Emerald Princess Makes European Debut in 2007
New Vessel will be Princess' First Ship to Launch in Rome
Maiden Season to Feature Grand Mediterranean and Greek Isles Sailings
Princess Cruises' next new ship will set sail on her first voyage from the 'Eternal City' of Rome in April 2007. The 113,000-ton Emerald Princess is currently under construction at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone and will be the line's first ship to begin its life cruising from Rome's seaport, the town of Civitavecchia.
Emerald Princess' first cruise, a 12-day Greek Isles itinerary, is scheduled to set sail on April 11 on a voyage to Venice that will take passengers to some of the most scenic spots in the Mediterranean and Aegean, including Naples/Capri, Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Mykonos, Athens (Piraeus), Katakolon (for Olympia), Corfu and Dubrovnik. Thereafter the ship will offer a series of Greek Isles and Grand Mediterranean cruises before crossing the Atlantic to Ft. Lauderdale in October.
'Emerald Princess represents another great addition to our fleet, offering our passengers a bounty of choice while sailing through storied waters to some of the region's most important ports,' said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. 'Rome is such a wonderfully dramatic city from which to begin a cruise -- and to debut a fantastic ship.'
The new vessel will include many of the same new design elements and amenities debuting aboard the upcoming Crown Princess, including a dramatic new piazza-style atrium, new casual dining venues and expansion of some favorite shipboard areas.
Emerald Princess will offer the many other innovations that define the Princess experience, including the popular 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.