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Age: 53

Occupation:hospital employee

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Crown Princess

Sailing Date: 2011-11-25

Itinerary: southern carribean

Took the Crown Princess because it is owned by Carnival. Booked early when it was still going to Curacao and Aruba. Itinerary changed to Bonaire and Aruba after made final payment. This cruise is specifically for over the 70 age crowd and repeat Princess cruisers. Food was chopped fine as to accommodate dentures and was not even as good as hospital food, lacking in taste, but good presentation. Just not impressed at all. Movies under the stars is being used as the ships main entertainment with Clark Gable movies, etc. Comedians are funny if over 70. There was so many seniors carts on the ship they should have had races to see who could go the fastest. Cabins are extremely small and my 5 foot 4 inch, 140 lb. body barely fit in the shower. If this is your first cruise, forget it, as they do not let you know where to get a drink package, coffee package, or how to find your way around the ship. Had to navigate through cabin hallways to get anywhere, no direct access. This cruise is just too expensive for what you get, too many extra charges for water, soda, coffee, alcohol, sancturary $20 day, etc.

I would rate the food at a 2/5. Olive Garden serves better pasta and Princess served rusty lettuce salads every single day . Dining room food entre okay but lacked vegetables. Very hard outer crusty bread with no substance inside. Ask for soft buns. The chef served a few things I just could not force myself to eat, tomato soup that had too much lemon in it, watermelon and pumpkin seeds, watermelon was virtually mush. Not once, had a piece of pineapple that was ripe. If you are coming from a Retirement Home the food would be exceptional. Baked Alaska was just ice cream with meringue, no brownie base. The food in the Cafe Caribe was by far the best on the ship and after visiting the dining room in the afternoon to see what they were serving and not finding anything appealing we ate there instead. We ate in the dining room for the 2nd formal night, lobster and shrimp, it was very bland. I would suggest that they get a new head chef or start thinking about the under 70 age groups when it comes to food.

Stateroom very small. Room for bed and about a 2 foot walking clearance. Thank goodness we had a balcony and this was the very best part of our room. Bathroom extremely small. Could hardly move around in the shower to wash my hair. Bring your own shampoo and conditioner, theirs may be fine for virgin hair only, made mine very frizzy.

Surprisingly they had adequate closet space for two people. But there was no way both of us could get ready for dinner at the same time, one had to lie on the bed or sit on the balcony while the other got ready.

Mattress very hard. I had mine changed with no problem. Cabin steward very efficient, but no animal towels made up at nighttime. Coffee served in the room in morning arrived consistently 10 minutes early. No captain announcements heard in the cabin.

On board activities are good if you are over 70. All shows geared to over 70. Princess theater shows just repeats.

The princess patter would say one thing and then another would happen. Times changed. Tour of the ship was too early at 2 pm on embarkation day, we missed it as could not find the 18th floor.

Had a terrible time navigating around the ship, elevators do not have enough information in them as to what deck to go to for what service. Botticelli dining room difficult to get to. Not all elevators go to all decks. Just nothing offered that was fun for under 70 unless you like to play Bingo.

WE did no excursions that were booked through Princess.

This was an unforgettable trip (never again). I am 53 and traveled with my husband 47. We simply would not take another Princess cruise. Everything is aimed at the retirement crowd and return cruisers. Once on board, in order to have a good time you really need to bring $1000.00 US each to spend on extras, so you can enjoy a cappuccino coffee x2 was $8.00, water in your room 3.75, a glass of wine 7.95, crappy picture on formal night (40$), a place to lay on a lounger (Sanctuary 20 a day each), massage approx $100, acupuncture $150 first visit, coffee card $29, 6 coke package in room $11, coke on decks $50.00, juice ?, too many extra charges, even the airline offered free coke, and drinks while flying. People say that Princess is better, I don't think they have cruised with other lines so cannot compare.

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