“Plenty of Room”
Cruise review of Emerald Princess

Southwoods Emerald Princess 4 Plenty of Room
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We didn't have to walk far to find a table while dining on the Lido deck. We didn't have to fore-go sitting by the pool because of lack of loungers. We didn't have to stroll long on the walking deck to locate comfortable chairs to rest in. In the Workout Room, we didn't have to stand around waiting to use equipment. Approaching the dining room, the waiting was at a minimal. Most nights we just walked in. The spaciousness of the different areas of the ship were the number one most appreciated feature for us. The second was the new non-smoking ship mandates. It was so nice to walk down the corridor to or from our stateroom and not smell smoke. It was even nicer to enjoy our balcony without being forced inside due a neighboring smoker. Because we have cruised otherlines, we fall to making comparisons. And with this cruise there were things we did note: -No place to sit in the wide staircase landings/elevator vestibules. This is especially a need for people who often use the stairs instead of the elevators. -Coffee is only offered at the end of dinner, and most often arrived after dessert or forgotten. Only once a second cup of coffee was offered. -Cold Cuts were never served during the lunch buffets. -Evening Movie Under the Stars popcorn is very dry and tasteless. -Coffee was weak - watered down. -Alcoholic drinks were very weak, as well. -Entertainment was mediocre. But there were things about the Emerald we loved, too: -The bedding in our room was extremely comfortable, and the pillow soft, soft, soft. -The ship was spotless, polished, and beyond glamerous. -The waiters, stewards, and other staffers were gracious and amicable from the first day till the moment we disembarked. -The Workout Room had a grand variety of equipment to appeal to most fitness-conscious guests. -A wealth of recently released movies were shown on the ship - at Under the Stars, in the Princess Theater, and on the stateroom set throughout the day and night. Several movie channels were offered, along with regular programming and the informational ship channels.
Emerald Princess Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean
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Cabin review: Balcony

Our balcony stateroom was the last AFT Starboard side, where we had an extra large balcony. It would hold a lounger and an extra chair, but we still only had two chairs and a tiny table which doubled as a ottoman most of the time out on our balcony! Princess's open closet alcoves off the entrance hallway are always appreciated. The bathroom, in regular balcony rooms is, contrarily, small. A one person bathroom. This room has room for only chairs. One at the desk and one other in front of the balcony door. Amble storage space, though. No make-up mirror, and the lighting was just not good for putting on detail work for aging eyes. However, the hairdryer is affixed to the wall and was more effective than other ship lines we have experienced.

Port and Shore Excursions

Beach Break
Land tour and 2 hours at a beach. Each couple had a two loungers under a beach umbrella. It was nice, even though it was a bit cloudy and rained some.
We took a catamaran excursion. It was pleasant to catch the breezes on a hot day. We stopped at a swimming beach, but it was crowded with vendors in boats, pushing their wares. Could hardly swim without pumping into one. Not that their wares were worthy. It just that we all wanted to swim and refresh ourselves after sitting in the sun on the catamaran. On the way back to the pier,free rum punch was offered. Unlike the ship drinks, it was very, very strong!
Magen Bay Beach
Beach was void loungers and umbrellas, where we were forced to use our meager ship pool towels to lay upon the sand. The water was remarkably clear and the sand smooth.
Published 11/19/12
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