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George

Age: 57

Occupation:education

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Crown Princess

Sailing Date: 2010-03-4

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

This was our first cruise on Princess after NCL (1) and Celebrity (4). Overall, there's nothing better than being on a cruise. We liked the price and size of the room (Junior Suite), but there were several negatives. We, like many, look at the ship as being the main point of the cruise and not necessarily the itinerary. As with many ships, seats were hard to find at b-fast and lunch. The entertainment so-so and the timing of the main shows and the time necessary for dinner made it difficult to get from one to the other...and find a good seat. The layout of some decks was strange too...not being able to go from one end to the other without going up or down a deck.

The food left a lot to be desired. The main buffet for breakfast and lunch is mediocre at best. The main dining room dinners were about the same. Instead of wondering what to order because everything appears really good, I was left wondering what to order because few things on the menu appeared good.

The stateroom was wonderful! Very spacious (Junior Suite) at a cost that was less than much smaller rooms on NCL and Celebrity. Plenty of room to hang clothes and and several shelves for t-shirts and other accessories.

On board activities were just ok. The rules on some of the games need to be thought-out a bit better.

Have been to Grand Caymen before and have always done the rays and snorkel excursion. We have found that other excursions are too expensive and very overrated. We would rather spend time on the ship with fewer people aboard and enjoy the pools.

Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived around 2pm and there were no lines. Our party of 6 adults left the bus and were on board the ship in about 10 minutes. The service staff throughout the ship are wonderful. On-time arrivals and departures. Crowded buffet area at mealtimes with food that was far below that served on Celebrity.
Overall, this was a wonderful cruise with the size of the room and cost well worth it.

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