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  1. 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!!
  2. 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!
  3. Am having difficulty getting info and/or reviews about Club Class. We got a mini-suite (but not a “Club Class Mini-Suite”) on our upcoming Crown Princess cruise. I think we may be able to upgrade for another $100/pp, but I’m not sure; nor am I sure it’s worth it. Any advice appreciated.
  4. 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!!!
  5. Hi All, I am looking to book a Balcony cabin on the Crown Princess. Do any of the decks have larger balconies than other decks? (like the Caribe Balconies on Sapphire) Are there any particular locations you would go for or avoid? Thanks
  6. Crown Princess or Regal Princess and what do you like better?
  7. It has been many years since I am on Crown Princess. Has anyone on Crown Princess lately and use the Laundry room? 1. Is the detergent and drying sheet machine still using coin (quarters) or it now accepting on board cruise card? 2. The laundry machine still operating using coin? How much per load? Just wonder I need to bring some coin, detergent and drying sheets?
  8. Since the Crown is now a medallion ship and they have taken away the mailboxes outside the staterooms, is there anywhere near the door to leave a note for the occupants (we’re not taking our phones on the ship so communicating through medallion is not an option)....thx!
  9. Returned today from Crown Princess and for those boarding, or any other person onboard a Princess cruise ship, beware of eating chicken. Thursday night wife ordered Southern Fried chicken for dinner in MDR. When it arrived it wasnt just under cooked but raw in the middle with blood oozing out. Spoke to waitress who agreed it was raw and bloody and fetched the Head Waiter all he asked is if we wanted another meal. Left restaurant spoke to Head Waiter/Restaurant Manager at the entrance to MDR he was very apologetic and took our cabin number and said he would pass on to relevant department and an investigation would be done and we would be contacted the next day. Went to reception and reported the incident that same evening and she wrote all details on computer and said it would be forwarded for urgent action. Next day heard nothing at all from nobody within the ship's senior management. Spoke to assistant maitre'd by phone from reception last night and he had no idea of incident and asked me for details. He said he would investigate and get back to me this morning before our disembarkation which he promised he would. Surprise, surprise he didn't so Princess obviously dont care about the risk serving under cooked ,raw, bloody chicken and risking Salmonella, which can kill to the people who cruise on their ships. Absolutely disgusted with Princess and their couldnt care less attitude.
  10. Sailing in 2 weeks! Can anyone tell me what the current movies on MUTS or the TV are?
  11. We returned from a Crown British Isles cruise last week, and I was diagnosed with pneumonia. Several in our Facebook group also had health issues and that was from a very small sample size. Our cabin was comfortable the first week, but then we started waking up with us and the bed soaked even though the thermostat was as low as it would go. I started with a little cough but could never shake it. It may have been just a few of us, but if there is a problem, then it needs fixed.
  12. Just got an up sell offer to move up to Crown Suite. Are there any “bad” suites? How are the ones up front on the Lido deck? How are A752 and A 753 which have partial obstruction? Thanks.
  13. My DH and I are considering a 14 day cruise to Norway on Crown Princess June 2020. Any thoughts on the ship (we last sailed her 10 years ago) or the itinerary would be greatly appreciated. We need to make a decision soon if we want to take advantage of the Landmark Sale promo. Has anyone had experience with this promo? Lots of questions, I know, but CC is the place to get answers!
  14. We would love to do a British Isles itinerary. Looking ahead to 2021, it looks like the Crown is the main ship. We were on the Crown in 2015 and would like comments of her recent condition, service, etc. We would much prefer the Regal in 2020 but the afts have been booked on our possible dates- (we really prefer afts!). Also, there are so many options on dates and slightly varied itineraries. Thoughts and experiences? Thanks!
  15. I know she is getting older, but how do you feel about the ship? The Crown is actively scheduled where we really want to go in the next few years with itineraries we like. Darn... wish it was the Regal Thanks!
  16. Quick question I had a angled balcony on Caribbean Princess and the steward was happy to bring me a lounge chair for it. I just snagged C709 on the Crown Princess for March. Anyone have any experience of problems getting Lounge chairs for the balcony? Thanks! Any feedback on cabin welcome too but the location looks great to me as I love aft...
  17. 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.
  18. Quick question—we will be on the Grand Hawaiian cruise on NYE out of SF this December. We want to have a special dinner that night so I have reservations at the Crown Grill. A seasoned cruiser told me that most cruise lines have a special menu to celebrate NYE and to save my money! Is there a special or different menu on NYE in the MDR on the Grand? Thanks!
  19. Does the Princess Crown have the same setup in The Sanctuary as is setup on the Princess Regal? Thanks!
  20. Does anyone have a copy of the Patter for the first full sea day for this cruise? Trying to plan some group activities and hard to know when major activities occur and work around those. First day after embarkation is stop at Princess Cay and following day is the first sea day. Thanks.
  21. Hello, Quick question... Which Vista suite would you pick on Crown Princess? Cruise is 10 day Panama Canal. THANKS!
  22. We are looking at booking a British Isles cruise for 2021 when the itineraries are released next week.. It looks like it will be the Crown Princess in early May... We are newbies, have only been on 2 Royal Caribbean cruises so far, but have an Alaska cruise booked on Coral Princess for June 2020. So we have never booked anything this far in advance, but I know I can just keep checking the price and rebook it if the price goes down, so I thought we should go ahead and make the reservation now... My question is... what balcony cabins are the best? In terms of cabin and balcony size, a covered balcony, good location, etc.... We have been on Serenade of the Seas and had a deck 9 covered balcony that was great... so we would like something similar to that... We would be okay with middle to aft location.. preferably not too high up so my Seabands will work as well as they have in the past! Thanks for any advice!
  23. For those of you that don’t want the details we had a great time, enjoyed the heck out of the trip and are very glad we did it. What follows is a summary of the things we thought exceed expectations along with some things we thought could use some improvement. We will also give you a run-down of what we did in every port and who we did it with. We do not Bingo, Casino, Art, Photo, Gym, Trivia or spend a lot of time in the bars so will not have much feedback in those area. We will start out with some main areas and general comments: Room/Ship: We had a standard Balcony on the Aloha deck. Our room was impeccably maintained by our friendly and caring room steward. And we could not have been more pleased. The room was bigger than our hotel room we had in London prior to the cruise (more on that later). Bed was beyond comfortable and we used the balcony more than we thought we would (because the cruise is port intensive we had considered getting an inside cabin, were are glad we didn’t). Our TV had some issues but other than that we were beyond satisfied. We sailed on the Sapphire Princess to Hawaii a few years ago and one thing we liked about that ship was that on one of the pool deck areas that had a clear cover. That was nice because you could find a quiet place to read, enjoy the sunshine, but not freeze because of the cool sea temperatures. I assumed that this cruise, because of the cool rainy weather would have that as well. It did not. As a result, the pool areas were for the most part unused and if wanted to get away from the sensory overload from the public areas of the ship your only choice was your room. Food/Drinking/Dining Dinner: As a perk our travel agent (AAA) provided a complementary dinner in each of the two specialty restaurants. We all of our other dinners in the DaVinci dining room. The service in the specialty restaurants was amazing as was the food in Sabatinis. The Veal Chop I had was to die for. The Crown Grill was a disappointment. When you walk in they show you examples of the different cuts of meat. While I understand when you cook it shrinks a but the cut of meat I had was about half the width of the example. It did not seem to be seasoned and was not very flavorful. I love good coffee and was disappointed to learn that the main dining rooms and specialty restaurants do not serve fresh ground coffee but the same awful coffee they serve up in the buffet. The deserts at both the specialty restaurants were amazing. We enjoyed our meals in DiVinci a great deal. The food was good enough, the service was also outstanding. The three folks that greeted and seated you were three of the most customer focused staffers I have ever met and the wait staff was not far behind. We shared a table every night at dinner and feel sorry for those folks that don’t. We met some interesting folks including a former member of the New Mexico Supreme Court, a nun, and a former Mayor of a small town in England. In addition to that we met several Aussies that are taking some amazingly long what for them is winter vacations, and several folks for other parts of the US and Canada. Had some great conversations and enjoyed all the different perspectives. Some ladies from the UK got my wife hooked on mint tea that you make with just fresh mint leaves. Must have gotten popular because a couple of days later they said they ran out of fresh mint leaves. Lunch: They only have lunch in the dining room on sea days and we enjoyed lunch there on both of those. We had lunch in the Buffet one day which was fine. The other days we had lunch off the ship or skipped it all together. Breakfast: We had four breakfasts in the Dining Room and the rest up in the Buffet. You actually get a better breakfast in the Buffet but we enjoy the atmosphere in the dining room more. We had some old coffee cards that were supposed to never expire but are now not going to be valid after the end of August. Because the coffee in the buffet and dining rooms is so bad we would go and get a cup of fresh brewed coffee in the lobby to use up the remaining punches on the coffee card and take that coffee for breakfast. Reminds me of a few years ago when we went to Disney. We had purchased some four day passes for Disney world several years earlier but we had only use 3 of the days. They said they would never expire. 15 years later we were in Southern California and had one day to go to Disney Land so we brought our passes thinking that they probably expired. Nope they happily accepted them and let us keep the old paper pass as a souvenir. Part of good customer service is not changing the rules after the fact. Disney know that, Princess does not. Other: Wine is a hobby of mine and I am in the business. One thing we like about princess is that on longer cruises like this one they sell a wine card where if you agree to buy so many bottles you get them at a reduced rate. We bought the 12-bottle package that lets you buy any bottle of wine up the $45 for $29. If you buy a bottle of wine over $45 the reduce the price by $45. When you did this, especially with the non-California wine it brought the price down to close to what you would pay at a wine retail store. Thermal Spa This was our 5th princess cruise and all the previous ones we purchased the thermal spa pass. The Thermal Spa is an area below the massage area that has steam rooms, saunas, special showers, and heated stone beds. A great place to relax. On this cruise because there were only two sea days we were only going to get day passes. On this cruise they were only selling cruse long packages so we purchased those and because the spa was open until 11 we were able to use it on about 60% of the days. Internet Our cruise had the new improved “Medallion Net” service. We paid $99 to connect one device for the duration of the cruise (you can use multiple devices but only one at a time). They advertise it as being as fast as your home network. Although it is much, much, better than the prior service which was unusable, it is slower than you home network, and occasionally does not work at all. That said it is usable and I would do it again. “Medallion Class” When we first got on the ship, we were only issued a normal cruise card but on the second day we got our medallion. We were helping them debug the system so we had to use both the medallion and the cruise card when getting on and off the ship. Other than unlocking your door just by being near it I am not certain what the big deal for the customers is. I can understand why it benefits Princess because they can now track your every movement on the ship (which I find kind of creepy). Princess must be really proud of this because they are making it out to be a big big deal. I wish they had put the money into better dining room coffee. On the Prominade deck, near the photo area, they even erected a shrine to the medallion during our time on board. They even came out with a line of medallion-wear that you insert your medallion into. I found that kind of funny because in the shrine area there is a picture of a man putting a medallion wear neckless on the neck of his wife and by the expression on her face you would think she had just received the hope diamond. Entertainment The singers and comedians on the ship were all very good and because of that we attended more of those shows than we normally do. Enjoyed them a great deal. Wish they would allow them to perform for more than 45 minutes. Ports: Pre-Cruise: We contracted for the 4 day London pre cruise package from a company called Interational Friends. The package included airport pick up, 3 nights at the Royal Garden Hotel overlooking Kensington Gardens and Palace, a full day tour of London, hotel pickup and a tour of Stonehedge prior to going to the ship. Among other things the tour included the Tower of London, the Changing of the Guard, a boat ride on the Thames. Among the things we did on our own was Churchill's War rooms, the National Gallery, the National Ballet at Albert Hall, toured Kensington Gardens, and visited 3 pubs. Enjoyed the experience a great deal. The Hotel was nice and well located but the rooms were very small for what we thought was an upgrade. Guernsey: We did Annette Henry’s walking tour of Guernsey. She brings a wealth of personal knowledge and some dramatic flair which made this a highly insightful and memorable experience. Highly recommended. Cork: Did the ships tour of Kinsale and Charles Fort. Major disappointment. Tour consisted of 1 hour bus ride, 45 minutes in Kinsale (it looks to be a very cute little town) a half hour at the Fort (would have been an interesting place if we would have been able to see all of it) and then another hour back to the ship. Dublin Day 1: Booked a 5 hour “Nearly all of Dublin” walking tour with Dublin Tour Guide including the Book of Kells and the Trinity College Library. Learned a lot. Book of Kells was a zoo, Trinity Library was way cool. We were going to stick around after the tour but we were so tired after the long day of walking we went to a pub had a pint of Guinness and a pint of Murphy's to see which one was better (it was Guiness) and went back to the ship. Dublin Day 2: Did the ships Guiness tour. It was touristy, crowded but we enjoyed the heck out of it. We would have been better off on our own. We could have done the whole thing, cab fare included, for the equivalent of $90. Instead it cost us $158. Glasgow: Another couple we met on line told us about a private tour they had arranged to see the Sterling Castle followed by a sheep dog sheep herding demonstration. The castle was wonderful and worth seeing. In my mind's eye I had pictured the sheep herding demonstration to be in a picturesque countryside setting where sheepdogs would move a large number of sheep. Boy was I wrong. We went to something called The Scottish Wool Centre (basically your standard tourist stuff with a small restaurant). It had a fenced in area next to it that had a half dozen or so sheep all of a different breed. When it came time for the sheepherding the sheep went back in their pens and we saw a single sheep dog follow 3 ducks around an obstacle course. Besides me in the mirror after agreeing to go to this, this was the stupidest thing I had ever witnessed. If were driving along and happened upon this it might have been cute, but after driving over an hour to specifically see this, I learned to ask more questions and do more research before agreeing to do things. Belfast: Outstanding Tour. We set up a tour with Belfast Cab Tours of Belfast murals and politics, the rope bridge, Giants Causeway, some Game of Thrones filming locations and Bushmills distillery. Charly our tour guide was outstanding. He took my wife and I around in a London Cab was very knowledgeable and accommodating. A very memorable day. Invergorden: Another outstanding tour. We contracted with Invergordon Tours for an amazing day. My wife and I were escorted by our driver Willie in a Mercedes Sedan. We went on a hike to a waterfall, a boat ride on Loch Ness, St. Andrews Cathedral, Urguhart Castle, Cowder Castle, and the Glen Ord Distillery. Edinburgh: Yet another outstanding tour. We along with two other couples (including the couple that set up the duck herding) contracted with Edinburgh cab tours to take a tour of Edinburgh and then go to St. Andrews. We saw the outside of Edinburgh Castle from several angles, the outside of Holyrood Palace (the queen was in residence), walked through a couple of historic and scenic neighborhoods, went to a historic cemetery where among other things there is a stature of Abraham Lincoln honoring Scottish solders that died in the civil war, and toured Calton Hill before driving out to St. Andrews. In St. Andrews we had lunch, did some shopping, and walked around the old course before heading back to the ship. Normandy: Yet, Yet another outstanding tour. We did the ships tour to Omaha Beach, the US cemetery, had a nice lunch at a local hotel and toured the Debarquement Museum. Very interesting and moving experience. No wonder they are called the greatest generation. Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.
  24. Can anyone tell me which dining room is open for seated breakfast on port days on the Crown? Thanks!
  25. Good morning has anyone here stayed in this cabin? Any pictures of the balcony? Thank you 🙂 Reader
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