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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Exploring the Emerald Princess

I love travelling. It is one of the biggest loves of my life. Discovering and exploring new places. And I'm quite happy to travel in lots of different ways. 

I've travelled by plane, train and boat. In fact my boat trip was my most recent one back in November of last year when we went on a cruise to Amsterdam (read about the trip here, and the onboard the ship here). I absolutely adored the trip, despite being nine weeks pregnant and suffering from morning and motion sickness, so I was so excited to be invited on board the Emerald Princess by Princess Cruises to have a little explore before it went on its next trip to the canary islands. 


We took a whirlwind tour of the best features of the ship after it had undergone a refurb in December 2015, and I have to say we just didn't have long enough to take it all in. Emerald Princess is one of Princess Crusies' largest ships with a capacity of 3,092 (lower berths) and weighing in at 113,561 tonnes. The family cruise ship carries entertainment for everyone, including spa facilities for the adults and a kids club for the under 18's which is a major plus for me as I'm now on the look out for family-friendly holiday ideas!

I think what I love most about cruise ships is their design. They are so beautifully designed and decorated with so much care taken to ensure they look spectacular. I love how different rooms have different themes and it is all so elaborate and ornate. You just don't see it in buildings on land.



The gallery of artwork was exceptional with so many beautiful pieces, I could have spent hours in there alone. 



Emerald Princess also hosts a number of pools, including their 'movies under the stars' pool which features a pool beneath a huge screen which I have to say is pretty damn amazing. I can't think of anything nicer than chilling in the pool on a hot day with a movie on the big screen and a cocktail nearby! 





As for the food. Well I love cruising food because it is simply so good. We tried a selection from one of their restaurant menu's which included smoked salmon and crayfish salad, beef tenderloin, and a chocolate and hazlenut souffle. The service is that of a silver service restaurant where you are literally treated like nothing is too much. As a table of bloggers we had such a great time, with probably some of the strangest questions the crew has ever been asked, by they were always happy to help and answer any question we had, including whether or not we could eat the crayfish shell-on garnish (turns out generally not!). We were also given a little behind the scenes tour and talk inside the galley where they prep and cater for everyone on board the ship, including making pastries and all the restaurant meals from scratch each day! 




A huge thank you to Sotonbloggers for organising, and to Princess Cruises for hosting us and letting us go mad with our cameras on board the VERY instagrammable Emerald Princess

*tour provided by Princess - as always, all views and opinions are my own. 
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