Emerald Princess Cruise Review by LizandChris: Review of Emerald Princess 24th May 2014
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Review of Emerald Princess 24th May 2014
We stayed at the Premier Inn the night before. What is normally a quiet night , was chaotic. A staff shortage meant that we waited more than an hour to get a starter. We felt sorry for the staff that were working, they were run ragged. Next day got better. Went to Ocean Terminal by cab and had priority boarding. It was the usual wait through security but once through that, it was great. Our stateroom was ready for us.
We were on Deck 11 Baja in cabin B309, the first deck that is not overlooked. This balcony cabin was very comfortable with enough room for two. The layout is good. There is an open wardrobe / hanging rail opposite the bathroom entrance. We found that this avoided the normal congestion getting ready for dinner. It is one of the smaller cabins we have used but not a problem.
Our cabin steward, Victor was excellent as were all the staff. We enjoyed the ports of call. We did not book any shore excursions. They were too were expensive. However the shuttles More were free. There were plenty of entertainment venues and good variety for all tastes. The food was good but unimaginative. Not as good as other cruise lines (Celebrity & Cunard). We were on second sitting and often waited in long queues to get into the dining room. This was the only queuing that we experienced. All in all an enjoyable cruise but not one of our best.
As a post script, getting of the ship was very easy until we got into the hands of the port’s authority. We carry our own luggage off. This allows us to get a cab easily then on the train to home. Our exit was virtually on ground level, a slow slope off. However, ABP had us walk up and around four times. Then down again four times to move thirty feet. Needless to say the lifts were in use by “fork lifts” so we couldn’t use them. ABP GET A GRIP !!! Less
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