Emerald Princess Cruise Review by pryce_tag
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
- Cabin Type: Balcony
The other issue I had was with the menu. There was an over abundance of fish and seafood choices which is great if you like that but not being a fish or seafood eater I found it a poor menu for me. There was never much in the way of a choice for chicken or vegetarian. A number of nights I ended up not eating in the dining room while my family ate and then went up to the buffet (Horizon court) to find something. The buffet was excellent. I do like the set out of it. You have to sanitise your hands before you enter the buffet area. I liked that it was separate from those looking for tables. We often found it hard to find a table to sit at though. Not the fault of anyone, just an observation. I did really like who the Horizon court was set out. The food was really good for the most part with lots of choice. Room service was fabulous and it always arrived really quickly and hot. I could not fault this at all.
The cabin was great. We had ice in our room every day/night. We only had one cabin steward on this ship and usually we have two. It wasn't unusual for us to go out in the morning for breakfast and trivia and come back and find our room had not been cleaned yet. Not a problem for us but not the same as other cruises. The balcony was huge but a little old looking and rusty. We didn't end up using it too much because the weather was rainy and it was quite cold out there. I did often open the door and just lie on the bed at night listening to the waves which was lovely at night.
Entertainment was ok. Most of the shows in the theatre were the Princess dancers and singers. They were good but I like a bit of a mix up there. The entertainers that they had come on board mostly performed in one of the bars and I thought this was a bad idea. The bar area was never big enough for the amount of people wanting to attend and there were always people standing. One show we didn't get to see because we couldn't be bothered trying to see past those standing at the back. Also the number of kids attending late late shows and not being controlled by their parents was shameful. At one show they were interrupting the magician the whole show and being a nuisance and their parents were nowhere to be seen. I don't understand why the ships staff don't step in.
The ports of call were fabulous and we had wonderful weather for those. We did not do any ship tours as we find them quite expensive. The tours we did were ones that we found through Tripadviser. They were all fantastic, especially the seals in Akaroa. We were within metres of the babies and it was quite breathtaking. Just the seven of us on a tour with a guide. The only hiccup we had was the weather started off being bad on that day and they cancelled the tenders off the ship. We thought we were not going to be able to get off but that ended up changing, just like the weather and we just made it off on time for the tour.
Embarkation and disembarkation was well organised. We were with my parents who are platinum so we had priority boarding which was fantastic. Although I think that the boarding without it would have been fine, just would have taken a little longer. Hint, don't take on a powerboard as my mum got caught and it delayed getting her bag onboard until quite late on the first evening.
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