Crown Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

A Great Ship

Sail Date: May 21, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

The Crown Princess was an amazing ship. This being our 9th cruise, the staff was the best! The food was good, and the ship was clean and always well maintained. The only draw back to the ship was the rooms are smaller then other ships. We had a Mini Suite, and was surprised by the room space. My in-laws had an ocean view and thiers was very small. But, what it might lack in space, it more then makes up with lots of areas to sit and relax, in other parts of the ship.

Pros: The Staff/Ship

Cons: "Hotel Charge

Recommends Crown Princess? Yes!

Food and Dining
Never had a problem finding food. The Cafe' on deck 5, had amazing desserts and quick sandwiches. We kept to traditional dinning, we like that the best. However we did try out the Crown Grill. We thought it was good but, thought the cover charge of $25 per person a bit high.
Entertainment
If you are looking for a ship for the teens, this is not it. They have a lot scheduled but, mainly for the older crowd. They had ping pong almost everyday which my father in-law loved! He won a gold medal so I guess he would love it. Movies under the stars at night, was just plain cool. When it wasn't raining, we were there most everynight. There is some cover to watch the movie, but very little. During the day, we stayed out of that area and went to a quieter part of the ship.....The entertainment in the Princess Theater, was not to our likeing. One of the shows, we should have got up and left. A Round the World, was vulgar and was not needed. However, the comedians were mostly clean and very good. This also had the smallest theater of all the ships we have been on. Not sure what they were thinking.....so get there early.
Ship Quality
Ship layout can be confusing at first. Only decks 7 and 15 go through the whole ship. Once we had that figured out, it was great!
Cabin / Stateroom
Room smaller then most ships for the price. Great state room steward. The best we have ever had out of 9 cruises. Location was in the middle of the boat. The only draw back was that anyone can look onto our balcony from above. The mini suits are farther out over the boat then any of the rooms with a balcony. And there isn't any cover. Good, you get the sun more, bad for privacy and rain.
Service and Staff
With the exception of the "Hotel Charge" folks we had to talk to, everyone was great! If you choose this ship, and want to tip on your own, you can't go to the purser's desk and have the charge removed from your card as other ships do, they send you up to another deck and you have to sit with two folks that try and talk you into keeping it on your card. Be careful they are not honest with you. They don't call it a "tip or gratuity" they call it a hotel charge.....isn't that what you paid to get on the ship! Anyway, just check it out for yourself......we noticed lots of folks tipping on their on, the last day.
But, for the most part, the staff was always friendly. As a matter of fact, we have never seen a more friendly and upbeat staff overall, on any other ship!
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Have been here a few times. Fort is great....but, be prepared to walk.
Don't Miss: Creamery ice cream shop right off the per, has amazing ice cream.
Grand Turk Island
We spent the money to go to the Govs. beach. We traveled in a kiddie train (not kidding) that you couldn't even get you knees in without turning sideways. The snorkeling was ok, but, it was a waste of money. Next time we will just get off the ship with no tour becaues they have a beach and pool right at the port....so much nicer.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Loved St Johns Trunk Bay......and we also went to Megans beach before. Both places are great. Shopping is getting so touristy that we didn't do much here.
Don't Miss: Trunk Bay or Megans Beach
Hamilton, Bermuda
We both enjoyed the down town area. You can get a ferry or a bus, for $4 right off the ship and it will take you to Hamilton for some shopping and walking around. But, be very careful, if you take the bus back, you will see more of the sites, but be prepared for an hour trip back. Leave yourself plenty of time to make it back to the ship. And, if you use the buses to get off at Horse shoe or any other beach, you might not be able to get back on a bus, as the buses were very full at the stops. They fill up in Hamilton and they take off on their route. We saw many folks come back by way of taxi. $$ At the dock is the Maritime Museum. We would like to see more of that the next time we go.


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