However, the ship's official christening ceremony isn't until next month. Why the wait? The ship will actually be christened and named alongside another new-to-Princess vessel -- Royal Princess -- in a unique joint ceremony in Greece's Santorini. The ceremony takes place on May 12 (so stay tuned!).
The inaugural itinerary to Venice includes calls at Naples/Capri, Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Piraeus, Katakolon, Corfu and Dubrovnik. Emerald Princess will continue to sail Mediterranean itineraries before repositioning to Ft. Lauderdale in October for a series of Caribbean cruises.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor