Train/history buff cruises Baltic: Emerald Princess Cruise Review by sunshine nana

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sunshine nana
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Train/history buff cruises Baltic

Sail Date: July 2009
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Copenhagen
We were pleasantly surprised at the food, and level of service on the Emerald Princess after having just completed two cruises with NCL which we thought were ok. Princess was definitely ahead in many ways. We stayed at the Hilton in Copenhagen the night before we embarked and were very pleased with the comfort of our room and that we were able to check in at 9:30 am after rolling our bags over from the attached airport. Our room included complimentary snacks and drinks at night where we met several people who were on the same cruise. We also had a huge buffet breakfast that was included in the room rate.

Embarkation was smooth. We arrived after sharing a taxi with another man we met at the hotel. The cost was 305 Danish kroner.

We were in a mini-suite on Dolfin deck with an uncovered balcony which we liked because it let in as much sun as possible. We had no problem with any one above us.The only problem we had was the family that had rooms on both sides of us. More The children were ramming between the rooms until after midnight. I spoke to the mother and it did stop.Our steward Pinyo was wonderful. The bed was great and I loved having a bathtub after the long days of touring.

We ate most dinners in Michelangelo with George at a table for two. The food and service were perfect.We walked in about 6-6:30 each night and asked for a table for two in George's area and never waited at all. We did try the buffet on two nights and it was ok. We liked having drinks brought to us and the plates were as big as trays . Room service was on-time and accurate the mornings were ordered it. A big relief was that the wake-up service also worked perfectly.

We disembarked on our own at about 7 am pulling our own bags and had no problem getting a taxi to the airport.

We liked 3 of the shows a lot. We left after a few minutes of the Shoes Show, but the rest were good.

The only problem we had is so preventable, it's amazing that Princess allows it to keep happening. That was their employees preventing the independent tour passengers from leaving the ship in St. Petersburg until all the Princess Excursion passengers were out. We had booked DenRus for the two days and went to deck 4 about 6:45 where we were rudely told to go to deck 5. We and many others were held there until about 7:40. We still saw more for less money even after their holding us in the ship. Less

Published 08/06/09

Cabin review: minD732

The aft location is usually quiet. It was near the laundry room.

Port and Shore Excursions

We took the Princess chartered train excursion which DH loved. It was a 3 hour trip through beautiful countryside. It was a very warm day and was too warm on the way home, but I think 80+ is unusual. Our guide was a bit too much into the Berlin Wall when we wanted to learn more about the city during WWII. DH asked her questions and she did explain more then about the war years. She showed us where Hitler's bunker was and answered all DH's questions.The lunch at the Beer garden was very good and yes, they did serve beer even though it was Sunday.All the stores are closed on Sunday.We were able to buy a bottle of Reisling at the restaurant to take back to the ship.
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We walked around town after taking the train from the airport. I had been to Tivoli before, so we just toured the town and had lunch in the sqauare from a stand.Nice city, but expensive.

We took the ship's EZ tour. There was not much to see except low quality shops. We did stop at the Solidarity monument which was meaningful to several on our tour.
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This was the highlight of the trip. We booked the 2 day DenRus Value Tour and were thrilled with all we saw, no waiting in line and our great guide.A tip for others would be to be sure you print your DenRus tickets out on a colored printer. Ours did not show the DenRus logo,but when I showed the immigration woman the DenRus newspaper I had taken with me, she let us go through. The shops all accepted US dollars or Eros.

When we got off the ship, we walked left and got right on a Hop on Hop boat. We got off at the Vasa Musuem and walked right in using a credit card to pay. We beat the crowds and really enjoyed the museum. We then continued on to the palace and saw the changing of the guard and then continued the rest of the boat tour and returned to the ship for a late lunch.

The walk into town took about 10 minutes. It's beautiful and the shops were high quality, even the little tents set up near the ship.
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sunshine nana
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