Crown Princess in Liverpool - September 2019
GoCruise – 25th September 2019
It was a sunny day in Liverpool when we arrived for our long-awaited visit to Crown Princess. She was on day five of a 12-day Round Britain cruise and whilst most of the guests were ashore exploring the city’s famous maritime and musical heritage, we were onboard exploring the beautiful ship.
After passing through security, we boarded Crown Princess and were taken to Club Fusion, where we were greeted by friendly staff offering pastries and both hot and cold drinks. We were given a presentation by our host, Charlotte, which included a video of Phillip Schofield, the UK Brand Ambassador for Princess Cruises.
During this presentation, we got our first look at an Ocean Medallion. This is a revolutionary new Bluetooth device which acts as a room card – it opens your stateroom door for you as you approach. There’s much more to it though – it allows guests to order food and drink from anywhere on board, locate travel companions and find their way around the ship. It will also speed up check-in, so you can begin your holiday sooner!
We then walked to the Piazza, which is the heart of the ship. The Piazza is a place to meet friends, sip coffee and watch the world go by. It has an amazing spiral staircase and glass-fronted lifts. With most guests ashore for the day, we were treated to an excellent song and dance performance from members of the entertainment team.
By this time, we were ready for lunch, so we headed to Sabatini’s Restaurant. Sabatini’s is a classic Italian trattoria and is one of the speciality restaurants on Crown Princess, with a cover charge of $29. After a quick chat with the Maître d, there was no problem at all in substituting vegetarian dishes for those on the menu.
So, what had the chef prepared for us? There was a choice of Cold Smoked Salmon and Bay Shrimp Salad or Fettuccine Alfredo for starters, followed by either Trout Amandine or Chateaubriand of Beef Tenderloin. We then tucked into Milky Chocolate Hazelnut Soufflé then finished off our delicious gourmet lunch with tea or coffee and luscious homemade gourmandises.
The tour of the ship continued after lunch as we passed through the luxurious Adagio Bar and out to the adults-only Wake Pool. This is a lovely quiet spot to relax, I would definitely recommend sitting here to read a book and sip a cocktail. On our way back to the Piazza, we were shown the Crown Grill and the Explorers Bar. The Crown Grill is another speciality restaurant with a cover charge of $29. It serves aged and hand-cut, cooked-to-order steaks and premium seafood, including grilled shrimp and lobster. Explorers Bar is the place for quizzes, films and listening to the House Band.
We arrived back at The Piazza and explored the International Café and Vines Wine Bar. The International Café is open 24 hours a day serving a variety of mouth-watering food from croissants to pies and quiche to salads and sandwiches. It’s also the place to sample a delicious cappuccino or latte from the New Grounds Crafted Coffee menu and there’s plenty of space to sit and admire the view of the ocean.
Vines Wine Bar has been voted one of the best wine bars at sea by USA TODAY newspaper and offers an amazing selection of wines. Complimentary sushi and tapas are available when wine is purchased here. By the way, the oenophiles amongst you might be interested to know that Princess announced a new wine list earlier this year. This new Main Dining Room wine list offers over 140 choices of wine from across the world and denotes which wines are organic, vegan or biodynamic.
We were coming to the end of our time onboard Crown Princess, but we still had time to visit The Sanctuary. This is a tranquil adults-only space, complete with plush, comfortable double loungers. There are two private cabanas, where you can take advantage of spa services such as deep tissue or Swedish massage.
After passing through the Pool Area, with its giant “Movies under the Stars” screen, our last stop was at Prego Pizzeria, where we tucked into a delicious, freshly made pizza (gluten-free is also available) and finished off with ice-cream and lemonade.
Our visit to Crown Princess was absolutely brilliant and we wanted to stay on board and cruise the British Isles! We are big fans of Princess Cruises and are looking forward to cruising with them again soon.
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