Atlantic Crossing Ocean Cruise – Overview

The final part of our long European vacation was an ocean cruise leaving from Barcelona and ending in Ft. Lauderdale 14 days later. This was our second Ocean Cruise and we loved both of them. We had a total of 15 people in our group including us. Our usual cruise group of Joe, Craig, Rich and Dominick. Plus a reunion group of friends we met on our first ocean cruise: Darrell and Nancy Frisee, Joe and Rob, plus Phil and Phyllis Fox. The newbies Jean Jaques & Mary (holdovers from the River Cruise and friends of Darrell and Nancy) plus Bill a longtime friend on Joe (and through him Rob) who is now one of our new great friends especially since he lives in Phoenix.

The ship was the Emerald Princess, the same ship we had sailed on around the South American horn almost 2 years prior. It is about 110,000 tons and we had a nice suite on the back of the ship. Not as big as the one we had prior, but still very nice and especially great on such a long cruise.

A former member of ELO who preformed twice and was great

Princess had some great entertainment. Several dancing and production shows, some comics who were less funny than we normally get, and some outside singers and acts. That was just in the main showroom. They also had music throughout the ship, a piano room and so many other events I couldn’t possible list them. There was always something fun to do if you wanted it, including movies under the stars and in the main showroom.

“let me be Frank” entertainer featuring Rat Pack Music.
A married couple of violinists who played everyday around the ship. They were really fantastic.
The real Rock! Gibraltar at night as we pass form the ship.
Part of our group at dinner
Ain’t she cute!

We did the Chef’s table again (separate post on that). I will also do a post on the ports and excursions, at least in a very short way. We got off the ship on my birthday November 18th, spent the day at Miami Airport waiting for our late flight, and arrived in Phoenix that night very tired and glad to be back in the USA. But we had a truly memorable and fabulous 42+ days!

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