A grand majestic gem is entering our shores – the 3082-guest superliner The Emerald Princess. One of Princess Cruises’ biggest ships, she’ll be cruising into the Emerald city of Sydney in November for the inaugural five-month season sailing on roundtrip cruises to destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand and around Australia.
Each guestroom is complete with the new Princess Luxury Bed, specially designed for the most heavenly sleep at sea. The beds were developed in collaboration with US sleep specialist Dr Michael Breus and Canadian HGTV interior designer Candice Olsen. For astonishing views and fresh sea breezes, a balcony stateroom is recommended. Of the more than 1500 guest rooms –nearly 900 have balconies.
For those who fancy a dip, you can plunge into one of four pools, catering to everyone. There’s the child-free Sanctuary, perfect to stretch out for some quiet poolside reading time. Poolside Movies Under the Stars is a fun way to view a recently released blockbuster, cocktail in hand, while sitting back on a lounger.
The Lotus Spa offers an array of treatments. When you really want to get away from it all, book yourself in on one of the days the ship is in port, you’ll have the spa to yourself! Up for a spot of shopping? Make sure you visit the new exclusive EFFY jewellery store.
On any cruise, the cuisine options are all-important. On the Emerald Princess, specialty dining is a highlight, with the pièce de résistance, award-winning internationally known chef, Curtis Stone’s fine dining restaurant SHARE. As the name suggests, sharing plates are the feature of this stunning 125-seat restaurant. Be sure to sample the roasted Alaskan king crab tagliatelle and the twice-cooked duck with bacon jus. The charcuterie selection is excellent too.
SHARE is just one of the new culinary offerings on board, also new is the Salty Dog gastropub, a more casual affair. The dishes here have been developed by renowned US chef Ernesto Uchimura. Try, if you dare, the signature Ernesto burger, featuring a ground rib eye and short rib patty, grilled pork belly, cave-aged gruyere, caramelised kimchi and beer-battered jalapeno. Yum! There’s also an array of whiskeys here to sample. Whatever your desire, there is a dining room to cater for your needs. You can choose to eat anytime or if you prefer, frock and suit up for a formal dinner in the cruise tradition of yore, with traditional dining at the same times for each meal. Want late-night hot chocolate and warm cookies? It’s there for you. Luckily there’s a state-of- the-art gym on board to work off all these incredible offerings!
There are a number of bars you can sample, the Adagio Bar is the perfect spot for a sunset sail-away tipple and the Skywalkers Bar has incredible cocktails and late night dancing. And for the all-important coffee (and heavenly pastries), make a morning beeline either Crown Grill or International Café.
If you love a stage show be prepared for some top-notch razzle dazzle! Emerald Princess’ arrival on our shores will set the stage for the debut of the much-anticipated exclusive musical, Magic to Do. It’s a spectacular of music and magic from Oscar and Tony award-winning Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz.
And if you fancy yourself as a bit of a performer, you can enter into the wildly popular (and fun) Voice of the Ocean competition bringing the spectacle of TV's international singing competition to the high seas.
No matter your destination there will be a shore tour that will appeal. It could be on a guided hike, travelling across lofty peaks, exploring local fish markets or learning about a culture. That’s the beauty of cruising, each day brings another vista, another experience, a lasting memory, and you don’t need to re-pack your bags!
Back on ship, be sure you make time to simply sit, take a deep breath and watch the landscape go by. You might be lucky enough to have one of those life-changing experiences, where, at that moment, nothing else matters. And isn’t that what travelling is all about?
What? Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess
Where? Sydney will be the ship’s home port from November until April 2017, offering a series of cruises to New Zealand, Tasmania and the South Pacific. There’s an 11-night trip to New Caledonia and Vanuatu in January 2017. Find out more. Call 13 24 88 or visit princess.com.
Enjoy a 14-night South Pacific cruise on Emerald Princess, sailing from Sydney on November 28, 2016, and visiting seven great destinations including Port Denarau, Suva, Savusavu and Dravuni Island in Fiji as well as Noumea and Mare in New Caledonia and Vila in Vanuatu. Fares for the cruise start from $1599*pp twin share and include a $150 onboard credit per person for bookings made by October 31, 2016. *subject to availability, conditions apply. For more information visit www.princess.com, call 13 24 88 or see a travel agent.
CHEAT IT: Not sure if cruising is for you? Try a 2-night getaway from Melbourne to Sydney aboard the Emerald Princess, departing 13th November, 2016.