Emerald Princess Cruise Review by SarahWoohoo
- Sail Date: July 2016
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Embarkation was smooth and speedy (we were onboard the ship less than 45 minutes from pulling up in the car in front of it), and our bags beat us to our room. There were plenty of areas, inside and out, to sit, and at no point during the day did anything feel crowded. This was despite the fact that due to bad weather stopping us from going ashore in Sweden and leading to an unexpected sea day - there was still plenty to do.
Evening entertainment was varied and we found something we wanted to do every night - my stepdaughter took a shine to the house band, Starwave, so we watched them in a number of venues around the ship on different evenings. The theatre shows were lots of fun, including a musical written for Princess by Stephen Schwartz, a Robbie Williams tribute, and a version of The Voice. The only nights they were really crowded were the formal nights when more people were out and about, but we arrived 15 minutes before showtime and had no problems getting seated.
We didn't purchase any official excursions so I can't comment on those, but we found something to do in each port - there was a shuttle at Zeebrugge which took us to the nearby town of Blankenberge for 10 euro each, We walked into Copenhagen, and we jumped on a hop on hop off bus in Oslo for around 30 euro each. Shuttles etc were all available from just outside the ship.
Overall - I don't think I've ever been so sad for a holiday to end, and I would happily return to Emerald Princess tomorrow. I've already started looking at Princess again for next year!
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Brugge (Bruges)We took a local shuttle to Blankenberge for 10 euro each, the journey was about 15 minutes. It was a lovely seaside town and we had a nice walk around the shops and along the beach, and a go on the carousel in town. Plenty of shops, and lots of beach front bars.View All 377 Brugge (Bruges) Cruise Port Reviews
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CopenhagenWe walked into Copenhagen which took a little longer than expected - it took us a few hours to reach Tivoli gardens, but we were pushing a pushchair and did get a little lost! With hindsight I would have got on one of the sightseeing buses that were plentiful when we jumped off the ship. The Little Mermaid statue was a 5 minute walk from where the ship was docked.View All 1,122 Copenhagen Cruise Port Reviews
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OsloWe got on a red open top bus for around 30 euro each, and a sightseeing tour around Oslo that lasted around 90 minutes. I would highly recommend this as a cheaper alternative to the official excursions, and the bus was available from right beside the ship. We got off at the sculpture gardens, which was free to enter, and lovely to walk around on a sunny afternoon.View All 374 Oslo Cruise Port Reviews
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