Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Dave223456
- Sail Date: March 2018
- Destination: South America
- Cabin Type: Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony
-Locked out of cabin because of battery failure, no supervisor around to open cabin, no process to identify when battery failing or rather process exists but is ignored because of cost of replacing door battery. Better to wait until passengers locked out I guess
-laundry lost, subsequently found
-ship out of many supplies such as wine by the glass, applesauce, watermelon, and a number of other items
-not all items on various menus are available
-disembarkation took over 4 hours, 2 pm flight from LAX missed. Princess stood us up for over two hours without water,washrooms or food. No senior staff visible. Blamed customs and staff seemed more interested in the “turnover” of the ship than the passengers disembarking. As well created two classes of passengers as confirmed by customs and princess staff. A princess supervisor made the decision to get US citizens off boat first, leaving citizens of all other countries to wait in a longer line. They also decided to move their in transit passengers (these are people staying on the boat) ahead of the people who were late for their flights. Numerous princess staff promised help would be at the airport for flights but if any were there we did not see them nor did airline staff know about them. Princess kept blaming customs but only 8 custom kiosks for close to 3000 people. Clearly insufficient. Princess is responsible for putting boat at that pier.
-serving staff not always around at the self serve dining area
-bus yours took longer than expected. Again princess blamed others but the tour guides on the buses were aware of the longer time needed (due to start of local holidays and impact on traffic). Why is it if the guides on the buses know this princess does not?
-lots of people holding seats for themselves in various areas of the ship and as far as I could tell, other than the princess theatre not being addressed.
-pester you to do repairs on the cabin
All in all I would say this cruise line is structured to reduce the cost of a passenger by as much as possible. This is not the type of cruise you would have received even 10 years ago, let alone 30.
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