Lots of sea: Emerald Princess Cruise Review by bsorge
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Lots of sea
One saving grace is that the ship was well staffed and we actually got our drinks delivered to our table in the buffet. The staff in the cabins and dinning were mostly very good.
Food is important on a cruise ship and More the food on this ship was very mediocre. As the cruise wore on it went decidedly downhill in the Horizon Buffet. I do not go on cruise ships to have leftovers. For example, they even provided one day for lunch pancake soup. Then they had the same cheese blintzes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The ship itself is well built and glamorous. They are definitely more exciting then say Holland American/Cunard ships. The shops had good merchandise at fair prices. The casino was adequate, but I stayed away as everyone seemed to be losing.
The itinerary that we picked had ports of Copenhagen, Oslo, Grennock, Dublin, Belfast, Iceland, Greeneland, and Halifax. Kristiansend was cancelled due to bad weather. More often then not we arrived at 12/12:30 and were expected to depart at 5/5:30 pm. Just not enough time to make a proper visit.
Activities onboard the ship at sea were mostly boring. We had one good quest lecturer, but also one very bad one. They had the usual bingo and art auctions, but certainly not enough to keep one stimulated. Their was virtually no news onboard and only published a newspaper towards the end of the cruise.
Shore excursions were expensive and we had one very bad experience. This was having a bunch of infirmed passengers who were not able to mover around without wheelchairs. This cost us over 1 hour on an already tight schedule. Lunch was so bad that we got up and ate elsewhere.
We feel that their are much better choices out their for cruise ships and always suggest smaller ships. Less
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