bumpercarr

bumpercarr
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Hometown: Tularosa, NM
Joined: 03/02/2015
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Crown Princess

December 2016 - Crown Princess to Panama Canal, Central America

Not much of an experience

The Princess experience has been going downhill for the past couple of cruises that we have done with them and the Crown Princess was no exception.  Embarkation was disorganized and slow, even though we didn't arrive early at all.  We were upgraded from an ocean view to a balcony stateroom, which was nice but it caused confusion with our luggage and key cards.  Those things were resolved fairly quickly.  

 

The entertainment model that Princess has adopted leaves much to be desired.  Honestly, it was more entertaining watching the passengers fight over seats in the Princess Theater than watching the shows.  The bars are empty, there is no music or action to be found anywhere before 9 o'clock except in the Atrium.  About once a day, their will be music or something else entertaining around the pool.  Otherwise, the Princess Patter is filled with sale opportunities at the spa/fitness center, reminders about getting your portraits done, art auctions.  Just for good measure there is a slot tournament, bingo, trivia and possibly a poker tournament once a day.  So, if you expect to be entertained, sail with someone else.

The food was good in the dining room, marginal in the buffet.   There was never anyplace to sit in the buffet area at breakfast or lunch but there were lots of folks taking up tables to play cards or other games.  I don't know if they need to be gently nudged to one of the bar areas that are empty or what the answer might be, but it is difficult to appreciate your food when you spend a great deal of time fighting to get it (third buffet wasn't opened after the first or second day) and then have to fight to get a seat.

The service was also marginal in almost all of the bar areas.  Most of the time, the areas would be listed in the Patter as being open, but there was no staff anywhere to serve you a drink or a bartender to make one.  I did notice that some of the staff seemed to be covering more than one venue.

Anyway, Princess you need to take a hard look at the cuts your making.  I think I'm a Platinum that may not be coming back anytime soon.

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Golden Princess

September 2015 - Golden Princess to South Pacific

Something just wasn't quite right

For the most part, the cruise went as expected.  However, it seemed from the moment we arrived on the ship that there was something not quite up to par with the staff.  I found the room stewards to be a surly lot, rarely smiling and it was difficult to even get a "good morning" out of them.  The bar staff (there were specific individuals that were great) seemed to wander around the bar/deck/casino aimlessly, rarely stopping and asking if you needed anything.  The food was mediocre in the dining room, the pizza was wonderful, the food at the buffet was barely edible most of the time.

As far as our ports went, Hawaii was very nice, Papeete was a major disappointment, Bora Bora would have been a disappointment had it not been for the wonderful tour that we booked (not Princess), Pago Pago was also a disappointment.  All of our stops in New Zealand were wonderful, it was a shame that we missed Akaroa as we were really looking forward to it.  The scenic cruising was beautiful, the onboard ranger very informative.  Sydney is a beautiful city, clean and safe, we just did the hop on hop off bus and the Sunday market in The Rocks since we only had one day there.

Huge kudos to the public area cleaning staff.  This ship was by far the cleanest ship that I've ever been on.  I expected that the facilities would degrade as the passengers were onboard for so many sea days.  Every day, the ship fairly sparkled.

Overall, I’d give this cruise a 3 ½....not terribly bad, but not as good as other Princess cruises that we have enjoyed.

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