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Emerald Princess: The Newest Grand-Class Ship
by Roy Witman © 2008

Spring 2007 holds wonderful things in store for cruise enthusiasts. Princess Cruise Line is currently finalizing all the little details in preparation for launching Emerald Princess this coming April. Modern and luxurious, this ship's theme is all about choices.

In line with other Princess vessels, Emerald Princess will offer Movies Under the Stars, a Princess innovation that began last year with great success. With towering, outdoor, plasma movie screens that feature the latest releases in movies, concerts and sporting events, this feature has become one of the most sought after. Other ship-wide favorites slated for inclusion on the Emerald Princess include Personal Choice dining, Lotus Spa and a very high ratio of cabins offering private verandahs.

Expanded Children’s and Teens’ Areas

Because kids and teens are an integral part of the family vacation, Emerald Princess will offer expanded children's and teens’ areas. With three age classifications, kids and teens will find a wide range of activities, games, crafts, food and parties designed specifically with them in mind. Parents will be delighted to know their children are having the time of their lives while being supervised by the watchful eyes of trained ship's staff members.

Larger Staterooms With More Verandahs

In keeping with the ship's theme of choice, Emerald Princess will offer 13 classes of staterooms (including family suites) that are larger than those offered on other cruise ships. Passengers will find greater amenities, including queen-sized beds, refrigerators, walk-in closets, massage showerheads, laundry services and more (depending on which cabin class is booked). Plus nearly 900 staterooms will offer balconies, one of the most popular features requested by guests.

Engagements and Weddings At Sea

As the only major cruise line to offer these features, Emerald Princess passengers have the pleasure of getting engaged or getting married on the open sea with some truly memorable touches.

For those hoping to propose while on a cruise, “Engagement Under the Stars” provides help with making a personalized video to be shown on the big screen during Movies Under the Stars. Once the question is popped, the couple can enjoy a romantic dinner prepared especially for them and receive keepsake items to remember the occasion with.

For those getting married at sea, Emerald Princess has a newly designed and expanded wedding chapel for the ceremony. The captain officiates as the couple enjoys a completely customized day of their dreams.

From flowers and candlelight to musicians, photographers, onboard catering by the ship's gourmet chefs and even tuxedo rentals, the ship's staff helps to coordinate every element of the ceremony and reception to ensure this is a day no one will soon forget.

Inaugural and Primary Itineraries

Emerald Princess's maiden voyage will be a 12- day Greek Isles cruise, which will set sail April 11, 2007. Visiting some of the most scenic spots in the Mediterranean, passengers will thrill at every port, including Venice, Naples, Olympia and more.

Emerald Princess will sail a series of Greek Isles and Grand Mediterranean cruises before docking in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in October. From here, she'll take up Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries.

For lovers or families, for those seeking thrills or sheer relaxation, the new Emerald Princess is sure not to disappoint.

Read more about the Princess Cruises.
Read more about Greek Island Cruises.
Read more about Mediterranean Cruises.