Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Sunseeker1664: NOT a consumate cruise!!!
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NOT a consumate cruise!!!
We and our travel companions have now completed our seventh cruise, so probably in the eyes of many, we are mere novices. However, to begin, the destinations were not our favorite, but hey, we just wanted a cheeky seven day cruise that was a sailaway.
The Ship: hugely understaffed, we had any-time dining, which proved to be no-time dining, turn up, given a bleep, told 30 minutes, go back after 45 minutes, told at least another 30+ minutes. Gave up and went to 'Cattle Club Dining' (Horizon Court). Not a good start.....
We prefer to enjoy breakfast in one of the main restaurants, where one can enjoy a more sedate and serene dining experience, upon arrival at said restaurant, queues snaking up the stairs. Hey Ho, back to 'Cattle Club Dining' (Horizon Court). Not a good start.....
It was obvious to most people that a further restaurant should have been opened, as the one that was open was clearly unable to cope with demand, hence peoples opinion that the ship More was understaffed.
Entertainment: Y'all ready for a 'Country Hoe Down', not our cup of tea..... Plenty of bingo, scrabble, piano playing, oh, the Freddie Mercury tribute, Steve Larkin, was superb, and the highlight of our cruise.
Spa: Had a lovely 'Couples massage', absolutely divine, seriously. However, totally ruined by the 'hard sell' at the end, where immense pressure is applied while you're still all floppy and in a massage stupor, 'Right, we'll book you in for two more sessions and sell you all these products for hundreds of dollars, whilst we've got you in the massage stupor'. Not the way to do it, Guys. Having just paid $310 dollars, I would have preferred a slighty better conclusion to the experience. We bolted out of there like greyhounds, commando crawling past the front desk, in case we got spotted by the sales people.......
No smoking policy: Why would we ever pay the extra cost for a balcony, when you can no longer smoke on it? Anti smoking whingers win again.....
Food Quality: 7/10 in the 'free' dining, SUPERB in the Crown grill!!
Ports: La coruna, Shut, ok if you like churches........
Bilbao: Couldn't be arsed to get off the ship, after being dissapointed by La Coruna.....
Le Verdun: Free shuttle bus into Soulac Su Mer, lovely, quiet little village, really nice people, loved it. People paid mega cahunas to go to Bordeaux, 80 odd km's away, and it rained....
Now, don't get me wrong, we don't consider ourselves experienced cruisers yet, not by any means, but we've been to the Caribbean twice, been with Princess to the Caribbean, been with P & O, NCL, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, if you want to know how to do entertainment, Ncl's EPIC, is the master....we know everyone has an opinion on what makes their cruise a great cruise, this just wasn't ours.........XX Less
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