When she first set sail in June 2006, Crown Princess was one of the largest and most facility-laden ships in the fleet, setting the standard for activity packed, resort style cruising. Despite the recent introduction of Royal Princess and Regal Princess, Crown Princess continues to flourish and to hold a special place in the hearts of her loyal fans.
Nineteen decks make up the vast body of the Crown Princess, with her accommodation made up of almost 900 balcony cabins (over 80% of all outside cabins) and a 2011 refurbishment serving to refresh the whole ship and its many public areas. Varied itineraries see the ship venture to some of the world’s finest ports of call, including Europe and the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Alaska.
The three-deck Piazza atrium provides a breathtaking entrance onto the ship and a social hub throughout your holiday. The street café atmosphere of the Piazza attracts people the whole day through, playing host to everything from string-quartets, aerial performances and even Princess Cruises’ infamous ‘Champagne Pour’.
Intriguing ports of call and varied shore excursions may be the first thing that catches your eye, but sea days on board the Crown Princess are so good, you might be tempted to stay on the ship!
Four pools leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to taking a soak beneath Caribbean skies. The Calypso Reef & Pool is one of the main pool areas on board and is popular throughout the day. Movies Under the Stars has become a trademark entertainment feature on board Princess Cruises’ ships, and the vast screen is located above the Calypso Pool on the Crown Princess. First-run feature films run both day and night, with family classics making way for Hollywood blockbusters in the evening. Freshly-popped popcorn and soft blankets are available at all times, setting the scene perfectly for a movie night with a difference.
Water games and entertainment is the order of the day at Neptunes Reef & Pool, with the area attracting an energetic crowd. With the addition of the quieter Terrace Pool and the adults-only Lotus Spa Pool, whether you want to swim laps, ride the waves or float serenely, there is a pool to suit everyone.
Indulge in a seaweed massage or 24karat Gold Facial in the tranquil Lotus Spa; the perfect precursor to an afternoon spent in the Zen-like retreat of The Sanctuary. This top-deck, adults-only hideaway features shaded cabanas, plush seating and a tempting menu of healthy dishes.
Counteract your indulgences with some laps around the jogging track, whether you choose to walk or run left entirely up to you. Brush up your swing on the 9-hole golf course or get involved on Centre Court; volleyball, basketball and tennis all playing to your competitive nature.
Princess Cruises’ [email protected] programme is a leader in the industry and an opportunity to learn new skills and brush up on existing ones. Craft ceramics in the pottery school, tempt your palette with wine tasting, learn a new language or get to grips with Photoshop; the programme has something for everyone and you might even unearth an undiscovered skill.
Aside from the impressive performances on offer constantly in the Piazza atrium, Crown Princess has your evening entertainment perfectly sewn up.
The 800-seat Princess Theatre is at the heart of on board entertainment, the stage illuminated by musical performances and extravagant productions on a nightly basis. Hidden singing talents are put on display in Club Fusion, where the Princess Pop Star competition seeks to discover the next big thing. Skywalker’s is an ever-popular venue on board many ships in the Princess Cruises fleet, the panoramic views providing the backdrop for afternoon coffees and dancing into the small hours come night time.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to sip a cocktail or a place to exercise your dancing shoes, Crown Princess has lounges and bars for all moods and occasions. Head to Crooners Bar to enjoy a heady cocktail menu with a side order of live music, or make your way to the Explorers Lounge for high-octane performances from comedians and live musicians.
With impeccable service and gourmet cuisine, dining on board Crown Princess is a delight. The ship offers several formal dining rooms, with both Traditional and Anytime dining available, along with speciality restaurants.
Traditional dining is hosted in the Boticelli dining room, where guests will dine at the same table and the same time each evening. Selections on the creative menu will change each day, guaranteeing new culinary experiences each time you dine. Faultless service will be provided by your own dedicated waiter throughout the cruise. Preferences for Traditional dining arrangements will be taken at the time of booking, with your personal one2one agent at Bolsover Cruise Club ensuring everything is in place for your arrival.
Passengers who prefer a little more flexibility are invited to dine in the Michelangelo or Da Vinci dining rooms, where Anytime dining allows guests to dine anytime between the house of 6pm and 8.30pm. Your whim and appetite are the only limitations when it comes to Anytime dining on board Crown Princess, with enjoying the freedom to relax, unwind and dine at a time that is right for them.
Aside from three wonderfully inviting main dining rooms, Crown Princess also offers two speciality dining venues, along the renowned Princess Cruises Ultimate Balcony Dining experience. Italian fare is served with a flourish in Sabitini’s, where the Tuscan surroundings mirror the authentic dishes that fill the menu. Tender, cooked-to-order steaks and fresh seafood are offered in abundance at the Crown Grill; a restaurant recently voted one of the ‘Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses’.
Horizon Court Buffet & Bistro offers a more casual alternative to the main dining rooms and speciality venues, serving delicious buffet style food throughout the day and night. Trident Grill is the place to grab a burger or hot dog on the run, while Princess Cruises are infamous for their delicious fresh baked pizzas – best enjoyed on deck, under the sun!
The dress code aboard Coral Princess is primarily smart casual, with two formal evenings scheduled per week. During the day, casual sportswear, including shorts, lightweight trousers and jogging suits, is the order of the day both at sea and ashore in hotter climates. You’ll need a sweater, jacket or an all-weather coat too for cooler evenings. Formal evenings provide a fantastic reason to dress to the nines, requiring tuxedos for gentleman and either cocktail dresses or evening gowns for ladies.
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We found the so called duty free shops expensive and also wine in the restaurant and drinks in the bars.
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