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  1. Wondering if anyone has heard any scuttlebutt around Emerald’s Medallion upgrade that was scheduled to be completed August 16, 2020. I’m booked on an October 2020 Mexico cruise, and it doesn’t show up in my Medallion app. I have 2021 cruises booked on Caribbean and Sky, which both show up in the app (along with a cancelled May 2020 Sky sailing, which is gone from my personalizer, but lives on in the app). I know the chances of this October sailing actually taking place are slim to none, and I’m not sure I’ll be ready to cruise even if it isn’t cancelled, but just wondered if anyone had heard any inside scoop on whether the planned upgrade for Emerald was still expected to take place this summer. Thanks, Mo
  2. Has anyone recently been in cabin D304 on the Emerald Princess? I was just looking on cruisedeckplans.com at the photos of that cabin. It appears in the photo that there is a lip or step up entering the bathroom. It's supposed to be a fully accessible cabin.
  3. What are the differences between Caribbean Princess Aft mini suites E731 and 730 and Dolphin 732 and 733? I know Emerald is above Club Fusion but that has not been a problem in the past. Is one deck more covered than the other? Any advantages to either deck or side? Thanks.
  4. Looking at a Panama cruise on the Emerald and considering an obstructed view cabin, forward on the Emerald deck Seems like there are a few right between lifeboats. When I go to book it says fully obstructed. Are the deck plans correct on the Princess website? Thanks ahead 😊
  5. Is still going ahead as of 12 hours ago with final payment date from princess UK moved to 60 days before departure July 22nd 2020. Though that could change in a hurry.
  6. Which ship would you prefer and why? No kids coming with us. We are 50-60 age range.
  7. We have been on Regal Princess before but later this year, we are considering cruising on Emerald Princess. We wonder if anyone who has cruised on both Emerald Princess vs Regal Princess, can relate to us his/her opinions when comparing these two Princess ships? CABIN - REGAL VS. EMERALD? Can you tell us what the balcony cabins are like (if you have been in them) between these two ships? We were reasonably satisfied with the Regal Princess as far as the cabin was concerned. We know unlike most other cruise lines, in the Regal cabin layout created a separate "walk-in cupboard" for suitcases and clothes storage, which meant that took some space from the sleeping area. Is that the same with the Emerald Princess DINING AND MEALS STANDARD - REGAL VS EMERALD? What are the meals like, both in the main dining rooms and the buffet restaurants? We found on the Regal Princess, the pastry for their dishes (both savoury and sweet) tasted pretty awful - it reminded us of "cardboard". It was as if the chefs added too much water and not enough butter or shortening to make them. The desserts in the buffet were also somewhat average and nothing to write home about - the kitchen seemed to be rather "economical" on providing and cooking with real cream. Although we found the meals on the Regal Princess to be pretty "average" to begin with, but after 4-5 evenings, they got better and better later in the cruise (apart from the pastry, that was awful throughout the cruise and it did not improve!). We remembered in the buffet restaurant on the Regal towards the end of the cuirse, they almost "pushed the boat out" with special meals that included quality ingredients like gigantic prawns and mountain-loads of good quality salmon etc. Is that the same with the Emerald Princess, we wondered? We think we may have recalled somewhere on Cruisecritic's board that some cruisers indicated that the pastry and desserts were not all the same on all Princess ships. Someone mentioned that on the Royal Princess, their desserts and pastries were much superior than their sister ship the Regal Princess, as the former had an excellent Executive lady chef. So, we are hoping perhaps the Emerald Princess might have a different team of chefs who would be better in making pastries and desserts than the Regal Princess. Are we raising our hopes too much, or should we just not have too high an expectation so that we will not be too disappointed if the cooking is not so good on the Emerald Princess? Will we taste the same "card-board" pastry in dishes on the Emerald Princess like we did on the Regal Princess? ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT? LAYOUT Can some of you folks also give us your view on how the entertainment and activities like on the Emerald as opposed to the Regal Princess? Also, does the Emerald Princess have a layout that feels less crowded? We found that on the Regal Princess, it was hard to get away from the crowds. There was difficulty in finding places to sit in the public areas and public lounges. Is this the same with the Emerald Princess as well? How did you experience the boarding/disembarkation procedures on the Emerald Princess - were there almost always long queues? Also, are staff on the Emerald P. as nice and friendly as on the Regal Princess? Hope you guys (and gals) can shed some light for us and help us. Thanks.
  8. Hi all Looking at a partial Panama Canal cruise for early December As far as the ship, witch would you choose and why? Thanks ahead 😊
  9. Hi Everyone, our entire group (all 5 cabins) were upgraded to Club Class Mini Suites yesterday. We have cruised many times but I have never noticed a Club Class Dining room any where? Where is it? Also, any information you have regarding Club Class is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
  10. 18 Dec – 2 Jan FLL-LAX via the Panama Canal This review is a very limited survey of a very wonderful cruise aboard the beautiful Emerald Princess. I have been through the old locks, but this cruise was doing the new locks, so that’s why I chose it, despite every port being a repeat. Okay, you got me: that is not why I chose this cruise. After an immensely stressful fall semester, I wanted to do absolutely nothing but lie in the sun and read as many novels as possible, with only a short break for a martini and dinner – and so this cruise was perfect. Plus, for reasons that are inexplicable to me, it was being offered at a much cheaper fare than any of the other Christmas cruises. I will end the suspense right now: I achieved my goals. I read 15 novels and came home with an awesome suntan, sufficient to cause major pangs of envy in all my friends and colleagues. Even the archetypal sorority girl in the first row of my 9am Soviet history class was impressed: “Dr. ____, that’s, like, an amazing tan.” Mission accomplished. миссия выполнена. Mic drop. So, given the above, you’ve probably guessed that I didn’t get off the ship at all. And you’d be 99% right. Instead, I’m just gonna talk about the ship/cruise itself. This will be self-indulgently long. Read or don't read, your choice, but you don't get to complain! Embarkation. Delayed because the previous cruise took longer to clear immigration. I think we started to board around 12.30 or so? A plurality of passengers in the Elite lounge appeared to be on the older side. The upside to that: never a problem finding a lounger by the pool! Have you ever noticed that you’re seated around dozens of people in the boarding lounge, in this case for at least 1.5 hours, and yet you never, ever see those same people again on the ship? I’m just saying, it’s weird. And sad – because there was a really good-looking guy who appeared to be unattached and yet I never laid my beady little eyes on him again. And believe me, I looked . . . (There’s no ring on it, so I still browse. See Beyonce for additional information.) Once aboard, I headed to my cabin, which appeared to be available, unpacked the carryon, and then headed to the buffet for the first salad of the cruise. The Emerald has the World Food Market set-up, and the salad bar met my high standards. As did the chocolate chip cookies. And the carrot cake. And, especially, the chocolate chip cupcakes. Drink servers in the WFM were exceptionally attentive throughout the voyage. I liked the new furniture and, with the “extra” seating in Planks/Steamers, there was never a problem finding a place to sit. After lunch, I made a pedicure appointment for late that afternoon and then hung out on Deck 7 to watch them load provisions onto the ship. This has become my new favourite embarkation day activity. It beats some of the entertainers I’ve seen aboard. Plus, there's always a dog and I love dogs! A keen observer will note the uniforms and think there was a cold spell in FLL. There was not; this is a photo of the dog in San Francisco taken from the Grand. I do not have a photo of the dog in FLL, for reasons that will become clear in a moment. We were delayed leaving, since we were delayed boarding and also in loading supplies/luggage, but eventually we set off on our adventure. This would be an excellent place to insert a beautiful photo of sailaway, wouldn’t it? Well, someone forgot to charge her camera before she left and forgot to bring the battery charger. When I turned on the old Canon, it showed a frighteningly low percentage of battery power. So, I made the executive decision to save my photo-taking for the Canal transit.
  11. Just finished a 15 day cruise through the Panama Canal - L.A. to Fort Lauderdale (Feb 29 - Mar 15) We had a wonderful time and the staff were amazing. Kudos to Captain Stephen Lewis and his staff. Cruise Director Aaron Hawkins must have an identical twin - he was everywhere and did an outstanding job. Captain Lewis did a Q and A on the last sea day and was well received. Staff were excellent despite the fact that the 60 day cancellation of cruises was announced during the cruise. At the start of the cruise, we served ourselves in the buffet - but that changed half way through. We were fortunate to get in all stops except for Cartagena. Our temperatures were taken in Panama before we left the ship. We were fortunate that there was no illness and disembarkation went fairly well. Embarkation was absolutely horrible though - due to a computer glitch. We waited hours in a long line both outside and inside.
  12. considering moving from a deck 14 mid-aft interior cat IB to a deck 8 OB or Deluxe OB - not a lot of difference in price... just wondering about the noise from Deck 7 below ... basically the same deck plans as the SKY, correct ? adding back Crooners but taking away Vines ? longggggggggggg ways out ...
  13. I am not afraid of catching the Corona virus. Even if I catch the virus, I am confidently that I will survive. However, if the Emerald runs into a quarantine situation, I don't want to die of boredom pacing around my mini-suite. I enjoy going to the various bars and lounges and interacting with my fellow travelers. We are advised to stay at least six feet away from others. Out of courtesy I follow this rule as much as possible. This would be very difficult to do sitting at a bar stool or at a booth in the dining room or in a line in the Horizon Court. Can't follow this advice from the CDC and cruise at the same time.
  14. Has anyone booked the Family Suites on the Emerald Princes. My question is how was it priced out (as one cabin or two. Mini suite and inside cabin) and is it considered suite club class, mini club class or no class at all.
  15. We are going on an Alaskan cruise (Emerald), and I am wanting to know if anyone has played Keno on board in the casino? I’m getting yes & no’s and would love to know. TIA!
  16. SAN PEDRO (CBSLA) — On Friday night, the Emerald Princess came into port — hours before its scheduled arrival. The Los Angeles City Fire Department said it received a call for help just before 8 p.m., deploying four ambulances to Berth 93. When paramedics arrived, two people had suffered unknown injuries on the ship and two others were suffering from unknown illnesses. Those four patients were taken to nearby hospitals without lights or sirens. The ship does have doctors and medical staff on board. According to Princess Cruises’ website, the ship was scheduled to return tomorrow from a 28-day trip to Hawaii and the south Pacific. The Port of Los Angeles police said all of the remaining passengers were being kept on the ship overnight because they cannot get off without going through customs, which will not be staffed until the morning. https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/02/28/cruise-ship-passengers-hospital-injuries/
  17. Hi all Looking at partial Panama Canal cruises and wondering which to chose. CB, Emerald or Crown? I see no offerings around Dec for Island or Coral We have done a few cruises on CB, Regal and Royal. Reviews are mixed. Thoughts? Thanks ahead 😊
  18. We are scheduled to cruise on Emerald Princess April 29th from LA to Hawaii. Has anyone cruised this itinary during this time and what was the weather and wave action like during this time? Thank you!.
  19. Just heard in the news that the Emerald Princesse returned a day early to San Pedro with 4 people injured. What happened any one know?
  20. Just curious if anyone else has experienced the same or if it's my imagination. I usually book a midship inside cabin portside. Never had a problem with any loud noises such as music coming from The Piazza area. I just got off the sky princess yesterday, however I was in a mid-ship cabin on my emerald deck like normal except on the starboard side for the very first time. And all I heard all night long each night was loud bass ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump noises coming from The Piazza from the musicians playing and the singer singing. Has anyone else experienced this?
  21. Does anybody on the current or recent sailings have the patter on hand?? We have a few members on our roll call (April 29 sailing) who are curious as to what activities and what not are happening during the sea days (apparently we have 8 or 10 sea days and everyone's worried this could turn into a real life murder mystery 🐷) so, any help would be appreciated!
  22. Over the holidays, we went on a 15-day Panama Canal Transit from Ft Lauderdale to Los Angeles, on Emerald Princess. The cruise was fantastic – and rather than a detailed chronological review, I wanted to share our highlights and lowlights. For context, we have two kids (<10 years), and this was our fourth Christmas cruise on Princess. We’ve previously been on Holiday cruises on Regal, Star and Caribbean Princess. We’ve previously also been on Carnival, NCL and Celebrity cruises, but Princess has been our default cruise line for the past few years. Sorry this post is long! Highlights There were many things we enjoyed about this cruise, but to call out a few: Ports and Itinerary – we enjoyed all of the ports on this itinerary. In Cartagena, we went to the old city and then the bird sanctuary right where the boat docks. In Puerto Amador, we went on the Embera Indian village visit – very enjoyable. In Puntarenas, we went on the rainforest aerial tram, butterfly garden and sloth sanctuary tour – a big hit with the kids. In the other ports (San Juan del Sur, Huatulco, and Puerto Vallarta) we mostly just went to the beaches and/or short city walks – each with its own flavor. One other thing we enjoyed in this itinerary was the mix of sea days and port days … it was good to enjoy a relaxing sea day after every one or two port days. Panama Canal – naturally, this was a highlight of the cruise, and it was amazing to see this wonder. The ship went through the new (Agua Clara and Cocoli) locks. We alternated between viewing areas on multiple decks (16, 15, 8, 7) over the course of the transit. They had commentary on the open decks and in the buffet area throughout the course of the day – giving interesting facts as well as calling out points of interest as we passed them. I hadn’t realized it ahead of time, but the transit was a full-day affair … we approached the Atlantic locks around 6 AM, and by the time we were in the Pacific it was past 6 PM. The decks were really crowded early in the morning as we approached the locks, but the crowds thinned during the day (especially when it drizzled a little). It was still crowded, just not as much. They had ship photographers on land taking photos of passengers as we transited the locks. Some folks had made posters they held up while being photographed. I had read “The Path Between the Seas” before the cruise – I highly recommend that book to more deeply understand the magnitude of what the Panama Canal builders achieved! Crew – As always, the ship crew were amazing. They were very friendly and made the cruise memorable for us (especially the kids). I particularly appreciated the waiters in WFM and at Tea Time who’d come talk to the kids every day, the servers at International Café, the ship photographers who worked hard to get smiles, and the room stewards (who even made towel animals on a couple of days!), Aaron (CD), Sophie (Assistant CD) and the entertainment staff, the cleaning staff around the ship … in short, pretty much everyone. All with pleasant smiles on their faces! The crew on every cruise we’ve been on have worked hard to make it fun for us, and this was no exception. And as usual we spent the final morning filling out a thick stack of “Moments that Matter” feedback cards. Santa – This was a holiday cruise, and Santa came to the Piazza to hand out gifts to the little kids. This is such a fun tradition on Princess. (The captain or bridge officer of the watch usually makes announcements 5-10 minutes earlier saying they have spotted an unidentified flying object or boat, and as it gets closer they announce it’s a sled, they see reindeer … and then that Santa has landed on the ship and coming down to the Piazza … and then finally Santa walks down to the Piazza, preceded by the band playing “Santa Claus is coming to town”. Santa sits in the Piazza, and there’s a long line of kids who go to Santa one a time to get a gift and pose for photos). It’s such fun event for the kids. One thing we liked on this cruise was that since the ship was going to be in port on Christmas day, they had Santa come the previous evening. On previous cruises, Santa came during the day on Christmas day even when the ship was in port … which meant we had to cut short our port trip that day to be there for Santa’s visit. Duck Hunt! – I have to thank our fellow CC members for this. Our kids found a few hidden toy ducks over the course of the cruise, and it was really fun for them. The best part for me was that they never complained about waiting in any lines on this cruise no matter how long it took – they happily used that as opportunities to go duck hunting while we stood in line! It was the first time I had even heard of the hidden ducks … thank you CC members! Also thank you to the Santa’s helpers who left fun little things in the stockings outside our door. There were many other “standard” things we enjoyed about the cruise, such as the International Café, kids club, tea time, “British Pub Lunch” day, the Wake Show write-ins, music and football games on MUTS, daily sudoku/crosswords, and so on … too numerous to call out in detail, but all of them together helped make it a great vacation. Lowlights Of course, not everything was perfect, and there were a few things we didn’t enjoy as much: Flooded Stateroom - we woke up at 4 AM on day 3 of our cruise to wet, soggy carpets across the whole cabin! Apparently one of the pipes in the bathroom started leaking overnight, and overflowed to the room. Everything on the floor (suitcases, bags, formal shoes, backpacks ... including stuff inside the backpacks) was wet. Princess laundered and sanitized the stuff, but we ended up having to throw away a bunch of things. They also sent some folks with vacuums to mop up the carpets, and had large fans in the room all day to dry it out (making the room inaccessible to us). Despite this, the room had a very musty odor, and Princess finally offered an alternate room late that night (~10 PM ... well past the kids' bed times). Even then there were disconnects between guest services and the hotel staff about the move. It was a disappointing day overall, and we had to deal with some ongoing issues for the next several days. But, you know, stuff happens, and I kept reminding myself that even a disappointing day on a cruise is better than a full day at work! We moved on from it and still had a fun vacation overall. Princess did give some OBC, and a couple of free onboard services to help with the inconvenience. Ship Age - The ship seemed generally well maintained, and had new carpets, mattresses and so on after the April dry dock. But there were a few minor incidents over the course of the cruise where I think the age showed. On embarkation day, there was water dripping from the ceiling in Lido WFM buffet area. On day 3, our room flooded due to leaky pipes as noted above. Later in the cruise, someone was complaining about their bathroom getting flooded that afternoon due to leaky pipes. In one of the tendering ports, we were delayed by an hour due to “technical issues” with the ship tenders. One evening, the entire ship lost power! The engines shut down (so did the room lights and TV, most deck lights, MUTS, hot tubs, etc), and only emergency lighting was on. It was fully restored in 15 min – the captain came on air three times to reassure us that though we were drifting, we were in navigationally safe waters with no other traffic. On a different day, one of the production shows was cancelled as the stage lift equipment stopped working – it was rescheduled to the following day. Again, none of these were big in and of themselves … but I’ve never run into any of the above on other Princess ships I’ve been on. These could’ve been isolated incidents – so if you’re booked on Emerald, know that it’s still a great ship that I’d happily go back on! Food – This is of course subjective, but overall we were not impressed with the food choices, compared to other Princess cruises we’ve been on. I have to note that we only go to WFM – so the MDR food might have been good. Particularly if you’re vegetarian, there were not many choices on several of the days in WFM. I think I still did put on a couple of pounds on the cruise though … so the hot dogs, pizzas, ice-cream and desserts were clearly not all that bad 😉 Entertainment – This is also very subjective, but we were not impressed with the entertainment assortment on this cruise. On other cruises, we’ve seen more variety (more comedians, acrobats, magicians, and other “kid-friendly” shows), compared to this cruise where it was mostly singers and vocalists other than the production shows. The performers were good, but we’d have enjoyed more variety. Also, they hardly had any performances in the Piazza … the Panama brochure said there’d be some “Panama carnival” festival in the Piazza to highlight local flavors – we didn’t have that on this cruise (unless I missed it). Some of the organized events (in particular the Stargazing Event) were complete flops. Overall we feel happy and very fortunate that we got to go on a great cruise, enjoy quality time as a family and see the marvel that’s Panama Canal. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions!
  23. I am thinking abut booking these rooms. L201 is under the fitness center and I am not sure what is next to L233. Has anyone experienced either of these rooms? Would you recommend them? Thanks!
  24. Can anyone tell me if the Emerald has an escape room experience?
  25. Last year on the Ruby to Hawaii, we enjoyed a passenger-led Bible study. It was a great way to start the day. For our Hawaii cruise on the Emerald this year (April 14) they don’t know If there will be and say I can’t find out until I get onboard. Is there a way to get that set up beforehand?
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