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Emerald Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
1,864 reviews

Can't wait to go again

Review for the Southern Caribbean Cruise on Emerald Princess
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2014

We loved the ship from the moment we stepped aboard. It had a warm, friendly feel to it, in spite of carrying over 3,000 passengers.


Breakfast was self-service and there was plenty to choose from - fresh fruit, cheese and smoked salmon to bacon and eggs, fluffy American pancakes and even rice pudding. Lunch was also self-service and there was always an interesting variety as well as the staple salads and fruit. It was slightly disappointing that there was not more Caribbean food, since this was the area we were visiting, but that's a very small point. Dinner was fantastic. We chose anytime dining and rarely waited more than 10-15 minutes for a table for two. Had we chosen to share a table, we would have been seated immediately. They have an excellent process when you're waiting for a table - they give you an electronic pager so you can go and have a drink while you're waiting instead of standing in line. Every evening we were spoilt for choice as the menu was so varied. The meat and steaks, as you would expect on an American ship, we're first class and seafood abounded. All four courses were beutifully presented and we felt as if we were dining in a top class restaurant. As the food was so good in the main restaurant, we didn't feel the need to pay extra to try out their fine dining restaurants.

Cabin Review

The cabin was on the 11th deck, port side and almost at the front of the ship. There was no engine noise but it was a good walk to most of the amenities - not a problem for us, but something to think about if you have difficulty with walking. It was immaculate and well maintained and there was plenty of room for all our clothes with hanging and draw space, as well as a tall cupboard with shelves. A hair dryer is provided but, as the voltage is different from the UK, it was slow. It would be the same, even if you brought your own.The beds were excellent but the pillows were flat, past their sell by date and needed replacing, but that is a very small gripe. The shower was fine for us as we're both 5'2" tall, but for a normal sized person, it is very small and the subject of numerous jokes on the entertainments front. Balcony was a good size and Princess's strictly-enforced non-smoking policy meant we could always use it.

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