Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Wowwac: What a Cruise?
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What a Cruise?
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
First on in Ft. Lauderdale, nice ship. Left dock on our first week of a two week cruise to Eastern Caribbean. Only 45 minutes out of dock, ship LOST all power. No electricity, water, toilets, A/C, or food for 4 1/2 hours. Had to walk up 7 flights of stairs to get back up on outside deck. Only drink available was liquor and bottled water ($2.50 a bottle water, don't drink liquor). About every 30 mins to hour, lights would come back on but soon to go back out. Every time they tried to turn generators back on.
After everything came back on, we traveled on to St. Marteen, having to miss our 1st stop because of electrical problem. We were only compensated $300.00 per stateroom, that is $150.00 per person (booking per person was Quite more than that). We were given that on Carnival 2 years ago for the hurricane that made us miss Grand Cayman islands. That was mother nature, not mechanical.
We decided to do a 2 week cruise, 1st week Eastern, the 2nd Western. The 1st week was More at best ok. Entertainment was ok, but the same singers for every show was BORING. Singers were good but tooooo much of the same sound. The soul night show should have had some black performers doing this show, for as we know they really know how to put on a good show. Not saying the normal performers did a bad job, it would have been better with performers like Lionel Richie for example. All the shows were EXACTLY the same for the 2nd week to the western side of Caribbean. There was one show on a Friday night, a comedian and a juggler. That show was EXCELLENT!!! Wife got their names and plan to look up on YouTube later.
As for kids, nothing for them except the pools and teen room. No slides rock climbing wall or power wave for knee boards. Movies under the stars, (yea right) left all the lights on around the pool and deck. So it was basically daylight not dark like in theaters. Dining room staff was good, but buffet staff was "ok" not excellent. It was like this ship was a training crew ship (heard one couple say that also). Had to constantly look for server to get drinks for braekfast, dinner.
On deck during the day, cannot find a decent chair to lay out on, all chairs had towels on them and persons would hardly come back to the chairs. Finally just had to pull off towels to get a chair. No sign of stewarts doing their jobs watching times chairs had towels on them. Overall, this was a 2 week cruise, 1st week repeated to 2nd week. We will NOT take another cruise on Princess. Ship design was ok at bast. Seen better on older ships. This was our 5th cruise, 3 on different Carnival ships and this 2 week cruise on Princess.(really, this 2 week cruise was just 1 week Eastern, come back to Florida then go to 2nd week Western) VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!! Less
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