7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: August 01, 2010 Ship: Emerald Princess Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
This cruise was phenomenal, much better than other lines out there. The Emerald Princess was very spacious without being overwhelming. A very opulent ship, but meant for everyone. The staff are very friendly and do remember you - lots of diversity as well. There were plenty of activities onboard (less than some other ships, but by no means too few.) Some definite highlights include tea service, art auction and Movie Under the Stars. The only thing we didn't like (which wasn't Princess' fault) was the Jamaican port of call. Their private island (Princess Cays) was nice, but more just to lay around on the beach for the day (not much else to do.)
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Many good food choices and options on most nights. Would definitely recommend getting the wines and speciality drinks (try Crooners Bar) and the speciality restaurant (Sabatini's) - well worth the little bit extra!
3 out of 5
There is great things to do (art auction, Movies Under the Stars, etc.), but less choices then other ships. Even if you always need to be doing something, you shouldn't be bored on this.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The staff definitely take great care of you and are very friendly - everyone seems happy and like they enjoy what they do.
5 out of 5
The Emerald Princess was kept extremely orderly and clean at all times - looking brand new at every moment and turn. The ships size was spacious, but not too large you felt lost.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
The room size was better than that of another line I had been on. The only thing missing was a couch, but the room layout was very sensible. We did a oceanview-obstructed without assigning a room upon booking and were given a room at the front of the ship - there is no way we could have had a better view!
This port is kindof basic, but a lot of nice shopping and restaurants. I highly recommend going to Playa Mia resort, as it is very well kept and quiet. If you even remotely like cooking, do the Mexican Cuisine excursion they offer (it includes open bar too!) - definitely a lot of fun and is something different to do.
Don't Miss: Mexican Cuisine excursion
If you want to sit around on the beach, this is an EXCELLENT choice. Otherwise, there is nothing really to do on the island. All food is included, which is nice.
Don't Miss: Glass Bottom Boat Tour/Cruise
Favorite port for area/design, etc. Definitely set up for tourist (Margarittaville Restaurant, jewelry stores/chains, etc.), but very beautiful.
Don't Miss: George Town Trolley Tour (see and learn a lot!); Atlantis Submarine
There were some nice activities at this port, but nothing I would go out of my way to return to. The area is very touristy and you get pushed to buy things by the street vendors.
Don't Miss: Mystic Mountain Chair Lift
Pros: Service, staff, friendliness, cleanliness of ship
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