Crown Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser

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4-6 cruises

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3

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3 out of 5

Adequate Cruise.........................

Sail Date: February 02, 2008

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

20% plus of the folks on the cruise were staying for a second week, we said no way. It wasn't really because of the ship it was more of the false pretenses that are put on.
Several years ago we boarded a princess cruise that had the wave pool near the front of the ship, it now costs $10pp per day to enjoy this.
We made reservations at Sabatinis and the steak house both an additional $20 and $25 pp extra.
The first night we made our way to a main dining room, although a major complaint getting to this room without going outside in the harsh wind was that you had to go down several decks, up one, walk down past rooms, go back up and then find the restaurant. Too much up and down.
I had Toronados of steak that you could see through, the next night I chose the NY Steak, unbelievable amount of sodium in the sauce on the steak, where their chefs overseeing the tastes of this?
I suppose people look at this and go "ooh and ahh" because these are the same folks who have to pay for dessert and appetizers at a restaurant.
Sabettinis was a let down, adequate service, food was no better and maybe even less than the main dining room. We had noticed that there was never anyone in the steak house for the extra $25 pp, after Sabettinis we canceled the steak house.
Aahhh but when the restaurants are open for the dinner, the small buffet at the back of the ship was open we discovered. Whats this, fried shrimp, shrimp cocktail, crab legs, beef wellington!. After the pool we grabed a plate of shrimp went back to the room, snacked changed and went back to the buffet. I asked, and got a 3" thick piece of Wellington, shrimp, sides, man this was better than the main dining!
Even the day we left the ship we ate at the main dining area, couldn't bite the muffins they were so hard, coffee non existant, get off the ship please!
Years ago the "foreigners" working the ship, you know, the Romanians, Slavs, were more attentive, this time it felt like we were bothering them.
Superbowl under the stars was ok, no fanfair at all for the game, cold hotdogs that I took 2 bites out of fearing sickness and when explaining this to the young foreign attendant that the food was cold, she had no clue!!!!
On NCL last year in Hawaii for superbowl, they did it up big with Horsd'oeurves, necklaces and much more.
Movies under the stars was great except for having to sit in deck chairs that are like rocks.
Being in the catering business the customer and quality of the food comes first, these folks just get buy with the staff. The only English speaking folks were the pursers and some officers who you only saw at the beginning and end of the voyage.

Pros: Movies under the stars

Cons: Main dining rooms

Recommends Crown Princess? Yes!

Oranjestad, Aruba
I'd come back here without a cruise....remember the taxi/ferry costs on St Johns, here the local bus roundtrip for 2 was $4
Basseterre, St. Kitts
THank goodness I picked a excursion on shore with an open air bus rather that an enclosed small or large bus with "air conditioning" having come from a very cold climate! Hey, governor or who ever runs the place, pay some people to clean up the streets and roads, you get enough in port taxes don't you?????????? Most people looked near death lazily sitting in their chairs.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
THank goodness I picked a excursion on shore with an open air bus rather that an enclosed small or large bus with "air conditioning" having come from a very cold climate! Hey, governor or who ever runs the place, pay some people to clean up the streets and roads, you get enough in port taxes don't you?????????? Most people looked near death lazily sitting in their chairs.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Went straight to St Johns beaches, $24pp one way, for 2 thats $96 dollars transportation costs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't Miss: St Thomas still looks like a garbage dump
St. George's, Grenada
Mass of humanity...take a tour, good luck moving in traffic. You can get better deal on spices near the ship rather than the "Dots" recommended by the ship, although it was fun getting there thru the tunnel. Going to the fort was fun.
St. George's, Grenada
Mass of humanity...take a tour, good luck moving in traffic. You can get better deal on spices near the ship rather than the "Dots" recommended by the ship, although it was fun getting there thru the tunnel. Going to the fort was fun.
Oranjestad, Aruba
I'd come back here without a cruise....remember the taxi/ferry costs on St Johns, here the local bus roundtrip for 2 was $4
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Went straight to St Johns beaches, $24pp one way, for 2 thats $96 dollars transportation costs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't Miss: St Thomas still looks like a garbage dump
Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality
Paying to get into a hotel beach was a negative.
Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality
Paying to get into a hotel beach was a negative.


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