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Emerald Princess – all aboard!
I’m loving life this week because I was invited on the biggest princess Cruises’ ship to sail local waters this summer -The spectacular Emerald Princess. The Emerald came to WA first, sailing from Europe, to make her historic first call in Australia, arriving in Fremantle – in Western Australia – can you believe!
We (as in WA) are so very often, the “God you’re so remote” or the forgotten Aussie state! But not so on Tuesday. We had a FIRST from afar.
The Emerald Princess is on her way to Busselton as I write, then Melbourne and then Sydney where she’ll be based to start cruising the world again. The ship holds 3082 guests, and is 290 sleek metres long with a crazy amount of staterooms with balconies.
It was such fun being part of the media group and touring the ship, nosing into her nooks and crannies, and yes comparing The Emerald to Sea Princess, which after 104 days on the World Cruise, we call “Our Ship”. Lol! But I expect there are a great many more of you out there who feel proprietary about ships having sailed on them 🙂
The Princess motto is that you’ll #ComeBackNew, which I can vouch for, because after a long cruise we found that we really refreshed mentally and physically, and we reconnected with each other on a more personal level too. So these placards spoke to our souls on arrival.
Then after various security formalities we put on our identity badges and were taken off for a tour of the ship.
I loved the 180 degree views up on deck 18. Could see myself sitting up here with a good book in the daytime, and looking out to sea.
Of course it’s the pools and outside areas which capture the attention of most people. So here you are future cruisers. This is what it’s like. The Emerald Princess has 4 passenger pools and 7 whirlpool spas. At this point I was a little bit wishing that I could stow away (I had my cossie in my handbag just in case! LOL)
And another pool, with a nice poolside bar of course. Exit? Not for me thank you very much!
Even working-out on a ship isn’t too tough, at least not with a great view like this. Sometimes you do feel like you’re powering the ship when you get going!
Our tour took us up to the adults only sanctuary retreat. We loved this area.
“This is me then for the afternoon”, I said. “Not going anywhere! Ahh, bliss.”
“C’mon you have to go,” Dave said. “The tour is leaving without us.”
“Don’t care. Haha! Not leaving. Bring me a cocktail! I’ve found my spot for the afternoon!”
Well you can see what I mean, can’t you?
“Lemon water (and there was cucumber water too) would be fine if push comes to shove, thank you.”
No tour of a Princess ship would be complete without viewing the beautiful atrium, a very grand meeting place, where all sorts of events happen during the day. And for me, the grand staircases – so opulent and reminiscent of The Titanic. You feel like royalty walking up and down these stairs 🙂 Talk about Lord and Lady Muck 😉
Can you spot my super supportive husband, Dave taking photos?
There are so many other places to play hide and seek. With three main dining rooms, Share by Curtis Stone, The Salty Dog Gastropub, Crab Shack, Crown Grill, Cafe Caribe, Vines Wine Bar, Horizon Corut buffet, Trident Grill, Prego Pizzeria and Scoops ice cream bar, as well as 24 hour room service and bacony dining, you won’t EVER be hungry.
Just watch the waistline though – you might like, 25 Tips to keep fit relax and come back new, which includes tips on keeping fit which I wrote during our 104 days at sea.
There are showrooms, lounges, and theatres showing Broadway style production shows. The ship at 290 metres is actually more than half the length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge arch span (503 metres) and around 59 metres high, about the same height as Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building, so our tour couldn’t take in everything during the time we had available.
Because we were soon to be whisked away for lunch 🙂
We had an amazing lunch at the 125 seat restaurant, Share by Curtis Stone which is a really stylish venue and has superb views over the ship’s wake and out to sea. The menu offers a six-course degustation experience, with vegetarian options available too.
Okay, I’m getting to the food, which was fab. We had a lovely charcuterie plate to start with, followed by a baby romaine leaf salad tossed in a caraway buttermilk dressing complimenting grapefruit and nasturtium flowers – almost too pretty to eat.
This was followed by Pork Ravioli, a green curry filling coated in a lemongrass cream and topped with crunchy chicharones. As my friend said: “The head says no to this mix of flavours but the taste buds say Ooh Yes!”
Finally the whole lot was topped off with the most gorgeous toffee cheesecake paired with a red wine reduction, homemade raisins and macerated grapes. YUM!
There are pictures of celebrity chef Curtis Stone dotted around the place. I loved the photo of Curtis with his Gran, who he says ‘opened up my eyes to the love of cooking,’ and then there’s a nostalgic photo of one of his first ever hand written recipes. Cute! (Now I know why I hoard my children’s memorabilia – just in case! Well, you never know, do you.)
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And finally, after a lovely few hours on the still blue sea at Fremantle it was time to say goodbye. And that as they say was a wrap.
G’Bye all on Emerald Princess. We had the most fantastic day. Thank you so much!
Yep, so lucky to be Lovin’ Life this week 🙂 What are you loving?
7 Emerald Princess Fast Facts
- There are 1200 crew members on Emerald Princess.
- There are 1539 staterooms of which 675 have balconies, and 178 are mini suites with private balconies.
- There are 31 wheelchair accessible staterooms.
- Each room offers the Princess Luxury bed.
- Emerald Princess’ visit to Fremantle will probably have injected close to $500,000 into the local economy.
- More than 11,000kgs of fresh produce will have been loaded onto the ship during her day in port.
- Emerald Princess will spend her inaugural five month season of cruises from Sydney sailing on 13 roundtrip cruises to destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand and around Australia.
My experience was hosted by Princess Cruises. For more information, or if you’d like to find out more about an 11 night roundtrip cruise on Emerald Princess to New Caledonia and Vanuatu departing Sydney on January 21, 2017 – check out Princess Cruises here.
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