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Overall, I had a lovely time but from my 14 days on the ship, I do have some observations to share.

Firstly, the ship is huge, even enormous and has so many areas to enjoy its hard to differentiate and single out which was best. Personally, the coffee shop on the 5th floor is great. Good coffee and excellent service.

The World Market Place on the 15th floor offers a varied selection of food throughout the day but beware, the standard coffee for breakfast is terrible. I'm not entirely sure if this coffee has ever seen a coffee bean so opt for the Twinnings English Breakfast tea.

The staff in the restaurant on the 6th floor were brilliant.

The shops, well I think they were expensive.

Excursions, think twice about taking them because they are not cheap. Anything between $65 to $199 if not more. We arranged our own excursions and this method worked out well.

The casino..........beware, they allow smoking in the area and it stinks.

Shuttle buses to town, research because for example, in Marseille they say that the shuttle bus to town is $14.95 but they forget to tell you there is a free shuttle bus. Gibraltar, they offer a bus for £4 return if remember correctly but its only 15 minutes walk to Main Street. I guess what I am saying is that sometimes the ship only promotes its own service which invariably is expensive.

Lastly, tread carefully about how much you budget for drinks. Beers, bandy etc is above the UK prices and you bill soon adds up because they add the gratuity on top.

Gratuity. Opt out. It's not compulsory and get it taken off the bill and pay a tip as you go. I tipped our room steward and waiters as we went along. The ship will tell you that you have to pay. Remember, the ship is registered in Bermuda and as i pointed out, it is a British ship full of Americans not an American ship. Specifically, the 18% gratuity is only payable when in US waters.

Smokers. If you need to buy cigarettes do not try when in port. They cannot sell them when in port.

Laundry. Use the launderettes. Each desk has one. Average cost is 2 boxes of soap powder plus tumble dryer. I was happy to pay the $9.

Water. Beware, the bottled water is not cheap. We bought in the local shops.

Wine. I bought wine in the ports/on shore and paid the corkage of $15. It worked out cheaper.

Sun beds. Get up early and grab your beds in line with the German approach.

Contact me for more information if you wish.

Now look. Don't get me wrong. I had a good time but certain things angered me. Also remember to budget for the extras that will cost. 14 days cost us an extra $1,500 on-board and then you have to have your pocket money. Europe is not cheap anymore with the pound being almost 1 to 1.Would I go again? Probably but I would also shop around.We saw some wonderful places and for 80% we had a brilliant time.
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Sail Date: August 2019
Cabin Type: Balcony
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Destination: Mediterranean
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Emerald Princess

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Itineraries for this ship
15 Night Cruise to the South Pacific
Departure date
Monday, 11/18/19
Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Cartagena (Colombia), Panama Canal, Fuerte Amador (Balboa), Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), San Juan del Sur, Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta, Los Angeles
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Passengers: 3,080   |   Crew: 1,200
Passengers to crew: 2.57:1
Passengers to space: 37:1
Launched: 2007   


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


    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)
    • Club Fusion
    • Comedy Shows
    • Explorer's Lounge
    • Gatsby's Casino*
    • Live Music
    • 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*
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