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We have traveled with Princess several times but this was our first experience on the Emerald. We were in a mini-suite which we believe is the best value for the amount of space you receive. We like the layout of the Royal Princess much better than the Emerald. The space in more functional. The Royal has a desk/dresser where you can put clothes away and out of site and a room divider if you're sharing living space. The Emerald has a rounded console that has open space to store items but seems to take up more space with less function. The Royal has two large screen wall mounted T.V.'s with on demand function. We did not realize how much we utilized this features until we sailed on the Emerald. We greatly missed the feature plus the rebroadcast Princess Live shows. The ship was clean and tidy and our steward, China, always kept everything immaculate. We still have not been overwhelmed with the food on Princess (except Crown Grill $25 pp surcharge) but appreciate the variety and flexibility. The entertainment was lacking and reminded me of a weak high school production. We will never embark from Houston again. We had to fly in the day before and it was very costly getting to the port and the local hotels did not provide shuttle service like they do in Ft. Lauderdale. In retrospect, we should have stayed near the airport at a hotel that offered shuttle service and went back to the airport the next day to utilize the Princess transfer (that would have been a steal compared to what we ended up paying). We enjoyed the snorkeling at Cozumel and did some shopping near the port. We used Shore Excursions and the staff went above and beyond to make sure your trip was enjoyable. We tendered in Belize City and went on a Shore Excursion to the Altun Ha Mayan ruins. The trip was interesting but would have like more history at the ruin site. Belize City is very third world and we have no desire to return. One of my co-workers in from there and was disgusted that the ship stopped there since there are some beautiful coastal destinations that don't have the filth of Belize City. Roatan Honduras has a very modern port that caters to tourists/divers. We went on a snorkel excursion through Princess and enjoyed the day out. The winds were too high so we could not go to the shipwreck site but the alternate site was okay. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise but kind of have a "been there done that" attitude regarding this itinerary.

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Emerald Princess Cruise Review by bellbus

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We have traveled with Princess several times but this was our first experience on the Emerald. We were in a mini-suite which we believe is the best value for the amount of space you receive. We like the layout of the Royal Princess much better than the Emerald. The space in more functional. The Royal has a desk/dresser where you can put clothes away and out of site and a room divider if you're sharing living space. The Emerald has a rounded console that has open space to store items but seems to take up more space with less function. The Royal has two large screen wall mounted T.V.'s with on demand function. We did not realize how much we utilized this features until we sailed on the Emerald. We greatly missed the feature plus the rebroadcast Princess Live shows.

The ship was clean and tidy and our steward, China, always kept everything immaculate. We still have not been overwhelmed with the food on Princess (except Crown Grill $25 pp surcharge) but appreciate the variety and flexibility. The entertainment was lacking and reminded me of a weak high school production.

We will never embark from Houston again. We had to fly in the day before and it was very costly getting to the port and the local hotels did not provide shuttle service like they do in Ft. Lauderdale. In retrospect, we should have stayed near the airport at a hotel that offered shuttle service and went back to the airport the next day to utilize the Princess transfer (that would have been a steal compared to what we ended up paying).

We enjoyed the snorkeling at Cozumel and did some shopping near the port. We used Shore Excursions and the staff went above and beyond to make sure your trip was enjoyable. We tendered in Belize City and went on a Shore Excursion to the Altun Ha Mayan ruins. The trip was interesting but would have like more history at the ruin site. Belize City is very third world and we have no desire to return. One of my co-workers in from there and was disgusted that the ship stopped there since there are some beautiful coastal destinations that don't have the filth of Belize City. Roatan Honduras has a very modern port that caters to tourists/divers. We went on a snorkel excursion through Princess and enjoyed the day out. The winds were too high so we could not go to the shipwreck site but the alternate site was okay. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise but kind of have a "been there done that" attitude regarding this itinerary.
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Cabin D330
We have traveled with Princess several times but this was our first experience on the Emerald. We were in a mini-suite which we believe is the best value for the amount of space you receive. We like the layout of the Royal Princess much better than the Emerald. The space in more functional. The Royal has a desk/dresser where you can put clothes away and out of site and a room divider if you're sharing living space. The Emerald has a rounded console that has open space to store items but seems to take up more space with less function. The Royal has two large screen wall mounted T.V.'s with on demand function. We did not realize how much we utilized this features until we sailed on the Emerald.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Altun Ha
    Our guide, Joyce, was very personable and knowledgeable. Very bumpy ride to the ruins. In fact our bus got a flat tire but it was fixed in about 15 minutes. Enjoyed the ruins but Belize City is third world.
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  • Snorkeling
    Great customer service. Enjoyed the two sites. Must wear snorkel vests which is annoying but seems to be the trend. Margaritas or rum punch provided on the sail back to port.
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  • Snorkeling
    It was very very windy so we could not go to our booked destination. Princess allowed you the option of canceling since we were going to an alternative site and the water was somewhat rough. We enjoyed the snorkel and spend time at the first resort on the island, Fantasy Island Resort. Enjoyed seeing the wildlife at the resort and I was able to hand feed a monkey.
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