Princess has always been an industry leader in offering a high ratio of balcony cabins (which means that they're value priced and generally available), and Emerald Princess excels in that regard with 880 on tap.
All standard cabins are uniquely laid out with a little hallway off the main hallway that leads to your open-door closet and to the bathroom. Staterooms are simply and tastefully furnished with a writing desk (no couch or comfortable chair), and most have twin beds that can be converted into a queens.
Each cabins also has its own air-conditioning system and is equipped with a mini-fridge, safe, hair dryer, and flat-screen TV with a variety of films, television programs and news channels. One special-to-Princess feature is its romance channel, which showcases classic and contemporary chick flicks. The TVs are also equipped with a multi-channel music system. Cabins have 100-volt electrical outlets. Ice is provided daily, and a fresh fruit plate is available upon request. Storage is plentiful with what amounts to a walk-in closet and roomy drawers on the bedside tables.
Some cabins have two bunk beds that fold down from the ceiling above the main beds, enabling the cabins to cater more easily to families and groups. This layout also keeps the sleeping area compact, so it is still easy to move around the cabin.
Bathrooms are efficient, with generous enough space for stowing toiletries. They're shower-only in standard categories. The only toiletries in the standard staterooms are shampoo and body wash.
Size-wise, cabins are neither overly generous nor excessively miserly. Insides are 160 square feet, outsides range from 158 to 181 square feet, and staterooms with verandahs are 233 to 285 square feet (including the balcony). Basic verandahs each have two deck chairs and a coffee table.
Thirty staterooms in a variety of categories have been equipped for disabled travelers.
For more spacious accommodations, the ship offers a couple of different mini-suite and suite options. In all suite categories, beds are made with plush duvets and lots of pillows; bathrooms have high-quality towels and expanded toiletries. Each suite's balcony is furnished with padded teak loungers and a table and chairs.
Those opting for more room should start by looking at 323-square-foot mini-suites, which each include a separate living nook and a full-length couch, along with a chair and an extra television. Its bathroom comes with a tub.
Princess has a raft of names for its other suites (Vista, Penthouse, Owners), but they all come in between 468 and 591 square feet. 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. Suite amenities include daily canapes, a welcome bottle of Champagne, fresh flowers, a pillow menu, a terrycloth bathrobe and slippers, a range of Lotus Spa toiletries, a one-time complimentary bar setup and special disembarkation arrangements. Unlike on other lines, there's no over-the-top, 1,000-plus-square-foot suite onboard.
There are two family suites on Emerald Princess; these measure 607 square feet. Essentially, each of these mini-suites has an attached inside stateroom; they can sleep six to eight people.
One especially nice touch: If you are worried that your luggage might be overweight, your steward will weigh your bags for you the day before disembarkation so that you can make proper adjustments.
We had an interior cabin which was slightly small but adequate, not helped by two additional beds attached to the cabin walls which folded down, how four people could sleep in this small area would be difficult to envisaged.