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Emerald Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1673 reviews
7 Awards

Almost Queen

Review for Emerald Princess to the Western Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jun 2008
Traveled with children

Overall my family of 4 had a great time. The ship is absolutely beautiful and very clean. Embarkation/disembarkation were very easy and the cashless system within the ship very convenient. The automatic $10.50 tip per person per day is also convenient but it feels weird not to tip individual people for their great service (and we did find many employees that went out of their way to serve and be be pleasant)Our cabin was very small but there was plenty of storage room and I never felt closed in. The ship did not feel crowded except at a couple of nights when the main action was in the atrium and when everyone decided to go to breakfast after the drill. The food in the dinning room was ok, but everything else (especially the sushi) was very good. The two specialty restaurants were outstanding. The service in all areas was very good. Friendly staff, happy to do their jobs and do it well. The kids clubs: Remix (13-17) had great activities, but Shockwaves (8-12) was geared to smaller children so my 12 year old was bored after so many days of pool. I think there should be more entertainment in the pool area (ping-pong tables, air hockey, etc)The shows did not meet my expectations and the atrium entertainment got repetitive. The Spa, although expensive, was very good (great sea weed massage and manicure). Did not used the Sanctuary, should be free but perhaps timed by reservation?? The Internet cafe is a rip off. It is very expensive and slow so you are throwing away your money while connecting, really this should be free!! The show about the ports you'll visit the next day is very informative and entertaining. The excursions were very organized and the guides fun and knowledgeable. I would prefer to have lunch on my own though, as the lunches offered by the tour were mass produced in a hotel setting. All the ports were beautiful and the specific places we went to (Ephesus, Acropolis, Pompeii, Vatican, Pisa, Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Cisterns and others) were amazing. The movie under the stars is very nice but they need a better choice of movies. The overall experience was very good. It does seem at times as though they are out just to get your money and this looks cheap(for example charging $15 Venice cards that we did not need or wanted or charging $48 for each soda sticker plus a 15% tip ) Hopefully Princess will listen to their clientele suggestions and improve on a few of these points. Otherwise.. great ship, great itinerary, unforgettable experience!!! Ely

Cabin Review

Cabin KK

P228 Great location on 5th floor mid ship. Close to atrium and both sets of elevatos and laundry. Tiny but quiet with lots of storage space.

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