Emerald Princess in Stockholm 2011
|Port of registry:||Hamilton, Bermuda|
|Ordered:||23 September 2004|
|Laid down:||14 September 2005|
|Launched:||1 June 2006|
|Christened:||13 May 2007 by Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Erin Moran and Susan Olsen|
|Acquired:||24 March 2007|
|Maiden voyage:||April 11, 2007|
|Identification:||Call sign: ZCDP8
IMO number: 9333151
MMSI number: 310531000
|Class and type:||Grand-class cruise ship|
|Length:||951 ft (290 m)|
|Beam:||118 ft (36 m)|
|Draught:||26.2 ft (8.0 m)|
|Decks:||15 passenger decks|
|Installed power:||6 × Diesel generators, 67 MW|
|Propulsion:||2 × PEM, fixed pitch propellers, 21 MW each|
|Speed:||21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)|
Emerald Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship for Princess Cruises that entered service in April 2007. Her sister ships include Caribbean Princess and Crown Princess. She features two nightclubs, a piazza style atrium, multiple pools and hot tubs, a spa, and a gym. Unlike her sisters, Emerald Princess does not have a disco overhanging the stern, but the same stern as her near-sisters Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess.
Emerald Princess launched from the Italian shipyard of Fincantieri Monfalcone on June 1, 2006. She was then handed over to Princess on March 24, 2007. Emerald Princess was christened on 13 May 2007, in Greece.
Emerald Princess began commercial service on 11 April 2007, offering 12-day Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises, and continued sailing Europe for Summer 2007. She was then repositioned in Fort Lauderdale in Fall to offer Caribbean cruises.
Emerald Princess had a power outage on July 25, 2010 on the first day of a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. For extended periods during the 4+ hour outage, there was no air conditioning, no elevator service, limited lighting, and toilets could not flush. As a result of the outage, the Emerald Princess missed its first port of call the following day. Passengers were credited US$300 per stateroom for the inconvenience. Princess Cruises has not yet determined the cause of the outage.
On May 17, 2011, the ship sustained considerable damage to several lifeboats when a fuel loading barge collided with the side of the ship while in the port of St Petersburg, Russia. After inspection by authorities, it was determined the ship still had enough passenger space in an emergency using inflatable life rafts, and the ship will continue on the planned itinerary.
Emerald Princess is usually based in Europe in the summer and in the United States in the winter. Past itineraries have included 11-day cruises to Scandinavia & Russia from Copenhagen and Warnemuende near Rostock, 10-day cruises to Canada/New England from New York (replacing the Crown Princess), and 10/20-day cruises to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale. In 2014 she was based in Southampton for cruises to the Baltic, Mediterranean, and the fjords of Norway, as well as to the Canary Islands. She then repositioned to Houston for 7 day cruises to the western Caribbean in the winter 2014-15 season.
- "Emerald Princess is launched in Monfalcone" (Press release). Fincantieri. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. London: Berlitz. pp. 353–354. ISBN 978-981-268-564-3.
- "Fincantieri: Presentation of the Emerald Princess for Princess Cruises" (Press release). Fincantieri. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- Emerald Princess christened on Mother's day. News Article. Princess Cruises. 13 May 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2010
- "Princess Cruises: Cause of power loss on ship still a mystery". News Article. USA Today. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Update: Emerald Princess Passengers Receive Compensation for Power Outage and Missed Port". News Article. Cruise Critic. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- Princess Cruises website: Emerald Princess cruises
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Emerald Princess.|
- Emerald Princess official website
- "EMERALD PRINCESS Re-Trekked, Part One", "Part Two", "Part Three" and "Part Four" – review by Peter Knego in Maritime Matters of a cruise on the Emerald Princess.