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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,737 Reviews

Some good and some not so...but on the whole a good family holiday.

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by EnglandFamily

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We are a family of 6 - 3 generations consisting of 80 year olds x 2, late 40’s x2 and 2 children 8 and 12. The booking experience was not great with the dining time being changed from 6.30pm to 5.00pm without our knowledge and the on board packages being altered on the day we were booking them. However, we were determined to enjoy the holiday and we did.

The ship in our opinion is very good, with majority of the staff being friendly. We did find the muster station drill a little bit cringeworthy and reminded us very much of Disney, and not in a good way. The food in traditional dining was okay, but if it was not for the staff, we would say the experience was not great. The buffet during the day we found to be good, clean and efficient. The cabins were kept very clean and we liked the fact we could have the balcony dividers open allowing for an open area for our family, which worked very well. My father was 80 during the cruise and we booked to go to the Steakhouse. Big mistake - wines were out of stock, poor service and food, and the whole atmosphere was not what we expected. Diners were there at 930pm wearing pool attire and sun hats, whilst we had dressed formally.

Entertainment was good, pool areas were good, bar service was good.

We had prebooked the soda package but not convinced we were not always charged for soft drinks as they do not give you receipts. The demo with the chef and maitre d’ was very good and funny. The tender at Kotor was a shambles with us having to wait for over an hour to get off. Had we known the length of time, we would have arrived earlier. On the return, they had run out of drinks and cloths despite standing out on quayside in the heat and they knew how many people were still not on board - they seemed ill prepared. On the morning of disembarkation, why are most lifts not working? They all were reserved which is crazy when you have elderly relatives.

We did not do any ship excursions as learnt our lesson on previous occasions - always book your own!

Our cabins were right by the laundry - noise was not an issue at all. Perfectly happy with cabins.

We all enjoyed the cruise itinerary and particular pleasures were Pompeii, Mykonos, Chania and Athens.

A good, family holiday and felt safe and happy at all times. Would I go with Princess again - possibly but not overwhelmed and would think twice.

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Very good!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Own tour - fabulous guide and driver - what a beautiful island. We went all over the place and would love to return for a short break.


Own tour - poor Corfu as so much rubbish on streets as a result of mayor taking their money! Beautiful beaches and great tour guide. Went for olive oil tasting - amazing!


Own tour - great guide and enjoyed the area of Kotor and Budva. Would recommend doing a tour like this to experience the country.

Athens (Piraeus)

Own tour - we booked a Segway tour, Acropolis tour, city tour, and a traditional Greek taverna for dancing. Loved Athens, very clean and would love to return.


Own tour - visited Pompeii and Amalfi. Amazing experience

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