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Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Retired Banker

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Emerald Princess
Emerald Princess
Member Name: Retired Banker
Cruise Date: July 2009
Embarkation: Copenhagen
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: Bal
Cabin Number: R 246
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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A Great Adventure
We boarded the Emerald Princess in Copenhagen's modern port facility and were in our cabin within 30 minutes of arriving at the "tent"  Our bags were there shortly thereafter.

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 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.

Publication Date: 08/05/09
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