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I am also staying at this hotel prior to my February cruise on Emerald Princess.I managed to get quite a bit of information from the other cruise site which indicated that it was good. Many of our American cousins rate it but do not want to pay the high price it charges.From what i can ascertain there are shops and restaurants nearby.My stay does not include breakfast and advice i have been given is to partake in breakfast outwith hotel at a fraction of the cost.
Ype i have been to the intercontinental and you will enjoy, for what it worth i just have breakfast (buffet style) in the hotel - after all you are on holiday !
Thanks to both who answered my question. Have a great time on Emerald Princess, I am certainly looking forward to our cruise.
I stayed there in 2008 before joining Grand Princess. It was very, very comfortable. The only small problem is the shortage of seating around the pool and when a couple of hundred budding cruisers are milling around it is a bit busy (but never a problem). There is a McDonalds only 200 yards up the street to the left, but be careful at the road crossing!! We went there for a very early breakfast (jet lag) and enjoyed proper orange juice. On the way back to the airport we were returned to the Intercontinental for lunch and then taken to a big shopping mall for a couple of hours to fit in with the flight times. Princess staff are fantastic - and I mean FANTASTIC! They are mostly retired professionals who know how to talk to people and make you feel wanted. You will find Princess Cays the closest thing to a beach paradise possible. Book a cabana and enjoy the BBQ lunch laid on (free) by Princess.
This was the best cruise I've ever had. You will love it, I'm sure.
Thank u so much for ur response, but just one thing, what or where is Princess Cays?
Princess Cays is the private island owned by the cruise line and is situated in the Bahamas. They use it regularly and I had assumed that a visit is included in your itinerary (maybe I'm wrong).
The ship anchors off shore and passengers are tendered to a little jetty. It is utterly stunning.
Thank u. Unfortunately we are not visiting the Bahamas this cruise, we are taking in Barbados, Aruba, Turks and Caicos, St Kitts etc, Maybe next time we will be able to visit Princess Cays, it certainly sounds lovely.