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Sailing around the horn of South America was a great adventure. Really makes you think about what the early explorers had to endure when they sailed in small, wooden ships. Service by the staff was excellent. Dinner menu was very good and varied. Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment, and became very boring. There was very little variety over the two weeks. Other than corned beef hash, there was no meat other than pork. Entertainment was good, but there was a definite lack of things to do on sea days. There are a lot of tender ports, and the crew does a very good job of getting you off and back to the ship. Some ports, like the Falklands can take more time because of rough water, so you must be patient. Access to the tender from the ship is done in a very orderly manner. You collect a number when you enter the waiting area (dining room) and you move to the tenders as a range of numbers is called. Very orderly and efficient. Ship's tours tended to be somewhat expensive, but were well organized and the guides were good. Overall, Princess did a good job and we will sail with them again.

Great sights traveling around the horn

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Airborne-Ranger

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
Sailing around the horn of South America was a great adventure. Really makes you think about what the early explorers had to endure when they sailed in small, wooden ships.

Service by the staff was excellent. Dinner menu was very good and varied. Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment, and became very boring. There was very little variety over the two weeks. Other than corned beef hash, there was no meat other than pork.

Entertainment was good, but there was a definite lack of things to do on sea days.

There are a lot of tender ports, and the crew does a very good job of getting you off and back to the ship. Some ports, like the Falklands can take more time because of rough water, so you must be patient. Access to the tender from the ship is done in a very orderly manner. You collect a number when you enter the waiting area (dining room) and you move to the tenders as a range of numbers is called. Very orderly and efficient.

Ship's tours tended to be somewhat expensive, but were well organized and the guides were good.

Overall, Princess did a good job and we will sail with them again.
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Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin OW E408
We moved from a balcony to an obstructed view. The view was blocked by the Emergency Evacuation System, which obstructed part of the view. We could get plenty of daylight and still see the water. Had we stayed in the balcony, we would probably only have used it one or two days at best, since the weather was generally cool once we started heading south towards the cape. Absolutely do not regret moving from our balcony.. Cabin was well maintained and the cabin steward was excellent, as was the other ship staff.
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