Fabulous first time experience aboard Emerald Princess: Emerald Princess Cruise Review by chileno first time cruise
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Fabulous first time experience aboard Emerald Princess
Destination: Baltic Sea
Pre cruise concerns...sea sickness, lack of interest in drinking, gambling, dancing amounted to nothing. There were heaps of things for us to do both aboard and ashore. I loved the art history and gem lectures, jewellery shopping (excellent prices for amber), art auctions, scenery, tour of the galley, variety of dining experiences, quality of food.
We had three full days at sea...one unexpected as we couldn't land in Oslo due to a general strike and seven ashore days. We were disappointed in missing Oslo but actually appreciated the day (first day of cruise) to explore the ship and recover from our jet lag.
On two of the shore days - Aarhus and Tallinn - we did our own thing and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. On the other five days we did Princess shore excursions. All of them were managed brilliantly. They were More exhausting days but absolutely brilliant.
Of 3200 passengers only 11 were children. There were people from all over the world but mostly Americans. Many people we talked to were seasoned cruisers...quite a few had clocked up over 10 cruises many with Princess.
The food, service and entertainment were much much better than I expected. Don't use " The Love Boat" as a reference guide! We used the specialty restaurants, Crown Grill and Sabatinis for formal nights. Other nights we did Anytime Dining in Michaelangelo and Da Vincis. A couple of times we had room service. We had breakfast at Horizon Court most days. All of the food was high quality and the service was excellent.
We hardly felt any boat movement...mostly we had calm or mild seas.
We will definitely cruise with Princess again! Less
Cabin review: ACD223
Cabin was on Deck Nine, close to lifts, very quiet and spacious, on the starboard side forward middle.. It was great having a balcony to take in the sights. only down side was distance from the laundramat but after all the great food we needed the exercise!
Port and Shore Excursions
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Neva River Cruise
Peter & Paul Fortress
St. Isaac's Cathedral
Good but needs some work
Caribe 619 balcony aft