Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Stu k: New Years cruise December 2011
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New Years cruise December 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
OK bad bits first our 2nd cruise with princess 1st time booking the complete package with princess. We flew American airlines from Manchester UK to Miami via JFK New York the 1st leg of the journey had no on board entertainment and took longer to fly to JFK than it would normally toke to get to Miami or Orlando. Customs line at JfK was 90 minuits (we got sped up a bit when we mentioned connection) we were so long thru customs that our bags had been taken of the carousel. just made it to the gate with 5 mins to spare to find plane was delayed by 1 hour. Transfer from Miami to intercontinental Doral Miami smooth told by princess rep that restaurant was open till 11 it was not about 20 to so checked in went to bar to be met by very grumpy bar tender. So grumpy if i could have been bothered after the day i had had would have asked for my automatic 15% tip back! Unlike the princess staff he was not worth auto tipping. transfer to port was pretty quick although not much to do at hotel More
whilst we waited for the buses. Check in was speedy and we were on the ship in about 30 mins.
we boarded mid ship by atrium decked for Christmas so wow to start us off ship similar to Sapphire with a few tweaks so found getting around easy. we also were not as wowed as the 1st cruise as we had no idea what to expect 1st cruise. But we slipped right back in to the ESCAPE COMPLEATLY life style the nasty airport long forgotten. All good but highlights for us were Neil (bartender) remembering us for over 2 years a go on the Sapphire. Beatles show brilliant. As was root berry comedy jugglers. Ronnie and the trade winds crew for been great company at sail away.
We not really beach people but enjoyed a walk from end to end! A long tender line past 2nd bar forced us to go to bar and drink some more cocktails. This is when the fun really started as the rain came down and some random dancing in the puddles and out in the rain to the ban was just so funny.sounds silly but it will be a memory i take with me like those BBQs where it rains and everyone squashes in to the kitchen always the best nights.
Chilled out see day followed by
We did the Mountain top and cable car great way to see the views of the island but felt a little rushed at the 2 main stops 15 to 20 mins more would have helped.
The train ride was the best way to start the new yea very chilled and relaxing loved all the waving people and the rum punch.
Had a great walk along the beach shops mostly shut bank holiday but chilled in bridge town with some more rum and local banks beer.
was the stand out island for us we did the island tour with pitons ,sulphur sprigs and boat ride was really really good!
Had a lot to live up to and it did we did 4 x 4 island tour beach ,nelsons dock yard and shirley heights. Great tour but really no need to be in a 4 x4 as we did not go any where a tour bus could not go.
2 more relaxing days at sea just went with the flow. smooth transfer to Miami airport before more American Airlines delays and 35 cruisers thinking we were going to be stuck in JFK for the night we made it but only just.
All in will sail princess again and deposit is down. Will book our own direct flights and hotel. Oh Yes almost for got Oasis of the seas came to see us in port ever glades see you in 36 weeks! Less
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