A Great Adventure: Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Retired Banker
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A Great Adventure
Destination: Baltic Sea
Exploring the ship was easy as we had cruised on the Diamond Princess, an almost identical ship to the Emerald. Nikki, a young Filipino man was our cabin attendant and was excellent.
The first day we were nickeled and dime ad nauseam as the Wine club or soft drink club sales girls would not leave us alone. They are well trained and not annoying.
We opted for ANY TIME dining as in previous cruises and it was the right choice. We had two formal dining venues, the buffet on the 15th level and Sabatini's and the Grill, the latter two for an additional charge. All were well manned and the service was excellent. The food was too bland for my taste a couple of times but my wife enjoyed her beef dishes quite well.
The casino was excellent and no More cash was needed. I guess the one arm bandits were a little generous the first day as I hit a $268 jackpot, cashed it in and never played again during the cruise.
Entertainment left a lot to be desired. A replacement comedian was not there at all, the British Juggler was fantastic and the Emerald dancers were just that. The only African American girl in the revue had a great voice and some great moves.
Don't miss John Lawrence's lectures. He is excellent at what he does even if he gets a little carried away with the local amber.
Disembarkation was well planned and we rolled our own suitcases at 9:30. Wanted to delay it as much as possible as our hotel had no rooms before 2 before the cruise or after the cruise. Less
Cabin review: BalR 246
The shower was too small and it would not hurt you to add 6 more inches to its rim. The rest was excellent.
Port and Shore Excursions
After visiting Old Town and Gdynia wwe proceeded to Sopot, a quaint beach resort with two great 5 star hotels, the Grand and the new Sheraton.
After an extensive day with a quality guide we were back on board by 5.
We witnessed the fjords on the way out as the ship had come into Oslo at 4 in the morning. A site to behold folks and for this 67 year old, a trip of a lifetime with all its Jet lag.
Our guide was a local 25 year old man who had learned English from watching CNN and through the Internet. He was not very keen on the old Russia and sees th new Russia as an opportunity for his generation to shine.
We visited several churches, including the one housing the burial sites of the czars and families. A majestic ssite which was well maintained. Hermitage needs paint and replacement hinges but agaain houses art which is unequal by any other museum including the Louvre in Paris.
At midday we gathered in a large building for lunch (vodka, champagne, caviar, rice, vegetables and chicken a la something, followed by good quality ice cream.
We returned to the ship by 5.
The following day we also visited other historical sites of significance and Peterhoff, a must see. Lunch was similar to the first day's and included in the price. The first and second day included selected stops for shopping. We returned to the ship by 5 and sailed toward Tallin, Estonia.