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Sail Date: December 2017
To celebrate Xmas and new year and to see Milford sound from our balcony which was so great & beautiful enjoying the company of outer people , making new friends. See other from the world cruise as well as the crew members experience ... Read More
To celebrate Xmas and new year and to see Milford sound from our balcony which was so great & beautiful enjoying the company of outer people , making new friends. See other from the world cruise as well as the crew members experience the ports such as Christchurch ,Auckland , Napier having fun in the vintage car being a Queen going around the towns ,to see a new suburb grown up from the earthquake in 1930 ,to experience the sea life and tower in Auckland was a wonder . No we didn’t have any kids or teenagers,but see that they were having fun , Like the on board games , enjoyed been waited on so I didn’t, have to cook , but disappoint in some crew (cafe members )not listing to me about my chai tea with soya milk as I do have a reaction with the mixed milk Well I only hope that they will know next time Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
A promotional price was to hard to pass by, and it was our 2nd time on this ship. There were 4 of us in an internal stateroom. The room was clean, and our steward Michael attended to our needs. We tipped him at the end of our cruise. ... Read More
A promotional price was to hard to pass by, and it was our 2nd time on this ship. There were 4 of us in an internal stateroom. The room was clean, and our steward Michael attended to our needs. We tipped him at the end of our cruise. Getting on and off was a breeze. The Hortizon buffet was average to good, as usual. The desserts were great, sugarfree and gluten free was also catered for. There was no welcome entertainment on the main deck, nor an invite to cocktails. Entertainment was average to good, depending how you view it. Some dishes in the Anytime Dining was over cooked, and had to be returned for a new cooked dish.The final night at the anytime Dining was the same again, a parade of chefs, waitress, and waiters bringing out the Alaska dessert. Activities were the same as usual with limited time frames. Lots of families and oldies, but still good for anyone, but not for the idiots who wants to party hard. Lack of song choices - no ABBA or Adele. The hosts could provide more fun to karaoke, just sing and get off. Not sure if I’ll ever return to this ship, it was very laidback and lacked something. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was a quick look at Japan with 3 days in Tokyo first. The Diamond Princess is very comfortable and looks beautiful but the layout can be confusing and we do prefer the smaller ships. Service was always friendly and efficient ... Read More
This was a quick look at Japan with 3 days in Tokyo first. The Diamond Princess is very comfortable and looks beautiful but the layout can be confusing and we do prefer the smaller ships. Service was always friendly and efficient and,compared to other lines we have been on, EVERY crew member greeted us on passing. We found having the majority of the passengers being Japanese worked OK but the 2 languages took away some spontaneity. We missed the lectures which we always enjoy. Horizon Court seemed to have less daily variety with the extra Asian offerings included. The morning cereal had less and less choices and they ran out of Vegemite (shock horror) All the entertainment was very good but we found the programming of sports and entertainment disappointing as we often missed favourite activities due to clashes. The shore excursions varied from great to ordinary and the organisation of meeting points as well as the customs requirements went smoothly. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
I grabbed a four night cruise from Auckland to Sydney for a change from flying and thoroughly enjoyed my little maritime interlude. Most of the other passengers had either done the complete 100 or so days or half that from New York. ... Read More
I grabbed a four night cruise from Auckland to Sydney for a change from flying and thoroughly enjoyed my little maritime interlude. Most of the other passengers had either done the complete 100 or so days or half that from New York. They seemed to be an older crowd and a contented and relaxed lot so all was well. I didn't bother with the Dining Room and ate in the Horizon Buffet for my meals. I was very pleasantly surprised at all they offered. This ship has traditional first and second sitting in the Dining Rooms and 5.30pm is too early for me and 8.30pm is too late. Obviously I have been spoiled by my MyTime dining on so many of the other cruise lines and ships. The Tasman was a bit wild and we sailed a long way south to avoid a swirling weather pattern but that didn't delay us and we avoided the worst of the weather and arrived on time. I am due to spent 12 nights on Sea Princess in October (Fremantle to Singapore) and back in an outside cabin again. I'm very much looking forward to this trip on the lovely Grande Dame of the Seas. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise over a year ago and surprisingly Princess had double booked our Cabin from Auckland to Sydney. The ship stunk of Sewerage on Deck 7 by the Vista Lounge and they had problems with water leaks there also. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise over a year ago and surprisingly Princess had double booked our Cabin from Auckland to Sydney. The ship stunk of Sewerage on Deck 7 by the Vista Lounge and they had problems with water leaks there also. The International Cafe in the centre was hard to get a seat in as the ships average age of passengers was 76 so we were told by staff. There is an " Elite " Class on Board who think they Own the ship and all the seats on it. Meals were substandard compared to other Cruise lines and the Entertainment was also poor with Hypnotist and Magic shows. Some of the passengers even went to sleep in the theater. The Cruise Director Tim left the ship in Honolulu and we were left with his Deputy who was hopeless at the job. The Front desk staff were rude and didn't try to help at times also. Sorry this is a negative review but we will Never sail again with this Old Peoples Home as there are far far better Company's sailing the 7 Seas and many of them don't have this Class System that Princess has. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
Had circled this cruise as a possibility when I rcvd the Princess Cruise atlas. Inquired and told all verandas were sold out and thought price was high. Then in a last minute special e-mail I get from Princess price was lowered and then 1 ... Read More
Had circled this cruise as a possibility when I rcvd the Princess Cruise atlas. Inquired and told all verandas were sold out and thought price was high. Then in a last minute special e-mail I get from Princess price was lowered and then 1 week later lowered again. Bked at a good price a partially obstructed cabin on E deck. Knew the Crown in need of work and since was round trip South Hampton would have lots of Brits on board. Out of +3,000 on board about 2,000 were Brits. Thats why I chuckle on comments about American service etc etc. All the nonproduction shows were British slanted, including both comedians(both awful) and tribute show to Robbie Wms. Cabin same size and lay out of veranda cabin without veranda - bed was not over the window as some outside cabins. Steward was good. I always tell them I want cabin serviced early, ice early evening etc. Give a small tip first day of cruise. Left a note if something was needed and he always responded. A few towels were tattered. We are Elite so bar set up was appreciated( if u do not like one of their choices ask to" trade"for your preference) Laundry ws a treat but took 3 days. Wound up washing denimsand other dark items at the $6 launderette. At one time it was free and then $2, at leastcan use cruise card and not sourge around for change. Food was good, a few were very good. We are NOT buffet persons. Ate 1 bkfst and 1 lunch in Horizon court. Both times barely acceptable. Tried pizza once - terrible!! saucetasted liked our canned tomato sauce - no spices,no garlic. It was served hot. Used roomservice for brkfts when we had early tour - chili one day for lunch - tea and cake 1 aft. Everything came as ordered, presented well and on time. We are Elite and had canapes on formal nights - same thing 3 times and nothing special. Liked Vines and International cafe. Did Tea once, nicely presented, nice variety of food. Have done anytime dining for yrs with Princess. Would go to DaVinci around 7:30 and have no wait for shared table. We ask for table for 6 - met nice passengers that way. Ate at sABATINI'S 2x and Crown Grill 1x. We celebrated husband's birthday and ouranniversary there - children sent on board credit to cover the charge. Wine is way overpriced, that's not new. We did pack 2 special bottles for our celebrations. Thought there should be more entertainment in the piazza - on Mexican cruises therewere jugglars, acrobats etc in the afternoon and evening. Such a beautiful space! Daily activities were lacking - why no destination lectureer on exploring the North Pole,or Vikings? Did not book any shore excursions with Princess - way over priced. Used NSB sight(only take PayPal for payment from USA) to book Flam RR since Flam sightwas sold out. Toured in each port independently - took private tours North Cape andSkjolden. Both ports were highlights.. Ice bar at Honning Svag was a hoot. Used Princess air for the guarantee but insisted on non stop flights I wanted not theconnections they tried to sell. Embarkation was best ever - took later time and justwalked off ship with no lining up et. book Flam RR since Flam sight was sold out. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Our second cruise to Norway but this was slightly longer than previously and visited ports we hadn't seen before. Embarkation was quick and efficient and disembarkation was a breeze. Never on any previous cruise have I experienced ... Read More
Our second cruise to Norway but this was slightly longer than previously and visited ports we hadn't seen before. Embarkation was quick and efficient and disembarkation was a breeze. Never on any previous cruise have I experienced such a painless disembarkation. In the past there have almost been fights breaking out it was such a shambles. Not so on this occasion. Brilliant. Lofoten Islands were amazing. We chose a private excursion and our trip was fantastic. Sjkolden was a big surprise. So beautiful and the weather was glorious. Good weather although cold sometimes but , hey , we were in the Artic Circle. 24 hours of daylight and sunsets (that never actually set) were amazing. Starters and puddings in the "any time dining" were "samey" but the main course always delivered. Good choice in the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good entertainment. Very professional. We did have to be in the theatre very early to get a seat though. Staff were exceptional. Friendly and efficient. All in all a really good cruise. Read Less
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises has responded
HI Bruadair, we're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent Crown Princess voyage! Skjolden is one of our favorite stops as well, it's a beautiful sight.
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this particular cruise because of its itinerary, particularly the Orkneys since it is an area we would be unlikely to visit independently. It was also undertaken at the end a of 4 week trip in Spain prior to returning home to ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because of its itinerary, particularly the Orkneys since it is an area we would be unlikely to visit independently. It was also undertaken at the end a of 4 week trip in Spain prior to returning home to Australia. We have not done many cruises and this is our first time with Princess. Embarkation was amazing. No queues, very little time waiting, and extremely friendly and helpful staff both luggage porters and counter staff. On our other cruises we have had to wait for up to two hours in a long line before we were processed setting those cruises off to a bad start. We couldn’t believe how efficient this one had been and kept praising it to whomever we met! The disembarkation was also very efficient (there was an emergency change of port) and we couldn’t fault it. We had a balcony room on Caribe deck. The room showed its age, but was really quite acceptable. It was clean, smelt fresh and had all the necessary appointments and was of a good size. There was sufficient storage space and the small desk was adequate for our needs. The towels were a bit thin and worn and there weren’t any face washers but these are minor quibbles. We had a couple of breakdowns in the room during the cruise but within less than 15mins from reporting the issue a crew member had been and fixed the trouble. Really prompt service and much appreciated. I read somewhere that the beds were new and if so they were well worth the investment. Very comfortable and sleep inducing. We easily slipped into oblivion every night. We had fixed seating and after a bit of a rocky start this was quite acceptable. While you don’t get to meet a wide range of other travellers, you do get to know you fellow diners very well. As it turned out those on our table were very interesting and we wound up getting on very well however there were only six on the table. We would probably look for a table of eight on our next trip. We tried anytime seating once (late shore excursion) and this was OK but we did hear subsequent stories of long waits (up to an hour) before diners could be seated. Overall the food in the dining room was good, but not exceptional. Choices were a little limited and were sometimes uninspired in taste and presentation. There were few meat choices and the steak was often rather tough. Obviously a cheaper cut (that had not been well trimmed) was being used. The chef also seemed to have trouble with very rare, rare, medium rare, medium etc. Often what arrived was not what was ordered, i.e. it was overdone. Seafood dishes were OK but again could be a little overcooked and with limited quantities of seafood. However, the shrimps (prawns) were excellent in every dish we tried (must be a good supplier) and worth ordering. Deserts were also good but not outstanding and again there was not the range and flair one might expect. Dining was equivalent to that in a medium priced café/restaurant. (Maybe this is the price point for this ship.) Drinks (including bottled wine) on the whole were very reasonably priced and the drinks package offered very good value (better than other ships we have been on) for those who enjoy their cocktails and coffee. We also went to the specialty restaurant Sabatini’s. We had trouble with the timing of our original booking but the staff were so helpful we were able to easily change the booking time and day. There is an extra charge for this restaurant, but it was worth it. It is Italian themed and the food and service were excellent. The entertainment was good and very varied. The Princess Singers and Dancers were outstanding. The only criticism is the shows were too short. We would have enjoyed seeing much more of them. Also, the Princess Theatre is very small for the number of passengers and for popular performers it is necessary to get to the theatre at least ¾ hour before the show starts to get any sort of decent seat. Late comers often had to stand. Of the individual performers the piano player, Paul Burton, in Crooners Lounge, stood out as being exceptional. One thing that impressed us was the overall friendliness and cheerfulness of the staff. Almost without exception we were greeted with smiles and cheerful words. The service was very good. At one stage we had a minor problem with our account. The staff member in passenger services immediately fixed the problem and adjusted our account without any hassle. So nice to be treated with respect. The waitress on our table was great, and the bartenders in the international and crooners bars outstanding. One thing that didn’t impress us was the boarding at the end of each port day. One time it took well over an hour and a half (this was a tender port) and even when the ship was docked there were often long queues, especially when tour buses returned. Princess really needs to get more gangways and X-ray machines. Would we sail with Princess again? In hindsight it was a very port intensive trip which meant we had little time (or stamina) to enjoy the full range of activities provided on board. Next trip we will try for more sea days. We also found the size of the ship a little overwhelming preferring something slightly smaller. However if the itinerary and port schedule suited then yes we probably would. We certainly have good memories of this trip. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Cabin ok disabled cabin was supposed to be a upgrade but ended up with no bath but very large room. Cabin service steward great, Ship ok but not as modern as royal princess. Food ok some good nights and some average food was often cold. ... Read More
Cabin ok disabled cabin was supposed to be a upgrade but ended up with no bath but very large room. Cabin service steward great, Ship ok but not as modern as royal princess. Food ok some good nights and some average food was often cold. But I seemed to have chosen a good choice and enjoyed my meals on the whole. The food in the horizon café was hot and a good choice but didn't like the melamine plates etc and was a bit chaotic, the Botecceli resteraunt was better especially the afternoon tea. Generally enjoyed the cruise, staff were helpful shows were ok but the Robbie Williams tribute was very good. Would we cruise again with Princess yes defo but would go on the newer ships. The Royal princess had better TVs for viewing films you could start the film whenever, and not being over interested in the shows or gambling this was a brill thing. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Our fourth time on the Crown,this time we did the 7 day cruise to La Coruna. It lived up to our expectactions.We had the opposite experience to the 1 star transatlantic review. We found the ship to be very clean, no bad smells and ... Read More
Our fourth time on the Crown,this time we did the 7 day cruise to La Coruna. It lived up to our expectactions.We had the opposite experience to the 1 star transatlantic review. We found the ship to be very clean, no bad smells and all staff without exception were extremely friendly,polite and accomodating. We had freedom to dine and only had to wait for 5 minutes for a table for two,went straight in on the other nights.Whatever table we went on the waiters were very friendly and accomodating.On a few ocassions we asked for a combination of a starter and main course eg. I had a caesar salad with grilled salmon as a starter,my wife is not a lover of veg but likes french fries and the waitewrs were very helpful. We had breakfast delivered to our cabin every day,the young steward was very friendly and helpful and most mornings we had a chat. We had lunch in the Bottecelli had again the experince and food was exceptionally good. We had a balcony cabin A314 and found it more than adequate for our needs and very comfortable. our cabin steward Joseph was first class and again ver y helpful. We did not book any tours as we have done them in the past but opted for the shuttle buses and we heard some passengers had to wait quite a while for a shuttle but we had no problem because we went down about 9 oclock and more or less straight on. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth, in fact on the way to Southampton I had a text to say there was a delay due to the Crown getting in late due to adverse weather conditions and boarding would not start until 2 oclock.we arrived at 1.30 and were on board by 2.15pm. Must also mention Eaveswaycoaches they give a 5 star service we have used them before and will in the future. Overall we had a great cruise,excellent value for money and cannot wait for the next cruise, on the Crown going to Norway for two weeks in August this year. If it is as good as this one we wil be very pleased. Read Less
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