Posted January 22nd, 2018, 08:51 AM
WHY THIS CRUISE?
Good question and thanks for asking it.
We always take a cruise in January to escape the Chicago weather for a week and this year that was particularly appropriate as we were experiencing bitter cold weather with temperatures in the Minus. Last year, which, if my math is correct was 2017 we sailed Celebrity on the wonderful Reflection to the Western Caribbean in January followed by a bucket-list sailing on the beautiful Regal Princess to New England and Canada in mid October. That was port-intensive which always gets a loud YIPPEE!! from me (Gangway Norris) and a sigh from (Sea Day in the Sanctuary) Carol.
This cruise offered 4 sea days (mixed cries of Hooray! and Yikes!) on a ship which we had sailed to Princess Cays (didn't get off) Aruba and Curacao-the AC islands in January 2012. We boarded the ship the day after Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized. We loved the ship-our first love at first sight Grand Class sailing.
When I booked this cruise all the aft cabins-both suites and balconies were sold bar one.
E 734 is the one directly above Club Fusion so there was a possibility of noise from the bands at bedtime. It also has a balcony with a metal beam obstruction. There were some other cabins NEAR the stern and I debated with myself choosing one of those. The debate got rather overheated and ended with me slapping myself on the face and pouring a pitcher of iced water over my head. I don't support using violence to resolve an issue and felt bad and stopped talking to myself for a few days. I won the debate and booked E734 for we must have a wake view!!
The timing was such that after getting off the Regal we were faced with another cruise to be paid for a week later and while I recounted our Regal adventures on CC for two months of writing everyday (how I roll) the Crown cruise quietly sneaked up on us until I looked at my phone one day....
I had just finished the Regal review so now could focus on the Crown. Then this happened....
I worked until 11 pm just an hour before my phone told me this...
We were already packed and our favorite cat sitter Chris was booked to visit our cat who goes by the name of Little Snowy. All we had to do was sleep for 5 hours and get up fresh (ish) for the drive to O'Hare airport to take our seats on a flight to FLL. It was January 11th, a Thursday.
Well my bags are packed, I'm ready to go.....
Carol called a Lyft car and at 7.30 a.m we were out on the street. The driver had a car with some dents in the bodywork and when he opened the trunk for our luggage it was already filled with what is technically called "crap"-baby blankets, shopping bags, polystyrene take-out containers et al. Really sir? I had to put some of my carryons in the front seat and held my camera bag (weighing 13 pounds) on my lap. With morning traffic in stop and go mode it took 50 minutes to travel the 18 miles to O'Hare. We always allow a generous cushion of time so no sweat. We had TSA Pre and the United Lounge waiting for us.
At TSA Pre they pulled me aside (The Nerve!!) for a random check which involved taking my MacBook out to see if it really was a computer . Turned out it was!
We relaxed in the United Lounge, nibbling on snacks and drinking espresso by Illy until it was time to board....
Well, that's the end of my review and I hope you enjoyed it!
Regal Princess New England/Canada October 14 2017 C743
Aug 2011 Whittier to Vancouver C210
Photo/Video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1850609
Jan 2012 Southern Caribbean C749
Photo/Video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1932543
Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1798138
Jan 2013 Eastern Caribbean C749
Photo review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1786957
Jan 2014 Western Caribbean C749
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976282
Sept 2014 Venice to Rome Suite 6088
Photo/video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2110302
Jan 2015 Eastern Caribbean D616
Sept 2015 Rome to Barcelona C750
January 2016 Eastern Caribbean Sky Suite 7309
and Celebrity http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2317130
Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
Western Caribbean January 14 2017 Sky Suite 7258