Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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7+ cruises

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5 out of 5

If you are in St. Petersburg and it glitters? It is gold. Pure 24K gold.

Sail Date: June 03, 2013

Reviewed: 10 days ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: Mini-suite.

We loved everything about this cruise. The ship - the itinerary. Everything. Even liked our tablemates. Our cabin steward was excellent - as were our dining room staff. The itinerary was spectacular - loved  Scandinavia - loved St. Petersburg. Got a real education in Helsinkii, Rostock and Tallinn.

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Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was a bit tight - but fine. Room steward was the best.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was ok - disembarkation was dicey.
Ship Quality
Well maintained, spick and span.
Destinations and Excursions
The itinerary was incredible. Scandinavia, "east Germany," Estonia and St. Petersburg. We explored the canals in St. Petersburg, palaces, churches and the Hermitage Museum. Wow. Most of the ports we saw on our own (Hop on Hop off busses). It St. Petersburg they kept us on a tight leash - which was fine (our tour guide was GREAT).
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Must have been ok - kids were never a problem.
Entertainment
Entertainment was fine (but we learned not to sit too close to the stage when the Princess Dancers were thundering about - best to preserve some mysteries).
Service and Staff
Excellent - gracious and even unctuous. We experienced a few rough seas - with the predictable result but the staff kept everything clean, shipshape and sanitary. Infection control was a bit "in your face" but nobody got sick. Formal night's were special.
Food and Dining
The buffet court was splendid - and unlike subsequent cruises - we never seemed to have trouble finding a place to sit. The MDR was excellent - menu was great - and on the rare occasion when nothing seemed to please - ordering "off menu" was never a problem.
Copenhagen, Denmark
Walk to town - it is worth it - see the (little) mermaid.
Oslo, Norway Take the Hop on Hop off bus. See the Vigeland Sculpture Park (incredible) and the Thor Heyerdahl museum.
Aarhus, Denmark
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
Explore Warnemunde (an easy walk) - buy a fish sandwich and walk to the lighthouse/beach (brrr). Then take a "cruise" to Rostock - bravely shaking off the last vestiges of the cold war hammerlock.
Tallinn, Estonia
Buy amber jewelry.
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Visit Catherine's many palaces, see the churches - see the Hermitage (indescribable).
Helsinki, Finland
Again - the Hop on Hop off busses do this city proud.
Stockholm, Sweden
Great town.

Tip

Mid ships - and even a lower deck may be advisable if facing rough seas.



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