Crown Princess - TransAtlantic Crossing Spring 2017

Crown Princess Cruise Review to Europe

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Reviews: 3
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Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Crown Princess

Western Europe Passage

Sail date: April 08, 2017

Ship: Crown Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B624

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

Crown Princess, built in 2006, refurbished in 2011 (we thought again in 2015 but going into dry dock next year) lacked the enclosed protection over the pool which we could have really used.  Both the Balcony and the room was very small, dated and worn out and the shower was super tiny.  Laundry facilities were available on almost every floor which was a huge plus for a TransAtlantic Crossing.

 

Staff was wonderful and we loved that they had "Happy Hours" that were BOGO for $1.00 (3 times each day but we only did it 4 times.)  International Cafe was free pastries and sandwiches; coffee and/or hot chocolate was $1.67, gelato also but for 3 big scoops. Captain's night was Champagne and Mimosa's. 

 

Buffet Cafe not very good as they were inclined to serve the same items for several days in a row and choices were not that great.  Omelets had to be ordered delivered so were generally cold. Breakfast and Lunch in the Dining Room had limited menus.  Dinners were excellent and the Servers and the Service were awesome.  

 

Entertainment was mediocre and activities were inclined to be somewhat limited other than Zumba, Line Dance and BallRoom Dance Lessons for me, silly games and of course Karaoke. But talks, which are hugely popular were scarce. "Movies Under the Stars" were 3 times a day but it was too cold to even think about it.  The movies were excellent and showed the next day in one of the lounges and then again the following day on TV in the room.

 

We talked to well traveled Princess guests who had the same problem with the ship - even those that had been on it before.  So, thinking the ship is tired and the crew in addition to the ship needs a "lift." 

 

The Captain was fabulous.  Very vocal, kept us informed, and kept the ship steady even in a "following sea" and winds of over 40 knts.  Days at port were all pleasant and sunny with Ponte Delgada in the 70's, Lisbon and Bilbao in the 60's and LeHavre in the 50's.  Loved Ponte Delgada (Azores) and Bilbao, Spain.  Lisbon is a huge Metropolis, congested and prone to pick pocketingWe took the Hop On / Hop Off (HOHO) bus and used it as a tour, never getting off.  The Shuttle to town in LeHavre was 32 euros (roundtrip for 2) I thought was rather steeply priced.

 

 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Evening Dining was Fabulous; Buffet was Mediocre as was the cafeteria line set up and the same choices many days in a row. Pizza station outside was inconvenient for TransAtlantic Crossing as the weather was chilly and very windy.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Enjoyed Karaoke, Zumba, Line Dancing and Dance Lesson. Movies were current tho viewing was mostly limited to lounges since the "Movie Under The Stars" was not successful given a TransAtlantic crossing. Easter Sunday decorations were awesome

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The STATIC band was fabulous and entertaining catering to the age group of the clientele on board. Theatre entertainment was mediocre. Entertainment staff were all delightful.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our dinner servers were spectacular. Lena Liepkova was absolutely delightful; described each of the dishes on the menu, mentioning personal choices, many using the dialect of the country being featured and went above an beyond in every aspect. Entertainment Staff were all delightful.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
There were many signs for "Out of Order" or "Under Maintenance" reflecting the wear and tear of the boat and the need for it to go into dry dock. Hated the design of the Cafeteria/Buffet. All other cruise lines we have been on had a more open space with carving stations and specific areas (i.e. desert; salad; sandwiches, etc.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin was a disappointment - small balcony, small room, tiny shower and room was dated and well worn. Didn't bother taking pictures - wasn't worth it.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Ponta Delgada, Azores

5 out of 5

Lisbon, Portugal

3 out of 5
Lisbon is a very large city and with it are greater chances of pick pocketing which people did experience. The ship warns of this and it should be adhered to.

Bilbao, Spain

5 out of 5
Beautiful ride into downtown as was the city itself but a bit overwhelming to get acclimated to by using the provided maps alone.

Le Havre (Paris), France

3 out of 5
If you want to just go into town you should take the shuttle (but at 8 euros each way) or a cab (7 euros) as walking is doable but not encouraged.

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5
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