We leave today for our 21-day adventure in Copenhagen and on the Emerald Princess

I am sitting in the Delta lounge at the Detroit airport waiting to board our flight to New York’s JFK airport, followed by an overnight flight to Copenhagen, Denmark.

The past couple of weeks have been extremely busy as we have prepared for this 21-day adventure.

For one thing, I have been busy following the various “roll calls” for this “Emerald Gems” sailing on the Emerald Princess. If you don’t know what a roll call is, it is basically a thread on a discussion board…in this case, there is a roll call on CruiseCritic and there are two roll-calls on Facebook. When you sign up to participate in a roll call, you are talking to people who are going on the same cruise.

This turns out to be very useful. Many people have arranged to share rides to the port (if they happen to be staying at the same hotel), others have arranged their own shore excursions…for example, booking a van for six and finding two other couples to share it, others located bridge partners while still others found casino friends.

Chet and I – who are traveling on this cruise by ourselves – have already been invited to join a group for dinner the first night aboard after the sailaway. What a nice way to begin a trip!

If you have already booked a cruise coming up in the next year, you should check online for roll calls for your particular voyage. Most are posted on Facebook. Your travel agent or the cruise line should be able to direct you to a roll call for your particular voyage. Princess will direct you from its home page.

I also took the time to send E-cards from AllThingsCruise to all my friends and relatives telling them how to reach us on board, if necessary. It is a nifty service and it is free.

Check on it here…http://allthingscruise.com/cruise-e-cards/.

My next report will probably be from Copenhagen.





About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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