1st Time on Princess Cruise Line - Great Start: Emerald Princess Cruise Review by rdavidnann

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1st Time on Princess Cruise Line - Great Start

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation: Arrived at pier at 11:15 AM. Started boarding at 12 noon so very smooth process to getting on the ship. Room was ready for us to use. Ate lunch at the Horizon Court buffet where we enjoyed lunch each day of the cruise. We joined in the sail away deck party then off to a CC informal meet & greet. Met a few of our CC board group that we blogged with for 4 months. Nice start to a great cruise. Toured the ship & pleasantly surprised of the layout which was very easy to get around & never felt crowded on the sold out ship.

What we liked: Ship Layout, Gym, & separate areas for pools. The resistance pool was fantastic. Breakfast buffet was adequate with nice variety. The personal touch for breakfast & lunch with drink & waiter service was a nice touch. Entertainment was very good, Esp. The "Beatle Maniacs". Nice lounges with live bands. LIVE BANDS make the difference. Especially liked "Cruise Control" with a nice variety of dance music.. "Fusion" was good also. The real More touch was dancing to the "Emerald Orchestra" in the Explorer's lounge & Fusion Lounge after dance lessons. Looked forward to dinner every night (8:15 seating) because of the 6 other people that we we fortunate to be with. Great conversations & interaction.
Live orchestra gave the nightly shows the extra touch needed.

What we didn't like: Late shows after dining. Had to rush to get to the theater after dinner. Like to have 7 PM shows & then dinner. Then have time for relaxing in the lounges & dancing & enjoying the music. Also not enough dance floor in the wheelhouse bar for a band (Cruise Control) that were easy to dance to but no room for enough couples to have room to dance. They would have been great in the Explorers Lounge where more people would be open to dance. Less

Published 12/19/11

Cabin review: MA327

Nice cabin. Inside (we like no light to wake us or for taking a nap during the day., Quiet hallway. Nice size open closet space, shower ok for us. bed was very comfortable. (we both like a stern mattress) A wonderful room stewardess that really took care of our room. We were amazed at her service.

Port and Shore Excursions

Booked on-line with a snorkel tour "Jolly Pirates" we had previously snorkeled with. Had a great time with everyone on board & they treated us real good. Included 3 snorkel sites with two wrecks & great lunch. Loved the swing bar & dive platform which they gave us plenty of time to do. Did not rush us at all. Great crew.

Independent tour guide. Renee took 4 of us on a private tour & showed us things we would not have seen on our own.
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Walked up to the botanical gardens & around the town.
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Private tour to two different snorkel spots with just 4 of us & she showed us things we would not have seen on our own.

Took a walking tour to Fort George & around the town.
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Walked to Emerald beach. Gate security told us it was 15 to 20 minute walk. Ended up 40 minutes up over and around a hill to get their. Took cab back to the Emerald for $4 each.
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