Emerald Princess Baltic July 18th 2011: Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Culham

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Emerald Princess Baltic July 18th 2011

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Copenhagen
This was the first time we had a balcony and it was wonderful to be able to open our doors at anytime and breathe in the fresh air...not sure I want to go back to an interior room after this holiday. The staff were all very pleasant and greeted us with a smile. The room was cleaned to perfection twice a day with chocolates on the pillow each night. Room service,when used, was prompt and the food was as requested and hot.

We tried the Princess theatre but decided it wasn't really how we wanted to spend our time. The smaller venues were much more appealing and featured bands for dancing and an excellent vocalist that was flown in for 2 nights to entertain.

We went to 2 of the restaurants that required a $25pp charge. Sabatinos and Crown grill were excellent. The extra cost was a hit to the pocket book but the quality of the food surpassed the regular dining areas and was quieter for a special meal away from the crowd.

We were too busy with excursions to enjoy More the Santuary pool area but I could see this area would be worth paying for if the cruise had more days at sea or for those not interested in getting off the ship.

Embarkation was painless but the disembarkation had us leave the ship much sooner than we would have liked. The ride and getting our luggage was very smooth but... We had to wait over 2 hours at the airport for the service counter to open. They said taxis would be a huge problem and taking their shuttle was the smartest plan. This was not so! The taxis were lined up waiting and would have been available at a proper time for us to relax on board and leave the ship at a sensible time yet still be off the ship before 11 am. Less

Published 08/04/11

Cabin review: BCb205 Balcony

Our cabin on Emerald Princess was B205. We loved having a balcony that you could sit out on and see what was happening. Having the option of an open door for sleeping some nights was enjoyable too. It was one of the cabins close to the front of the ship which meant there was a lot of walking to and fro. This we did not mind because it also was a quiet spot on the ship. The bed was comfortable with 2 pillows and a foam mattress under the bed if needed. I brought extra wire hangers which I did use but they provided a good number of wooden ones as well. The wake up call system on the phone is reliable but it is nice to have a clock. A battery operated candle for the bathroom at night works well.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This was Ok. We walked on our own to the Cathedral,old town and ended with Den Gamle and saw the many shops and homes that have been saved...set up like an early village

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We took a full day tour with Alla tours and it was so well organized and informative. We were met at the ship with a large comfortable bus and divided into smaller groups in Berlin for the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and buildings. The driver was very accommodating too by driving to the closest spot available so we wouldn't need to walk to far in the rain. We saw enough to make us realize that Berlin is a spot you could enjoy for a few days!

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We went 2 days earlier than our cruise would begin and enjoyed the canal cruise which gave you a real idea of the different areas of Copenhagen, the buildings and some history. We went to Tivoli Gardens at night to see the lights and the old fashioned games and rides. We also ate dinner there which was expensive but very nice to be in the heart of all the sparkle. We saw the palace and the changing of the guard, and continued the walk to fabulous water fountain and the little mermaid. Rosenborg Castle was worthwhile and the grounds. it is a must to relax along the canal at Nyhavn and enjoy a meal, beer or even a great ice cream cone and watch the crowd.

We stayed at the Admiral Hotel which was a great location to the sites listed above and an interesting old building. We had prepaid and there was a lot of confusion about this upon checking out. Our travel agent sorted it out for us but it should not have happened. It also does not have air conditioning but fans are provided. being on the water side is nice visually but does not guarantee a quiet night with the restaurant below and the art displays with blow horns to use at all hours.

We walked to the Church in the Rock which was well worth seeing and free! We went to Market square and had a wonderful lunch at Caffe Kappeli. This has sitting outside to enjoy a concert or dance display from time to time. We ate inside but try to sit outside and get your meal at the takeout if the weather is good. We went to the flea market and then walked back along the waterfront. Very enjoyable.
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Loved the visit to Vigeland gardens to see the statues and grounds. We did this on our own by walking with no problems. We visited the palace but did not go in.

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Took the 2 day tour with Alla. We were not disappointed! We saw everything on our list. It was very well organized and we lucked out on the weather too. The guide was excellent and very friendly. English was very well spoken by our guide. It is a history lesson and a delight to the eyes.

We stayed up most of the night to watch the entrance to Stockholm through the waterways and small islands. It was very nice seeing the sun rise and the mist among the islands but not much differnet than we would see in northern Ontario. The trip out would have been sufficient to see. We opted just to take a ferry to the downtown area and walk in the older area. It was no problem to get around. I think we should have taken the hop on hop off ferry which allows you a 24 hour pass to visit by water and walk about.

We walked into the old town on the cobbled streets and enjoyed the open air markets. This is a good spot to buy linen. The quality looked good and the prices seemed reasonable to me. We ate lunch at Olde Hansa which is worth the stop. It is very entertaining with the young waiters dressed in period costume, candles used for lighting and use the washroom...it is a hoot! I tried the cinnamon beer and a mixed platter of yummy breads, spreads and cheeses.

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