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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,737 Reviews

Fall Adriatic, Mediterranean and Transatlantic Highlights on Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by WOODHAVEN26

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

Chose this cruise because of great port diversity: Rome, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Athens, Santorini, South France, Barcelona, Morocco and more. And Because we always have enjoyed Princess and specifically the Emerald.

Room was great, see below. cabin steward outstanding. Ship has been updated nicely.

Service in main DR was outstanding.

Unfortunately the food was terrible! which was a big disappointment for my three travel companions and me. I have been on 48 Princess Cruises, and the reason we have gone so many times over the last 30 years was because we always loved the cuisine. Princess always had a good amount of Italian influence in the menus and food prep, now it appears to be influenced by English and Australian chefs. Menus were unappealing. Beef in the DR was very tough. Marinara sauce for Pasta and Pizza was terrible, so that knocked out choices we normally would have liked. Sent several meals back which is not something I have done in the past. Many dinner choice felt like they were a lunch choice. I feel like Princess is trying to attract new clients with their new menus and themes, but may loose their solid base, if the food continues in this direction.

Waiters were outstanding, but the food they could not do anything about.

Ports and shore excursions were great.

Two production shows were great, two were boring. Comedians and Vocalists average other then Steve Kellwodd who was great. Love Lado strings duo in atrium every day.

Enrichment lecturer was very good.

Have a few more Princess cruises booked, hope to see an improvement.

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Cabin Review


Loved this location. On this class of ships the C deck or deck 10 has a double wide balcony. So we had great sun every day. No need to go upstairs with 1000 others. Plus it was port side and the views were great from our room.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Went to Perast and Boka bay, just beautiful.

Culinary Tour

Family home visit with lunch and show. Lovely and lots of fun.

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Excellent two hoor tour of the Acropolis. nice pace and very educational.

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The Plaka Walking Tour

Two hours on own in Platka. Delightfull for lunch and wine with friends.

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Fira Walking Tour

Very nice walk around Fira. Hours for tour not good 8:30-12:30. We paid for transport to and from, and ended up coming back on our own so that we could enjoy lunch in town. Found our own place for lunch: Pelican Kipos - best lunch I had on our 28 day trip. Nice winery also to visit.

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City Tour

Nice but weather was bad, we did panoramic seaside view on bus, but left tour when it was time to wlk old city because of rain.

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Have been many times, but just did hop on hop off and it was a lovely view of city. Lunch on Las Ramblas always fun

Cartagena (Spain)

Excellent tour of city highlighs, ruins and more. Nice lunch in towm.


Malaga is great, Did tour of city a few years ago. This year we took cab on our own to visit Torremolinos and to have a seaside lunch. Very nice.


Graet city and seaside tout highlighting Hassan mosque, markets and city sights.

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