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Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Hawaii

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
Emerald Princess

15 Night Hawaiian Islands (Vancouver Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 04, 2018

Ship: Emerald Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: D404

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Being our first cruise, we did not know what to expect, but it took only until dinner to start feeling comfortable with the experience. We met many lovely people (passengers and crew), had the most relaxing vacation, and saw four beautiful islands.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5

Crown Grill

5 out of 5

Oh yeah. Wonderful food. Great service.

Dining Room

5 out of 5

We ate in Club Class Dining and will do it again on future cruises. The dedicated wait staff were charming, gracious, and fun. And the food was delicious.

Horizon Court

5 out of 5

Although it is hard to find seating during meal times, the buffet provided very good fare. And when you can’t find an empty table - just sit with someone you don’t know and make a new friend.

Cafe Caribe

3 out of 5

We were disappointed in the Cafe Caribe fare. It just didn’t seem to stand up to the standards of the other eateries.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We didn’t participate in most of the onboard activities, choosing rather to sit on deck and soak up the fresh sea air. And relax.


5 out of 5
We enjoyed the daily lectures, but only attended a few of the evening shows. The ones we saw were very good.

Explorers Lounge

5 out of 5

The Explorers Lounge is a comfortable and quiet place to sit and relax with a nice drink of choice and good company.

Princess Theater

5 out of 5

I was amazed that every seat has a good view of the stage. The chairs were comfortable, but the seats could have been just a few inches wider for those with larger frames.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Every crew member we encountered was professional, polite, friendly, and engaging. They were all willing to chat for a few minutes before moving on with their duties.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our mini-suite was just the right size for two. I was impressed with the amount of clothes space and the bathroom was big enough for all needs.

Ship tip


Ports of call

Hilo, Hawaii

5 out of 5

Lahaina, Maui

5 out of 5

Honolulu, Oahu

5 out of 5

Nawiliwili, Kauai

5 out of 5


1 out of 5
I understand that disembarkation from any ship is complicated and messy, but as this was our first ctuise, we were not prepared for the disorganized mass of people all wanting to go home. This was not the best last impression to leave with on an otherwise wonderful cruise.
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