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This is our third Los Angeles to Hawaii round-trip cruise - two on Princess and one on Celebrity. The Stateroom and Dining room service were excellent - equal to or better than any we have had before (35 cruises). We arrived in Los Angeles the day before the cruise and stayed in the DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro. It is a really nice place to stay and they run a free shuttle which will take you to local restaurants and then to the ship on the day of your cruise (sign up the night before). The taxi ride from LAX to the hotel was $75 and takes about 40 minutes. The Hawaii cruise is something everyone should take at least once in their cruising career. Plenty of Sea days and time to chill out. Once you reach the Islands, the pace becomes more hectic, with port arrivals about 7AM four days in a row. We rented an SUV in each port for about $70 a day (Enterprise offered shuttles from the pier in every port except Maui) and created our own tour itinerary. To celebrate birthdays, we dined in the Share restaurant and the Crown Grill Steak house - both are nice venues and we had great service, but at Share we had to send our steak back because it was full of gristle. Princess needs to change the name of Share, because you really don't share anything. There is more sharing in the crown Grill. There were a couple of problems worth mentioning: Internet connectivity was basically nonexistant and our stateroom frequently smelled of ship exhaust. Neither of these problems were resolved during the cruise. Despite the problems we enjoyed the cruise but rate Celebrity above Princess.

Stateroom A641 on Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Office Guy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
This is our third Los Angeles to Hawaii round-trip cruise - two on Princess and one on Celebrity. The Stateroom and Dining room service were excellent - equal to or better than any we have had before (35 cruises). We arrived in Los Angeles the day before the cruise and stayed in the DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro. It is a really nice place to stay and they run a free shuttle which will take you to local restaurants and then to the ship on the day of your cruise (sign up the night before). The taxi ride from LAX to the hotel was $75 and takes about 40 minutes. The Hawaii cruise is something everyone should take at least once in their cruising career. Plenty of Sea days and time to chill out. Once you reach the Islands, the pace becomes more hectic, with port arrivals about 7AM four days in a row. We rented an SUV in each port for about $70 a day (Enterprise offered shuttles from the pier in every port except Maui) and created our own tour itinerary. To celebrate birthdays, we dined in the Share restaurant and the Crown Grill Steak house - both are nice venues and we had great service, but at Share we had to send our steak back because it was full of gristle. Princess needs to change the name of Share, because you really don't share anything. There is more sharing in the crown Grill. There were a couple of problems worth mentioning: Internet connectivity was basically nonexistant and our stateroom frequently smelled of ship exhaust. Neither of these problems were resolved during the cruise. Despite the problems we enjoyed the cruise but rate Celebrity above Princess.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BD A641
I would avoid cabin A641 on Emerald Princess, in fact, I would avoid all staterooms near A641 - the ships exhaust gas was being piped into our room causing a toxic, acrid smell. The staff could do nothing to fix this problem because the ventilation intake vent is located on the very back of the ship and whenever the stack gas swirled down to the intake, it was piped directly to our stateroom ( this situation was present on 6 or 7 days of our 15 day cruise. Except for the stack gas problem, A641 is well located - easy access to the Horizon court and Boticelli Dining room.
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