This was our 13th Cruise and our 3rd with Princess; we liked our first two Princess cruises very much but would not sail on Emerald Princess again even if we won a cruise holiday.
We boarded after shuffling along in the long boarding process, when we got on board our cabin was ready; it may not have been cleaned too well, as there was still the previous occupant’s left over food in the minibar and spillage stains on one of the bedside units.
The ship felt over crowded; there were too many people everywhere. At peak times trying to find somewhere to sit down and have breakfast in the Lido was nearly impossible; one day we took our breakfast back to our cabin to eat it. The bars were also over crowded.
We had a dinner in the Crown Grill at an extra 25 dollars a head, the food and the staff were excellent. But on a nearby table there a family with a baby in arms bawling it head off, one of the adults in the partly lifted the baby above his head to see if it’s nappy was leaking and thus causing the distress. This did not make what we would call a fine dining experience, and were somewhat surprised that Princess allowed young children in the Crown Grill, so be warned.