Crown Princess Cruise Review by eponine1974
- Sail Date: December 2008
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
The ship had just come out of two weeks of dry dock, and let me tell you, the crew used this excuse for just about everything. It was obvious it was a brand new crew that had likely never worked together, because nothing seemed to gel. In addition, things that should have been taken care of while in dry dock, like replacing burnt out light bulbs in cabins and deck fixtures, were not.
The food was TERRIBLE. The buffet was so awful that by the last day, we were taking one bite of everything just to eat something. And since they usually only had one or two of the four SMALL buffets open, it was always packed, so getting your food took forever. There were very few healthy choices, especially for breakfast. Everything, eggs included, were swimming in oil. And all the meat was pork, which my fiance and I don't eat! No beef or turkey sausage or bacon. (We even learned that the meat sauce used in the pasta dishes AND the meatloaf in the dining room were made with pork!!!!)
Dinner was not much better. Occasionally there would be something on the menu that had flavor, but it was rare. The menus were also un-inspired, especially the American themed dinner on the last night.
The best food on the ship came from the pizza parlor - IF you wanted to stand in line for thirty minutes to wait for it! While the 3 pizza makers worked their tails off, there just was not enough supply to meet demand, and the kids were ALWAYS in line.
And there is no free ice cream on the ship!!!! Unlike Royal Caribbean there is no 'round the clock soft serve yogurt....you have to PAY for soft serve!
We were on the ship during Christmas week, which also happened to be Hanukkah - but you'd never now it, despite having so many Jews on board. While the ship was decorated to the hilt for Christmas, there was one tiny menorah on deck 5, which I only noticed the last night we were onboard. The first night, my Aunt & Uncle went to the Hanukkah lighting service, and said it was a disgrace - they didn't even have a Menorah! And they definitely didn't have the latkes the Princess Patter promised. The excuse? "We were in Dry Dock, so we're not prepared." What kind of an answer is that???
The temperature in our cabins was ridiculously hot, even at the lowest air conditioning setting. My fiance's brother complained about his cabin being too warm, and was told by the front desk that his room had been checked via computer in the engine room and it was a perfect 21 degrees celsius, and therefore, it was fine. Well, it wasn't fine....it was HOT. They finally came to the cabin to "fix" the situation after 4 days of complaining.
And speaking of the cabins....they sure could use a facelift. They seemed tired, and the bedspreads looked like they were from the seventies. However, as compared to Royal Caribbean, there is more closet space in the Princess cabins.
Common areas were often dirty....bathrooms were not cleaned regularly. There did not appear to be a lot of cleaning staff on board.
Shows were ok - there was an illusionist on board, who was cool for the first few tricks, but it got old pretty fast. One night, which happened to be Christmas, the entertainer in the MAIN theater, a singer, appeared to be DRUNK, and kept rambling on about his echocardiogram....it was so bad that people were streaming out of the theater. We tried to complain, but nobody seemed to care. The crew show was fun. But the best entertainment on board was relegated to the last day in the piazza. It was an acapella doo-whop group that was outstanding - they should have been part of a show in the main theater, they were that good.
A few bright spots....Service in the dining room was EXCELLENT. Our family of 9 had late seating, and after the first night, our waiter and jr. waiter knew exactly what we liked and had the correct items waiting for us on the table. They rocked, as did our room steward.
It was nice that there were two smoke free nights in the casino, one being on a formal night, so your clothes don't smell terrible at the end of the evening.
We also loved that our group could open up our balcony partitions so that our balconies adjoined. That was cool. Oh, and we loved watching the old first season reruns (including the pilot) of Love Boat!!!!!
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