We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail the Suez Canal. We boarded the Emerald Princess in Southampton and we had a smooth check in. We had our Indian Visas and so this did not hold us up at all. The ships crew were fantastic, greeting us with a smile and hello wherever we were. We have sailed on this ship before so we knew our way around. After unpacking, lunch and the customary lifeboat drill we settled into shipboard mode.
The food was good with the exception of the Pheasant which was a bit dry but on the whole meals in the dining room were very good. We opted for anytime dining and met some lovely people in the dining room. The staff were very obliging and could not help us enough. I do not normally eat desert and so when it was my turn I replied "Nothing Thanks" when all the other deserts arrived I was promptly given a plate with "Nothing Thanks" written in raspberry coulee and decorated with chocolate swirls. What a lovely gesture. The meals in the Horizon Court were varied with lots to choose from, and of course the grill and ice cream were a huge hit. We also dined twice in the Crown Grill.. what can I say "superb" would recommend to try at least once even if you do have to pay a cover charge.
The entertainment was hit and miss on this cruise. We had comedians and must say Jo Little, Tom Briscoe and David Kidd were very entertaining and so was the band Liquid Blue.
The Cabin was always kept spotless by our Cabin Stewart Daisy.
Boarded the Emerald Princess