Emerald Princess June 15-25 2009. Weather started "early spring" and ended "early summer". We used hop-on/hop-off (HOHO) buses in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Tallinn, walked in Oslo, DenRus in St. Petersburg and a taxi driver/private tour in Gdynia/Stopot/Gdansk. Emerald Princess dinner food is fabulous. The seafood is kept truly fresh - the executive chef told us that they "blast chill" the food when it arrives on board. Evening ship entertainment not for us. The Las Vegas style shows have the performers emoting; the comedian had his moments; the hypotist and the juggler struggled; the string quartet played VERY light classical.
Examples of the excellent food: truly fresh Alaska king crab, shrimp and scallops; Beef Wellington and Fettucini Alfredo as if it was from the origins; bisque and cold soups that definitely took time to make We spent 2 days in Copenhagen before the cruise. Restaurants charge USD 6.00 for coffee, orange juice, water, but the shopping for clothing was great - high quality and value.
Emerald Princess is a quieter, spacious ship. They don't have as much blaring commercials and dinner time is quieter.
Our children (ages 16 and 18) immediately made 6 close friends and were consumed with the Teen Center.
Copenhagen pier can be reached by a 7-minute walk to Nordhavn train/metro station with 2 stops to Copenhagen central station, and then 3 stops to the airport.