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We had been living in in Chile for about 7 weeks and found this cruise. Actually cheaper than flying (before on-board stuff). Great leisurely way to get back to the states. Since we had been in Chile and have been to Costa Rica a few times and Nicaragua, we were not interested in excursions to I can't speak to any of those. This was our 4th sailing with Princess. Crew was always friendly and service was very good. We had main dining room late seating. Food was good and sometimes very good. Dining room had some issues with wine menu, many options were not available. Also, prime rib with no horseradish; twice! Not sure if these are related to re positioning or not? Just odd. Entertainment was pretty good. In Peru they brought on a local group that performed native songs and dances. Appreciated that. Special singers and musicians were good as well as the Princess orchestra and the other acts in the lounges. Better than some ships I've been on. Inside cabin was laid out well with lots of storage. We were on deck 10. Highly recommend. Only cabins above and below us, so no extra noises from theatre, kitchen etc. Bed was comfortable. Cruise staff organized a lot of activities for sea days and we enjoyed the movies on deck. Ports of call - Took the free shuttle to Lima and then taxied out to the coast. The shuttled dropped us at some big mall in the middle of town. Costa Rica port is not very representative of the beauty of CR. I'm sure if you took a tour, you were able to see more of the beauty of this country. The port was dirty and nothing to do. Beach was filthy. Again, not the CR I know. San Juan del Sur Nicaragua was a pleasant surprise. Nice little beach town with restaurants, shops and much cleaner than Puntaranes. Puerto Vallerta was great. Having never been there, we enjoyed the old town and the walk along the promenade area. Half of the cruisers had been on this ship since Buenos Aries, (so 30 days in total). As such there was a real feeling of camaraderie. When we disembarked, the US immigration decided to fingerprint every non US citizen, so the process was very very slow. We ran about 2 hours late and I know there were many people who missed their flights. Not Princesses fault, but they could have been more informative with their announcements on the ship with updates. All in all had a good time.

First repositioning cruise, definitely will do another.

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by redmellie

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2018
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We had been living in in Chile for about 7 weeks and found this cruise. Actually cheaper than flying (before on-board stuff). Great leisurely way to get back to the states. Since we had been in Chile and have been to Costa Rica a few times and Nicaragua, we were not interested in excursions to I can't speak to any of those.

This was our 4th sailing with Princess. Crew was always friendly and service was very good. We had main dining room late seating. Food was good and sometimes very good. Dining room had some issues with wine menu, many options were not available. Also, prime rib with no horseradish; twice! Not sure if these are related to re positioning or not? Just odd.

Entertainment was pretty good. In Peru they brought on a local group that performed native songs and dances. Appreciated that.

Special singers and musicians were good as well as the Princess orchestra and the other acts in the lounges. Better than some ships I've been on.

Inside cabin was laid out well with lots of storage. We were on deck 10. Highly recommend. Only cabins above and below us, so no extra noises from theatre, kitchen etc. Bed was comfortable.

Cruise staff organized a lot of activities for sea days and we enjoyed the movies on deck.

Ports of call - Took the free shuttle to Lima and then taxied out to the coast. The shuttled dropped us at some big mall in the middle of town.

Costa Rica port is not very representative of the beauty of CR. I'm sure if you took a tour, you were able to see more of the beauty of this country. The port was dirty and nothing to do. Beach was filthy. Again, not the CR I know.

San Juan del Sur Nicaragua was a pleasant surprise. Nice little beach town with restaurants, shops and much cleaner than Puntaranes.

Puerto Vallerta was great. Having never been there, we enjoyed the old town and the walk along the promenade area.

Half of the cruisers had been on this ship since Buenos Aries, (so 30 days in total). As such there was a real feeling of camaraderie.

When we disembarked, the US immigration decided to fingerprint every non US citizen, so the process was very very slow. We ran about 2 hours late and I know there were many people who missed their flights. Not Princesses fault, but they could have been more informative with their announcements on the ship with updates.

All in all had a good time.
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Interior
Cabin IA C229
Lots of storage space, good size open closet, comfortable bed.
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