Setting Sail: Emerald Princess

This week, I am reporting from Princess Cruises’ brand new Emerald Princess. Our 12-day Greek Isles and Mediterranean voyage takes us from Rome to Venice.

Along the way, we’ll take part on a special naming ceremony for the ship: Sunday, May 13, in Athens.

Television icons Florence Henderson, best known as “Carol Brady” on The Brady Bunch, and Marion Ross, aka “Marion Cunningham” of Happy Days fame and their TV daughters, Susan Olsen (“Cindy Brady”) and Erin Moran (“Joanie Cunningham”) will all be aboard Emerald Princess to officially welcome her into the Princess fleet.

Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod)   is on board, and I’ll have an inteview with him later in the voyage.

The 3.070-passenger Emerald Princess is nearly identical to the Crown Princess, launched last year, but with a few new twists. I’ll be reporting on those twists as the week progresses, so bookmark this page and return often.

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Cindi says:

We are sailing on Emerald princess in September on the Venice to Barcelona itinerary. We have a mini suite on the Dolphin Deck (D302). We are concerned there will be excess noise from the stairway and lifts which are nearby. Can you comment?

RESPONSE FROM RALPH GRIZZLE: I walked up to D302, which is indeed near the elevators. I would have knocked on D302’s door, but the occupants had placed their “Privacy Please” placard in the keyhole. So I did the next best thing. I asked the stateroom steward, Jun. He said not to worry. He has never heard any complaints from anyone who has occupied stateroom D302. And Jun said he would be here in September, so that you can take it out on him if he’s wrong! But judging from the “Privacy Please” placard at 7 a.m. this morning, the occupants of stateroom D302 were quietly sleeping. Hope this helps!

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