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5 Princess Emerald Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Pacific Coastal

Decided to take two back to back short cruises to help get to Elite but never again. Dining time was move up to 5:15pm but the doors were locked so no one could enter until that time. This resulted in a line that extended all the way into ... Read More
Decided to take two back to back short cruises to help get to Elite but never again. Dining time was move up to 5:15pm but the doors were locked so no one could enter until that time. This resulted in a line that extended all the way into the casino every night. By the time everyone was seated we didn’t get our appetizers until 5:55! Several times we had to skip dessert to make it to a show. Next, even though Princess has rules, there were so many children under 8yrs old unaccompanied in every hot tub that adults could not get in. Many times there were young parents with their infant toddlers in diapers in the hot tubs. Also, on crowded dance floors in bars there were young children. An accident waiting to happen. When doing back to back cruises, passengers have to depart, wait in long lines some outside even when raining to go through customs. Even the passengers who were already through customs were forced to wait until everyone had been cleared. This took over an hour. Need better procedure! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Embarkation went smoothly; there was consideration for our limited mobility (we both had walkers) and did not wait in long line-ups. Our cabin was on Plaza deck and as we approached we heard a considerable level of noise in the hallway ... Read More
Embarkation went smoothly; there was consideration for our limited mobility (we both had walkers) and did not wait in long line-ups. Our cabin was on Plaza deck and as we approached we heard a considerable level of noise in the hallway which was a mystery to us at first. The cabin was spacious and met all our needs. Accessibility aboard the ship was never a problem, except in the hallway outside our stateroom. We were disappointed with getting around the steward's laundry and service carts; the hallway is narrow. We enjoyed our dining experience. Staff was considerate of our limited mobility and sat us near the entrance.Similarly in the buffet, the staff assisted us with our plates taking them to our table, as well as providing us with our beverage requests. We did go to one show, which was entertaining, however in choosing to sit in the accessible seating area at the end of a row, I had to get up six times to let people pass by so they could sit with others. I finally started to say no and directed the people to go to the other end of the row. We discovered a great entertainer in one of the bars and spent most evenings enjoying his talent instead of going to the theater. Similarly assistance was provided as went ashore in Astoria. It was the attitude which impressed us; we were never hurried along, the staff was always patient and helpful. Disembarkation was disappointing in terms of walking-we could have been directed to a closer exit even though we did not request wheelchair assistance (I noted that those passengers who were in wheelchairs, appeared to exit closer to the gangway). Next time, I will ask. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Booked this cruise because we had Princess $$ that were about to expire. We flew to Seattle and took the Holland Oosterdam 1 night cruise to Vancouver. This work out great as there were only 379 cruisers on the Oosterdam! ... Read More
Booked this cruise because we had Princess $$ that were about to expire. We flew to Seattle and took the Holland Oosterdam 1 night cruise to Vancouver. This work out great as there were only 379 cruisers on the Oosterdam! Embarkation: Vancouver's Canada Place was it's usual disaster, being moved from one holding area to another, while being mixed in with NCL's guests! Luckily we were able to drop off our luggage for Princess right after we got off HAL. (must go to 2nd lower floor in parking area). We were on board Emerald about 12:30. Cabin E314 (obstructed OV) was ready and found it to be a good location midpoint between the front and mid-ship elevators. Dining: We chose anytime dining and usually didn't have to wait (except the first day). Food was the standard cruise fare, good selections. Service was also very good. Entertainment: Since this was only a 6 day cruise, the only entertainment other than the ships singers and dancers was a comedian and mentalist. They were OK. Ports: In Astoria we took the local Trolley ($1 ea) downtown and visited the local shops, and brewery's. There are quit a few good eating places. Also was able to see the Sea Lion's under the boardwalk. In San Francisco we booked a 6 hour tour with Dylan's famous tour and had a great time seeing the sites of SF, Sausilito, and Muir woods. In Santa Barber we took the .25 cent Trolley down to main street for shopping and lunch. In the afternoon we did the Hotrod Limo tour of the city to see all the sites. Service was as expected, no issues. Disembarkation was a breeze as we did the self luggage option and were off the ship by 7:30. Used UBER to LAX for our flight home. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Cruise director was very helpful. many photos were expensive to buy but not mandatory. Food was excellent with great waiters who helped with dinner selection. The buffet offerred many choices of tasty selections, opened almost 24/7. ... Read More
Cruise director was very helpful. many photos were expensive to buy but not mandatory. Food was excellent with great waiters who helped with dinner selection. The buffet offerred many choices of tasty selections, opened almost 24/7. Balcony room size was ok but shower was a little claustrophobic. To disembark one needs to know what time works for them as the time given can be changed to accomodate travel arrangements. Internet service is very expensive as well as cell phone usage. Outdoor theater was excellent and showed many good documentaries. Ship doctor is very expensive so be careful on the use of this service. Docking out at harbour means that boats are used to ferry passengers from ship to shore and this takes a lot of time when you are on a large ship ( 3000+ passengers in our case.) Rocking motion of the ship is a little hard to get use to and can cause vertigo after you have left the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I take coastal cruises at least once a year.Normally we have a very pleasant experience.In the past we have sailed on mid sized ships.This time we decided to try a larger ship.The cruise started off on a very positive note ... Read More
My wife and I take coastal cruises at least once a year.Normally we have a very pleasant experience.In the past we have sailed on mid sized ships.This time we decided to try a larger ship.The cruise started off on a very positive note having been upgraded from a balcony to a mini-suite cabin.Boarding was quick and efficient due to priority Platinum status.Our cabin was spacious and very comfortable.The major problem as stated by previous cruisers was the food.We found the dining room food sub-standard at best. The Horizon Court was very disappointing. Considering the size of the ship the buffet area is very small with very limited selection and variety...basically coldcuts and some salad,unappetizing main dishes,mainly pastas and lack luster desserts.The organization in the dining room is chaotic at best.We had any time dining Making reservations for dinner is a waste of time..we arrived at our booked time and were herded into the line-up with non reservation passengers.Why bother!!!!! My wife had to return her main course two nights out of three due to undercooked seafood.....I found Princess seems to be adopting a "class" system as in days of old with their Emerald Class preferred dining options.I believe a lot of the issues were caused by the size of the ship.Crew did not seem to be able to control large numbers of passengers in one place.I plan on returning to the mid-size ships of Holland America in the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Emerald Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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