Crown Princess Cruise Review to U.S. - Pacific, Northwest

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1 out of 5

Buried at Sea!

Sail Date: May 03, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

Ship was nice, but the food was the 2nd worst we have had. Meats were tough, selections too exotic. Food should include some simple, good, common foods without fancy French names which does not make the food taste any better. Only food on Costa Cruise in the Med was worse. Entertainment was below average, except for the crew stage production which was excellent. The hypnotist's subjects were terrible. I don't know if it was the hypnotist or passenger ADD. Comedian was great and told clean jokes! After dinner, there was very little life on board. Seems that everyone went to bed after dinner and the show. Very few people on the dance floors. This cruise attracted alot of very old and physically challenged people which probably contributed to the lack of participation. I called before the trip to request a bed pad ("egg crate"), but was told they were all already taken. So, we bought and brought our own. Found that we did not need them as all the beds have been replaced with nice, comfortable ones. Asked for robes, but it took cabin attendant two more reminders and three days to get them. Asked for the room's ice bucket to be filled daily...was filled once during seven day trip. Unlike RCL, Celebrity, and other cruise lines, the ice cream machine is not out for self-services; you had to stand in line and get it from a server. There was no milk dispenser in the restaurants. The warm milk in a Thermos that was for the coffee drinkers was served when milk was requested. General note: Why do most cruise lines in the U.S. (including Princess) have English announcers that speak with a hard-to-understand English accent instead of having an American with an American accent do all the announcements? I am certain we could find people here that could do the job!

Ship Quality
Clean and well maintained
Food and Dining
Meats tough, food selection poor, no milk machine
Service and Staff
Cabin attendants changed in middle of cruise...needed to be reminded of requests
Hypnotist not so good; comedian great; dancing almost non-existent
Onboard Activities
Outdoor activities probably canceled due to rain and cold?
Destinations and Excursions


Make reservations in the dining room before going there to avoid lines. Buffets always had lines. If you like coffee/lattes, and plan to drink a lot, buy the punch card. Don't spend the extra money for the gourmet is just as bad.

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