We are regular Princess cruisers and booked this cruise as a means of sampling a different Princess ship other that the ones permanently in Australia. Last year we cruised on the Golden when it first arrived in Australia so we were looking forward to comparing the two. Unfortunately for us and many others, the Emerald did not have Australian power outlets like the Sun class ships and the Golden. No power adapters were supplied and the few available at $16.95 from the boutique store quickly sold out leaving many upset passengers. The adapters for US to UK were only $6.95, a case of surge pricing (pun intended).
We had a table in Botticelli dining room and enjoyed great table mates and good service from our waiters. I enjoyed the food on offer with there always being something appealing to choose.
The ports we sailed to were interesting, especially the Fijian ones that we had not visited previously.I know Princess cannot control the weather, but we encountered sunny days and mostly smooth seas for our cruise.
Bigger than the Sun class ships in Australia, but the shower is smaller.
The coral was a little disappointing. Not much colour and limited marine life.
Used the $1 yellow bus which leaves from outside the shops on the left, carpark side, to get into town. It was a Sunday so the shops that were open were limited.
The highlight of our cruise. A piece of paradise, gentle breeze, warn seas, sandy beach with plenty of shade, good snorkeling over coral with abundant sea life. The locals were offering a boat ride around the Island which takes about 15 minutes. Stalls were offering the usual Island fare and there were plenty of fresh coconuts available.
This time in Noumea we decided to do our own thing. We walked to the Maritime Museum which is about 10 walk from the shuttle drop off point. We then got on the number 10 bus to Lemon Bay to see the aquarium. The buses ran to their timetable, which was about every 15 minutes.
Next was a 15 minute walk to Anse Vata for a baguette for lunch. We returned to Noumea by the 11 bus. We noticed other cruise passengers waiting for their Ho-Ho bus, but as there were about 3 different companies providing this service, they became despondent when a rival HO-Ho didn't stop to pick them up.
It's my home town, I'm bias.