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Good embarkation. Beautiful ship tastefully decorated and well maintained. Good room steward. Average to good dining staff. Slightly below average to above average food in dining rooms. Strange food selections in Horizon Court and other Lido deck eateries. Difficult to obtain fruit punch, lemonade, or iced tea except during meal times. This seemed to be part of a master plan to force the passengers to obtain their drinks from one of the many bars. Most bar drinks had very little alcohol, but this was offset by their stiff prices. Burger bar always busy when they were open. Pizza joint always open, but poor selection of pizzas. Would you like cheese or pepperoni? Biggest gripe - After early dining we invariably found that the early show in the theatre was filled 45 minutes to an hour before the show began. Not that the shows were anything special, but most seemed to appeal to the geriatric group on this cruise. The elevators were typically nearly filled with folks in wheelchairs, walkers, and mobility carts, so there was precious little room for folks that could actually still walk. Ok, so we walked and that helped burn some calories. Drink servers were generally difficult to find, took their sweet time and generally exhibited somewhat of an attitude. The cruise director and his staff seemed sophomoric at best and there was little or no "chemistry" between them and the passengers. Some demonstrated a little rudeness when explaining that the theatre was full and there was nothing they could do about it except to advise to try the second showing. Shows in the bars were also almost always filled to capacity 30-40 minutes prior to start of show. In summary, this ship is unable to accommodate this many passengers comfortably. A large portion of what would be the first floor in the theatre was given to a conference center, so even the second showing of most shows were filled to capacity with standing room only or people sitting on steps. This was our first Princess cruise and it will definately be our last. Carnival and Royal Caribbean leave Princess well behind in accommodations, food, and service.

Disappointing cruise experience on EmerOLD Princess.

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by magsdad

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Good embarkation. Beautiful ship tastefully decorated and well maintained. Good room steward. Average to good dining staff. Slightly below average to above average food in dining rooms. Strange food selections in Horizon Court and other Lido deck eateries. Difficult to obtain fruit punch, lemonade, or iced tea except during meal times. This seemed to be part of a master plan to force the passengers to obtain their drinks from one of the many bars. Most bar drinks had very little alcohol, but this was offset by their stiff prices. Burger bar always busy when they were open. Pizza joint always open, but poor selection of pizzas. Would you like cheese or pepperoni?



Biggest gripe - After early dining we invariably found that the early show in the theatre was filled 45 minutes to an hour before the show began. Not that the shows were anything special, but most seemed to appeal to the geriatric group on this cruise. The elevators were typically nearly filled with folks in wheelchairs, walkers, and mobility carts, so there was precious little room for folks that could actually still walk. Ok, so we walked and that helped burn some calories. Drink servers were generally difficult to find, took their sweet time and generally exhibited somewhat of an attitude.



The cruise director and his staff seemed sophomoric at best and there was little or no "chemistry" between them and the passengers. Some demonstrated a little rudeness when explaining that the theatre was full and there was nothing they could do about it except to advise to try the second showing.



Shows in the bars were also almost always filled to capacity 30-40 minutes prior to start of show. In summary, this ship is unable to accommodate this many passengers comfortably. A large portion of what would be the first floor in the theatre was given to a conference center, so even the second showing of most shows were filled to capacity with standing room only or people sitting on steps.



This was our first Princess cruise and it will definately be our last. Carnival and Royal Caribbean leave Princess well behind in accommodations, food, and service.
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