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Great itinerary and great lecturers about the ports and itinerary. Enjoyed a lot the spa services and staff. Excellent acupuncture and massage along with specialty spa service sites for extra (heated tile lounge sites, aromatic showers etc) But the food and specialty restaurants aren't anywhere near as nice as those on Celebrity or others. The tours were exceptionally overpriced and for most of the stops can do better online or just getting off at the port For example, the ship's tour to Tombo reserve for two was $440. Getting off the ship, we with another couple paid for a private car and guide to Tombo for $100/person. Similarly at the Falklands their tours to the penguin sites were +$170/person and getting off th ship there were bus transfers to these spots for $10/person with local guides/content folks all along the way Excellent without the boost in price. Punta Arenas was the one site that you couldn't just get off the boat and find an alternative. So book that one ahead on line. The train to the end of the world in Ushaia is overpriced and sort of like a kiddie ride. For almost $400 for two this too felt like a big rip off. Also be aware embarked at SanAntonio port... very congested and very inefficient. From transfer pickup by Princess to getting on board at SanAntonio took 4.5 hrs. The ship had been booked to leave via Valpariaso and I heard that this is a bigger and more efficient port. So be aware if you are leaving from SanAntonio This itinerary also has a lot of tender access ports. Some of the reboarding facilities were equally chaotic for retender back to the boat. Also since this is a cooler itinerary even for the So American summer month of February around the Cape Horn... a lot of the cruise the pools can't be used dt the cool climates. It's too bad too because there is also a very nice adult only pool/sauna separated from the main pool that I was never able to use for the two week cruise.You would think that they would send ships on such an itinerary with a capacity for covering the pool area like so many other lines have. We had sailed Princess to Alaska too and it was the same thing!!!

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Emerald Princess Cruise Review by CharlieOnTheWaves

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Great itinerary and great lecturers about the ports and itinerary. Enjoyed a lot the spa services and staff. Excellent acupuncture and massage along with specialty spa service sites for extra (heated tile lounge sites, aromatic showers etc)

But the food and specialty restaurants aren't anywhere near as nice as those on Celebrity or others.

The tours were exceptionally overpriced and for most of the stops can do better online or just getting off at the port For example, the ship's tour to Tombo reserve for two was $440. Getting off the ship, we with another couple paid for a private car and guide to Tombo for $100/person.

Similarly at the Falklands their tours to the penguin sites were +$170/person and getting off th ship there were bus transfers to these spots for $10/person with local guides/content folks all along the way Excellent without the boost in price.

Punta Arenas was the one site that you couldn't just get off the boat and find an alternative. So book that one ahead on line.

The train to the end of the world in Ushaia is overpriced and sort of like a kiddie ride. For almost $400 for two this too felt like a big rip off.

Also be aware embarked at SanAntonio port... very congested and very inefficient. From transfer pickup by Princess to getting on board at SanAntonio took 4.5 hrs. The ship had been booked to leave via Valpariaso and I heard that this is a bigger and more efficient port. So be aware if you are leaving from SanAntonio

This itinerary also has a lot of tender access ports. Some of the reboarding facilities were equally chaotic for retender back to the boat.

Also since this is a cooler itinerary even for the So American summer month of February around the Cape Horn... a lot of the cruise the pools can't be used dt the cool climates.

It's too bad too because there is also a very nice adult only pool/sauna separated from the main pool that I was never able to use for the two week cruise.You would think that they would send ships on such an itinerary with a capacity for covering the pool area like so many other lines have. We had sailed Princess to Alaska too and it was the same thing!!!
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC 704
Spacious
Excellent deck for being a mid range balcony class. Great being on port side for viewing convenience
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