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53 Princess Emerald Princess Entertainment Cruise Reviews

This is the first trip on my bucket list. All of my excursions were fantastic with the exception of Adajjacio (Corsica). Nothing was open, and had not been open for awhile. The staff on board is so friendly and helpful. If you are ... Read More
This is the first trip on my bucket list. All of my excursions were fantastic with the exception of Adajjacio (Corsica). Nothing was open, and had not been open for awhile. The staff on board is so friendly and helpful. If you are single, beware there was no single activities scheduled the second 11 days of the trip (after many passengers left and new ones came on board). The first 11 days, there was not a singles activity until day 4 or 5 and only after a passenger wrote a long letter requesting one. I asked if there would be any singles activities so that I could meet people. The buffet was luke warm at best. Food that should have been hot was cold or luke warm with the exception of soup or hot cereals. Dining room food was also not very hot when it should have been. Good variety of food. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Choose this cruise to experience Greece and its food, drink and culture. The good is that Princess did an awesome job on embarkment (no wait) and disembarkment. Excursion organization and cleanliness, and great staff. It couldn’t have ... Read More
Choose this cruise to experience Greece and its food, drink and culture. The good is that Princess did an awesome job on embarkment (no wait) and disembarkment. Excursion organization and cleanliness, and great staff. It couldn’t have been any better. I rated 4 stars because I wouldn’t take this cruise again. It was boring. Entertainment was for older people ( we were a party of 8 in our late 50s and early 60s). Pool parties and piano bar weren’t what we had on other cruise lines. After dinner we struggled to find things to do. We were looking for dancing or comedy. There was one great band with a woman singer that we found 2 nights and that was the entertainment highlight. We had people in our party fall asleep and leave during auditorium shows. We did trivia a few times and that was fun. Food and drink were awesome. Service was exemplary. Shore excursions ... mostly good, organized, good guides and clean bus on all with no waits. Crete we did a beach excursion and when we got there there weren’t enough lounge chairs for our party to be together, stained cushions on loungers and you couldn’t swim cause of the rocks .. not what we expected. Now Corfus excursion was awesome town and cooking class. Highlight of the trip. We booked wanting to see white beaches and bluest water with the white buildings and saw none:(. Too windy to go to Mykonos (which we booked for) and princess did nothing for us that day ie, free drinks, more entertainment so that felt like a wasted day. One more thing, we were on a Greek cruise and the nightly dining had no Italian or Greek food or appetizers. Would highly recommend they change this to have 2 or 3 options for the area every night. Also the wine and beer of that region would be a plus. Would recommend this cruise for older people. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Pre Cruise: Our vacation began in Ft. Lauderdale where we stayed in a small, newly-built, Quality Suites hotel near the airport. If you're staying overnight prior to the cruise, you won't need a rental car. The hotel will pick ... Read More
Pre Cruise: Our vacation began in Ft. Lauderdale where we stayed in a small, newly-built, Quality Suites hotel near the airport. If you're staying overnight prior to the cruise, you won't need a rental car. The hotel will pick you up at the airport and transport you to the cruise pier for free. You won't need a car rental, as you can walk to a few nearby restaurants. But if you plan to do shopping or site seeing, rent a car and enjoy everything that this city has to offer. Embarkation: We boarded the Emerald Princess on Saturday around Noon time and the call for general boarding had commenced. Although we have Elite status, we were ushered into a long line which took about an hour for us to get on board. So we missed having lunch in the MDR which closes at 1pm. We didn't mind this so much because we had five days at sea before reaching our first port. We were not in a hurry. We chose this voyage because we wanted to experience ports that we had not previously visited. In Barcelona, all passengers were required to exit the ship for customs clearance. No luggage checks, just passport clearance. Passengers on a tour/excursion were required to take their passports with them for re-entry at the terminal. Those individuals who remained on board took their passport to the control officer. Quick & easy. Of course, some passengers didn't understand that the term "all passengers" applied to them, so the crew had to locate those individuals and usher them off the ship before the rest of us could return. We waited about 2 hours in the terminal before we noticed that everyone was already returning to the ship. I recommend that you take a tour of the city to avoid the wait time and enjoy a walking tour of Barcelona. The bus & metro service are super easy, the taxi service is reasonable, and the city is very pedestrian friendly. Las Ramblas is an area that should not be missed. The Ship: The Emerald Princess emerged from dry dock just prior to our cruise. So much of the public areas were updated and polished. The most noticeable upgrade is the Market Fresh dining area. Other areas of the ship received fresh carpet and some areas were got a fresh coat of paint. We were pleased that the zumba classes were moved from the piazza area. Sports events, competitions, and musical celebrations can get pretty loud. We could clearly hear the dance music in the elevator on the Lido Deck (deck 15). We found several empty bar areas to use as a hideaway for reading, puzzles and light conversation. The destination lectures were fabulous. The expert advice offered during these sessions were invaluable. She had a wealth of knowledge, a great personality, and a direct focus on the important issues. Entertainment: I don't enjoy the musicals and stand up entertainment shows provided on cruise ships. I live in a city where entertainment is the main industry.So I don't attend these shows while cruising. Some people in the audience clearly love them. So I consider myself an anomoly. The ring toss, bag toss, and poolside events appear to be very popular with the majority of cruisers. Since I don't enjoy watching or participating in those activities, I don't criticize them. The ratings scale does not provide N/A options. Dining: The Horizon Court is now called World Market Fresh which features a clean and spacious design with new tables and chairs. The food is appealing, artfully displayed, and makes self service much easier. The section at the rear of the ship featured made-to-order omelets at breakfast and ramen noodle stir fry at noon. The serving lines could be long on those days. At dinner time, those areas at the rear were converted to casually elegant restaurants called Planks and Steamers Seafood which alternated from one night to the next. I don't know the schedule because we dined only once in each venue. They weren't busy so the hostess would seat you without reservations. There was a lot of food included for the $12 upcharge and the food was plentiful and flavorful. It was also nice and quiet. Other dining options that are free, besides World Market Fresh, include International Cafe, and the open deck spots featuring pizza and a hot dog/hamburger grill. The Crown Grill and Share are specialty restaurants, in elegant surroundings, which charge $39 and $29 respectively. There are three main dining rooms (MDR) on this ship. Two feature traditional dining and one features anytime dining. The Anytime Dining option has improved significantly. If you arrive anytime after 7:30pm, you'll be seated expeditiously. If you prefer to eat earlier, I recommend the traditional dining. It might have been a fluke, but it seemed to me that the MDR is as noisy as Market Fresh with clattering of dishes, loud conversations and very little sound absorption. Excursions: In Funchal, Portugal we thoroughly enjoyed the TukTuk Taxi tour. We made reservations prior to departure at http://www.tukxi.pt/, and the driver, Caroline, picked us up right outside the terminal at the pier, right on time. She took us on a 2.5 hour ride through the winding streets of the city where there were very few cars, lots of locals, and some terrific photo ops. We visited the major tourist attractions and she even stopped to pick some fruit and fragrant plants along the way. The cost for 2.5 hours was 52.00 USD (47.00 Euro) and we were extremely satisfied. In Morocco, we selected a Princess excursion that included a visit to the capital city of Rabat because our research indicated that there was not very much to see and do in Casablanca. In both cities, the traffic jams, road construction, and pedestrians made it extremely difficult to move around. Our guide had a very strong accent and the radio communicators were fuzzy and annoying. In Casablanca, we stopped at a mosque and a government building to view non-descript mosaic tiles. There was really nothing else to see. On our way to Rabat,the guide told us that we would enjoy a bathroom break "very soon" which turned out to be after noon. He told us that the acceptable bathrooms along the road were closed for construction. In Rabat, we visited a major mosque with acceptable toilets and we were able to see only the outside of the Royal Palace because, unfortunately, the royal family was in residence. We had lunch, with lots of food, in an upscale restaurant without air conditioning before returning to ship. The rush hour traffic of Casablanca was the most memorable portion of the tour. I don't mean to sound snobby in my assessment of Morocco and I hope to visit again in a couple of years as it will likely be more prepared for western tourism. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
To see four islands and cruise the ocean blue! I wanted to relax and see Hawaii with my spouse which we did but I expected there to be professional entertainment of a much higher level. I think BINGO was too expensive and trivia got ... Read More
To see four islands and cruise the ocean blue! I wanted to relax and see Hawaii with my spouse which we did but I expected there to be professional entertainment of a much higher level. I think BINGO was too expensive and trivia got boring. I did enjoy the chef demonstrations and all of the food. The game shows were fun. The Beach Boys guitarist should stick to music and forget comedy, that was not good. The big production at the end was not impressive at all, sorry. Thank goodness our room was near the exercise equipment, but charging for Yoga is not worth going. High end on-board prices for low end receivables in my opinion. The best thing was whale watching. The worst thing was the last second cancellation of our Kauai helicopter excursion which we looked forward to for months. The best part was we were with family and not alone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the time spent sailing and for a get a way. The embarkation and disembarkation went very, vey well.The food in the dining rooms was super. Very, very good, the help was so great. Just loved our server and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the time spent sailing and for a get a way. The embarkation and disembarkation went very, vey well.The food in the dining rooms was super. Very, very good, the help was so great. Just loved our server and helper. I didn't take advantage of the entertainment but my husband and sister-in-law hit all the shows, even the small lounges and loved them all. We have been with Princess a long time and have made many trips with them and yes we would go again. We are now elite passengers and we love the extras that go along with that. Once again loved our trip as we usually do with Princess and will be sailing with you again. I also enjoyed the shopping aboard and got some very good deals. Another favorite of mine was the casino and I did very well with that too. See you on our next voyage!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The cruise was 15 days spanning Christmas and New Years. It was an OK trip, but I expected more from Princess Cruises. The ship was over crowded and there were long lines for everything. Many of the shows and events (trivia, classes, ect) ... Read More
The cruise was 15 days spanning Christmas and New Years. It was an OK trip, but I expected more from Princess Cruises. The ship was over crowded and there were long lines for everything. Many of the shows and events (trivia, classes, ect) could not accommodate the amount of guests on board. The food was eatable, but disappointing as well. You could not find tables to sit and eat because the overcrowding and lack of space drove people to lounge and congregate at the tables in the buffet and café areas. The amenities were lacking; they definitely fall into the "No Frills" category. The service staff were good and tried to be very helpful and attentive. They did their best to make the vacation smooth and enjoyable. The holiday events left something to be desired and we kept finding ourselves lucky to have gotten a seat, but merely waiting for it to end. Christmas passed with minimal notice, and New Years was very disappointing. I think I will stick to Royal Caribbean for my cruises. They were a much better experience for the same cost. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Everyone said Princess is a grest cruise line. I was very disappointed in the food and overall experience. The comedians were the highlight of the cruise. Our cabin attendant was excellent. The Cruise Director and her staf did a good ... Read More
Everyone said Princess is a grest cruise line. I was very disappointed in the food and overall experience. The comedians were the highlight of the cruise. Our cabin attendant was excellent. The Cruise Director and her staf did a good job. The dining was a big disappointment. The food was ok, but not was I was expecting. You had to wait in long lines for a burger, pizza, ice cream or anything at the International Cafe. We got lost repeatedly as they don't have any wayfinding system like Royal Caribbean. To get to our dining room, we had to goup to ths 7th floor and then down to the 6th floor. I found it odd and annoying. We got locked out of our room twice on a 5 night cruise. We had to go from the 14th floor to the 6th each t I'll me we got locked out. Both times were late at night when we were teying to get back to the room to go to bed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Overall good experience with mini-suite D120 in forward part of Emerald Princess.. Had a round trip walk of .4 mile to International cafe each morning for coffee and similar walk to Michaelangelo dining room at dinner. Good exercise. ... Read More
Overall good experience with mini-suite D120 in forward part of Emerald Princess.. Had a round trip walk of .4 mile to International cafe each morning for coffee and similar walk to Michaelangelo dining room at dinner. Good exercise. Ship could use some updating. Tahiti was a disappointment, i.e., seedy. Moorea was the best port of all. If I had a "do over" I would take ferry from Tahiti to Moorea after docking in Tahiti and spend night there and pick up ship when it docked in Moorea. Friendly staff, excellent enrichment lectures. Wished they had a stir fry operation. Food and service in dining rooms was excellent. We were anytime dining. Staff was eager to please. Liked the bathtub in mini suite. Entertainment was excellent (singers, dancers, comedians. Had to get to theater half hour before start time to get good seat, i.e, crowded which says something about the quality of the entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We had been looking forward to this cruise for several years. We were celebrating a significant anniversary and we had had a wonderful experience on a previous Princess cruise. The ship sailed from Vancouver to the Hawaiian islands and ... Read More
We had been looking forward to this cruise for several years. We were celebrating a significant anniversary and we had had a wonderful experience on a previous Princess cruise. The ship sailed from Vancouver to the Hawaiian islands and back. It was a 15 day cruise. The ship itself was clean but not maintained all that well. There were mysterious wet spots on the carpeting in some areas and the occasional funky smell. There were also a lot of burnt-out or non-unctioning lights, which may seem trivial but often indicates a general lack of maintenance that may extend to areas not so visible. The seating in the Princess Theatre was atrocious. Any of you who are large might consider that there is only an 18" width to the seats and the sides are hard. (Picture sitting in a box 18" wide.) EVERYONE that we discussed this with felt that those seats were awful! To give you some idea of the width, 18" is even less than the 18.5" that airline seating allows. The food had also gone downhill siginificantly, as had the service. Everything appears to have been cost-cut to the point where it is obvious to pretty much all of the passengers. The staff in the dining rooms is running to keep up, the wait times between course servings is frequently a half hour or more, and the food delivered may, or may not match the descriptions in the menus. Much of the hot food or soup is luke-warm at best. (The Princess chefs need a Truth-In-Advertising refresher course.) In addtion, the food is generally just plain bland. The pace and working conditions of the staff show in their attitudes. Where you never used to encounter an "attitude" with the crew and service people, these days you hear not-so-subtle complaints and encounter mediocre service on a fairly regular basis. Worse yet, every where you turn somebody is trying to sell you something at an additional cost. This encompasses not only all of the regular shops and over-priced drink packages, but also periodic sales in the dining rooms between meals under conditions that would make a discount store blush as well as the purported "activity" programs offered to pasengers which are thinly disquesed sales programs. It gets really, realy old in a hurry. Lastly, the premium restaurant that we tried was the steak house on board. Bearing in mind that this meal cost an additional $29 per person, (although ours was part of our tour package), one would expect a really fine steak. However, the steaks we ordered, while beautiful and beautifully cooked, had no flavor whatsoever! Yes, there were some really fun surprises and a few really memberable dishes in the dining rooms. Yes, some of the shore trips were great. But overall, I'm thinking that this was probably our last Princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise due to the round trip Vancouver. We live on Vancouver Island and this way do not have to deal with airports. Embarkation was seamless and we were on board in time to have lunch in main dining room. This was the largest ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the round trip Vancouver. We live on Vancouver Island and this way do not have to deal with airports. Embarkation was seamless and we were on board in time to have lunch in main dining room. This was the largest cruise ship we had ever sailed on and would not be in a hurry to travel on a large ship again but know if we want to do this cruise again then will likely have to book on this size again. Inside cabin was clean and quiet. Food was great most nights in main dining room although was sub par on second formal night. Do not think the shows were as good as the last time we did this cruise and would like to find a bar that does not always have music playing but this seems to be the same on the other cruise lines we have sailed with. We will likely do this cruise again and have put down a future cruise deposit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Our first Princess Cruise was fantastic. Went with another couple and we had a great time. Weather was fantastic in all ports. Missed Tracy Arm, but Endicott was great. Viewing very close. Only did buffet once, but dining room and Crown ... Read More
Our first Princess Cruise was fantastic. Went with another couple and we had a great time. Weather was fantastic in all ports. Missed Tracy Arm, but Endicott was great. Viewing very close. Only did buffet once, but dining room and Crown Grill, plus a couple of room services were great. Just not enough time in ports with doing a shore excursion. Could have spent 2 days each in Ketchikan and Skagway. The towns were small, but quaint. Juneau was just Ok. Could have left off stop at Vancouver as it was only a few hours and at night. Will go back to Vancouver. Spa services were just too expensive. Pizza and trident grill was very good. Shows were good. Adele singer should be in the big theater. Saw many bears in Ketchikan. Roberts tram in Juneau was great. Fantastic views. White Pass train ride was fun, again fantastic views. Could have spent more time in Ketchikan and Skagway as towns were small, but quaint. Skagway was our favorite port. Could have skipped Vancouver as only a few hours there and mostly at night. Very pretty City, will go back to visit for a few days. Let Princess book air, hotel and transfers and price was good and everything was taken care of for us. Will cruise with Princess again. Thought Carnival was good, but Princess was better. We love children, but there were very few and that made it a more pleasant experience. Not much, if anything for children to do. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We cruised on Ruby Princess a few months ago to Mexico and were very impressed with the line so we booked our AK trip with Princess too. Entertainment were great. Staff members were amazing. Food was fresh and elegantly prepared and ... Read More
We cruised on Ruby Princess a few months ago to Mexico and were very impressed with the line so we booked our AK trip with Princess too. Entertainment were great. Staff members were amazing. Food was fresh and elegantly prepared and served. Formal meals were not just for eating---but events to be experienced. There were 10 adults + 1child (4 yo) and we would split up to go to trivia challenges or tour backstage and do a Q&A with the dancers/singers or play a table game we found in the library and then all meet up for dinner or watched a comedian or magician together. So--there was plenty of togetherness with enough opportunities for down time to decompress. The people that made this cruise ship stand out are Alex (cruise director), Yessy and Ampolo (asst cruise directors), Juliet (hostess in Horizon and DaVinci restaurants) and Jose Luis (waiter in Curtis Stone's Share restaurant). They're all so freaking adorable that I wanted to take them home with me!! The excursions at the ports of call were fun and interesting but I could have stayed on the ship for the entire week and taken line dancing classes or played Family Feud or Who's The Cuckoo? and don't think I ever would have tired of it. My brother and sister-in-law were both finalists in VOICE of the Ocean and that was fun to cheer them on to the finale. Bring nice clothes to dress up a bit for dinner. It's not mandatory (except on formal nights) but it will make you feel special. It was hard to go home after having an entire fleet of crew members there to pamper and spoil us. This is the life!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The Bad:This ship was run down, dirty and dated. Elevators were problematic, buttons not working long wait times, random functions. 2 of them were shut down for "routine maintenance". Most of the windows were dirty/salt crusted. ... Read More
The Bad:This ship was run down, dirty and dated. Elevators were problematic, buttons not working long wait times, random functions. 2 of them were shut down for "routine maintenance". Most of the windows were dirty/salt crusted. (Guess they never heard of rain-x?) The buffet food was good but traffic had a terrible flow, obvious accompanying items not close together or on the same side of the isle. Plates so hot you can barely hold them. Most of the wait staff was grumpy and not helpful at all. Getting a drink in the Buffet room was basically self serve. I had a hard time getting a table. When/if you found one it took towards the end of your meal to get something. Sales, sales, sales!!! they were all about selling you something. I've been on 2 other cruise lines and have never had so many people trying to sell me something. Mostly pay dining, wine tasting and special drinks. The Good: The food and entertainment were good. We had anytime dining and were happy with it. The coffee (mostly espresso) was good at the cafe. Beds and pillows were comfortable. Inside cabin had good sized closet and a refrigerator. I never really felt appreciated. I mostly felt like cattle being herded through the ship. Having spent over $3K for the cruise and drinks/dining. We had limited time at most of the ports. I just felt rushed most the time. The excursions were very expensive and options were limited. We just booked ours when we got to port. I would not recommend Princess based on my experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My wife & I have cruised 40+ times (mostly Disney, RCCL, NCL) and this was our 3rd time to Alaska and only 2nd time on a Princess cruise ship. Celebrated 39th wedding anniversary and the Emerald Princess was absolutely wonderful. From ... Read More
My wife & I have cruised 40+ times (mostly Disney, RCCL, NCL) and this was our 3rd time to Alaska and only 2nd time on a Princess cruise ship. Celebrated 39th wedding anniversary and the Emerald Princess was absolutely wonderful. From the overall daily itinerary to the Alaskan excursions at these ports (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, & Victoria) to the quality of food offerings to the cleanliness of our cabin & finally to the service from all Princess employees. My grade is an A overall!! Just returned today (July 8th) and this review needed to be sent asap for those families planning on taking this cruise before summer is over. Weather??? Perfect....sunny with temps as low as 55 degrees while viewing glaciers to a high of 82 degrees while in Juneau, AK. a) excursions-so many to choose from seeing whales, killer whales, bears, bald eagles, dog sledding, etc. With boats, charter buses, trains, and even bicycles taking you to your desired spots. b) cabins-we began with an inside stateroom & was upgraded for free to an outside stateroom. But just a week prior to our planned trip on July 1st, Princess called us & asked if we wanted to upgrade ($149/per) to a balcony. We said YES! So glad we did because we were given a large spacious room located forward on the Port side next to the stairwell & elevator. Perfect location to get to & from places on the ship. And not a sound was heard from people walking outside our room down the hall or the sound of the "elevator bell". 3) dining-we are not a big fan of buffets, so we ate at the dining room & took advantage of the specials provided at the specialty restaurants (Crown, Salty Dog, & Share restaurants). We ate at the late seating (7:45pm) which was perfect. Plus, all the offerings were simply delicious! In addition, Pizza, burgers, fries, tacos, etc were offered poolside if one wanted to eat between meals. Lots of healthy items were available too. 4) entertainment-excellent; musical show, comedian were top notch. Loved the "movies under the stars" poolside. 5) Embarkation & Disembarkation was "super easy & super fast"! We had to catch an early flight home so we walked off at 7:30am today. No problems whatsoever. 6) I read past reviews about the "rudeness" of the Princess staff....Sorry, but we had absolutely NO PROBLEMS with anyone on our ship. In fact, they were helpful, friendly, and even went out of their way to converse with us when time allowed them to do so. We ended getting hugs from several of the staff members on the Princess. That only happened to us on the Disney ships. 7) Cleanliness-cabin, restrooms, restaurants, pool area, fitness center, etc "SPOTLESS" Want me to criticize? Had to think about this for a bit. Hmmm a) seats in the Princess Theater were tight (but only If you weighed > 275 pounds) b) casino was closed on the last day of cruise since we stopped at Victoria, B.C. and there's a Canadian law that prohibits casinos to be open 6 hours prior to landing in port. That's all we found on the negative side. Sorry to disappoint you, Debbie Downers. Great value for our money. Again, we give an overall Grade of A Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The service on the Emerald Princess was exceptional. Our cabin was clean and well kept. We enjoyed the food and entertainment throughout the entire week. There was plenty of variety of foods and venues of service. We choice anytime ... Read More
The service on the Emerald Princess was exceptional. Our cabin was clean and well kept. We enjoyed the food and entertainment throughout the entire week. There was plenty of variety of foods and venues of service. We choice anytime dining and made reservations to accommodate our schedule for the day. The quality and service of food was exceptional. The buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner had plenty of variety of food. We had gone to comedy shows, theatre productions and karaoke in the bar during the evenings at sea. We were very satisfied with the entertainment venues. We were lucky to have great weather to enjoy all ports of call. Every port had something to offer. We toured the beautiful Ketchikan port. There was plenty of shopping and things to see. Skagway's train ride is not to be missed. There is a tram in Juneau in which you can hike in Mont Roberts for $30 usd. We enjoyed the sites of Seattle and Victoria. We took a tour of the city in Victoria to accommodate the short time in port. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The cruise staff were mostly rude. To get anything from drinks to room service was a hassle even though we had the drink package. The staff generally seemed like they didn't care at all about the passengers. We booked all of our ... Read More
The cruise staff were mostly rude. To get anything from drinks to room service was a hassle even though we had the drink package. The staff generally seemed like they didn't care at all about the passengers. We booked all of our excursions through princess but when we asked about prices for the same trips in town it was revealed that we payed two to three times more than what's offered at the booths. The entertainment on the ship was very lacking and most of the time we found ourselves in the casino because there was nothing else to do! The food in both the formal dining and the buffet was either disgusting and bland or smothered in sauces. Regardless of where you got your food on the ship it all tasted cheap. Nearly everything on the boat closes down at 10pm; all of the shops, buffets, grills, and most of the bars which was really strange especially when we would get back on the ship late after a day in town. All in all, Alaska was great and I definitely want to get back maybe on another cruise even however we will be avoiding princess at all costs. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Food was horrible! Staff was not happy or friendly. Atmosphere was very ugly. No one I spoke to on the cruise was having a good time. Daily entertainment was very limited! Kids program was not fun for my 12 year old who is almost 13. ... Read More
Food was horrible! Staff was not happy or friendly. Atmosphere was very ugly. No one I spoke to on the cruise was having a good time. Daily entertainment was very limited! Kids program was not fun for my 12 year old who is almost 13. Everything was geared toward little kids in his group so he never went to class because they didn’t make it fun and made my preteen feel like a little kid. He wanted to hang out in the 13+ but they would not let him even though he is 13 next month. It was at least 30 min to get seated for dinner and food took forever. When the food came it was old and gross. Selection was not great either. The buffet had old food And again not a big selection. Overall this is the worst cruise I have ever been on and will not be back in Princess! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was our first cruise. We booked our cruise through a travel agency and the Emerald Princess was the cruise line suggested. Then entertainment was great! The food and food options were great! Our stateroom was inside. It was quite ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We booked our cruise through a travel agency and the Emerald Princess was the cruise line suggested. Then entertainment was great! The food and food options were great! Our stateroom was inside. It was quite small. We didn’t know what to expect for a first time cruise and decided to keep the costs lower with an inside stateroom. Next time, we would upgrade to a balcony, etc. The room was cleaned and refreshened a couple times a day which was awesome! We loved going to all the ports! The caption always kept us informed on what was going on each day. There is always something to do and always something to eat! The Princess dancers and singers were one of our favorite entertainers. We also liked the Voice of the Ocean and the comedian. It was our 25th Anniversary while on the ship. We had dinner at the Crown Grille which was amazing and they brought us out a piece of chocolate cake and sang Happy Anniversary to us. We highly recommend the Emerald Princess!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Chose this cruise to fulfill my Mom’s bucket list. At 90 years young we wanted to keep the trip as easy as possible. We stayed with Princess excursions because of their Best Price Guarantee! My experience has been you get what you pay ... Read More
Chose this cruise to fulfill my Mom’s bucket list. At 90 years young we wanted to keep the trip as easy as possible. We stayed with Princess excursions because of their Best Price Guarantee! My experience has been you get what you pay for and we weren’t disappointed! This was our 13th Princess cruise and 26th with 5 different lines! I would like to see some slight changes however, such as bring back a happy hour for everyone at 3pm. More seating in the Piazza. Find chairs that take up less space for the smaller Piazzas on older ships. I gave an average rating on embarkation, not because of Princess but because of how Vancouver’s port process of all cruise lines share the same long lines through customs. Otherwise I’m happy with Princess! Booked for a transatlantic 14 night return to Fort Lauderdale on the Crown Princess in November with 4 nights in Rome prior to cruising! One more cruise after that and we will be Elite members when we will enjoy free laundry service and free mini bar set up as well as onboard discounts in shops. Already enjoy free WiFi and Platinum happy hour, as well as Platinum embarkation and disembarkation. What else can I say but we love All the Love Boats! You can too! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Had not cruised on Princess in several years and decided to give them another try. This was by far the worst cruise in terms of both gourmet food selection and the size of the cabin bathroom that I have ever experienced, in over thirty ... Read More
Had not cruised on Princess in several years and decided to give them another try. This was by far the worst cruise in terms of both gourmet food selection and the size of the cabin bathroom that I have ever experienced, in over thirty years of cruising on six different cruise lines. They seem to crunch 3000 passengers into tiny cabins and group rooms designed for 2000. Always a feeling of being terribly crowded with times that no tables were available for lunch buffets or in the lounges. The. balcony cabin was the smallest I have ever had with no room for a lounge chair on the balcony and truly uncomfortable levels of space for the toilet and shower in the bathroom. Food choices and quality in the main dining room were very disappointing. They had zero options during the entire cruise for any form of lobster, crab, duck, veal, or lamb dishes. Even onion soup was never offered, nor any diverse interesting food dishes offered on all other mid to high end cruises I have been on. For the same price or slightly more, You can get a tremendously better dining and cabin experience on either Holland or Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This is a beautiful ship with great restaurants and the outside grill served onion rings. Our cabin was on the 5th floor which has access to the Piazza and the International Cafe for 24 hour food available. The peanut butter cookies were ... Read More
This is a beautiful ship with great restaurants and the outside grill served onion rings. Our cabin was on the 5th floor which has access to the Piazza and the International Cafe for 24 hour food available. The peanut butter cookies were fantastic. The pool was heated and we could find peace and quiet in many areas of the ship. The production shows were really great especially the "Magic to Do show". We even had the same magician that was on the Crown Princess back in 2013. The ship is older and the windows are hard to see out of in the dining rooms and outside windows. Half of the casino was very hot and with smoke being involved it was hard to stay in there for a long time. We wanted to have traditional dining but with handicapped people it was hard to get to the Botticelli dining room with a wheelchair and scooter. Also on disembarcation day it was almost impossible to get an elevator from the 10th floor down to the 7th to get off the ship. It would be great to have an easier way to get off the ship with handicapped people. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Highly recommend this cruise. Fun ship with lots to do on sea days, amazing excursions (alpine ziplining is a MUST!), family friendly, and absolutely breathtaking views and locations. The staff was exceptionally friendly and always their ... Read More
Highly recommend this cruise. Fun ship with lots to do on sea days, amazing excursions (alpine ziplining is a MUST!), family friendly, and absolutely breathtaking views and locations. The staff was exceptionally friendly and always their when needed. They all tried to get to know our group and even remembered us and our certain food or drink requests. The scenery was so relaxing and absolutely breathtaking. Their were so many options for things to do once at port that we really felt like we got to experience each city/port and while at sea we were hardly bored as we had so many options like trivia (my favorite), movies, sports, and shows (magician, theater, and comedy) Everything went very smooth on the ship from entering to exiting and only took a about 10 minutes from walking in to on the boat and even faster getting off. They really have that down to a science! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We took this cruise several years before on another Princess ship and enjoyed it immensely. This time - not so much. First the downside. Originally the ship was built to hold 2800 passengers. Princess stuffed an additional 500+ ... Read More
We took this cruise several years before on another Princess ship and enjoyed it immensely. This time - not so much. First the downside. Originally the ship was built to hold 2800 passengers. Princess stuffed an additional 500+ passengers by making all the cabins, inside and outside smaller. For the first week the Princess theater could not accommodate all the additional passengers with only two evening performances per night. Passengers were upset so for the rest of the voyage, the ship relented and scheduled three performances a night. Various food lines were much longer this time but you soon learned to avoid the "rush hours." Because of extra passengers, access to enjoy popular entertainers at the piano bar and the ship's nightclubs was often difficult compared to the past cruises. Initially the dining room service was mediocre but improved a little as the voyage continued. One time we walked out after waiting a half hour without any dinner service. Another time I could have been arrested for assault. I grabbed the head honcho by the shoulder and wouldn't let him go until he called over one of the Filipino waiters to take care of our table. I feel that the larger number of passengers put much more pressure on the kitchen leading to delays and rushed meals. Chicken was always overcooked and dry - so we soon learned to avoid it. When steaks were offered, It was difficult to get it rare. The buffet often had better choices than the regular dining rooms. The good news is that the prime rib (when served) was very nice. The movies played "under the stars" and in the Princess Theater were entertaining. The "enrichment" lectures during the day were well done and interesting. Because of the additional passengers, the land tours were almost all sold out before you even boarded the ship. However we discovered that the private tours on shore were just as good and only half the price that Princess charged. As a long time stockholder, I appreciate the desire for Carnival to squeeze as much profit out of each ship as possible. If this was your first cruise, then I suppose you might have accepted all this as normal. But my advice for all the rest, is to avoid the "new" Emerald Princess - whether for Alaska or the Pacific runs. For future cruises make sure the other Princess ships like the Pacific or Coral Princess have not been remodeled to hold more than the original 2200 to 2800 passengers. You have been warned. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted the majority of see days and this cruise fits the bill. Your guranteed that there won’t be any children. The downside is that there are a lot of walkers ,wheelchairs and scooters. There were just enough sight seeing ... Read More
We wanted the majority of see days and this cruise fits the bill. Your guranteed that there won’t be any children. The downside is that there are a lot of walkers ,wheelchairs and scooters. There were just enough sight seeing opportunities for our liking, we had been to the majority of places before, except Pago Pago and Bora Bora. Both of these islands were interesting and because of their size didn’t have much to offer in terms of sight seeing. The shows were the highlight of this cruise, the food in the buffe was dissapointing not much verity and repedarive. The dining room food was much better and more verity but smaller portions. Our biggest disappointment were the conduct of the passengers, there is a big difference between casual dress and what some of there folks were wearing. It was especially apparent in the dining rooms when they had formal dining, you would be sitting with evening ware and a tuxedo and on the next table a short sleeved shirt and jeans. This is one of the reasons why we won’t be cruising Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We choose this cruise because we always wanted to go to Bora Bora and the cruise included Hawaii, American Samoa, Tahiti, and Moorea. The Emerald Princess was a nice ship but it was starting to show wear. The seats in the explorer ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we always wanted to go to Bora Bora and the cruise included Hawaii, American Samoa, Tahiti, and Moorea. The Emerald Princess was a nice ship but it was starting to show wear. The seats in the explorer lounge were like sitting in a hole. On a positive note, the beds were great and very comfortable. We stayed in a mini suite which gave us breathing room during a 28 day cruise. The food was hit or miss between average and very good. Service was very good in all the dining rooms. The trivia contests were fun and we met wonderful people. On a negative note, embarkation and disembarkation was chaotic and long and the worst we had ever experienced. The last 8 days at sea were a little long, wish they could have broken that up with a stop.....somewhere. Overall we had a fantastic time and met wonderful people that we will remain friends with. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Emerald Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.0

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