Emerald Princess Makes European Debut in 2007

The vessel will include many new design elements and amenities

By: Ana Figueroa

Princess Cruises’ next new ship will set sail from Rome when she debuts in April 2007. The 113,000-ton Emerald Princess is currently under construction at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard and will be the first Princess ship to enter service from Rome’s seaport of Civitavecchia>.

Emerald Princess’ first cruise on April 11, 2007, is a 12-day Greek Isles itinerary that will call in Naples/Capri, Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Mykonos, Athens (Piraeus), Katakolon (for Olympia), Corfu and Dubrovnik. Emerald Princess will then offer a series of Greek Isles and Grand Mediterranean cruises before crossing the Atlantic to Ft. Lauderdale Fla., in October.

The new vessel will include many of the new design elements and amenities debuting aboard the upcoming (June 2006) Crown Princess, including a new piazza-style atrium, new casual dining venues and expansion of some favorite shipboard areas.

Emerald Princess will also offer the many features that define the Princess experience, including the Movies Under the Stars poolside movie screen, multiple dining and entertainment options, Personal Choice Dining featuring traditional or anytime seating, a variety of alternative restaurants, a relaxing Asian-style Lotus Spa with fitness center, an extensive children and teen’s center, a wedding chapel and nearly 900 staterooms with private balconies.