If going to Glacier Bay, have breakfast in room & view glaciers from comfort of your own balcony. Park Rangers board the ship & provide narration that can be heard on TV Channel 45. Beautiful classical music plays between narrations & assists in communing with nature at this pristine spot.
Take warm clothes and binoculars for this trip
The Crown is a fantastic ship. I particularly like the fact that it's not gaudy, not full of irritating colors and not a carnival at sea. Instead the colors are muted, the wood trim is elegant and the crew and staff are well trained and extremely obliging. Try the Crown Grill at least one night.
Princess Cruise's loyalty programs keep their passengers loyal. All else being equal, I'm pretty locked in (going for the Black Card) - River Cruises excluded.
Try to buy excursion tours, especially for penguins at Puerto Madryn and Stanley, from local companies, as Princess tours are overpriced. Also, get to theater early, as it completely fills up.
Take advantage of the Princess Patter that gave the schedule of events and shows, etc. They were awesome shows, games, etc!
As stated above, a balcony cabin is almost a must for the Alaska cruise. On recommendations, we got a cabin mid-ship, and that turned out to be smart. We weren't too far from anything, and the ride there was smooth. Correction on the picture of the chefs: they were preparing fruit, not dessert.
The ship was great, however, the 3,400 number of passengers was a bit too large for us, especially the waiting time for anytime dining!
Go to trivia games - it's a great way to make new friends
Take early seating, Traditional Dining, we got a table in a corner, by a window with a wonderful view. Had great wait staff, not rushed, remembered our preferences. If we didn't finish all the wine, bottle was served next night. Great Food. Time to go to the first show in the Princess Theater.
Pay for the Thermal Spa. $199 for a couple and the highlight of our cruise.
The Vine wine cafe is great. Right off the atrium and you get individually prepared sushi or tapas with your drink order. Also the buffet is not great. Better option the international cafe off the atrium which has great pastries and soups and sandwiches.
The Crown Princess is a fantastic ship... there is so much to do, or nothing at all if you just want to relax. even though there were thousands of people on the cruise.. you never felt like you were in a crowd... many times you were in areas of the ship where you didn't see anyone..lol Great food!
The Crown Princess is elegant and tasteful. The food is wonderful as well as the entertainment. The ship is well cared for and clean and the service is top-notch. I will be back...
For example: The Crown is a fantastic ship. I particularly like the fact that it's not gaudy, not full of irritating colors and not a carnival at sea. Instead the colors are muted, the wood trim is elegant and the crew and staff are well trained and extremely obliging. Try the Crown Grill at least one night.
Crown Princess is a very nicely decorated ship - impressive wall decorations - bars and restaurants very nice - Much better than the gaudy Carnival Cruise ships we've been on many times.
Wonderful experience at the Italian restaurant .
Book speciality restuarant a.s.a.p. they fill up quick!
Fettuccini and Bellini puree were delish! Order the Dirty Monkey drink, YUM!
binoculars are nice. This is one where a balcony is very much better.