Princess Cruises might quite possibly be physical proof of the meteoric rise of cruising in Australia, capped off this week by the maiden arrival of Emerald Princess – the biggest and newest ship the line has ever brought to Australia for an entire summer season.

Welcomed at daybreak by a flotilla of boats firing green flames into the sky, the 3,082-guest Emerald Princess brings with it the absolute latest and most modern Princess Cruises passenger experience, offering the latest dining options, the newest shows, the most technologically advanced bedding and accommodations and the hottest entertainment. No longer do Australians need an international flight to enjoy the heights that Princess can offer.

With its arrival, Australia is also now home to two of the three ‘SHARE by Curtis Stone‘ restaurants on the Princess Cruises fleet. In addition to the 75-seat Sun Princess, the Aussie chef’s eatery on this ship is significantly bigger in size (to meet the larger guest contingent) at 125 seats but serves the same outstanding plates at tables ranging in size from two seats up to communal benches with space for dozens.

SHARE by Curtis Stone on Emerald Princess is larger with more communal tables for guests to enjoy their plates with great company.
SHARE by Curtis Stone on Emerald Princess is larger with more communal tables for guests to enjoy with great company.

Other highlights include the acclaimed Ernesto Burger, which you’ll want to try in the Salty Dog Gastropub. Test your singing skills at The Voice of the Ocean and see if the judges turn their chairs to select you, or catch some professional singers at ‘Magic to Do’, the first of four exclusive musicals designed by Princess Cruises by Broadway producer Stephen Schwartz.

At the end of each day, guests in the 1,500 staterooms will also climb into the latest luxury bedding now in place across the Princess Cruises fleet. The specially designed mattresses, linens and pillows are the product of months of design work by US sleep experts.

Across the ship’s 19 decks are 26 Suites, 2 Family Suites (with interconnecting doors), 178 Mini-Suites, 675 Balcony staterooms, 222 Ocean View staterooms and 436 Inside staterooms. From this selection, 31 are designated for guests with accessibility limitations.

Emerald Princess will be cruising in Australian waters until April 2017 on a range of domestic, South Pacific and New Zealand itineraries and even combinations of the two before heading across the Pacific to North America next winter. Cruise Advice was welcomed onboard during the ship’s maiden call this week for a look around – check out Emerald Princess here.