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Crown Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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2,116 Reviews

Ship was ok. I would be willing to sail on the Crown again, if necessary

Crown Princess Cruise Review by shipplane

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cruising with my friends, all 65+ I wanted a warm Caribbean destination to escape winter. Due to weather and an engine problem that was known before sailing, we skipped 3 islands out of 5. Princess was nice and gave us credit for future sailings. No complaints there.

The food was mostly good to very good. Desserts were disappointing in the buffet. At dinner, they were a little better. The soft serve ice cream, always available on the pool deck is your best bet. And lets talk about the Horizon buffet. Food was varied and tasty (except desserts) but it wins the award for poorest design. As an early riser I have been in there when there are only 6 guests and we were still bumping into each other. Never had that much of a problem on other ships. Just a poor layout.

Exercise room has everything you need. The big complaint was it does not open until 7 AM. Also they only have a limited number of exercise bikes which the older Princess crowd needs. They spent a lot of money on spin bikes which are only used once a day for a class while we had to stand in line to get on a conventional exercise bike.

Staff was excellent and friendly. Entertainment was just ok. Comedians were good.

For a ship built in 2006, I would have expected a smarter design. Big issue was on some stairs/elevators, you can't get to all the lower decks from deck 6 and higher. Even after 10 days, we still sometimes were making the mistake of getting on the wrong stairs.

This ship has been converted to one of their Medallion Class vessels. Loved it. Getting on and off ship is a breeze. Had a little bit of trouble setting up but there were plenty of staff to help. No more key card to get in and out of cabin. Also, you can order food and beverage to be delivered to you. The Medallion knows your exact location. You can also find your friends on the ship and an easy to follow map to get you to their location. There is a feature that allows you to "chat" with friends on board. Only complaint is that you have to have the app open and looking at it to see messages from ship board friends. No other notice that someone has sent you a message. You can also see your ship account. When you order your Medallion, which is water proof, a free lanyard to hang around your neck comes with it. Try it, maybe you won't mind it. We did not like it, it was too long and got in the way. We bought the wrist bands on board the ship. Worth the $12 each.

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We had an "obstructed View" room. Life boat was in the way. That was OK, knew it when booking cabin. The bed was comfortable and the linens and pillows were of excellent quality. Room was clean and worked well for us, except not enough outlets to plug in all of our electronic gadgets. This was a pain. When new ships are built hope this issue is taken into account. The toiletries provided are good and restocked as needed. Steward kept the cabin clean and towels refreshed twice a day. Bathroom shower was ok. Shower still has a curtain rather than glass. Some other cruise lines now have designed their shower stalls with glass doors.

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