Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: December 28, 2011
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 3 years ago
We have been on three Princess cruises, one Carnival, one Celebrity, and three NCL. I understand the difficulty of the cruise ship lines to keep the cost down so not to out price the the main stream traveller. I can not understand why the food on this cruise was so bad. There were six in our party and at every evening meal someone sent the food back. Presentation was great. Serving size was good. Meat quality was so poor that you could not cut into the prime rib, roast lamb, and beef wellington was a hockey puck.
We decided to eat at the specialty restaurants and pay extra. The Crown room was very good. Though it would not compare to Morton's or Ruth Chris.
The Italian restaurant was probably the worst Italian food I have ever had. Two of us orfered the Veal Chop, again you could not cut into it and it was smothered in brown gravy. The chef came out and told us it was because we ordered medium rare. Never heard of such a thing. Two in the party ordered the shrimp dish. They were served four small shrimp. The others had pasta and it came out in a brown gravy saying it was a beef short rib pasta sauce. Wow and we paid $25.00 Extra.
The ship is very good the staff were always ready to serve. The ports of call were very good and they even hand a non-smoking night in the Casino.
We were about to book a cruise to Europe on board and get the extra on board credit, but we have changed our mind to another cruise line.