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We have had the pleasure of cruising the med on several occasions, we booked this thinking it was a 14 day cruise with the usual everyone off and on at the beginning and the end (as was our previous experiences). This wasn't the case, this particular itinerary is really a 7 day cruise and you can do 1,2 or 3 segments (7,14 or 21 days). This works out well for embarkation and disembarkation as its not so crowded but we found that the onboard stuff is just repeated, so if you do a 21 day cruise look forward to the same entertainment 3 times. This was our 2nd cruise on Emerald, the difference between this time and last was the there seemed to be less staff getting around to either take a drinks order or clean up the things left behind by guests eg: Movies under the stars, we where never approached for a drinks order or offered a cookie or popcorn, the vacant seats and side table in front of us was just left with dirty towels and plates etc for the entire length of time we sat there, this was something we have never experienced with Princess previously. You will be in a beautiful port each day, so get out and explore either through Princess or other alternatives. Suggestion for those that dock in Naples, catch the ferry to Ischica, the ferry terminal is a very short walk from where the ship docks, do some on line research eg: google maps and ferries for timetables. It is just beautiful and nowhere as busy as Capri but just as beautiful, you will love it great beaches fro swimming if that's your thing, shopping and cafe's/restaurants and the best bit no crowds. The cost to do it on your own is1/4 the price of the Princess tour. Whilst on board the internet changed systems, this new system is in preparation for there Medallion class upgrade next year and works really well. Has much cheaper plans than the old way and has great connectivity, We are fairly casual cruisers and didn't use the Main Dinning Room, headed to the buffet, the burger place, also dinned at Crown Grill a few times along with Curtis Stones "Share". We do enjoy the Crown Grill and found the staff and service top notch. We also love the International Cafe, spend a lot of time there just people watching and listing to the entertainment provided. In summary and this is just our experience, we thought that Princess has dropped the ball just a little in that there appears to be less staff, its just the little things like the clearing of tables that seemed to take forever to get done or trying to order drinks etc. The food provided in the buffet definitely wasn't the same standard as previous cruises and repetitive, still enjoyable, the fresh salad selection is great. Our cabin steward was lovely, always greeted with a smile morning and night. If we had an issue it was resolved immediately eg: the bath in our mini suite was draining very slowly it was rectified whilst out that day. Also if you don't mention these things to staff they don't know and there for don't fix it. We disembarked in Civitavecchia, caught the port shuttle to the local bus that takes you to the train station then train to Rome, really easy to do for those that are staying in Rome pre cruise or after the cruise as we where. My advise for those who do this take a slightly later train ours was at 11.15 am or something, otherwise you could find yourself struggling with your luggage along with cruisers who are day tripping it into Rome and it will be a packed train. Happy Cruising Would definitely cruise with Princess in the future as we like there style of cruising and general decor of there ships.

Our 14 Day Med Cruise (really 2x7 B2B)

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by SueandBrian

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We have had the pleasure of cruising the med on several occasions, we booked this thinking it was a 14 day cruise with the usual everyone off and on at the beginning and the end (as was our previous experiences). This wasn't the case, this particular itinerary is really a 7 day cruise and you can do 1,2 or 3 segments (7,14 or 21 days). This works out well for embarkation and disembarkation as its not so crowded but we found that the onboard stuff is just repeated, so if you do a 21 day cruise look forward to the same entertainment 3 times.

This was our 2nd cruise on Emerald, the difference between this time and last was the there seemed to be less staff getting around to either take a drinks order or clean up the things left behind by guests eg: Movies under the stars, we where never approached for a drinks order or offered a cookie or popcorn, the vacant seats and side table in front of us was just left with dirty towels and plates etc for the entire length of time we sat there, this was something we have never experienced with Princess previously.

You will be in a beautiful port each day, so get out and explore either through Princess or other alternatives.

Suggestion for those that dock in Naples, catch the ferry to Ischica, the ferry terminal is a very short walk from where the ship docks, do some on line research eg: google maps and ferries for timetables. It is just beautiful and nowhere as busy as Capri but just as beautiful, you will love it great beaches fro swimming if that's your thing, shopping and cafe's/restaurants and the best bit no crowds. The cost to do it on your own is1/4 the price of the Princess tour.

Whilst on board the internet changed systems, this new system is in preparation for there Medallion class upgrade next year and works really well. Has much cheaper plans than the old way and has great connectivity,

We are fairly casual cruisers and didn't use the Main Dinning Room, headed to the buffet, the burger place, also dinned at Crown Grill a few times along with Curtis Stones "Share". We do enjoy the Crown Grill and found the staff and service top notch.

We also love the International Cafe, spend a lot of time there just people watching and listing to the entertainment provided.

In summary and this is just our experience, we thought that Princess has dropped the ball just a little in that there appears to be less staff, its just the little things like the clearing of tables that seemed to take forever to get done or trying to order drinks etc. The food provided in the buffet definitely wasn't the same standard as previous cruises and repetitive, still enjoyable, the fresh salad selection is great. Our cabin steward was lovely, always greeted with a smile morning and night. If we had an issue it was resolved immediately eg: the bath in our mini suite was draining very slowly it was rectified whilst out that day. Also if you don't mention these things to staff they don't know and there for don't fix it.

We disembarked in Civitavecchia, caught the port shuttle to the local bus that takes you to the train station then train to Rome, really easy to do for those that are staying in Rome pre cruise or after the cruise as we where. My advise for those who do this take a slightly later train ours was at 11.15 am or something, otherwise you could find yourself struggling with your luggage along with cruisers who are day tripping it into Rome and it will be a packed train.

Happy Cruising

Would definitely cruise with Princess in the future as we like there style of cruising and general decor of there ships.
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