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Emerald Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Contributor Level: Captain
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 15
Helpful Votes: 43

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
11 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Copenhagen Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 03, 2013
Ship: Emerald Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: Mini-suite.
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 months ago

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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
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).

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Must have been ok - kids were never a problem.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Well maintained, spick and span.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was a bit tight - but fine. Room steward was the best.

Ship Tip

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

5 out of 5
Walk to town - it is worth it - see the (little) mermaid.

Oslo, Norway Did not visit port

Take the Hop on Hop off bus. See the Vigeland Sculpture Park (incredible) and the Thor Heyerdahl museum.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
Buy amber jewelry.
5 out of 5
Visit Catherine's many palaces, see the churches - see the Hermitage (indescribable).
5 out of 5
Again - the Hop on Hop off busses do this city proud.
5 out of 5
Great town.
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