Emerald Princess Cruise Experience – Andrew Parchimowicz
I had the pleasure of taking a holiday on board the Emerald Princess voyage cruising for 14 days from Athens to Rome departing on 20 June 2015. The ports covered were; Athens, Volos, Khios, Constanta, Nessebar, Istanbul, Mykonos, Valetta, Messina, Naples and Rome. The highlight of this cruise was we overnighted in Istanbul which gave me 2 full days to explore this city. I decided to do a full day tour which covered Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia; we had the chance to explore the city for a bit on our own and we also covered Topkapı Palace. On the other spare day I went and checked out Grand Bazaar which is a must see if you are into shopping.
The ship carries on a full cruise 3082 guests and comes in at 113 561 gross tons. There is a number of categories to stay in which include inside, oceanview, balcony, mini suite and suite. There are three main dining rooms; Da Vinci Dining Room, Botticelli Dining Room and Michelangelo Dining room.
I opted to cruise in a mini suite with a friend giving us more space to move around. It has a full lounge which can be converted to a sofa bed. Dining on board was fantastic as I have always experienced with Princess. I loved being able to pop down to the international café and have a bite to eat any time as it is open 24 hours. I also went to the specialty dining rooms on board being Sabatinis and Crown Grill. I have to admit I have not had a good steak in a long time and the steaks in Crown Grill were just amazing. Cooked to perfection. Sabatinis is an Italian restaurant and has a delicious selection of meals to select from. Both these restaurants come at a cover charge.
During the sea days I had time to explore the ship and do some on board shopping – duty free may I add. Being a large ship you don’t get the feeling of being overcrowded. There are so many nooks and crannies you can hide away in and escape it all.
There are a few pools on board and hot tubs on board where you can soak it up and order drinks from the bar. Movies under the stars was a favourite amongst a lot of guests. I had the pleasure of going to the Sanctuary which is an adults only area where you can escape from it all at a cover charge.
If you feel like hitting the dance floor late in the evenings they have the Skywalkers nightclub. Overall I had a great experience on Princess Cruises. The staff were always attentive and happy to assist. The ambience and overall cruise experience was pleasant. I enjoyed sitting back just watching the days cruise by.