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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,737 Reviews

Sydney to New Zealand East Coast

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by dras2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2017
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

For us to go to Sydney Austrailia and sail New Zeland was a trip of a life time.  We went 1/2 way around the world.  

While Princess has no control over who sails with them there is a demographic of people who make the cruise uncomfortable.  They push and shove and cut in line and just generally misbehave in relation to western standards of behavior.  And it is not just Australia where you find them.  We have had other trips on Princess where this same demographic behaved in a like manor.  That trip was to the Mediterranean.  Clearly there is no resolution for this just be aware that they are there and stand your ground.

The food on the Emerald was good and Princess has the best pizza kitchen of any cruise line.  The dining rooms are well staffed but they fail to enforce their standard of dress.  If they say it is a formal night then the minimum of dress should be business casual and not jeans and tee shirts.  To establish a dress expectation and not enforce it is political correctness gone overboard.  Cruise ships should just eliminate formal nights as dress expectation is not met and not enforced.  If you have a standard enforce it. We did anytime dining which we prefer to a stated time.

Excursions were somewhat lame in New Zealand and rather pricey.  Perhaps that was the best they could offer.  Some research of the ports of call and checking Trip Adviser for off ship excursions would have been a better option.

Boarding in Sydney was a bit tough as they do not have a covered boarding facility. Luckily we were Platinum cruisers and had preferred boarding and we skipped the 1/4 mile long boarding line. Princess does a good job of lining up excursion exits and standing in long lines to get off the ship are avoided. Thankfully!

Entertainment was the typical cruise line stuff. Singers and dancers and comidian. Seen it all before and not terrible interesting.

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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin ME D204

Cabin appointed nicely and roomy. When the ship was redone they didn't insalate the walls with flexible materials. When the seas got rough the room squeeked and creeked very loudly as the walls were too ridiged. Very anoying at night trying to sleep.

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