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Emerald Princess entered in 2007 as one of the largest ships in Princess Cruises’ fleet. As far as modern megaships go, Emerald Princess maintains the high level of service. The ambiance of the ship is relaxed. Onboard is the glamorous Skywalkers Nightclub with fabulous floor-to-ceiling glass windows providing never-ending ocean views. It offers the perfect opportunity for cocktails and dancing into the early hours.

Accommodation

Cabins have ruby-red patterned carpet and neutral colour tones on the walls and furniture, which features light maple wood trims. The colour scheme creates a light and airy ambiance. All cabins feature a desk and chair, a small glass-top round table, a queen-size bed that can be separated into two twin beds, two nightstands, 100 per cent cotton linens, telephone, mini-safe, hair dryer and flat-screen HDTV. The Princess Luxury Beds are the biggest perk of the cabins since their roll out. The beds are made up of a medium to firm mattress, which provides enhanced back support, a two-inch-thick pillow top and large feather and down pillows. There are two family suites on board and 30 cabins in a variety of categories are equipped for disabled travelers.

Food

Emerald Princess’ three main dining rooms, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Da Vinci, are all similar in style: large open rooms with neutral colour tones, rich wood paneling, patterned carpets and rustic Italian paintings on the walls. All three restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Botticelli Dining Room offers fixed dining times while Michelangelo and Da Vinci offer anytime dining, which means passengers aren’t restricted to a reservation time. The breakfast menu is extensive, featuring dishes such as Maine blueberry pancakes, eggs Florentine, a fresh fruit plate and grilled minute steak with ranch-style eggs. The 24-hour International Cafe has its own bakeshop. For breakfast, there are croissants and pastries, and for lunch there are salads and quiches, all included in your cruise fare. The cafe does have a short menu of specialty items that are available for an extra cost – the chocolate fondue is worth every cent and calorie.

Activities

Emerald Princess has plenty to offer fans of pampering with its Asian-style Lotus Spa. Treatments range from a Thai Herbal Poultice massage and Elemis Hot Stone Massage to revitalizing hair and scalp treatments and facials. Also on offer are teeth whitening, 50-minute acupuncture sessions and more intensive treatments. Hair treatments ranging from express blow drys to colouring are available in the salon. There are also several grooming treatments for men, including an Elemis Express Shave and facials. The gym received all brand-new equipment during a 2016 refit, including more than 40 cardio machines, medicine balls, free weights and weight machines. Complimentary stretching, core strength and ab strengthening workouts are available, and, for a small per-class fee, passengers can sign up for body sculpting boot camp, yoga, Pilates, TRX and cycling classes.

Families

Emerald Princess is well equipped to serve children of different ages. However, children must be six months old in order to sail. There is no private in-cabin babysitting, but group babysitting is available for a fee of $5 per hour, per child for children three years and older. Princess Pelicans serves kids ages three to seven years and offers a range of age-appropriate activities, such as kids-only dance parties, movies and cartoons, ice-cream and pizza parties, pajama parties, theme nights, a family fun fair, and art projects. Remix, with a hip and edgier vibe, offers a place for 13- to 17-year-olds to hangout, listen to music and play on game consoles.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a cruise with a solid entertainment program, but without gimmicky rides and slides, and one that has a more relaxed dining experience, then Emerald Princess is the right one for you.

– Cruise Passenger 

“Relaxed atmosphere with dining and entertainment options for all ages.”

– Cruise Critic 

“This is a very comfortable, family-oriented large resort ship”

– Berlitz

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