The first large cruise liner for 2022 (carrying with 3000+ passengers) arrived at Isle of Portland (Weymouth, Dorset England) Monday morning, May 2.
Emerald Princess is the 8th Grand-class Princess liner, with sisterships the fleetmates Caribbean, Diamond, Golden (now Pacific Adventure), Grand, Crown, Ruby, Star (now Pacific Encounter) and Sapphire.
The ship is described by her owners Princess Cruises as the ‘newest jewel in the Princess crown’.
The 3100-passenger vessel follows the highly evolutionary Crown Princess cruise ship, whose debut took place in March 2006. The vessels are virtually the same in layout and design, so if travelers have sailed on Crown, they will not have any trouble finding their way around Emerald or Ruby (which followed in 2008). But for those who have not traveled on Princess' Grand-class vessels, or for cruisers for whom an Emerald Princess sailing is their first cruise with the line, the ship is going to surprise, and in most cases, delight them with far higher levels of kitchen, service and facilities than passengers would expect on a stylish, mega-vessel catering to over 3000 passengers.
Emerald Princess is due to arrive in Southampton on May 9.
Scheduled ports of call include Guernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands UK (May 3), Cobh-Cork, Ireland (May 4), Dublin, Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Harbour (May 5), Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales (May 6), Greenock-Glasgow, Clydeport, Scotland (May 7).