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Second time out on the 15 day cruise to Hawaii....especially like the long days a sea and familiarity with the Islands too. The Pacific was a little less than generous with the amount of sunny days, but then again, it is January. The ship enjoyed a good bit of rocking and rolling but gradual for the most part. Stabilizers are king. Cruise wise everything was on time, on schedule, well described by the Captain daily. The Emerald Princess is looking and feeling a bit tired. The staterooms are in need of sprucing up. The TV's are +6 years old technology. The carpeting, curtains etc., though not horrid, are dated. The bed is heavenly. We found that the ship is due for dry dock shortly which would explain the rust spots on the balcony----highly unusual. Additionally the dining/hospitality crew seemed at odds with the menu....confused and unaware of the ingredients and prep for some of the most obvious entrees. And for us anytime diners (the greatest invention since John Paul Jones) the dining room was the full length of the ship from our state room.......6x/day got a little tedious. The waiters and Captains used to offer us their take on various menu items. Neither happened at all. For the most part, however, the food offerings were good, a little lacking in variety especially fish dishes, but served attractively and in a timely manner. The Crown Grill and Curtis Stone's SHARE remain the top of the line on the Princess line or any line for that matter. Well worth the few extra dollars. We seldom do ship tours, but on this outing we did want to see Waimea Canyon on Kauaii and took the tour. Glad we did. Top drawer hostess/driver. On the other hand we took a tour on Hawaii which indicated some sort of "foodie" slant at three fabulous houses in the Hilo area. The houses were fabulous, The food not foodie fare....far from it. Not a keeper and very expensive. The entertainment on the Emerald features Tiki Dave and his wife Leialoha, a husband and wife tag team, who perform songs of the islands (and others) and during the day they teach anyone who wants to learn how to play the uke and/or the hula. They also host a daily Hawaiian arts and crafts seminar with purchasable yarn, beadwork, lei material etc. t hat proved very popular. Other entertainers were typical cruise fare. Homogenized stage shows, good solo bar background performers, the occasional magician or comedian. One thing Princess has always been noted for is consistency. The Emerald on this cruise showed some signs of wear, tear and change needed.

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Emerald Princess Cruise Review by blottoz

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Second time out on the 15 day cruise to Hawaii....especially like the long days a sea and familiarity with the Islands too. The Pacific was a little less than generous with the amount of sunny days, but then again, it is January. The ship enjoyed a good bit of rocking and rolling but gradual for the most part. Stabilizers are king.

Cruise wise everything was on time, on schedule, well described by the Captain daily.

The Emerald Princess is looking and feeling a bit tired. The staterooms are in need of sprucing up. The TV's are +6 years old technology. The carpeting, curtains etc., though not horrid, are dated. The bed is heavenly. We found that the ship is due for dry dock shortly which would explain the rust spots on the balcony----highly unusual.

Additionally the dining/hospitality crew seemed at odds with the menu....confused and unaware of the ingredients and prep for some of the most obvious entrees. And for us anytime diners (the greatest invention since John Paul Jones) the dining room was the full length of the ship from our state room.......6x/day got a little tedious. The waiters and Captains used to offer us their take on various menu items. Neither happened at all. For the most part, however, the food offerings were good, a little lacking in variety especially fish dishes, but served attractively and in a timely manner.

The Crown Grill and Curtis Stone's SHARE remain the top of the line on the Princess line or any line for that matter. Well worth the few extra dollars.

We seldom do ship tours, but on this outing we did want to see Waimea Canyon on Kauaii and took the tour. Glad we did. Top drawer hostess/driver. On the other hand we took a tour on Hawaii which indicated some sort of "foodie" slant at three fabulous houses in the Hilo area. The houses were fabulous, The food not foodie fare....far from it. Not a keeper and very expensive.

The entertainment on the Emerald features Tiki Dave and his wife Leialoha, a husband and wife tag team, who perform songs of the islands (and others) and during the day they teach anyone who wants to learn how to play the uke and/or the hula. They also host a daily Hawaiian arts and crafts seminar with purchasable yarn, beadwork, lei material etc. t hat proved very popular. Other entertainers were typical cruise fare. Homogenized stage shows, good solo bar background performers, the occasional magician or comedian.

One thing Princess has always been noted for is consistency. The Emerald on this cruise showed some signs of wear, tear and change needed.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD d222
Cabin decor's tired, but serviceable. Layout is good. The TV's are old, need upgrading to the new technology. Bed is terrific.
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