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4 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
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
2 Helpful Votes
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 for the ... 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
1 Helpful Vote
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 ... 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
It had been 5 years since we had taken a cruise with Princess. We discovered a lot of things had changed, and not for the good, since that time. The itinerary for Canada/New England is good with only having 1 day at sea. We were late, ... Read More
It had been 5 years since we had taken a cruise with Princess. We discovered a lot of things had changed, and not for the good, since that time. The itinerary for Canada/New England is good with only having 1 day at sea. We were late, about an hour, getting to ports a few times which cut back on your tour times especially having enough daylight hours. Our balcony cabin on the Baja Deck, B239, was excellent and was on the best side while in Brooklyn to see the Statue of Liberty and sites in other city ports. Our cabin steward was excellent and we were very pleased with him. The most disappointing area of the cruise was with the food and the service you received. To us, that was the most changed area since our last cruise. We dined in 2 specialty restaurants, The Crown Grill and Sabatini's. The Crown was the best for food but the service was extremely slow. Before you could choose several main courses but now you must choose 1 main and if you want another one it's $10. So if you order a steak and want lobster it costs you $10 more. Sabatini's was the same way. Our server never came back after we finally got dessert so after 10 minutes of waiting we just left. The Anytime Dining is not really eating whenever (anytime) you want. First, check your Princess newsletter to make sure which dining room is offering Anytime Dining and what time it will begin. This changes each night. When you arrive they ask if you have a reservation. Really? Why would you make a reservation if you are an Anytime Diner? Then you are firmly and rudely told if you do make a reservation then it must be on the off hours like 7:30, 8:30 etc. Then they give you a pager and you are told it will be at least 30 minutes. This happened more times than I can tell you about. We had no idea when we wanted to eat each night due to shore excursion returns. The food, whether in the DR, the Horizon were often lukewarm. Alfredo's Pizza- skip it and go to the one by the pool. The Burger & Hot Dog Grill by the pool was great. Gelato's (you pay) was a good value. My biggest complaint was NO CREAM (half/half) for your coffee. They would always say we are out and only have milk. Strange thing is the coffee bar that you have to pay for next to the International Café always had cream. You pay a lot of money for a cruise and you can't provide cream for your guests coffee? The ship is changing to Ocean Medallion Class after the last Canada/New England cruise of 2017 and will be going out of Miami for Caribbean cruises. They were coming into the staterooms taking out the old TV's & replacing with larger ones. Then one day the telephone and tv was going to be turned off for 3 hours. Husband and I decided that our next cruise will most likely be on another cruise line. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We have cruised on Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL and we always come back to Princess. We got to NYC three days prior to the cruise and stayed near Times Square. We saw some Broadway shows, went to Central Park and the ... Read More
We have cruised on Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL and we always come back to Princess. We got to NYC three days prior to the cruise and stayed near Times Square. We saw some Broadway shows, went to Central Park and the M.E.T. and Little Italy. It's NYC - there is plenty to do there! We got a Lyft (about $40) from the hotel to the cruise port - it took about 40 minutes. This was our first cruise to leave the cruise port in Brooklyn, NY. The embarkation was convenient and smooth. We got there around 2pm and our room was ready. *TIP* - On the "odd" side of the ship we had an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower and the city skyline from our balcony. The muster drill went quickly and I appreciated that they had a "make up" drill for the people who didn't show up for the first one instead of making us all wait on late arrivals! The ship was beautiful and elegant. We were in mini-suite R219. It was a good location - very quiet and convenient to get to things we wanted to do on the ship. I see what other people were talking about regarding the size of the balcony, but it was fine. I think a smaller table out there would be nice. Our room was a great size and we had plenty of storage -there were a lot of drawers we didn't use! *TIP* laundry is on the rear of the ship, so if you are planning to do laundry during the cruise, maybe get a cabin in the aft. The only thing holding me back from five stars is that Princess has really turned their servers into sales people and I get sick of having to turn things down repeatedly during the cruise. Our waiter at dinner was so persistent about us signing up for a wine tasting so he could get some kind of points, that I didn't want to go back to the dining room after the first two days! I had some spa time and enjoyed the treatments, (though they are more than double the cost of similar treatments at a spa on land) and still had to endure what was essentially an infomercial for expensive spa products after my treatment. There are five ports in seven days on this cruise, which is awesome, but it makes for a very busy cruise! We skipped a lot of on-board entertainment because we were in port until 10pm or later some of the nights and we wanted to enjoy the ports more than the ship. Disembarkation was easy - we did the Princess transfer to the airport - though no one ever checked to see if we'd bought tickets or just followed other people on the bus... Overall it was an excellent trip and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Read Less
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises has responded
Hi Buttercup18, we're thrilled that you enjoyed Regal Princess and its itinerary! We will share your concerns regarding the wine tasting pitch with our team. Thank you for choosing Princess, we look forward to welcoming you onboard again soon!
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise to see some ports in New England and Canada along with some fall color. I booked only 3 weeks out and got a Deluxe balcony cabin - no suites were available, but this is a port intensive cruise, so a balcony is really ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see some ports in New England and Canada along with some fall color. I booked only 3 weeks out and got a Deluxe balcony cabin - no suites were available, but this is a port intensive cruise, so a balcony is really all we needed and the price was right. We flew into LaGuardia a day before the cruise and stayed in 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. This is a beautiful (and expensive) new hotel with open plan rooms. Not everything is open yet, but we were able to go to the rooftop bar for some amazing views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. We had dinner at The River Cafe which is about 1 block walking distance from the hotel. We decided to do the tasting menu and it was outstanding in every way. Expensive, but highly recommended. Checkout at 1 Hotel is noon, so just before noon, we packed up and the hotel was kind enough to provide us with a car and driver for the short drive to the pier. Checkin was a breeze and we were able to board immediately and put our stuff in our cabin, then head out to the buffet for lunch where I had fresh mussels, seafood salad and many other delicious items. Frankly, it has been several years since our last cruise on Princess since we have been cruising NCL, Uniworld, Carnival, RCCL and MSC most recently and I was very pleased with the food selections on Princess as the quality is quite good. Dinner that night in the MDR was even better. Ports: Boston: We took a taxi to North Station and then took a train to Salem. It is a quick 28 minute ride to Salem and the train arrives in the historical district which is about 1.5 miles square - easily walkable. In Salem, we walked around town seeing the sights such as the Witch museums and famous statues and memorial to those who were convicted of witchcraft and then took a tour of The House of Seven Gables which was just incredible, especially the part where you can climb the secret staircase hidden in the chimney - super fun! Highly recommended. Afterwards, we simply took the train back to North Station and a taxi back to the ship and were back a good 2 hours before departure. Newport: This is a tender port. We had a ships tour to see Marble House and The Breakers which filled our morning. These "cottages" were built for the summer specifically to show off young women to marriageable young men and make matches and the social scene was run by the women who owned these cottages who were quite domineering with their daughters and aimed at marrying them into European royalty, often with disastrous consequences. Both houses were interesting to me as I am very familiar with the story of Consuelo Vanderbilt. It was fascinating seeing her bedroom (which her mother decorated) and the library where she got engaged to the Duke of Marlborough (which her mother engineered). Consuelo had been in love with and secretly engaged to another man, but was not allowed to contact him ever again after she told her mother who locked her in her room and then to get her daughter to acquiesce, claimed the news caused her a near fatal heart attack. On the day of her wedding to the Duke of Marlborough, Consuelo was crying so much that she was late to her own wedding. She was arguably the most famous debutant of her age and one of the two wealthiest and her tardiness inadvertently started a trend in the US of women believing that it is fashionable to be late to their own weddings. After marriage, she had 2 children with the Duke and Consuelo coined the term "an heir and a spare." She and the Duke were temperamentally unsuited to each other and eventually divorced and Consuelo married someone she chose and finally got her happy ending. After the tour where we saw the house used as "Collinwood" in the TV series Dark Shadows and the church where JFK married Jackie and other homes of the rich and famous, we walked along the waterfront and had a great clam chowder and lobster lunch at The Mooring then walked back to the long, long, long, long line of people trying to get on tenders to return to the ship. Of course, it began to rain slightly, but we had had such a fun day that it didn't dampen our spirits and soon we were on a tender and back onboard. Bar Harbor, Maine With only 5235 full time residents, everyone knows everyone in this small town. We got off the ship early and walked into town buying a few Christmas ornaments and having a wonderful Lobster roll lunch at Galyns. Our tour was a ships tour to Acadia National Park with a stop in the park for popovers with butter and strawberry jam and blueberry lemonade and it was excellent. My husband was able to take lots of photos and I enjoyed the beautiful scenery and fall color. Since we have been living Texas, we don't get much fall color. There are really only 2 seasons here in Texas: Hot as hell and cold as all get out and the temperature change typically happens in one day where you might go into work on a warm day wearing short sleeves and be confronted by an ice storm that afternoon turning your drive home into a real ordeal due to black ice on the road and the leaves turn brown and drop off the trees overnight. But back to Bar Harbor, it is beautiful like something out of the movies. I kept thinking of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in White Christmas for some reason. The entire town is walkable from the dock (another tender port, btw.) The place to go to see the fall color is Acadia National Park which is built on the remains of summer houses that were destroyed by a massive fire in 1947. You can see the remains of the foundations and stone walls of many of the houses. Inside the park there are many remarkable locations including Thunder Hole and the summit of Cadillac Mountain. I had forgotten to take a Bonine that day as the ship was so smooth and found myself getting a bit carsick as we drove the winding roads. I concentrated on looking out the front window and that helped. Our guide was a retired park ranger and the driver was a local who does all kinds of different things to make money and they were both so interesting and filled us in on local history. St. John New Brunswick This port probably had the least to offer in the way of things to do, but we enjoyed a scenic tour of the Reversing Tides and then out to the Bay of Fundy where we found wishing stones, had clam chowder at The Caves restaurant which overlooks sea caves. The restaurant is interesting. For big tour groups it operates somewhat like a school cafeteria where ladies bring out carts of soda and water and pass them down long tables, then pass out chowder or chicken strips and French fries for those who don't want chowder or Minestrone for those who are vegetarian. They bring out bowls of freshly made baking powder biscuits which are each in their own little bag and finally, they pass out freshly made cookies. Outside, besides the sea caves, there is a beach of softly rounded stones, some girded with a light colored belt which are the "wishing stones." We found a pretty gray green one as a memento of this experience. On the way back to the ship, you stop at a local market which is a few small buildings and booths that sell various items such as wishing stone necklaces, and other souvenirs. After leaving this place, our bus broke down and the bus driver immediately got out and called for another bus. It was a warm day, so we stood off the road next to the bus and as we were waiting, the local mayor, Betty Ann Chatterton, pulled up in her car with her husband and passed out 3 cases of bottled water and cookies for everyone on the bus. We don't know how she found out about the broken down bus, but it was a really nice thing to do and the Mayor of the Village of St. Martins, NN set an excellent example of how a mayor should act! The replacement bus arrived within 30 minutes and our tour continued back to the reversing tides (they had reversed) and through an old downtown market. Halifax, Nova Scotia It has been years since I last visited this magical city and last time I went to the Titanic museum and memorial gravesite of the Titanic victims whose families could not afford to repatriate their bodies elsewhere. Some people get excited when they see that one of the graves there belongs to a J Dawson, thinking that Jack Dawson in the movie Titanic might be real and they leave red roses on his grave, but the body in the grave is that of Joseph Dawson who worked in the Titanic's boiler room. This time we took a photography tour with Picture Perfect Tours which went out to Peggy's Cove to photograph the lighthouse. We also stopped by the Swissair memorial. The tour was very enjoyable and Geordie gave us lots of information about the area on the drive out. Peggy's Cove is interesting to visit with various little shops and many interesting nooks and crannies to photograph. We photographed Peggy's Cove at sunset and drove back to the ship after dark. With so many ports and only 1 day at sea, we did not spend much time onboard. We did go to the Chef's Table dinner - which was not exactly the kind of upscale food I have had on other ships. It was good, but not great. We ate in the steakhouse, which was very good and also in the Italian restaurant which was also very good. We never got around to going to any shows, although, on the formal night we saw a great cover band on the atrium and there was an operatic soprano singing in the atrium on the last night of the cruise. I had intended to go to the thermal suite of the spa, but we never made it there either. During our cruise, they were doing the Medallion upgrade and we wound up with a new TV and then they lost all TV for the ship for about 24 hours. Not a big deal to me. This gave me a chance to read a book I had brought along. Back to Brooklyn and we had selected 7:15 walk off with our luggage which was blissfully uncrowded. We had no problem getting an elevator (we used the glass ones which are on different buttons than the others midship) and were off the ship, through immigration and in a taxi in a matter of 15 minutes. Our flight was on time and we were home in no time at all having had a great time. Overall, my impression of this cruise is a bunch of great days off the ship and returning to a nice ship that is kept very clean with mostly very good food. I only had one item I thought was average - the pork and quail terrine and my husband did not like the Burrata in the Italian restuarant. Everything else was at least good to very good and I would definitely recommend this ship for this itinerary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The ship is beautiful, clean and fun. The entertainment was wonderful and the wait staff were for the most part exceptional. We had any time dining and were surprised that having reservations was expected instead of optional. They seemed ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, clean and fun. The entertainment was wonderful and the wait staff were for the most part exceptional. We had any time dining and were surprised that having reservations was expected instead of optional. They seemed put out when we showed up "anytime" without a reservation. We were on the sister ship, the Royal 3 years ago and did not notice the understaffing in the anytime dining room. It took our party of 6 a minimum of 2.5 hours to dine and missed 2 shows we wanted to see because of it. We even told them the second time that we had a show to go to. We had 2 people in our group that had special dietary needs and they were never able to find their previously selected choices at dinner. They always had to re-select and re-instruct regarding their needs. The beds have not been upgraded on this ship yet and were hard as rocks in the regular balcony category... have not experienced this before as I have always asked for an eggcrate mattress ( but they are not available anymore). The food was good to excellent and the special chocolate desserts were amazing. I think the special chocolate desserts should be offered every night!! The itinerary was fantastic and we had a wonderful cruise despite the above issues. We love Princess and are already planning our next cruise but hope this was just a glitch in their service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our first Princess cruise after having been on a few cruises with Celebrity and three with RC. We chose this cruise as the itinerary and dates suited us. Embarkation was well organised and there were no major delays. We were ... Read More
This was our first Princess cruise after having been on a few cruises with Celebrity and three with RC. We chose this cruise as the itinerary and dates suited us. Embarkation was well organised and there were no major delays. We were boarded by about 1 pm and could go directly to our cabin. We had a standard balcony cabin on Deck 11. It was well set out and the storage for clothes was excellent. I really liked the walk in wardrobe effect with lots of hanging space. The bathroom was small but fine. The clothesline in the shower was very handy. The heating/cooling can be set to neutral which suited us and even if it was on the vent didn't seem to blast you. We only ate in the dining room about 3 times. We had Any Time dining and there was a long wait the first night but no wait on the other nights. The food and service was good. We don't generally like eating in the Buffet but ate there most of the time as on this ship it was excellent. Firstly they made you wash your hands with soap and water as you entered. There are two sections and lots of seating. We never had a problem getting a seat. The stations are spread out and duplicated so there were often no lines to get your food. The service at the tables was excellent - frequent, friendly and prompt. There was also a huge choice of food. We also had coffee and tea and snacks at the International cafe every day. Again we were surprised that you could always get a seat. The coffee cards are worth buying. The entertainment was also very good. The comedian was hilarious, pianist good and 2 out of the three production shows were excellent. The first one was awful - just a mish mash of ordinary songs which didn't gel together or show off the performers talents. The only trouble with the shows was that you had to get there half an hour early to get a seat. This cruise had a great itinerary and we enjoyed all the ports. We did a few ship's tours which were well organised as well as one small 6 person tour in St John which was organised through CC. Embarkation was easy and they let you stay on the ship till 10.30 am. We could even sit in the International cafe and have coffee and croissants while we waited! So overall we were very impressed with this cruise and we will definitely take more cruises with Princess, preferably on this class of ship. Read Less
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