Focus On Fun Travel

Monday, January 24, 2011

What an Awesome Ride

Crown Princess Livorno Italy
     Arriving in Ft. Lauderdale in May of last year for what would be the first of many trips of a lifetime, we were excited about our first transatlantic cruise aboard the Crown Princess, of Princess Cruises.  Because of the amount of time at sea, we found it extraordinarily perfect to "Escape Completely" in a balcony stateroom, and for those of you who might consider doing this, I stronly suggest doing the same.

     We have sailed on Princess 3 other times, aboard the Grand, Coral, and Caribbean Princesses.  Also on Holland America's Amsterdam and the Norwegian Jewel.  I suppose, because we spent so much time on this one, this has to be our favorite cruise ship to date.  The Stateroom, as I have already mentioned, was spacious and comfortable.  
The incredible Glass of the Atlantic 400 Miles out
We were located near the bow of the ship, but we rarely ever felt any movement of this 3,080 passenger, 116,000 ton beauty.  Our captain was fully engaged in all the goings on on the ship, our cabin steward was attentive, but un-obtrusive, and the wait staff were impeccable in their service and attention.

The Piazza
     One of our favorite places to hang out was the International Cafe, located at the lower level of the Piazza.  This location is abuzz with activity from passengers mingling, having snacks, and enjoying fresh Sushi, to live entertainment which included highlights of the Singers and Dancer's performances, string ensembles, and jazz quartets.  We also saw dancing and juggling.  From here, it is easy to navigate around to find the shops, casino, Internet Cafe, Library, Piano Bar, Etc.

Movies Under The Stars
     One cannot take a cruise and rave about the multimillion dollar productions presented, and here on Crown Princess, the performances were amazing.  We never miss a show.  The other entertainment is exciting as well.  For the ultimate in relaxation, go up on deck and watch a movie by the Calypso pool with Movies Under The Stars, or for quiet seclution, retire to the Sanctuary for shade, a cool drink, and Evian Atomizer.

The Sanctuary
     The other incredible feature is the cuisine.  Steak, Lobster, Rack of Lamb, Creme Brulee, and my personal favorite, Sorbet.  You will never be hungry leaving the Michaelangelo Dining Room.  Our servers were the best.  So much so, that every night, we would ask to be seated in that section.  Eventually, the Matre' De saved us a table, since we chose to come at the same time each night.  Wonderful service.

     So there you have it.  Our favorite ship.  The future may change that, but we are ever so satisfied with our 2 weeks aboard this magnificent vessel, that should the opportunity arise, we'll be back on her.  If you would also like to experience this remarkable trip, let us know how we can help.

We Are Here For You.


  1. Fantastic review and great pictures of the Crown Princess. It looks like you had a great time!

    Marian Krueger
    Travel Shop Girl

  2. Princess ships are truly beautiful vessels. I am sure that the transatlantic was awesome!

    Kay Hicks

  3. What a great review! I loved the pictures too!

    Mary Chiara