Our 12th cruise with Princess, 2nd time to Canaries and 2nd time on Emerald Princess. So the best way to do this review is a daily account:
Saturday 17/08/16: Pulled up at the Mayflower Terminal a bit early, but check in still dealt with us early. As always it was smooth, seamless and efficient. Found our own way to our balcony stateroom and waited FIVE HOURS for our luggage to arrive so we were in a terrific mood especially after others who arrived after us and got their luggage in under an hour. Lunch at Horizon Court, Dinner in Michelangelo Restaurant, Naff show in theatre by wannabe 'comedienne' whose jokes were older that most of the grannies on board. Then the Fire!! Not in the Engine Room but an overheated fan 16 decks up, 45 minutes later all was back to normal.
Sunday 18/09, Monday 19/09, Tuesday 20/09: Three sea days chilling out doing as little as possible other than eat, walk around, eat, theatre, eat, sleep!!! There was a lot of ex-P&O passengers on their first Princess cruise having exchanged their loyalty points to Princess Elite - What's gone wrong at P&O?
Lost count of the number of BE type cabins I;ve stayed in but all I can say is that our room stewardess did the absolute minimum required as per job description - no more, no less and in our case no extra tip either.
Do not believe port information that the centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is only 5 minutes’ walk away from the ship, more like 45 minutes in blistering heat! We took the tram to La Trinidad to visit the old city of La Laguna. The shopping arcades at La Trinidad reminded us of the grottier arcades seen in EDSA (Epifiano De Los Santos Avenue) in Manila, Philippines. At least the tram ride was quite spectacular.
We watched the yacht regatta from our balcony.
FIVE HOURS to wait for our luggage. NOT IMPRESSED!!!