Crown Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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7+ cruises

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3 out of 5

A wonderful break from reality

Sail Date: June 23, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

This was only the second cruise for the Crown Princess, and the first time the ship/crew sailed this itinerary which may explain some problems. The Shore Excursion desk staff had limited knowledge of options for non-tour based options. The immigration process into San Juan was a nightmare - waited for 1.5 hours in a line that stretched the length of the ship 2x to be "processed" (all passengers on ship were cleared through ONE lounge?!?). Food was good overall, but the design of the buffet was less than optimal (lots of bumping into passengers without enough room to move between food "bars"). What's with paying for ice cream? 3000+ passengers and the Snowball Jackpot Bingo pot was only $2500 after a 9-day cruise? Good sized casino and a good casino staff. Anytime dining can be good or bad depending on your preferences. This was a good cruise overall, but less than I expected from a Princess Cruise - they could learn a lot from the 2003 crew assigned to the Regal Princess that sailed the Baltic.

Pros: 4 days at sea allows for true relaxation

Cons: Immigration at San Juan, Puerto Rico was a nightmare

Grand Turk Island
The ship docks almost on the beach and the pool/cruise center is well-designed. Nice lounge chairs and a pretty area. We could have used another 2h at the site.
Don't Miss: Snorkling - the tropical fish (including the barracuda and shark) are outstanding.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Immigration has to be improved - wasted a LOT of time waiting to get off the boat.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Immigration has to be improved - wasted a LOT of time waiting to get off the boat.
Grand Turk Island
The ship docks almost on the beach and the pool/cruise center is well-designed. Nice lounge chairs and a pretty area. We could have used another 2h at the site.
Don't Miss: Snorkling - the tropical fish (including the barracuda and shark) are outstanding.
Royal Naval Dockyard, West End, Bermuda
The cruise line should avoid going into this port on Sundays - this really limited the options for the passengers. If you want to hire your own cab to tour the island, don't expect one to agree to do this ship-side, you'll have to take the ferry across the bay to try to find one in the city; the cab drivers ship-side would rather move passengers between the ship and beaches to increase their income.
Royal Naval Dockyard, West End, Bermuda
The cruise line should avoid going into this port on Sundays - this really limited the options for the passengers. If you want to hire your own cab to tour the island, don't expect one to agree to do this ship-side, you'll have to take the ferry across the bay to try to find one in the city; the cab drivers ship-side would rather move passengers between the ship and beaches to increase their income.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas


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