Exceptional South American Cruise

Emerald Princess Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 56

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
Emerald Princess

17 Night Andes & South America (Los Angeles To Santiago )

Sail date: December 03, 2017

Ship: Emerald Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: P233

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, my wife and I thought that this cruise was excellent, except for the customer service staff and the declining buffet. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and took advantage of everything that the staff had to offer. The food in the MDR is still the best that we have encountered on any cruise ship, and the activities, entertainment, and ports-of-call were all acceptable.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
The embarkation process was fine, with half of the embarking passengers in the highest tier and boarding first. This took a long time for those that weren't "elite".

Ship experiences

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The production shows were good, but there were only four production shows on a seventeen day cruise. The other shows filled the remaining schedule with singers, musicians and a shadow hand puppet performer that was terrible.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Typical cabin for size and shape, and smaller than my bedroom at home. We normally reserve a balcony cabin, but on this ship we like to be on deck five because this deck has the International Café, Vines and the MDR that we frequent, just a number of steps away.

Ship tip

Watch for "happy hour" at certain bars where you buy one drink and get another for one dollar. If you want to meet people, always choose "shared" tables when asked, during open seating at breakfast and lunch.

Ports of call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

2 out of 5
I live in Los Angeles.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 out of 5

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
You do not have to take the river cruise because you can see many of the gators from the bridge over the river.

Callao (Lima), Peru

3 out of 5
It takes hours to drive around Lima due to the extremely aggressive drivers. Finding a good tour guide is important.

General San Martin (Pisco), Peru

4 out of 5
Go to the Isle by booking on shore, which is very inexpensive.

Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile

4 out of 5
Book excursion outside cruise terminal because it's very cheap for the same thing.

San Antonio, Chile

3 out of 5
Did not see much.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
No problems like usual.
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