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Old August 9th, 2008, 07:45 PM
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have only been on Carnival and Royal Car. thinking about booking the Crown Princess for Feb. 09. any info would be helpful
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IMO the food and general all around service is better on Princess. Plus they have the only fresh water pools and real fridges in the cabins - ie the ice doesn't melt.
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Its been awhile since I was on Princess, do they have shampoo in the shower?? I know there are hairdryers..

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Its been awhile since I was on Princess, do they have shampoo in the shower?? I know there are hairdryers.
They have Lotus Spa soap, shampoo, and lotion in a "thing" on the sink.
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Loved the Crown! Beautiful ship and we like the Princess service. You will get toiletries in your cabin, and we love the personal choice dining plus a 24-hour buffet. Just returned from Explorer on RCL and missed that.
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Princess has always been a bit more genteel than Carnival or RCL. Less of a floating frat party and more of a laid back sea voyage. The average age of the passengers is a bit older and more adult oriented. The food and service are comparable to the other two.
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If you are looking for a more laid back cruise, Princess is wonderful.. There is a difference between the 2 lines you have sailed...Just know it, and if you think it's a good fit..book it....
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The crown princess has a adult 'sanctuary' which is basically just a big adult only garden type outdoor relaxing area, it's supposed to be quiet and peaceful with nice lounge chairs and whatever else. I think it's connected to the spa.

The food was great and the ship was very nice.
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We just returned home, and we sailed on the Emerald for the second time. I agree it's more laid back, if you want to party had you can, but I think it is more of a relaxing type of ship.

We have sailed on Carnival three times, but we always come back to Princess. Can't go wrong.....
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So they supply soap & shampoo?
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So they supply soap & shampoo?
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Yes, they do. Individual soaps and shampoos. At least in the mini-suites.

I personally find that Princess is more laid back than Carnival but more lively than HAL. A nice mid-point cruise line.

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So they supply soap & shampoo?
YEah . . . I remember on my first cruise- we had to buy a bottle of shampoo in the gift shop- First time I had paid for lodging & still had to provide my own shampoo!

We still have the bottle- husband keeps it his grip- it is a good size!
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can recomend princess they are the best enjoy have been on many princess ships all of which were awsome
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Princess offers a good product. We feel it fits people who have a few cruses under there belts and don't need/want some of seemingly constant selling that happens on some cruise lines. It's a bit more refined...afternoon tea every day in one of the dinning rooms, done in the English tradition. The Caribe Cafe is a great option if you want to skip dinner in the dinning room, plus we love Anytime Dinning.
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On my Alaska cruise, we had the anytime dinning, which was fine, but noticed every evening there was a waiting line as we left. You need to go extra early or later to avoid that. I also ate in the Horizon court a few evenings for the first time. The first two evenings we went to the dinning room, we got there around 6:00 and were finding that by the time we left and went to the show, no seats. Dinner seemed to drag on way too long, so we tried the buffet and liked that better, less than half the time and were able to get a seat at the after dinner show that way.
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We sailed on Princess for our Alaskan cruise. We took traditional dining(late). Many passengers who had signed for Anytime dining had to wait and be placed in the dining room for traditional. I really enjoyed the afternoon tea. As a previous writer stated- Princess caters to a more laid back group of cruisers. Service was fantastic. We had a balcony cabin and the soaps and shampoos were plentiful. You will enjoy!!
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Shampoo in the showers, yes!

I have just done two Princess cruises in a row, on the Diamond and the Emerald. Fantastic!!

As someone has already said, it is far more lower key then, say, Carnival, on the average, a slightly older cruising crowd, but far from boring.

They do not do the "big sell", (constantly pushing their products, ect) that you see on other lines.

We are doing Carnival in Jan, I hope we are not going to be disappointed that we did not do Princess again
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