Just came off the Emerald Princess abroad for South America. Just relaized that I was on this same ship nearly 10 years ago, when we sailed to the Carribean with our young family. The Emerald Princess seems to be stuck in a time warp. The decor remained unchanged and really looked dated...brown wood trimmings. The upholstery on the Piazza chairs were fraying at the edges and would have been nice to see them re-upholstered. The shops were the same and selling the same merchandise. Limited selection. The dining room menu was disappointing. Most of the menu items were also served 10 years ago...floating island dessert, peach belini cold soup, intermezzo. The food was okay and seem to have gone downhill. Maybe it was not fair to compare the food since we just came off the Anthem of the Seas, a few weeks ago. However, it was just ok. Dining room service was ok..witht he exception of one breakfast dining toom morning where we were seated at 730 am and did not eat until nearly 1 hour later. Another couple in the same boat as us, had spoken to the Matrie D and right away we had our food come out, personally served by himself. Now, the Horizon Court (Buffet on Lido deck) was really disappointing! It certainly has not changed since the last time I was on it. It was a small place, stuffy, hot, cramped, and the foodQ. Limited selection and certainly not pleasing to the eyes! Did not eat at all at the buffet, rather, we ate at the 24 hour International Cafe. The shows were just ok and the activities onboard were also just ok.....seems like they wanted you to entertain yourselves. However, disembarkment and tender process was organized and the people I met on the cruise were bonuses. Disappointed with Emerald Princess. We are Platium cruisers with Princess and was looking forward to this South America cruise. However, 14 days of disappointment ensued.
We were assigned our cabin 4 days prior to our sailing. Our tickets were issued without a cabin assignment and it got me worrying, Never experienced this before. Our interior cabin was on Deck 10 at the very back of the ship, near the suites. Not a choice that I would have made. Every night we can feel the vibrations from the rudder or propeller or whatever is located at the back of the ship. It was noisy and shaky and made worse when the ship was docking at individual ports. You can feel the vibrations and shaking, especially when the ship was attempting to dock. When the seas were rough, and there were a few days of these, you really suffered!