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Without a doubt, the Emerald is the best cruise ship we have been on during our 21 cruises over many years. We found the crew to be the best by far, with a wonderful dedication to friendliness and good service. The crew we talked with were all happy to be aboard Emerald, and felt they were well treated. Our cabin steward (Andy) illustrated this enjoyable attitude with his good sense of humor, and friendly service. The ship itself is well maintained, and our balcony cabin was in very good shape. The extra large balcony on Caribe deck was a bonus, with both sunny and private areas. Food quality was quite good, we had no bad meals in 20 days. Selection in Michelangelo DR was adequate, and the Crown Grill was a very good alternative on a few occasions. We had no problems with Horizon Court buffet for breakfast and the occasional lunch. We enjoyed pizza on deck on several occasions, and soft ice cream at Scoops regularly. The new smoking regulations worked perfectly for us, with no trace of smoke on our balcony. If only the incredibly numerous chair hogs had complied as well with the rules as the smokers it would have been great on deck. Not sure how the chair hogging issue can be resolved. We simply gave up on the pool areas and sought out remote locations for sunning ourselves. We are not MUTS supporters, finding the loud audio on deck inhibits relaxation if you are not watching the movie playing. Could a system of wireless headphones improve the enjoyment of all?? It was a bit annoying that ONLY the MUTS deck area was equipped with padded loungers - seemed like a discount of non-MUTS fans! We will not do a port review, as we have been to all the ports many times, and no longer do tours, preferring to stay on board and enjoy the ship facilities with fewer people on board. Other than the very few items mentioned, it was a wonderful cruise, and we will return to Emerald for our next cruise in 2013....

Wonderful 20 days on Emerald - Jan.17 to Feb.6th 2012

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by ronphilpot

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Without a doubt, the Emerald is the best cruise ship we have been on during our 21 cruises over many years. We found the crew to be the best by far, with a wonderful dedication to friendliness and good service. The crew we talked with were all happy to be aboard Emerald, and felt they were well treated.

Our cabin steward (Andy) illustrated this enjoyable attitude with his good sense of humor, and friendly service.

The ship itself is well maintained, and our balcony cabin was in very good shape. The extra large balcony on Caribe deck was a bonus, with both sunny and private areas.

Food quality was quite good, we had no bad meals in 20 days. Selection in Michelangelo DR was adequate, and the Crown Grill was a very good alternative on a few occasions. We had no problems with Horizon Court buffet for breakfast and the occasional lunch. We enjoyed pizza on deck on several occasions, and soft ice cream at Scoops regularly.

The new smoking regulations worked perfectly for us, with no trace of smoke on our balcony. If only the incredibly numerous chair hogs had complied as well with the rules as the smokers it would have been great on deck. Not sure how the chair hogging issue can be resolved. We simply gave up on the pool areas and sought out remote locations for sunning ourselves.

We are not MUTS supporters, finding the loud audio on deck inhibits relaxation if you are not watching the movie playing. Could a system of wireless headphones improve the enjoyment of all?? It was a bit annoying that ONLY the MUTS deck area was equipped with padded loungers - seemed like a discount of non-MUTS fans!

We will not do a port review, as we have been to all the ports many times, and no longer do tours, preferring to stay on board and enjoy the ship facilities with fewer people on board.

Other than the very few items mentioned, it was a wonderful cruise, and we will return to Emerald for our next cruise in 2013....
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Cabin BB C231
Cabin C231 on Caribe deck is an outside balcony cabin. It has a double size balcony compared to decks below, partly covered and partly open to the sun. The cabin is normal ship size, with large storage and wardrobe space. No noise problems resulting from the location. Cabin was clean and sound, minor problems were quickly resolved by our Cabin Steward.

This cabin is well forward, and though we prefer mid ship locations, we had no complaints about location. We did not notice any disadvantage to being on the 10th floor forward. The ride was smooth and comfortable.
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