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08/19/2011 06:28 pm ET Updated Oct 08, 2011

The Emerald Princess: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Emerald Princess is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Emerald Princess.

North Atlantic And Mediterranean Destinations

Cruise destinations for the Emerald Princess include Canada, New England, the Caribbean and Europe. Embarkation points include Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Athens, Barbados and Venice.

Grand Ship

One of the largest ships in the Princess fleet, the Emerald Princess has 900 staterooms for guests to enjoy as they sail to exotic destinations. Entertainment abounds for both adults and children, from eating to exercise to lounging. Teens and kids will enjoy the youth center and arcade, and baby-sitting services are available.

Special Features

The Emerald Princess boasts a multitude of entertainment options, including a theater that features live entertainment. There's a theater that shows feature-length films, as well as a casino, a nightclub and several bars and lounges onboard. A spa and a library round out the offerings.

Accommodations

Staterooms on the Emerald Princess are very accommodating at around 360 square feet. There are larger suites available -- mini-suites include two TVs and a sitting area -- as well as accommodations for passengers with disabilities. All rooms include a refrigerator, a television and a safe.

Cost

Costs vary, but a seven-day cruise aboard the Emerald Princess to the Caribbean embarking from Galveston, Texas, costs about $1,200 per person. Flight Centre lists several cruise deals aboard the majestic ship.

Excursion

One of the Emerald Princess' signature cruises is the Grand Mediterranean; guests on this cruise will enjoy stops in exotic locales such as Athens, Venice and Rome. One passenger who took this cruise recommends an excursion to Santorini and a trip on the funicular to the top of the city.

Dining Experience

There are dining options on the Emerald Princess to suit all tastes in more than 10 restaurants complete with top-notch service and convenience. Anytime dining in two of the ship's restaurants allow guests to grab a bite at any hour. Other restaurants feature Italian cuisine, as well as seafood and a steak house.

Maiden Voyage

The Emerald Princess took its maiden voyage on Mother's Day 2007, departing from Piraeus, the port for Athens.

In The News

In 2010, passengers aboard an Emerald Princess cruise received compensation due to a power outage that lasted several hours, interrupting entertainment and many other services.

WATCH:

A look inside the staterooms aboard the Emerald Princess.

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