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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,737 Reviews

First time and could be our last. Disappointed!

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Cdonahoe

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

We have cruised with other lines before and decided to try Princess based on a recommendation from our travel agent due to the specific ports we wanted to visit. We did a 14 day cruise with Princess Cruise lines. Never made it to Mykonos due to a storm. Food was average but nothing spectacular. Too many starchy foods. Not enough vegetables and fruits. Entertainment was just okay. Not enough planned activities accept pushing bingo games and paper airplane races. Don’t buy a drink package. If on Dolphin Deck, the tinder boats are under you and when they are launched at 6 am, you will be knocked out of bed by the noise. Gym was sub par. Two standard stationary bikes for the whole ship to use. The Sanctuary area is a joke. Don’t waste your money for $80 a day. The art auction staff must all be new as they didn’t have full knowledge on the artist they were selling. Overall staff were not as friendly as on other cruise lines we have travelled on. I honestly do not believe we will ever cruise with Princess in the future.

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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD D607

Bed was lumpy with divots in the mattress. We used the couch pillows to fill the divots. Tinder boats for the ship directly under us and so loud it woke us at 6 am when they were being launched. We had to physically leave the room.

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