We woke up to glorious sunshine into the cabin.
The obstructed view is really very minimal as you can see from the photos. Moni & I had slept really good as we usually do when at sea.
Cruise day 2, at Sea
Day 1281 – September 3rd, 2017
Today’s events are always printed up and delivered to the cabin the evening before which allows you to plan the day ahead.
The Princess Pater for today
Breakfast at the Horizon buffet
Was great, with excellent choice. Once again great beverage service and not a messy table in sight, just fabulous. Take a look at this selection…
And there’s more
And not to forget juice & beverage served table side.
A visit to the gym for Moni, setting good intentions for the cruise… spoiler alert it didn’t last 🙂
Walking out on deck we bump into Osvaldo. I have followed Osvaldo for many months on Facebook Princess page (now he has his own page) and have had many questions answered by him and fellow passengers.
We had a chat and it was nice to be recognised even though we had never met before. Next up it was time for a coffee.
Coffee at the International Cafe on Crown Princess
The International Cafe on the Crown Princess is open 24/7 and you can get something to eat and drink here all the time.
All included in the cruise fare except for speciality coffee like espresso cappuccino etc. These will be charged to your account. You can buy a coffee card that has credit for 15 drinks and costs $35. We have been drinking macchiato of late and these are $2.01 including tax so 15 of these doesn’t make it much of a saving, however if you drink a minimum of a latte each time, then for example at $2.50 plus tax this would give you a saving. Here is the coffee menu from September 2017.
Back to the coffee, the verdict…
Our macchiato were excellent and so were the cappuccino which we tried later in the cruise.
Odyssey note; the cappuccino is more like a flat white in Australia than a proper cappuccino topped with chocolate powder.
The food display has a good variety of salads and pies, quiches, sandwiches, soup etc. plus a selection of sweets and cheese also at different times of the day.
Finding a place to sit in the International cafe is your biggest challenge. Every day no matter what time, except for 3 in the morning (more on that later) it was busy. Some people just sat and read for ages here, many cruisers got take away coffee which is probably a good thing or it could have been worse.
Table service was also a challenge and sometimes you could wait a considerable amount of time.
They put extra tables & chairs in the atrium area to accommodate the huge amount of people but no extra staff! Plus the tables do take up a lot of the walk way and are not so relaxing to sit there.
After a decent lunch from the buffet we enjoyed the warm weather out on deck before trying out the afternoon tea in the Botticelli dining room.
Afternoon tea on Crown Princess
This is a table service afternoon tea experience also included in the cruise fare.
Various mini sandwiches, cakes & pastries, scones jam & cream with tea of which you can have as much as you want. This was on between 3 and 4pm. At our table we got talking to the other guests and mentioned about our diner table neighbours not being ideal, someone mentioned the same thing and had asked to change and have anytime dining.
They were accommodated without any hassle and suggested that we ask, so we did. The maitre’d instructed the hostess to change this for us and within 30 seconds it was done, a quick sticker on the cruise card.
A few rounds of the promenade deck was called for to get some exercise after those scones. The nice thing about this promenade on deck 7 is that you can walk all around the ship. You do need to climb a few steps at the front which brings you to deck 8 around the bow and then back down the other side.
Pre dinner wine at Vines on Crown Princess
We had a pre dinner wine in the Vines wine bar opposite the International cafe. Here and only here, do they serve wine in Riedel glassware. This was our favourite place to enjoy a glass or two of wine. Unfortunately you can’t take the glass into the dining room, you need to pour the wine into the standard thick hospitality glass. Marlon the barman was forever chasing passengers with their wine glasses as they walked off.
You can have a selection of tapas or sushi with your wine from 5pm. Like all ships, you certainly won’t go hungry.
Anytime dining on Crown Princess
Our first attempt at anytime dining tonight and after waiting in line for 10 minutes, around 7pm we were escorted to a table where we joined two other couples for dinner. We had a fabulous evening with lots of fun and conversation. Needless to say we never returned to our original table or dining room.
Odyssey note; we saw people queuing up at 5pm for dinner and even though it is anytime dining, expect to have to wait for a while, especially if wanting a table for two or a specific group. Joining a table was generally not a problem and we were always seated within a few minutes.
Tonights menu and the meals we enjoyed…
We didn’t eat too much for dinner, I wonder why… breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, sushi & wine then dinner …maybe that’s why.
We missed a show last night as we were at the Movie under the stars but tonight was a comedian and we heard that he was pretty funny from some other guests.
The show was funny for sure and we had a good laugh. That was it for today folks.