Emerald Princess Cruise Review by KruzinAl
- Sail Date: January 2019
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Balcony
2 lobster dinners for 2 of the 3 formal nights. We preferred 5:15 dining, but our group wanted 7:30, so a bit later than normal.
had NFL sports on the big screen and in the room on ESPN.
News channels were MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox. lots of moves on room tv, day after they were shown on big screen.
Entertainers were excellent. Ventriloquist, comedian, illusionist, new magic/illusion show based on Schwartz music from Wicked etc. and a 70's show. House band from UK ;Atomic was fantastic (did Queen tribute etc) . House orchestra, did some shows in atrium as well and they were great. Usual balloon drop and champagne toast nights.
Main theatre is smaller than other cruiselines, so must get there early to get a seat for the 2 evening shows.
Kayle cruise director was very good.
Lots of trivia contests and Voice of the ocean going on
suduku and crossword in library every day, fair book selection, look for personal books left on last day of cruise. borrowing of ship/s books on honour system.
Elite snacks every night in Fusion.
even played some paddle tennis and ping pong when winds were not high.
weather leaving LA was cooler than expected, 50-60's a few days. had at least 2 rough high wind days, made for 10-15 ft swell and waves, other days great.
Been to islands several times, so did tours on our own. Kauai walk to nice beach 10 min from ship beside Marriott. there is a hop on hop local bus for $25. Maui, did local whale watching with Maui Ocean adventures, excellent 2 hour tour, 1/2 price from ship on smaller Zodiac vessel. then took $2 local bus from Lahaina for Whaler's Wharf and walk to Kaanapali beach, swim/snorkel by black rock Sheraton, catch bus behind Wharf cinema center across street from tender dock (note long line at end of day for tender, so recommend come back early) In Hilo, walked 2.5 miles from dock into downtown, partly along road, but not too bad, there are shuttles to Wed local market and to Walmart.
Honolulu, took free shuttle to Hilo Hatties, to Ala Moana center, then many local buses to all over area, took bus to Diamond head state park, and walked up to top, 600 feet elevation gain and 1.3 miles, so not easy but rewarding view of Waikiki. $1 entrance/ then there is a hoho trolley system and took it back to Waikiki. watched sunset, swam, but beach is quite rocky, than before, due to hurricaine damage. free shuttle also to Walmart.
Arizona memorial tour is actually free if you go to nps website and book a time, can taxi over or trolley over, can pay for Mighty Mo tour as well if you wish.
Food presentation good and food quality also good. Would not rate as high as Royal, Celebrity or HAL, still acceptable.
Also almost 0 children on cruise, average age maybe 70
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TV was ok but older model, needs upgrade. room needs some upgrading
Ship is drydock in Victoria in April 2019. maybe some upgrades.
I felt mattress was not supportive enough, but my wife had no issue. I had back pain just as trip started. Asked for board, they could not find. Next time will request new mattress
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