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Crown Princess Review

Launched in 2006, Crown Princess is one of the line’s largest ships and follows Princess Cruises’ plan of "evolution" not "revolution" in ship design. She featured the most popular elements of previous vessels in the fleet and introduced the Sanctuary,

a successful adults-only retreat, and street performances in the Italian-inspired Piazza atrium.

With dramatic atriums and Skywalker's Nightclub (the spoiler hovering 150 feet above the stern), Caribbean Princess is a supersize version of the older Grand-class vessels with an extra deck of passenger accommodations. Not quite identical to Caribbean Princess, the younger ships in the class, Crown, Emerald, and Ruby Princess have introduced more dining options. Several signature public spaces have been redesigned or relocated on these ships as well—the atrium on Crown, Emerald, and Ruby Princess resembles an open piazza and sidewalk café; Sabatini's Italian Trattoria is found on a top deck with views on three sides and alfresco dining; and Skywalker's Disco is forward near the funnel (where it's topped with a sports court). Inside spaces on all three vessels are quietly neutral, with touches of glamour in the sweeping staircases and marble-floor atriums. Surprising intimacy is achieved by the number of public rooms and restaurants that swallow up passengers.

Princess Cruises may be best known for introducing cruise travel to millions of viewers, when its flagship became the setting for The Love Boat television series in 1977. Since that heady time of small-screen stardom, the Princess fleet has grown both in the number and size of ships. Although most are large in scale, Princess vessels manage to create the illusion of intimacy through the use of color and decor in understated yet lovely public rooms graced by multimillion-dollar art collections.

Princess has also become more flexible; Personal Choice Cruising offers alternatives for open seating dining (when you wish and with whom you please) and entertainment options as diverse as those found in resorts ashore.

Lovely chapels or the wide-open decks are equally romantic settings for weddings at sea with the captain officiating.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • Movies Under the Stars on the huge poolside screen have proven to be a big hit
  • The Wheelhouse Bar serves complimentary pub lunch at noon
  • The adults-only Sanctuary is a private deck with posh loungers for a fee

Cons

  • Priority dining reservations are extended only to Elite Captain's Circle members
  • The terrace overlooking the aft pool is a quiet spot after dark, but the nearest bar often closes early
  • Opt for Anytime dining and you may encounter a wait for a table
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,200
  • Entered Service 2006
  • Gross Tons 113,000
  • Length 951 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,538
  • Passenger Capacity 3,080
  • Width 118 feet
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Apr 28, 2017

Review of Crown Princess

Casey Age: 22 Occupation:Student Number of Cruises: 3 Cruise Line: Princess Ship: Crown Princess Sailing Date: 2016-06-14 Itinerary: Alaska Overall, the stops were very fun, however it would have been more fun if I wasn't on a boat the whole time. My family and I agreed that we won't be going on another cruise anytime soon. The service was not good. You can tell the employees didn't want to be there. The major disappointment was getting into Victoria,

BC 2 hours late. Once we docked, they couldn't let us off the boat because of a group of people that weren't cleared. I feel like it would have been smarter if they dealt with that group of people before docking. Another thing, on one of the last days, they painted some things and the whole ship smelled of paint which was unpleasant. I am a vegetarian and I found the food to be extremely infuriating. The buffets did not have adequate signs. It was almost impossible for me to dissever what had or didn't have meat in it. There was meat hidden in thinks like potato salad. It was difficult to ask the employees because they were unaware and didn't understand. I went to get ramen at the buffet and asked if they had vegetarian miso broth, the employee said yes but it turns out it was chicken miso. It was better for me to dine at the sit down restaurants but ultimately, I didn't completely trust Princess with my food. They have non-vegetarian meals labeled as vegetarian. I mean, literally, "Vegetarian blah blah blah, with salmon" It's kind of ridiculous. My stateroom was good. I didn't spend too much time in it. The only thing that really bothered me was the first night I went to take a shower and there was a ton of hair on the walls of the shower, absolutely disgusting. Makes me wonder what else they didn't clean. There was karaoke which was fun. There was also bingo and outdoor movies. Make sure to book your excursions with the excursion's website/phone number only. Not through any second party (other than the Princess) There seems to be a lack of communication if not directly booked. Overall it was a fun trip, I very much enjoyed the stops. The cruise part was fun because we made it fun with our friends and family. In the future, we will not be traveling by cruiseship

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Apr 4, 2017

Top best

This is one of the top of the line ship going to Alaska. Very luxurious and breath taking.

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Mar 3, 2017

A Ship Too Large

This was our first large ship experience, and we found it crowded and tiring. The huge size made getting anywhere a daunting hike, especially for someone with mobility issues. Waits for elevators were frequent. Just feeding such a large number of passengers makes hot food a virtual impossibility, except in the intimate little International Cafe. Food quality was not of the best compared with comparable cruise lines. Think flavorless bacon, meat sometimes

tough, little variety in fruit or vegetables, almost no ethnic cuisine except for occasional steam table offerings in the Lido. We missed the themed meals (Italian nights, etc.) and special food events such midnight buffets that we are used to on other cruise lines. Public spaces were crowded, noisy, and echoing, with insufficient seating for events in the atrium. In fact, except for the meagerly stocked library, it was hard to find anyplace to sit, especially a quiet place. In favor of the Crown Princess, the itinerary was imaginative (Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina via Cape Horn). Stability was quite good considering the rough seas in the far southern latitudes. The open dining option worked very well for us; seldom a wait for a table for two, if we picked our times carefully; but then, we usually dine late even at home. Service throughout the ship was friendly and helpful.The crew is drawn seemingly from all the world, but command of English was generally quite good. Overall, we wouldn't be tempted to travel again on a ship this large.

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Mar 3, 2017

A Ship Too Large

This was our first large ship experience, and we found it crowded and tiring. The huge size made getting anywhere a daunting hike, especially for someone with mobility issues. Waits for elevators were frequent. Just feeding such a large number of passengers makes hot food a virtual impossibility, except in the intimate little International Cafe. Food quality was not of the best compared with comparable cruise lines. Think flavorless bacon, meat sometimes

tough, little variety in fruit or vegetables, almost no ethnic cuisine except for occasional steam table offerings in the Lido. We missed the themed meals (Italian nights, etc.) and special food events such midnight buffets that we are used to on other cruise lines. Public spaces were crowded, noisy, and echoing, with insufficient seating for events in the atrium. In fact, except for the meagerly stocked library, it was hard to find anyplace to sit, especially a quiet place. In favor of the Crown Princess, the itinerary was imaginative (Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina via Cape Horn). Stability was quite good considering the rough seas in the far southern latitudes. The open dining option worked very well for us; seldom a wait for a table for two, if we picked our times carefully; but then, we usually dine late even at home. Service throughout the ship was friendly and helpful.The crew is drawn seemingly from all the world, but command of English was generally quite good. Overall, we wouldn't be tempted to travel again on a ship this large.

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Jun 13, 2016

Alaska

Overall, the stops were very fun, however it would have been more fun if I wasn't on a boat the whole time. My family and I agreed that we won't be going on another cruise anytime soon. The service was not good. You can tell the employees didn't want to be there. The major disappointment was getting into Victoria, BC 2 hours late. Once we docked, they couldn't let us off the boat because of a group of people that weren't cleared. I feel like

it would have been smarter if they dealt with that group of people before docking. Another thing, on one of the last days, they painted some things and the whole ship smelled of paint which was unpleasant. I am a vegetarian and I found the food to be extremely infuriating. The buffets did not have adequate signs. It was almost impossible for me to dissever what had or didn't have meat in it. There was meat hidden in thinks like potato salad. It was difficult to ask the employees because they were unaware and didn't understand. I went to get ramen at the buffet and asked if they had vegetarian miso broth, the employee said yes but it turns out it was chicken miso. It was better for me to dine at the sit down restaurants but ultimately, I didn't completely trust Princess with my food. They have non-vegetarian meals labeled as vegetarian. I mean, literally, "Vegetarian blah blah blah, with salmon" It's kind of ridiculous. My stateroom was good. I didn't spend too much time in it. The only thing that really bothered me was the first night I went to take a shower and there was a ton of hair on the walls of the shower, absolutely disgusting. Makes me wonder what else they didn't clean. There was karaoke which was fun. There was also bingo and outdoor movies. Make sure to book your excursions with the excursion's website/phone number only. Not through any second party (other than the Princess) There seems to be a lack of communication if not directly booked. Overall it was a fun trip, I very much enjoyed the stops. The cruise part was fun because we made it fun with our friends and family. In the future, we will not be traveling by cruiseship

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