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Steve Greenwell

Age: 61

Occupation:IRS Customer Service Rep

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Crown Princess

Sailing Date: 2009-11-7

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

My wife and I enjoyed the cruise. The Crown Princess does an excellent job of packing us in, mustering us, and disembarking us. They're not bad on the steps in between either. Accustomed to the promenade deck of the Voyager class Royals, we thought that the piazza was too crowded for the formal reception on the second night. So much for our only complaint about the cruise.

Food is better than that of the Royals. We dined traditional with first seating. We were blessed with great table mates and two servers who were not just good servers but a good partnership, which this bridge player appreciates wherever he sees it. Every dinner was to enjoy. Breakfast on the Lido deck is also better than that of Windjammer. Since I tend to eat a farmer's breakfast on cruises, that's important! The Columbian coffee is a mite stronger and funkier than most of us Americans are used to; mixing half real coffee with half decaf is a good idea. We did not try the specialty restaurants.

Ocean view stateroom was smaller than what we had on Royals. Moreover, we were on Deck 12 with Princess, vice Deck 6. Since winds were 25-30 knots [add 4 or 5 for miles per hour] we felt the motion more this time than before. We're used to it, but anyone thinking of cruising has a right to be advised of this. Our room attendant was also great.

Shows in the theater were great, but not as many as were in Royal. However the piazza had Spank, a great doo-wop group, and a good classical quintet. Comedians were OK but in cabaret venues, which were crowded.

Do spend the day in Princess Cay, and do rent a clam shell. Do rent a paddle boat too. On Grand Cayman, do schmooze with the dolphins, or any of the animals. On Cozumel, do hit the beach and book the excursion with the grub. And do hope you can get sunshine at Roatan, so you can tell me about your excursion there.

Hurricane Ida visited our ports of call just before we did. She left somewhat rough seas behind. The Crown looks somewhat top heavy and is crowded for its size. However we only noticed it bad during the first formal night reception, and we enjoyed the cruise.

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