Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Emerald Princess

Year built2007  /  Age : 11
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassCrown
Building costUSD 500 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)288 m / 945 ft
Beam (width)48 m / 157 ft
Gross Tonnage113561 gt
Passengers3066 - 3679
Crew1200
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks18
Cabins1533
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2016
Christened byErin Moran, Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Susan Olsen

Current itinerary of Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess current cruise is 5 days, round-trip Cabo San Lucas Getaway. The itinerary starts on 20 Nov, 2018 and ends on 25 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
20 Nov 16:00      Departing from Los Angeles, Long Beach, California   
22 Nov 13:00 - 23 Nov 12:00     Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Mexico   
25 Nov      Arriving in Los Angeles, Long Beach, California   

Review of Emerald Princess

Launched in 2007, Emerald Princess is the 8th Grand-class Princess Cruises ship, together with CaribbeanDiamondGoldenGrand, CrownRubyStar and Sapphire.

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is an US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 ml) Nassau.

Emerald Princess cruise ship

The 113,561-ton, 3,782-passenger cruise ship Emerald Princess 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 3,000 guests. 

Cruise itinerary program

Emerald Princess itinerary program is based on cruises to Norway's fjords, Baltic, Mediterranean sea and the Canary Islands. The home port of the ship is Southampton, UK. As of November 15, 2016 Emerald Princess starts sailing from her new home port in Sydney, Australia,

Cabins

Most Emerald Princess staterooms are 170-sq.foot balcony rooms (676). Almost 80% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1539 staterooms in 33 categories. 31 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Emerald Princess are the Balcony Suites (400 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Emerald Princess features three dining rooms, all offering tasteful, Caribbean-themed menu. Botticelli is for fixed-seating dining, while Michaelangelo and Da Vinci are for passengers who have chosen "Anytime Dining". Reservations are available, but are not required. Da Vinci also welcomes guests for waiter-service breakfast and lunch. Rotating menu options include soups, appetizers, mains and desserts. There are also signature pastas and choices like Caesar salad and salmon. The healthy Lotus Spa selections are low in sodium and fat. Cafe Caribe and Horizon Court look identical and are open all day long. The Horizon section serves as lido buffet restaurant and features breakfast buffets. Lunch choices may include unusual dishes like peanut butter sandwiches and fried banana. There is also the Italian-styled piazza, around which are located the International Cafe (with its wonderful coffees and scrumptious pastries, quiche and chocolate fondue); across the way is Vines, ship's wine and sushi bar (it's got the only really good wine list onboard Emerald). 

In January 2016 Celebrity chef Curtis Stone teamed up with Princess Cruises for his first-at-sea specialty restaurant serving high-quality, inventive food. Share replaced the signature Italian Sabatini's, and introduced new bedding, dining options, entertainment and more. Share is only open for dinner and applies a $39 cover charge. Its menu features five areas from which to select multiple dishes and a charcuterie platter. It's hard to order only one of each, as there are enticing recipes like twice-cooked duck with fennel, parmesan crumb and bacon jus; or shrimp salad with turnip, citrus salt, brioche and lemon gel. 

Share is only found on board Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess, for now. "Crafted by Curtis" dishes are on the MDR menus fleetwide. If you wonder why to pay extra at Share, here are the cool things about the brand new Curtis Stone restaurant which make it worth the splurge. Food like this cannot be found anywhere else on the ship. Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess are simple when it comes to dining venues. Before Share, both ships had three main dining rooms, a steakhouse and a buffet, all of which average in terms of overall experience and quality. From its celebrity chef to its natural ingredients and perfectly sized portions, you won't find food like Share's anywhere else on the ship.

Perfect for couples and large groups. The space is open, airy and large, with long tables and more intimate seating arrangements. Large groups have enough room to engage and share dishes. Couples can enjoy more peace and quiet. The ambiance is upscale, yet not stuffy. Share's family-style dining and chic decor allow guests to dress their best and still feel relaxed. Passengers will feel more like they're in someone's home, talking and passing plates across the table.

Service at Share is second to none. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the menu and all ingredients handpicked by the celebrity chef's team. According to Stone: "The enthusiasm in that kitchen right now is actually unparalleled to anything I've ever done; they're so energetic and so up for it."

Guests will have room for dessert. Appetizers, entrees and dessert options, complementing a cheese plate, are conservative in size. Passengers will not only expand their palate by picking at multiple dishes, but will also be able to satisfy their sweet tooth.

Follows the complete list of Emerald Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Michaelangelo Restaurant (ship's aft Dining Room; dinner only - offers “Anytime Dining” between 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
  • Crown Grill (160-seat steakhouse/seafood restaurant, reservations recommended; on select days serves British Pub Lunch, complimentary)
  • Da Vinci Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Lunch 12-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; features “Anytime Dining” for Dinner between 5:30-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.)
  • Botticelli Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; with 2 fixed seatings at 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m.)
  • Share (ex-Sabatini’s Italian specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self service, complimentary fast food bar)
  • Horizon Court (self service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Cafe Caribe (aft self service buffet restaurant)
  • Pizza & Ice Cream Bar (complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Princess Emerald Theater is the main venue on Emerald Princess for comedy acts and production shows with a variety of music and selections appealing to a broad mix of ages. Each of the ship's venues has a different offering. Crooners features music trivia contests and a pianist. Explorer's Lounge hosts events for everything from Wii sports tournaments to art auctions, plus comedy shows and magicians. The Piazza offers various demonstrations, circus-lite acts and musical performances throughout the day. Club Fusion is part game show, part nightclub venue. Skywalker Nightclub, Princess' trademark, hosts 70's-, 80's- and 90's-inspired nights and a few nights with a variety of modern music. For low-key dancing, head to the Wheelhouse Bar, which hosts combos playing standards and soft rock.

Emerald Princess cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Emerald Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • International Cafe (24-hour specialty coffee bar and patisserie); Escapes Travel Cafe (computer room)
  • Vines Bar (wine/seafood/sushi bar)
  • Library (with Internet stations); Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Princess Emerald Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, gameshows)
  • Speakeasy Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
  • Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
  • Gatsby’s Casino
  • Crooners Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars); Adagio Lounge & Bar
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Club Fusion Lounge (hosts dance classes and quizzes, after 7:30 p.m. becomes Disco & Nightclub)
  • Outrigger Bar (poolside bar); Tradewinds Bar
  • Emerald’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Hearts & Minds (Wedding Chapel)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Sanctuary (adult-only open air area)
  • Calypso Reef & Pool area; Neptune’s Reef & Pool area
  • Jogging Track; Center Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard; Princess Links mini golf course
  • Skywalkers Disco Nightclub.

Emerald Princess 2016 refurbishment review

The ship's drydock refurbishment in 2015 November 30 - December 13) was for general maintenance (no deck plan changes were announced ahead).

However, during the dry dock, an extensive refurbishment plan was implemented targeting ship’s spring-summer 2016 cruises from UK. The 2016 deck plans changes and news include:

  • Two new premium dining venues were added. The new “Share” is a family-style restaurant by Curtis Stone (an Australian celebrity chef). Its menu features charcuterie (pork meat products) and also homemade pastas. The new “Salty Dog Gastropub” cuisine experience (by chef Ernesto Uchimura) is provided by a classic pub menu offered nightly in the Wheelhouse Bar (on Promenade Dec 7) with craft beers and pub favorites served in small plates.
  • On Deck 16, “Share” replaced the Sabatini’s” – the Italian restaurant, which is also featured on the Princess ships Coral, Ruby and Sun. “Salty Dog Gastropub” was introduced for the first time on the Crown ship (in 2015 October) and will also be introduced on the Ruby ship.
  • Passenger cabins upgrades include the line’s new luxury mattress.
  • Ship’s gym was upgraded with a new sports equipment and free weights.
  • 100 cruise staterooms became “family cabins” after being fitted with interconnecting doors.

Emerald Princess wiki

  • The Princess Emerald ship belongs to the line's Grand-class series. Her sisters are Crown and Ruby. The rest in this class of vessels are CaribbeanDiamondGoldenGrandSapphireStar.
  • Princess Cruises Emerald ship's construction was completed in 2006, and she was transferred to the line's fleet in March 2007. The christening ceremony was held on the 13th of May the same year in Piraeus-Athens Greece. The Emerald cruise ship has four godmothers - the actresses Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Erin Moran and Susan Olsen. The ceremony was preceded by the maiden voyage which is not the common practice. The vessel's inaugural cruise began from Rome )port Civitavecchia), cruising around the Greek Isles and other Mediterranean destinations. The ship spent its summer 2007 season in Europe, then was repositioned to Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida) for roundtrip Caribbean itineraries.

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Emerald Princess Itineraries

The below listed Emerald Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 23 28 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa Los Angeles
2018 Nov 20 5 days, round-trip Cabo San Lucas Getaway Los Angeles
2018 Nov 25 4 days, round-trip West Coast Getaway with Santa Barbara Los Angeles$468
2018 Nov 29 5 days, round-trip Cabo San Lucas Getaway Los Angeles
2018 Dec 04 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1184
2018 Dec 19 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1388
2019 Jan 03 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1448
2019 Jan 18 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1549
2019 Feb 02 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1599
2019 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Los Angeles$629
2019 Feb 24 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1349
2019 Mar 11 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1399
2019 Mar 26 3 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles$249
2019 Apr 11 22 days, one-way from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale Vancouver
2019 Apr 11 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver
2019 Apr 15 18 days, one-way from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale Vancouver$1719
2019 Apr 18 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles$1499
2019 May 03 22 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Civitavecchia Fort Lauderdale$2579
2019 May 03 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona Fort Lauderdale$1449
2019 May 18 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Barcelona$3979
2019 May 18 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$2499
2019 May 18 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$1259
2019 May 25 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Civitavecchia$3949
2019 May 25 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2709
2019 May 25 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$1549
2019 Jun 01 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Piraeus$3799
2019 Jun 01 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$2509
2019 Jun 01 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus$1519
2019 Jun 08 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Barcelona$3649
2019 Jun 08 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$2349
2019 Jun 08 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$1149
2019 Jun 15 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Civitavecchia$3699
2019 Jun 15 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2599
2019 Jun 15 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$1249
2019 Jun 22 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Piraeus$3849
2019 Jun 22 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$2599
2019 Jun 22 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus$1349
2019 Jun 29 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Barcelona$3899
2019 Jun 29 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$2549
2019 Jun 29 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$1329
2019 Jul 06 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Civitavecchia$3849
2019 Jul 06 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2649
2019 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$1349
2019 Jul 13 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Piraeus$3799
2019 Jul 13 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$2599
2019 Jul 13 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus$1429
2019 Jul 20 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Barcelona$3849
2019 Jul 20 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$2499
2019 Jul 20 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$1299
2019 Jul 27 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Civitavecchia$3849
2019 Jul 27 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2599
2019 Jul 27 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$1349
2019 Aug 03 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Piraeus$3949
2019 Aug 03 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$2709
2019 Aug 03 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus$1549
2019 Aug 10 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Barcelona$3799
2019 Aug 10 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$2549
2019 Aug 10 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$1329
2019 Aug 17 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Civitavecchia$3989
2019 Aug 17 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2649
2019 Aug 17 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$1429
2019 Aug 24 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Piraeus$3849
2019 Aug 24 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$2599
2019 Aug 24 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus$1369
2019 Aug 31 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Barcelona$3849
2019 Aug 31 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$2599
2019 Aug 31 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$1399
2019 Sep 07 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2649
2019 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$1399
2019 Sep 14 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus$1429
2019 Sep 21 22 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Collection Barcelona$3929
2019 Sep 21 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$1949
2019 Oct 02 22 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Collection Civitavecchia$3549
2019 Oct 02 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$1999
2019 Oct 13 22 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Collection Barcelona$3549
2019 Oct 13 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$1799
2019 Oct 24 25 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia$3099
2019 Oct 24 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$1949
2019 Nov 04 29 days, one-way from Barcelona to Los Angeles Barcelona$2859
2019 Nov 04 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Barcelona$1899
2019 Nov 18 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale$1869
2019 Dec 03 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles$1699
2019 Dec 18 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale$2299
2020 Jan 02 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles$1699
2020 Jan 17 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale$1949
2020 Feb 01 28 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa Los Angeles$3879
2020 Feb 29 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles$1999
2020 Mar 15 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale$1999
2020 Mar 30 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1649
2020 Apr 14 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1649
2020 Apr 29 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles$1649
2020 May 14 3 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles$299