(10:50 p.m. EST) — Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess has revealed a multi-million-pound refit ahead of its 2016 spring and summer sailings from the UK, adding two new dining venues and a number of cabin upgrades.
The 3,092-passenger ship now features Share, a laid-back dining concept by Australian celebrity chef, Curtis Stone, where dishes including charcuterie and homemade pastas will be served family style, and the Salty Dog Gastropub, which will offer craft beers, and small plates based on classic pub favourites.
Stone’s new dining venue replaces the line’s long-standing Italian restaurant, Sabatini’s, and also features on Ruby Princess, Coral Princess and Sun Princess. The Salty Dog Gastropub was first introduced on Crown Princess in October and will feature on Ruby Princess.
In addition to the new restaurants, each stateroom has been fitted with a luxury mattress as part of Princess Cruises’ ‘Sleep’ programme and the gym has been upgraded with new equipment and weights. 100 staterooms have also been fitted with interconnecting doors for families wanting to book rooms next to each other.
Princess Cruises will roll our more than 44,000 new beds to every stateroom across its 18-ship fleet by 2018. Designed by clinical psychologist and ‘sleep doctor’, Dr Michael Breus, the beds feature luxurious pillow-top mattresses, individually wrapped coils to reduce surface sway and motion transfer and hypoallergenic duvets.
Tony Roberts, vice president of Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: «Emerald Princess’ refit is a real coup for us in the UK, as when the ship arrives here in April our guests sailing from Southampton will be among the first to experience all the enhancements. SHARE by Curtis Stone will be the perfect place to connect with family and friends, whilst enjoying delicious and fresh cuisine, while the Salty Dog Gastropub will be a home-from-home premium dining experience. When you add in the other improvements we’ve made along with our unbeatable onboard service and the fact we travel to more destinations than any other cruise line, it’s clear that there’s more reasons than ever to travel with Princess Cruises next year.»
Emerald Princess will be the only Princess Cruises ship leaving the UK to introduce these new features.