April 2016 - Emerald Princess to Transatlantic
This is an interesting ship to be aboard. There are some excellent points about it. The ship has been refurbished and is very appealing to the eye. Our 10th deck balcony cabin was taken care of by Danny to perfection. Note our balcony was extra long as perhaps all of those on this deck were and we were able to look down onto balconies below us. those balconies did not have any privacy which ours did. if this is a concern you may want to check with your travel agent or Princess before locking in a balcony cabin.
Things to like: fast elevators (3 banks) very little or no wait, easy embarkation and disembarkation - princess has this right, very good communication between the bridge and the passengers, nice pools, the best pizza we have had at sea (subjective of course), self service laundry which is helpful on long voyages, decent food although the buffet can get repetitive, a no column to block your view theater (excellent) and the staff really does work hard to make sure you are taken care of.
Despite a few rough sea days we felt the ship rode through the heavy weather very well without causing us any problems. Movies under the stars is neat but the weather kept us from really enjoying it, too cold or rainy. Popcorn and cookies are available during the movies.
There was significant storage space in our cabin for luggage storage and hanging of clothes. If you bring your own plug in alarm clock, the 60 cycle power on board was decent and your clock did not lose more than a minute or two day to day. An easy reset corrected this.
what to dislike: the theater entertainment was not to our liking almost every night. the music played on board is from the pre mid 50s era, a generation above us and we're 70. How about some rock & roll music from its first decade Princess? You had to ask for smoked salmon at breakfast in the buffet. It simply was never available at breakfast otherwise. Internet is typical for being at sea, dial up speed and at times it was unavailable. Overall the Emerald Princess is a decent ship to be aboard.