We took this cruise on the Emerald Princess as it is our first experience on a Grand-class cruise ship and we were not disappointed.We had a short trip to two ports in Tasmania then an overnight in Melbourne, we were very impressed with the activities and the facilities on board. As always the staff
were fantastic and the food was plentiful with many choices. Overall it was a very relaxing and enjoyable cruise.
we have wonderful times and get on with the crew so well most of the times .the cabin crew are wonderful nothing is too much trouble. The dinning rooms are always looking good when you go for meals lunch time or dinner time and the staff are always looking to see every thing is as it should be.
even the wine waiters are always very polite and helpful the cruise dance performers are always friendly and smile and chat when they see you around and even when you are a shore they chat away to you . the last cruise I found most of the shops aboard were helpful to the jewellery shop was very good we knew most by there first name and the perfume shop was the same. the coffee shop by the computer room had very good food and always happy and smiling which makes you happy to and brought your food to the table as well the coffee must have been very good as you always had to wait but that was ok the staff always said they were sorry and tried to be as quick as they could. the computer room was always busy but very helpful staff in there as well. over all we enjoy every day we are aboard ship we are looking forward to our next trip in may on the sea princess. thank you for wonderful times .m m
Emerald Princess let the company down, our 28 day cruise was broken into 4 X 7 day cruises. Inexperienced office staff created havoc with the 28 day cruisers many who were almost disembarked after 7 days, some even being made to move cabins as they had been double booked. Others like ourselves stood
our ground and refused to move. Every week was Ground Hog week, same menus, much the same entertainment, films and the never ending Love Boat. Quality of food very substandard, not nearly the usual Princess Quality. The saving grace for us was the spectacular ports of call, we were exited at every one of those 22 ports, we just couldn't get enough. That was a holiday to remember, long days exploring stunning historical sights learning the history, the beautiful scenery, calm breathtaking blue and turquoise waters. The people we met, being such a long cruise we became quite friendly lovely people to explore the Mediterranean with from all over the world. We have the most incredible photos we will treasure for the rest of our lives.
To sum up, if you are thinking of doing the 28 Mediterranean cruise, May is much cooler and not so busy, July is VERY hot 35-45 deg and busy. Princess line need to do some real time tweeting, when the Maitre D walks around the dinning room on the last week asking for suggestions on improving the menu because there was so many complaints surely there's a problem. Office staff need better training and supervision. 4 weeks of Ground Hog day needs tweaking. Sadly as far as I am aware none of the 10 couples who complained have received acknowledgement. To Princess Line, don't loose your reputation you have worked so hard to get. We will try another ship.
My family & I had a wonderful cruise on the Emerald Princess. This was only our 2nd ever cruise & while staff were not rude as such, they weren't as happy & friendly as was on the Dawn in 2015. Just one of the little things you notice you know what I mean. Horizon Court buffet was generally pretty
nice & plenty of variety, but by end of 11 day cruising it does start to get boring & not enjoyable quite so much. Kids club only average on the larger ship. Thankfully Princess are over hauling this later this year & into 2018, (which is when we are cruising again mind you). I will still recommend Princess to all who ask about them though...
My two teenage daughters (21 & 19) plus my husband and I went on Emerald Princess for a 14 day cruise of South Pacific. It was fantastic. Staff were attentive, food was marvellous (we had formal dinning) and the ports magical. There were so many pools and activities to entertain us whilst at sea.
The ship had to tender at a few locations which added a bit of extra time getting off the ship - and this was the only negative of a beautiful holiday.
Just returned from Fiji again on Emerald Princess. Last time we visited this area it was very very humid, you could cut it with a knife.
Well organised ship, weather great and places visited very interesting.
Mare in the Loyalty Islands sparely populated but you can see the French influence in this area.
Vila following the recent hurricane and storms much better repaired than I anticipated. They are even building another cruise ship dock to accommodate 2 cruise liners at a time. It seems this is being done with Japanese assistance.
This time when visiting Port Denarau Fiji, took the plunge and caught the local yellow bus to Nadi. Pretty bumpy ride but it did give me a better idea of how the local people live. To my surprise the cost was a meager $1 return.
Upon visiting Suva again I was surprised to see significant aid for new infrastructure. This aid was being provided by China Aid. Pity Australia did not provide this sort of assistance to our near Pacific neighbors. As previous, it's always nice when the local Fiji Band plays for you on the dock as we prepare to leave this Pacific paradise.
Touring information provided by Princess most helpful. Ship was very clean, well organised and the food great.
Departing from and returning to Sydney is always a buzz.
Having taken her inaugural cruise in 2007, the Emerald Princess is a grand ship with room for 3,092 guests and 1,200 crew members throughout her 19 decks. She is 951 feet long and 195 feet high, and was built in Monfalcone, Italy.
There are a total of 1,539 guest cabins, which are comprised of 26 suites with private balconies, two family suites, 178 mini-suites with private balconies, 675 balcony cabins, 222 ocean view cabins and 436 inside cabins.
In total, 80 per cent of the outside cabins have private balconies, and there are 31 rooms with wheelchair access as well.
The Movies Under the Stars outdoor theatre is a Princess Cruises special, showing popular cult films, new releases, sports games and more on the big screen in the open air. For a spot of entertainment indoors, the Princess Theatre is where you will find live acts and performances.
There are nightclubs, multiple cocktail lounges, duty-free boutique stores, a library, an Internet cafe, a world-class art collection and a ScholarShip@Sea programme where you can spend your holiday learning something new.
If you are there with a loved one, you can even tie the knot in the gorgeous Hearts & Minds wedding chapel.
Of course, there are also four pool areas with multiple hot tubs, an adults-only Sanctuary area, and a Lotus Day Spa for total serenity.
Your dining options come in a range of tastes and styles. The Botticelli Dining Room offers the traditional cruise experience of a seating arrangement, scheduled meal times and consistency in servers and dining companions, while the Michelangelo and Da Vinci Dining Rooms are designed for meals whenever you're ready for them.
There are also speciality restaurants and plenty of more casual eateries for a quick bite or a lighter meal option.