Needing to chill out and relax , we chose the Emerald Princess and the Southern Caribbean itinerary. There were 4 new ports for us and 6 days to relax. It was very enjoyable.
We generally can never stay up for night life after a day of sightseeing, but we became night owls on this cruise. The new show times and entertainment schedule made choosing things to do much easier. We were able to do more then one thing each night after dinner.
Embarkation was delayed, but once the doors opened, we were checked in and onboard in 15 minutes. We had a midship balcony on the starboard Caribe deck and were pleased with our steward.
In another review of a recent Emerald cruise, a complaint was made that the employees were unfriendly and could care less about the cruisers. I found this to be totally the opposite of our cruise. The employees were attentive and smiling and eager to help.
We enjoyed our meals and dined in the Crown Grill and Sabatinis as well as the Michelangelo Dining room. Lunches were usually at the International Cafe or Horizon. We were on Noro alert, so we were served everything. We had no problems with health and observed all suggestions to stay healthy. Most people did, as the numbers were not very large. Princess took action early and the spread was minor.
The ports were interesting with Bonaire and Grenada our favorite stops. The weather cooperated as well as the seas to make the voyage comfortable.
We were lucky to still find the old balcony furniture outside on the balcony when we arrived. We had the Ultimate Balcony Breakfast on our first sea day and didn't have enough room on the regular table for everything and can't imagine how we would have managed with the new cocktail table. I guess they will have to bring a table when they deliver the breakfast from now on.
Disembarkation went off with out a hitch and we were on the road by 9:30.
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise as we have all our previous Princess cruises.