Sail Date: December 2018
We understand that it is a different demographic and we chose Princess again (sailed last year to the UK). We are beyond the 'party until you are stupid' crowd but still want some fun and nightlife. It was as if the ... Read More
We understand that it is a different demographic and we chose Princess again (sailed last year to the UK). We are beyond the 'party until you are stupid' crowd but still want some fun and nightlife. It was as if the ship's activities were purposefully funneling you to either the buffet or bed by midnight. The Patter had numerous errors regarding activities and timing (i.e. who schedules the NYE Balloon Drop for 10:30 pm?). We are a family of 3 and chose Anytime Dining in the hopes of meeting people - I would say half the time we sat by ourselves and felt pressured to do so to 'move things along'. The last night we ate in the Michelangelo, my husband and I waited an hour and a half to be seated (2 people, requested sharing) and then dinner took two hours. We were offered a wine list two of the 10 nights. We brought a bottle we brought on board (allowed 1/pp wo corkage) and wound up being charged corkage after a near argument. One night they had a Pinot they recommended to be paired with dinner on the menu - ordered that and was told a half hour later that the dining room did not have it, but maybe the others did if we wanted to try there. Not - 'we'll send someone to see if a bottle we are advertising is one deck away'. Wow. Food was 'meh' at best. I feel the boat was very understaffed. They worked hard, but there just weren't enough people. In 10 days, we were asked if we wanted a drink/coffee/ice tea twice. People were constantly walking to other tables for silverware/salt/pepper etc.. The shows were good. I suggest that they get some peppier in between acts - not so 'lull you to sleep'. What saved the trip was the itinerary and weather - both were fantastic. For our next trip I think we'll entertain other lines - an itinerary would have to be outstanding to outweigh what might be a mediocre cruising experience - especially if the weather were bad. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
The Crown Princess is a nice ship with great staff. Except for the production shows, the on-board activities and entertainment was excellent. The cabin was nice. We had a mini-suite and the balcony was a good size. There was plenty of ... Read More
The Crown Princess is a nice ship with great staff. Except for the production shows, the on-board activities and entertainment was excellent. The cabin was nice. We had a mini-suite and the balcony was a good size. There was plenty of storage space. There were two televisions which made the kids happy. We brought out 11 and 18-year old kids. They did not take advantage of any of the kids activities. They had fun just running around the ship on their own, eating all the time and attending the multitude of activities. Food was very good overall throughout the ship. Although it was easy to get food in the buffet, finding a table in the casual dining room was almost impossible. I would NOT recommend Anytime Dining. In the past I have always chosen the traditional seating time - your table is guaranteed and it is nice to build a rapport with the waiter. Each night we had to wait approximately 30-45 minutes for a table - with a different waiter each night. Ports were great. We were unable to go to the first scheduled port because of weather. I would have liked to have laid by the pool on sea days but the chairs were never available - reserved by people early in the morning who then seldom used them. The fitness room had plenty of equipment and a great view while you worked out. Fitness room never seemed overly crowded. Plenty of room to stretch, do free weights, yoga, etc. The class offerings were also good. They also had Zumba out on deck - I didn't try it but I wanted to. They had personal trainers and staff available in the fitness room as well. Something that struck me as odd - no garnishes on the expensive drinks. My kids liked ordering the $6+ virgin daiquiris, but they had no garnishment that you come to expect on an expensive drink (if you're going to charge $6 for a virgin drink, maybe add a piece of pineapple and a cherry to make it feel special). The spa was an AWFUL experience for both my husband and I. The staff all seemed more focused on selling products and additional services than actually providing good service. The services were so expensive. I should add that they spent some of our overpriced service time for both facials AND massages trying to sell us additional services and products! In general I feel that people should be aware that there is A LOT of upselling on the ship. The cruise alone is expensive, but you have to be prepared to spend MUCH more once you get on board. I feel that clientele for Princess may be an older crowd. We had a great time but in the future we would probably choose a cruise line geared more to younger, more active people. This was a 10-day cruise to the Caribbean, not 20 days as mentioned in the heading. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Our 2nd trip on the Crown over a New Years Eve. Last year was the best, no champagne on NYE this year was disappointing. The food on this years cruise was much better taste wise and choices. Having the formal night confusion due to ... Read More
Our 2nd trip on the Crown over a New Years Eve. Last year was the best, no champagne on NYE this year was disappointing. The food on this years cruise was much better taste wise and choices. Having the formal night confusion due to changing the night was a bit confusing but many people wanted formal night to be on New Years Eve. It would be better to have an earlier departure from port on New Years Eve and a later arrival to port on New Years Day. We are booked for next years New Years Eve Cruise and both NEW Years Eve and New Years Day are port days but the arrival and departure times are much better. We dined In Sabatini Restaurant this year and we loved the atmosphere and the food and service was excellent. We had the worst cabin steward we have ever had! He did not make the bed well, forgot our ice twice, did not bring extra towels each day that we requested, argued with us about whether or not we put our “refresh room” sign on door and all of this after we gave him a $20.00 tip to start the cruise!! First time we have ever had a bad experience with a cabin steward. Overall we enjoyed the cruise despite some minor issues. We are booked again next year, so that should tell you how much we enjoyed ourselves! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
CROWN PRINCESS: Dec 27, 2018 ~ Jan 6, 2019 “New Year’s” Eastern Caribbean Voyager 10-days 6 ports Cruise: Fort Lauderdale-Princess Cays Bahamas-St. Thomas-Antigua-St.Lucia-Barbados-St.Kitts-Fort Lauderdale Day 0: ... Read More
CROWN PRINCESS: Dec 27, 2018 ~ Jan 6, 2019 “New Year’s” Eastern Caribbean Voyager 10-days 6 ports Cruise: Fort Lauderdale-Princess Cays Bahamas-St. Thomas-Antigua-St.Lucia-Barbados-St.Kitts-Fort Lauderdale Day 0: Stay-Park-Cruise Rodeway Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port. Price of lodging and long-term parking just under the cost to park car at port terminal ($15 per day). Free shuttle to port provided with quick stop at a drug store. Planning this comes with a warning: when you return the Rodeway shuttle may keep you waiting hours to pick you up to take you back to your car – many exasperated dawgs hired a taxi (4.3 miles/13 minutes travel via I-95, tax and tip: estimated $16.25 per dawg) back to Rodeway. Day 1: Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale. We arrived at the port at about 11:15 a.m. Salty dawgs who packed only carry-ons can navigate around the luggage hounds asking for your luggage and a $10 tip. Just prepare that you may be one of the unlucky dawgs whose luggage arrives to their stateroom after dinner. Our check-in was among the quickest and most efficient we have experienced. We are a couple, no pups in tow. Yes, we had our travel docs, checked in online, presented the same credit card as we had booked and printed our boarding passes. We were given our cruise card: check name, ship, dates, cabin and dining for accuracy. Safeguard your cruise card: dawgs will have bar code scanned whenever they depart and re-board the ship and it is the onboard cash card. Be certain to obtain and sign an accurate receipt for expenses. By-pass the souvenir camera pointers (photos are not free nor mandatory) and trot across the gangway. Present cruise card and take ID mut shot. Our stateroom was ready to occupy when we boarded. Study the hallway carpet for a helpful navigational aid: our deck had red “berries” port side (even numbered staterooms) and blue “berries” starboard side. Our cabin E322 midship obstructed ocean view was an upgrade from inside cabin. Only the lower portion of our window was blocked by a lifeboat. We concluded we had an acceptable view of the ocean and sky. A midship location is not as susceptible to up and down motion as cabins forward and aft. This small cabin required some choreography for two to navigate simultaneously. Exercise caution when opening the lavatory door because partner dawg could be pinned against the closet. Our closet contained 32 wooden hangers. Even at the coolest setting, our cabin felt warm. An inevitable topic of conversation among fellow sea dawgs became the old ship felt too warm, an issue the ventilation officer was unable or unwilling to rectify. We should be grateful it wasn’t summer! Incidentally, our cabin fridge stayed too warm, too. It helped to keep a bucket of ice in the fridge. The venerable Crown Princess (2006) has limited electrical outlets that accommodate U.S. plugs, so I recommend packing a multiple outlet surge strip for multiple devices and chargers. We had a 40-inch flat screen TV, but major U.S. networks were not televised. Prepare to be saturated with “The Love Boat”. Our shower was tight; most will not be able to squat to grasp dropped soap. I recommend packing your own favorite soap and shampoo. Pooches insisting on a bath tub should book a suite or investigate the Lotus Spa thermal suite day pass costs. The Princess Patter publishes important information, the daily onboard activity schedules and evening events. Weather permitting, make time to snuggle under a blanket with a bag of popcorn and enjoy a Movie Under the Stars. Once unpacked we went to lunch at the Horizon Court buffet. Food offerings were plentiful, international and seemed to meet most dietary choices and requirements. Gone are the drink stations. Unless dawgs purchased a soda card, the drink choices were coffee, tea, water and lemonade. It seems Princess has made things more inconvenient for dawgs who do not purchase a soda or drink package. Those dawgs might do well to pack single serve powdered drink mixes to add to their complimentary ice water. Long gone are the self-serve ice-cream dispensers. Pampered pedigrees will probably discern enough to whine about with this mostly self-serve buffet. Paw sanitizers were at chow entrances, but guard dawgs weren’t monitoring use. Contrary to persistent rumor, the buffet dinner menu differs from the usually superior restaurant dinner menu. Seven short followed by one long horn blasts signals report to the muster station. Our dawgs only had to bring their ship card which crew dawgs scanned. Muts who miss this Coast Guard required muster earn a more thorough private muster later. The weather was deteriorating as we departed. Strong winds and moderately rough seas kept dawgs off the upper decks, limited “Enchanted Evening” events and closed the pools and promenade deck. Crown Princess does not have an all-weather enclosed pool area. As the conditions worsened, a moderate rise and fall, lurch and list began. Interior creaks and groans, some sounding like loose carts rolling across the deck, made sound snoozing difficult. I recommend packing ear plugs. For queasy dawgs, obtain prescription anti-motion sickness patches before boarding. DAY 2: Princess Cays, Eleuthera, Bahamas. Few were surprised when the captain announced the wind and sea conditions were deemed too rough to tender to the island. This port stop was cancelled. Top Dawg might have charted a more sheltered course west of the Bahamas, instead he sailed into the open ocean east of the Bahamas and we enjoyed a day and night of rock ‘n’ roll. The cruise log published rough seas and wind gusting to 45 mph. I would categorize the motion more a nuisance than severe, but landlubbers were becoming nauseous and bags were distributed. Entertainment scheduled a few more onboard activities, most profitable ventures for the cruise line. Coffee and Cones (Ice Cream) and adjacent Slice (Pizza) port side between the main Neptune and Calypso pools offers a limited complimentary and a fee menu. The Salty Dog (formerly Trident) by the Neptune pool serves up hot dogs, burgers and fries in complimentary and fee menus. Adults should accompany their pups to these venues because it is easy to order from the fee menu. Day 3: At Sea. Continuing wind and sea conditions kept the pools closed and limited on-deck activities. By now it was obvious the ventilation system could not adequately recirculate the air or keep the sealed interior space comfortably cool. Motion sickness bags and medicines became available. To enhance our onboard experience, that night the hot water throughout the ship was turned off to permit scheduled maintenance. Decisions such as this one cause me to question how much priority Princess places on passenger comfort. On select sea days, the Crown Grill puts out their Union Jacks and serves a complimentary British-style pub lunch such as Fish and Chips, but no complimentary drinks. Be warned to double check which lunches are complimentary and which are not before ordering. Day 4: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI. Most welcomed docking and stepping onto terra firma in the warm sunshine. But what are cruise itinerary planners thinking? Crown Princess, Norwegian Gem, Crystal Symphony, Celebrity Infinity and Queen Mary were all in port! Reminiscent of Santorini, downtown was wall-to-wall dawg packs. Shore excursions and destinations were generally hosting more dawgs than ideal or customary. The ship offered a welcomed sanctuary even though a lot of maintenance was in progress. Some high-end shops await dawgs at the end of the pier. Left and past the tourist shops, dawgs may catch a $4 taxi to down town Charlotte Amalie. It is possible for fit dawgs to hike to downtown following a curvy and busy highway. My advice to bargain hounds is check the price online before purchasing. Most Caribbean ports are saturated with retailers like Diamonds International, Columbia Emeralds and Effy’s. Better prices are generally found further from the tourist enclave. Dawgs will receive a fairly sketchy map of the tourist enclave from the cruise line. Smart dawgs know to search for a free, complete and accurate map from Tourist Information, usually located near the port entrance. For dawgs considering booking a shore excursion through the cruise line; most are overpriced. The premium purchases insurance that the ship will wait for dawgs tardy due to their late returning shore excursion. Generally, the safety and quality of the cruise line excursion has earned the recommendation of the cruise line. Excursions offered by independents will beat the cruise line price because they aren’t paying a kickback to the cruise line. Savvy dawgs who do a little pre-cruise research should be able to sniff out reliable and less costly shore excursion operators that are used by other cruise lines, but not Princess. Regardless of the island, most Caribbean shore excursions are snorkeling, diving, beach break lunches, coastal sailing, taxi/bus scenic island tour, historical site tour, swim with sea life and explore geological sites. Day 5: St. John’s, Antigua. The tourist enclave here is Heritage Quay. Just inside the gate, a pack of assertive dawgs thrust their island tour deals into our faces. My most effective response was to say (truthfully) that I had been to Antigua before. A glance at the street ahead revealed loaded tour wagons crawling through snarled traffic. Further up the street and to the right is a large indoor consignment stall market where some bargain souvenirs may be found and negotiated. My experience is often the best deal is offered when you turn and walk away. Day 6: Castries, St. Lucia. This island is a lush, mountainous paradise reminiscent of a South Seas island. We booked a well recommended day excursion with Joy’s Adventures and went by speedboat from Castries south along the scenic beaches and cliffs of the west coast to Soufriere. We took a van to the sulphur springs and mineral baths where totally sane muts took a mud bath. The water is hot, the mud is thick, and the area reeks of sulphur. Off to Toraille Falls for a chilly, high-pressured “power shower”. I guess most dawgs were finally presentable enough to have an authentic Caribbean lunch in a spacious basement of the tour owner’s home not far from Rainbow Falls. I found the meal Caribbean and delicious. I ate a small spoonful of everything, and I’m still here to tell the tale. Lo Mein was available for the less adventurous. We were driven back to our speedboat and went further south for a beach break and snorkeling in the Coral Gardens located between the majestic Petit and Gros Pitons. The bar opened as we headed north along the west coast. We gawked at the yachts and homes of Marigot Bay and our boat was small enough and the seas calm enough to motor through a natural sea arch. All too soon, but well before departure time, we were back aboard the ship. Day 7: Bridgetown, Barbados. The Carnival Fascination and Norwegian Dawn docked shortly after Crown Princess arrived. Barbados is a contrast to the lush, mountainous St. Lucia. This seems a good island to book a sailing or beach excursion. The crew runs drills in the morning. The busy port complex and concrete dock is large. The cruise line provided complimentary shuttles to the terminal though fit dawgs had no trouble hiking there. Familiar cruise line shops await in the terminal stores. Taxi drivers who have paid cruise lines for terminal access and tour operators are just outside the terminal stores building. Taxi vans into Bridgetown are about $2. DIY beach day dawgs might discover it is much easier to get a taxi to a beach than from the beach back to the port. Warning: today the ship departs earlier than usual: at 3:30 p.m. Waiting just outside the port entrance gate are more tour operators and taxi drivers who do not have access to the port area. Many of these taxis are unmetered, some are even unlicensed, so exercise due caution and agree on the fare before hopping into the cab. Dawgs are advised to know their limitations and risk exposure well before starting the mile long walk into Bridgetown. I advise dawgs research and determine where they are going in Bridgetown and why before they pound the streets. Day 8: Basseterre, St. Kitts. This and Nevis are beautiful lush, mountainous islands. Crown Princess docked next to a similarly sized MSC Prezioso. We booked the Cruise to Nevis, Pinney’s Beach, Snorkel and Lunch 6-hour cruise line excursion. It proved a popular excursion. Though advertised for 40, about 70 dawgs were onboard the motor catamaran; seating was tight. We went through some rain squalls forcing dawgs to stand under the little canopy awhile. The crew unfurled the foresail, but only for show because we slowly motored the entire journey. We cruised from Basseterre about 3 miles along the Southeast Peninsula of St. Kitts and anchored near Buggs Hole for snorkeling. Getting mask, fins and vest was an exercise in patience, probably because so many were aboard. After snorkeling the bar was opened and lunch was served. We found the drinks strong and the lunch surprisingly good. Then we motored two miles across the straight to Nevis Island and the catamaran beached on Pinney’s Beach. We lounged in chairs and the crew brought a cooler from the boat. Then we climbed aboard and slowly motored back to the port. Smart dawgs brought towels, sunglasses, secure head covering and sunscreen. I believe the most comfortable spot on the catamaran is the trampoline, just know a wave may splash you there. Day 9: At sea. Many dawgs have learned to wait to the end of a cruise to take advantage of Princess shop sales events. Savvy dawgs know to check the onboard sales price of items with what can be purchased on the internet. For some, a unique item or an item’s “souvenir” value is worth the premium. Today is a good day to check and settle shipboard accounts. An unexplained charge from Crown Grill appeared on our account. A visit to the customer service desk did not resolve the issue because no one in authority from the Crown Grill was available. Day 10: At Sea. A series of announcements herald the Princess campaign for dawgs’ final vacation dollars: up to 75% off onboard outlet sale; Effy blow-out sale up to 60% off; big bingo jackpot will be awarded today; don’t miss the huge art auction; pay for a future cruise; etc. It is possible to escape the distracting crass commercialism to experience reasons you booked this cruise for one final day. Day 11: Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale. Again, what are cruise line itinerary planners thinking? Seven large ships docked (Crown Princess, Royal Princess, Celebrity Edge, RCCL Harmony o/t Seas, HAL Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam and Zuiderdam) and disgorged 25,000 cruise dawgs at the same time overtaxing transportation and security systems. Entering and exiting Port Everglades is increasingly stressful and difficult. Crown Princess has three main dining rooms: Boticelli, Da Vinci and Michaelangelo. On this voyage, the main dining menu offered a left side fixed menu and a right side changing menu. The “Princess favorites” left side menu offered shrimp cocktail, ceasar salad, potato soup, fettucini, salmon, chicken and a burger. The changing “right side” menu featured, among others, Prime rib, salmon, lamb, red snapper, trout, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, lobster tail, pheasant, duck, jerk chicken, turkey, pork and chateaubriand just to start an impressive list. Disappointed dawgs who couldn’t get a reservation at the premium ($29 cover charge) Crown Grill may find consolation in the main dining room. Their menus list steak offerings for a price. With a little menu comparison, savvy dawgs can order a steak for $19 in the main dining room that dawgs pay $29 to eat in the premium Crown Grill. Surf and Turf ordered for $29 comes out of the same galley that dawgs pay $10 in addition to Crown Grill’s $29 cover charge. There were two formal nights, but I saw more dress shirt and ties than suits or tuxes; more dresses than gowns. Face it, better entertainers have more lucrative performance opportunities than a venerable cruise ship during the holidays. Princess Theater shows were enjoyable and impressive. Crown Princess booked a variety of live musicians to perform in venues on deck. Those live musicians attentive to the preferences of their audience enjoyed popularity; the clueless generally performed to nearly empty venues. There were some opportunities to dance, but often held on the small dance floor in the Wheelhouse Bar. For $20 half day/$40 full day/$200 full cruise, dawgs can access the extra padded lounges and tranquility of the Sanctuary. Located far forward, the sail cloth awning provides little protection from less favorable weather and wind. For the Princess VIP treatment, book a full suite. Pedigrees will be treated to a host of extras such as luxury bedding, complimentary laundry service, exclusive Club Class dining, complimentary Lotus Spa thermal suite access and priority services. Sea Dawg Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this sailing because of the excellent itinerary. Often times it is hard to find a sailing that visits these ports. The Crown Princess was a huge disappointment. The negatives first. We have sailed Princess numerous times in the ... Read More
We chose this sailing because of the excellent itinerary. Often times it is hard to find a sailing that visits these ports. The Crown Princess was a huge disappointment. The negatives first. We have sailed Princess numerous times in the past, but this was our first experience on the Crown and most likely our last. Our biggest complaint was the food temperatures. Food particularly at buffets on Lido were consistently cold for the entire 10 days. We found that we needed things heated up, which some of the staff were reluctant to do. I am not spoiled I can eat warm food, but I worry about food borne illness that can occur from foods not being kept at the right temperatures. We even watched a cook adding milk to mash potatoes on the buffet while passenger were trying to get some. He stated to the passenger that he needed to add the milk as the potatoes were dried out. Personally I would think new fresh potatoes would be in order. Thankfully, there was pizza, tacos and hamburgers available during the day as they were prepared to order and always hot. Sadly though I do not eat a lot of that type of food but this trip found it necessary. The main dining room was not much better than Lido buffets. Service was poor and slow. Our wait staff were not engaged with any passengers and appeared to be overworked. Menu selection was ok, not great. Got undercooked fish one night, pasta that was just warm another night. As far as the bedding in the cabin, they seem to have gone way too soft or my bed was just out of shape. They put a board under it, but did not help as you sunk in the middle as if it were an old worn out mattress. They said it was all new bedding, funny we were on the Caribbean Princess a few months earlier and that bedding was new too and had no problems. Our complaints to cabin steward, food service and front desk were only recognized by the front desk, but never resolved. The positives: Itinerary was great. Captain even extended time in one port which was a plus. Casino staff some of the best. They were friendly, pit bosses were engaged and made for a great time. Shops on board staff were excellent and friendly. The Crab Shack was great in every way including hot food. We will sail Princess again, but it will take a lot for us to try the Crown again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
-The cabin and common spaces were well laid out and polished. -The service was overall very good. -Evening entertainment was mixed, both very good and some average -The daily programmes were good but scheduling was not well ... Read More
-The cabin and common spaces were well laid out and polished. -The service was overall very good. -Evening entertainment was mixed, both very good and some average -The daily programmes were good but scheduling was not well thought out. eg last day had a lot of interesting things but the day before last was boring. -Large outdoor movie screen by one of the pool decks was great. -My kids 19-23 enjoyed the cruise thoroughly as there were plenty in their age group even though the bulk of the crowds were old. -Shore excursions were ridiculously expensive especially if you are a family of 5. How about some family rates instead of pp rates please? Go with local tour operators at less than half the price. 6 shore stops on this 10-day cruise, very good. -Buffet food and snacks were good but food menu and quality in main dining halls were patchy and mostly average. exception the creme brulee. -Fitness area was large and good, some Norwegian and RCI ships can have small areas. However, the spa was as with all these ships very expensive - avoid. Good nightclub layout but music /DJ average. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Its vacation made better! The opputunites that arise are not some you would see often so its like the saying goes. Travel while You can as your money will always return! Its about the expierence and what it does for you. This how ever was ... Read More
Its vacation made better! The opputunites that arise are not some you would see often so its like the saying goes. Travel while You can as your money will always return! Its about the expierence and what it does for you. This how ever was my third cruise and again!! Some how! it was made even better then the first two but they were still amazing experiences and thats simply because princess strides for nothing but the best! My first ever cruise was this year as well so it just shows how life changing it can be or has been for Me anyways. The photos speak for them selves. It just goes to show any princess cruise is well worth every penny as no one else can provide such an unforgettable time! (Dolphins,Stingrays,Sea lions,) with nice calm relaxing travelling to the Caribbeans Islands and so much more! I thank you once again princess cruises! You are the Top Cruise Line in my books! Its something i will be able to share and remember for the rest of my Life. But that also means i will be back! N thats what counts the most! Providing such a great time that everyone want ones to keep coming back, heck id live on one of the ships if it was possible! In good Time I will be back! Last but not least I Highly recommend princess cruises if you never have before! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Picked this cruise for the Itinerary and heard good thing about Princess, Unfortunately we must of got a poor result as the food was poor in the main dining room, entertainment finished to early for the late diners, ship looked tired in ... Read More
Picked this cruise for the Itinerary and heard good thing about Princess, Unfortunately we must of got a poor result as the food was poor in the main dining room, entertainment finished to early for the late diners, ship looked tired in places, smaller staterooms than we were used to, this was my 10th cruise and I probably would not go on a Princess cruise again, we had a relaxing time as we wanted but there were far to many negatives with this particular ship. We did like the fact we could get on at 11.30 and Fort Lauderdale was a good port to go from, adult only pool is only available if you pay for it in the Sanctuary, on our cruise being holiday time it had plenty or children running about in both open pools, we didn't struggle to get sun beds which was a positive, glad to see deck attendants removing saved beds quickly, entertainment was good, nightclub is massive only night we saw more than 10 people there was xmas eve, as usual DJ didn't say more than a few words, Our ports of call were good and we enjoyed them, still find it painful how much we have to pay for WIFI, $150for a 10n day cruise when I need to keep in touch with home & work, drinks package I wanted was $60 per day which I didn't purchase [beer only] I like a drink but that was off my radar, seemed food was biased to seafood which I don't eat, having cruised several times before this was by far the worse food I have eaten in a main dining room, staff are very good as most ships are but when the dining room was busy they struggled to keep everyone happy, overall we had a nice relaxing cruise which didn't spoil our holiday but we would not go on this ship again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Great Discounted price for a cruise during Xmas. Nice long 10 day cruise with 6 ports. The ship is very large with plenty of activities on board. There is food all the time on the ship which is not just limited to pizza and hot dogs ... Read More
Great Discounted price for a cruise during Xmas. Nice long 10 day cruise with 6 ports. The ship is very large with plenty of activities on board. There is food all the time on the ship which is not just limited to pizza and hot dogs like on other ships. Perhaps the ship we have sailed for service which was perfect. However, the forward cabins on the lower decks are subject to huge wave crashing sounds that I have never experienced on other cruise ships. So loud that it was beyond acceptable in regular ocean waves. While the ship was extremely stable, the cabins took a huge hit in noise from the crashing sounds. I feel this is a designed flaw in the ship since even the folks about 20 cabins in back of us heard the huge sounds. I could understand this problem in a storm but this ship is so big that we should minor wave sounds. I heard of other notes on cruise critic about the noise issue. It depends upon where the ship runs. It could also be a function of unusual ocean currents on our particular cruise but I have no way of testing that issue. The lido deck is nice but there are cabins on the mid to forward side of lido deck (food and entertainment). That hallway where the cabins are is a huge traffic flow of folks so I would avoid deck 15 cabins unless they are forward only. The midship cabins are going to be noisy with tons of guests using them to get food on the lido deck. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was my eleventh cruise but my first on a Princess ship. I'd heard very good things about Princess, so despite the higher cost I'd decided to try them. However, my family's experience on board certainly did not justify the higher ... Read More
This was my eleventh cruise but my first on a Princess ship. I'd heard very good things about Princess, so despite the higher cost I'd decided to try them. However, my family's experience on board certainly did not justify the higher ticket price and our experience overall ranked as less enjoyable than the vast majority of our previous cruising experiences. These are some of the issues that contributed to our dissatisfaction. Aggressive AC in common areas of the ship. The very low temperatures made it too cold for us to sit for long in the dining rooms, theatre or other common areas even though we wore long pants, sweaters and jackets. Our stateroom was a really bad joke. It was meant to be ocean view but in fact was lifeboat view. This was despite booking 11 months ahead at full cost and being promised a cabin upgrade. The pillows were all feather and gave me no support, thus preventing me from getting comfortable and stopping me from falling asleep. I'd asked for foam pillows as soon as I checked in but none were available. The duvet/comforther was a heavyweight winter tog made of some synthetic material, but the AC in the bedroom was weak and I kept overheating. These bed issues prevented me falling asleep or staying asleep thus making me chronically tired. In addition the bedside cabinet drawers were so stiff that I could not use them. The food was significantly below average for cruise ships. I am far from a fussy eater but could barely stomach some of the food that I tasted. However, this was a blessing for me since I lost around two pounds over the ten days cruise, despite drinking alcohol. The entertainment was frankly boring. The evening performances were mostly singing, there was no dancing, circus or magic. The movies under the stars were very badly selected. On the last evening there was such a boring documentary about 4 dames, that not a single person was left watching after 30 minutes. The teens club had such a nasty Ukrainian woman as counsellor, that my kids decided on the first day that they would no longer attend. In any event there were no decent teens activities scheduled. All in all, a lacklustre experience for which I significantly overpaid. Read Less
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 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.5 3.9
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

Find a Crown Princess Cruise