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Emerald Princess Review

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Stunning Norway, enjoyable 1st experience of Princess Cruises

Review for Emerald Princess to Norwegian Fjords
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matthewbaty
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Aug 2016
Cabin: Balcony
Traveled with children

This was our 3rd cruise as a couple, and our second cruise as a family with 2 children (aged 7 and 5). Our two previous cruises were with Royal Caribbean to Alaska and the Baltics respectively.

We chose Norway and the Fjords for 3 main reasons. The embarkation port was Southampton so we could avoid the scrum, exhaustion and baggage weight anxiety of airports. The cruise was to a temperate part of the world- whilst warm, sunny weather is always pleasant we have no real interest in baking ourselves in the sun whilst drinking cocktails alongside others doing the same thing in limited open space. The wilds of nature also hold real fascination for both of us. Princess delivered on the vast majority of our expectations- whilst we didn't quite return home 'new' as the brochure suggested we would (thanks to the traffic hampering our 200 mile journey from the port), it is safe to say that we all enjoyed both the inside and outside aspects of out cruise.

It was initially quite strange being aboard a different ship with staff trained differently and employed with a focus on different competencies. The RCI staff are very much 'in your face' from the moment you arrive, whereas Princess staff as much more stand-off-ish and discrete in their behaviour. In the end, this approach definitely 'sold' Princess to us. It was nice to be able to walk around the ship with a 'just got out of bed, don't talk to me until I've had coffee' look on your face without having to high-5 anyone, or grimace for a photo next to a staff member wearing a sub-standard costume vaguely resembling a Viking. Basically, if you sit down anywhere, even for 5 minutes, a member of staff will offer you some service of some description. They do this in a way that is unobtrusive and sincere (i.e. without 'please tip me' puppy dog eyes).

Cabin Review

Balcony

Cabin BD

Really comfortable and well laid out. A bit snug at night time with fold-away bed. Good sized balcony.

Port Reviews

Olden

The glacier is a must. Really nice walk through valleys along waterfalls / rivers. C. 2hr round trip with a lovely bus ride to base of glacier.

Trondheim

This is a fairly big town with a lovely cathedral but it's too small to spend a full day there, particularly in poor weather.

Tromso

Stunning town, but poor public transport on a Sunday. The Arctic centre is OK and ship museum alongside it a must. The views from the cable car are incredible.

Bergen

Lovely city but not enough time there. The boat left at 1.30pm which was far too early.

Alesund

Stunning town with lots to see. Incredible views from view point and museums are interesting. Good areas for lunch etc.

Flam

We did not stop in Flam due to dangerous sea condition.

Southampton

No excursion and I know Southampton well. It is better to take a trip to Portsmouth. The naval museum and Victory is really worth a visit.

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