Princess has always been an industry leader in offering a high ratio of balcony cabins (which means that they're value priced as well as generally available) and Emerald Princess excels in that regard with 880 on tap.
All standard cabins (insides on up) are uniquely laid out with a little hallway off the main hallway that leads to your open-door closet and to the bathroom. It's like having a walk-in closet! Staterooms are simply and tastefully furnished, all with ensuite facilities, and most have twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed.
They also have individual air-conditioning systems and are equipped with a mini-fridge, hair dryer, and flat-screen TV with a variety of films, television programmes and news channels. One special-to-Princess feature is its romance channel -- which showcases classic and contemporary chick flicks and other worthy entertainment! Cabins are also equipped with a multi-channel music system, and a writing desk.
Most cabins tend to have two bunk beds that fold down from the ceiling above the main beds, enabling the cabins to cater more easily to families. This layout also keeps the sleeping area compact, so it is still easy to move around the cabin. There is also a handy walk-in closet area with plenty of storage space, plus a safe. Bathrooms are efficient, with generous enough space for stowing toiletries, and are shower-only in standard categories (from insides to balcony staterooms).
Sizewise, standard cabins are neither overly generous or excessively miserly. Insides are 160 square ft., outsides range from 158 to 181 square ft. and staterooms with verandah are 233 to 285 square ft. (the last includes the balcony in the measurement).
Thirty staterooms in a variety of categories have been equipped for disabled travelers.
For more spacious accommodations, the ship offers a couple of different options. Beds are made with plush duvets and lots of pillows; bathrooms have good quality towels.
Those opting for more room should start by looking at mini-suites, at 323 square ft., which include a separate living nook and a full length couch, along with a chair and an extra remote-operated television. Its bathroom comes with a tub. Then Princess has a raft of names for its other suites (Vista, Penthouse, Owners), but they all come in between 468 - 591 square ft. Other perks include a separate sitting area, DVD and MP3 player (DVD's are available for free to borrow), free laundry and dry cleaning, and a more elaborate bathroom. Interestingly, there's no over-the-top, 1,000-plus square ft. suite onboard.
There are two family suites onboard; these measure 607 square ft.
R248 Cabin is average in size. Window is nice. Room is as high and as far back as can be and engine vibration and ship movement is very noticeable. Not recommended for people who suffer from seasickness.
Overall a very comfortable accommodation with a decent size balcony. Since the cabin was located on the same floor as the bridge and toward the bow of the ship, the bridge actually blocked our view at times. The closet area was adequate, although a few more hangers would...continue