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DERLBournemouth wrote a review Mar 2020
BOURNEMOUTH22 contributions38 helpful votes
Really enjoyed the cruise. Customer service was excellent. Plenty to do on the ship . Food was of a good standard. we left it very late booking this cruise so ended up with a standard balcony room with an adjoining door. Thank goodness or neighbours were all very quiet. Only booked one excursion with princess which was whale watching in mexico it was fantastic . In Nicaragua we hired an english speaking taxi driver who was so informative well worth $60 for 5 hours. Used GI Tours via cruise 118 for our whole day in costa rica highly recommend them. Walked to the small Zoo in Panama well worth the walk. Hygiene was paramount on the ship and the captain kept us posted about the virus situation on land. Luckily we completed our cruise except for Cuba and we got the last flight home from Miami. My main negatives are the cost of the wifi on board crazy drinks price and gratuities should be included in cost of the holiday up front.
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Sail Date: March 2020
Cabin Type: Balcony
Type of Trip: Couple
Destination: Central America
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Emerald Princess

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Itinerary
10 Night Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America
Departure date
Thursday, 09/12/21
Route
Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Grand Turk, Cartagena (Colombia), Panama Canal, Colon (Cristobal), Limon Bay, Falmouth, Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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Overview

About
Passengers: 3,080   |   Crew: 1,200
Passengers to crew: 2.57:1
Passengers to space: 37:1
Launched: 2007   

Decks

  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
Additional decks
Deck 4 layout
 
Amenities
Medical Center

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 233 - 285 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 83
Accessible rooms: 12
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 675

Activities & entertainment

Activities (27)
  • Aerobics
  • Arts and Crafts Classes*
  • Beauty Salon*
  • Center Court
  • Dancing Classes
  • Deck Parties
  • Disco and Dancing
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes*
  • Game Shows
  • Hot Tubs (8)
  • Internet Café*
  • Jogging Track
  • Karaoke
  • Library
  • Lotus Spa*
  • Lotus Spa Thermal Suite*
  • Pools (4)
  • Princess Links
  • Solo travelers Get Togethers
  • Trivia
  • Ultimate Ship Tour*
  • Wine Tasting*
  • The Sanctuary*
  • Chill Out
  • Teen Lounge
  • Youth Center
Entertainment (13)
  • Live Music
  • Club Fusion
  • Comedy Shows
  • Explorer's Lounge
  • Gatsby's Casino*
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Movies Under the Stars seating
  • Nightly DJ
  • Outdoor Movies
  • Princess Theater
  • Princess Theater
  • Skywalkers Nightclub
  • The Piazza
Dining (19)
  • Botticelli Dining room - American
  • Da Vinci Dining Room - American
  • Michelangelo Dining Room - American
  • Café Caribe - Casual
  • Horizon Court - Casual
  • Horizon Court - Casual
  • Horizon Terrace - Casual
  • Mermaid's Tail - Casual
  • Pizza and Ice Cream Bar - Casual
  • Speakeasy Cigar Lounge - Cigar Bar*
  • Adagio - Clubby Bar*
  • International Café - Coffee & Pastries*
  • Trident Grill - Fast Food
  • Escapes Travel Café - Light Bites
  • Crooners Lounge & Bar - Martini Bar*
  • Calypso Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Wheelhouse Bar - Pub*
  • Crown Grill - Steakhouse*
  • Vines Bar - Wine Bar*
* May require additional fees
Traveller rating
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  • 12
  • 11
  • 3
  • 2
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John T wrote a review 23 Nov
Princeton, New Jersey1 contribution3 helpful votes
We had a wonderful cruise on Emerald Princess to the Panama Canal and several other Caribbean ports. We were very impressed with the public health protocols Princess implemented to protect against Covid-19, while keeping the cruise experience both fun and relaxing. Our balcony stateroom on the Riviera (14th) deck was ideal for us. We had a great view of the ocean and of the ports we visited. We were fortunate to have wonderful weather to enjoy our time sitting on the balcony, with beautiful sunsets and sunrises. We were also impressed with how comfortable the queen bed was. We enjoyed meals in all of the dining venues and sampled both formal and informal options. Having so many options was a big plus, and the quality was strong in all of them. We enjoyed the main/traditional dining rooms, as well as two specialty restaurants, the Crown Grill (truly excellent) and Sabatini’s (which was still working out some service issues). The World Fresh Marketplace was a particular surprise, with really good food and lots of variety, all offered in individual portions to eliminate any handling by passengers. Afternoon tea was great, with finger sandwiches, pastries, cookies, and warm scones with jam and clotted cream. The service from all members of the crew was really outstanding. Given that this was just the second sailing for Emerald Princess after the 18 month pandemic pause, it was an especially good experience. It was so good that four passengers opted to continue on the ship with another ten day sailing (with the exact same itinerary), and one couple asked about moving onto the ship to live on it for a year. While that might be tempting for some, even better will be to explore other cruise destinations. It's great to be back on Princess!
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TommyPuertoRico wrote a review 14 Nov
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Room had no air cond. 6 days without it, t.v. come & goes, got room changed finally..A.C. still giving problems. Panama tour was horrible, town was full of horrible people, trash was not pick up in town. we thought we were going to be robed (that bad) this cruise was full of very elderly people. This tour we were charged $120. per person not worth $1. Asked princess for refund for this tour doubt i get it..everything was rush rush just to go to plaza take a few pictures run back to ship a complete waste of time & money! will update if possible
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Carioca534 wrote a review Apr 2020
Three Rivers, California2 contributions2 helpful votes
Have seen lots of places but nothing like Bora Bora. On this 28 day Cruise the Emerald Princess sailed to beautiful places... Hawaiian Islands, Polynesia Island like Tahiti etc., but nothing like Bora Bora the most beautiful place in the world that I have seen, the people, the beauty, lay back paradise ! Take a all day boat tour of the lagoon that encircles the main Island of Bora Bora...I could have done that tour every day. Do not miss the glass bottom tour ! I will return to Bora Bora !
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DERLBournemouth wrote a review Mar 2020
BOURNEMOUTH22 contributions38 helpful votes
Really enjoyed the cruise. Customer service was excellent. Plenty to do on the ship . Food was of a good standard. we left it very late booking this cruise so ended up with a standard balcony room with an adjoining door. Thank goodness or neighbours were all very quiet. Only booked one excursion with princess which was whale watching in mexico it was fantastic . In Nicaragua we hired an english speaking taxi driver who was so informative well worth $60 for 5 hours. Used GI Tours via cruise 118 for our whole day in costa rica highly recommend them. Walked to the small Zoo in Panama well worth the walk. Hygiene was paramount on the ship and the captain kept us posted about the virus situation on land. Luckily we completed our cruise except for Cuba and we got the last flight home from Miami. My main negatives are the cost of the wifi on board crazy drinks price and gratuities should be included in cost of the holiday up front.
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SpitfireLC wrote a review Mar 2020
Sudbury, Canada293 contributions167 helpful votes
Eastern and western med....was just an "OK" cruise. While we enjoyed the destinations, the food was a disappointment. We have sailed on the Emerald many, many times and the food was the worst of any cruise.
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