My first cruise didn't meet expectations

Crown Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Crown Princess

Sail Date: April 01, 2009

Ship: Crown Princess

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Review Summary

Crown Princess...the ship had ALOT of dead end trails: you walk up and down and around and end at a dead end! They charged you for every little thing.. and add a tip to everything....$4.60 for a can of soda!! They should furnish you at least 1 glass of soda or lemonade with every meal. Charge you to go ashore ! Nickle and dime you everywhere. Front desk and steward didn't have any answers to any questions we asked them. No one warned you about taxes/limits for ashore purchases. Shows repeated themselves the following nite. 2 comics, 1 magic show, 3 song and dance shows--that was it for 2 stage areas...Spa was outrageously priced--double what you pay in the states.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Greasy; limited variety--esp./ breakfast (ate oatmeal and frosted flakes the last 3 days). Lunch was also limited selections. Had one edible dessert the whole trip--the pastry chef should be fired and replaced before the next cruise !!

Entertainment

3 out of 5
They had variety, yes

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
seemed to offer alot

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Cruise director and his staff were very annoying...voice/tone/phoniness.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
My wife fell near the pool area because there is always water everywhere--not attended to.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
As stated, steward barely spoke English and certainly didn't understand it---although he was very nice otherwise.

Ports Of Call

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5
Very scummy island, inc. shopping area.
Don't Miss: Don't miss a taxi back to the ship--it's a long and dangerous walk otherwise

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
water was beautiful...You don't go anywhere--it's a dinky island.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Many shops to bargain in--don't pay more than 1/3rd the starting listed price

Princess Cays (Cruise Line Private Island)

1 out of 5
Buffet served was horrible
Don't Miss: Don't miss the free cold water every 50 feet...

Pros: Movies under the stars, Grand Turks and other ports

Cons: All the nickle and diming; the food overall was average at best

Recommends Crown Princess? No.

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