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Old December 16th, 2008, 04:33 PM
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My wife and I are considering the Crown Princess (Hawaii) in April 2010.
We've been on RCCL and CC 4 times.

Thoughts on the Crown Princess and advice?

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I happen to like this class of ship a lot. Some people think it is too big but I disagree - they are laid out in ways to manage crowd flow very well - such as three completely separate dining rooms, all small and one-story.

The alternative dining is excellent, the cabins are very nice, and the atmosphere onboard is congenial and classy.

This ship is not as "fun" as Carnival or "sports active" as RCL, but it is a nice, classy ship with plenty to do and a very pleasant atmosphere.

Let us know what you decide.
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I happen to like this class of ship a lot. Some people think it is too big but I disagree - they are laid out in ways to manage crowd flow very well - such as three completely separate dining rooms, all small and one-story.

The alternative dining is excellent, the cabins are very nice, and the atmosphere onboard is congenial and classy.

This ship is not as "fun" as Carnival or "sports active" as RCL, but it is a nice, classy ship with plenty to do and a very pleasant atmosphere.

Let us know what you decide.
I don't care about "sexy legs" contests or rock climbing walls. I don't mind if those are on the boat but I do prefer a quieter ship with an emphasis on food quality and service.

I know Princess is pretty average when it comes to food and service (as compared to RCCL and CC - based on what I've read here) but that is good enough for me.

I picked the 14 night to Hawaii in large part because it has so many days at sea which mean I get to lounge around and sample various frozen drinks for 4 days at a time. Sounds like heaven to me.

I'd like to know what people think about the "mini-suites" and how they compare to a veranda room. I've even considered the full suite option - the WS staterooms which is a full suite with no balcony. I'm trying to figure out if they are worth the extra cash.
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I happen to like Princess for food because their buffet is open 24-hours. It is very nice to have hot food available at a moments notice. And in any case, I would say the food is comparable to RCCL. It is often in what you order that counts.

The mini-suites are mostly glorified veranda suites. They have a sitting area with a separate TV, but it is still like one big room. They do have bathtubs and lots of closet space, which is nice. It isn't much like a suite in the sense that one person can be completely isolated from the other, the two TVs are literally right next to each but pointed in different directions. But if one person wants to sleep and the other stay up, then the mini-suite works a little better than a veranda stateroom.

I am not sure about the larger suites on Princess - never stayed in one.

The main thing is the bathtub and two sinks, though. Otherwise save the money and just get a verandah stateroom with a shower.

The balconies can be very roomy but if privacy is important be sure to check what deck you are on. Some of them can be fully visible from the decks above.
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jgthelen,
we spent 14 days on the Crown Princess last spring. it is simply a gorgeous ship in every respect. I agree with Paul that despite the size it is laid out very nicely so that you never feel crowded as you might expect.


We had a verandah but not a mini suite. It was more than adequate. we did visit a mini suite and the difference is more seating area. it would not be worth it to me unless you plan to entertain. I would not do the Hawaii cruise without a balcony though.

There are wonderful public areas all over the ship, and again there are so many of them that they never seemed crowded. We had late seating as we always do, and before dinner we would "people watch" for a while in the Crooners Martini Bar, very enjoyable. Have an "ole Blue eyes" for me!!

The food was not bad at all, a whole notch below Crystal, and half a notch below Holland, but not bad.
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BAH!
It's not the Crown, it's the Golden Princess.

My bad.
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Oh well. The Golden Princess seems to be s ship of the same class so I'm sure the comments still apply
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Actually Golden Princess is much older, but also holds far fewer people so it is less busy. I like Golden Princess - I was on her inaugural cruise.

If the price is right I say take it. Princess is a quality cruise line.
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We did a Cruisemates cruise on the Golden, in 2000, most found it a hard ship to get around, with a very choppy layout..that said, we had a great cruise, as I know you will too....
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I have been on Grand and Golden, and Emerald and Ruby.

Once you get used to them I think they are easy to navigate - not much harder than most huge vessels you see sailing these days.
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Default Princess is a good middle of the road cruise line

Princess allround is a good middle of the road line. Everything is pretty OK.
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Well said Les from New South Wales My sentiments exactly
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