Southern Caribbean Cruise on Crown Princess
Elizabeth Gratton | February 22, 2014 | Princess Cruises | Crown Princess
This was my second Princess Cruise and I took this 7 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale in December 2013.
We had a balcony cabin on the 12th floor and had selected anytime dining.
We made 3 stops on the cruise before returning to Fort Lauderdale as follows:
1. Princess Cays – this is an island owned by Princess Cruises and you get to the island by tender which was well organised.
This was a beach day and the island had brilliant swimming and snorkelling. You also get to go to the island by tender, which was my first experience of this. It was good and not at all choppy in the tender and well organised by the crew to get you onto the boats.
Lunch is provided on the island and is a mix of barbecue food and fresh fruit.
2. Curacao – We didn’t buy a trip with the cruise line as we prefer to walk and do things ourselves so we walked through the town of Willemstad which is less than 5 minutes walk from the ship. We enjoyed the weather and the views and stopped for drinks on the water front along side the beautiful dutch houses in pastel colours.
It is worth staying in the town until the sun had gone down rather than going back for the formal dinner as the lights in the town at night are beautiful
3. Aruba – This was my favourite stop on the cruise. There were more shops and lots more to see in the main town which is only a short walk from the boat (less than 5 minutes). After shopping, we caught a local bus to Eagle beach, which was beautiful and exactly how you imagine a Caribbean beach should be and it had the softest sand. The bus station is close to the port and it was easy to get the bus and work out where to get on/off.
So overall, the things I like about the cruise are:
1. Excellent food in the main restaurants and Crown Grill.
2. Joining and leaving the cruise ship was quick and well organised.
3. Good selection of live entertainment – shows, comedians and a mentalist.
4. Caribbean deck party was excellent.
5. Days at sea are relaxing and it was easy to find sun beds.
6. Port stops.
The only things I think that could improve this cruise are:
1. The food courts and cabins are now starting to look a little dated and could do with an update.
2. there was too much american football on the ‘Movies under the Stars’ – it was on nearly every day for hours and hours
3. Princess Cays resort should accept the drinks packages that you have bought on board the cruise ship
4. Would have preferred an uncovered balcony but you can’t see where they are when booking online.
5. More time in Aruba.
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