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  1. I am considering making advance reservations before boarding the ship, on my next cruise. Am wonder if I do this can I change date or time when on board? Wonder if cruise gets cancelled would I get my money back? I probably would make reservations at the same time as final payment. Anyone who has made such reservations, do you have any advice. Thanks, did not find any threads with this question when I did a search.
  2. Hi all Looking at a 10 day Panama for late Feb/March One choice, Crown Princess Any thoughts on this ship? Thanks ahead 😊
  3. Looking for any information on the cost and service provided for laundry being done on board ship. Trying to get an idea of costs for my travel budgeting. Thanks in advance. Dave
  4. Hi, does anyone know the difference between a balcony cabin and a premium balcony cabin on Crown Princess please? I’ve looked on various sites, including Princess and the descriptions and cabin sizes are exactly the same. TIA
  5. Hello! We are scheduled to be on the Crown Princess (hopefully) in mid July. I just logged into my account and saw we’ve been upgraded from our interior cabin to a BA balcony room on Aloha deck. There are 4 of us and I can’t see a set up anywhere online showing the way you’d sleep 4 in a BA cabin. Anyone have any photos or experience with this? The plus 2 are our kids (10 and 7). Thanks!
  6. Watching the Broward Commissioners meeting regarding Zaandam and Rotterdam; the Port Director for Port Everglades said he was caught completely blindsided today by Crown Princess arriving with crew needing medevac. He stated this violated federal law and that the CDC and USCG were not informed either. The Carnival rep stated that Princess contacted Broward Health directly, and another Broward Commissioner had the CEO of Broward Health on the phone contesting the veracity of that statement. Even though ships need to report these instances, do the port entities question the ship or is there any kind of sign off process?
  7. Which ship would you prefer and why? No kids coming with us. We are 50-60 age range.
  8. So 12 days after dis-embarking the Crown on the 16th March we get an email from Princess in forming us that a guest has tested positive for Covid-19. What annoys me about this is why havnt we been told more information about this passenger, where the passenger lives, when was the passenger tested, were they showing symptoms when they were on board and what part of the ship was their accommodation. Its a bit late telling us that we should self isolate when we have been home for 12 days, so maybe the ambulances we saw when we came off the ship were there for a virus victim after all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rob
  9. Hi all Looking at a partial Panama Canal cruise for early December As far as the ship, witch would you choose and why? Thanks ahead 😊
  10. Slightly worrying sight yesterday while waiting on the walkway to disembark the Crown at Pt Everglades we saw 3 ambulances turn up and medical staff enter the Crown in full protective clothing and taking on 3 stretchers. Im hoping that if this was anything to do with COVID-19 then we should be informed by Princess. Also very lucky in that our Virgin Atlantic flight out of Miami last night appeared to be the last one for a while as todays flight has been cancelled and I would imagine this will be the norm for the foreseeable future, feel sorry for any passengers who are still to disembark. rob
  11. Can anyone tell me if the balconies on Crown Princess, decks 9, 10. 11. 12 are covered or partially covered? Thanks.
  12. We sailed aboard the Crown January 26 - Feb 5th. I have read many negative posts about the Crown lately so thought I would post my thoughts. We are not Princess cheerleaders although we have cruised with them enough to have Platinum status. We have also cruised Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We boarded with no problem at all. We had our Medallions delivered to us at home so we were all ready to go. We did have some trouble with traffic around Port Everglades. There were eight ships in port that day and the traffic was incredible. We had rented a car with drop off right near the port and thought that if we dropped it off by 12 we would be on the ship shortly after. Didn't happen. We boarded at 230 due to the back up of people who had rented cars, were dropping them off and then waiting for the free shuttle to take them to the port. There had to be at least 100 people waiting in the shuttle line when we got there. The traffic was so bad the shuttles had trouble getting back and forth in a timely fashion. And the shuttle only held 8 people! So we had a long wait in the warm Florida sunshine. Next time, we'll drop off the car much earlier! We had a Caribe deck cabin five doors from the back of the ship. We enjoy the Caribe deck's half covered half opened balconies. The cabin was fine, our room steward was a busy guy. He didn't seem to have a helper with him. The bed was very comfortable and the hair dryer seemed more powerful than on past cruises and dried my thick long hair very quickly. Yes, there were a few areas of rust on the balcony, who cares? We had some noisy neighbors....wish people would realize how voices carry! My other pet peeve is letting doors slam when you leave your stateroom. Really, people, just close the door by hand. The entertainment on board was good. They had an incredible opera singer at some of the shows. We saw two comedians and took advantage of Movies under the Stars to catch up on some movies we had missed. They came around with popcorn but I miss the warm chocolate cookies they used to bring around. We enjoyed the ports. We took a ship tour out to the Pitons on St. Lucia on a catamaran. It was beautiful and they anchored off a small beach so we could swim for about a half hour. I would recommend that if you want to hear anything the guide is saying to sit in the back with her because we were up front and heard nothing after the boat got out to sea. At Turks and Caicos we just went to the beach right at the port. When we arrived after 1 there were plenty of open chaises with covers. They were free so we grabbed one right away. We soon found out why the seats were empty. The beach on the right side of the dock has a very rocky bottom, making it very difficult to walk out to deeper water. Luckily we had water shoes so we were able to get in but we saw many people struggling and finally giving up and leaving to go to the other side. I don't know if there was any charge for the other side or not. In Barbados we spent the day at Bathsheba. It was gorgeous and quiet with very few people around. The taxi was $100 round trip. It is quite a good drive to get there, almost a half hour's ride. But we enjoyed it so much. You cant really swim at Bathsheba, the water is too rough which is kind of nice because not many people go there because of that. In Antigua we went to a small beach area called Beach Limerz, about a ten minute cab ride from the port. The cab was $30 round trip for both of us. We had prebooked online. The place is very small, there were only about 15 people there when we arrived. Unfortunately they had already run out of cushions for the loungers so that was a problem. The conch fritters they served in the restaurant were good but the service there was nonexistent. After sitting at a table for ten minutes and being ignored by the waitress my husband finally went to the bar to order. The beach there was wonderful, no rocks and so refreshing. In St Kitts we took a taxi to Carambola Beach Club. Beautiful beach, plenty of chairs. St. Thomas was a short day, we left at 3pm so we just browsed around the shopping mall and went back on board. We had anytime dining and ate both in the MDR and in the buffet. Food on the buffet was lukewarm most of the time. Main dining room food was better in my opinion. Anything I don't have to prepare and cook is good with me. Is it the best food ever? No, certainly not. But we were never hungry. Generally we noticed that there didn't seem to be as many waitstaff. Many times we noticed buckets of used glasses and utensils sitting around. Didn't see as many waiters in the Princess theater either. I suppose this has to do with the Medallion but the one time I tried to use mine to order drinks it froze and the drinks never came. We approached the bar to get our drinks and the waiter was closing up and couldn't help us. We didn't go to Art Auctions or Frequent Cruisers cocktail hours so can't comment on those. Also didn't use the gym or spa other than using the spa swimming pool. One area that we did enjoy was the 19th floor at the back of the ship. They have a small putting green there and a walking path ...16x around is a mile. Great place for sunsets too. The engine problem that the Crown has did not prevent us from making all of our stops. The last stop in Turks and Caicos was quite late, after 1 pm so it was after dark when we sailed away from there. All things said, it was a wonderful cruise and I wouldn't hesitate to sail the Crown again. In fact, we booked another Princess cruise while we were on board 🙂
  13. Can anyone tell me if the crown princess had tea making facilities in the cabin, I know not all princess ships do . Thank you
  14. Anyone on the Crown Princess who can tell me if any of the ports been canceled or denied docking.Going on the Crown this Monday,March 16th and I'm deciding rather to cancel or go! Not afraid of the virus,but getting quarantined for 14 days!
  15. Embarkation: We arrived at Port Everglades, sometime around 10:30am, and they had not yet begun security screening in the terminal. There were probably 50 people ahead of us in line. Once they opened up, and went through the metal detectors, we went to the wine desk to pay the corkage on the extra bottles we were bringing on board. Simple math seemed problematic at first, but eventually everyone agreed that when bringing on 5 bottles, I only had to pay corkage for three of them. A quick show of our medallions and passports and we were directed to sit downstairs. A female local agent with an alpha-male complex insisted that the priority lounge was only for elite, and not for platinum. I'm guessing that some folks complained, so her supervisor came over and escorted us upstairs, but we ended up in a room separate from the elite, with no amenities. I believe we ended up boarding around 11. We stopped by our cabin to drop off our carry-on bags and wine. The steward was still cleaning our room and seemed a bit surprised, we excused ourselves and walked around the ship a bit. The dining room wasn't open yet, so we went up to the buffet, which was thankfully/momentarily quiet. Dining: We ended up eating most of our meals in the buffet, as it was very convenient to our cabin location (R744). We only ate in the main dining room once, and that was for lunch on our last sea day. It was easily the worst meal of the entire cruise, with matzoh balls that were more like rubber balls, in a ruddy looking broth. The dining staff on the Lido deck were all very friendly and accommodating. We also dined at the Crown Grill three times, and one time each at Sabatini's, Crab Shack and Salty Dog Pub. The food and service at the Crown Grill was mostly excellent, except for our last night, when a newer server seemed to be mostly lost. Sabatini's featured the older menu. Crab Shack was "meh", not good, not awful, but certainly not worth the same $29 per head that the Crown Grill charges. The platinum/elite lounge held in sky walkers was crowded most days, but they had plenty of servers, so there was never much of a wait for a drink. Carmen was holding court in Vines, and she was clearly the queen bee. If only Princess, could clone her. Every ship needs a Carmen. Room service was also very efficient, I only wish there was more of a selection to choose from. Ship's condition: The ship was in overall good shape, with lots of work constantly going on. The only exceptions would be dinged up cabin walls, and the gold foil adhesive wrap that they used to line the interior of the aft-elevators. It was nicked and torn, and looked very cheap. Surely, they could have found a better way to refurbish these elevators. The medallion net was lightening fast, although using the app to locate your travel-mates was always good for a laugh. While my wife was sitting on the promenade deck, reading her book, the app said she was in someone's cabin on deck 8. Thank goodness I'm not the jealous type, lol!
  16. We received an email about an itinerary change for the Crown Princess due to a mechanical issue that prevents the ship from going full speed. I was disappointed to see the port times being reduced and would like to hear from someone that has recently been on the Crown as to whether or not the port times were further reduced once on board. My thought was that due to these issues, they could miss a port or further delay port arrival and I’m curious to know if anyone has experienced that.
  17. My parents are on the March 6 voyage of the Crown Princess. My mom will try to email me, but if there is anyone on the ship LIVE, please share how it's going. Thank you, Renee
  18. Hi all Looking at partial Panama Canal cruises and wondering which to chose. CB, Emerald or Crown? I see no offerings around Dec for Island or Coral We have done a few cruises on CB, Regal and Royal. Reviews are mixed. Thoughts? Thanks ahead 😊
  19. Wondering if anyone knows when you normally board in Barcelona on Princess with a 10PM departure time. Is the process like the US? We are going to be in Barcelona the day before and I was wondering if I would have time to tour the morning of the cruise and say get to the pier by 3PMish. What would you think would be the latest? I am a frequent cruiser just haven't cruised from a European port yet. TIA
  20. Thanks to #CruiseVA, for hosting a group live when we sailed together last July, and for putting the bug in my ear to start one for this sailing. This will be the 2nd time we've sailed on the Crown, and as you know, she is currently experiencing generator problems, which is affecting itineraries. We will no longer stop at Princess Cays, and our arrival/departure times for the other ports have all been slightly adjusted. Due to this, Princess is giving everyone $75 OBC. Our suitcases came out of the closet a few weeks ago, and we packed most of the basics yesterday. We just have to toss in our toiletries and meds before we go. Our roll call (linked below) started in June 2018, and is a nice mix for first time cruisers and Princess loyalists, with some staying on for 30 days or more. We will not have a meet & greet, as nobody volunteered to organize one. We will, however, have a group slot pull on the 17th, with close to 50 participants, which should be fun. Anyone on board is more than welcome to join in the conversation.
  21. Could anyone who has cruised on the Crown lately and played in the casino tell me if the casino has a variety of newer slots? Hoping for Rising Fortunes, Fire Link, Lightning Link or Dragon Link games as a few...any $ 5 or 10 Table games? Thanks!
  22. We're planning a Norwegian cruise on the Crown this June. I don't mind if the port times are adjusted, but all of the ports are important to us. If the ship will be skipping ports due to generator problems, will they advise us of the new itinerary ahead of time (so I can cancel the cruise if I want), or will we not find out until we are on board? Thanks...
  23. From online: “CROWN GRILL PREMIUM SEAFOOD AND CHOP HOUSE Cover Charge $29 per person Dinner includes one main course. Please enjoy any additional mains for $10 each.” Does that mean I can order more than one appetizer, more than one soup/salad, and more than one desert for $29? And if I want to order another beef steak it will only be an additional $10? What beef steak do you recommend? Is the beef steak better quality than that available in the main dining room? Is the meat USDA Prime grade? Is it possible to make a same day reservation? Thank you.
  24. Would Princess allow the Crown Princess to do the TA coming up in just over a month without the generators being fixed? If so, what type of problems might possibly occur? Judy from Sw Florida
  25. Good library selection and got credit for unused coffee card punches
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