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Emerald Princess is a Crown-class cruise ship for Princess Cruises that entered service in April 2007. Her sister ships include Ruby Princess and Crown Princess.

Emerald Princess in Fremantle 2016.
Emerald Princess in Fremantle 2016
Name: Emerald Princess
Owner: Carnival plc
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: Hamilton,  Bermuda
Route: Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, & Alaska
Ordered: 23 September 2004
Builder: Fincantieri, Italy
Cost: US$500 million
Laid down: 14 September 2005
Launched: 1 June 2006[1]
Christened: 13 May 2007 by Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Erin Moran and Susan Olsen
Acquired: 24 March 2007
Maiden voyage: April 11, 2007
Status: In service
Notes: [2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Crown-class cruise ship
Length: 951 ft (290 m)
Beam: 118 ft (36 m)
Draught: 26.2 ft (8.0 m)
Decks: 15 passenger decks
Installed power: 6 × Diesel generators, 67 MW
Propulsion: 2 × PEM, fixed pitch propellers, 21 MW each
Speed: 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)
Capacity: 3,114 passengers (Lower Beds)
Crew: 1,200
Notes: [2]

Emerald Princess launched from the Italian shipyard of Fincantieri Monfalcone on June 1, 2006.[1] She was then handed over to Princess Cruises on March 24, 2007.[3] Emerald Princess was christened on 13 May 2007, in Greece.[4]


Service historyEdit

Emerald Princess in Stockholm

Emerald Princess began commercial service on 11 April 2007, offering 12-day Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises, and continued sailing Europe for Summer 2007. She was then repositioned in Fort Lauderdale in Fall to offer Caribbean cruises.[4]

Emerald Princess had a power outage on July 25, 2010 on the first day of a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. For extended periods during the 4+ hour outage, there was no air conditioning, no elevator service, limited lighting, and toilets could not flush. As a result of the outage, Emerald Princess missed its first port of call the following day. Passengers were credited US$300 per stateroom for the inconvenience. Princess Cruises has not yet[when?] determined the cause of the outage.[5][6]

Refurbishment scheduleEdit

The vessel entered dry-dock on November 30, 2015, for 13 days of minor freshening renovations. The ship left dry-dock on December 13. Previously Emerald Princess underwent dry-dock renovations from December 7 through December 17, 2012.[7]


On May 17, 2011, the ship sustained considerable damage to several lifeboats when a fuel loading barge collided with the side of the ship while in the port of St Petersburg, Russia. After inspection by authorities, it was determined the ship still had enough passenger space in an emergency using inflatable life rafts, and the ship continued on her planned itinerary.

Light SmokeEdit

On September 17, 2016, whilst en route to Las Palmas, a fan belt for an air conditioning unit on deck 16 overheated and triggered alarms, which subsequently caused a crew alert. All passengers were asked to return to their staterooms and await further instructions. The incident was investigated, and determined to be relatively small, which did not affect safety aboard, and the crew were then stood down. The vessel continued steaming toward Las Palmas for an on time arrival.[8]

Crew FatalityEdit

An Emerald Princess crew member died in an accident following a failure of a gas cylinder, which took place while the ship was alongside at Port Chalmers, New Zealand.[9] First reports indicated that the incident happened during technical work on the hydraulic launching system on a tender vessel.

Domestic DisputeEdit

On July 25, 2017, a domestic dispute ended in the death of a passenger while sailing in waters around Alaska. The ship was diverted to Juneau because of the subsequent federal investigation, but continued its journey later that night. Passengers aboard the cruise were given $150 in ship credit for the effect on their vacation.[10] The alleged offender is awaiting trial, currently scheduled for 2019.[11]


Emerald Princess is usually based in Europe in the summer and in the United States in the winter. Past itineraries have included 11-day cruises to Scandinavia & Russia from Copenhagen and Warnemuende near Rostock, 10-day cruises to Canada/New England from New York (replacing Crown Princess), and 10-day cruises to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale.[12] In 2014 she was based in Southampton for cruises to the Baltic, Mediterranean, and the fjords of Norway, as well as to the Canary Islands.[13] She then repositioned to Houston for seven-day cruises to the western Caribbean in the winter 2014-15 season.

November, 2018. The Emerald Princess is currently working 15 day Hawaii cruises out of Los Angeles, CA, USA. [14]


  1. ^ a b "Emerald Princess is launched in Monfalcone" (Press release). Fincantieri. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. London: Berlitz. pp. 353–354. ISBN 978-981-268-564-3.
  3. ^ "Fincantieri: Presentation of the Emerald Princess for Princess Cruises" (Press release). Fincantieri. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  4. ^ a b Emerald Princess christened on Mother's day. News Article. Princess Cruises. 13 May 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2010
  5. ^ "Princess Cruises: Cause of power loss on ship still a mystery". News Article. USA Today. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Update: Emerald Princess Passengers Receive Compensation for Power Outage and Missed Port". News Article. Cruise Critic. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Fleet Drydock Schedule - PrincessCruisesFAQ". Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Hurley, Sam (9 February 2017). "Crew member dead in Emerald Princess cruise ship explosion at Port Chalmers". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  10. ^ D'Oro, Rachel; Bohrer, Becky (27 July 2017). "FBI: Utah man says he killed wife because she laughed at him". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  11. ^ McCarthy, Alex (31 May 2018). "Attorneys in cruise ship murder case looking for 'possible mental defenses'". Juneau Empure. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Pacific Coastal". Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  13. ^ "Europe 2014 - Page 3 - Cruise Critic Message Board Forums". Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  14. ^ cruise schedules

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