Welcome back travel bugs! I know what you mean about wishing you were in the Caribbean. Sure wish I could live there, but then I guess it wouldn't be such a wonderful treat. I don't know though, somehow, I think I'd be thankful for every day.
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the Crown. Sorry about the food and the wait. I guess we've just been lucky or gone when the lines were short. We've never had to wait more than 5 minutes. I agree that the food at the buffet is great, but I still like being served for dinner. We usually do breakfast and lunch at the buffet, then have dinner in the dining room.
I do hope you post some pictures, I'd love to see them. I haven't sailed on the Crown---yet
Take care and try to stay warm!