Crown Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Good way to dive Caribbean

Sail Date: October 30, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Well-maintained ship for a cruise with a bit of cheese factor (e.g. a 4 pc orchestra playing a mix classics for the masses and musical hits.) Caters to a middle-America clientele, with solid efforts on all aspects of hospitality.

Pros: Pizza was as close as I've ever had in 25 yrs outside of NY to NY slice.

Cons: Princess does not have a non-smoking policy of any kind

Recommends Crown Princess? Yes!

Ship Quality
Sometimes felt a bit small; often table/chairs in public areas were full. Wind barriers also cut down on space on the top deck. However, all public areas were well-kept. The only problem was smoking. While smoking wasn't allowed in public areas indoors, it was allowed in all cabins and balconies and we had to always walk through smoky hallways. Room also smelled of stale smoke, which, despite sleeping with balcony door open, remained throughout the 7 days.
Food and Dining
Always seemed like attempts at haute cuisine that have been standardized and in huge portions. Anytime dining is good, but reservations for tables need to be made early or you're out of luck. Wines are actually not as pricey as one might expect - average restaurant prices and in several instances cheaper than buying in Duty Free at ports.
Cabin / Stateroom
Stale smoke smell made the room feel much more mediocre than it was. Size is ample - but could imagine it would be too small for the many fellow passengers who were noticeably overweight.
Service and Staff
Well-trained on standard operations, sometimes a bit on the obsequious side. Going above and beyond shouldn't come off that way. Managerial staff need to be trained to not yell at staff - at least not in front of passengers.
Movie theatre was comfortable and selection of films from mainstream Hollywood blockbusters. There could have been more, and someone needs to manage the sound levels. Options seemed to cater to what might be considered stereotypical cruise activities, and the courses were very limited.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Try snorkeling or scuba - the waters are clear and relaxing. Avoid using ship's contract operator if you want to avoid hoards of people on a dive boat. Tendered at 07:00 and setting sail at 16:00, there's plenty of time to use other operators and get back to the ship in good time.
Princess Cays (Cruise Line Private Island)
Nothing to do and you feel like the port was tacked on so Princess can advertise the cruise as 7 days and generate additional revenue.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Divers/snorkelers who want to visit West Key of island need to take a good 40 min. drive from Mahogany Bay, but worth it to get out of the port. This cuts things close for getting back to the ship with a lot of time to spare.
Cozumel, Mexico
Palancar Reef/ El Cedral Wall. Docking at 07:00 and setting sail at 16:00, you have plenty of time to use a non-ship contracted operator.

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