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Brennan Gillis

Age: 30

Occupation:Manager

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Crown Princess

Sailing Date: 04-15-2009

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

This was our first cruise. We were impressed with the comfort of the ship, the staterooms, and overall logistics and coordination. We rarely had to wait in a line-up and the disembarking for shore excursions was convenient. Cruising was smooth and fairly quiet. The rooms were spacious and beds very comfortable. Our cabin steward and waiter were excellent, so accommodating caring and friendly.
We were very displeased with the constant up-selling. The Princess Cruise tagline is "escape completely," but we never felt at ease due the constant up-selling. When dining, waiters were promoting additional drinks or the next day's events. At the Spa, we were encouraged to buy products.

We were somewhat disappointed with the food. We expected more local fresh fruits and better variety (Florida and Eastern Caribbean). The food was not much different than the variety at our local Canadian grocery stores. Although the evening dining menus were very nice, I would only classify 3/7 meals as excellent.

The Stateroom offered more space than anticipated. We booked a room with a window, but in hindsight, we should have paid the additional price for a balcony. It would have provided more privacy for sunbathing and offered an escape from the crowds during at-sea days. The steward was excellent - friendly and accommodating. Rooms were cleaned and checked regularly.

Onboard activities were okay. We did not participate in many activities. We enjoyed the Casino, Fitness Centre and watched some of the side entertainment acts. My wife purchased a message at the Spa, and we both participated in the wine tasting. Unfortunately, the both experiences involved an up-sell attempt which took away from the "vacation like" experience so commonly advertised - my wife felt more after the message avoiding the up-sell on creams and other products.

Don't Miss - For a relaxing beach experience, take a taxi to Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas. Bus tours can be okay, but sometimes the "play by play" can be tiring. A quiet taxi ride in a smaller vehicle allows you to experience the roads and scenery. It can be pricey $11 per person one way, but it's a nice change from the crowds.

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