Flew into Quebec City the day before we could board our ship the Emerald Princess. We have cruised with Princess three times before all on either the Coral or Island Princess so this ship was much larger than we were used to.
Ship - our ship was amazing. We had no issues with the condition or any staff that were onboard. We were taken care of by everyone from our room steward to the wait staff to the bar and casino staff. No complaints at all! Had heard many things about the ship prior to boarding but we totally enjoyed our room and the ship.
Food - again had heard changes had taken place with the Princess menu. We were again very pleased. We ate in the Caribe Cafe, Horizon Court, the main dining room and we made one trip to The Crown Grill. The Crown Grill is well worth the additional cost. We sat up by the chef and watched our meal being prepared. Will do this again anytime we are on a ship that it is available. We also went to the International Cafe where we ate breakfast, lunch and several snacks. The pizza, ice cream and Trident Grill were all up to our expectations and we were pleased with the food. During peak times, it could be difficult to get a table at the Horizon Court. Also, people tend to butt in line like the food is going to run out. I have never understood this as I've never seen them run out of any food!!!
Ports - because of Hurricane Sandy, ports had to be changed on our cruise. We were disappointed but we feel that the changes were made to keep us and all the other passengers safe. We truly enjoyed Saint John which was one of the replacement ports and would enjoy going there again as there were things we would have liked to have done but ran out of time and several things were "closed for the season" as we were unexpected in some ports and arrived a day later in some than we were supposed to.
Disbarking - we arrived in Ft. Lauderdale and had our biggest disappointment with the cruise which had nothing to do with Princess but our rental car compnay.
We truly enjoy the cruises longer than 7 days as we really do get to relax! We were disappointed with missing ports but again understood that the captain was making decisions on what he thought was best for the ship. We will take an additional cruise back to the area to get to the ports that we missed.
Yes we could nitpick things that happened on the cruise however I get to spend 12 days on a boat with all the food I want to eat, entertainment and someone to take care of me so we always make the most and best out of each of our vacations.
We have already booked our next cruise with Princess.