Posted January 23rd, 2012, 09:07 AM
We are going on the Crown in April and several of us are considering the sunset excursion. Do you think it was worth the $. How was the service? Appreciate any info.
First, to answer some questions:
1). It didn't feel crowded. We had good weather, there was a decent amount of space on the deck with additional room & seating inside. My only problem was a rather large person who for some reason thought the only steps going to the lower/bar area was her private seat!
2). Was it worth it? Very subjective. If you want a leisurely, trolling speed ride that shows off some of the Curacao scenery, its fine. The bar served rum punch, rum & cokes, sodas. No beer available, no snacks. Its the first catamaran (out of 6 or 7) I ever went on where no one got wet - we never went fast enough to make a splash.
3). The service: the Captain was a young woman (very capable). There were two mates on board who were quick to supply everyone with drinks and were both very personable. No complaints about the service.
4). The Sunset: What Sunset?? They took us out a short ways from the channel into the ocean. We were all preparing for a beautiful sunset as the clouds had dissipated and things were looking very promising. Then suddenly they started up the engine, turned the boat around and for the next ten minutes the sun was hidden by a mountain. We NEVER saw the sun again! Kind of strange (not just my opinion - everyone on board) to get that close and miss it. If they had waited a bit we could have seen the sun set in the ocean, and with a little speed still would have made it back to the docks on time.
5). Would We Do It Again?: Probably not. I had three rum punches, DW had a punch and a coke. It just wasn't the usual "Party" atmosphere you usually get on a catamaran. In their defense they seem new at this, and maybe things will improve. I would suggest they get a sound system (all we heard was whatever local radio stations the captain chose, complete with commercials), and offer beer (even if they charge extra for it), and have at least chips or something to munch on.
If I left anything out, I'll check back soon.
Oh, almost forgot: it was advertised as a "Banana Bus" ride to the boat, a BB being a fancy decorated open air bus. Instead we were put in small 9 person vans going, a regular bus coming back. Not a big deal but, again, less than what was advertised and expected.
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