10 Reasons Australia's Excited For Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess will be visiting our shores Down Under in October, bringing with it a slew of exciting itineraries and onboard features.
From an outdoor cinema and magic on the seas, to a gourmet menu from one of our favourite celebrity chefs, here's why we're pretty darn excited to see Emerald Princess arrive.
Emerald Princess has a sweet tooth, particularly when it comes to chocolate. If you're a fellow chocolate lover, you'll appreciate the exclusive Chocolate Journeys program.
On board you'll find a very tempting menu of chocolate deserts, drinks and even spa treatments. You can also match two of your lifetime loves with delicious chocolate and wine pairings.
2. Movies Under The Stars
Some people frown at the idea of watching a movie while on holiday, but we're all for a bit of cinematic immersion especially when it takes place outside in the middle of the ocean
Emerald Princess' Movies Under The Stars event takes place day and night. Films, concerts and sporting events are all shown on an enormous poolside screen. They even give out free cookies and milk at night!
3. Lotus Spa
If there's one holiday element cruise ships do really well it's spa days. Princess' Lotus Spa is one of the best on the ocean, with a range of heavenly treatments.
Expect aroma stone therapy massage, detoxifying wraps, facials, deep-tissue massage, acupuncture and plenty more to leave you completely relaxed.
Cheaper than the full-sized suites and with far more luxury than a typical stateroom, Emerald Princess' Mini-Suites are the perfect middle ground for passengers.
Approximately 30 square metres of space is taken up by a queen-size bed, two flat-screen TVs, private bathroom, separate lounge area with sofa bed, and a furnished balcony.
5. The Voice
Princess Cruises' twist on TV's popular singing competition The Voice is a chance for select guests to showcase their beautiful voices on stage.
Voice of the Ocean takes place each voyage. Competitors are chosen through tryouts, before singing with a live band in front of three judges with those iconic rotating chairs. Teams are chosen and eventually the finalists face off, with the winner voted on by the rest of the passengers.
6. Curtis Stone
Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is one of the focal points on many Princess cruises. You'll be able to indulge in his sumptuous creations at the exclusive dining experience SHARE.
SHARE encompasses Curtis' love for social dining. The communal-style seating fosters conversation, but don't expect too much chatter when guests tuck into the handmade pastas, premium cut meats and gourmet desserts.
The cruising landscape has changed considerably over the years. Instead of wealthy couples we see more families on board. For those who need a little peace from the noise and constant activity, Emerald Princess has The Sanctuary.
This adults-only retreat features comfortable lounges, steward service, personal entertainment, open-air massages and healthy snacks.
Entertainment abounds on any Princess cruise and Magic To Do highlights the billboard. Stephen Schwartz's (Godspell, Pippin and Wicked) new cruise-exclusive musical showcases fresh music alongside some of his most famous songs such as Defying Gravity.
Schwartz has also filled the Broadway-quality stage with recognisable talent from all around the world including Australia.
9. Australian Currency
The cost of a cruise holiday can quickly get out of hand when dealing with British Pounds or USD as onboard currency.
Fortunately, Emerald Princess is treating its Australian passengers to our local currency. This means no worrying about annoying conversions and no tipping.
Sometimes, with so many exciting onboard inclusions, we need to remind ourselves that cruising is also about the destination.
Princess Cruises certainly hasn't. Its Australian and New Zealand journeys, running from October 2016 to April 2017, include ports of call at Auckland, Wineglass Bay, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, multiple Australian capital cities and plenty more.
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