Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Travelin_Bear
- Sail Date: February 2019
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Our experience on the Emerald Princess was largely quite good. In reading everyone's reviews, it's interesting how different people's impressions can be.
As far as we could tell, the ship is in very good condition. All the common areas seem especially well kept. I will discuss our cabin below.
I can only compare our Princess experience to other lines we've been on, especially Celebrity, so we were curious about the food. We were happy to have found the food served in the dining rooms to be very good to excellent. We didn't feel the need to pay for the upcharge dining as the included dining rooms were perfectly fine, with good variety. Buffet food was like typical buffet food. It largely wasn't bad, but not particularly memorable.
I didn't care for the ship's layout, something you can't really do anything about. We missed having a walking track that circles the top deck. There is a little tiny one toward the back of the ship but 16 times around it equals one mile (boring). You also cannot circumnavigate the interior as you can on other ships; it's more of a linear layout. We're used to strolling around after dinner, up one side and back the other (especially on formal nights) and on this ship it's more fore-and-aft, repeated.
Entertainment venues get waaay too crowded, quickly, especially when there is something going on in one of the lounges. And finding seats in the buffet area can be a frustrating challenge.
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