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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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One of the Best Vacations after a Difficult Start

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by arejbee

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2013
  • Destination: Canada & New England

We toured the Canadian ports and also along the Eastern Seaboard ending in New York City.

The trip got off to a terrible start when we were delayed by United in Chicago and missed our flight from Montreal to Quebec City. This was a completely avoidable delay with 45 minutes being spent waiting for an airplane to be brought to the gate from a hanger. Then another 60 minute delay while crew counted and accounted for bags. Unbelievable! We have been stranded by United before. Just the sheer apathy shown by the United folks was appalling. Fortunately after trying to find transportation to our cruise ship, Princess came to the rescue with bus transportation from Montreal to Quebec City. My advice is to NEVER, EVER fly United.

We had no choice from our part of the country. The United folks were argumentative and showed no compassion or inclination to help customers. We learned later that standby flights (on our originally booked Air Canada) were available but were not offered.

The cruise started in Quebec City with an overnight stay. This was an excellent option because it allowed us to see Quebec City and the St. Anne Basilica. It was remarkable.

Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown) was amazing as the scenery was breathtaking.

Sydney and Halifax were two stops that were also very pretty although the leaves had not yet fully turned.

Bar Harbor Maine was next and it had the most beautiful port yet with the fall foliage in full swing. Full access to the Acadia National Park was not allowed because of the federal shutdown and our incompetent congress representatives.

Boston and Newport and were the next two stops. Boston was crowded because of the Columbus Day holiday. Buses did not move very well and this was a poorly run tour. Newport was very interesting and we took the yellow line bus #67 to the Marble House (Vanderbilt) mansion. It was very well preserved and we really enjoyed the tour.

The final stop was New York City and we toured for 6 hours by bus. Very well run tour and we were allowed to shop at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for two hours. The bus took us to LGA to depart back to Chicago and Omaha. Uneventful trip home on United with fingers crossed.

This cruise was one of the best we have taken (7 total cruises all on Princess). The Princess line did not disappoint. We had excellent service everywhere we went on the ship. All crew were very responsive and served with a smile always. We appreciate Princess stepping up when we were stranded in Montreal on the way to our cruise. Enjoyed a balcony stateroom despite the cooler temperatures. Weather was great with highs in the upper 50's and lower 60's.

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Stateroom was small but sufficient. Cabin Steward was excellent as we have come to expect with Princess. We have cruised 7 times with them and could not ask for better service. Very satisfied in all aspects of cruising with them. This was not a party ship. Older population because of the ports and time of year.We really appreciated the quite nature of this cruise.

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