We flew to Copenhagen and spent several relaxing days enjoying the city. We stayed at the Marriott which is only a short taxi ride to the cruise terminal.
The weather deserves special mention. Anyone who signs up for a northern transatlantic crossing in September should not expect a tropical paradise. We had many days of rough seas and missed one port which is not extraordinary for a northern crossing. So dont complain about the cold, wind, rough seas, missed ports, or how the captain handles the ship. For all our days in port, however, we had mild and pleasant weather.
We arrived shortly before noon. After dropping our luggage, we were handed a card with a number that assigned a seating area. After a short wait our number was called and check-in was a breeze. Then it was off to the dining room for lunch.
~ Our passports were collected at check-in and returned after we left Greenland.
The beautiful Emerald Princess looked brand new. Our cabin was perfect. Fantastic crew. I filled out a lot of You Made a Difference cards.
The usual Princess geriatric set. Most of the passengers were platinum or elite so there were multiple Captains Circle parties.
The Cruise Directors staff was fantastic. Sea days were packed with activities. Great speakers. Lots of music. Because of the weather, most of the Movies under the Stars were a washout.
We ate most of our meals in the dining room. Incredible service. We were designated anytime for dinner, and always got a table for two without much waiting. Princess needs to try harder on their vegetarian offerings.
OSLO, NORWAY Barely out of Copenhagen, the captain announced that, because of the remnants of Hurricane Katia, would be leaving Oslo early and skipping Kristiansand entirely. Most of the museums were closed on Mondays, so we visited the opera house, the cathedral, and walked around the port area. As soon as the ship left the Oslo Fjord the seas became rough and we slowly made our way to Scotland.
KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY This port was missed. The port fees were credited to our shipboard account several days later.
GREENOCK, SCOTLAND We took a full day Princess excursion to the Highlands and Loch Lomond. When we arrived back at the ship, an entire pipe and drum band was entertaining on the dock.
DUBLIN, IRELAND This port day was shortened. We had just enough time to visit the National Museum of Ireland which was fantastic. The shuttle bus was $10 per person each way. Outrageous for such a few hours in port!
BELFAST, UK We prearranged a Famous Black Cab Tour and with such luck ended up with Paddy Campbell himself as our driver and tour guide. What an incredible experience. Highly recommend. After our tour, Paddy dropped us near the city hall. We had time to shop and caught the free shuttle bus back to the ship.
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND We took a Princess excursion to the Blue Lagoon. Two hours is not enough!
QAQORTOQ, GREENLAND This town should win a prize for the cutest town in the whole world. It is so picturesque even with 3,000 cruise passengers on the run. This was a tender port. Long lines for tender early and late.
HALIFAX, CANADA When we sailed into Halifax, Queen Elizabeth (the ship not the monarch) was waiting for us! There were four cruise ships in port that day. Lovely day to shop, sightsee, and use the free internet.
~ The internet service on the Emerald Princess was worthless.
We used a Princess transfer to get to the Fort Lauderdale airport. Princess always does a great job of getting everyone and all their bags off the ship. Having never sailed into a U.S. port, I was unprepared for the long lines for immigration in a hot terminal building.
Another fantastic cruise!