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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,737 Reviews

Modified California coast & Panama Canal

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by M&Y

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

We were looking forward to Pacific coast stops but Princess revised the itinerary by four days to allow for additional time in dry dock. Vancouver embarkation was smooth as silk and the three day cruise to Los Angles was uneventful with two ok production shows and many onboard activities. Dined at Curtis Stone "Share" restaurant which was absolutely superb. Also dined at Steamers which was not ready for prime time. Muscles were dry lacking in cream sauce and some of the clams were cold. Others we spoke with had a much better experience, so they must have improved during the cruise. The new "Fresh Market" is a huge improvement over the crowded Horizon set up. Much more space to maneuver. We used Michelangelo any time dining room which was excellent throughout the cruise. The Dining Room Captain and door assistant were friendly and efficiently processed the many any time diners. Everything we ordered was elegantly severed and tasted great. The Panama canal crossing was made exceptional by a very knowledgeable speaker. She had a informed and unique way of expressing the history of the old canal while informing us of the construction required for the new canal. Our cabin was spacious and kept very clean by our steward. Having a bath tub and the additional shower space was a plus. We had been to all of the stops on other cruises except for Huatulco Mexico where we took a "land & sea" excursion through Princess. The contract company handling the excursion was disorganized so the excursion started and finished an hour late with a lot of waiting time in between sea & land portions. Sights along the way were good. The enrichment destination speaker was outstanding (same lady gave the canal talk). She was very thorough and gave great advise in the time allotted. The fitness center was well equipped and clean. All in all it was a very nice relaxing cruise.

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Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD C702

Spacious and clean

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Vancouver is a nice city to visit. The hop on and off bus will take to you to the majority of sights, with Stanley Park being one of the best. Spacious park with a lot of green and lookout sights. Nice city to spend a day before the cruise or after.

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Took a Land & Sea tour through Princess. The contractor was very disorganized and the tour started and finished one hour late. Would recommend private land and boat taxi to see same sights.

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