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We chose this cruise because of its itinerary. Putting sea days in the middle of port days allows for time to recharge after doing tours. We left out of Barcelona without touring the city, which worked out to be best as there were riots in the area that have hopefully been resolved. Embarking at Barcelona was a breeze. No line ups at 12:00 and we were on board in less than 30 minutes. Room was ready, which was an extra treat The Emerald may be an older ship, but that is its charm. The ship flows very well. It doesn't seem crowded. The clubs are large so no fighting for seats. The standard balcony cabin on the Emerald isn't as spacious as the newer ships, but still adequate and the balcony itself was roomy. The bed was very comfortable. The restaurants are varied. We have always been satisfied with dining in the main dining room when possible, and it was up to Princess high standard for good food with reasonable portions. The buffet had enough variety to keep our plates overflowing. Room service (we get breakfast in the cabin on shore excursion days) was always prompt and accurate. I should note that I have a food allergy, and the dining room maitre D made sure I reviewed the menus the day before so they could prepare my food. Very much appreciate this extra effort. The entertainment was great. The 3 production shows were very well done. Their new Magic / production show was particularly great. Went to the theatre each night and was never disappointed. The cruise was meant for relaxing rather than partying, so expect a laid back atmosphere where you can do as little or as much as you want. No service concerns. Whatever we needed we received. Ports: Toulon:Scenic Drive, Sanary-sur-Mer & Bandol Two laid back towns with many boats in the harbour and surrounded by small cafes Livorno: Livorno on Foot and by Boat This was a surprise. We toured the city by boat. It is like being in Venice with all the canals weaving through the city. Boat tour was relaxing and walking tour was good with a wine stop. Valetta: Grand Master's Palace, St. John's Cathedral & Mdina Malta is a beautiful place. Was humbled thing of St Peter and St Luke being in this place. Much history displayed in a short time. Kotor Kotor, St. Tryphon Cathedral, Njegusi & Cetinje After leaving the port and driving through 25 switchbacks (the driver did a great job and very safe) we went out to the country and had a nice lunch with beverages like honey wine(recommended) Tour ended in Kotor and the old city behind the walls. Very nice. Corfu Achilleion Palace, St. Spyridon Church & Corfu Town The palace is very nice, especially the grounds. Enjoyed the local drink (quamquat) and dropped us off in town. Very similar to Malta. Palermo Easy Palermo Orientation & Monreale Glad we were in a bus. Italian driver (not the bus driver) are very aggressive so do not drive here. You have been warned. Monreale had the best church of the trip with it's frescos and gold. The steps up are very shallow so do not be intimidated. You can take a cab up for 2 euros shared. Naples: Memories of Naples & Pompeii When they rated this stenuous, they weren't kidding.We are not old, (mid 50's) but were beat at the end. Would have done this as 2 separate tours in the future. Walking tour of Naples including the aqueducts below the city (facinating) and a pizza lunch in a nice cafe. Off to Pompeii Pompeii is like no where else in the world. Definitely a must do tour. The remains give you a snapshot of history of that time. Be aware that mobility issues are real here, as you are walking on boulders, not cobblestones. Lots of up and down and elevation changes. Rome Debark Tour - Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Disembarking tours are the way to go. Get off the ship, get your bags, load them under the bus and go. No worries, no hassles. Vatican tour was great. Very special place that you just never have the time to fully appreciate. There is so much to see. I must do an individual tour in the future, as there is so much to see. Dropped up off at the train station near our private hotel. Definitely a cruise we would do again. Very relaxing and Princess treated us great.

Emerald is a great ship

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by CanCruise2005

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary. Putting sea days in the middle of port days allows for time to recharge after doing tours.

We left out of Barcelona without touring the city, which worked out to be best as there were riots in the area that have hopefully been resolved.

Embarking at Barcelona was a breeze. No line ups at 12:00 and we were on board in less than 30 minutes. Room was ready, which was an extra treat

The Emerald may be an older ship, but that is its charm. The ship flows very well. It doesn't seem crowded. The clubs are large so no fighting for seats.

The standard balcony cabin on the Emerald isn't as spacious as the newer ships, but still adequate and the balcony itself was roomy. The bed was very comfortable.

The restaurants are varied. We have always been satisfied with dining in the main dining room when possible, and it was up to Princess high standard for good food with reasonable portions. The buffet had enough variety to keep our plates overflowing.

Room service (we get breakfast in the cabin on shore excursion days) was always prompt and accurate.

I should note that I have a food allergy, and the dining room maitre D made sure I reviewed the menus the day before so they could prepare my food. Very much appreciate this extra effort.

The entertainment was great. The 3 production shows were very well done. Their new Magic / production show was particularly great. Went to the theatre each night and was never disappointed.

The cruise was meant for relaxing rather than partying, so expect a laid back atmosphere where you can do as little or as much as you want.

No service concerns. Whatever we needed we received.

Ports:

Toulon:Scenic Drive, Sanary-sur-Mer & Bandol

Two laid back towns with many boats in the harbour and surrounded by small cafes

Livorno:

Livorno on Foot and by Boat

This was a surprise. We toured the city by boat. It is like being in Venice with all the canals weaving through the city. Boat tour was relaxing and walking tour was good with a wine stop.

Valetta:

Grand Master's Palace, St. John's Cathedral & Mdina

Malta is a beautiful place. Was humbled thing of St Peter and St Luke being in this place. Much history displayed in a short time.

Kotor

Kotor, St. Tryphon Cathedral, Njegusi & Cetinje

After leaving the port and driving through 25 switchbacks (the driver did a great job and very safe) we went out to the country and had a nice lunch with beverages like honey wine(recommended) Tour ended in Kotor and the old city behind the walls. Very nice.

Corfu

Achilleion Palace, St. Spyridon Church & Corfu Town

The palace is very nice, especially the grounds. Enjoyed the local drink (quamquat) and dropped us off in town. Very similar to Malta.

Palermo

Easy Palermo Orientation & Monreale

Glad we were in a bus. Italian driver (not the bus driver) are very aggressive so do not drive here. You have been warned.

Monreale had the best church of the trip with it's frescos and gold. The steps up are very shallow so do not be intimidated. You can take a cab up for 2 euros shared.

Naples:

Memories of Naples & Pompeii

When they rated this stenuous, they weren't kidding.We are not old, (mid 50's) but were beat at the end. Would have done this as 2 separate tours in the future.

Walking tour of Naples including the aqueducts below the city (facinating) and a pizza lunch in a nice cafe. Off to Pompeii

Pompeii is like no where else in the world. Definitely a must do tour. The remains give you a snapshot of history of that time. Be aware that mobility issues are real here, as you are walking on boulders, not cobblestones. Lots of up and down and elevation changes.

Rome

Debark Tour - Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

Disembarking tours are the way to go. Get off the ship, get your bags, load them under the bus and go. No worries, no hassles.

Vatican tour was great. Very special place that you just never have the time to fully appreciate. There is so much to see. I must do an individual tour in the future, as there is so much to see.

Dropped up off at the train station near our private hotel.

Definitely a cruise we would do again. Very relaxing and Princess treated us great.
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Basic cabin with chair rather than couch. Balcony was a good size and lots of room for clothes and hangers. Shower stall was tight, but so are most older cruise ships.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Achilleion Palace
    You need a shuttle to get to the city

    Tour:Achilleion Palace, St. Spyridon Church & Corfu Town
    The palace is very nice, especially the grounds. Enjoyed the local drink (quamquat) and dropped us off in town. Very similar to Malta.
    View All 51 Achilleion Palace Reviews
  • City Tour
    Livorno on Foot and by Boat
    This was a surprise. We toured the city by boat. It is like being in Venice with all the canals weaving through the city. Boat tour was relaxing and walking tour was good with a wine stop.
    View All 82 City Tour Reviews
  • Montenegro Highlights
    Note: You can walk off the tenders and right into the old city of Kotor

    Tour: Kotor, St. Tryphon Cathedral, Njegusi & Cetinje
    After leaving the port and driving through 25 switchbacks (the driver did a great job and very safe) we went out to the country and had a nice lunch with beverages like honey wine(recommended) Tour ended in Kotor and the old city behind the walls. Very nice.
    View All 87 Montenegro Highlights Reviews
  • St. John's Cathedral
    Note: You can walk off the ship and right into the city

    Tour: Grand Master's Palace, St. John's Cathedral & Mdina
    Malta is a beautiful place. Was humbled thing of St Peter and St Luke being in this place. Much history displayed in a short time.
    View All 17 St. John's Cathedral Reviews
  • Pompeii Walking Tour
    Note: You can walk off the ship and into Naples. Many sites close to the ship.

    Tour:
    Memories of Naples & Pompeii
    When they rated this stenuous, they weren't kidding.We are not old, (mid 50's) but were beat at the end. Would have done this as 2 separate tours in the future.
    Walking tour of Naples including the aqueducts below the city (facinating) and a pizza lunch in a nice cafe. Off to Pompeii
    Pompeii is like no where else in the world. Definitely a must do tour. The remains give you a snapshot of history of that time. Be aware that mobility issues are real here, as you are walking on boulders, not cobblestones. Lots of up and down and elevation changes.
    View All 466 Pompeii Walking Tour Reviews
  • Monreale Walking Tour
    Tour:
    Easy Palermo Orientation & Monreale
    Glad we were in a bus. Italian driver (not the bus driver) are very aggressive so do not drive here. You have been warned.
    Monreale had the best church of the trip with it's frescos and gold. The steps up are very shallow so do not be intimidated. You can take a cab up for 2 euros shared.
    View All 11 Monreale Walking Tour Reviews
  • Vatican Museums
    Rome is a long way from the port.

    Tour:
    Debark Tour - Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's
    Disembarking tours are the way to go. Get off the ship, get your bags, load them under the bus and go. No worries, no hassles.
    Vatican tour was great. Very special place that you just never have the time to fully appreciate. There is so much to see. I must do an individual tour in the future, as there is so much to see.
    Dropped up off at the train station near our private hotel.
    View All 129 Vatican Museums Reviews
  • Toulon
    Need shuttle to get off of ship at this port

    Scenic Drive, Sanary-sur-Mer & Bandol
    Two laid back towns with many boats in the harbour and surrounded by small cafes
    View All 300 Toulon Cruise Port Reviews
    View Cruise Critic's Toulon Cruise Port Review