sherryc71
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Emerald Princess

November 2014 - Emerald Princess to Caribbean - Western

Emerald Princess Nov 2014

I booked this cruise strictly because I have always wanted to sail on this particular ship.  I booked with no knowledge of the Houston port or looking at the itinerary.  

We sailed the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  No problems with Princess transfer from airport to the cruise terminal.  Ride wasn't as long as specified.  Overall we were at the airport at 10:45, at the cruise terminal by 12:00, had a short wait in line for the bus to pull in.  We ended up being onboard the ship by 12:45.  Rooms were ready, dropped off luggage, went to the dining room for lunch.  Food and service here were good.  

Overall we had good service in the dining rooms for dinner, we had the anytime dining.  Never waited more than a couple minutes.  We dined with others and also by ourselves.  Food at dinner was good.  Overall I found the buffet choices for breakfast and lunch to be lacking, especially lunch.  Also peculiar the buffet was closed on one side almost all the time.  Long lines for pizza, burgers.  I also didn't like milk not being in cartons, no chocolate milk. Also husband likes cream of wheat, they had it one day only.  This being my 4th cruise with Princess, it was a little umipressive.  I also found when on the Grand the international cafe seemed to also have better choices.  Not sure if that varies from ship to ship or not.  We did dine in the Crown grill one evening, food and service both excellent here.  

Overall our cruise was marred by a horrible excursion in Belize.  The weather and excursion started off fine with a long bus ride.  Once we got to the boat to take us to Lamanai it began to lightly rain.  At this point the sale of ponchos began.  Once in Lamanai the rain really started to pick up so that it poured, we were unable to take any good pictures, and really didn't get to see much of anything.  The boat ride back was awful.  Pelting rain in the face, water poured down our backs, to the point I had my camera in a case, inside another bag, covered with a towel. When we got off the boat for lunch my new camera was in a puddle of water and now doesn't work.  I then had to camera to take any photos of the ship.  In speaking with a front desk rep, I asked if they had anyway of a camera for me to borrow.  His reply was the cruise was almost over why did I need to worry about taking any pictures now.  So while my husband and I usually take a sea day and get up early and walk the ship taking photos - didn't happen.  I got a few with my cell phone, but those won't be of any good quality to really have any good photos.  So I don't really have much in the way of anything to remember the trip. We booked the excursion as we had previously done the same to Altun Ha and had a wonderful time, this really has not given us the best impression now of Belize.

Bought the drink package for myself, hubby just really doesn't drink enough to do the package himself.  He did take advantage of the Wheelhouse bar happy hour specials.  Wait staff in the Wheelhouse bar were exceptional.  They at least help to make up for some of our disappointment.  

In the end my husband and I don't really care to sail with Princess again at this time.  This overall was my 16th cruise and I usually never complain on anything.  Just had to be a more depressing trip.  Really wish the excursion had just been cancelled.  

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MSC Divina

October 2014 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Western

Halloween Cruise

Overall we had a nice trip, with a few little oddities along the way.  We were a family of 10 traveling in 3 balcony cabins and one inside cabin.  Cabins were nice, good size.  Our cabin steward was excellent, very attentive, friendly.  

 

Food we found to be pretty good, there were a few dishes that we didn't overly care for, but thought the variety was nice, food was cooked well.  Overall I wasn't happy with their desert choices, just weren't things I cared for. Best dish all week IMP was the Chicken Marsala.  We had no problems with seating in the buffet, people were always packing the front, but not venturing more towards the back.  I didn't mind the food choices, though I ate a lot of hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza.  There was a turkey dish one day I enjoyed.  Breakfast overall was fine.  We seemed to have an omelet station appear on one day of the cruise, but then never saw it again.  We didn't dine at any of the specialty restaurants, most times when we walked by them in the evening they were pretty much empty.  

 

Bar service could be sketchy, often we sat with the bartenders ignoring us and then having to wait for a server to take our drink order instead.  Margaritas were some of the best I have had and was my drink of choice for the week.  Really would have preferred a soda card for the kids as that is much easier to use instead of them worrying about paper vouchers.  

 

We did have issues with our debit cards/credit cards.  My mother's and mine both blocked our cards as being stolen when MSC attempted to do a charge.  Though MSC did allow me a phone call to the bank to clear things up.  I did purchase the teen card for my kids to use, which just help them keep track of playing video games, etc.  The bowling in the sports pub really could have been cheaper and we never saw anyone playing. $7 a game is ridiculous, and MSC would get back some of their expense if they had made it between $2-3 a game instead.  Their extra food was also a bit expensive and we didn't eat there.  

 

Staff overall was friendly, though I will honestly say this had to have been the worst cruise I was on in terms of rude passengers.  The foreigners were just down right rude, I never encountered a rude American, but others not so much.  From pushing their way onto the elevator before you could even get off, pushing you out of the way at the buffet to get something, cutting in line.  I have never seen people with so little manners.  

 

Shows were good, though very short - 30 minutes. Though between Wonderland, Pirates and Witches of Paris they felt like the same show, just different costumes and music.  Some in our party thought they were awful, while others enjoyed them.  The Starwalker show was the best and really would have better if they combined more elements from the other shows into it.  They also could have done away with the songs done by the other male/female singer.  I missed some of the comedy shows that we have had on other cruises.  Day entertainment was minimal, we did go to a few trivia games, though that is were we met our rudest employee.  We had our group of 8 and he was saying they needed to be no more than 6, we were telling him we were sitting together, but not everyone really wanted to play.  He told us to make sure we sat there and shut up.  It upset my brother in law so he left, then his wife got mad and left along with my mother.  

 

Overall we enjoyed the trip, getting on and off the ship was fine, no problems there.  I would consider sailing again, but the price would have to be pretty excellent.  

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sherryc71's Tips

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras - We ported at Mahogany Bay, lovely beach, shopping area. However once we got off ship it again began to pour so wasn't really able to enjoy. Would be beautiful with the right weather.
Falmouth, Jamaica - Dunns River Falls were wonderful, the shops were awful, people too pushy

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