Britons continue to be in love with Princess Cruises, particularly now that the company has introduced British favourites to its ships based in the UK.
These include a once-a-week curry night; fish and chips available every lunchtime; Sunday roasts and all the trimmings every week and sea day pub lunches that feature Lancashire hotpot, Cornish pasties and cottage pie.
Crown Princess will be sailing from Southampton until September but then it returns to America for a winter season in the Caribbean and in summer 2018 it will sail from several Mediterranean ports.
But Royal Princess, Sapphire Princess and Sea Princess will be based in Southampton in 2018 so you’ll still be able to find a Princess cruise with that all-important British flavour.
Launched in 2006 and refurbished in 2011 Crown Princess has 19 decks and 1,541 cabins – 1,108 outside cabins with sea views and 433 inside cabins with no views – and can take 3,080 passengers, making her one of the company’s larger ships.
Top of the cabin range are the 28 suites and two family suites, followed by mini-suites – all with balconies and of varying sizes from 319 square feet to 689.
Every grade of cabins has some with wheelchair access, including 16 of the 678 balcony cabins, four of the 222 ocean view cabins – which have picture windows – and six of 433 inside cabins.
All have queen-sized beds or twins plus TV with a reasonable choice of satellite channels, a mini-bar and lots of room for clothes – but you’ll need an adaptor to use British plugs.
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The great British breakfast is on the menu on Crown Princess this season, including British sausages, back bacon, black pudding, kedgeree, English crumpets and British tea brands such as Twinings.
But there are so many more food experiences on offer and most of them are free – including the three main dining rooms Michelangelo, Botticelli and Da Vinci with waiter-served meals three times a day.
There are pub lunches in the Wheelhouse Bar, buffets in Horizon Court and hot dogs or burgers from the poolside Trident Grill – as well as room service.
But it’s worth treating yourself to dinner at the Crown Grill for steak and seafood or Sabatini’s for Italian specialities – both with a cover charge of around $25 per person.