The transfer procedures at the Venice airport went perfectly. Princess had all the bases covered. The luggage carts require either a 50 cent, 1 e or 2 e coin which you get back when you plug your cart back into the cart line. Embarkation also went perfectly. Smooth and fast. The only slowdown was finding a place to fill out the health questionaire. No pens and no tables.
Internet on the ship seems to be working half a@@. My first two computers had a stream error in swiping my card and connecting to Princess .com was not allowed as that was a forbidden site. Go figure. This computer, my third, didn't require me to swipe my card so I'm off to the races. The pursurs desk staff is clueless about Inet packages.
Here is my take in no particular order
Heard from the future cruise lady that the Emerald Princess sister ship will be named the Ruby Princess. When you book on board you only need to pay $100 at that time for two because they give you a coupon which you can give your travel agent along with $100 cash for your second passenger or even your neighbor. Who ever uses the coupon gets the cabin credit. Since I don't know how to make bullets on this screen you'll just have to read along. The ship is beautiful. Very well laid out for traffic patterns. The photo gallery lane of traffic is very wide. I'll post pictures on princessshutter.com when I return. Cabin steward is top notch and even got us the Suite robes in our balcony cabin. Don't tell. Now here's my hit list. At 2 pm 1st cruise passengers were camped out in the casino waiting to leave, dining room was closed on embarkation day, Club Fusion had western art but the large painting next to the stage was gawd awful ugly and I mean ugly. Somebody in the art department really screwed up. The love boat dream is shaped the same but is nothing like the old love boat dream. The MUTS sound system has "issues" so NO MUTS at this time. The library books are all locked up tight. The only time you can check them in or out is basically 2-4 and 6-8. Big Bummer! Shampoo, conditioner and lotion is in bottles not tubes, TP is on much smaller rolls with less paper. Hallway carpets to cabin are color coded as on other Princess ships. No steps up in the dining rooms. New menu is totally goofy. I hate it. Bed linens are nice. Flat screen TV in cabin. Nice art work all around ship except what was mentioned above. No paintings in Princess Theatre and projection platform from ceiling construction not finished. Enclosed cigar lounge is located in the casino. Excursion desk is just outside the Princess Theatre in great location. You can now approach the Princess Theatre from either side from the Atrium. Cookie bar on five. Coffee quality has greatly improved and is slightly better in Horizon Court than in dining rooms. Princess gets an A for effort on Coffee quality. They charged every passenger $15 for Venice water taxi service but you can go to the Pursurs desk if you don't use it. No rust on patio. I wonder why? In cabin there are no drawers on right side of desk. Refig door is not connected to cabinet door. Sabatini's is way up high in the back of the ship and has a separate bar next door called Adagio. It is beautiful. Skywalkers is nicely laid out as well. Kids clubs are also beautiful. 98 percent of the passengers are American. No kids running wild. Oh yes, clean curtains in cabin but one luggage smudge on wall. Oh well, always room for improvement. <G>
This ship is close to perfect and I think Crooners on 7 is perfectly located. Crooners piano man was a exact clone of Elton John and Billy Joel and had fun kidding with the passengers. First night entertainment was a Venice pop orchestra and they were good. Rock band in Club Fusion was blasting the doors off. Why cruise directors won't control sound levels I don't know. The sound level from that band would have given passengers and crew permanent hearing loss in no time. Heard one 1st cruise Suite passenger complaining that his teak patio furniture was too big for his patio. I would have traded my aluminum furniture for his teak furniture any day. He also complained that he had to ask for some of the Suite freebys and was disturbed by the ping pong players above him. You know Suite life is so unfair. We heard from the first cruise people that the shows started off so so but got better as their cruise progressed. We do like the "Street" entertainers in the Atrium
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