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Crown Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Crown Princess Cruise Review by GeorgiaKnitter

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2020
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We picked this cruise for the itinerary and length of cruise. My initial thought was that Princess and Celebrity are about on par, which really is not the case.

Likes:

Ship and Entertainment: There are lots of little hidden spots to find a place to sit and relax. The entertainment is really good on Princess and there are lots of little venues to see the entertainment. Lots of music and all genres. Very nice.

Food: The breakfast buffet was always good, Slice Pizza and the coffee shop were excellent. We did the Chef's Table and it was wonderful. Additional charge, but well worth the money.

Room: We had a Veranda room with a fairly large balcony and the closets are good sized. Beds are great. The bathroom is very small, but how much time do you spend in the bathroom?

Medallion: The Medallion and the Medallion App is the innovation that takes Princess into the next 10 years. Getting into the room, having the staff know your name and be able to help you and also the Medallion App so that you can find your shipmates at see is really a step above. No more running around in a circle trying to find people.

Staff: Room Staff was great. In general, the staff was excellent.

Dislikes: The food in the MDR was not as good on Princess. By the end of the cruise, my stomach was really sore from eating the food and not because I ate a lot, just the quality was not great. The MDR just was not up to snuff.

Beverage Package: We bought the Premium Beverage package at full price. Definitely not worth it. My husband and I are moderate drinkers, but to break even on the beverage package, we would have to drink between 6 -7 cocktails a day and specialty coffees, etc...That was doable for me on the sea days, but on port days, I think we lost money.

We are mid to late 50s and most of the people on the ship were mid to late 70s.

Itinerary: The ship had mechanical issues and missed one port and arrived late in others. That is really not cool.

In general, with the Beverage Package, this cruise was about $1500 more than a comparable Celebrity and IMO, Celebrity has better food, ship is better maintained, and time spent in ports is longer. There are good things about both cruise lines, personally I will prefer to go back to Celebrity.


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Cabin Review

Balcony

Very nice. The balcony is larger, the beds are very nice, good size for closets. Bathrooms are very small.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We have gone out of Ft Lauderdale 3 times. Take a hotel shuttle or shuttle from FLL and it is very easy. Should be 10 - 15 USD per person

Snorkeling

The bus to take us to the snorkel boat was late by 20 mins, then the boat was late by 40 mins. We were waiting for an hour before we even got on the boat. This was a 4 hour tour and the wait time was just taken into account. Would not use again.

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Snorkeling

Took a Champagne Snorkeling tour and was fantastic. Would do that again in a heartbeat.

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Lame. It was a tour of downtown Bonaire in an open air Trolley. We had been to Bonaire before and then took a taxi to Coco Beach.

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St. Thomas

Took a taxi to Megans' Bay. Rented Chairs and it was beautiful. Then went shopping downtown. Nice day. But due to maintenance issues on boat, the port time was cut short. :(

Grand Turk

Would not go back again. We went out off the cruise ship and rented chairs and went in the water. If we go back, I would definitely book an excursion because the water is great, but there is not much in Grand Turk to do or see.


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