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I chose this cruise because it left from Vancouver and came back to Vancouver, which is my home port. This was my first time on Princess and the first cruise for my daughter who came with me. The Emerald Princess has a capacity of 3500 passengers and was extremely crowded. There is not enough public space for that many people and too much space is given over to selling artwork and photographs. There were line-ups for anytime dining and the tiny atrium was standing room only. Because of the line-ups, we ate later than we normally would have and as a result, were not able to attend many of the entertainment events. Often we arrived to find there were no seats left at all. Sharing tables with others in the Horizon Court buffet was the norm. I found it difficult to tell direction on this ship, even after 10 days, and signage for the restrooms was poor. We ate breakfast and some lunches in Horizon Court and found it to be adequate. We had very nice dinners in the paid venues Crown Grill, Crab Shack and twice in the Saltydog gastropub. We really enjoyed the appetizers, soups and desserts in the main dining room and we liked the pub lunch in the Wheelhouse Bar. Our favourite place was Vines where we received excellent service and enjoyed the tapas and California rolls. We watched the Wake show in the morning which started our day with good laughs and good information. Our favourite event was the ABBA trivia session hosted by Jen and Omparo (sp?) but we also enjoyed comedian Steve Caouette, music group Pinnacle, the Walker Black Duo and the Sun Shine Duo. Embarkation was okay but disembarking was not. We were sent to the Princess Theatre, which is terraced, so I had to drag my carry-on down several stairs and then pull it back up again when it was time to leave. Made no sense at all. We booked excursions through the ship in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. We loved the wine and cupcake day in Santa Barbara and our trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito in San Francisco. We did not like Los Angeles and wished we'd stayed on the ship. The best part of the trip was some of the people we met and the many staff who worked so hard to make our holiday a success. I would travel with Princess again but I'd keep an eye out for smaller ships.

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Emerald Princess Cruise Review by darstamp

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Pacific Coastal
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview
I chose this cruise because it left from Vancouver and came back to Vancouver, which is my home port. This was my first time on Princess and the first cruise for my daughter who came with me. The Emerald Princess has a capacity of 3500 passengers and was extremely crowded. There is not enough public space for that many people and too much space is given over to selling artwork and photographs. There were line-ups for anytime dining and the tiny atrium was standing room only. Because of the line-ups, we ate later than we normally would have and as a result, were not able to attend many of the entertainment events. Often we arrived to find there were no seats left at all. Sharing tables with others in the Horizon Court buffet was the norm. I found it difficult to tell direction on this ship, even after 10 days, and signage for the restrooms was poor.

We ate breakfast and some lunches in Horizon Court and found it to be adequate. We had very nice dinners in the paid venues Crown Grill, Crab Shack and twice in the Saltydog gastropub. We really enjoyed the appetizers, soups and desserts in the main dining room and we liked the pub lunch in the Wheelhouse Bar. Our favourite place was Vines where we received excellent service and enjoyed the tapas and California rolls.

We watched the Wake show in the morning which started our day with good laughs and good information. Our favourite event was the ABBA trivia session hosted by Jen and Omparo (sp?) but we also enjoyed comedian Steve Caouette, music group Pinnacle, the Walker Black Duo and the Sun Shine Duo.

Embarkation was okay but disembarking was not. We were sent to the Princess Theatre, which is terraced, so I had to drag my carry-on down several stairs and then pull it back up again when it was time to leave. Made no sense at all.

We booked excursions through the ship in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. We loved the wine and cupcake day in Santa Barbara and our trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito in San Francisco. We did not like Los Angeles and wished we'd stayed on the ship.

The best part of the trip was some of the people we met and the many staff who worked so hard to make our holiday a success. I would travel with Princess again but I'd keep an eye out for smaller ships.
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Oceanview
Cabin OF P230
We had an oceanview cabin on Deck 5 which was handy to the International Cafe and Vines wine bar. The beds were comfortable although I found the pillows much too soft, and there was plenty of storage. The air conditioning was inadequate although we had it checked and were told it was working properly. There was a constant sound of water gurgling and running coming through the walls so if you are sensitive to that sort of thing you should avoid room P230 and possibly that area.
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