Ship review: Crown Princess – Entertainment, activities and cabins

In this next section we take a look at the entertainment found on board Crown Princess, together with the cabins and other activities.

Entertainment and Activities

There’s something going on throughout the day on board. Whether its activities organised by the entertainment staff, shows or other things you are bound to keep busy, if that’s what you want to do.

The two-tier Theatre, found right at the front of the ship, hosts a number of original production shows on board.  Princess have a reputation for working with world-renowned composers such as Stephen Schwartz, famed for creating Wicked, Godspell, and Pippin. In the show, Magic To Do, you get to experience many of Stephen’s iconic songs, as well as a number of original ones, alongside song, dance and incredible visual effects.

On top of this, Princess like to work with local acts to bring them on board wherever possible.  On our journey, while we were docked late in Dublin and we were treated to an incredible local act called Irish Dreams.  This international touring show takes you on a musical journey featuring a unique blend of Irish music, song and dance.  It was so good and highlights the quality of entertainment that Princess what to showcase to guests.

Princess features the unique The Voice of the Ocean.  This is a spin-off of the famous TV show.  Here, guests compete through a series of live performances and are mentored by the entertainment staff on board. It culminates with a finale in the main theatre on board.  We watched some of the initial competition rounds on board and I was blown away by the calibre of talent by guests.

Fancy a film?  Head upstairs to the pool deck to enjoy Movies Under the Stars.  The pool is transformed into an open-air cinema featuring blockbuster films, thrilling concerts and exciting sporting events.  Grab a comfy deck chair and enjoy some popcorn.

As you stroll through the Piazza on board, you can also expect a variety of shows, including live music, acrobats and jugglers, food demonstrations and dancing.

Cabins

While Crown may be 13 years ago, the cabin on board really didn’t feel it.  In fact, I’ve been on newer ships which felt a lot more dated and out of place.

Mirroring much of the rest of the ship, the cabin is a warm setting, with the use of rich woods, lighting and materials that make it feel inviting and cosy.

I stayed in a standard balcony cabin.  The room consists of a vanity area with dressing table and mirror, the bed and then the bathroom.

Several things that struck me about the room include:

  • The amount of storage space. There is honestly oodles of space here, particularly from the wide and open wardrobe area.
  • The large TVs. These have been installed across the fleet and interface with the Ocean Medallion system, together with featuring movies and other entertainment.
  • The Princess Luxury Bed. Well, what can I say?  Developed exclusively for Princess, these beds are being rolled out across the fleet and honestly, one of the nicest beds I’ve ever slept in, and by far the best at sea.  It’s been so successful that you can even buy them for your home.

Literally, the only downside for me in the room was that the shower head height isn’t adjustable and is very low.  So, for someone who’s 6’3”, you may need to be a little inventive when showering .

All-in-all, I was really impressed with the cabin on board.

 

The next part of this blog will explore subjects close to my heart, the food and service found on board Crown Princess – click below.

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