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Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary (stops in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel) and the fact that it was recently refurbished. It was also a great price since we booked six months prior. This cruise was during our ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary (stops in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel) and the fact that it was recently refurbished. It was also a great price since we booked six months prior. This cruise was during our daughter's Spring Break as well as her 16th birthday. She was very excited to travel to so many Caribbean countries in one week. As for the ship itself, we took a Princess cruise to Alaska in 2013 and were very surprised to find the Caribbean Princess had the exact same layout as the one we sailed on then (don't recall the name). It made things easier to find as it was familiar to us, but it was slightly disappointing to feel like we'd been here before after so many years. We wanted an aft facing mini-suite but they were sold out even six months in advance, so we ended up midship. This was absolutely fine, but I think the aft facing provides the best views since you can see both side of the ship while in port. As for the food, the Coral and Islands dining rooms had good decor, great service, and a nice menu. We ate in the Crown dining room for our daughter's birthday and had excellent service and food (the filet Mignon was the best). Well worth the extra $29 per person. We also ate in Steamers, but weren't impressed. The menu is intentionally extremely limited (only clams or fried seafood, nothing broiled) and the placement of the restaurant is where the ship rumbles and shakes during the whole meal. Not worth the extra $12 per person, for us. The International Marketplace buffet was fresh and tasty and we didn't grow bored as the selection kept changing (veggie lasagna was the best!) Entertainment was the best by far of my five previous cruises. The dancing and singing were top notch and the Voice of the Ocean competition was well done (congrats to Hannah on her win for Abba's Dancing Queen!) Most activities were targeted for the very old (e.g. arts and crafts). Average age was 65, I’d guess. Also, each time there was something we were interested in seeing it was at 9:00 a.m. after a late night, so we didn't attend anything other than Bingo and that was as expected. Finally, I was pleasantly surprised at the Casino's selection of slots and variety of table games. I enjoyed myself at the Casino three of the nights (even though I didn't end up winning - big surprise). One downside of this itinerary on Princess is you change clocks four times. Twice one hour behind, then twice one hour ahead. Made for a wonky jet lag experience every morning. On Carnival, we stayed on ship’s time no matter the port time. All in all, it was a wonderful vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We are seniors who love cruising, often staying on board while in port. We rarely avail ourselves to bingo, art auctions, or trivia, preferring the relaxing experience of cruising and the excellent service & food. Our loyalty to ... Read More
We are seniors who love cruising, often staying on board while in port. We rarely avail ourselves to bingo, art auctions, or trivia, preferring the relaxing experience of cruising and the excellent service & food. Our loyalty to Princess gives us elite status, so we enjoy the free laundry and internet, not to mention(But I am about to) the mini bar set ups & shop discounts. We truly come back new & packing for our next trip. Our only regret is that we have to travel to FT, Lauderdale to embark, so we often choose another cruise line for the convenience of a home port. While we enjoy the other lines they do not have the music we enjoy, nor do we receive the perks. The new Medallion class is great!!! The door opens as you approach the stateroom. We are not up on all the advantages of the medallion, but will eventually catch on. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
2nd time on this ship. It was great. Western and Eastern Caribbean. Both 7 day sections had an age range from mid 30's to mid 60's. Not the kind of ship for under 18, not much to do for that age range. But plenty to do for ... Read More
2nd time on this ship. It was great. Western and Eastern Caribbean. Both 7 day sections had an age range from mid 30's to mid 60's. Not the kind of ship for under 18, not much to do for that age range. But plenty to do for everyone else. You can hide yourself in total isolation away from crowds to submerging into non stop activities. Anytime Dining was rarely a wait, the Horizon Court buffet always had a great selection. My favorite was the suchi bowls. Lunch time they had noodle bowls. Ate all venues at least once except Sabatinis Italian. Staff was great. Our cabin steward was like stealth, we forgot something in the cabin, and went back 20 minutes later and the cabin was already immaculate. Went to some shows, all were good, but, the comedian was the best. Filled every venue he performed at for 2 nights. Though these cruises were sold out, the ship never seemed crowded. Sea days were the busiest around the pool but if you looked, I always found a deck chair. My wife and I couldn't understand why so many people were on their phones nonstop. Your on vacation people. The medallion that you use to pay and get in your cabin works great even though we didnt bother with downloading everything before our cruise. One scary thing about downloading all the apps on your phone is you can download the casino and play slots with your money anywhere on the ship. And you use your medallion in the casino and just charge it to the cabin. Make sure to control yourself, or your trip could get pricey. The ship was heading to drydock after our cruise to get some upgrades and fix an engine problem that would make the back of the ship vibrate slightly at full speed. Something that has lasted 3 years or so. The only bad thing was we had to leave. Going through withdrawal as my room isn't cleaned twice a day. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
we were looking for a 10 day cruise with good hot weather, which we did get. We have been on this ship before and it has since been refurbished but I'm not sure what parts. It seemed exactly the same as 10 years ago. Maybe the ... Read More
we were looking for a 10 day cruise with good hot weather, which we did get. We have been on this ship before and it has since been refurbished but I'm not sure what parts. It seemed exactly the same as 10 years ago. Maybe the specialty restaurants which we did not go to. The cabins were exactly the same but with very mushy beds. We chose twin beds which were extremely small and too soft. They had very heavy duvets on the beds which might have ok on a trans ocean crossing but far too hot for the caribbean. The ports we went to were just ok. Bonair was very interesting. We took a ship excursion in Grenada but the driver just took us to each stop and opened the door to the van and told us nothing. I complained at the ship but they just apologized. At St.Thomas we would have had to take a taxi to town which was charging $5. per person for approx.2miles. We didn't bother. The Princess Cays was very nice. A nice time to swim in the ocean. Entertainment is very good on the Princess which is one of the reasons we keep coming back, but I would go on a newer ship if we do it again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
First let me say, we are avid Celebrity Cruisers, or at least used to be. When they introduced the Edge we were excited about something new, BUT they have priced themselves out of the market with the new ships, and they go to awful ports. ... Read More
First let me say, we are avid Celebrity Cruisers, or at least used to be. When they introduced the Edge we were excited about something new, BUT they have priced themselves out of the market with the new ships, and they go to awful ports. So we decided to try and find a new cruise line. We researched and thought Princess would be closest. I guess if you start at the top, its hard to come down. The good things: We had a suite (for our anniversary) which was one of the best layouts we've ever seen. So spacious, and well organized. Our room steward was exceptional...better than any steward OR butler we ever had on Celebrity! The premium dining experience in Sabitinis was worth every penny and more! The staff truly made us feel welcome, and the food was outstanding. The Zumba instructor was one of the best I've ever experienced at sea. The itinerary was great. Its really nice to have the international café open 24 hrs a day. The food is not bad and if you get hungry at 3:30 pm ….you don't have to wait for the buffet to open at 5... The bad things: Priority boarding for suite guests is supposed to exist but it doesn't. You are grouped in with about 300 other guests who are Elite. And if I hadn't caught the mistake the boarding agent made, we wouldn't have even been with Elite people. Same thing happens with "priority debarkation"...it doesn't exist. The buffet was awful...totally cramped with an unworkable layout, bad food, and hardly no selection. The main dining room is hit or miss. The first night we waited almost an hour for our appetizer to be brought to us. Dinner took a total of 1.45 hrs....and we didn't stay for dessert because we were so frustrated. After much debate we decided to give it one more chance. I'm glad we did because the service was much better. The food is edible but not anything to write home about. Again.....some good nights and some bad. Chops Grill was awful. We had veal chops that were tough and tasted like cheap beef. Service was slow and disinterested. The spa (on my trip) was very bad. The $200 facial I received was a joke. Definitely not worth the money. I knew it would be overpriced but I atleast expected a $100 facial for $200. The staff member who did mine, squeezed my head so hard (her idea of a scalp massage) it felt bruised for 3 days after. I did mention it to a manager and she offered a redo the next day, which I canceled because my head hurt so much. The service desk does not speak good English so if you have an issue....good luck. I had purchased a $50 Spa credit (with Credit Card points) before ever boarding. It was never applied to the booking, so I went to the desk to see about it. They had delivered a $50 spa Gift card good ONLY on port days and a $25 OBC to use in ship store, to our room on our anniversary (which was a very nice touch and I should have listed above). But they kept insisting the $50 credit that I purchased was that one. It took me an hour and getting so upset I was in tears, to get them to understand. I kept pointing to the words "a GIFT from Princess Cruises on your special days" imprinted on the card, and the fact that it was only good on Port days. The credit I purchased was good any day. Finally I got through to them, but it still took another day and 5 phone calls to get it fixed. If it had been Celebrity, they would never had argued over a $50 credit with a suite guest.....or any other guest for that matter. I don't know if they just don't understand English very well, or they just didn't care...hard to say. Before that happened we were thinking of giving Princess another chance with a different ship, and went to the future cruise desk. They have ONE person working so its always a wait, but we waited only to get treated like she just could care less. We wanted some recommendations on Alaska...ship size, ports, ect. EVERY question we asked, we were given the response "it just depends on what you want" I wouldn't have asked if I knew what I wanted...duh. We needed some guidance, and she just wanted to rush us out. Needless to say, we didn't book anything, and probably wont. I was so hopeful we would like Princess, but we will just have to try another line. I miss Celebrity but wont pay the inflated prices for the new ships. Love the older ships, but they do the same itinerary's every year, and we just got bored with that. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise since there were some islands on the itinerary that we hadn't been to before. We love the crew on the Crown so we wanted to sail on her again and this was our 4th time on her! We live in NE Florida so for a ... Read More
We chose this cruise since there were some islands on the itinerary that we hadn't been to before. We love the crew on the Crown so we wanted to sail on her again and this was our 4th time on her! We live in NE Florida so for a change we drove down to port the morning of the sailing. We parked our car at the Park N Cruise and caught the shuttle to port. We arrived around 11:45 and were onboard by Noon, just in time to get lunch in DaVinci dining room! Easy peasy! Our cabin was on Baja Deck, midship. Nice cabin, in very nice condition except for the AC...our cabin was very warm and it wouldn't cool down. I always bring a small battery operated fan so that helped. The "ventilation worker" came to our cabin a few times and customer service followed up several time to see how the cabin temp was. It did get a wee bit better and the last day they offered us some obc credit to make up for the issue. Our room steward, John was quick and efficient! We sailed on the Crown 25 day sailing in the Med last October and the food in the dining room was not good. This time however, the meals in the dining room were very good! Not a bad meal for the whole 10 days! Very impressed by the change! Our waiter and assistant waiter were both friendly and efficient! The new "late dining" time was 7:15 but they opened the doors at 7:05 most nights. The new time fit with what we like to do onboard and if you want to make it to one of the shows(9:15), it works well We ate in Crown Grill the first formal night, and it was lovely as usual! However, they rolled out the new wine list on our sailing and when we ordered a bottle in the Crown, they had a hard time finding it...took 20 minutes! We did try some of the new wines and were very pleased with our selections. We played Trivia several times and actually won 3-4 times! We attended several of the game shows which are always fun! We went to Kareoke and the Voice of the Ocean audiions and that is always entertaining! The cruise director staff was great! We particularly enjoyed Allwynn and Song! Very fun and funny! We didn't go to any of the shows in the Princess theater having seen many of them on our October cruise. We went to a few in the Explorers lounge and they were good. I played Bingo twice and was very dissappointed with the higher priced packages...even higher than just 5 months ago! And I found the hard sell on the "tablets" to be extremely irritating. Smallest tablet package was $69!!! Won't be playing bingo anywhere near as much as I used to. Very disappointing....but I must say this was the only real downside to this sailing. For one of the few times, we booked all Princess tours and they were good to excellent. Whale Watching in Dominica was a real highlight! And we also ventured to a sailing on the "AquaSpace" vessel, a one-of-a- kind 40 year old exploring boat that Jacque Cousteau used for some of his explorations! Very interesting and different! In Aruba the DePalm island beach break was nice and relaxing and included drinks and lunch. Overall, we found the Crown to be even better than before and it was reflected in being voted #2 ship in the fleet only behind the Regal! The health inspectors came onbaord mid cruise and gave the Crown 99 points!! That's really saying something for a ship as old as the Crown! I give credit to the Hotel General Manager, Andreas Pitsch for all the quality improvements....he is doing an excellent job! We will definitely sail on the Crown again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Went to islands we had not been to before. The ship was clean and well managed. There is obviously a lot of Elite members now cruising. Laundry warning about extra time for turn around of returned clean clothes was the first clue. ... Read More
Went to islands we had not been to before. The ship was clean and well managed. There is obviously a lot of Elite members now cruising. Laundry warning about extra time for turn around of returned clean clothes was the first clue. Dining room food choices are getting smaller with lots of unknown dishes being presented. Sabatini's and Crown Grill were better food in general and service in both was very good. Kind of confused by them having different wine lists. The wine we chose in Sabitini's, and all enjoyed was not available in Crown Grill. Strange since both are on the same ship. Regular dining room food seemed lackluster. A sign of the times in almost all cruise lines. Bottom lines are taking effect. Princess still ranks high for me but declining. Cruise staff was excellent as always and the hosted cruise critic event visit by a staff member was a great positive. Biggest complaint is still seat savers and deck chair hogs. All cruise lines need to enforce some more stringent rules! Overall meeting fellow passengers were a positive experience. I will still look at Princess first but continue to cruse by destination and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise to better enjoy the best parts of the Caribbean, currently the southern part, and to specifically enjoy Bon Aire. We normally are all about Princess, but this cruise seemed off probably because many were at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise to better enjoy the best parts of the Caribbean, currently the southern part, and to specifically enjoy Bon Aire. We normally are all about Princess, but this cruise seemed off probably because many were at the contract's end. The selection of food with variety was way below the standard for what I think Princess does, but there seems to be a large dichotomy across ships whether they sail from the SE side of America or the Western. We always try to get the balcony on the end of the 14th floor on this ship and we did. We love this cabin. The entertainment was great with the new show. There were parts that were surreal, but some of the new concepts with the visualization of the dancing wind was very very good and new. Grenada we will never go back too as we felt very unsafe very quickly off port and we have never felt that way in any port over the 100 days of travel we have done. Princess is noted for having less of kids attend and we do not have kids, so the kids were never seen much and when seen were well managed by parents that seemingly needed a vacation! LOL, ironic. BONAIRE is one of the most under rated islands. I would love to have an overnight there and skip Granada all together. The island is special. We live near ft Lauderdale's port, and the entry on to the ship is usually very smooth, but that is probably we know the tricks and the trade of it all. We would NOT take this trip again if Granada is not on there or if there is not a longer non-Sunday stay in Bon Aire. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because our friends booked it in November 2018 and we thought it would be great to be together and it was wonderful!! All the staff no matter the rank were very polite, friendly and very helpful and great at their ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our friends booked it in November 2018 and we thought it would be great to be together and it was wonderful!! All the staff no matter the rank were very polite, friendly and very helpful and great at their jobs...from the wait staff in the morning, to the pool staff, our cabin stewards (Hank), etc. But, in particular we thoroughly enjoyed our 'anytime' dining almost 'every' evening with Caroline Villanueva, Ranie Samson and Jabulani Ngwenyo at table 508 in the Da Vinci dining room!! They helped to make it an extraordinary time with our friends! The food was very well presented each night and very good! Other than Aruba and St. Thomas and Bahamas...we would have skipped Bonaire, Dominica and Grenada!! The disembarkation element could/should be revised in our opinion. We were given a time of 7:45am to leave the ship and we stood for over an hour waiting for the 'walk-off' vacationers going first with allllll their luggage in tow...before we could go to the terminal for our luggage. We could have enjoyed a lovely breakfast if we had known about the others going first!!! Over all an excellent product, service and enjoyment! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We had been happily anticipating our 10 Day Southern Caribbean Cruise, scheduled for March 27th on the Crown Princess. We had an entire year to look forward to it. We did do a 7 day Eastern over Thanksgiving, however, to break up the ... Read More
We had been happily anticipating our 10 Day Southern Caribbean Cruise, scheduled for March 27th on the Crown Princess. We had an entire year to look forward to it. We did do a 7 day Eastern over Thanksgiving, however, to break up the wait. You may be wondering why I mentioned this, well, you will soon find out just how this played into our cruise story. FLIGHTS: We booked our flights through Southwest, as we really like them. We wanted a direct flight from St Louis, as we needed to fly in the day of the cruise. I know, I know, this can be a problem and we don’t like to do it this way, but we both needed to work on Tuesday, so we didn’t have any other option. Our flight was scheduled to get in at 9:30am, so we had plenty of time in case there were delays. On the Friday before we were scheduled to leave, I was sitting in a work meeting and I received a text from Southwest that our flight was cancelled. Due to the grounding of the 737 Max 8 planes, our plane was rerouted and our flight cancelled. Panic immediately set in! I looked on the app for a different flight, but nothing was showing up that would work, except going in early the day before, which meant taking another day off of work, which was going to be a real hassle. I got on the phone with Southwest (only a 9 minute wait for call back, not bad!) and the rep was wonderful. I explained our dilemma and he put us on a flight that left St Louis at 5:30am going through Orlando. We would be in Orlando by 9, so if there was a problem with our connection, we could rent a car and drive to Ft. Lauderdale. Thankfully, all flights went on schedule and we arrived in Ft Lauderdale by 11:30am. A quick Uber to the port and we would be on the ship! I am a list maker. I have a Cruise Packing List stored on my computer. After 12 cruises, I pretty much have it down to a science on what we need and what we don’t need. I had everything packed up the day before, all ready to go. I went online and checked in for our flights, 24 hours before. I printed our boarding passes, luggage tags and put them in the folder with our passports. I carry this in my purse for ease. When I pulled out both passports, the lady looked at Dan and said “hmmm, you’re not Jack”. I looked and the second passport in my case belonged to my Dad! Somehow, after our cruise with him over Thanksgiving, I mixed up Dad and Dan’s passport. We had Dad’s passport and Dad had Dan’s at his house. THANKFULLY, Dan and I both have passport cards, also, that we always take with us on our cruise. Dan had that in his billfold (I had checked that he had it before we left) and we were good to go. I have to admit, I had a huge knot in my stomach for quite a while, thinking of what COULD have happened. I did double check that I had both passports packed, it just didn’t dawn on me that I had mixed them up 4 months ago. Lesson learned and catastrophe averted! Embarkation Princess does embarkation like a well-oiled machine, in my experience. The Port of Ft. Lauderdale is the easiest one to navigate through, in my opinion. We rarely wait and if we do, it isn’t for very long. Within minutes we were hearing the familiar “DONG” as they scanned our cruise card after we walked across the gang plank. I love that sound! It means rest, relaxation, food and fun! We were off to drop off our carryon, put our stuff in the safe and grab lunch. Susan and Ron (sister-in-law and brother-in-law) were already on the ship, as they did the previous 10 day route before ours, and Ron said that they had coupons for the Crown Grill for buy one, get one free for embarkation night. We went ahead and made reservations and headed to the buffet for a light lunch…..so we would be good and hungry for supper. Crown Grill The Crown Grill is an upcharge restaurant on the ship that you pay $29 each to go to. In past cruises, we have eaten there on the last night, so this was a first for us. I have to say, I wish we had eaten in the Main Dining Room instead. It was Prime Rib night and their prime rib is usually pretty good. The guys ordered steaks and Susan and I ordered Lobster Tails. You could have both, for $10 more dollars, but I decided to just swipe a bite of my husband’s steak instead. We were both disappointed that they don’t serve Lobster Bisque any longer, as we both really enjoyed it in the past. The soup that our waiter recommended, that he said was similar, was not very good. My lobster cake appetizer was quite good, though, and I do recommend it. My lobster tail was quite tasty, but not any better than the ones we ate in the Main Dining Room. In the past, they brought out several sides dishes, served family style. We had really enjoyed that. They also used to bring out lots of toppings for our baked potatoes. This time, the just put a few dollops of sour cream, a few chives and some bacon bits on our potatoes. Not that that was bad, it just wasn’t what we had in the past and what we were expecting. All in all, I didn’t feel it was a bad meal, but I wasn’t wow’d by it, which I was in the past. I don’t feel that it was worth the extra $30 for us to eat there. AnyTime Dining We always pick Anytime Dining, as opposed to Traditional Seating Dining, as we like to eat early (5:15-5:30), so that we can get a good seat for the shows that start at 7:15. This works out well for us. Dan and I don’t like to sit at a big table with people that we don’t know. I would eat in the buffet over having to do that. Maybe because I’m in sales and I talk to people all day for a living, I just don’t want to do it on a cruise. Susan and Ron had found a waiter (Jonathon and his assistant waiter Elmer) that they liked at the end of their last cruise, so we asked for them each night that we ate in there. They were polite, efficient and fun. They didn’t have a 4 top table empty, so they put us in a 6 top by the window. It seemed like the same people were sitting at the same tables around us most nights. One evening we did have something funny happen. A hostess that we had not seen before walked up with 2 people and sat them down with us, after we had already ordered and were eating our appetizers. The look of confusion on all of our faces must have been apparent, because she stopped as she walked away and asked if there was a problem. We said “no, no problem” and welcomed our tablemates. They smiled and nodded at us when we introduced ourselves and then we realized that they didn’t speak English. They said that they were from Bejing and nodded “no” when we asked if they spoke English. They did understand us a bit, so we communicated by pointing, nodding and smiling. The lady pointed to my husband and to his sister, sitting on either side of me, indicating that she could tell that they were related. Susan put up 6 fingers to tell her that there were 6 siblings and she laughed, so she did understand that. We had steak and lobster that evening and Jonathon brought out an extra lobster tail for Dan and for Ron. I didn’t waste any time in snagging it for myself, LOL Somehow, while I was talking, Dan told Jonathon that I didn’t want dessert and to bring me a plate with the words NOTHING written on it when he brought out desserts. He complied and everyone had a good laugh, even our Chinese tablemates and they even took a picture of the plate. Jonathon did bring me out my Love Boat Dream, that I ordered every single night we were in there, so all was good! Overall, the food was good, everything was cooked the way that we ordered it and it was served in a timely manner. Our waiters were friendly and prompt. No complaints from us! Horizon Court/Café Caribe We ate breakfast about half of the time up in the HC. I would get my coffee in the IC, though, and bring it up with me. The food in the buffet was good, not great. Dan ate lunch in there most days and he said that every time he went, he found something up there that he was happy with. We ate supper up there two nights (Mexican night and German night). Everyone enjoyed the food on Mexican night German night, I brought in a hot dog from the grill, so I was happy, LOL The only complaint that I have is it was hard to find a table at lunch time. Many times we had to walk around a few times before a table was available. A little more seating in this venue would be great. Salty Dog Grill I consider myself a hot dog connoisseur (yes, I’m serious!) and I have to say that their hot dogs are A+++! I ate one every single day for lunch and twice for dinner. Okay, I admit it, some days at lunch I ate 2. They are just that good. Dan had cheeseburgers there several times and he said that they were always very good. He had thought about ordering an Ernesto burger, but didn’t want to wait the 20 minutes that it takes to cook. We like that the food is served in baskets as opposed to plates, as it made carrying them around easier. International Café I went to the IC early most days for coffee. Some days we ate breakfast there, some days I took my coffee up to the buffet. Dan enjoys the breakfast sandwiches there, along with the banana walnut bread. My only complaint at the IC is what they DON’T serve any longer. I kept going down, looking at the desserts to see if this is the day that one of my 3 favorite desserts were being served. I was disappointed for several days in a row. Finally, I asked a lady when they were going to have the peanut butter pudding with the chocolate on it and she shook her head and said “discontinued”. Then I asked about the tiramisu….”discontinued”. Then I asked about the chocolate/vanilla layered dessert…you guessed it….”discontinued”! These were my 3 favorite desserts from there. I have to say that the desserts that they did have, just seemed blah to me, so I only had one, that I didn’t even finish. I was quite disappointed. Dan and Sue were both happy to see that the pistachio pudding was on the menu several different days. They both imbibed, to make sure that the powers-that-be knew that it was a good menu selection. I still enjoyed my coffee, but I have to admit that my love flame for the IC definitely dwindled a tad bit! My hubby, however, enjoyed several of the new desserts that he tried. We both really like their sandwiches and he loves the shrimp salad that they offer. Production Shows The last 2 cruises (Royal Princess and Regal Princess) that we had completed had excellent production shows. We were really looking forward to the shows on this one, because they were produced by the same person. I have to say that I didn’t enjoy either of the production shows(Encore and Magic to Do) on this cruise near as much as the past 2 cruises. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t really good either. They had good moments, but not really any great moments. The singers were good, but not great. The dancers seemed to be slightly off on most of their dances. Not bad, but not good, either. Average, I would say. Neither of the 2 production shows were something that I would have went back the next night to watch for a second time, while I would have the ones on our last 2 cruises. Other Entertainment We saw the comedy show by Troy Thirdgill. He was excellent. Very funny show. I would see him! He did 2 different shows on our cruise, before departing the ship. We really loved the ventriloquist/singer/variety show performed by Michael Minor. He had 2 shows and we attended both. He could do really good impressions, without moving his mouth, and it seemed like the puppet was actually talking. Very entertaining. We attended a performance by Stephanie Hodgdon, who was singing a rock tribute to the Kings & Queens of Rock and Roll. I really enjoyed her performance of Dreams, by Fleetwood Mac. She totally nailed Bette Midler’s The Rose. I felt that those songs were in her wheelhouse and I would have preferred more of those type of songs. She did a good job on the rock songs, but I don’t think that Helter Skelter was really the best choice for the Princess Cruise Crowd. Overall, she was good. Not great, but good. We also attended two shows by Gary Lovini, who was a violinist. He was very talented and entertaining. I would watch him again. I did enjoy the Sweet Soul Music Show and the Blame it On the Boogie Show by the Princess Singers and Dancers and I felt that they did a pretty good job on that, but those were songs that I really, really like, so that might have something to do with it. Cruise Staff Our Cabin Stewart was very good. I told Dan it was like he was a little stealth ninja, sneaking into the room every time we left to tidy it up! He always seemed to get in there and do his job. He kept our ice bucket filled and our towels refreshed, so no complaints from me. He was friendly, but I really didn’t see him much! The Cruise Director, Peter Tredgett ,did a great job. I can’t say that I remember any Cruise Director’s from past cruises, but I will remember Peter. We enjoyed him and we seemed to see him about the ship. I did have a bit of personal interaction with him, as I won an Instagram Contest that they had. Peter had asked us to take selfies around the ship, post them on Instagram and #crownprincess. I posted several pictures and was surprised to have a voicemail from Peter on the last day that they especially liked my selfie with the wait staff from formal night and the one from the disco party and that I was the winner and would receive something in my cabin later that day. We were both excited, as were Susan and Ron, as we contemplated what the prize would be! A free cruise? A Princess Gift Card? No, it was better than that! It was a stuffed Stanley Bear, LOL All kidding aside (I wasn’t really expecting a cruise, I figured it would be a bottle of bubbly, which I have won before), the bear is very cute! I did have the opportunity to be in need of assistance from Passenger Services, and they did a fine job. I will discuss that in a bit! All of the other staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. It did seem like there were less bar staff working around the pools, taking orders and delivering drinks. But, the ones I did see were friendly. MUTS When we first started cruising, we LOVED MUTS. We had said that we wouldn’t want to cruise on a ship without it. Now, we hardly use it. Whoever decides the lineup/schedule needs to rethink what they are doing. On sea day they did have a movie at 10am, but at 12:30 or so they played a concert. In the past, they would play another movie. The next thing was usually a concert again. This is prime sun time. They should be playing movies. Then sometime between 3 and 3:30 they would start a movie. Usually it was a decent movie. But, who can sit there until 5:30 to watch a movie? Most people need to go and start getting ready for dinner, especially on formal night. It would have been better to play the movie around 1 and then play concerts late afternoon, where people aren’t really watching it any way. They did have some good movies playing, but WHY do they need to keep playing Mama Mia!! Then, to add insult to injury they played Mama Mia 2!! Seriously, stop it! It’s played on there for YEARS. Stop it! The movies in the evenings looked like they were well attended. The weather was perfect for it, too. Ports Aruba. We had never been to Aruba and had wanted to cruise there for several years. We love the B & C of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao), so we figured we would love Aruba, too. It was warm and beautiful. We booked a snorkeling excursion through a company we found on Trip Advisor, Aruba Watersports Center, and they did a great job. They were friendly and helpful. The snorkeling was better in Bonaire, but I was very happy with Aruba Watersports. If you want a strong rum punch, they make some good ones! Woo baby! After snorkeling, we went back to the ship to drop off of stuff and grab a bit of lunch. We then walked into town to do a little shopping. The shopping there was pretty good. When it was time to head back to the ship, I put my hand in my pocket and realized that I had lost my cruise card. I have never done this before. I have to admit I panicked a bit, LOL. To complicate matters, I didn’t have ANY ID with me. Every other time I carried my passport card, but this time I ran out without it. When I got up to the first security checkpoint, I didn’t have ANYTHING to show them. I told them my story and they looked on the ship manifest and they let me in. My dear husband, was standing behind me telling the lady that he didn’t know me and I looked shady. I had to repeat this again when I got to the ships security check point. They asked me my info and cabin number and they cross checked it with the photo that they had taken of me. They let me on the ship and told me to go to Passenger Services to get a replacement card. Yeah! I wasn’t stranded in Aruba! But, I guess if you have to get stuck somewhere, it might as well be Aruba! Passenger Services was friendly and they made me a replacement card quickly. Another crisis averted. Bonaire. We had been to Bonaire last year and LOVED it. The snorkeling was wonderful. I booked a private excursion with Woodwind, as we had used them last year. A few weeks before we sailed, I received an email from Woodwind that they “had to take their boat out of the water and will not be doing any trips March 31st”. When I asked for a recommendation, they recommended Sea Cow. I tried to book them independently, but they had already contracted with Princess for that day. So, I went on Princess’s site and booked it. I highly recommend the Sea Cow folks. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and I would definitely use them again. The snorkeling in Bonaire was better than in Aruba. I also think we saw more fish and a bigger variety of species than we did last year. I did have a bit of a mishap, about half way through, I got stung by a jellyfish! I had no idea what had happened, just that my leg was burning pretty badly and it hurt. Two people that were behind me in the water were stung, also. Then, I saw a few of them around me. I told our guide and she said not to worry about it and that she would pour some vinegar on it when we got to the boat. It hurt, but it makes a good story now! LOL By the next day, the marks were no longer visible. Grenada. We had also been in Grenada last year, so we decided to just do a beach day. We found a nice beach and rented 4 chairs. It was a nice relaxing day, no complaints! Dominica. Last year we were supposed to go to Dominica, but they changed the port to Martinique, due to the hurricane damage. After speaking to a guy in Grenada about a great place to snorkel in Dominica, so I went online to try and book something for the next day, but I couldn’t find anything. So, we decided to file that info away until next time and just explore a bit. Susan and Ron went on an excursion through Princess and Dan and I headed into town to explore and shop. The port where we docked had a lot of construction materials around and not really any shopping. The Regal was parked at the other dock and there was shopping down there. It was about a 30 minute walk, so we decided to go walk out breakfast off. It was an easy walk and there were sidewalks most of the way. When we got to the “town” area, we looked for shopping, but we seemed to be in a not-so-great area, so we headed back to the area around the Regal. There were lots of vendors set up shop there and we found a shirt for hubby and a dress for myself, so we hopped on a shuttle ($2/each) and went back to our ship. When we were sailing away from port, the Regal played the theme from The Love Boat to us. Everyone loved it. That was one of my favorite things when we sailed on the Regal and the Royal. Sea Day. We had 2 sea days at the beginning of the cruise and I wouldn’t even mention this third one, but it was rather exciting, so I will. We were sitting in the IC having coffee/breakfast and Dan looked out and said “a whale”! We all looked out just in time to see a whale jump, again! We watched for a while and saw it jump several times. It could have been a couple whales, but we only saw one up in the air at a time. It was only about 100 yards from the ship and it was like he was showing off for us. We had a perfect view from the 5th deck. Susan went up to deck 7 to watch for more whales and we went about our day. Dan and I ate lunch on our balcony and while we were sitting there, we saw several whales jumping in the horizon. Several, as in approx. 30 different jumps. It was such a pleasant surprise, as we weren’t expecting it at all. St. Thomas We have been to St. Thomas several times and decided to just take a taxi to Megan’s Bay to swim. We should have brought our snorkel masks, but we didn’t. We had a great day on the beach and swimming, though. We had a few turtles that entertained us for a while, also. A taxi is $8 per person, each way and the admission to the beach was $5.00 It was a very nice beach day. Princess Cays. Many times I elect to stay on the boat at Princess Cays, as I enjoy the boat with less people. Dan decided to stay on the boat, but I went in with Susan and Ron. We waited until 10:30 and there was no wait for a tender ashore. We did take our snorkel equipment and we found chairs at the far end. The water was clear and beautiful and we had a wonderful beach day. While on the each, we saw what looked like a rainbow circling the sun. I had never seen that before and it seemed like 50 people were staring at the sun taking pictures. I took one, but it didn’t do it justice. I took the ferry back to the boat and ate a late lunch and then just relaxed on the balcony and read. Chair Hogs. I was so pleasantly surprised on this voyage! I did not see hardly anyone reserving chairs. You could go out at any time and find a fairly decent place to sit, even around MUTS. Everyone I encountered was being super polite and they were picking up their towels when they were leaving and they weren’t leaving a book/bag on a chair and walking away for hours at a time, like we have seen in the past. It was refreshing to see! Disembarkation. Usually we do walk off, as we need to head to the airport early and hop a flight. This time, our flights weren’t leaving until 3:15 pm, so we elected to stay on the ship as long as we could, LOL We had a 9:45 disembarkation time. We had a nice breakfast in the Horizon Court and then sat in the IC and then Michaelango until 9:45. It went very smoothly, we didn’t have to wait long and customs was a breeze! We were outside, hailing our Uber in no time. For 4 people, with luggage, to get from the port to the airport it was $28 and change. Not bad. Flights home were uneventful and now we are at home ready to work off the 6 pounds (me) and 8 pounds (hubby) that we gained. It was worth it! All in all, it was a great cruise. We had a bit of adventure with the passport, lost cruise card/lack of ID, jellyfish sting, but that just adds to the story! We have noticed several penny pinching things, but nothing too drastic, yet! We love Princess and will continue to support them, but hope that they don’t keep cutting out things here and there. We’ve heard that they hired a company to help them increase their profit margin, which is a good thing, unless it brings down the overall quality of the product. It was a wonderful 10 days and I wish that we were repeating it again soon! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We sailed on Crown Princess out of Fort Lauderdale (FLL) on March 27th, 2019 on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley. This was our third cruise on Crown and our 11th with Princess. We are Elite members of the Captain’s Circle because we ... Read More
We sailed on Crown Princess out of Fort Lauderdale (FLL) on March 27th, 2019 on a 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley. This was our third cruise on Crown and our 11th with Princess. We are Elite members of the Captain’s Circle because we sailed in full suites on 6 previous occasions (double cruise credits). We arrived in FLL the night before and stayed at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel. I would happily stay there again! We took an Uber from the hotel to Terminal 2, which cost $8.40. Not bad! We got there at 1:00pm and walked straight in. Security was not a hassle and we proceeded directly to check-in and then straight to the ship. It was not busy at all. My only complaint about the embarkation was the usual sail-away photo-op, which gets a bit tiring after so many cruises. The photographers we not rude, but a bit too insistent for my liking. We stopped, had our photo taken and walked up the gangway. My first impression of the piazza was very favorable as Crown Princess had a visit to dry dock since our last voyage. Everything was clean, sparkling and tastefully elegant, as is Princess’s norm. We made way to our mini-suite on Dolphin deck unassisted. Our luggage arrived within 1 hour of embarkation. Our mini-suite was D719. The cabin neat and tidy, albeit a little shabby; just little things like torn lampshades, a toilet bowl that had the white enamel scrubbed off from years of cleaning, scuff marks on the walls and furniture, etc. None of it too off-putting, but less than expected after a recent refurbishment. The bed linens were clean, white and crisp and I really liked the new Princess Luxury Bed mattress! There was also a brand-new sofa bed, but the cushions would not stay in place and always flopped forward over the edge. The balcony had the usual rust spots and needed a touch-up. They finally replaced the old CRT televisions with small flat-screens, but there was only one remote control in the cabin. The TV reception was fair, and the selection was as good as one could expect at sea, but CNN was conspicuously missing from the lineup. The Wi-Fi worked well all over the ship and the princess@sea app was very useful. We sailed on time and headed towards Aruba for 2 sea days - my favorites! There was a lot to do on board and were kept as busy as we wished, or not. It was great to have lots of choices. I am an avid walker and really enjoyed my time on Promenade Deck 5. It is one of a few ships on which you can walk a full circumference, although you had to walk up a flight of stair to get to the bow, then back down the other side. The bow area on Emerald Deck 6 was open most of the time, even on sea days. This was great, as on other cruises on similar class Princess ships, it was mostly closed. 2.8 times around the deck is equal to 1 mile. I checked out the gym and it was modern and very well-equipped, but preferred walking outside versus on a treadmill! We did not purchase any excursions from Princess, nor from any local providers. Instead, we just walked around for a few hours in each port. Aruba was just like it was the last time, and the time before, and the time before, and… I can’t think of too many other cruises that haven’t stopped there. We just walked around and hung out in a few local watering holes. Next day was Bonaire. It too was nice. We did some more walking and hanging out. Grenada was next, and in hindsight, we should have booked some sort of spice tour. I was hell-bent on getting some real vanilla extract, but it was more difficult than expected as all the tourist markets had was the watered-down stuff. I finally found some at an out of the way local supermarket and it was cheap, compared to home. I used some of it in a recent batch of homemade ice cream and it was wonderful! Dominica was next and I was not very impressed with the area around the cruise port. Once again, we should have booked an excursion there. St. Thomas was next and is always a great place to visit! We walked to the beach, hung around, did some shopping and then returned to the ship. Regal Princess was there as well, and she played the Love Boat theme on her horns as we sailed away! Crown Princess could only reply with a few single monotone blasts of her horn! It was funny, and I guess you had to be there! Next day was another sea day and was a welcome rest from port visits. Last stop was at Princess Cays and we just stayed on board and enjoyed having the ship mostly to ourselves. Disembarkation in FLL was a breeze. We had to be out of our cabin by 8:00am but had a nice breakfast at the buffet and finally left the ship at around 10:00am (latest available disembarkation time). Our luggage was waiting for us and the US Customs line only took about 15 minutes to get through. We took another Uber to the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach for our post-cruise recovery day. I would not recommend this hotel as it had perhaps the worst sound-proofing I have ever experienced in a Marriott-branded hotel. A note about using Uber at the cruise terminal for pick-up… getting one was not a problem at all, however finding the pick-up place was a bit of a slog. There is only one small area between the bus/shuttle/taxi area and the drop-off area. It has a single small sign that says Ride Share. If you are getting Uber or Lyft, that is the area you want to head to. Now it is time to convey my thoughts on dining, staff, entertainment, etc. My partner and I do not drink alcohol, so we each purchased an Unlimited Soda and More package. The good news is the “more”! In addition to the normal fountain sodas, Princess has several mocktail options. If what you want is not on the menu, they will try their best to make whatever it is you want for you. I got hooked on Chocobananas in the Wheelhouse bar. The Strawberries on Fire and virgin Strawberry and Pina Coladas were also great. The only odd exclusions were malts and milkshakes at Scoops. If you are a coffee lover, then get a New Grounds Coffee package. It is a good deal and the specialty coffees are excellently prepared by a barista. I got most of mine at the International Café in the piazza. They also have a great selection of sandwiches, panini, soups and deserts. It is open 24/7. Princess no longer uses stickers on your cruise card for addons, rather your purchases are encoded. We ate in the Michelangelo Dining Room every night but four. The food was uninspiring but edible. It was not as good as I remember on previous Princess cruises. It seemed like cutbacks and cost savings had taken their tolls. The wait staff were mostly excellent. We only had to wait for seating on one occasion and that only took about 15 minutes. We had anytime dining and would only accept a table for two. Our evening at the Crown Grill started out fine, but I ended up getting as stressed as the staff by the end of the evening. I’m not sure what was going on as the place was only about half full. I did overhear several intra-staff conversations and they seemed to be running around in fear of the Maître d’. He was very polite to us but was not treating the staff with much respect as he kept snapping new orders to them whilst they were previously occupied. Their stress showed at the table and influenced our ability to relax. However, the food was good. I had an 8 oz. filet mignon and it was cooked to perfection. Our evening at Crab Shack was enjoyably messy! I had the steamer basket. Great staff and food! It is located in a partitioned area of Café Caribe. Sabatini’s was the best evening for specialty dining. Our waiter was excellent, and the food was delicious! I highly recommend the experience. As an aside, the ship’s Captain and some of his friends sat at the table next to us. If the Captain eats there, it must be good, eh? LOL! Another pleasant surprise was at the Salty Dog Gastropub. It is held at the Wheelhouse Bar every evening and offers a nice selection of delicious food for a very reasonable price. The live music is a bonus! Now here are my thoughts as to the general staff around the ship. I couldn’t help but notice the lack of smiles and greetings. It was very un-Princess-like and I am at a loss to explain this, other than they were probably tired from their long times at sea. Nobody was rude or unpleasant, but only 2 members of the staff motivated me to fill in a positive comment card at the end of the cruise. Our Cruise Director, Peter Tredgett, was by far one of the best CD's I have ever seen. He was everywhere, visible, talkative, engaging and really had his act together. I have been on some cruises when the only time the CD was visible was opening or closing a show in the main theater. Peter was very different and really helped make our cruise enjoyable. I must have had three or four brief personal conversations with him throughout the cruise and he remembered my name after the first chat. The entertainment on board was unusually good in the Princess Theater. I especially enjoyed Encore! The soprano, Heather Hill, sang Mozart’s Queen of the Night Aria, from The Magic Flute. If any of you are familiar with this work, it is very difficult and requires a huge tessitura. There are some high D’s, and as she approached them, I said to myself, “I’ve never heard this on a cruise ship before. There’s no way she will hit those high D’s.” but hit them she did! Like an arrow into a bullseye! It was probably the highlight of the whole cruise for me! I got all tingly! LOL! Wow, it was a great show! We also saw Magic. The music was OK, but the wizardry of performing magic tricks on a ship was outstanding and almost worthy of Las Vegas! One last note on being Elite in 2019. We were disappointed to see a card left in our cabin on embarkation day saying that Elite laundry had a three-day turn-around. Pressing was available within 24 hours though; useful as the first formal night was on day 2. The usual Elite reception was held on the second formal night and we met the Captain. They served free cocktails, but I had to ask for a non-alcoholic beverage. There was also a daily reception in Skywalker’s for Elites and Suite occupants. Light hors d’oeuvres were served buffet style. I can’t remember if Platinum’s were invited or not. So, at the end of the day, despite the great, good and not-so-good, Crown Princess did not disappoint. We had a wonderful cruise and would not hesitate to sail on her again. I hope you have found my lengthy review helpful in some way. Thanks for reading and bons voyages! 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Sail Date: March 2019
The staff on princess cruise made my vacation the best vacation ever!!! Everyone was so attentive kind and very helpful. Anytime I needed directions they always knew how to direct me. The steward kept my room clean and even after it was ... Read More
The staff on princess cruise made my vacation the best vacation ever!!! Everyone was so attentive kind and very helpful. Anytime I needed directions they always knew how to direct me. The steward kept my room clean and even after it was cleaned and I took a nap my bed was later remade and of course I loved the chocolate left on my bed each night. The waiters were awesome as well making sure my meal was the best. The entertainment on the ship was awesome. We got to know the staff very well and they were all so nice and friendly. We had a lot of laughs playing games and watching the different activities. I love Ed that we could grab a pizza slice late at night for a good snack. This was my first cruise and I now have fond lasting memories of the best vacation I’ve ever had. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted a relaxing time away and to warm up!!!. The crew was exceptional especially in the bars and international cafe The Salty Dog Grill had exceptional grilled food and offered a good variety. It could be substituted for main course ... Read More
We wanted a relaxing time away and to warm up!!!. The crew was exceptional especially in the bars and international cafe The Salty Dog Grill had exceptional grilled food and offered a good variety. It could be substituted for main course if you don't want buffet or dining room. The dining room breakfast was good far better than dinner. Service at dinner was always slow. We really enjoyed the buffet. The dinner was different each night with a theme from different countries. It was exceptional. Dining room sit down was so so. Entertainment was fantastic and they offered a variety of venues nightly. The singer and dancers on this ship were very good and voices paired up very well. The highlights were the comedian and the ventriloquist. The both did two shows with the ship using the smaller venue stage which worked out great as they staggered start times between them and the main show in the princess theater. The ports were varied and offered a variety of choices to everyone. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The itinerary as well as the 10 days, gives you more time to enjoy activities as well as time to relax. The cruise director, Peter and his staff were wonderful. Alwyn was especially good at his position of assistant cruise director, ... Read More
The itinerary as well as the 10 days, gives you more time to enjoy activities as well as time to relax. The cruise director, Peter and his staff were wonderful. Alwyn was especially good at his position of assistant cruise director, then Song and Will. There was another member and I can’t reme correct spelling or pronunciation, Bongani. We enjoyed about every aspect of the cruise, many games and activities throughout, trivia, karaoke, The Voice, bingo, you name it we did it. Also did 3 Princess excursions that we all enjoyed. Had one of the best experiences ever at The Crown Grill. All in all, a great cruise. I simply loved every to cruise with Princess. My husband and I have cruised 29/30 times. This was our 27th with Princess and we now only travel with Princess. The Crown is somewhat older compared to Regal and Royal, but still a lovely ship. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth. Our inside cabin was adiquitly furnished with enough shelf, drawer and hanging space, abundance of coat hangers made a world of difference. Had great ports of call where we did 3 Princess excursions. Great cruise with great company. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We arrived the day before, choosing a hotel with free transferts from airport and to port. But, they changed the rules before we gat there, so now they charge 10$/pers to port... a taxi cost 25$. We were 4 adults, so we chose the taxi. ... Read More
We arrived the day before, choosing a hotel with free transferts from airport and to port. But, they changed the rules before we gat there, so now they charge 10$/pers to port... a taxi cost 25$. We were 4 adults, so we chose the taxi. Embarcation was fast (we are Platinium) and they offer cake and coffe while we wait in a private lounge. The ship, our cabin, dining venues and especialy the service was wonderful! Entertainment was good when the dancers and singers were giving the show, but stand-ups were skeaking too fast for those who were not english speaking (native). Ports : we had been to most of them before, so we just walked around in the neighbourhood, except for Dominica, where we took a tour by Princess (good idea, since it was late and they waited for us!). We were surprised by 2 other family members who joined us for the cruise! They managed to find out our cabin number and booked the cabin just beside us! We then opened the balcony doors to have a 3 cabin balcony... very nice! (for confidentiality... that is another story!) We did the same cruise last year and truly enjoyed both cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Too many unattended children. Children running in halls, children swimming and drinking water in hot tubs. No parental supervision. Princess did not address the children running and being unattended in the hot tubs-sign posted "no ... Read More
Too many unattended children. Children running in halls, children swimming and drinking water in hot tubs. No parental supervision. Princess did not address the children running and being unattended in the hot tubs-sign posted "no children in the hot tubs." Luggage did not arrive to room until 3 hours after we left port. Luggage was being delivered to rooms at 7pm after we left port at 4pm. Food was very good. Buffet had great selections. Entertainment was great. Movies on Demand was awesome. The movies were available on your big screen TV in the cabin after it was shown on-board atone of many locations. Ship was clean and service in the buffet area was very good for drinks. We had a port issue at the Caymans. We had tenders at the South Port which is rarely used. Waiting for a tender the lines were long in the sun. Princess supplied cold water, a cold rag and umbrellas for the hot sun. Carnival Vista was also at the port and their passengers were not offered anything while waiting in the long line for the tender. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We decided before we went on this cruise that we would accentuate the positive; nothing is perfect...and our outlook would determine our enjoyment. We had a wonderful time! Overall, the staff was professional and wanting to ... Read More
We decided before we went on this cruise that we would accentuate the positive; nothing is perfect...and our outlook would determine our enjoyment. We had a wonderful time! Overall, the staff was professional and wanting to please...the dining room food was good...and our mini suite was comfortable, although it seemed smaller that those we’ve had on other Princess ships. A minus was the size of our balcony...very small, but held two chairs, an ottoman AND a small, round dining table. Problem was, the table took up so much room, that we couldn’t put our feet up on the ottoman, nor recline our chairs ... not enough room. We asked to have the table removed, but were told it wouldn’t fit thru the cabin door. So we kept it next to the bed as another night stand during the entire two weeks. Two big pluses are Alfredo’s and the sea food/sushi bar! Wonderful! We ate dinner there Instead of dressing up on the four formal nights. And the late brunch/lunch in the Concerto dining room on sea days was elegant...reminiscent of cruising in the “old days!” Food on the Regal was ok... nothing really special in the dining rooms, other than their perfectly made crime brûlée for dessert, and a perfectly toasted bagel served with a mountain of lox. Dinner at the Crown Grill was disappointing; it’s not contained, is very loud and the tables crowded together. The meal was no better than the dining room. We ate at Horizon Court twice, and didn’t go back. Food is not properly seasoned, sauces are bland, and nothing that was supposed to be served hot, WAS hot. And for the most part, the staff seemed bored and put upon when we asked for napkins and salt. On the up side.... we loved the layout of the ship...loved all the nooks and crannies where we could sit to read, or to have a drink and talk. We’re people who cruise for the time on board...our balcony... and to relax. We could sail on a ship to “nowhere” and be happy! The Regal is a beautiful ship. Crooners was great... very friendly staff and good drinks! We’re going home VERY happy people and would do it all over again next month if we could! We went platinum after the first week, and will definitely be looking for another Princess Cruise in the near future! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose the Regal Princess because she was a new ship and because of the fairly good reviews she was receiving. So pleased that Princess has changed the "chopped up" feeling we experienced on the Royal Princess as well as some ... Read More
We chose the Regal Princess because she was a new ship and because of the fairly good reviews she was receiving. So pleased that Princess has changed the "chopped up" feeling we experienced on the Royal Princess as well as some of their older ships. It was a pleasure to be able to walk from one end of the ship to the other without coming to a dead end and having to go down or up the stairs to reach the dining room. The Piazza was as beautiful as ever and the entertainment was really good. The Beatle tribute band the last night in the Piazza had everyone up and dancing and singing along with them. The Crooner's Lounge had a fabulous singer and piano player each night. So pleased with the affordable Mocktail beverage package. Also the internet package of $10 per day was great value, even though I did not use it. The shops had good variety and very good prices and I was able to purchase a really neat cruise theme top. Every crew member and staff and officers that we encountered were so friendly and courteous as well as helpful. The ship was so clean as well and the new Medallion experience was great. Hope other cruise lines switch to similar programs in the future. Food was very good as well as a decent variety being offered. We are really looking forward to booking another cruise on the Regal Princess in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my first time going on a cruise, and it sure didn't disappoint. We booked this cruise during my school spring break, and for my parents' 25th anniversary. (They got married on St. Thomas during a cruise on the old Crown ... Read More
This was my first time going on a cruise, and it sure didn't disappoint. We booked this cruise during my school spring break, and for my parents' 25th anniversary. (They got married on St. Thomas during a cruise on the old Crown Princess. They went on the Sun two years later.) Unfortunately, my mom couldn't go, so it was just me and my dad. Some of you may remember my thread in the forum. Anyway, this cruise is 7 days and the itinerary is Princess Cays, Falmouth, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel. It left from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In Florida, we stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel, and it sure was nice. Nice view, pretty spacious, no bugs. From a window further down the hallway, I could see Regal next to Carnival Conquest. We took the hotel's shuttle service to the port, which we waited about an hour for. They must have a thing for Celebrity Cruises, as the first ship they called for was Silhouette, then Edge, then Silhouette again. Finally, they called for Regal and Conquest. I felt bad for the couple who came a bit late who needed to get to Silhouette. Very nice people who I talked to for a while. It took us a while to get into the port because there was a bunch of tankers that kept pulling in. Not to mention the mile long line of taxis. Speaking of, we should have just called a taxi from the hotel. Once we got into the port, we had to drop off one person at Celebrity Edge, then we had to go all the way around to Carnival Conquest, passing numerous other military and cruise ships, including Harmony of the Seas. After Conquest, the rest of us were dropped off at Regal. Inside of the Princess port, we went through security and got our medallions. I got blue and my dad got gold. My mom also would have gotten gold. For some reason, my dad's medallion was defective. He had to go to the front desk twice to fix it. The first time, he got a new medallion. The second time, they said it was a problem with the account. I had no problems with mine. I like how it unlocks the door by walking in front of it. It's nice if your hands are full. But, what if you don't want it to unlock and you walk past? Does it stay unlocked? So, about this ship. What a beautiful ship. I could tell how proud of it the crew was. It wasn't very crowded. The crew and passengers were all very nice. No matter where I sat down to eat, whether it be Horizon Court or on the Lido Deck by Trident Grill, somebody came up to ask about drinks right away. The food was awesome, even though I didn't eat much. The ice cream is the best you'll ever have in your life. I had about 2 vanilla cones a day. We had the unlimited internet, but I wasn't impressed. It was pretty slow. Well, what should I expect from internet at sea? Our stateroom was mini suite M428. It was gorgeous. The balcony was big since it was at the end of the Sea View Bar. Our steward was Kleynard, or Kley as we call him, and he was absolutely awesome. He was so nice, did a great job cleaning, and would always leave us chocolates. He even would convert the couch for me to sleep on and would fold all my blankets. When he would come in the morning, he would convert it back to a couch. Thank goodness, I have no idea how to do that. If I go again, which I want to when I'm a bit older, I would certainly book this same stateroom if possible. The entertainment was really good. I loved the Sail Away celebration, with all the dancing and singing. That Love Boat horn sure was something else. That was a nice touch. Anything Love Boat related on a Princess ship is a nice touch. I'm not a big movie watcher, but I did end up going to Movies Under the Stars a couple times. The first time, I came late and still got a good seat. I got popcorn from Swirls and a blanket from Calypso Cabana. When I sat down, the head cushion fell and hit me in the head. I go to fix it and my ice cream and popcorn spill. I'm such a clod. A mom notices and sends her daughter to get me napkins. I said it was unnecessary, but she still got them anyway. The second time, I watched Crazy Rich Asians in a hot tub, which I found to be pretty stupid. Most of the movies they played were stupid. But, you couldn't drag me out of those hot tubs even if you tried. The pool was absolutely freezing, so I sat in the hot tubs talking my head off. No wonder I ended up with sun poisoning. I looked like a tomato, I was burning, had the chills later, and then my eyes swelled up shut. Ouch. I sure did like the concerts, though. I watched Elton John and Bryan Adams from the hot tub, both of which I like. What I find weird is that they start playing movies before it gets dark. They start setting up way before. One of the people I talked to had been on about 20 Princess cruises and was complaining that they played a lot of Tina Turner concerts and was tired of it. She also said that their first time on Regal was the first time they used medallions and it was full of problems. I was in the teen lounge once, and it was pretty cool. There were computers with PlayStations and a hot tub outside. There's nothing really to discuss about ports, since we didn't do any excursions. We did go onto the islands, though. Would I go again? Heck yes. I would wait a little while because I had crippling homesickness every night on this cruise. Overall, I loved this cruise and would want to go again on this same ship. (I'll post photos later, since they're all on my phone. I'll either send them to the computer or do it on my phone. If I can post videos, I will do that too. I got a good one of the Sail Away party, the Edge setting sail, people waving to us, and the horn.) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We took this cruise mainly to get away and to have the option to depart from Los Angeles. Thankfully, after we returned home both of us left the voyage confident we had made a good decision. The food was excellent and being our fifth ... Read More
We took this cruise mainly to get away and to have the option to depart from Los Angeles. Thankfully, after we returned home both of us left the voyage confident we had made a good decision. The food was excellent and being our fifth Princess cruise we felt that all of the eateries on board were excellent. The Horizon Court Buffet was the biggest surprise. It was outstanding! A huge variety with many different selections each day. Crown grill as always was excellent as was our first visit to Sabatini's. Both places the service was top of the line, with fun and knowledgable wait staff. Our room was kept immaculate by our steward. The only minor downer was that the bed had not been transitioned to a Heavenly Bed yet but we were told it was coming soon to our level (Caribe Deck). The other downer was being charged for an excursion that was paid for a few months prior, but I am confident Princess will make it right after I contact my Princess agent.That is why I have focused primarily on Princess cruises. My agent, Phoenix Quevedo, always makes a sincere effort to ensure we are well served. The cruise was great. The entertainment was excellent with something for everyone. The stage design, singers, music and energy ensured we returned every show we could. Speaking of energy, Matt O, was the best cruise director we have ever seen. He has that unique ability to entertain most anyone he comes into contact with. He is not afraid to take a change, ensuring he never allows for routine. A true professional with a God Given talent. We departed after enjoying each day of the trip well rested and actually refreshed. We have already booked our Cabo cruise for December 2019. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Loved this ship! So glad they are making a duplicate with the Princess Sky. This ship is large enough to keep everyone occupied and user friendly too. Loved the mid ship atrium. Gave the Ship a sense of community. We selected this ... Read More
Loved this ship! So glad they are making a duplicate with the Princess Sky. This ship is large enough to keep everyone occupied and user friendly too. Loved the mid ship atrium. Gave the Ship a sense of community. We selected this cruise because of the many ports of calls. Gave us a good flavor of the Western Caribbean. The medallions were really handy and helped a lot when we got off the ships with identification and getting back on the ship. Often when we disembarked there were other cruise ships. The Princess medallions and the staff would have no lines, while other cruise lines would have lines that snaked all over the pier. The entertainment was amazing and the movies under the stars truly an unique experience. We found the staterooms to be ample in size and both my husband and myself are not "small" in stature. However in all fairness we were not in the rooms much either, as there is so much to do on the ship and we booked all 4 ports of calls shore excursions. Shore excursion are pricier than what you can find in the port, however if safety and getting back to your ship on time is a concern I would stay with the Princess line shore excursions. Overall this was a wonderful experience for our entire family. We did this during spring break and brought our 2 young 20's daughters. The age mix on the ship was perfect. There were many families with small children and a few teens and college age students. The night life was very tame. If you are looking for a party boat this is not your cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Our first impression was that the ship is old and in need of some refurbishment. Our room was dirty when we arrived. If the room was not ready for us then they shouldn't have let us board early. Food was average at best, Steak only ... Read More
Our first impression was that the ship is old and in need of some refurbishment. Our room was dirty when we arrived. If the room was not ready for us then they shouldn't have let us board early. Food was average at best, Steak only offered twice during our 7 day cruise. Specialty menu's were offered every night in Any time dining but had to pay extra 19 dollars. We ordered late night traditional dining but was put on standby for that, and had to anytime dining instead. We like having the same dining mates and waiter every night but that was not to be. We were #5 on the waiting list for traditional dining and never got lower than that. Deserts were good. Caesar salad was bland so WE opted out for garden salad instead but had to ask for it since it it was not on menu. Coffee was good. We stuck with drinks-of-the-day since they were cheaper $8.95 than regular drinks but hardly any alcohol in them, didn't even get a buzz! We heard they are taking ship out of service for 30 days to refurbish it. Wait staff friendly but overheard pool bar staff not very friendly. We noticed a lot of families with kids, found out it was school winter vacation in Ohio and mid-west. Lots of kids in hot-tub and pools. Signs saying no jumping or diving into pool were not observed. and were also throwing balls and cups of water at everybody, No supervision at the pools. Surprised they didn't go on Carnival instead. Beer bottle glasses were allowed to be in pool area, a definite no-no. Told staff and they didn't care. They were doing repairs outside our cabin some morings waking us up early, banging and sanding, Not cool. They did have designated smoking areas but walkers had to share deck 7 with smokers, Cough, cough! Would not book Princess again unless it was a new ship. I like Celebrity and Royal Caribbean much better. 'Entertainment was by the Princess dancers and did 3 different shows but quality was way below other cruise lines, Comedian was very funny and Symphonee black band was excellent, played around ship. Rear pool was very wind and in the shade most of the time because of skywalk night club blocked the sun. Heard there wasa Sanctuary pool that was free to use but had to pay extra for chairs, we never went, has a small golf putting surface all the was up on top. This cruise just did not impress me. Stops were ok Princess Cays (private island) own by Princess was just ok. Gave us a BBQ, Hot dogs (bad) Burgers (worse) and ribs (ok). Did some snorkling , saw maybe 5 fish. Disappointing. Oh well, there's alway next year ! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This our 4th with Princess and the first questionable experience. We had 2 other couples with us on their first cruise. They always seemed understaffed. Drinks especially soft drinks were difficult to get. Mixed drinks were higher priced ... Read More
This our 4th with Princess and the first questionable experience. We had 2 other couples with us on their first cruise. They always seemed understaffed. Drinks especially soft drinks were difficult to get. Mixed drinks were higher priced than I remembered. It wasn’t until the fourth night that we found a waiter that we enjoyed enough to remember and and asked for her again. The food at the restaurants were just average, nothing outstanding. We ate at the Crown Grill one night. Good but barely worth the up charge, we did this on the other 3 cruises and it was always something special but not this time. Breakfast buffet was good every day. The Princess theater shows were outstanding. We get up Monday morning (day 3) and our toilets don’t flush. Neither do our fellow travelers. Our whole section of mini suites are all out. Ninth floor. Steward called it in at 7:30 am. An hour later I go to the front desk and get an indifferent “we know about it and the plumber will be working on it soon”. About 3 hours later the plumber is in the hallway with a snake routering out the line. We go to lunch and mess around a while then return to the room and it is fixed. No message or anything. I returned to customer service and explained the situation and the rep said he would check with his boss and get back to me. He did and we met again the next day and he offered us a free meal at Planks bbq for our inconvenience. Offering a group from Texas BBQ is risky to begin with. The food was actually good and the service was very good but I don’t know how they keep this restaurant open. Hardly anyone else was there. The medallions were fine but we couldn’t get the apps to work consistently. We and our traveling friends paid a lot for the mini suites and I just expected more service and quality food like we had on previous Princess trips. Somewhat disappointed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because it offered a Saturday to Saturday itinerary that could accommodate 3 couples. We have sailed with Holland America, Carnival and Royal Caribbean twice. This cruise was a little disappointing in a few areas. My ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it offered a Saturday to Saturday itinerary that could accommodate 3 couples. We have sailed with Holland America, Carnival and Royal Caribbean twice. This cruise was a little disappointing in a few areas. My review seems mostly negative, but hey, I had sun, fun, and relaxation! I am just writing things that I would have liked to have known. First, the embarkation and disembarkation process went very smoothly. We took the Princess transfer from the airport to the cruise ship terminal - 19$ per person. Next time, we will probably take a taxi (15$): you have to wait for everyone to show up (not a tremendous amount of time though) and we had some bad luck - our bus got hit by another one (took our mirror off) therefore we had to wait for a new one. Not the end of the world I suppose! We were supposed to disembark at 8:00 am, but as we were staying in Florida for one night, there was no problem leaving later. Second, the ship decor is a little dated: carpets, walls, etc. Our cabin for instance had the flat screen tv, but it was on a shelf that probably held the big square tvs... It would make more sense to mount it to the wall and get rid of that shelf. The bathroom is also the smallest I've experienced on a cruise ship. The bed was ok, but the pillows were very uncomfortable. The closet however was a very good size. On sea days, it is obviously more crowded, but very manageable. Third, the dining. The breakfast buffet was fine - what you expect at any buffet. We never went there for lunch nor for dinner. We enjoyed Slice Pizzeria and The Salty Dog by the main pool. Also, The International Cafe has a great selection of sandwiches! We ate at Planks one evening (12$ per person) - good food but HUGE servings! The main dining room was disappointing compared to other cruise lines. We were not very impressed with the food selection. One good thing is that we had selected the My time dining and never had to wait for more that 10-15 minutes for a table of 6. The service was mostly good. However, on our last formal night the waiter dropped some red wine on my dress and my husband's shirt (black so not really a big deal). They took my information down in order to clean my dress, but the service was never rendered. Pretty disappointing. The bar service is fantastic! The tastiest pina colada is by The International Cafe!! Fourth, the ports and shore excursions. Our first stop was at Princess Cays, Bahamas. You need to tender out (it went smoothly) for about 10 minutes. We reserved a clam shell (29$), but the day was a little cloudy and there are quite a few trees for shade. However, if you're planning on getting one, you need to do it on the ship. Once on land, we went to our left, would go to the right - it seemed to be less crowded. If you purchase a beverage package, it works on the island. The Bar-B-Q lunch was good: burgers, hotdogs, chicken, ribs, salads. Our second stop was in Puerto Rico. We decided to do a walking tour on our own. Take a left when you get off the pier! It is a beautiful city. We saw a lot of statues and fountains. The men visited El Morro fort (7$) and enjoyed it. If you plan on going to the Barrachina (first pina colada), try to make reservations; it is very busy. Our third stop was at Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. DO NOT take the Puerto Plata and Cabarete Beach tour. When we got to the beach, we were whisked to the bathroom (by the way ladies, there is only one for us - I ended up going into the men's where there are two...(sorry guys)), then we were seated at a table at the restaurant (Tuva). There was a bit of a language barrier (my sister ordered whiskey and we're not sure what she got - stick to beer!!), the debit/credit machine was down, it lacked organisation. The beach was fun though! The waves are big, which is fun to jump, but be careful! We then went on the city "tour". Our guide (Eladio) took us to a souvenir shop - that he called the market - (Island Treasures) and made a 5 minute speech about the stones found on the island and this is the place to buy it and you won't find better, blah, blah, blah. I bought a mask - which was 2$ cheaper at the port shop of the same name. It didn't break the bank, but I am a little disgusted by this. We then visited a church where a service was in progress - WHAT? Not one person on the tour was impressed. When we finally got back to the pier, we had very little time to shop. Our fourth and final stop was in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos. We have been to many islands in the Caribbean, this is the clearest water I've seen! We booked a White Sand Snorkel tour on our own. Zero regrets: great service, great snorkeling, rum punch!, FRESH conch salad and a beautiful sting ray encounter! If you're planning on doing a beach day, the clam shells, chairs and umbrellas are free!! Very nice touch! Overall, I got some much needed sun and a lot of fun! But for the amount of money you put towards a cruise? I just wouldn't book with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Itinerary was one of the main reasons to go on the Caribbean Prince. We have already cruised on this ship and loved it. We were celebrating a few things. My wife's Birthday, my 70th Birthday, and our 25th Weddings ... Read More
Itinerary was one of the main reasons to go on the Caribbean Prince. We have already cruised on this ship and loved it. We were celebrating a few things. My wife's Birthday, my 70th Birthday, and our 25th Weddings Anniversary. First time getting a larger suite, mainly for the size of the room and balcony. Was a little disappointed in the suite, because of the noise, no sun, sleeper sofa, and closet door making so much noise. Also my wife got her finger slammed in the door. Loved San Juan going to the Bacardi Rum distillery was the best your ever. Wish we had more time there to see more of New San Juan. The staff and service was great. Loved going to the Club Class restaurant every night. Everyone was so polite and helpful, all the way from the wait staff to the head chef. So happy with the new Medallion set up. The value for this Cruise was good. Read Less
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