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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Melbourne, Hobart and Port Arthur

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by kangycarpy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2016
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)

We wanted to have a little break before Christmas, use a credit with a TA and try one of Princess' newer and bigger ships.

Service was excellent.

The new bed was FANTASTIC

Food in MDR (evening meal) was top class.

MDR Lunch quality good but limited variation

MDR/Buffett selection did not vary much (if at all). Food quality still good.

Entertainment was generally good. On board singers & dancers production show very good. Most "visiting" acts good. Dance Band should have been on P&O as they tended to stray to "younger" music. Kory in Crooner's Lounge is a Must See.

The ship didn't give much information to assist with independent touring at the 3 ports but then most are only interested in selling their packages.

We had good weather which enabled the ship to enter and do a 540 degree turn in Wineglass Bay.

The ship handled 3 crossings of Bass straight without moving in unusual/disturbing ways but I think we had swell no bigger than 2-3 m.

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Cabin Review

Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin OW E321

Cabin of a reasonable size. Not as large as RCCL or HAL. Not as claustrophobic as earlier Princess & P&O cabins. Bed and bedding are the best I have experienced.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Independently toured the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).

The ferry to and from MONA is a short walk from the Cruise Terminal and is a fast but scenic trip up the Derwent R. Catering is on board.

The MONA is a multi level Gallery built into an old quarry. There are a few items that will raise the eye brows so enter with a broad minded attitude. We spent 3 1/2 hrs at MONA

Port Arthur

A very pretty spot with some bad history. I just walked around the site. Nice weather would have made the day better.

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