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Emerald Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1737 reviews
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A good European cruise to some place other than the Mediterranean

Review for Emerald Princess to Canary Islands
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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2016
Cabin: Oceanview (obstructed view)

My wife and I were looking for a different cruise from the norm to celebrate our anniversary. We had sailed on the Emerald previously (and her sister ships) so the ship was quite familiar to us.

Embarkation was one of the easiest we have ever experienced. We started our trip five days early in London and took the transfer from Victoria Motor coach Station to the ship. We arrived at the port around 11:30 and I figured that we would have to cue up for a while before getting on the ship and being guided to the buffet till our room was ready. No line and the cabin was ready before we got on. Total time from bus to cabin was fifteen minutes, fantastic! Our cabin was E220 and was better than I had expected. The beds were placed on the side of the room instead of the back and it made the cabin seem larger that it was. The room was an obstructed port hole room but it was not overly obstructed. The lifeboat outside the cabin was a smaller one and not one of the tenders which gave us a pretty good view. The only thing that you have to watch out for is the frequent crew going past the window for maintenance or testing.

The shows were pretty good but not fantastic, The first comic though was not to my liking. I am one of the people who really enjoys the trivia contests, so having lots of them was great for me. I do wish that the prizes hadn't become so cheap. We do play for fun but a prize other than a key chain, fridge magnet or pen would be nice. The ships on board activities (Princess in general) don't overly excite me, so besides the trivia, I mostly find quiet places to read. The Skywalkers lounge is a pretty good place for some quiet time during the day. The pools are all open air on this ship and with the cool air for the first three days meant that going for a swim was out of the question. The pool was well heated which would have permitted swimming but getting out of the water would have not been nice. This is not the fault of the ship, except that they could have used one of the other ships which have a convertible roof over one of the pools, for this cruise knowing that it is cold in April in Britain at this time of year.

Cabin Review

Oceanview (obstructed view)

Cabin OZ

A better layout than the ones that have the beds on the back wall. Seemed larger than it was.

Port Reviews


Embarkation was good, didn't see the town.


Beautiful place, will have to come back to really explore.


Beautiful place, will have to come back to really explore.

Madeira (Funchal)

Beautiful place, will have to come back to really explore.


Not too much to see in town. Recommend going outside of town to see sights.

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