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Emerald Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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3's Company

Review for Emerald Princess to the Eastern Caribbean
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2014
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This was our 3 rd time on the Emerald, 11 th cruise all on Princess, their "grand class" ships, our favorite, even better than the "Royal" ! Princess is still having some embarkation, & dis-organization problem, with some very long lines boarding, but after about 75 minutes, we were in our room, ready to hit the high seas. 3's company was our personal theme, my wife, and sister in law, and myself cruising together and anxious for a relaxing vacation.

The ship looked pretty nice actually, no worse for the wear, our room a balcony on Baja deck 11 near mid ship, perfect ! Cabin was fairly small, but big enough for the 3 of us as we don't spend a whole lot of time in our room. We did ask for more hangers, robes, egg crates, and ice. Our steward although friendly was a bit on the slow side compared to previous stewards we have had. A nice mix of friendly passengers, but always mostly seniors, Canadians & British, and very few children, as always. We met a lot of very nice passengers throughout our cruise.

Service throughout the ship was top notch as usual, but I believe the food has dropped another notch overall, compared to passed years on previous cruises. Drinks were quite pricey with gratuity, were talking $9, on avg. ouch ! They never tell you about "happy hour" drink discounts, you need to ask. Photos, big business always taking your picture, if they had reasonable prices as with cocktails, they would surely sell more, and make the profits they seek. Loved Fish n Chips on sea days in the wheelhouse, Lobster & shrimp were all good, as for the beef dishes pretty mediocre, as were the deserts. Entertainment : We really liked the Hypnotist,Michelle Van Ree and vocal impressionist Michael Wilson ,Rhondell Sheridan & pianist Antonio Sochi, all were very good. The Production shows with the Princess singers & dancers were just okay. Ex. Letterman Mark Preston was very good, everyone seemed to enjoy him. "Bingo" at night ? Lack of entertainment some nights so Bingo, quite surprising we have never seen Bingo at night on Princess. Overall the ships inside games & shows were okay, especially "Majority Rules" with our new favorite C D "Kelvin Joy" he is a total crack up, loved him ! The rest of his staff again, pretty mediocre. The "Casino" very cold especially the slots, terrible ! So much wasted floor space they had room for another 100 machines at least, strange ?Outside pool activities were pretty lacking due to the older crowd, but the Men's sexiest leg contest was kind of fun, lot's of hootin & hollerin !

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Service throughout the ship was top notch as usual, but I believe the food has dropped another notch overall, compared to passed years on previous cruises. Drinks were quite pricey with gratuity, were talking $9, on avg. ouch ! They never tell you about "happy hour" drink discounts, you need to ask. Photos, big business always taking your picture, if they had reasonable prices as with cocktails, they would surely sell more, and make the profits they seek. Loved Fish n Chips on sea days in the wheelhouse, Lobster & shrimp were all good, as for the beef dishes pretty mediocre, as were the deserts. Entertainment : We really liked the Hypnotist,Michelle Van Ree and vocal impressionist Michael Wilson ,Rhondell Sheridan & pianist Antonio Sochi, all were very good. The Production shows with the Princess singers & dancers were just okay. Ex. Letterman Mark Preston was very good, everyone seemed to enjoy him. "Bingo" at night ? Lack of entertainment some nights so Bingo, quite surprising we have never seen Bingo at night on Princess. Overall the ships inside games & shows were okay, especially "Majority Rules" with our new favorite C D "Kelvin Joy" he is a total crack up, loved him ! The rest of his staff again, pretty mediocre. The "Casino" very cold especially the slots, terrible ! So much wasted floor space they had room for another 100 machines at least, strange ?Outside pool activities were pretty lacking due to the older crowd, but the Men's sexiest leg contest was kind of fun, lot's of hootin & hollerin !

Port Reviews

Antigua

We were promised a beach "resort", overbooked and added charges for the umbrellas which were already attached to the chairs we previously purchased, disappointing.

St. Lucia

Been to all these Isl. before just a quick trip into town some shopping and a cold Caribbean beer, nothing exciting, will have to see the Tetons next time ...

St. Kitts (Port Zante)

Shopping and a great cocktail at the "Rum Barrel", their Drunken Monkey's were the best ! Better than the ships drinks and cheaper too !

St. Thomas

Princess Cays

Missed it again ! Due to what the Capt. called rough seas, yah right Capt. Many thought he did not want to subject his crew to a 3 rd "tender' on this cruise, kind of fishy we all thought !

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