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Having been on a couple cruises before, with Carnival, we expected a lot more from Princess than what was delivered. Signed up for the basket of fruit in our room everyday, received exactly 2 baskets for the 8 days aboard. Water ran to the hot side only in our cabin. Cabin was small! Food on the buffet was on par with Golden Corral Country Buffet. The fruit selection included overripe pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, pears, apples and occasionally grapes. No tropical fruits! Dining seating was slow, service usually slower with a fine looking menu but something lacking in delivery and flavor most times. Service was way sub-standard with the notable exception of our room steward. We even watched staff walk over trash and not pick it up, even over hearing a few say "not my section". The huge screen, outdoor movies were fun except for all the paper trash swirling constantly across deck, landing on you and just generally distracting from the experience. With the lack of service, dirtier than expected decks, the ants in the public bathroom, we made the best of it and enjoyed ourselves and the many, many cruisers we met!

1st and last Time on Princess

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by StarPilot1960

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Having been on a couple cruises before, with Carnival, we expected a lot more from Princess than what was delivered. Signed up for the basket of fruit in our room everyday, received exactly 2 baskets for the 8 days aboard. Water ran to the hot side only in our cabin. Cabin was small! Food on the buffet was on par with Golden Corral Country Buffet. The fruit selection included overripe pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, pears, apples and occasionally grapes. No tropical fruits! Dining seating was slow, service usually slower with a fine looking menu but something lacking in delivery and flavor most times.

Service was way sub-standard with the notable exception of our room steward. We even watched staff walk over trash and not pick it up, even over hearing a few say "not my section". The huge screen, outdoor movies were fun except for all the paper trash swirling constantly across deck, landing on you and just generally distracting from the experience.

With the lack of service, dirtier than expected decks, the ants in the public bathroom, we made the best of it and enjoyed ourselves and the many, many cruisers we met!
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Felt like 1/2 the size of an equivalent balcony room on Carnival. 2-3 feet of wasted/unusable space between the room and the balcony. Just the way they installed the rooms I guess. Less storage than we were used to. Queen size bed vs a king bed on Carnival. 2 small chairs vs a couch on Carnival.
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