Emerald Princess = Excellent

Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 134

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Emerald Princess

7 Night Mediterranean (Rome To Barcelona)

Sail date: May 30, 2015

Ship: Emerald Princess

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: D405 Mini Suite

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

After 8 days traveling through Venice, Florence, and Rome on our own, we were glad to embark on Emerald Princess and let them guide us to an excellent 2nd half of our vacation. 

The transfer from Rome airport was very easy. We even got a bit of another guided tour as the transfer bus took us back through Rome for a tour of the city before heading off to Civitavecchia. We arrived around 12:00 PM and were on the ship and in our cabin by 12:20. It wasn't crowded, but I suspect it was because we embarked on 1 leg of a 4 leg itinerary. Either way, it was painless. 

Our Mini Suite (D405 mid ship) was clean, roomy, and well maintained. Our steward was friendly and more or less attentive and responsive to our requests. We tried to do some laundry after our land tour and found it to be difficult because other passengers on longer itineraries were also doing the same thing. 

The food in the Main Dining Rooms was delicious and the wait staff were more than attentive.Norman Love Chocolate desserts were phenomenal. We ate at both Sabatini's and the Crown Grille and were treated to excellent meals both nights and well worth the extra $$. 

The passenger services staff were pleasant and attentive, even when they couldn't solve our minor issues immediately. They did follow up with us to make sure things were eventually to our satisfaction. 

Our ports of call (Palermo, Naples, Livorno, Genoa, Toulon, and Barcelona each offered something spectacular to see and all our excursions did not disappoint. Most of our tours were through Aloschi Brothers, and all of their guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and seemed to have all our tour participants best interests in mind. Even the tour bus drivers were friendly and entertaining. 

The entertainment was top notch and contemporary. All the lounges were comfortable and relaxing. MUTS were great, especially The Sound of Music. The 70's Disco Dance Party was a hoot and learning "The Isaac" dance sent it over the top. 

Disembarkation was quick, efficient, and uneventful. 

Overall, it was a wonderful cruise experience. Everything with Princess seems so easy and relaxing. Great food, great ports and excursions, great staff, great entertainment and amenities added up to a wonderful week on board and off. We would highly recommend Princess, this particular itinerary, and the Emerald as well. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
MDR, Sabatinis and Crown Grille were all very good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
Top notch entertainment throughout the ship

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
No kids with us, so can't really say

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Captain Guiseppe Pomano was especially nice. The staff were helpful, courteous, and friendly.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Love the Grand Class ship designs.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
D405 Midship cat. MA was the second time we had a Mini Suite. The extra room allowed us to spread out after each day of exploring. The larger bathroom with tub also is a nice bonus. The cabin has lots of storage, and the second TV was quite helpful when my DW wanted to watch "Love Boat" reruns 24/7 (a nice bonus).

Ship tip

Take advantage of the wonderful entertainment on board. The 70's Disco Party is just plain fun!

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Not much to see or do here. Just the port.

Palermo, Sicily

5 out of 5
Take a quick bus tour around the city. Try to get to beautiful Mondello.

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
Amalfi Coast and Pompeii are musts!

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
Definitely get to the Campo di Miracoli and roam around. The Leaning tower and Baptistery are gorgeous!

Genoa, Italy

5 out of 5
Portofino is NOT to be missed. Santa Margherita and Rapallo are beautiful too.

Toulon, France

5 out of 5
Get into wine country if you can.

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Take a tour of this modern city. It;s really neat.
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