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Short itinerary and date was ideal - especially as we went as far South as Lisbon. Travelled down a couple of days in advance just to elongate the holiday, stayed near Romsey at the Potter Heron Hotel - very good, visited Romsey Abbey, Salisbury Cathederal, and Poole Quay. On departure day, dropped cases off at the Mayflower Terminal at 11:20, parked car at Southampton Airport - (£42.00), train and taxi back to the boat, thus saving over £30:00 on the CPS quayside parking charge. Boarding was swift and efficient (Elite Line), and so on board by 12:35 - result. Nice surprise to find our Cabin available -) pity P&O cannot emulate this efficiency). Emerald Princess was looking great, and I was pleased with the changes made in the recent refit, although I suspect the major layout change to the aft entertainment venue, now looking like a large well appointed Public House - all leather seating around tables etc, no long rows of banquette seating - is more reflective of EP's forthcoming move to the Australian Colonies than refurbishment for say the UK or US market. The crew were all happy, and so a great atmosphere exists on Emerald Princess. Our Cabin was A204 0n Deck 12 - Aloha. Inside. Good size, certainly enough space, and no hassles here. Our Steward Armut - exceptionally efficient in the usual Princess way. We took Anytime Dining - worked very well, no major hold ups the longest wait was roughly 10 minutes max on the Captain's Welcome on board night. Service was very good. We Dined in the MDR on 5 nights all great, Crown Grill x 1 (Again very Good) and the Buffet x 1 - Lunch was either the Buffet, Pizza or Hamburger Grill, and we ate ashore twice for lunch. Breakfast was Buffet x 4 MDR x 3. Minor gripe about the Buffet, during our week on board the was never a menu on Display so you had to visit the servery first to see what was on offer very strange. Entertainment was pretty much spot on - 2 very good Crooner's in the Wheelhouse - Louise McMahon, and Crooners - Paul (was on the Royal P last year) both brilliant. The main shows were also great the only exception being the comedian on the third evening fortunately he got off in Lisbon. The Nightclub DJ was unfortunately exceptionally poor - no passenger interaction whatsoever, sadly the DJ also hosted a 'Great British Sailaway' at La Rochelle to celebrate HM Queen's 90th Birthday - totally shambolic - perhaps Princess UK should take some pointers from there colleagues in P&O. Overall apart from the non communicative DJ all was pretty good. Service was to the usual high Princess Standard. Took the Drinks package great move as the UK£ v US$ is not very good. Bearing in mind a glass of Wine + a pint of Beer is around 16USD 7 alcoholic drinks per day takes care of the initial outlay. Went ashore at all ports but did my own thing primarily as we have been to Vigo - 4 times, and Lisbon in excess of 10. La Rochelle was new, so a walk around the town more that sufficed - lovely French sea side town with lots of good eateries. In Lisbon following some research took the ferry across the river, local bus to the Statue of Christ the King - fantastic views, beautiful Chapel, the a short tram ride to the local mainline rail station and trained across the bridge (fantastic views) back to Lisbon, and walked around 1.5 miles back down to the old town and lunch. Total cost of the transport was around 9 Euros each - not a bad deal at all. Guernsey suffered in the weather was the worst of the trip - a mixture of thick sea fog, then light rain - so St Peter Port in the rain not a great place, didn't even attempt the around the island bus. Overall 9/10 for the trip, great sights, great service, great ship - Princess again - absolutely - Eastern Med or Caribbean next time.

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Emerald Princess Cruise Review by bigjoe001

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Short itinerary and date was ideal - especially as we went as far South as Lisbon.

Travelled down a couple of days in advance just to elongate the holiday, stayed near Romsey at the Potter Heron Hotel - very good, visited Romsey Abbey, Salisbury Cathederal, and Poole Quay.

On departure day, dropped cases off at the Mayflower Terminal at 11:20, parked car at Southampton Airport - (£42.00), train and taxi back to the boat, thus saving over £30:00 on the CPS quayside parking charge. Boarding was swift and efficient (Elite Line), and so on board by 12:35 - result. Nice surprise to find our Cabin available -) pity P&O cannot emulate this efficiency).

Emerald Princess was looking great, and I was pleased with the changes made in the recent refit, although I suspect the major layout change to the aft entertainment venue, now looking like a large well appointed Public House - all leather seating around tables etc, no long rows of banquette seating - is more reflective of EP's forthcoming move to the Australian Colonies than refurbishment for say the UK or US market. The crew were all happy, and so a great atmosphere exists on Emerald Princess.

Our Cabin was A204 0n Deck 12 - Aloha. Inside. Good size, certainly enough space, and no hassles here. Our Steward Armut - exceptionally efficient in the usual Princess way.

We took Anytime Dining - worked very well, no major hold ups the longest wait was roughly 10 minutes max on the Captain's Welcome on board night. Service was very good. We Dined in the MDR on 5 nights all great, Crown Grill x 1 (Again very Good) and the Buffet x 1 - Lunch was either the Buffet, Pizza or Hamburger Grill, and we ate ashore twice for lunch. Breakfast was Buffet x 4 MDR x 3. Minor gripe about the Buffet, during our week on board the was never a menu on Display so you had to visit the servery first to see what was on offer very strange.

Entertainment was pretty much spot on - 2 very good Crooner's in the Wheelhouse - Louise McMahon, and Crooners - Paul (was on the Royal P last year) both brilliant. The main shows were also great the only exception being the comedian on the third evening fortunately he got off in Lisbon. The Nightclub DJ was unfortunately exceptionally poor - no passenger interaction whatsoever, sadly the DJ also hosted a 'Great British Sailaway' at La Rochelle to celebrate HM Queen's 90th Birthday - totally shambolic - perhaps Princess UK should take some pointers from there colleagues in P&O.

Overall apart from the non communicative DJ all was pretty good.

Service was to the usual high Princess Standard. Took the Drinks package great move as the UK£ v US$ is not very good. Bearing in mind a glass of Wine + a pint of Beer is around 16USD 7 alcoholic drinks per day takes care of the initial outlay.

Went ashore at all ports but did my own thing primarily as we have been to Vigo - 4 times, and Lisbon in excess of 10. La Rochelle was new, so a walk around the town more that sufficed - lovely French sea side town with lots of good eateries.

In Lisbon following some research took the ferry across the river, local bus to the Statue of Christ the King - fantastic views, beautiful Chapel, the a short tram ride to the local mainline rail station and trained across the bridge (fantastic views) back to Lisbon, and walked around 1.5 miles back down to the old town and lunch. Total cost of the transport was around 9 Euros each - not a bad deal at all. Guernsey suffered in the weather was the worst of the trip - a mixture of thick sea fog, then light rain - so St Peter Port in the rain not a great place, didn't even attempt the around the island bus.

Overall 9/10 for the trip, great sights, great service, great ship - Princess again - absolutely - Eastern Med or Caribbean next time.
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