Emerald Princess Cruise Review by cac971
- Sail Date: March 2016
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
We stayed on the Lido Deck (15) in L102 - pretty much directly on the center point of the bow...AND IT WAS FABULOUS!!! OMG - I will never stay in the lower decks again after this! Lido is where it is all happening, and I didn't have to wait for elevators, etc. Just walk out of the room, and BAM! ALL the fun! Didn't feel any ship sway, slept like a BABY and zero overhead noise!
The upcharge restaurants (Crown Grill and Gastro Pub - did not do Share) were well worth it, but the Dining room selections were meh, and so was the Horizon Ct buffet. Food does not seem to be the star on Princess as it is on other lines.
The Casino (in my opinion) is pretty lame - all slots and table games - a couple of sad pusher machines. No claws, no throwers. I like slots, but I want coins spilling out, not "credits" on the face of the machine. ESPECIALLY when I am paying cash to play them, not my ship-board account. Again, just me. (DH did a job on the Blackjack tables tho - came back w/ $350 after betting only $40 - but he's good at that kind of thing).
Embarkation to Princess Cay (Bahamas) was a long and boring proposition waiting for the tenders, and it was all just a big beach party...I should have just stayed onboard. But Grand Turk was easy as pie and great fun! We booked a Segway tour which was completely hilarious! Our Guides KJ and Manny were so patient and thorough - the Segway can be intimidating at first, but really, it's easy! And COMPLETELY fun - do it, you won't be disappointed!
All in all, it was a nice cruise. We had much better service on Carnival, but again, it was Spring Break, so I'm not going to down Princess on this - they were packed full.
We'll try Princess again, but we'll probably go with Carnival first.
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Booked this trip for March 2016 in Oct 2015 and ordered bottled water, robes and fruit - none were there, had to call for it the second day. Tiny fridge did not work the entire time, even tho we called for maintenance, so we drank the water warm...a tiny bummer in the great scheme of things.
We had "obstructed" view, but the only obstruction was the deck - no machinery or lifeboats - couldn't see anything over the rail, but who cares? We didn't spend much time in the cabin anyway, and it was nice to have the sunrise when we opened the curtains!
Room Service was prompt, the orders were correct and the coffee was nice and hot - Jaime was our young man and as sweet a guy as could be -He tiptoed in, set the tray down and said "Sit back down, Madam and Messire...I will serve you". So we did, and damn if that sweet kid didn't pour us coffee, fix plates of croissants with butter and jam, lay napkins on our laps and pour glasses of water!! Service above and beyond - We tipped him in cash, big time. Danilo was our steward, but we didn't see him; our cabin was cleaned and refreshed well, so we had no issues there.
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