Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Great Cruise

Sail Date: November 01, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This is our 7th cruise and the first for Princess. We were on the Eastern Caribbean cruise out of Ft Lauderdale from Nov 26th through Dec 6th, 2007. We wanted to try the Emerald Princess because of being a new ship and the size. Our expectations were high given it was only the 4th sailing out of Ft Lauderdale since being built and all the good reviews. When we saw the ship at the Port Everglades we were overwhelmed with the size. It was enormous. In the past we have taken cruises with about 2,000 passengers. This one had 3,000. Our check in was quick and uneventful except for all the paperwork the government requires. We arrived at our state room and found it to be roomy, neat and clean. Quite impressive. Not real happy with the balcony. Right away we wanted to get a quick tour. Forget it. It was too big to try. Needed several days. We got lost easily. We usually don't get lost on a cruise ship. The ship layout was a little complicated. The food was good but not as good as we expected it to be. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Entertainment was very good but again was not of the quality I expected from this ship and cruise line. Over all the cruise was fun and relaxing. There were many activities for all throughout the ship and throughout the day. The ports and itinerary was excellent. I would recommend this cruise to friends but with some reservations. The next time we will go back to a smaller ship.

Pros: Smooth and Relaxing

Cons: Ship was too big

Recommends Emerald Princess? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship was very large and sometimes difficult to navigate. The layout had you going to different levels of the ship to get to your destination. For example: to get to our dining area in the rear of the ship we could not stay on the same deck level at the front. If we walked from deck 5 in the front we had to go to deck 6 at the middle of the ship and then descend to deck 5 again. There was no direct route to that area. The ship was kept clean and the Christmas decorations were beautiful. Several times we got lost. We have never been this confused moving about cruise ships.
Service and Staff
The staff was again very friendly and helpful. There is always a language barrier problem.
Food and Dining
The food I expected again to be excellent. But we were disappointed. The first night I had an excellent Prime rib but that was the only excellent meal I had. The rest were presented well but the taste was lacking. We got pizza one day and expected a great snack but it was sub par. The deserts were the best. We could have feasted on the deserts for the whole trip. The buffet on the top deck was good and had a variety of selections but there was no orderly means of moving through the line. Kept bumping into people. The fruit that was offered was excellent. There was other restaurants on the ship offering specials (at additional cost) but we chose to use the dining room for our evening meals. Our waiter made it worth coming back to the dining rooms. About the third day he opened up and appeared to be more relaxed with the folks we were with.
Cabin / Stateroom
The room was a balcony style and was roomy. There was a layout problem with the balcony. There was no privacy on the balcony. The balcony was fully exposed to the captain's bridge (the navigation area for the crew). Also our balcony overlooks the balconies below our deck. The passengers on the decks below us also had no privacy. We were able to see everything they do. In the future I would not get a balcony on this ship. Loved the outside access but not having privacy and paying for it. The attendant for our room did and excellent job for being his first assignment at sea.
Entertainment
The entertainment was very good. Each night there was a different show or entertainer. The cruise director was a jolly guy from Great Britain. Excellent job. He kept up with all the activities (which was allot). He also became part of the entertainment. There were several disappointing things we noticed. One was the Princess Theater was too small for the size of the ship. Many of the shows were standing room only and had to turn passengers away. Many of the passengers were elderly and they were not very happy. The other thing was there was no entertainment celebrating Christmas. This was one of the reasons we pick this time of year (between Thanksgiving and Christmas) to go on the cruise. There was music entertainers on the ship but did not play any Christmas music. Was this a politically correct cruise or what. The only reminder of Christmas was some decorations of trees and reefs around the ship. There was a movie size large screen TV on the pool deck. Great Idea.


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