lovely city. It's very French and the people mainly speak French, with many unable to converse in English. We don't really speak more than a few words of French but managed fine. We did a tour to the maple syrup sugar shack and the water falls. The tour itself was good with an excellent guide, but it didn't leave until 4pm so the light faded and we ended the tour in the dark. Not ideal! It's probably fair to say the average age of our fellow passengers was somewhat older than us and we did feel entertainment and activities were geared towards their age group. There really weren't any activities we were interested in during the day, apart from wine tasting and a cooking 'competition '. I enjoyed the illusion and dance show on the final evening. Our final day we disembarked smoothly and went on an excursion to Montreal before transferring to the airport. We had a smashing holiday. Food was fabulous. There was some excellent company and Princess showed us why we should come back to them. I wouldn't hesitate to book another cruise with Princess and hope I get the chance to sail on Crown Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise to see the fall colors. We have cruised over 40 times, mostly with Princess and several times on the Crown. We had a balcony on Caribe, very spacious, but somewhat dated decor. We arrived in NY several days in advance ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see the fall colors. We have cruised over 40 times, mostly with Princess and several times on the Crown. We had a balcony on Caribe, very spacious, but somewhat dated decor. We arrived in NY several days in advance and stayed near Times Square, saw some family and went to a show. Lots to see and do in NYC. Took uber to the Ferry on Wall St to get to Red Hook, very easy to do. Embarkation was very fast and easy as sailaway wasn't until 7pm. Our luggage arrived fairly quickly, we went to the library to get books, very good selection. We ate in the Dining Room every night but one. We had anytime and it was hit or miss as to seating times. Food wasn't bad but service was uneven. Breakfast buffet stayed the same the whole week. Seating in the buffet was challenging. We had some gray and windy weather especially at night, the decks had to be closed. Weather got increasingly cold as we sailed north. We missed our stop in Newport and activities on the ship were practically nonexistent. Boston we went to the Kennedy library, Quincy market and Beacon Hill. Bar Harbor we took the trolley into Acadia park. Leaves turning somewhat yellow there. In St John we did the walking tour on our own, the info desk in town was very helpful. Halifax we took a winery tour booked privately, a enjoyable day. Sydney we did the ship's excursion to the Bell museum, very colorful there. Charlottetown we walked around, very quiet place we toured Beaconsfield House. Quebec we did a walking tour through the tourist info which was very good. The next day we checked into the Chateau Frontenac and went to Ile D'Orleans booked privately. Expect cold weather bring good shoes, gloves, hat and scarves. Found the ship to be boring, could not get into the shows, the 8pm was packed a half hour in advance. We did attend the past passenger get together and each of us won a bottle of champagne-that was crazy. We went to the elite happy hour a couple of times in Skywalkers. The Wheelhouse is always packed for its happy hour from 3-4. Flew home from Quebec to Los Angeles on air Canada with a stopover in Toronto. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This cruise really stops at places most people think of when they think Canada/New England. The tours we did were really great (outside of Princess Cruises excursions). Highly recommend Ollie's Trolley in Bar Harbor and Auto Cars ... Read More
This cruise really stops at places most people think of when they think Canada/New England. The tours we did were really great (outside of Princess Cruises excursions). Highly recommend Ollie's Trolley in Bar Harbor and Auto Cars for the Quebec 5 hour, 5 stops excursion. The ship itself leaves a lot to be desired and it is going into dry dock in March 19 for renovations. Staff was wonderful. All in all a very great cruise. We chose an inside cabin. However, it is one of the few that have 179 square feet. The layout was terrific. There were doors on the closets, which we absolutely loved. Lots of cabinet and drawer space for our things. Our cabin attendant did everything we asked and was fantastic. We liked the location on the ship, although we were concerned at the beginning of the trip. The weather cooperated with the dates of our trip. This is the 2nd time we did this itinerary. Loved it, but would not do again because we have too many other places we want to see on our bucked list. Food choices were adequate. Have had better on Princess. Service in the dining room and bars was excellent. The fall colors were great. Princess is our favorite line and we have been on it 21 times and have two more trips planned on Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. While we had never cruised Princess before we had heard good things. All of the crew was great and really wanted to please. The ship needs an update...it’s just tired. Our biggest complaint was the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. While we had never cruised Princess before we had heard good things. All of the crew was great and really wanted to please. The ship needs an update...it’s just tired. Our biggest complaint was the Horizon Buffett. It was very hard to get a meal. It was crowded and the food islands were very close together. We could never find a table without having to ask someone if we could share. The show room was way too small for the size ship. Our cabin was always clean but it needs updating. Flatscreen TV’s would be a start. The bar Vines was our favorite. Quite and the complimentary tapas were always good. We loved all of our shore excursions. They were well run and we had great tour guides. The food was fine, but nothing special. We did do the upgrade to eat in the Crown Grill. We were very disappointed with our meal. The food was not as good as the regular dining room. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
After 20 cruises I found the New England/Canada cruise to be so delightful I’m ready to go again. I’d rate in my top two. Great itinerary, cabin, dining options, entertainment, staff and excursions. The decor was beautiful with Italian ... Read More
After 20 cruises I found the New England/Canada cruise to be so delightful I’m ready to go again. I’d rate in my top two. Great itinerary, cabin, dining options, entertainment, staff and excursions. The decor was beautiful with Italian emphasis. It exuded class. The ship indoor and out was meticulous. I highly recommend this ship and cruise to anyone considering a cruise to New England and Canada. Entertainment was a great blend of music with many different types. Evening programs were diverse and great comedians. Lots of fun games too. Was a terrific way to meet lots of people. Loved the fact that the ship’s staff was not shoving their cameras in your face constantly. Princess offers great incentives with each additional cruise you take like prepaid gratuities, onboard credits, free WiFi so the more you sail with them the better it gets. Can’t say enough great things. I’m looking forward to a return to Princess. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose this cruise due to no solo supplement for the 7 night Canada New England Sept cruise! I was also on the Crown in June for Norway. It is an older ship and needs work. I was very disappointed regarding both the Lotus spa pool ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to no solo supplement for the 7 night Canada New England Sept cruise! I was also on the Crown in June for Norway. It is an older ship and needs work. I was very disappointed regarding both the Lotus spa pool and the Thermal Suite. On both of my cruises, the spa pool was closed numerous times supposedly for mechanical issues. I seemed to get different answers depending on which staff member I spoke to. Very disappointing! As for the Thermal suite, there was often people there that hadn't paid for the service. On one occasion, a couple came in in street clothes (jeans & running shoes) and proceeded to lay down on the thermal beds. It took about 10 minutes to get staff to remove the couple and then another 10 minutes to clean thermal beds. On 2 separate days when I went to use steam room, it was not working. Lady at front desk didn't seem to care! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I am Platinum with Princess. I was on the 4 Oct New York-to-Quebec sailing on the Crown Princess. This was our second time on this itinerary on Princess - the first time (four years ago on the Grand Princess) we were too early in the ... Read More
I am Platinum with Princess. I was on the 4 Oct New York-to-Quebec sailing on the Crown Princess. This was our second time on this itinerary on Princess - the first time (four years ago on the Grand Princess) we were too early in the season and this time we thought we were, too, until we got to Quebec. The Ile de Orleans was awash in color! And the road was like a tunnel through a canvas of orange and yellow. We stayed over one night at the Chateau Frontenac and rented a car the next day to drive back out to the Ile de Orleans and take photos at our leisure. Itinerary. The overall itinerary was great, but VERY port intensive. Although I am not a fan of sea days, it is nice to have an occasional break in the port sequence. In my mind, you could skip Sydney and not miss anything. As it was, there were seven straight days of port visits, which was a little much. Plus, three of those ports were tender ports. In a ship the size of Crown Princess, tender operations are sometimes hectic (especially if there are any delays upon arrival), so the fewer tender ports the better. An unexpected bonus on this cruise was, no rain for EIGHT days, unseasonably warm weather in Canada (e.g., 80 deg in Halifax), and no storms/extremely high winds. All cruises should be like that! Dining. This was our first experience with Anytime dining. We do not like eating early - we want to enjoy as much of the day ashore as possible and not have to either rush back to the ship for early seating or not have a chance to relax and shower before having dinner. We ended up eating about 7:30 most nights and unfortunately, it was a "tweener" time as the ship's evening activities are oriented toward the formal seating times. Although on past cruises we have had some "difficult" table partners at second seating, I would take that over constantly getting to know somebody new at your table. Room. We always sail in a balcony or mini-suite. We like being able to step outside and enjoy wherever we are at the time, whether the open sea or entering/leaving port. We decided to experiment this trip and took a balcony that was on the ship's stern; i.e., we were looking directly aft. I don't think we'll do that again. The views are severely constrained since you cannot see where you are going and the side views are also restricted. Since my wife is a big time camera fanatic, this location just didn't work for us. Passenger Capacity. For me, Crown Princess and her sisters (we've sailed on Ruby, too) have too many people. My sense was that virtually everything was crowded all the time. The basic problem is that Princess took a reasonably sound design with Grand & Golden and added another deck of cabins without increasing the facilities. I am dismayed that the Royal will be even larger. Give me Coral/Dawn class any day! We were traveling with a lady who was mobility impaired and she had to use the elevators. So, what Princess has done is add 500 more people without any increase in the elevator capacity. We had great difficulty getting her from floor to floor due to severely overcrowded elevators. This is said not to discourage mobility impaired people but to forewarn them to have patience. Food. We went to the Crown Grill once (highly recommended!), to the evening buffet at Horizon Court twice (so-so) and to the pizza parlor once (frankly, it was HIGHLY enjoyable after a 7 hour bus tour). Due to morning coordination issues with our traveling companion we opted for room service almost every morning; and we didn't regret that. It kept our mornings simple, we didn't have to search for a table, and we weren't tempted to overeat at breakfast. Be advised that most mornings our food arrived BEFORE the requested delivery time which embarrassed my wife once or twice. We aren't the kind of people who have to rush back to the ship at noon in order to not spend money on a meal ashore. The only on board lunch I can recall us eating was the British Pub lunch in the Wheelhouse Bar (on our only sea day) - the fish and chips were excellent (as was the English ale). New York. Princess put us at the Intercontinental, about two blocks west of Times Square. The lobby was incredibly small and when the pre-/post cruise passengers flooded it, it was a mad house. I much prefer the Sheraton, where we were last time. Also, the "organization" (if I can dignify it with that word) for getting everyone from the downstairs meeting rooms onto the buses to the ship was extremely poor. Confusion reigned. Around the corner, on 9th Ave (as I recall) is the West Side diner. Go there for breakfast. Shore Excursions. Newport: I used to live in Newport, so I am biased - any tour there is a good one. Don't miss the opportunity to have a lobster roll at the restaurant next to the Newport Casino (aka Tennis Hall of Fame). Good atmosphere. We went on the tour of the Elms - main difference between that mansion and the Breakers (other than the ocean view) is you get headsets at the Elms - so you can go at your own pace. At the Breakers it is sometimes hard to hear the docent. Boston: Went to Lexington and Concord. Beautiful settings and incredible history, but a bit hard on our mobility impaired travelling companion. She did not get off the bus at North Bridge in Concord as it was not a paved walkway. Also, cobblestones in Boston were a problem for her. They dropped us for lunch at Quincy Market and recommended some place upstairs, which our traveling companion could not access. So, we had lunch in the market. "Chowda" bowl was ok (Hennessey's, down the street, is better), but the ice cream was excellent. The visit to Harvard Yard was totally prefunctory, not sure why it's on the itinerary. We only saw some occasional Fall color, but the bus wouldn't stop. Bar Harbor: Went to the Cranberry islands. Delightful boat ride there and a very knowledgeable Ranger. The view from Cadillac Mountain is fabulous. We only saw some occasional Fall color, but the bus wouldn't stop. Departure time for the tour was awkward - noon, which combined with having to tender in meant we grabbed lunch on the go at the corner deli and ate it on the bus. St. John: The highlight for me is always the Old City Market. Fascinating place. We always buy something from the linen lady - we got a nice Christmas table runner this time. Our boat ride tour on the river actually took place well north of the rapids, so that was a bit disappointing. Halifax: Last time we took the seven hour tour to Mahone Bay and Lunenberg and thought it was the highlight of the entire trip. This time all they offered was a 3.5 hour trip. Since it takes an hour and 15 minutes to get there, you do the math. Last time we walked Mahone Bay. This time we didn't stop. Last time we had a nice lunch in Lunenberg overlooking the bay, this time they insisted on getting us back to the terminal by 1:00 for lunch aboard the ship (which, of course, we passed on). The 3.5 hour tour is a RIP OFF! Plus, we only saw some occasional Fall color, but the bus wouldn't stop. We had a very nice lunch ashore at the Grey Goose II restaurant - you can walk there from the ship. Also, the waterside promenade leading north from the ship has interesting eateries and kiosks all along. It's worth a walk. Sydney: There's really nothing in Sydney. Last time we went to the Alexander Graham Bell museum in Baddock - delightful. This time we tried to see some Fall color on the coastal tour. Sad to say, the color was sporadic, plus the bus wouldn't stop. On the pier is a shop (Hattie's Heirlooms) that sells Santas. We've now bought two Santas there and are totally satisfied with the purchases. Charlottetown: We did Ann of Green Gables last time, but the highlight wasn't that, it was the jelly/preserves factory. Ann is living off her reputation. This time we did the tour to Victoria-by-the-Sea; it was a delightful little village, but since the season was over (thanks for letting us not know that, Princess) everything was boarded up. After staring at the lighthouse, we went back to Charlottetown. Another bad tour. We ate at Lobster on the Wharf adjacent to the ship. Mistake. My wife's crab cakes were inedible and she sent them back. Quebec: One of our all time favorite cities! Any time spent there is worth it. Definitely the best tour guide of all on this cruise and perhaps the best we've ever had. The included lunch on the Ile de Orleans was a superb French repast. We stayed over the next night at the Chateau Frontenac. If you are expecting to see that magnificent view from your room, forget it. Princess guests get the interior rooms. For lunch, we ate at the Ancient Canadian just down Rue St. Louis from the Chateau. The French onion soup was to die for. Our guide had recommended the "Friere du Cote" (Brothers of the Hill) restaurant on Rue de St. Jean for dinner. It was a spot on recommendation - all five of us thought it was an excellent meal (liver, ribs, bison, and pasta). Also, "casual" is the operative word there. He had also recommended the Leaping Rabbit near the bottom of the funicular on Rue de Petite Champlain for lunch, but we never got there. Summary. Mother Nature is a capricious lady. Although we eventually saw some color, calling this a Fall foliage cruise is a misnomer. People on cruise prior to ours probably saw nothing and we only saw some color. The next cruise probably had it the best - luck of the draw. But the fact that the tour buses would not stop when there was some color was totally frustrating. Princess is our favorite cruise line (and still is), but I would hesitate to take Crown again in the future. No matter what they do to her renovation-wise, they aren't going to eliminate the Riviera deck and all those extra people spoil it for me. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
New England itinerary and ports were fantastic. We took a ship excursion every day, and were extremely satisfied. Having been on many cruises, the Crown Princess was disappointing. It is relatively new, 3000+ passengers, yet the rooms ... Read More
New England itinerary and ports were fantastic. We took a ship excursion every day, and were extremely satisfied. Having been on many cruises, the Crown Princess was disappointing. It is relatively new, 3000+ passengers, yet the rooms are much smaller than most ships that we have been on. Like the early 1980's ships, there was barely enough room to walk(sideways) around the cabin. I would suggest using the twin bed configuration rather than the double bed option. Breakfast was terrible. Eggs tasted powered. French toast was just toast. Bacon was like eating toothpicks...if you could even chew it. Hash browns looked like fried cardboard, and tasted worse than cardboard. One omelet station for 3000 people! Cold cereal was good, if you could find milk. Lido staff was excellent, very helpful. Helped you find a seat in the very crowded Lido, and even carried your plates. Coffee, tea, and lemonade seemed to be a controlled substance. Despite having dispensers around, staff had to operate them. Lunches were ok. Selection options were very limited. No deli area. Only one, "prime", meal selection in Lido. Pizza, Hamburgers, Ice Cream, etc. were always good. Pizza was available 24hrs. and was excellent. Dinner was pretty good. Selection seems to be more limited than other cruises. Lots of Lamb. Small lobsters for a Maine cruise! Staff was excellent. Entertainment was excellent. Don't sit in the first few rows of the theater, as the lighting staff seems to talk a lot about a lot of non show things, answer phone calls, and cause a lot of disruption to the last few rows of folks. They did not seem to care when guests gave them a SHUSH! warning. Get to the theater early, as it was always standing room only 15 minutes before the performance. Seats had pull-out trays in the arm rests, but the isles were so small that if you did order a drink, it had to be passed down the line from the end. In many cases the line of seats was 30 or more with the only access from each end. Few seats were conducive to an after dinner drink. More leg room in the rear seats. Other night time entertainment was great. Plenty of options, and were all good. It may be due to having port stops daily, but the during the day ship entertainment options were very limited. Port discussions were virtually non existent. Over 1000 people took the cooking show/tour. Nothing else to do. All-in-all, will probably not go on Crown or sisters again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Sept 14th to 24th, 2011 - Crown Princess - Canada/New England cruise. Embarkation & Disembarkation - Smooth and efficient. Food was a major disappointment. Horizon Court's food was always lukewarm. We had chosen anytime ... Read More
Sept 14th to 24th, 2011 - Crown Princess - Canada/New England cruise. Embarkation & Disembarkation - Smooth and efficient. Food was a major disappointment. Horizon Court's food was always lukewarm. We had chosen anytime dinning and we felt the service was slow and most of the food not well prepared (fish dry, veal tough, etc). Bars - our favorite was the Crooners bar. Great drinks and the waiters were entertaining along with great music being heard in the atrium. Entertainement - we went three times and we really enjoyed the shows...2 comedians & 1 piano player/singer. Service: We'd give it a 3 out of 5. Stewart did not do our room on 2 nights. Customer service: difficult to get responses or even someone to answer the phone. Itinerary (2.5 out of 5) short days in most ports We departed from New York on September 14th for a 10 day cruise. It was a great sail away with great views of New York and the Statue of Liberty. The next day was Newport, RI. The stop was a short one, we had to be back on board by 3:30 but there was fog and we were being tendered in. So that delayed things for us to get off until about 10:30. The process was really slow, we were able to get to shore but a lot of people that we met waited for hours for their tender # to be called and finally gave up because the time ashore would be too short. We did the Cliff Walk along the shore from one end to the other with great views of the mansions. It is a very rugged walk in certain areas. We returned to the dock to take the tender around 2:45 and there was a huge line up waiting for tenders, we waited a least one hour to get back on. Princess were only loading one tender at a time there seemed to be no coordination between the # of tenders and the number of people getting back on board. We sailed at 4:00 P.M. to go to Portland, Maine and only got in at 11:00 A.M. the next morning. City is small, nothing much to do. We took the local bus "day pass" for $6 and roamed around. We visited the Signal House which had a great storyteller guide and a great view of the harbour but we wondered why Princess choose to come to Portland. We then sailed away to Boston...so we questioned why we left Newport early bypassing Boston and now we were going back south. It would have made sense to go to Boston and then stopping in Portland on our way north . Shorter port times, longer sea time going back and forth, this did not make sense to us. We arrived in Boston at 7:00 A.M. We loved our time in Boston, the weather was amazing. Princess offered a bus transfer for $15/return per person with drop off near Quincy Market. We walked the city and enjoyed the Harbour front, Little Italy, the Commons. It is such an easy city to walk around in and there are points of interest everywhere. Our departure was at 4:00 P.M. - wish we had been able to stay longer. Our next stop was St John, New Brunswick, we had visited St John before but had not been to the Bay of Fundy and the Flowerpots so we decided to take the ships tour. The drive was over 2 hours, we had lunch for 30 minutes (perfect because we wanted as much time as possible seeing the flower pots). Our guide was very knowledgeable and even had a video on an I Pad to show us how quickly and how high the tide rose every day. Great communication tool. The ride back was another 2 hours with a few photo stops along the way. It was interesting to see how much the scenery had changed with the high tide. Our next stop was Halifax, Nova Scotia. We arrived at 10:00 A.M. and walked the city. The harbour front was very nice and we visited the Citadel which was very interesting and interactive. We left at 7:00 P.M. for Sydney...but during the night we hit really high winds and the boat was rocking & rolling. When we got up the next day the captain told us we would not be able to go to Sydney because of hurricane winds and waves of 25 ft. He did a manoeuvre to turn the boat around that had everybody hanging on...it was actually exciting. The captain did a great job in keeping us posted on everything that was happening and making sure that everyone was OK. So we had a day at sea. Going south for a while and then when it was safe to go north the captain changed directions so smoothly we did not even notice. We were told at the end of the day that Princess had negotiated to go into Sydney the next day. That we would not be going to Corner Brook, NFLD...we were a little disappointed because we were looking forward to seeing Gros Morne National Park on the ship's tour. We were also advised that we would be tendering because Holland America was in port. We rented a car in Sydney, Nova Scotia and drove to the Cabot Trail, we did about half of it in then doubled back because we knew that it would be too much of a risk to drive the whole way around. The views are beautiful but the fall colors had not started yet so the effect of the drive was not as beautiful that it could have been. I would guess that the 2nd or 3rd week of October would have been ideal for the fall colors. We had a day at sea then we got in to Quebec City for an overnight stay. This was the best of all of our stops. The ship was docked directly in the old port, we walked the city. The Old Port, Place Royal, Parliament, Chateau Frontenac having a great lunch on Grande AllEe and much more. Every corner is really enjoyable to discover...great walking city, beautiful day. It was really the highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Since we sailed round trip from NY we never had to debark in Quebec. We were driven to the Cruise Terminal in Brooklyn and from the time we arrived at the curb until we opened our cabin door was 30 minutes. Same on departure we selected ... Read More
Since we sailed round trip from NY we never had to debark in Quebec. We were driven to the Cruise Terminal in Brooklyn and from the time we arrived at the curb until we opened our cabin door was 30 minutes. Same on departure we selected the latest departure time 10:20 and were at the curb by 10:50. The food was generally poor, especially tough beef and pork and undercooked potatoes and carrots. Service was by and large outstanding, from the cabin steward to the wait staff in all the dining areas on the 15th deck and the International Cafe on the 5th deck. I have generally found that the wait staff in the formal dining rooms are a bit impersonal but if you're ever on the Crown Princess and dine in the DaVinci dining room ask for a female waitress, Tatiana and her assistant Dennis. Personal, friendly, helpful and has probably the fastest knife in the dining room, when she separates the shells from the lobster and prawns. Tours varied, Among the best were Bar Harbour tour of Acadia National Park and lobster dinner, which was great. Also the tour of St Johns, NB with a tour guide "blue Bonnie". Among the worst was the tour meant to immerse us in Anne of Green Gables on PEI. Spent more time seeing the mussel farms then we did visiting the authors birthplace and homestead. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We left from New York on 14th September for a 10 day Canada/ New England cruise.Embarkation was quite rapid,and we received our luggage within an hour or so. Staff were very friendly, and helpful throughout the cruise. On the second ... Read More
We left from New York on 14th September for a 10 day Canada/ New England cruise.Embarkation was quite rapid,and we received our luggage within an hour or so. Staff were very friendly, and helpful throughout the cruise. On the second night out we encountered the edge of Hurricane IKatia, but the ship was quite stable, despite strong winds. Two nights later, sailing to Sydney, we encountered a gale with 85 knot winds. That was an experience, with massive seas. The ship couldn't make headway so Captain Nick Nash turned the ship around searching for calmer waters. Impressive seamanship. The delay meant that we missed out on the visit to Cornerbrook in Newfoundland. The entertainment on board was generally good, and the public rooms are very impressive, like a first class hotel. Having said all this, it's sad to report that the food service on board was the worst we have ever encountered on 18 cruises, 3 of which were with Princess in the past. The food was of poor quality, and was served warm, not hot. The variety was pitiful with a very limited range, so much so that we were delighted to get off the ship to buy a hot meal. I've never seen, or heard of, "Deep Fried Boiled Eggs" one of the staples offered at breakfast. It seems that Princess is cutting corners with the food and with certain amenities, such as the "Welcome on board " glass of champagne we experience with other cruise lines. With food being such an important feature of cruising, I doubt that we will sail with Princess again. We also found the cabin size to be less than we have experienced with other cruise lines, and I have never tried to shower in such a tiny shower compartment. All in all, it's a great pity that the "bean counters" at Princess' HQ have cut corners with the food and spoiled the impact of a splendid crew and a beautiful ship . The temperature of the food is something that I would hope the food service people can correct Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Having cruised approximately ten times on various other lines I would rate this one 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. Expecting Princess to be exceptional, we were disappointed. We heard complaints from many other passengers who had cruised ... Read More
Having cruised approximately ten times on various other lines I would rate this one 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. Expecting Princess to be exceptional, we were disappointed. We heard complaints from many other passengers who had cruised Princess before and said it didn't used to be this way. We especially did not like the configuration of the ship. Other cruises have a comfortable lounge from which you can relax and see the view. Princess has used any potential for a lounge for additional money makers. The best view on the bough is taken by a large, expensive spa and gym. (It should be a lounge) and the stern with a $10 a person charge called the Sanctuary. It was always empty and a turnoff to many passengers we talked to. There were few outside areas with shade and view so we were grateful for our balcony. The theater is too small so shows were repeated and still could not accommodate 3,600 passengers. The large TV outside which should suck up a large number of passengers served no purpose when the temperature turned to 48 degrees, specifically the day at sea which was the only marginal weather we had. We spent a lot of it in our cabin since every inch inside was overcrowded. This ship should stay in the Caribbean for sun worshipers. The tour desk always had a line and was only open 8:00 to 10:00. Getting information from anyone was almost impossible. The buffet food was less than exceptional, however the dining rooms were better. The change in itinerary, canceling Bar Harbor, turned a lot off. One day we tendered was an hour or longer wait to get a tender. It didn't seen they had enough tenders for 3,600 passengers. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
This was my first cruise on Princess and I was really looking forward to it as friends had recommnded them and I expected good service. We flew to New York with BA and had an excellent flight and passed through US immigration quite ... Read More
This was my first cruise on Princess and I was really looking forward to it as friends had recommnded them and I expected good service. We flew to New York with BA and had an excellent flight and passed through US immigration quite smoothly. However once we got outside to the meeting place there was an air of discontent as the transfer to the coaches to the ship was taking a long time and was not well organised. We waited half an hour or so to board a coach but didn't leave the airport for another 20 minutes as we went to another terminal to pick up some more passengers and then drove back to original terminal to drop off the tour representative. I had been disappointed when our embarkation point had been confirmed as Brooklyn not New York as originally stated but the view of the Statue of Liberty from our cabin made up for that. We stood up on deck as the ship left New York and loved the view. The stops on this trip were interesting although I probably won't ever go back to St John's in New Brunswick again but I know some people were diappointed that the stop in Newport was changed to New London a quaint little place but not thrilling. I was very happy with our cabin, most of the food was very good although the Horizon Court could be a bit of a scrum at times and the staff and other passengers all very friendly. We did anytime dining and this worked out really well so long as you avoided the 7 30ish rush. I really enjoyed the Cole Porter show and one of the comedians who did a great show about ageing. My comment about good but could be better was largely prompted by the disembarkation process which was chaotic. We were being taken to Montreal from Quebec - left the ship at 9 30am for a flight at 9.40pm. When we got on the coach it was clear that no one had a clue about what was happening on the transfer and that everyone was on different flights. One couple had a nuch earlier flight and they were concerned about the plan announced by the guide on the coach for a 2 hour stop in Montreal. We did have a short stop in Montreal but didn't make the best of this as we had no guides or maps and so people were reluctant to go to far from the coach. When we got to the airport I spoke to a Princess rep who didn't inform people that the BA check in desk would not be open for another hour and a half. Seating was limited and food expensive. I have written to Princess to compalin about this process which cast a shadow over the holiday but two weeks later have not received a reply. Would I recommend Princess yes if it didn't involve a flight! Also the tour administration on the boat was very poor so I would say do your homework before you go and book some independent trips! I think you will see more and pay less. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
October 11-13 Pre-Cruise Background: We had a group of 12 adults, from 59-88 years old. Four of our group had never cruised before; the balance had cruised, some frequently. Activity levels varied. All of us live in the Southeast ... Read More
October 11-13 Pre-Cruise Background: We had a group of 12 adults, from 59-88 years old. Four of our group had never cruised before; the balance had cruised, some frequently. Activity levels varied. All of us live in the Southeast US. Six of us spent a night at the Hampton Inn Airport Atlanta pre-cruise which worked out great. We kept our cars there free for a week and for a small amount for the second week. We took the Hampton Inn shuttle to the airport, about a 10 minute drive and also got the shuttle on our return. On October 12 we left the hotel around 8am for a 10:40am flight to LaGuardia which ended up being about 2 hours late due to bad weather in Atlanta. We arrived in New York around 4pm and called for our scheduled Super Shuttle, which carried all 10 of us from the flight and our cruise luggage. We spent the night at the Hampton Inn Seaport which worked out great. It was close to lots of restaurants and Pier 19 (I think) which had tours leaving from there and clubs and more restaurants. Some of our group walked to the World Trade Center Site, others took a Grey Line tour. Around 11am on October 13 some of us left for the Brooklyn Pier which took about 15 minutes. We had a very smooth and easy embarkation thanks to our Elite status and just about walked on the ship. Six of us had balcony cabins on the Caribe deck which were ready for us at the time. We left our carryons in the cabin and went to the DaVinci dining room for our initial lunch which was excellent. The Crown Princess We had been on the Emerald Princess before and as far as I can tell it's almost identical to the Crown. The Emerald had been my favorite Princess ship mainly because of the International Cafe and the Atrium. We weren't able to use this as much this trip because it was so crowded. We had two days at sea, one unscheduled when we weren't able to dock in Sydney and on each of these days you could barely get into the common areas on board because they were so crowded. It was too cold to be on deck, especially around the pools and elsewhere on the Lido Deck. Forget about MUTS! You could see something playing on the bridge cam at night, but no one was up there that I saw. On our one scheduled sea day we at in the Wheelhouse Bar and had the pub lunch which was excellent. We ate around 1:15 so the line wasn't bad, only had to wait around 15 minutes to be seated. I had bangers and mash and my husband had fish and chips. We also ate at both optional restaurants. I enjoyed our balcony cabin although we didn't spend the amount of time outside like we would do on a warmer cruise. This was especially nice when we were in port. Our cabin was starboard which happened to face the port in most stops including Quebec with a beautiful view of the Chateau Frontenac. We had anytime dining this cruise. For the most part we had great service, but it's certainly more impersonal than having the same set of waiters each evening who know all your likes and dislikes. Our room steward, Ernesto, was the best we've ever had. We never came back from a meal without our room being cleaned—he was a wonder! This was the coldest cruise I've ever been on. In most ports we were told the weather was more like November than October. It started out cold in New York and just got colder until Quebec City where we had 5" of snow. Beautiful, but limiting in what you can do. The Ports Newport, Rhode Island - After a cold tender ride, we walked to the visitor center then took city bus to the Breakers. No line, walked right in and took the audio tour--amazing mansion...amazing lifestyle. It was cold in Newport but just a foreshadowing of what was to come. Some of our group went on the Cliff Walk and really thought that was great. We took the bus back to the downtown and returned to the ship. This was our first formal night and our cruise critic get together was scheduled for 5pm. We had about 30 people there and we really enjoyed meeting some of the people we had posted with on our roll call. Boston - As usual, very cold this morning. We had signed up for the Old Town Trolley Tour and walked to stop 16A, 2 blocks from the ship. After waiting about 30 minutes in the cold and a call to Old Town (where we were given the wrong info) we took cabs to stop 16 which was right outside the Westin Hotel. The shuttle trolley from there took us to their main stop, Stop 1, located near Fanueil Hall. From there we got our regular trolley and took the HOHO tour throughout the city. It was just too cold to get off—we just did the full circuit then ate a quick snack at Quincey Market before taking the trolley shuttle back to the ship. The trolley gives you a good overall view of Boston, next time we'll spend more time at some of the various locations. Bar Harbor, Maine - One of my favorite stops, although as usual very cold. The tender didn't take long and we were able to get our tickets for Oli's Trolley in plenty of time to make the 10:00 tour. We had made reservations on line, but paid in person. Walk of about 2 blocks to the trolley for a 2 ½ hour tour to Acadia National Park where we saw lots of color...beautiful leaves. After the tour we ate at the West Street Cafe, feasted on chowder, lobster and blueberry pie. Although we were barely able to move afterwards we went shopping and bought some more warm clothes. I found a fleece lined, hooded jacket for a deal! Lots of things were on sale because of it being the end of the season. Be sure and take your long johns, gloves, scarves, ear muffs and a warm coat. A rain parka might come in handy, also. Saint John, New Brunswick-This was a fun stop. We docked and had nothing scheduled so we just took our time getting off and walked to the Market Square and from there took the inside pedway to the City Market. The City Market was amazing and lots of fun. I couldn't get into the seaweed which was one of their specialties, though. Halifax, Nova Scotia - We had an afternoon Princess tour scheduled here so in the morning we went for a walk along the boardwalk and ended up at Alexander Keith's Brewery and their pub. We had some warm soup which was fabulous. The afternoon tour was to Peggy's Cove which was beautiful but cold and windy. I didn't spend much time outside, just too cold even all "layered up". The cold was combined with wind and rain that day. Sydney, Nova Scotia - The night before was our worst, very rough. My husband said we needed "rope service"—for our steward to tie us in. (It really wasn't that bad.) This port was cancelled due to the weather conditions. Two of our group were disappointed as they had rented a car and were planning on going to the Highland Village. Cruise director's staff turned this into a regular day at sea. It was kind of nice to have a break—this is not exactly a relaxing cruise. Port Saguenay - This was really something! We were trying to sleep in because we didn't have a tour until 10am but the performers on the dock wouldn't let us do that! Around 7am I heard all this noise outside, looked out and there's all these people in historical costumes, settlers, Indians, and someone on a microphone saying things like: "Come on out, Crown Princess, get some free blueberry pie, come see us" (you get the idea). They did some folk dances, had cheese for us to try and the pie, and taffy made from maple syrup. Very interesting way to start the day. It was VERY cold, I think in the low 30's F. Our tour, Chicoutimi Sights, was all right, but nothing special. We didn't go inside anything, no museums were open, just a ride around town and some photo ops. My recommendation would be the $10 hop on hop off bus. Quebec City --Fabulous place, even with 5" of snow. We just had to be careful walking on the icy sidewalks and this limited our walking around. The view of the Chateau Frontenac was wonderful. The tour we took, Historic and modern Quebec, gave us a good overall view of the old city. We didn't see much of the modern city during this tour. Post Cruise We had an easy disembarkation in Quebec City followed by a quick trip to the train station to check our luggage. We killed about 2 hours walking around town before heading back to the Via Rail station for our trip to Montreal. Snow was still on the ground until we were about 30 minutes out of Quebec City. Great train ride, took about 3½ hours to get to Montreal. The only negative was how long we had to wait for our luggage. A quick taxi ride and we were at our home for the next 2 days, The Hotel Nelligan. The Nelligan's in the old town, with really large rooms and a wonderful staff. We also liked their wine and cheese party in the evening and continental breakfast. We were very close to lots of bistros, shops, and two restaurants right inside the Nelligan. The first day in Montreal we took a Grey line tour of the city; it was raining and this was our choice for an over-all view of the city. The next day some of our group went to mass at the Basillica of Notre Dame while others walked around town. We left for the airport around 3pm for our 5pm flight. We went through security then US Customs at the Montreal airport which made our return easier overall. Got home around midnight on Sunday 10/25. Comments 1. The weather was a big deal for us. I was able to buy a heavier coat, but we would have been able to do more if it wasn't so cold, rainy, snowy outside. Next time I would go earlier even though the leaves in Bar Harbor wouldn't be so nice. 2. I loved all the ports and the area in general. I think next time I'd create for myself more "days at sea" and emphasize those ports where there's a lot more to see. As I've mentioned before, this wasn't what I'd call a relaxing cruise and after the first 3-4 ports I was exhausted with the 'rush,rush,rush'. 3. There weren't as many activities on board, most likely because of how port intensive the cruise was. We went to some of the production shows and also really enjoyed the piano entertainer at Crooners, Sammy Goldstein. 4. Overall, a wonderful experience for us. Just be prepared for any kind of weather. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
Thank you to all Cruise Critic members who have contributed trip reports. I found them very helpful while planning my own trips. Slight guilt has motivated me to write this report - my first - since it doesn't seem fair to keep ... Read More
Thank you to all Cruise Critic members who have contributed trip reports. I found them very helpful while planning my own trips. Slight guilt has motivated me to write this report - my first - since it doesn't seem fair to keep benefiting from all of your time/efforts without adding my own contribution to this wonderful website! Ship: Crown Princess Date: Oct. 13-23/2009 Itinerary: Canada/New England (embark - New York, debark - Quebec City) Stateroom: Inside - Riviera Deck Traveler: "40 something" professional (female), solo on this trip, fairly experienced cruiser - this was my 16th cruise (1st on Princess). Previous 15 cruises: - 14 RCL (7 Alaska, 6 Caribbean, & 1 Canada/New England) - 1 HAL (Caribbean/Panama Canal) Most of my observations/comments will be in comparison to the various RCL ships I have been on (Vision/Radiance/Voyager class only). There will be very few comparisons to HAL - my only cruise with them on Zuiderdam was not very good, about all I can say that was positive about my HAL experience was great cappuccino at dinner and a large, wonderful library - that's it. Embarkation in New York: Excellent - Princess shuttle from JFK left right on time (noon) and processing from the pier facility onto the ship was super organized and efficient - I was at the buffet within 30-40 minutes of arrival at the pier. Stateroom: Clean and well laid out - bathroom very similar to insides on RCL, really liked the "walk in" closet aspect to the Princess layout. With mirrors both at the head side of the bed and behind the desk, it seemed very open. Steward was excellent - kept the room spotless, added the top sheet under the duvet upon request (thank you to previous cruisers who recommended this - it felt more comfortable to me, as well), and he replenished the lotion/shampoo/conditioner regularly. I really liked being one deck away from the buffet - quick to run up stairs for various snacks/beverages at all times of the day. I didn't hear any noise from the pool area above, but this may be an issue on warmer weather cruises - rarely was anyone in the pool area due to the freezing temperatures for most of this cruise! Meals: Overall, I thought the food was very good, in both the buffet and dining rooms - comparable to the food on RCL which I always enjoy. (I thought the food on Zuiderdam was terrible - there was very little I liked.) A couple of slightly negative comments regarding the buffet on Crown are following: - The buffet area was VERY cramped/small for the passenger capacity of this ship. Even the smaller Vision class ships on RCL seem to have much larger buffet areas. More than a few people picking up food caused a huge logjam on the Crown - most times when I was up there it was complete gridlock! - The buffet seating area was also very cramped/small for the passenger capacity of this ship. Again, even the smaller Vision class ships on RCL seem to have more tables/seating capacity. On a warm weather cruise, I imagine the outside seating would alleviate this? - You could not pick up your own cutlery/napkin like you do on RCL. Therefore, if your hot food is not already cold by the time you wander around looking for a table, it will certainly be cold by the time staff come by to bring you your cutlery. I ended up "borrowing" a few sets during a less busy time at the buffet, kept them in my stateroom, then brought them with me for the next meal. Breakfast/Lunch - mostly ran up to the buffet, also went to the dining room a few times. The advantage of going to the dining room is that you have at least a chance of having your warm food eaten warm - due to buffet issues noted above, any bacon, pancakes, oatmeal, soup, etc. I got from the buffet were cold by the time I found a table and/or cutlery (until I borrowed the extra cutlery to bring myself). Afternoon Tea - attended 3-4 times and always asked for a table for 2 by myself so I could read. Twice they ended up seating another solo lady with me, which ended up being quite nice as I met two wonderful people that I really enjoyed talking to. Dinner - only went to the buffet the first night (included shrimp/crab) - other nights went to the dining room (Anytime Dining) at 5:30PM - if you get there about 5:25, you are seated right at 5:30 - after that, there seemed to be lines/waiting involved. I went with a "shared table" and met some wonderful people - often eating with the same people a number of evenings, especially since many of us were creatures of habit and went around the same time. I liked both Anytime Dining rooms (Da Vinci & Michelangelo) - didn't notice any difference in service/speed/etc - both excellent. For dessert, I must say the ice cream and sorbet was incredible - the best I have had anywhere! Crew: Excellent - all contacts friendly and professional. I had some initial concerns since I was used to RCL's system of "tip envelopes" instead of an automatic service charge - if they get the tips automatically, would the service suffer as a result? No issues at all! The CD (Ron Goodman) and his staff were very good - I didn't have a discussion with any of them personally, but they ran the various events well and were friendly/energetic without being cheesy. (Zuiderdam last December had a terrible CD, and my most recent July cruise on Serenade had a fantastic CD, so I was curious about the quality of the CD staff on Princess.) Ship DEcor/Services: Beautiful ship - thought it was very similar to RCL. Although I prefer the larger/higher atrium/centrum in RCL ships, overall the dEcor and availability of services were very comparable. Nice artwork, open staircase and elevator areas, and very clean in the public areas (including the washrooms). Service offering similar to RCL, with coffee shop, pastry area, multiple gift shops, etc. (To compare to HAL, I thought Zuiderdam was hideous - of course, this is a very subjective topic! Z'dam dEcor appeared to be designed by a drunk, color-blind, drag queen? Also, Z'dam had extremely cramped hallways, no atrium to speak of, tight/steep stairwells, and ugly artwork - including many black/white photos of old ships that are not very attractive. Felt claustrophobic on her the entire trip!) The only negative comment regarding the Crown Princess in general is that the common areas do not seem to suit a cold weather itinerary - it was way too crowded for the # of passengers. For cold weather cruises where everyone stays inside, you were basically in huge lines for EVERYTHING and forget about getting a seat in public areas. (I'm not sure why this was less of an issue on my Alaskan cruises with RCL - similar cold weather was experienced, yet the RCL designs in both Vision and Radiance class seemed to handle the "everyone inside" situation better? Maybe it is something as simple as higher ratio of passengers on Crown Princess per "square foot" of available inside common area?) I'm glad I didn't pay extra for the coffee card, because even though both the dining room and buffet coffee were terrible, the lines/crowds at the specialty coffee shop were typically so bad it would not have been worth my time to wait? I only found a short line at the International Cafe once - tried a few things and everything was good - but again the lines scared me off - just crazy most of the time, even during port days when you think it should be less busy. If you go on this ship anywhere cold, expect gridlock everywhere but your stateroom. For a warm weather cruise, I imagine the ship size is just wonderful - people distributed outside around the pool or deck areas, and the outside food venues, would take the load off the inside venues. Entertainment: Very good overall - similar to RCL. I especially enjoyed the production shows and the guest entertainers, plus the game shows by cruise staff were also a lot of fun. In particular, Duncan Tuck was fantastic, plus the female lead singer (Angela?) in the band Indigo was a pleasure to listen to. A couple of slightly negative comments related to the Princess Theatre - very small for the passenger capacity! The theatre is much larger on RCL ships, even on Vision class which has way fewer passengers than Crown Princess, plus RCL has more room between rows of seats (and there was no way the bartenders circulating around could get to anyone besides those near the edges). Passengers: I'd say about 60-80% seniors? I enjoyed everyone I talked to - what a wonderful group of people. Since I was on my own, I talked to people everywhere - shows, excursions, dinner, etc. Everyone I met (except one* - see below) was friendly and a pleasure to meet! *Considering I probably talked to over a hundred people in the 10 days, I kind of chuckled when I ran into the "one rude person" that you will find everywhere ..... since the theatre was so crowded all of the time, it wasn't unusual for people to be standing at the back to watch. During one show, I was at the back standing behind a group of "petite" seniors, as I could see over their heads. They were standing a bit back of the walkway, so the bartenders and others could walk through as necessary. One lady (with ample proportions) decided to stand in front of these other ladies, basically blocking both the view of those behind her, plus blocking the walkway itself. The ladies she blocked didn't say anything, so I tapped her on the shoulder and asked politely if she could please move a bit so the people watching behind her could see - she angrily said they should move instead! I shut up, not wanting to cause a commotion and get in an argument, but it was too bad those who had come in before her now had to look through/around her or juggle around in a rather packed area to find another vantage point. Ports/Excursions: Newport - just walked around within a few blocks of the tender dock, looked very nice and I would like to return for a longer visit in the future. Beautiful buildings and friendly people. Since I wasn't on a tour and didn't need to hurry, I waited for the tender rush to be over prior to heading out - had a very short wait as a result. Weather was good - probably a bit chilly for those from warmer climates, but very nice for us "canucks". Boston - didn't get off the ship. This was such a port-intensive cruise, and I had been on 2 tours in Boston about a year ago, so I decided to treat this like a "sea day" and just snoop around the ship, take pictures, read, and relax. Bar Harbor - nice scenery and cute buildings. Weather was super windy and chilly - I was dressed for it (and I'm used to it) but it did make touring a bit miserable. I took a tour called "Cranberry Islands and Cadillac Mountain" - not recommended at this time of year, as pretty well everything like washrooms and food places were closed everywhere we went. The small (40-50' long?) boat that we took to the islands had waves and wind blowing in - for those in the open area at the back, torture!!! Looking out into the waves, they were higher than my head, so very scary and not good for anyone prone to seasickness. The bus tour up Cadillac Mountain was nice - got some great photos - but with the cold wind howling up there, you needed to dress for it. I would say I was dressed for a -30C day at home, and the wind still cut through and chilled me to the bone. Another warning about this tour is that in the approximately 5 ½ hours we were on the tour, there was no chance to buy anything to drink or eat, so if you didn't bring a snack/water with you, you were out of luck. One man really needed a drink of water on the boat and the tour guide let him use her own personal water bottle - very nice of her but sad there were no other options for him. Saint John - weather was good - once again, probably a bit chilly for those from warmer climates. I took the tour to St. Martens/Bay of Fundy - enjoyed it a lot - nice scenery and very good tour guide. I particularly enjoyed talking to the ladies who staffed the restaurant where we stopped for lunch at St. Martens - once they knew I was also from Canada, but from the Western Prairies where they knew the weather was just terrible that week, they were joking around with me, and I really felt "at home" and welcome. Halifax - one of my favorite cities to visit and really enjoyed it once again. Weather was windy but good overall - I did not take a tour, just walked/shopped around the harbor front to the ferry dock (was very glad to be able to grab my favorite coffee here - the Tim Hortons was like an "oasis" to me!), then uphill to the Citadel where I paid the $7.50 to walk around on my own (interesting but would probably not go in again). There is still so much to see in Halifax, so I will have to go back again (and again) in the future. Sydney - port cancelled by Captain Proctor, due to safety concerns about docking with high winds/wave action. I will just have to go back some day! After leaving Halifax, the weather was very stormy. The wind/waves were so strong that evening, and into the night, that the ship was really rocking. Up on deck 14, it was so noisy I could not sleep - great thundering shudders seem to move along the inside of the ship, like it was going to break apart. As an experienced cruiser, I wasn't that intimidated, but for the newbie cruisers, I'm sure they were a bit concerned? The ship was rocking so much, the floor of the gift shop (for perfume/make-up) was littered with all sorts of stuff that had fallen off the shelves. I wish I would have caught a picture of it, as I couldn't believe how much was scattered about! Saguenay - Weather was chilly but again, I just dressed for it. I took the walking tour of Saguenay National Park - loved it!!! Incredible scenery, good bus tour guide, and very good tour guide in the park. The cultural displays at the dock area were nice, and it was very touching to see so many locals gather to say good-bye to the ship when we left. Quebec City - Weather was a bit crazy - rain/sleet/snow/strong winds/chilly!!! (Everyone with umbrellas found them turning inside out.) I had booked the walking tour but after seeing the weather that morning, I was not keen on being outside that long, as I did not have my snowboots with me - only running shoes - and didn't want to walk for hours with drenched, cold feet. For the $29 tour cost, it wasn't worth it. Instead, I just walked around for about an hour on my own, taking the many staircases up to the Chateau Frontenac, plus walking around all of the older streets - loved it!!! A beautiful city - I would definitely like to return some day when the weather is better. Debarkation in Quebec City: Excellent - most people seemed to follow the instructions, to go to your meeting area at the right time. I was in the last group, since my flight wasn't until 5PM. It was very nice to relax in the dining room, with coffee/tea available, reading until my color/# was called. Once in the terminal, again the Princess staff were organized and efficient - a bit of a wait for Canada Customs but nothing major and not in Princess control. After that, pretty well got right on to the shuttle to the airport, sad to leave! Other general comments/comparisons to RCL: • Buffet was open longer hours on Princess, definitely late into evening (or maybe even 24 hours?) - I really liked that - often ran up late in the evening for a cheese plate (very good) or a cookie (OK). • Coffee "included in your fare" (I refuse to say free) is lousy on both RCL and Princess - another subjective topic, of course (however, on RCL I can add a bit of hot water and it is almost OK, whereas the Princess stuff I could only have a few sips before I gave up, even with a bit of water added). • Cold beverages "included in your fare" are better on RCL regarding variety (I missed the lemonade & fruit punch from RCL) - there was only iced tea on Princess (both cold and hot tea are very good on both RCL and Princess). • Wonderful ice cream and sorbet in the Princess main dining room - loved ALL of it (RCL's used to be good, but the last couple of cruises it seemed to go downhill). • Princess dining rooms were very nice, but I really missed the 2 or 3 level dining rooms on RCL - to me, they make meals a more grand event (again, a very subjective topic, as many people may like the cozy feeling of only one level - if you haven't noticed already in my report, I prefer more open/large spaces!). • Many of the Princess shows were repeated a 2nd night, so if you missed one due to conflicting schedules, you could often catch it the next day. • Princess ship announcements were similar in frequency to RCL, the only comment I have is the "main announcement guy" (not the Cruise Director) spoke so quickly, about important stuff like when is the ship cleared in each port, tender instructions, and which deck to exit on, etc that I could hardly understand him .... for people who have slight hearing problems or have English as a 2nd language, there is little chance they would have understood him! (If anyone from Princess reads this, please ask him to slow it down a bit!) • Library on Princess was smaller than on RCL ships, and was only open certain hours, but I did enjoy a number of books - I like a variety of fiction, including mystery, adventure, crime, and "chick lit" - their selection included fairly recent bestsellers, so I was happy. • Daily planners very similar, though the Princess Patter did not have the hours for the various food/beverage locations like the RCL Compass - I really missed that feature. Summary: Although RCL is still my favorite, I would definitely cruise on Princess again if the price, timing, and/or itinerary were better with them for a specific cruise. I had a GREAT trip on Crown Princess, even with the cold weather and bumpy seas! Thanks again to all previous cruisers who have submitted trip reports on this site - hopefully this one will also help others. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
This was a great trip! We did all of our research on Cruise Critic and this made the trip for us! Our Background - My husband and I are both in our 40's and wanted to try something different. Our main focus when deciding on which ... Read More
This was a great trip! We did all of our research on Cruise Critic and this made the trip for us! Our Background - My husband and I are both in our 40's and wanted to try something different. Our main focus when deciding on which cruise to take is the port stops. We have done many Caribbean cruises and one Mediterranean cruise. We have sailed with NCL, RCCL, Carnival and did one with the R1, which is now Oceania. This was our first Princess Cruise. Overall - The ship is very nice. It was clean and easy to get around. Even though it is a large ship with 3000 passengers, it never felt too crowded for the most part. The ship has great stabilizers, better than any other cruise we have been on. The cabin seemed to be a bit bigger but I think it may be a better floorplan that made it seem this way. The beds were not comfortable but they will bring you an egg crate for your bed if you request one. We had an interior cabin and it was fine. We couldn't beat the price! Service - The first day, we noticed a different from past cruises. There were staff every where helping people find their cabins and other locations on the ship. After that, it was typical of what we had on other cruises for the most part. We received good service throughout, not great but good. The staff was very friendly and seemed to be trying very hard. The one thing we did notice on this cruise was, the staff couldn't answer 80% of our questions. It became quite comical! I don't blame them but rather their training. They tried very hard. NOTE: Do all port/tour research before your cruise because nobody on board can help you make a decision or answer any questions about the ship's tours or sites at the port in general, not even the people working at the shore excursion desk! One staff member told us, "I do not have any time to go ashore so we don't know." Food - Very average and similar to what we have had on past cruises on different cruise lines. My husband eats mostly seafood and he did not like the food on this ship. I do not eat most seafood and found the food to be average, some dishes better than others, typical "cruise-type" food to me. We ate in the buffet some nights and there was a good selection. Entertainment - Because this cruise was very port intensive (which we love!), we didn't worry about the entertainment aspect of the cruise when researching. I do have to say though that the entertainment was the worse ever for us. I am not sure why but it was very poor in our opinion. We did enjoy two nights - a comedian and a comedian/juggler from France. We did a Carnival cruise this summer on the Fantasy and the entertainment was far better. The two cruise directors were great but I can't remember their names. They tried very hard and you did see them out and about. We arrived in New York the day the cruise departed but we took advantage of our one day in New York. Because embarkation at Red Hook in Brooklyn was so fast and easy (the best we have ever had), we had half a day to explore Brooklyn and New York. We decided to take a take a taxi to the end of the Brooklyn Bridge and walk the bridge. This was a great experience with beautiful views. Hundreds of people from all walks of life were walking the bridge. We then walked around New York - Wall Street, Battery Park, etc. Great experience! The ship left that night at 7:00. Beautiful views of the city and Statue of Liberty! Other ports: Sydney - This port was canceled due to bad weather so we had an extra sea day. We watched movies in the cabin all day because the entertainment and activities that day was not very good at all. Saguenay, Canada - I spent a ton of time trying to figure out what to do in this port and couldn't find a lot of information. We didn't book a tour in advance and waited to get on board to ask them about this port. None of the ship's staff (not even the shore excursion desk) could help us. We decided to get off the ship without a plan. This port was quite a different experience. This port has only been open for tourism for 3 years and it was obvious. We did enjoy ourselves though. The people were very friendly and wanted you to have a good time in their little town. There were many locals at the dock in costume handing out candy, blueberry juice and homemade cheese. We did two things: The hop on/hop off bus that you can purchase tickets for at their tourism center that is at the pier (only $10 per person) and a tour to Bec Scie, which we also purchased tickets for at their tourism center. We didn't think the tour on the hop on/hop off bus was interesting. Actually, we would not recommend it unless it is very cold or if someone in your group has trouble with mobility. There really isn't anything that interesting that you see. We did enjoy our tour to Bec Scie, which was absolutely beautiful and only a 15 minute drive. It cost $35 per person and included a one hour guided tour through the forest and to see waterfalls. The guide explains things about the waterfalls, the forest, and talks about the Salmon's trip up river, etc. This tour is on an uneven path and there are stairs to climb at several points. To see some pictures, you can do a search for Bec Scie on "google images". Would we go on another Princess Cruise again? Yes, if the price is right and the ports are of interest to us. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
We spent a week in NYC prior to boarding (and it was hard to leave)!! Our cabin was a great surprise as it was stated an 'obstructed view' but there was NO obstruction! The cabin was room and the steward was more than helpful. ... Read More
We spent a week in NYC prior to boarding (and it was hard to leave)!! Our cabin was a great surprise as it was stated an 'obstructed view' but there was NO obstruction! The cabin was room and the steward was more than helpful. The ship (Crown Princess)is a beautiful ships with many public areas, restaurants and bars. Entertainment was coordinated so that you could see two outstanding shows in one evening or you could see one each night as they repeated the entertainment venues over two evenings. Great idea, which allowed us to see all the shows/entertainers we wanted to. The most outstanding thing about the cruise was the staff ~ which I consider to be one of the best (if no the best) cruise staff I have encountered in the 29 years I have been cruising. Always pleasant, helpful, professional and friendly! The only real shortfall was the food ..... we were completely unimpressed with the buffet area ~ and my husband is a buffet junkie! The food choices were a bit bizarre ..... at the small late-night buffet the sandwich choice was corned beef and tongue (combined)!! The dining room service was outstanding ~ we had a wonderful young woman server ... she and her assistant were the reason we ate in the dining room every single evening! The food - not so good. It was OK but I cannot remember one real outstanding meal and the biggest disappointment was 'lobster night'!! The lobster was overcooked and even though they brought us a platter full of tails, all we tried were tough! :( Be that as it may - we don't cruise for the food and it was good but not great. The ports of call were great......Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, St. Johns, Halifax, Sydney, Saguenay and Quebec City. We did not get off in Saguenay and due to a medical emergency on-board we did not stop at Sydney. We did a combination of ship excursions and pre-arranged activities on our own. All were great - especially the independent tour we did with two other couples in Halifax - it was fabulous and the driver was superb. We connected with one of the other couples through the Cruise Critic boards- Yeah!! My husband and I agree this is one cruise we would do again .... even though we have a long 'bucket list' of other cruise! Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
BACKGROUND: DH is 51 and I am 50, we are self-employed and we have cruised previously on RCCL, CCL AND HAL. We wanted this itinerary, but wanted to try a different cruise line. This was our 8th cruise. GETTING TO OUR EMBARKATION PORT: We ... Read More
BACKGROUND: DH is 51 and I am 50, we are self-employed and we have cruised previously on RCCL, CCL AND HAL. We wanted this itinerary, but wanted to try a different cruise line. This was our 8th cruise. GETTING TO OUR EMBARKATION PORT: We left a day early and flew to LGA from Atlanta via Air Tran. Our flight left on time, arrived on time, no delays; no problems with our luggage and all went smooth. PRE-CRUISE HOTEL: We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Union Street in Brooklyn, several blocks from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, but quite a bit cheaper than the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott. Less than 1 block from the subway, right around the corner from an excellent diner where we ate lunch on that Friday and breakfast on Saturday morning prior to embarking on the ship. The Holiday Inn Express had opened August 2006 and the rooms were really nice, the staff was wonderful and very helpful. We took the subway into Manhattan and spent Friday evening there. We went to Broadway, Wall Street, the World Trade Center/Ground Zero site, Times Square, Bryant Park, rode the Staten Island Ferry there and back, had a real New York pizza in Times Square, walked and walked and walked, rode the subway back into Brooklyn. In just a few hours, we saw a lot and, I think, did really well for having never been there before. Got up the next morning and had breakfast, packed our bags and the hotel staff called a car for us to get to the terminal. Taxi from LGA to Brooklyn was $28.00, car service from the hotel to the BCT was $14.00, and everyone was courteous and helpful. We got to the BCT around 1:00 pm. EMBARKATION: We have bragged to others about how smooth the embarkation is in Mobile, Alabama, but they have nothing on the BCT. From the porter to every single person who works there, everyone was smiling, friendly, helpful, ready to assist, ready to wish you a great cruise. We went directly up to the counter, no wait, no muss, and no fuss. We were on the ship in 15 minutes. Could not believe it! As soon as we were on the ship, crewmembers were everywhere, greeting passengers with smiling faces, heard lots of "welcome aboard", asking "can we help you", showing everyone where the elevators were, making sure no one was lost. It was exceptional service and service with a smile. We went directly to our stateroom, which was ready and waiting along with our room steward, Beethoven. We will have more on this coming up. Wow, what a wonderful start to a great cruise! SHIP AND PUBLIC ROOMS: First impression was, Wow! This is a big ship! The ship is absolutely beautiful. One of the first things we were given was a pocketsize deck plan and we carried this religiously. The design of the ship indeed keeps you from feeling crowded. Lots of places were you can find a place to get away from the crowds and, actually, you don't often notice the crowds except at the buffet and when getting back on the ship from the ports of call. Kind of figures that that would be the case, but even those times were tolerable except for the last port of call which was Newport, Rhode Island. The whole tendering process in Newport was a mess, but more on this later. There are plenty of elevators, we never had a long wait for an elevator, there are deck plans which we also used religiously at each bank of elevators. The ship is a little tricky learning to navigate, as nothing is straight on. But we did not find this to be a big problem. Just takes a little patience and a little effort to stop and think about where you are in relation to where you want to be. Lots of wood, beautiful furnishings, terrific dEcor, lots of windows, exquisite lighting and chandeliers, the Piazza is absolutely breathtaking, the lounges all have seating for groups as well as couples, I could go on and on. Even the Horizon Court and Cafe Caribe buffet restaurants are staggered in design so that you can sit off by yourselves or with a group at a large table. The layout here is a little tricky, too; needs to have a start point and an end point, but that is not the case so people often "cut in" and there were so many stations with such a variety of foods that you would often tend to bump into others. Here is another place where you must have patience. There are so many places to go and things to do that you can't do them all. Our favorite places became the Explorer's Lounge and the International Cafe. We went to the Princess Theater the first night for one of the shows and it was standing room only. True, you have to get there early to get a seat. Well, we ended up enjoying the entertainment at the Explorer's Lounge and skipped the theater. All of the shows in the Explorer's Lounge, such as the juggler, the comedians and the musicians and bands, were great along with the trivia games which were a blast (and we usually don't do those). Seating here, too, could be a little tight, but for just the two of us, we could usually find a seat if we got there at least a few minutes early. The International Cafe became a favorite spot for us as that is often where we would come in from shore (Deck 5) and we would grab something to eat and a cup of coffee. Everything we ate from the International Cafe was superb, better than anywhere else on the ship and we would catch some of the street entertainment or piano playing or other entertainment that was held there, too. Keep you Patters with you to keep track of all that is going on so you don't miss anything. Can't do it all, but can give it a good effort. Ship is spotless, by the way, and when the crew does the cleaning is hard to say. Never saw anyone scrubbing or vacuuming, but that they must do, as we never saw any kind of mess anywhere and with the large number of passengers that says something for the cleanliness and sanitation of this ship. Even the public restrooms were spotless. Our sailing was cooler and brisker than the Caribbean sailings, so we only saw a few people in the pools and hot tubs. Typical shopping fare, just more of it. STATEROOM: Balcony stateroom, mid-ship, starboard side. Spotlessly clean, lots of storage, tastefully decorated, A/C worked fine, safe worked, plenty of hangers, bathroom a little small but plenty of storage there, too. We had faxed a request in to Princess special services for our bed to be setup as a queen bed with an egg crate mattress topper and two extra feather pillows and everything was exactly as we requested. Liked the design of the closet and dressing area separated by the wall from the bedroom area; made the room seem bigger and allowed easy access into the bathroom and plenty of room to get dressed. Full-length mirror is nice, too. Additional shelving there is great. We took four suitcases and had plenty of room for everything. Suitcases fit under the bed. Yes, the bedspread goes there, too, but we did not worry about it. Room was spotless. Bedding is very comfortable, duvet was great and we kept it, as our room got almost a little too cool at night. Probably this itinerary had something to do with the temps in the rooms. Nowhere on the whole ship was it too warm. Our room steward, Beethoven, was probably the best we have ever had. Found us in our room when we first arrived, greeted us by name, greeted us every morning and evening, kept our room spotless, gave us a complete rundown on the ship, how to contact him, can he do anything, do we have everything, was our room satisfactory, just simply the best. The balloons to celebrate our birthdays were a nice touch, too, and they lasted our entire cruise. The mailbox is nice, have not had those on any other ships. No, no towel animals, but we did not miss them, either. DINING: We did anytime dining, which worked great for us. We only went to the dining room one night, which was our third night, asked for a table for two and were seated immediately. First thing we noticed was how rushed the wait staff was. We almost felt sorry for them. Did not care for the hard sell, though. One of the crewmembers came around selling raspberry liqueurs for $5 each and we had to buy one to get rid of him. Well, did not have to, but felt so obligated and that really did not sit well with us so we never went back. Frankly, the food in the buffet was better, in our opinion, but that does not say a whole lot either. Princess menus are very different from any other cruise line we have experienced and even on the buffets, we sometimes could not find anything to eat that we thought we would like. The foods were, in our opinion, too exotic. One evening, they even served goat! Well, that evening we ordered room service, which we had burgers and fries. Room service menu was a little limited. Pizza and burgers stopped being served at their respective locations at 9:00 pm. Not sure why so early. Maybe this was because of the itinerary? The pizza was good, burgers were okay, breakfast was great and the rest was okay. The International Cafe was by far the very best. Sandwiches and quiche were delicious along with the cookies and other treats. All free except for a few of the appetizers and the gelato. But, hey, 3 scoops were only $1.50 and the gelato was creamy and full of flavor. ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES: You cannot do all that is offered. Keep an eye on your Patters because the entertainment and activities are to numerous to list. We enjoyed everything that was offered in the Explorer's lounge. We did MUTS one night, which was cold, but great. I can see where this would be really popular on a warmer itinerary. But, with enough wool blankets, anyone can be toasty and we were. Watched the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie and had a blast. MUTS was my favorite activity. There is something really neat about sitting under the stars, literally, and watching a movie. About 100 other people must have felt the same. Lots of "street" entertainment on the Piazza such as an Acapella Doo-Wop Group named Spank, which was great, a magician from England and a variety of other entertainment, all good. SERVICE: Service on this ship was superb. Across the board, 100%, this crew was always smiling, always helpful, always there ready to do whatever it took for us to have a great cruise. From the maintenance and cleaning crew to the "chiefs", everyone always smiled, always said hello, always there asking if they can help us, can they do anything for us. This crew was simply the very best. PORTS OF CALL: Keep in mind that this was the Canada and New England itinerary. HALIFAX: Good walking around town. We took the hop on/hop off trolley tour to get familiar with the town and once we got past the Citadel and then made it to downtown, we got off and explored the rest on our own. Long, long line to get back on the ship but the line moved quickly. Not quick enough though as we "had" to buy a bunch of stuff from the vendors in the tent where we had to get in line at to get back on the ship! This was a very nice, very historical, very touristy town. The bagpipe troupe welcome was a really nice touch. ST. JOHN: Took tour to the Reversing Falls and the museum tour. The falls are a misnomer, in our opinion, and there really wasn't much to see. We took the sightseeing boat, which got up close and almost too personal with the whirlpools, but we had fun, nonetheless. The museum in the market square was great; wish we could have spent more time there. Walked the pedway (overhead walkways which are enclosed and allow you to walk all over town without having to climb the hills rain or shine) through the city market and ended up in the old Loyalist cemetery and happened upon one of the clerks in the old courthouse who gave us a personal tour. Tons of history in this town and we could easily have done this on our own without any guided tours. The sole bagpiper farewell was wonderful and brought tears to our eyes. The melodies played until we had set sail and you could barely hear the music any longer. BAR HARBOR: Probably had the most fun here. Would have been better if the weather had been a little nicer. Did not get any rain, but it was dreary and chilly, a lot of fog in the late afternoon so we could not see anything from Cadillac Mountain, but, oh well, one does not go the Canada and New England in October and expect all sunny and warm days. Went kayaking in the morning and had a blast doing that. Went on a lobster bake in the afternoon and it was great, too. Then took a bus tour through Acadia National Park, which was a beautiful tour, too. Tenders went well. BOSTON: What can we say? Pier is ugly and nothing there. Rode with our tour group into town and walked the Freedom Trail. So much history, so much to see and do, you almost have to have a tour guide to try to see it all in one short day. Once we got into the town proper, we had a blast. Wish we had had time to grab a bit to eat in Little Italy. This is one place we may go back to someday when we can spend more time there. NEWPORT: Have to say that this was a total bomb. Unless Princess changes its tender procedure here, they should skip this port next year and do a different port. Did not get off the ship until after 2:00 pm, had a shore excursion at 2:15 pm, tour operator held the tour for the passengers, got to the Breakers mansion, had to wait in line for almost 45 minutes, did get the tour of the Breakers but the Cliff Walk turned into a power walk to get us back to the bus as the ship was being held for us as we were due to set sail at 6:00 pm and we did not get back on the ship until 6:15 pm. This was proof positive that it does pay to book your shore excursion through the ship as the ship had to wait on us. Yes, the water looked rough, but once we actually got into our tender and set sail to Newport, the waves were not rough at all so we are not really sure exactly what the problem was but this generated a ton of complaints and unhappy passengers. This was not a good way to end an otherwise perfect cruise. We got into Newport at 10:00 am, mind you, supposed to be there until 6:00 pm. Some people never got off the ship at all. If the tender situation cannot be fixed, then Princess needs to change ports. DISEMBARKATION: We disembarked when it was our turn. Did not want to have to carry our luggage off the ship so we did not do self-disembark. You have to be out of your stateroom by 8:00 am so we went up to the Horizon Court and ate breakfast and hung out on one of the open decks until it was our turn to go to Club Fusion, which was around 9:30-9:45. Our color was called right on schedule and we sailed right through. Follow your written instructions carefully and word for word and you won't have a problem. Those people that did experience confusion did not read their instructions carefully. Took a while to get off of the ship, but so what? We did not have a flight returning home until after 2:00 pm. We got to LGA in plenty of time and even got a flight home leaving one hour earlier. One piece of advice, get a yellow cab to get back to the airport. We took the next available car and paid almost $50. The driver told us that the yellow cabs are cheaper, but by then it was too late. SUMMARY: Our first cruise on Princess and we were very satisfied. Got our money's worth, for sure. Don't sweat the formal wear issue. We saw lots of people in formal wear, but just as many in resort casual, lots of sport coats, especially with jeans and the majority of the passengers all were very nicely dressed. Some dressed up, some dressed down, but even in the buffet restaurants, people were dressed appropriately. Even those in jeans were not sloppy. Photographers did not swarm us as we have been on other cruise lines, which was a nice break. We did not go everywhere and do everything - couldn't fit it all in. Would we sail again on Princess? Yes. Would we sail again on the Crown? Maybe. Ship was wonderful, but a little too big for our taste. But, if the itinerary and price were right, no question, we would. Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
Princess Cruises Crown Princess by Dick Stein Canada/New England October 13, 2007 This was our 21st Princess Cruise, our third Canada/New England Cruise. I have elite status with Princess and booked a AC Mini-Suite last February but ... Read More
Princess Cruises Crown Princess by Dick Stein Canada/New England October 13, 2007 This was our 21st Princess Cruise, our third Canada/New England Cruise. I have elite status with Princess and booked a AC Mini-Suite last February but got a last week best upgrade ever to Penthouse Suite R411. We drove 8 hours on Friday to Edison, NJ and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express off I287. The next morning we had breakfast at the motel and took SR440 and I278 to Red Hook for a 45 minute drive to the parking lot. Embarkation: I showed them I was in a Suite, was at the desk in right away, when to the Platinum Lounge and on the ship right after 11 AM when they let us board first. Cabins: The cabin R411 (cat. PH) was attractively decorated and good sized for the price. The balcony, while large, is sheltered and has teak chairs and table. The bath room was nice and my wife enjoyed the tub and me the separate shower. Cabin service was efficient and unobtrusive. I got a free mini bar set up and opted for 12 Becks Beers as I figure I might as well get what I drink. Took advantage for the free internet and laundry for suite members on several occasions. I also enjoyed the fruit and canapEs on daily. The 10% boutique discount was also used more than once. Used umbrella in Newport, got nice tote bag and the wife liked the free corsage on the formal night. Public Areas: The public areas are nice and never feel crowded. The ship doesn't feel 113,000 grt. Enjoyed the small intimate bars. Met numerous passengers that I had talked with previously on the internet in a CC event at 10 A.M. on the first day at sea in Skywalkers. They had good shows on board and the comedians were great. The bars had a buy 5, pay for four Becks beer special on the Lido bars. I got this all cruise long and put them in the cabin fridge. Bottle opener was in the room. There was plenty of activities to keep you busy all day including classes of all kinds. I went to the free wine tasting for elite members and enjoyed the library on board. You will not be bored on a Princess ship. Dining: We used the preferred dining dining to get a table for 2 in the DiVinci dining room at 8 PM each night. We ate all our evening meals there. We had breakfast delivered to the room on a morning we did and early tour. We had breakfast and lunch in the lido on other days. We had pizza, hot dogs and burgers several times for a snack. The afternoon tea in the dining room had good tea, good company and scones. All the restaurants were nicely decorated and the food in all the Dining rooms was generally good, but not up to Celebrity standards. The food in the Lido was also good. Tours: We did tours in all the ports. We did the lighthouse tour on a boat in Bar Harbor and nearly froze because they ran out of seats inside. We did the Titanic tour in Halifax as my wife wanted to do it last time we were here. In St John we did the river cruise and it was the best tour on the cruise. In Boston and Newport we did the bus tours to the highlights. Disembarkation: This was smooth. They had the Wheel house bars set up for suite, and elite members and it was great. They had coffee, good juice and pastries and comfortable seats. We were off the ship and on the road by 9:30 AM. Parking cost me $128 for the week, tolls cost me $20, the motel $90 and gas less than $90. Cost of driving compared favorable to flying for me. It took us 9 hours to drive home and there were no problems. Overall, I was satisfied with the cruise. I put a $200 deposit down on a future cruise. Got reacquainted during the cruise with James Deering, the Passenger Service Director. Met him first last year on the Oosterdam and he has since transferred to Princess. He handled several minor problems for me and made my cruise enjoyable. I saw him daily standing in front of the Pursers desk talking to passengers and handling problems. Unlike others in his capacity he does not hide in his office. I will look for him on future cruise, because he can make a difference. Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
This was our first cruise and we decided to go on the Canada/New England out of the Brooklyn Terminal in New York. The average age on this cruise was probably early to mid 50's. We are in our mid 30's and the age difference did ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we decided to go on the Canada/New England out of the Brooklyn Terminal in New York. The average age on this cruise was probably early to mid 50's. We are in our mid 30's and the age difference did not bother us. We flew to NY early in the AM on our departure date, despite doing circles over Penn, everything went as expected. We had the dreaded cabin B751 with the beam. I say dreaded due to all the write ups regarding this balcony and room. We paid for a BG class and were upgraded to the BB class and this room. I would have to say it is no big deal. It offers protection and privacy from the elements and people while in port. If my choice was this room on the aft of the ship or with a room on the side. Take this room as the sites are wonderful as you sail away from the ports and while on the open ocean. Due to the time of year (October) at night it would be cold on main deck and very windy. We could sit out there drinking a glass of wine and eating without any issues. (On second thought take the room on the side and leave this one for us.) At all ports we did things on our own VS a tour. We should have probably taken one or two but we were happy to just walk on our own. The only time rush was to get back to the ship in time which usually was not a problem. Transportation to Terminal: We used the transportation from LGA to the terminal from Princess. We could have probably found a cheaper way, taxi etc but we figured why not just lump it all together, one bill leave the cash in the wallet. We met the Princess personal inside the terminal, they took our baggage, placed it on the bus for us and our vacation was underway. We watched the sites to the Brooklyn terminal and we were able to relax. Embarkation: We arrived at the Brooklyn terminal found our luggage as they were unloading it, gave it to the porter and we did not see it until 4pm. We went inside the terminal, got in what we thought would be a line that would take forever, in 15 minutes we were on the ship heading to our room. This could not have been any easier. Finding our room was easy because there are maps on every wall along the way pointing to where you are currently. If you cannot read a map you will be in trouble. New York: We departed from New York and headed out to sea. Sailed right past the Statue of Liberty which is a nice site to see. It was the first time for my wife. There was the sail away party on the deck and people were in a partying mood. Drinks were flowing and the pool was in full use. Later that night, the weather changed and I think I only saw one or two people in the pools after that. The ride was a little bumpy once we hit the Atlantic all the way to Halifax. It did not bother me but my wife took the usual stuff for motion. Halifax: This is a nice town except many of the stores were closed due to the Canadian Thanksgiving. The places that were open the people were nice and very helpful. We walked up and down the streets to all the local sites without any problems. We felt very safe no matter where we went in town. It was a nice city to visit and I would probably return at another time on my own. The have a beautiful waterfront and walkway which we enjoyed very much. St.John: I would say this was probably our least favorite stop. The town is nice, the market reminded us of a country market and the stores we ok. I purchases some art and hauled it around to the locations. We were finished walking the town by 1400 and back on the ship by 1430. We toured one of the old churches and it was neat to hear the history behind the town and the location. We did not do the reversing falls tour, maybe we should have so we could kill some extra time. Don't get me wrong, it is a nice town to visit, doubt I would return for a vacation. Bar Harbor: This was our first stop that required the use of a tender. It was easy and no big deal. Just Don't wait to long to get your tender ticket (more on that later). If you have ever been to Gatlinburg TN it could almost interchange with Bar Harbor. Minus the ocean front setting and lobster. We probably hit every store at least twice during our stay. We walked many of the side streets and looked for future places to stay on our own. There are many B&B's and we plan on returning some day in the future. The NCL Spirit was in town as well and the town was crowded. It is amazing how friendly people are on a ship, get them on land and it is time to fight. Have to get that T-shirt deal I guess. The views pulling into and leaving could not have been any better from the back of the ship. Boston: After the first 3 stops and 1 ocean day Boston reminded us of our daily lives. Very much hustle and bustle. The Princess motto of Escape Completely was definitely alive until we got off the ship. We walked the Freedom trail, climbed the steps at the Bunker Hill monument and saw all the sites. It is a busy town. We purchased the XFR tickets to the city from the terminal. $24 total for both round trip. A taxi may have been about the same, maybe a little cheaper. But you just swipe your card so you are not really paying for it any way, right! :) The fog rolled in as we were leaving town, it was rainy as getting cold. Our balcony gave us a perfect view of it all. Newport: This was probably our most favorite stop. We only had 3 hours in town though. We woke up, took our time eating, made our way down to get a tender ticket and waited for what seemed like hours. The waves from the wind were high and the tenders bobbed around a lot. If I have any complaints about this cruise it would be the tender process at this port. Again, mostly our fault for waiting to get our tender tickets and the seas are out of everyones control. There are enough stores and shopping to last severaldays. We got off the dock and went to the right. Lots of stores to the left, we will have to return for those. We missed a tour of the mansions, we heard there were long lines anyway, we can do on our own in the future. Disembarkation: I can see where people can have complaints in this process. Not sure how you could make it go any smoother because you are trying to evict 3000 people off a boat and prepare it in 2 hours to load back up. We did not have any issue, reminded us of being at the airport and getting your luggage. If everyone would just remain calm, stop being so frantic and just find your luggage and move on. Many people just stood in the middle of the walkways talking. We used the Princess XFER back to LGA and this was just as smooth as coming to the ship. No issues or problems, we had a 1345 flight home so we sat in LGA for several hours. LGA is a dump, keep that in mind when you schedule your flights. Overall: Being our first cruise we have not experienced what other lines have to offer. I did do a BlackBeard dive cruise in 1991, this is totally different in so many ways. The food was excellent, we ate in the crown grill on both formal nights. The service and steaks were excellent. I have no complaints at all. One night it was a gift, the other just because we liked it the first time. I only gained 5 pounds, probably could have been more with all the cheesecake I ate, guess I got lucky. We had no problems finding things to do on the ship. There are so many activities to meet everyones taste. We attended the trivia in the afternoon, bingo twice, we did not win and several of the shows in the evening. By the end of the night from walking everywhere in the ports and including on the ship, we took the elevators only once we were dead tired. We would get a glass of wine and go back and sit on our balcony and watch the stars. Time is limited while in ports so make sure that you have completed some research on the areas you will be visiting. We knew what we wanted to do, basically shop and get an over view of the area in the event we want to return. We would and will cruise again in the future, plans are already set for summer 08, after that it's the open sea for us! Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
First, let me say we are experienced travelers, and have cruised with Princess 10 times out of a total 18 cruises. This, however was our first cruise on the Crown Princess. In a word, disappointed. Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived at ... Read More
First, let me say we are experienced travelers, and have cruised with Princess 10 times out of a total 18 cruises. This, however was our first cruise on the Crown Princess. In a word, disappointed. Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal around 11:30 and got right on the ship, no lines and we did not have to use the Platinum line. We had a mini-suite, and loved the linens and mattress on the bed. We knew there was no privacy on the balcony when we booked but decided the space was worth the lack of privacy. Our room steward was Jesus and he was fine. We had traditional first seating dining in the Botticelli Dining room. We had excellent waiters but were disappointed with the changes to the menu. We asked if they still served French Onion soup, escargot, and creme brulee and were informed we could have them if we ordered them special from the kitchen. Instead of 2 lobster tail at dinner, now you get 1 lobster tail and 2 shrimp. We have concluded that if we expect gourmet touches in the future we had better be willing to spring for the specialty restaurants on board. The food quality was still good but the selections have dropped a notch. Room service on Princess has always been lacking and nothing has changed. We had lunch at the buffet and it was very good. Ports of call were interesting, but tendering and just getting off and on the ship was a pain. Too many people to move. My thoughts kept going to how we would ever get this many people off in an emergency. I guess I should have expected it would take a big chunk out of our day in port, just waiting in line to get off or back on. A waste! People that had never cruised before kept saying it would be the last cruise they ever took. So sad! We had a late flight out of LGA so we were one of the last people off of the ship. A clear advantage as most of the masses of passengers were already gone by the time we reached the hall to retrieve our luggage. One of the easiest disembarkations we have ever experienced. In conclusion, we feel that although we have sailed on the Star and Grand and enjoyed them, we did not enjoy this ship much. She is too big and too much time was spent just trying to get on and off of her. This will be our last cruise on the "super-size" ships and maybe our last cruise with Princess. We will be looking to Holland-America or Celebrity in the future and hope we can stay ahead of the "Carnivalizing Curve" Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
This review comes fresh from our adventure, as we are still in the airport awaiting our return flight home. We disembarked the Crown this morning. Our cruise dates were 10-13 through 10-20-07. Let me start by saying that this was our ... Read More
This review comes fresh from our adventure, as we are still in the airport awaiting our return flight home. We disembarked the Crown this morning. Our cruise dates were 10-13 through 10-20-07. Let me start by saying that this was our first cruise. My husband & I are 36 & 31 yrs old (respectively). We traveled with my parents who are 49 (mom) and 53 (dad). It was their first cruise as well. We started with 4 days in NY prior to sailing, so we were already tired from being the ultimate tourists. We had arranged our air & hotel accommodations independently. Arrival in the Red Hook Terminal in Brooklyn was a breeze! I think that it took less than 15 minutes from curb side until we actually were on the boat. We did arrive right at 12 o'clock noon. There were plenty of people directing us where to go, along with a helpful map of the ship. We dumped our luggage in our stateroom, Baja Deck, B504 (midship, balcony) & met our room steward, Vincente, immediately. He was great! He always had a smile & called us by first name. Our rooms were kept immaculate. The room was surprisingly larger than our hotel room in Brooklyn! The balcony was adequate & we always had an awesome view! The bed was comfortable, we never had to ask for the egg crate that we had read so much about. The duvet was so warm & comfy, it was more than adequate for warmth - some nights we even slept with the balcony door ajar to drift off to sleep listening to the sounds of the ocean! Dining - we had 1st seating in the Botticelli dining room, servers were Glenn & Jeff, who were great! Once they figured out what we liked to drink, we had it every night. The food was very good. I would have to say my husband & mom's favorite staple was the fettuccini alfredo - they had it every night. I tried several things that were new to me, but the pork roast with apricot drippings & the turkey dinner were the best. My husband had steak every night which was cooked to perfection. The deserts were incredible - my fav being the Princess Love Boat Dream which I had every night but one. My husband had cheesecake every night. The coffee was good no matter where we had it, which was different than we had read on these reviews(room service, buffet, or dining room). We bought the coke card for my husband, which was a little inconvenient at times, as you had to find a bar to get your drink at (coke not available in the buffet). I drank more iced tea than I can even recall. We had room service a few mornings - basic breakfast on early shore excursion days. Breakfast in the buffet was excellent, though I didn't care for the selection at lunch or dinner. Had lunch one time in the dining room, which was good - sandwiches, burgers, soup & salad. The pizza was alright, but I had already been spoiled by 4 days of yummy NY pizza, so there was a lot to live up to! Ports - our itinerary included Bar Harbour, Maine, Halifax, Nova Scotia, St. John, New Brunswick, Boston, MA, and Newport, RI. we had one sea day, which was our first day at sea, every other day was a port day. Bar Harbour - our first port, a tender port, which was freezing cold! A very cute town with lovely fall colors. We went whale watching & did not see a single whale or dolphin, only a few harbour seals off the coast near a light house. It was a bumpy ride. We were refunded half of the fare since we did not see any whales. Halifax - took the Peggy's Cove & Double-Decker tour which was great. Canada was gorgeous! Peggy's Cove as very neat, but very cold!!! The double-decker tour was great, our tour guide Madeline was funny & very informative. St. John - our favorite port. We did not take a Princess excursion, but walked off the boat to the town square where we picked up the local bus tour which was $17pp for 2 hrs. He took us everywhere including the old market, reversing rapids, through the municipal park & past many local tourist attractions. Tour guide, Paul, was also very witty & had rich knowledge about St. john's history. This was our first time to Canada & we will definitely return - it is gorgeous, the people are friendly, the scenery magnificent!!!! Boston - took the Princess transfer ($12 pp round trip) to Quincy Market here we picked up the local trolly tour ($28pp). We hopped off at the constitution & took the speed tour which is an "on your own" tour. My dad who is a history buff, wishes he would have taken to 30 minute guided tour. After that we stayed on the trolley & finished the loop. By the time we got into town, we didn't really have enough time to do much, as we had to allow 1hr each was back & forth to the ship. We walked around Quincy Market for a bit, then headed back to the ship. Newport - stormy & foggy. We elected to stay on ship. My parents got off & explored some old homes & cemeteries. Entertainment - we attempted MUTS once, on the first & only sea day. We have joking renamed it FUTS - Freezing Under The Stars. Yes, there were plenty of blankets & popcorn, but the wind was biting & we only last about 45 minutes before heading inside. We went to the International Crew Show which was hysterical!!!! We watched a few comedians who were quite funny. Didn't care for the magician. On the last night we watched a movie in the Explorers Lounge which was a great way to unwind before disembarking today! Overall, this cruise FAR exceeded our expectations! I was concerned because I had read so many less-than-stellar reviews. I can honestly say I could not find one single problem. The crew was friendly & courteous, always saying "good morning" or "have a nice day". Our itinerary was perfect, we had overall great weather, save the last night when we sailed through a storm & the boat was rocking like crazy! The ship is beautiful & never felt crowded. Our servers & room steward were great! I would definitely sail this ship & this cruise line again!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
My wife and I traveled with a group of 12 Oct 20 - Oct 27 Crown Princess reposition cruise Brooklyn to SanJuan PR. We are cruiseaholics, numerous lines,1 to 3 cruise per year. Started cruising 1984 been at it ever since. Age 50's, our ... Read More
My wife and I traveled with a group of 12 Oct 20 - Oct 27 Crown Princess reposition cruise Brooklyn to SanJuan PR. We are cruiseaholics, numerous lines,1 to 3 cruise per year. Started cruising 1984 been at it ever since. Age 50's, our group diverse, friends and their adult kids, past cruisers and newbies. This was our third Princess cruise, sailed last year NY to NY on Crown 9 day. Sailed Coral Princess to Panama canal previously. EMBARKATION: Was absolute breeze, plenty of stations open, Brooklyn far surpasses Manhattan in that regard. Since ship was reposition somewhat different itinerary, St.Thomas, Antigua, and St.Kitts. In St. Thomas we docked at pier opposite Havensite Mall side that we are used to. They have built up that area now somewhat with stores and taxis are available readily. Really no impact for going into town ( $4 per person cab ) or to Megans Bay or wherever. Only tram to Paradise Point which is within walking distance of Havensite is a cab ride from Crown Bay Pier. Antigua was nice, we elected to shop until you drop. Some travel mates did kayak trip and loved it. St.Kitts, first time there for us and we liked it alot. Took the island train tour through cane fields etc and it was great! Upper and lower decks. upper open to air ( almost everyone took that ) lower enclosed and air conditioned. Seat for each person in each area so you can change between upper and lower as you want, Train rocks a lot but still fun ride. Clean rest room in each car, decent enough seats, complimentary refreshments served. Even choir group comes by each car and sings. ( I asked the witch Doctor ou e ah ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang, boy had not heard that one in years :) Pier area new, people very nice, told they are trying hard to become more of a destination for cruise lines. Best deals to be had were there. CABIN: Had same cat last year. Very nice size wise, bed couch good sized balcony. Balcony does jut out so all overlook it. Cabin steward very good no complaints at all. NOTE: Friends in group had aft suite A750 with a huge balcony. We had 12 people on it for sail away and easily could have had another 12 comfortably. DINING: We prefer Traditional second seating. We found food and service to be excellent. Food is always a personal taste but Princess always has a few items like beef tornadoes ( excellent ) available every night if nothing on menu strikes your taste buds. We asked for a cheese platter at start of meal for the table and our request was handled without problem. Although Princess has followed most lines in eliminating bar waiter and wine steward service did not suffer as bad as it sometimes does. The assistant waiter handled all orders promptly and table service was more than adequate despite his extra duties. I still believe traditional dining offers far superior service since you come to know your wait staff and they you. Many varied items available during day from hamburgers to pizza ( which is very good, this from NY pizza lover ) to buffet items. Burgers and pizza served at stations by pool area. Ice cream located next to Pizza but whereas pizza is no charge item, ice is not. Coffee - Yuk like most all lines. Knowing this I bought coffee card $27 which allows for unlimited brewed coffee at Piazza coffee bar and 15 ( I think ) specialty coffees ( not alcohol coffees ) like espresso, capuccino, and latte's. They punch your card when you get those, they do not for regular brewed coffee. They have to go cups too. For anyone that likes real coffee definitely way to go. Also can order specialty coffees at dinner table with card which will again be stamped. STAFF: All staff were friendly, helpful, and a pleasure to deal with. Staff make a cruise more than any other factor in my opinion. No complaints, even Purser staff were a pleasure. ODDS & ENDS: Casino was operated smoke free one night after 6 pm. I am a smoker, had no problem with that just didn't go that evening. Show lounges smoke free as is dining room of course something I have no problem with. However some lines are obviously experimenting with going more and more smoke free. I have no problem as long as a smoker has some alternative. It is up to the lines to decide if in their interest to continue down that path. I will not sail any line that goes too far and over limits my ability to smoke but that is fine too. There product and my choice which is a okay. Far better than localities making laws as they have in my state. I don't mind when I company makes a business decision versus lawmakers legislating behavior. Okay that was my editorial comment. Easy, too easy, to get money in casino via cruise right in machine or ATM at entrance. You can literally just push some button on slot machine and have amounts transferred via your cruise card right to the machine. This cruise casino was extremely good to me. Hit $1200 on $5 machine right away followed by another $500 after they paid me on same machine. Decided to be good for a change and brought most of that home for once. NOTE $1200 and up issued W2G unlike the good old days gambling at sea. Other than my hits didn't see or hear of any really decent action on slots. Wife lost probably what I won but hey that's HER money :) Cigs and booze cannot be purchased in stores for use during cruise, Something that always ticks me off. Delivered last night of cruise. You can buy via room service booze packages in example 3.75 liter bottle of JB scotch with 2 cans of club soda something like $22 and deliverable in your cabin for drinking during cruise. You can not substitute say Dewars for JB though, JB or leave it. You can buy 3.75 liter of say JW Black for $22 no mixers for your room. Cigs can be purchased by the pack at bars for $4 a pack. Entertainment featured many comedians and was good for most part. We never went to main show lounge but routinely went to 7 pm pre dinner show in smaller show lounge next to photo gallery area and convenient to our dining room. Bingo, we no longer participate in, over priced compared to days gone by. Photo's we never buy any more, again over priced in our humble opinion. We had a great cruise and Crown Princess and Princess in general so far has been one of the best lines overall for us recently. Electronic cruise ticket was no problem. Disembarkation went smoothly. They do ask you go to your disembark lounge or area and you almost really have to since they don't announce colors everywhere. They use staff in your area to advise you that time for you to go. We went to breakfast open seating in dining room for disembark morning and it was good, fast, and friendly service. Far better than buffet area which was crazy crowded! We purchased cruise bus to airport ticket while onboard via excursion desk for $15 per person. Plenty of taxis were also available at port. Finally, sadly there was a death from what we heard was a heart attack. One of our group had spent day at beach previously and conversed with one of the gentlemens group during the day. It was reported that he was in his 50's and again one of our party witnessed his attack near the casino entrance. We heard the Code Bravo called to respond medical staff. I was told that the response was quick and cpr rendered but that it was of no consequence unfortunately. I mention it only because I have noted a couple of references about it on a board here and there. I left a lot out but after years of written reviews and so many reviews being available now a days I try to keep it basic. This will be offered in a couple locations. If there are any specific questions that I might be able to answer please email at georgeny@verizon.net In the subject area be sure to write CROWN REVIEW so I don't dump it as spam mail in error. So as overall our Crown Princess Cruise was excellent. George in NY Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
Crown Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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