My husband and I traveled with the Emerald Princess August 15th 2015 for a week eastern Mediterranean cruise.
We've been on a selection of previous cruise lines including RCCI oasis of the seas, Carnival, Thompson, Norwegian, Celebrity X.
Our ages are late 40s
Rome Port of Civitavecchia was very smooth and professional and fast we arrived at one and proceeded straight to our state room B753 aft everything easy and our luggage arrived about two hours later,
The state room
We had a balcony room and was a bit dated but clean well presented large bed flat screen TV with lots of channels to suit most tastes modern movies children's channels,and of course the aforementioned Love Boat on loop,hairdryer was very good and vanity unit fine too, shower room was small but enough space for all your ablutions etc,there is shower gel and shampoo in pump dispensers in the shower, large walk in cupboard with plenty of space for clothes and enough wooden hangers for both of us,
Our large luggage easily went under the bed,
We found the bed to be a bit firm to our taste and asked our room attendant Resty if he could get us a pillow top topper this was provided for promptly and made a big difference.
The balcony had four chairs and small table and was ok for the space.
The ship itself has a demographic of 60s+ and this is catered for in its style and music and entertainment,the style is 90s and elegant but dated in these times of modern ships,
Cruisers where European Americans and quite a lot of Australians, this cruise class is between a carnival and Norwegian cruise style,
Previous reviews have mentioned bad and off staff we found the opposite every member we encountered was friendly could not do enough for you from Resty our room attendant to Darko the head waiter who provided a chicken curry for one of the nights to Dordes who served us at the sanctuary in the morning and Crown Grill at night all courteous at all times.
Food and Drink
We had the premium drinks package and found it was value for money and had no problems getting any top shelf drinks at all bars,
And at dinner we could have 40% off any bottle of wine under $100
We ate at Michelangelo restaurant a few time anytime dining it was fine nothing great but ok,
Also we ate at the Italian restaurant Sabatinis found the service slow and food not worth the extra $25 a head.
The Crown Grill we went to twice and food here was excellent I like rare steak and lobster was perfect too well worth the extra cost.
We also ate in horizon in the morning and selection was good for breakfast.we found lots of tables at the rear of the restaurant and sometimes sat outside overlooking the pool area.
There where a few pools one at the stern an adults pool and two on the top for children and one of those had a movie screen that we did not use.
On the bow of the ship is the sanctuary area we used the pool but not the Spa and gym they looked good but we never used it, we did use the upper area with thick padded beds for sunbathing this costs $80 per person per day we had to book our days in advance especially the sea day,the staff provide healthy style food and afternoon tea,loved this area and wish every ship had one.
Entertainment was very outdated the only show I enjoyed was the Tom Jones tribute that was excellent.
Piano bars classical music in the piazza Adagio bar even the Wheelhouse bar all dated and very boring need a bit of life in them,needs new probably younger entertainment officer even people in there sixties and beyond want to hear a mixture of music though the years.
The night club caterers to 20 something's and was appropriate for them.
we chose walk off disembarkation and was easy and effective no problems at all.
If you don't mind an older style then and 70s nights then this is the cruise for you,the itinerary was great
We arrived in Rome two days before to take in the sights stayed at the hotel Cavavilieri highly recommend and dined there too,
Rome is a lovely city very busy and not to big to get around wear sensible shoes as there is lots of cobbled streets.
Use Naples to get to other areas as it felt quite unsafe we went left behind the castle to the shopping streets it was a Sunday so lots of places where closed,
You have to get a pizza Margarita and gelato here.
Really nice place we just went around on our own shopping and eating felt safe and no hassles
We took a taxi to Falaraki beach and had a beach day you pay for the taxi after he comes back for you great day
We've been here before and stayed on the ship we did not want the hard sell from all the shops
Loved Santorini went up on the cable car €5 each way
got a private taxi to Oia was beautiful driver waited
You have to eat at Argo along from the cable car port
We where flying out from here the airport is about forty min taxi so give yourself plenty of time
We spent time before flying at the foot of the Acropolis lots of shops markets and restaurants