|Emerald Princess is a Grand Class cruise ship for Princess Cruises that
entered service in April 2007. Her sister ships include Caribbean Princess
and Crown Princess. She features two nightclubs, a piazza style atrium,
multiple pools and hot tubs, a spa, and a gym. Unlike her sisters, Emerald
Princess does not have a disco overhanging the stern, but the same stern
as her near-sisters Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess.
Princess Cruises launched the 17th addition to their already impressive fleet of luxurious cruise ships. The Emerald Princess made her eagerly awaited debut on 11th April 2007 against the beautifully dramatic cityscape of Rome, before embarking on her maiden voyage through the Med and Greek Isles.
Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess, built in Italy 's Fincantieri shipyards, weighs in at 113000 tons with a length of 290 metres and a width of 36 metres. Passenger capacity onboard the Emerald Princess is over 3000, with nearly 900 of her 1500 plus staterooms featuring balconies.
The $525 million Emerald Princess features everything that you would expect from a ship sailing under the luxury Princess Cruises banner, offering all guests a 'bounty of choice'.
A major attraction for Emerald Princess guests is the flexible 'Anytime Dining' feature, offering traditional or casual dining options in many of the Emerald Princess restaurants.
There is a huge variety of entertainment onboard Princess Cruises' Emerald
Princess with a choice of lounges, bars and restaurants in which to enjoy
evenings at sea. Suspended at 150 feet above sea level, guests are able
to appreciate spectacular views from the Emerald Princess' Skywalker's
Lounge & Club.
Passengers aboard the Emerald Princess will be delighted with the poolside 'Movies Under the Stars' programme. Guests can experience the enchantment of an outdoor movie theatre whilst relaxing with cushions, blankets and free popcorn. The 300 ft movie theatre also features the Princess Cruises' hallmark poolside service to ensure complete guest satisfaction.
Leisure amenities on the luxurious Emerald Princess include the Asian inspired Lotus Spa, a sanctuary of calm and tranquillity, as well as an ocean-view gym. There is a nine-hole putting green and golf simulator, jogging track, 5 fresh water pools and 7 bubbling hot tubs.
Guests will of course be indulged by Princess excellence throughout their Emerald Princess cruise holiday, with little extras, such as 24 hour room service and chocolates on your pillows, to enjoy along the way.
Amenities onboard include a basketball court and the Princess's innovative
"Movies Under The Stars" theater. The ship also features an enlarged
fitness area, multiple pools, an ice cream and pizza bar, the traditional
"lido" grill, a 24-hour buffet, several lounges and bars, a full
sized show theater, the popular nightclub Skywalkers, a wine bar , a specialty
coffee bar and a casino .
The restaurant choices onboard remain quite similar to both the
Caribbean and Crown Princess. One dining room offers traditional 1st
and 2nd seatings, and two dining rooms are available for 'anytime
dining' with a reservation, and the Horizon Court buffet and Cafe
Caribe are open 24 hours. As alternatives to traditional dining, one
can opt to dine at the speciality restaurants 'Sabatinis' and the
'Crown Grill'; however, they carry a cover charge ($20 for Sabatinis
and $25 for Crown Grill) and often require reservations. There are
additional opportunities for hors d'oevres and desserts in the Piazza
cafes and the Adagio Bar.
Interior rooms, which are approximately 160 square feet (Approximately
15 square meters), are nearly identical in decor and layout throughout
the ship. Each has a private bathroom, 2 twin beds that convert to queen,
a small fridge, decent sized closet, and a television. A few have a 3rd
or 4th berth.
Porthole Oceanview rooms are similar to interior rooms as well as standard
oceanview rooms with the exception of porthole windows. These types of
rooms are only found in the lower decks of the ship. Totals about 168 square
feet (Approximately 16 square meters).Standard Oceanview rooms are similar
to porthole oceanview rooms noting the main exception being that windows
are square instead of circular. These rooms are found anywhere from the
lower to middle decks. These rooms total about 168 square feet (Approximately
16 square meters).
Balcony staterooms include a balcony, and include all previously
listed features. They are slightly larger if you include the balcony.
These rooms' total areas range from 214 to 257 square feet
(Approximately 20 to 24 square meters). (Note: Balcony rooms have much
larger balconies than mini-suites).
Family Suites are the equivalent of two rooms connected by a living room.
Each includes all previously listed features with the exception of an oversized
balcony, and can accommodate up to 8 people. Mini-suites include all features
previously listed and an additional television, a walk in closet, and a
bathroom with both tub and shower. They also include a separate sitting
area with a bed, desk, and sofa. These rooms total about 323 square
feet (30.0 m2) including a balcony (Approximately 30 square meters). Regular suites
have all the previously listed features with an addition of a wet bar.
Oversized balcony. These rooms total about 468 to 591 square feet
(54.9 m2) depending on category (Approximately 45 to 55 square meters).