Cruise Ships are a whole new world to me having never even considered a cruise as a holiday possibility before. When the opportunity arose to spend the day onboard Princess Cruises* Emerald Princess I jumped at the chance to explore a cruise ship for myself and see what exactly they have to offer. Emerald Princess is one of the largest ships in the Princess fleet with the capacity to hold 3,080 guests and 1,200 crew members. We were heading on during a turnover day while the ship was docked in Southampton before heading off for a 10 day cruise to Gran Canaria. Despite our best efforts we couldn’t stow away anywhere so instead I will share with you the details of our day.
We checked into the Mayflower cruise terminal, grabbed our passes and headed onboard for light nibbles and refreshments while we waited for everyone to arrive. Our first stop was speciality restaurant Share – award winning chef Curtis Stone’s first five star restaurant at sea. The beautifully inspired menu aims to reconnect loved ones whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just grabbing a bite to eat. The menu includes a selection of charcuterie, fresh seafood, premium meats and decadent desserts.
We then headed off on a full tour of the ship starting at the 19th deck and working our way down. I am petrified of heights so the top deck was pretty challenging but I just made sure not to look down (and the fact the ship wasn’t moving at all massively helped). The Emerald Princess features four standard pools, seven whirlpools, a spa, theatre, wedding chapel and a range of speciality restaurants across its many decks. There is a plethora of things to do onboard whether you want to relax in the hot-tub and catch a movie under the stars or you want to spend the afternoon pampering yourself in the adult only spa – The Sanctuary.
They cater for all types of travellers whether you need a simple two person stateroom or an eight person suite. Chose from ocean view or balcony depending on your preference and prepare to travel in style with the gorgeous interiors of each room. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the staterooms as I fully expected them to be tiny but you could comfortably walk around the room and the bathroom was pretty roomy. When it comes to dining they have got you covered with three main dining areas, several speciality restaurants, bars and cafes plus 24 hour room service should you ever get a case of the midnight munchies!
For lunch we headed to the Botticelli Dining Room where we were treated to a three course menu of cold smoked salmon and soused crayfish tails, Chateaubriand of beef tenderloin followed by chocolate-hazelnut soufflé. The food was out of this world, a real taste sensation that I was not expecting to find onboard a cruise ship. The service was outstanding with every single member of staff going above and beyond to ensure all our questions were answered (there were a lot) and all of our needs were met.
It was the perfect day onboard the Emerald Princess there just wasn’t enough time to see everything. Hopefully next time I head onboard a cruise ship it’s because I am setting sail on a new adventure rather than just exploring for the day. A big thank you to Southampton Bloggers and Princess Cruises for putting together a fabulous day and inviting me along.