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Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Transatlantic


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Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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16 Night Transatlantic Eastbound (Ft. Lauderdale To Barcelona)
Sail Date: April 14, 2008
Ship: Emerald Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 years ago
This is our forth Princess Cruise and seventh overall. Princess far exceeds other lines in menu and amenetities. My husband and I like privacy and a table for two. We were accommodated in every way with friendly staff who greeted us by name on the first day in the Da Vinci dining Room.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
If you like fish, and I do, the menus will amaze you. Beautifully prepared meals with constantly differing choice. There were at least two main dishes on each night of a 16 day cruise that would have pleased me. Kudos to the head chef. We only do the buffet for breakfast, which can be a bit hectic, but we have managed to figure out a way around the chatty individuals. So next time we'll do the dining room for breakfast, where they squeezed me fresh orange juice.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
On a trans Atlantic Cruise, we learned early that the over 70 set likes the early show. So that was a bit crowded. We loved the live orchestras and the variety. The Princess song and dance team is not show quality, but the individual performances were superb.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our steward discreet and efficient. Dining room staff knew when to participate and when to stay away. I would consider them professionals in every way. We did not feel pressured to purchase anything.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Extremely clean, public restrooms immaculate. Could use more towel racks or hooks in the ladies sauna.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Always love the balcony. Might like one reclining chair, since I don't like crowds up on the main deck. Will try the Sanctuary next time.
3 out of 5
Save your feet and take a water taxi right at the port for only 1.5 Euros. Take Euros. Banks do not exchange anything and they are closed by the time you arrive.
3 out of 5
Went on our own. Lovely old fashioned city.Banks will exchange anything at a fair rate. Hooray! Monkeys a bit overrated and exceptionally dirty. But we took a local bus around as well.
3 out of 5
Caught a local city tour in town, then walked all over the old town. Even got a bonus by seeing a local wedding. The bride and groom seemed to enjoy our presence.
3 out of 5
Took subway to Colisium and walked back toward Basilica due to Fourth Sunday closing . Sorry to miss Sistine Chapel.
Don't Miss: St. Peter's Basilica and the Pieta inside.
5 out of 5
Be sure to have your Euros and take the little train up to Notre Dame. If you know French music, you'll enjoy the old fashioned flavor. We like to go on our own because we aren't rushed through. Then catch the subway up to Longchamps Palace and have lunch in the gardens just like the art students. The local street vendors have fresh veal sandwiches at $5 euros. Yes, it's possible to eat like a local.
5 out of 5
Alcazar. Roam the gardens. They are a complete oasis, especially after being on a ship after a week. We went on our own and could have spent another three hours there.
1 out of 5
Main sites closed on the Monday.City was filthy. No place to sit. I really was looking forward to seeing Accademia and David. Disappointing.

Pros: Service in the anytime dining was superb as was the menu.

Cons: Having to compete with the over 70 set for seating in the theater. They reserve for their friends.

Recommends Emerald Princess? Yes!

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