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We took this cruise because of the itinerary to Hawaii. Embarkation/ Disembarkation: Getting on was very easy and orderly due to the schedule given before hand. Did the self-disembarkation. Very good and no crowds. For those not sure about disembarkation: If taking the scheduled disembarkation, luggage must be out in the hallway at suppertime the night prior. Everyone must be out of their cabins by 8am and form up in their selected disembarkation point (lounge) even if their scheduled time is 10am. They will get their luggage on the pier then go through customs. Self-Disembarkation is where you take your own luggage off so you can keep it until you leave. Must be physically able to take your own luggage without assistance.The last self-disembarkation time was 7:30am. We walked right off and breezed through Customs. Only problem was I had to carry our suitcases down a couple of flights of stairs because we were on a lower deck and all of the elevators were full from upper deck passengers leaving. Food: Mediocre - Dining room: some flour white cream sauce all over the lobster tails..yuck. Steaks were full of gristle. Always rushed because we had early dining. Buffet: Lunch in the buffets were virtually the same every day. Cafe Caribe food always cold. Seemed to run short of things the last couple of days. Speciality Restaurants: Can't see paying extra for specialty restaurants. Cruise food should be good enough that I don't have to pay extra for good food! Staff pleasant but you are invisible if not an Elite or you tip first. Piazza (open area/grand stairway decks 5-7) too crowded since most events held there. Crowds out people who want to sit and enjoy a coffee/desert from the International cafe. Asked for a hot tea at the International Cafe later one evening. It was served cold. When we told the waitress it was cold, she replied," That's the best I can do. We haven't had hot water all day." Cafe seating was full due to violin players in the Piazza. Brought a coffee and desert up to the Crooners bar on the 7th deck. Told off by the waiter and told to go down to the food court. Always crowded so didn't use 9 out of 15 paid for speciality coffees. Assistant Cruise Director Mark was great. The actual Cruise Director...not so much. Entertainment: High school student grade performances of Production shows. Really enjoyed the lectures given by Dr Faff and Mr. Sanchez. The violinists, Tiki Dave and his wife were all very good as well.

First and last time on Princess

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by F150Chief

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We took this cruise because of the itinerary to Hawaii.

Embarkation/ Disembarkation: Getting on was very easy and orderly due to the schedule given before hand.

Did the self-disembarkation. Very good and no crowds. For those not sure about disembarkation: If taking the scheduled disembarkation, luggage must be out in the hallway at suppertime the night prior. Everyone must be out of their cabins by 8am and form up in their selected disembarkation point (lounge) even if their scheduled time is 10am. They will get their luggage on the pier then go through customs.

Self-Disembarkation is where you take your own luggage off so you can keep it until you leave. Must be physically able to take your own luggage without assistance.The last self-disembarkation time was 7:30am. We walked right off and breezed through Customs.

Only problem was I had to carry our suitcases down a couple of flights of stairs because we were on a lower deck and all of the elevators were full from upper deck passengers leaving.

Food: Mediocre - Dining room: some flour white cream sauce all over the lobster tails..yuck. Steaks were full of gristle. Always rushed because we had early dining.

Buffet: Lunch in the buffets were virtually the same every day. Cafe Caribe food always cold. Seemed to run short of things the last couple of days.

Speciality Restaurants: Can't see paying extra for specialty restaurants. Cruise food should be good enough that I don't have to pay extra for good food!

Staff pleasant but you are invisible if not an Elite or you tip first.

Piazza (open area/grand stairway decks 5-7) too crowded since most events held there. Crowds out people who want to sit and enjoy a coffee/desert from the International cafe. Asked for a hot tea at the International Cafe later one evening. It was served cold. When we told the waitress it was cold, she replied," That's the best I can do. We haven't had hot water all day." Cafe seating was full due to violin players in the Piazza. Brought a coffee and desert up to the Crooners bar on the 7th deck. Told off by the waiter and told to go down to the food court. Always crowded so didn't use 9 out of 15 paid for speciality coffees.

Assistant Cruise Director Mark was great. The actual Cruise Director...not so much.

Entertainment: High school student grade performances of Production shows.

Really enjoyed the lectures given by Dr Faff and Mr. Sanchez. The violinists, Tiki Dave and his wife were all very good as well.
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Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB E730
Cabin was deck 8, port side aft. Nice large cabin and plenty of closet and shelf space. Washroom was adequate. Extra electrical plugs behind the TV's. When there were rougher seas, the cabin creaked like Nelson's flag ship. First couple of sea days, it kept us up all night.
The cabin steward was great. He seemed to be always working and prompt.
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