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Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Emerald Princess

7 Night Greece & Turkey (Athens To Istanbul)

Sail date: July 18, 2015

Ship: Emerald Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: C331

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

The ship was wonderful (steady as a rock) and the staff took good care of us, especially the cabin steward who was a jewel. The food was excellent in both the dining room and buffet. The ports of call were O.K. Had we anticipated the heat better, we would have booked this cruise in the Spring or Fall. Our bad. What we found disconcerting was the attitude of Princess, availing itself of every opportunity to separate us from our last euro. Very grasping. Indicator: their daily shipboard newsletter focused on port sites that were available on their tours, ignoring some wonderful sites (Naples Architectural Museum, etc.) that they offered no tours too and the countless bombarding of X % off this and that. It was easy to ignore but we were surrounded by it. Tours were not worth the money. Additionally, the cruises. com agent that booked our tour, Chris H., was very professional, helpful and thorough (and always accessible for our questions)

 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin steward was great. Balcony is always worth the additional cost.

Ship tip

Excursions and their $$$$s are a waste unless the site is far out of town and unavailable by train. We do much better on our own at our pace. More fun to explore on your own than be herded in a bus with 40-60 others. saw three tuxedos on formal nights. Formality is almost passé (a good thing?)

Ports of call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5

Santorini, Greece

3 out of 5

Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete

3 out of 5

Rhodes, Greece

5 out of 5

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5

Istanbul, Turkey

1 out of 5
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