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Emerald Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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If you want to see, and go, and do, this is the cruise for you.

Review for Emerald Princess to the Mediterranean
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Sunluvr27
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Sep 2015
Cabin: Oceanview (obstructed view)
Colosseum in Rome
Trevi Fountain
Palermo Beach sign with prices at Mondello
Amalfi from the water with Blu Meditteraneo

We have sailed on the Emerald Princess several times. So this review will not give you ship details per say. The Emerald Princess is a neat, tidy ship with good venues, satisfactory food and happy staff and service personnel. What I would like to address is more the cruise itinerary itself. After several Caribbean, Mexico, and Panama cruises I can tell you that this one is definitely more 'work' if you will. There is only one scheduled sea day so not a lot of leisure time if you are out enjoying the ports each day.

We arrived in Rome with a day and a half to enjoy the city before taking the ship's transfer from a near by hotel. We stayed just west of the Piazza del Popolo at 21 Hotel. It was a modern hotel near the Metro station with several good restaurants near by. Attentive, English speaking staff and breakfast was included. Rome was fabulous. On our one full day we took the Metro from our neighborhood to the Colosseum and explored that part of the city. We slowly ambled from there past the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de'Fiori up to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain (which is under construction) and back to our hotel. Great day and we definitely earned our pasta that night. The next day we had to be at the transfer point at noon. It was an easy cab ride that took us past the Vatican where we could see the long lines that made us grateful we didn't try and get in the day before. The ride from the transfer point to the ship took about an hour and a half.

Embarkation was well timed by Princess. Half of the passengers were already on board as we came in on the second week of a two week cruise. Being Captain's Circle members, we were invited to a free appetizer get together each night in Club Fusion. The servers there always greeted us by name when we arrived.

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Oceanview (obstructed view)

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We didn't choose a cabin with a balcony for this trip because we knew we wouldn't be spending a lot of time in the room with only one sea day. The room was adequate but I was spoiled from having balconies in mini suites from other trips.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)

We arrived in Rome with a day and a half to enjoy the city before taking the ship's transfer from a near by hotel. We stayed just west of the Piazza del Popolo at 21 Hotel. It was a modern hotel near the Metro station with several good restaurants near by. Attentive, English speaking staff and breakfast was included. Rome was fabulous. On our one full day we took the Metro from our neighborhood to the Colosseum and explored that part of the city. We slowly ambled from there past the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de'Fiori up to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain (which is under construction) and back to our hotel. Great day and we definitely earned our pasta that night. The next day we had to be at the transfer point at noon. It was an easy cab ride that took us past the Vatican where we could see the long lines that made us grateful we didn't try and get in the day before. The ride from the transfer point to the ship took about an hour and a half.

Palermo (Sicily)

We arrived in Palermo on a Sunday which meant several things were closed. After a day in the big city the day before, we decided to go to the beach. Mondello beach was a short bus ride away and an easy walk from the port to the bus station. However, the bus was packed with other beach goers and the bus stopped every two blocks. When we arrived, we purchased a day pass for two chairs and an umbrella in a private beach club. The public beach was much further down the way and I read that there were hawkers selling all kinds of things that we didn't want to be bothered with. So it was worth $20 Euros for us. Check out Mondellomare.it website for information. We did find out that if you go across the street from the beach, there are several take away restaurants and the beer is much cheaper! After the bus experience we decided to take a cab back to the ship which was much nicer and our driver spoke English well enough to give us some local color. The main street from the port into town wasn't very attractive, but there was a good restaurant for gelato and espresso and a few stores with olive oil gift packages. This was one of the few ports on the cruise that you could walk off the boat and be in the city.

Barcelona

Barcelona was probably our favorite of the big cities we visited. We disembarked easily and caught a cab to our hotel the Hotel Jazz which is at the top of Las Ramblas. They were nice enough to accept our luggage while we explored the city. Be sure to see the Market on Las Ramblas! There are food stalls and jamon vendors everywhere! But unfortunately you cannot bring jamon or cheese back to the US. Enjoy it in Barcelona as much as you can. Highlights in Barcelona were the Sagrada Familia, lots of tapas restaurants and definitely the market on Las Ramblas.

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