“Our first TransAtlantic”
Cruise review of Emerald Princess

catlover2027 Emerald Princess 5 Our first TransAtlantic
catlover2027
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Our first cruise on Princess was an overall wonderful experience but it did not get off to a good start. IcelandAir lost misplaced my luggage and didn't feed us to se arrived at the Embarkation area a few minuts before it opened at 8 AM. Coffee, tea and water were provided but nothing else. Note to Princess - when you agree to transfer passenger thate early - do something instead of letting them sit, starving and bored for nearly 4 hours. We chose amid-level interior cabin for the expected rough Atlantic crossing this time of year. GOOD IDEA. No one expected us to run into Tropical Storm Katia, but we all survived. Good stateroom (and excellent Steward Ricky)but I hadn't noticed it was equipped with bunks which we didn't need. They necessitate setting up the beds as bunks.

Food was good overall, a few things bland, but everything was enjoyable. But the Horizon Buffet was ALWAYS crowded in the serving line - like a cattle call. Too small for the number of people served. The DaVinci and Michaelangelo dining rooms were great, the staff very attentive. We chose anytime dining and were pleased with that option.

Entertainment was uneven. I enjoyed the singing and dancing production numbers, but when they're repeated the next night, what's to do. The theater was too small, plush but not comfortable. Plus the crowd gets there 30 minutes early or there are NO SEATS. Frequently had to come back for the 10 PM show. This also happened at popular port talks. Scholarship at Sea speakers were knowledgable but not gifted speakers.

I especially enjoyed the Zumba with Pinky, and the Ballroom dancing with Melissa.

The best part of the ship was the crew. They were all friendly, helpful and dedicated to everyone having a good time. The ship was beautiful but the elevators were always crowded. The one thing missing was an enclosed pool. The only time I ever got into the pool was the last 2 days as we approached Florida. The morning hosing of the deck and furniture left the furniture wet when we tried to sit outide and eat. The "Movies Under the Stars" is a nice idea in the Caribbean but not in the Baltic and north Atlantic. But the volume was so loud, you had to go to another part of the ship to enjoy the outdoors.

Emerald Princess Cruises to Transatlantic
  • Sail Date: September 2011
  • Destination: Other
  • Embarkation: Copenhagen
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Cabin review:

JJD521
Good mid-ship interior room for someone who doesn't want too much ship's motion BUT with the bunks, only a twin comfiguration is pssible. Liked the dressing area, but it did cut down on the space in the bedroom area. No negative features noticed.

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Port
Great place - lots to see and do. Saw all the sites on the Golden Circle, had a City Tour, but did not go to the Blue Lagoon.

Published 10/12/11
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