This was our 6th Christmas cruise and 5th on the Emerald. We arrived in Port Everglades around noon and were on-board at 12:30 (we have priority Elite boarding). No issues there.
We had an obstructed view cabin on the Emerald (8) deck. Our cabin steward did a fine job keeping our cabin clean. We did not have any special requests this time.
We cruise at this time of year mainly to relax, read, enjoy the ship so we only took 1 private excursion on Bonaire (Bonaire Vista Tours - Excellent !). In Aruba we walked around in the morning, purchased some Aruba Aloe products and returned to the ship for lunch. It was a hot and sunny day so we did not leave the ship again until late in the afternoon for a stroll through the marina.
This was our 2nd time in Aruba. We walked around in the morning but it was a hot day so we went back to the ship for lunch. Later in the afternoon we walked to the marina.
It is a safe, clean port. Lots of shops. We love Aruba Aloe and always purchase a supply of lotions.
The Emerald Princess docked at 7am and left a 2pm. We took a private tour with Bonaire Vista (organized via our roll call). Our driver/guide was Brian. We did get to see the salt production area, slave huts, flamingos and Rincon. Brian provided constant commentary and we learned a lot about the island. We did have enough time to purchase some jewelery from my favorite designer at the craft area across from the dock.