Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess sailed out of Southampton, UK today on a voyage to her new home half a world away.
The 290m / 967ft long superliner is bound for the glittering harbour city of Sydney, Australia known by locals as ‘the emerald city’. Captain of the Emerald Princess, William Kent quipped “We can’t wait to add a bit of Emerald sparkle to the Australian summer cruise season.”
In a journey reminiscent of the iconic voyages of last century, the Emerald Princess will spend the next 48 nights sailing across four continents from Italy to India then via the Suez Canal and south through Asia en route to her new home in Sydney.
The Emerald Princess was launched in 2007 and is one of the line’s largest cruise ships. With over 1,500 spacious staterooms and suites the Emerald Princess easily accommodates her 3,082 guests in comfort and style.
Princess Cruises will base 5 of their 18 ships down under for the southern summer season, and with good reason. According to Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison “Australia ranks as the cruise line’s biggest market outside the United States”.
Emerald Princess offers award-winning Australian chef Curtis Stone’s new restaurant, SHARE as well as Princess’ new Salty Dog pub, serving up the Ernesto Burger, rated the best burger at sea. The Emerald Princess Australia season will also set the stage for the debut of the much-anticipated onboard musical Magic to Do from Oscar and Tony award-winning Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz.
As we’ve previously reported, the inaugural Emerald Princess Australia season will last five-months with sailings of 13 roundtrip cruises to destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand and around Australia.