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Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Emerald Princess

Year built2007  /  Age : 12
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 Refurbishment2019
Christened byErin Moran, Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Susan Olsen

Current itinerary / position of Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess current cruise is 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection. The itinerary starts on 31 Aug, 2019 and ends on 21 Sep, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
31 Aug 22:00    Departing from Barcelona, Spain hotels
02 Sep 07:00 - 17:00    Gibraltar, UK
04 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Marseille, France Riviera
05 Sep 07:00 - 21:00    Genoa, Milan, Italy
06 Sep 07:00 - 19:00    Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy
07 Sep 05:00 - 19:00    Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
08 Sep 07:00 - 19:00    Salerno, Italy
10 Sep 07:00 - 17:00    Kotor, Montenegro
11 Sep 07:00 - 16:00    Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece
12 Sep 12:00 - 22:00    Souda-Chania, Crete, Greece
13 Sep 07:00 - 21:00    Mykonos Island, Greece
14 Sep 04:00 - 19:00    Piraeus, Athens, Greece
15 Sep 07:00 - 19:00    Santorini Island, Greece
17 Sep 07:00 - 15:00    Kotor, Montenegro
18 Sep 12:00 - 20:00    Messina, Sicily, Italy
19 Sep 07:00 - 19:00    Naples, Italy
21 Sep    Arriving in Barcelona, Spain hotels

Review of Emerald Princess

Launched in 2007, Emerald Princess is the 8th Grand-class Princess Cruises liner, with sisterships the fleet mates Caribbean, Diamond, Golden, Grand, Crown, Ruby, Star and Sapphire.

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is a 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 3680-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 travellers 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 travelled 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.

Cruise itinerary program

Emerald Princess itinerary program is based on cruises to Norway's fjords, Baltic, Mediterranean sea and the Canary Islands. Ship's European homeport is Southampton UK. In November 2016, Emerald Princess started operations from homeport Sydney NSW (Australia),

Cabins

Most Emerald Princess staterooms are 170-ft2 balcony rooms (676). Almost 80% of all outside cabins have a private step-out balcony. The ship has a total of 1533 staterooms in 33 categories. Wheelchair accessible rooms are 31. The largest staterooms are 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 pasta 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 a 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 speciality 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 a 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. This 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 ambience 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 speciality 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 feature 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 a part game show, part nightclub venue. Skywalker Nightclub, Princess' trademark, hosts the 70's-, the 80's- and the 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 speciality 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, game shows)
  • 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 the 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 pasta. 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 favourites 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 new sports equipment and free weights.
  • 100 cruise staterooms became “family cabins” after being fitted with interconnecting doors.

Emerald Princess wiki

Princess Cruises Emerald ship is from company's Grand-class series, with (same-designed) sisterhips Crown and Ruby. The other (similarly-designed) liners in this class are Caribbean, Diamond, Golden, Grand, Sapphire, Star.

The ship was delivered in March 2007. The christening ceremony was held on May 13, 2017, in Port Piraeus (Athens Greece). The cruise ship has four godmothers - the actresses Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Erin Moran and Susan Olsen. The naming ceremony was preceded by the inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) - which is not the common practice. The voyage started 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.

Emerald Princess refurbishment 2016 review

Ship's last drydock refurbishment was in 2019 (April 1-14) in Victoria BC (Canada). The vessel was in drydock in 2015 (November 30 through December 13) for general maintenance, and no deckplan changes were announced ahead. However, during the drydock, an extensive refurbishment plan was implemented targeting ship’s spring-summer 2016 cruises from the UK. The 2016 deckplan changes included:

  • 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 pasta. 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 favourites 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.
  • The ship’s gym was upgraded with new sports equipment and free weights.
  • 100 cruise staterooms became “family cabins” after being fitted with interconnecting doors.

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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
2019 Aug 24 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Piraeus
2019 Aug 31 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona
2019 Aug 31 21 days, round-trip Mediterranean Collection Barcelona
2019 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia
2019 Sep 07 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia
2019 Sep 14 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona Piraeus
2019 Sep 21 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona
2019 Sep 21 22 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Collection Barcelona
2019 Oct 02 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia
2019 Oct 02 22 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Collection Civitavecchia
2019 Oct 13 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $1101
2019 Oct 13 22 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Collection Barcelona $2525
2019 Oct 24 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $1206
2019 Oct 24 25 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia $2788
2019 Nov 04 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Barcelona $1573
2019 Nov 04 29 days, one-way from Barcelona to Los Angeles Barcelona $2413
2019 Nov 18 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale $1059
2019 Dec 03 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $929
2019 Dec 18 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale $1189
2020 Jan 02 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $1259
2020 May 31 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $879
2020 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $989
2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $979
2020 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $979
2020 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $979
2020 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $1029
2020 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $1129
2020 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $1079
2020 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $1079
2020 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $1009
2020 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $979
2020 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $939
2020 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $969
2020 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $879
2020 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $939
2020 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $939
2020 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip Seattle) Seattle $839
2020 Sep 27 1 day, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle $99
2020 Sep 28 5 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver $449
2020 Oct 03 28 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa Los Angeles $3729
2020 Oct 31 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $1099
2020 Nov 10 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $2069
2020 Nov 25 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale $1819
2020 Dec 10 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $1049
2020 Dec 20 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $2269
2021 Jan 04 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1299
2021 Jan 14 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1299
2021 Jan 24 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco Fort Lauderdale $1819
2021 Feb 08 15 days, one-way from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale San Francisco $2069
2021 Feb 23 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale $2119
2021 Mar 10 15 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $2119
2021 Mar 25 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale $2119
2021 Mar 25 21 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver Fort Lauderdale $2719
2021 Apr 09 6 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles $729
2021 Apr 15 1 day, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver $99
2021 Apr 16 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Seattle $1769
2021 May 02 7 days, round-trip Northern California Coast Seattle $929

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