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  1. With 1 week sea days the ship becomes more important to me. Which would you pick & why? Island has patisserie whereas Crown has IC but that's comparable on paper. I won't use the pool and like both selection of ports
  2. Are they still doing BOGO in the Crown Grill on embarkation night?
  3. We are onboard the beautiful Crown Princess ready to embark on our transatlantic cruise after spending a couple of nights in London. I'll try to keep up a live thread, but I decided against purchasing the internet package and will be using just my 250 free minutes for updates, checking my emails, and downloading my hometown paper. The speed of how long it takes to upload photos will determine if I get the daily Patters in here or not. There’s never enough time in London, but for this cruise, we had to postpone leaving to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 93rd birthday. We visited her for lunch and then flew out from Raleigh-Durham on Thursday evening. We flew through Toronto. Our flights on Air Canada were uneventful—just us and more than 300 others on the flight from Toronto to Heathrow. Customs and Immigration in Heathrow were a breeze. When we came last year, we had around an hour wait to get through. This time it was less than 15 minutes. It was a long walk through the airport to catch the Tube. We bought our Oyster cards for the couple of days we’d be in London. I guessed on 20 pounds for each of us. That ended up being too much, but I received refunds this morning. The Tube ride from Heathrow to Covent Garden took about 45 minutes. We were walking distance from the station to our hotel, just a few blocks away. We stayed at the Strand Palace Hotel, which is a few blocks from Trafalgar Square, appropriately located on the Strand. It’s a nice hotel. On our previous trips to London, we’ve stayed a little farther from the center of things. We spent a little more per night this trip, but we were only staying two nights. It was especially great to be within walking distance of the theaters. We did not do much the first afternoon. We arrived at the Strand Palace a little after 2. I walked to Leicester Square to buy tickets for shows. We saw Fame the first night and The Play That Goes Wrong the second. On the way to Leicester Square, I walked through Trafalgar Square to see the leftover demonstrators from some sort of environmental protest. We had seen some of them on the way from the Tube to our hotel. We ate a light supper of sandwiches from the Sainsbury’s a block away from our hotel. I originally went into the Pret nearby, but they did not have any sandwiches in stock that DH could eat. Sainsbury’s and Tesco are less expensive as well and have a nice assortment of sandwiches, especially if you get one of their meal deals. Fame was enjoyable. It starred Nica Paris. Apparently she is famous from 20 or 30 years ago. I read some reviews of the show after we saw it. There isn’t much to the show’s plot. And the rousing title number gets a little bit of an intro in the first act, segueing into another song. They do the full version at the end for the curtain call. The theater was near the London School of Economics. We saw The Old Curiosity Shop nearby. It was great being able to walk back to our hotel instead of having to catch a bus or train like we have when we stayed farther away. We both slept well. Our room at the Strand Palace was about the same size as our inside cabin on the ship. It’s an older hotel that has some up-to-date rooms but others, like ours, that haven’t been fully brought into the 21st century. The receptionist offered to upgrade us to one of the rooms with air conditioning for 30 pounds. I did not bother to ask if that was total or per night. In the heat of the summer, our room would have been intolerably hot. But it was fine for us since the high was around 80 degrees and the evenings were in the 50s. I liked the electric kettle to make tea in the morning. I went to Tesco both mornings to pick us up quick breakfasts. It was under 2 pounds the first morning and 2.09 the second. The hotel also supplied us with bottled water and packages of cookies to go with our tea.
  4. I'm currently on the Crown's transatlantic cruise from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale (September 22-October 8). The internet speed started slowly and has gotten horribly worse. The first day, I decided that we did not have enough free minutes to do everything we planned to do--read our hometown paper, check our emails, check Facebook, and keep a live thread. So I purchased unlimited internet for one device. It's gotten to the point where that is almost useless as well. Sometimes my emails won't load. Sometimes Facebook stops after loading a few posts. Our hometown newspaper won't download at all because it's too large. I'm about to give up attaching photos to my live thread because it's taking too long. On the first day, the speed was around 2 Mbps. It went up to 7.21 Mbps on our second day, but has degraded down to less than 1 Mbps. Today at the Internet Café, it was 0.52 Mbps. One of the MedallionNet folks had suggested I try to download my paper on a computer connected to the internet by a cable rather than through Wi-Fi. It's not living up to the promise of "The Best Wi-Fi at Sea." There's no way I could Facetime with anyone or stream a video. https://www.princess.com/ships-and-experience/ocean-medallion/medallionnet/ The internet manager has promised that we'll have fast speeds after October 4. That means suffering through four more days of unacceptable internet. I feel like asking for a refund.
  5. 10 nt Southern Caribbean We chose this cruise based on itinerary mostly, also wanted to try a different line. We are in are early 30's with 15 cruises under our belts. 5 NCL, 5 Royal Caribbean, 5 Celebrity. We love the sun and choose to cater our cruises towards that activity. We attend very few, if any, evening shows. Always eat in the MDR, and usually a specialty restaurant or 2. We are not big drinkers, but do have a glass a wine or 2 at dinner and a few beers here and there sitting by the pool. We appreciate good food and service, well maintained ships and friendly staff. We also have learned to appreciate the positives on cruise vacations and rarely focus on the small negatives that may occur, like they do on any trip. First impressions: Princess cruisers arrive early! On an extremely busy day at Port Everglades (i think 7-8 ships in port) it took over an hour to get from the airport to the ship, which typically takes us about 10-15 minutes. We arrived at the terminal around 12-1230 and the line to enter was a couple hundred people long outside of the building. We swiftly dropped our luggage with the porters and got in line, which moved relatively quickly. I was carrying on a case of wine we had purchased at totalwine before the trip. I understand that i could have left it with the porters, or put it in my luggage, but i didnt want to deal with the hassle of being called downstairs to pay corkage. After passing through security with my case of wine, we were directed to a side table to pay corkage and sticker our bottles. After paying the $15 per bottle corkage and the $150 or so for the 12 bottles, we were off to check in. We were greeted at the desk by a nice woman who quickly got us checked in and retrieved our ship cards. When boarding the ship (still carrying the case of wine) we got our cards scanned and pictures taken by a handheld device. This was new for us as on other cruises they have snapped our photos for the ship cards at the checkin desk. It did slow the pace of boarding, also kind of put a damper on the wow factor of stepping onboard a magnificent floating vessel. I much prefer having my photo taken at the checkin desk and a simple scan when stepping onboard. After stepping onboard and into the piazza, i came to the realization that my case of wine had instantly tripled in value! But i also needed to rid myself of this 30 pound cargo. We need to find our cabin! Cabin: Mini Suite E730. We figured that with a 10 nighter, and us being nappers, we would upgrade to a larger cabin then we normally sail in. I found this gem on the portside aft with an abnormally large balcony. I did understand the risk of having this cabin directly above Club Fusion. The noise coming from the club can not only be heard, but it can be felt! There were a few events during the day, like Zumba and trivia, and quite a few at night like karaoke, voice of the ocean, and a few gameshows. The events were almost always over by 11pm. The bow thrusters can also be felt (heavily) when entering/exiting docking situations. I slept through everything but my wife did take notice of the noise. When I entered the cabin I could clearly sense the size difference. We had a large bathroom with a tub(with a quite low shower head I might add), a huge princess luxury bed(which we absolutely loved) a fully stocked mini fridge, 2 very large tv’s, a decent condition large couch and enormous balcony. I dropped my case of wine near the fridge, took a deep breath and began my vacation! I noticed that our 36 bottles of water I had pre-ordered were also in the cabin, along with confirmation of coffee cards being loaded onto our ship cards. After a brief minute of taking it all in, a knock at the door came from our room steward. Brief introductions and 2 glasses of welcome champagne followed. I explained the wine situation and asked for ice service which he provided twice daily, even rotating bottles into the fridge/ice as they were consumed. Throughout the week he kept our room clean and organized in a timely fashion. He quickly learned our schedules and became very accommodating. Our remote did die and our tub drain did clog. Both of these issues were handled swiftly, by a simple note we left on our desk. There were no soot or wind issues whatsoever on our balcony. There is however 2 cameras facing forward and aft (i would assume for the bridge or security) that may or may not be able to see me in all my glory on my private balcony! I did not let the cameras influence my clothing decisions on my balcony during the cruise. I did get the complimentary mini bar set up of 8 nips which I had swapped out for 8 beers by calling room service. We also took advantage of the elite free laundry service and returned home with very little dirty clothes. Turnaround time was 24hours at most. We did not take advantage of the evening canapes so I cannot comment on them. After calling E730 home for 10 days, we are very happy with the location. Elevators are close by, promenade just 1 deck below, dining room was 2 decks below, balcony and terrace pool just a short ride up the aft elevators. There was some slight wear on the cabin furniture but overall in good shape for a ship of that age. I also noticed that other passengers had silenced most of the creeks and groans of the cabin with small folded paper triangles placed strategically behind the crown molding in various parts of the room. I suppose that’s one benefit of a slightly older ship. The dual TV’s were large, maybe 49 inch, LG branded newer models. One remote was given to control both TV’s. The Crown lacks the princess on demand system found on the new builds, but princess did a great job with the movies shown and we watched several - The Incredibles, Christopher robin, Peter rabbit, skyscraper, AXL, Hotel Transylvania, Venom, Crazy Rich Asians and many, many more. In house channels were definitely better quality then satellite feeds but nothing seemed to be quite HD quality like you would get at home. next up, 2 sea days followed by Aruba!
  6. I stumbled on this video today of the Crown Princess, from a series called, "Monster Ships". It's loaded with behind the scenes drama, including leaky water pipes, and missing cases of peeled garlic.
  7. Yesterday I was trying to take advantage of an EZ Air glitch and Princess managed to royally screw up my air reservations. As an I'm sorry they gave me a $300 OBC and a free specialty dinner. They tried to push me towards Sabatini's but I had already look at the menus and knew it wouldn't work for us. I went for the Crown Grill. 2 of us are steak eaters and the other will go for the fish. Do they have any signature cocktails? We have the PBP. We are on the Sky if that matters. On an 11 night cruise. Which night is the best night to skip the MDR?
  8. Has anyone cruised in either of these cabins R403 or R 407 on the Crown? Can anyone tell me what is in white area around them? Thanks
  9. DH is not comfortable sitting at a high top table (with the elevated chairs). We would love to try the Salty Dog Gastropub on our upcoming Crown Princess cruise, but I've read that the only seating available is at high tops. Has anyone eaten there and sat at a "regular" table?
  10. We're sailing on the Crown next month. Our ME cabin is forward of the forward elevators. We have assigned "early seating". I assumed we'd be using a midship MDR, either the Da Vinci on deck 6, or the Michelangelo on deck 5. However, I thought I read somewhere that the fully aft Botticelli on deck 6 was used for all traditional dinning. I hope that is not correct; can anyone confirm? That's a pretty long hike! 😉 Thanks Doug
  11. My wife and I are looking at the Crown for a transatlantic and British Isle cruise in april 2021. When would be the beat time to book and does princess offer any deals for this type of cruise? This will be our first transatlantic and European cruise.
  12. On the home stretch of a brutal drive from Tampa. We don't want to get to the port too early with the Coast Guard inspection and delayed boarding. If anyone at the port can give a heads up when boarding starts it would be much appreciated!!
  13. Can any adult use the Crown Spa Pool without paying? We will be in a full suite which I know gets access to the Thermal Suite. Thanks.
  14. I’m sure someone has probably answered this question, but I can’t find it in search. I’m just curious what happened to these cabins. Does anyone know?
  15. We are booked next year doing back to back cruises and booked into cabin C750 for one cruise but could not get this for the second one and so have C749. Does anyone know what the differences are between these suites. Are the balconies the same? On the deck plan it looks about the same but can't find out anything about any differences between the suites. Has anyone stayed in either of these? We stayed in D736 before which is a corner aft suite and loved it - is this similar? Thanks
  16. We just got an email this morning stating our 16 day TA from Southampton to Ft Lauderdale is now being postponed to sail on Nov 23, 2021 rather than Nov 4th due to scheduled ship maintenance. Since it's a 19 day postponement, I'm guessing they are planning a major renovation. Two questions. Would this be a fair assessment and what is the weather like in the north Atlantic in late Nov - early Dec? The scheduled ports are Brussels, Portland (UK), Bordeaux, Bilbao, Lisbon and the Azores before heading on to Ft Lauderdale. Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated, especially with regards to the weather.
  17. I'm on the Crown's transatlantic. The captain just confirmed that we'll be skipping our scheduled stop at Ponta Delgada due to Hurricane Lorenzo. We were supposed to be there on Tuesday, October 1. He said we should make it to Fort Lauderdale on schedule on October 8. We'll have eight fun days in a row at sea instead of six. We left Lisbon this afternoon shortly after the captain made his announcement.
  18. When I looked for ship reviews in cruisecritic, they were for a British Isles cruise. We are sailing on her to the Norwegian fjords, and hoped to read reviews of previous sailings with that itinerary. If so, how far back in time should I look? If not, what other Princess ship may have been doing this cruise so I can read those reviews at least for ports?
  19. We will be on the Crown Jan 16 for 10 days. Excited! A few questions: I love Voice of Ocean. Will they still be doing it in Jan? Does anyone have a current menu for Sabatinis? We like creamy alfredo like dishes not tomato based sauce. Last time I was on princess they didn't seem to have much like that. Trying to decide whether it is worth paying extra for. Do do they do Crab Shack on a set night or is it random? We will be in a suite. Is there a special lounge with free drinks or snacks etc? And in general what do you love most on the Crown? Shows not to miss, fav food, secrets? Thanx!
  20. Would love to hear your thoughts on the Crown Princess, sailed on her many years ago. Looking at another one I would like to take, but have read some very negative reviews. Thank you for any help!!!
  21. Just came off the Crown Princess last week and was wondering why the cruise line took the extra chair in the balcony cabins out. I asked the stateroom attendant and she said they were taken out last year. I sailed the Diamond in Feb 2018 and we had the extra chair in our balcony cabin.
  22. I'm currently on the Crown's transatlantic cruise. We skipped going to Portland, U.K., today due to high winds and seas. The captain made the announcement this morning around 7. The announcement came into our stateroom, not just the speakers in the corridors. He said we will head to Le Verdon-sur-Mer and get there on time. So I guess we're going slower than we would have if we had left this afternoon at 6. According to a woman at breakfast, she heard about skipping Portland last night from one of the crew members. I'm not sure why they did not announce it then so that those with excursions planned did not have to get up early. So far, we haven't received any credit for the port fees and taxes on our accounts. I'll mention it when we do in the live thread I have going about our cruise: https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/2697814-live-crown-princess-transatlantic-cruise-92219-10819/ We did not have any plans other than to take the shuttle to Weymouth and enjoy walking around there today. So it's not a big deal to us that we skipped this port. I was hoping to spend some of our leftover pounds for a nice lunch and a beer or two. I feel sorry for those with big excursions planned to Stonehenge, tank museum, or other places.
  23. We have normally cruised in insides. DW discovered on our very first cruise that she slept well with the total darkness. This coming summer we will be on a Norwegian fjords cruise on the Crown. The price for an OV was very close to that of an inside cabin especially since it also included extra OBC of $50 each compared to an inside. Our TA also mentioned when I said we were considering the OV that it was a larger cabin. But, it has now been mentioned to me that we will be in the "Land of the Midnight Sun". So my question is will there be a blackout curtain to make it dark at night.
  24. We'll be on the Crown Princess in a couple of weeks and I'm intrigued by the Thermal Suite. I saw a video that shows all the steam rooms, stone beds, showers etc. It was briefly mentioned that there was a Jacuzzi within the Lotus Spa. I'm actually more interested in the jacuzzi. I have knee issues and thought it might be helpful after a long day of excursions. Two questions: Do you have to pay to use just the jacuzzi? And how much is the Thermal Suite per day or for a 12 day cruise? Thanks!!
  25. Wondering if anyone who has been on the Crown this past summer can tell me if the Wine Package was offered. We are headed there next week for the transatlantic. My understanding is that if offered they only have the Gold Tier? Does anyone know the level of price per bottle and the current costs and number of bottles included? Thank you in advance for your help!
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