Emerald Princess Cabins: The Best & Worst Rooms on the Ship



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Most cruise ships are part of a single class – a group of ships within a fleet that have the same or similar features, or are built to a certain theme. But the Grand Class is different, as it is a class of ship that was built for both Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises (both being owned by the same parent company), with several sub-classes within it.

Emerald Princess

One of those is the Crown Class, which consists of the Emerald Princess and two of her sister ships, Crown Princess and Ruby Princess. These three ships are almost identical, offering guests a wonderful cruise holiday with plenty of great features to enjoy.

And there are some wonderful accommodations you can choose from as well, including cabin types to suit any budget. But which ones are the best ones? And arguably more importantly, which are the ones you really want to avoid?

Let’s take a look.

Emerald Princess Cabin Types

There are six main types of cabin on Emerald Princess.

AccommodationSleepsSize (incl. balcony)
Interior2 to 4162 to 234* sq. ft.
Oceanview2 to 4158 to 181 sq. ft
Balcony2 to 4231 to 271 sq. ft.
Premium Balcony2 to 4231 to 298 sq. ft.
Mini Suite2 to 4323 sq. ft.
Suite2 to 4460 to 777 sq. ft.

*Wheelchair-accesible interior rooms are significantly larger than standard ones, which range from 162 to 182 square feet.

Not every ship in the Princess fleet has Oceanview rooms, but Emerald Princess does, including some at the front of the ship that let you look ahead to where you’re sailing. But the majority of rooms on the ship are either Interior, Balcony or Premium Balcony.

However, the decision of which room you should book is a lot more than just picking a cabin type. There’s a lot to consider, as within each type there are different categories, some of which are better than others, and then you also need to think about the location on the ship as well, and how close you want to be to certain facilities (or how far away, if you want a quieter room).

Because there’s a lot to think about, I’ve made a checklist that tells you everything you need to be aware of. And you can get it free here:

Emerald Princess Inside Cabins

Emerald Princess Inside Cabins

On most cruise ships, the most ‘basic’ accommodation you can book is an interior or inside cabin, and Emerald Princess is no different. These rooms are on the inside of the ship, as the name suggests, which means you don’t have any windows for natural light. 

They’re normally designed for two people but there are some that can sleep four. Often inside rooms are the smallest on a ship, but there are some smaller Oceanview cabins on Emerald Princess – though not by much.

These rooms are ideal for anyone who either doesn’t like to be woken up by sunlight, and thinks they may get a better sleep without any windows, or for anyone who just isn’t too bothered by having a nice view. After all, there are plenty of open decks where you can go when you do want to see the sea.

And interior cabins are the cheapest available, which frees up more of your budget for on-board activities or even for your next cruise. There are some wheelchair-accessible interior cabins on Emerald Princess, and they’re some of the most spacious rooms on the ship that aren’t suites.

Beds are flexible – they’re normally twin beds that can be converted into a double – while the cabins that sleep up to four will have Pullman beds that are more suited to children but can support some adults.

Suggested read: What is a Pullman bed?

Pullman beds are either fold-down from the wall, or they’re hidden in the ceiling, and on Emerald Princess it’s the fold-down from the wall version. These aren’t as good, because people in the twin beds can bump their heads on the Pullman even when folded up.

Emerald Princess Inside Cabin Grades

Every cabin on Emerald Princess has a two-letter code that tells you the grade. The first letter makes clear the cabin type, while the second character (a mix of numbers and letters) tells you where it is on the ship, and what sub-type of room it is.

Inside cabins begin with I, and the second letter runs from A to F. A is considered the best due to the location, while F is the worst. Costs vary, so an IA will cost more than an IF – if you want the best location, you have to pay a little more.

GradeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
IA2162
IB4162 – 182 (234 for wheelchair accessible)
IC2162 – 182
ID2162
IE2162
IF4162

Emerald Princess Oceanview Cabins

Emerald Princess Oceanview Cabins

If you want to enjoy a view from your room, or the thought of no natural light leaves you feeling a bit cramped, then an Oceanview is the next step up. Cheaper than a Balcony, you tend to get just a little more space than an Interior cabin, but more importantly some view of the ocean.

Bear in mind that some of the Oceanview cabins on Emerald Princess have an obstructed view, either caused by the lifeboats or by the bridge at the front of the ship. These are cheaper, so if you’re not so worried about the view and just want some sunlight, these could be ideal.

Emerald Princess Oceanview Cabin Grades

GradeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
OB4179
OC2179
OE2179
OF2179
OV – Obstructed4179
OW – Obstructed2179
OY – Obstructed2179
OZ – Obstructed2158 – 179

Emerald Princess Balcony Cabins

Emerald Princess Balcony Cabins

Looking for a little more space again, and the chance to soak up some fresh air from the comfort of your own room? That’s when you want a Balcony cabin. These have sliding doors opening onto your own miniature veranda where you’ll have a couple of chairs and you can sit and relax with a view.

Within the Balcony category, there are a couple of different options available – Balcony and Premium Balcony. Premium Balconies have more space and are in some premium locations, including the aft of the ship overlooking the wake.

Emerald Princess Balcony Cabin Grades

GradeTypeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
B1Premium Balcony4271
B2Premium Balcony4271
B4Premium Balcony4231 – 298
BABalcony4231
BBBalcony4231
BCBalcony4231
BDBalcony3231 – 271
BEBalcony2231 – 271
BFBalcony2231

Emerald Princess Mini Suites

Emerald Princess Mini Suites

The Mini Suites on Emerald Princess are a middle step between a Balcony stateroom and a full-size suite. This has some plusses and some drawbacks – you get more space, and you get a few extra benefits, but not as many as if you were to make the step up all the way to a full suite.

However, you’re also not paying the same price as your would be for a Suite, so there is that to consider as well.

The perks you get in a Mini Suite on Emerald Princess are:

  • A separate sitting area in your suite, with a sofa bed and a coffee table
  • A curtain so that you can separate the sofa bed from the main bed area, creating two bedrooms
  • An extra TV – the usual one facing the bed, and a second in the sitting area
  • A better bathroom that has a bathtub and a massage shower
  • An upgraded bed, that has better pillows and a plump mattress topper
  • Additional balcony chairs – up to four (instead of the normal two)
  • A glass of sparkling wine as you board the ship

Emerald Princess Mini Suite Grades

GradeTypeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
M1Club Class Mini Suite3323
MBMini Suite4323
MDMini Suite4323
MEMini Suite4323

Club Class Mini Suites

If Mini Suites are a halfway house between Balcony cabins and Suites, then Club Class are a two-thirds house…in that they’re a premium subclass of Mini Suites that have some additional perks, despite not being any larger.

Emerald Princess Club Class Mini Suite perks:

  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation queues at the start and the end of your cruise
  • An even comfier bed
  • Bathrobes provided for each guest for the duration of the cruise (don’t steal them!)
  • A half bottle of red wine and a half bottle of white wine in your Mini Suite on embarkation day
  • Evening canapes served in your room (on request)
  • Access to an exclusive seating area in the Main Dining Room, with additional menu options to choose from.

If you’re thinking about making the step up to a Mini Suite or a Club Class Mini Suite, it’s worth taking the time to consider whether these extra benefits are worth it to you. And if they are, then you might also want to pay a little more for a full-sized Suite.

If the perks aren’t something you want to pay more for, then it’s not worth booking a Club Class Mini Suite, although you may prefer the extra room that a regular Mini Suite gives you compared to a Balcony cabin.

Emerald Princess Suites

Emerald Princess Suites

If you want to really live the high life, or you just want the most space to be able to relax in the privacy of your own room, then a Suite is the way to go. Emerald Princess has some fantastic Suite options, giving you all of the perks of a Club Class Mini Suite, as well as a long list of additional extras as well.

Emerald Princess Suite Perks:

  • Priority queues for embarkation and disembarkation, and for shore excursions/tenders
  • Priority lines for booking shore excursions and for guest services desks
  • Priority booking for the speciality dining venues
  • Access to the Club Class Dining area of the Main Dining Room with its extra menu choices
  • Access to the exclusive Lotus Spa Thermal Suite
  • An upgraded room service menu to choose from
  • Your boarding drink is upgraded to Champagne
  • A free mini bar in you room, a fruit bowl (topped up on request) and a fresh vase of orchids in your suite for your arrival
  • A free mimosa served at breakfast every day
  • A twice-daily ice service
  • Tea served in your suite
  • A cruise card wallet
  • Complimentary use of umbrellas as necessary
  • Free laundry, dry cleaning and shoe-shining
  • One free private portrait photograph taken by the ship’s photographer

Emerald Princess Suite Grades

GradeTypeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
S2Owner’s Suite3687 – 777
S3Penthouse Suite3524 – 531
S4Penthouse Suite3533
S5Premium Suite3568
S6Vista Suite3460 – 495
S8Family Suite6606

Owner’s Vs Penthouse vs Premium vs Vista

There are five different types of Suite on the Emerald Princess, although one of those is a speciality category aimed at families – more on that below.

But when comparing the other suites, the best is the Owner’s Suite. Not only is it the most spacious, but it has a prime location at the aft corners of the ship, giving you the biggest balcony area and what many believe to be the best view.

Some of the Penthouse Suites are also situated at the aft in a more central location, as are the smaller Vista Suites – although they are on a lower deck, so you don’t get quite as expansive a view.

The S4 Penthouse Suites are situated mid-ship, and while these views aren’t as sought after, it does mean that you’re closer to all of the amenities of the ship. If you want to head to the Lotus Spa then you’re a lot closer than an Owner’s Suite guest.

The Premium Suites are located in a forward position, with balconies at the front of the ship. There may be times that you can’t use these balconies because of the winds as the ship is sailing – so bear that in mind.

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Special Cabin Types

Emerald Princess Aft Rooms

Most people covet an aft room because of the views you can enjoy. Looking out of the wake is pretty exciting, and you’re sheltered from a lot of the winds that stream past the ship while you’re sailing too. Plus the rooms tend to be larger, so you’re getting more space and a wonderful view every morning.

On the Emerald Princess, the aft-facing rooms include:

  • Premium Balcony Cabins – Decks 8 to 14, excluding Deck 12
  • Vista Suites – Decks 8 to 10
  • Penthouse Suites – Decks 10 to 12
  • Owner’s Suites – Deck 12

Emerald Princess Connecting Rooms

Connecting room

Connecting rooms are designed for any groups that are travelling together that either can’t fit into one cabin, or that want a little more space. They’re two cabins side-by-side that have a door between them. This door is locked by default, so that any guest can book these rooms without a stranger wandering in. But if you book both rooms you can have this connecting door unlocked so that you can wander between the two rooms freely.

On Emerald Princess, there are a lot of choices when it comes to connecting rooms:

  • Two Interior Cabins
  • Two Oceanview Cabins
  • Two Balcony Cabins
  • Two Premium Balcony Cabins
  • Two Mini Suites

Emerald Princess Family Suites

There is another type of connecting room that’s a little more special – the Family Suite. Technically each of the two Family Suites are just two Balcony cabins at the front of the ship, but they must be booked together – you can’t book these rooms individually.

Despite the fact that they are listed as separate rooms within one suite, they have been converted so instead of a shared door, they have a shared living space and fully open balcony area. 

Plus you get all the benefits of booking a suite too, and because there are two sofa beds the suites sleep up to 6 guests. So if you’re looking for something special for your family, or you’re travelling with a larger group, these could be ideal.

Emerald Princess Accessible Rooms

While the public areas of the ship are fully accessible for wheelchair users, not every cabin is really suited. There are a selection of dedicated accessible cabins though, which have wider doorways, more floorspace around the bed to allow a chair to manoeuvre, and a wet room.

These are really popular and will often book up quickly, so if you’re interested then you should definitely try to book in advance. And if you don’t need an accessible cabin, try not to book them so that those who do require the space don’t miss out.

The accessible cabins on Emerald Princess include:

  • Interior Cabins – Decks 10, 12, 14 and 15
  • Oceanview Cabins – Deck 8
  • Balcony Cabins – Decks 11, 12 and 14
  • Premium Balcony Cabins – Deck 10
  • Mini Suites – Deck 9
  • Penthouse Suite – Deck 14

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Emerald Princess Cabins to Avoid

Now that we’ve run through every type of accommodation you can book on Emerald Princess, it’s time to pick out those individual cabins that maybe aren’t the best choice.

I’ve scoured forums and Facebook groups to find the rooms on Emerald Princess that people haven’t been too happy with, and made a note of them for you here. But remember that a lot of this is subjective, and some of these might actually be a good choice for you.

None of the recommendations here are down to a ‘bad’ room. These are all tips based on the location of the rooms, and what surrounds them.

With that clarified, here are the Emerald Princess cabins you might want to avoid.

1. Cabins That Are Under the Lido Deck

R311 to R525

A common thread you see on forums and Facebook groups about cruise ships is problems with the noise from pool decks. There are a lot of rooms that are situated directly underneath the wooden decking of the pools, and when guests wake up nice and early to secure themselves and deck chair, they will often scrape it along the floor to get it into position.

And that sound carries through the floor.

What was interesting was that it wasn’t just complaints about the passengers in the morning that I read about, but also about crew working late to clean the Lido, scraping the deck as they cleaned it as late as almost midnight.

When the guest in question complained they did get an apology, as well as a credit to their on-board spend account, so that should show it’s not a super-regular thing. But if you are someone who appreciates a lie-in then definitely consider booking a room that isn’t underneath the scraping deck chairs.

2. Balcony Cabins Near the Front of the Ship

L106 and 107, R201 and 202, A201 and 202, B201 and 202, C101 and 102, D105 and 106 

A few cruise lines have balcony cabins situated in a forward position on the ship, but they’re rendered completely unusable while the ship is sailing because of the high winds – barring some that have special reinforced panels in place.

While Emerald Princess doesn’t have forward-facing balconies (except in two Premium Suites), it does have some that are situated close to the front of the ship. These balconies may be out of bounds during particularly high winds, but even when you are allowed to use them I saw a couple of people saying that it wasn’t a pleasant experience – it was too breezy to be able to relax.

If your idea of a balcony is one where things are peaceful, a mid-ship location may be a better choice.

3. Cabins That Can Be Worse for Seasickness

L101 to 311, R201 to 301 and 628 to 751, A201 to 301 and 628 to 751, B201 to 301 and 628 to 757

If you’re someone that’s worried about potentially getting seasick, then you’ll want to avoid cabins where you will feel the motion the most. Those are the cabins on the higher decks towards the front and aft of the ship.

The itinerary will of course make a difference too, but with some of Emerald Princess’ cruises taking place around waters north of San Francisco, and others in Europe around the notorious Bay of Biscay, there is definitely the chance of some choppier waters so it’s worth bearing this in mind.

4. Cabins Directly Adjacent to the Laundromat

A628, C312, D720, P212

There are a handful of laundry rooms on Emerald Princess, meaning guests don’t have to cart their dirty clothes up many floors in the elevator. However, there are a couple of staterooms that are directly adjacent to these rooms, and you may want to avoid them.

And there are two reasons – firstly, the obvious noise of the machines. This isn’t terrible but it can also cause vibrations in the room. This is less of an issue for P212 as while this is next-door to the laundromat, it is perpendicular and so the machines aren’t all sharing a wall with the room – unlike the other cabins I’ve listed above.

The other issue is just traffic – you may have a lot of noise from people coming and going, especially as each of the cabins I’ve listed is between the laundromat and the lift.

5. Cabins at the Front of the Ship Near Crew Stairwells

E101 to 104, D103 to 104, C101 to 102, B201 to 204, A201 to 204,  R201 to 204

There are three main staircases on the Emerald Princess that go from Decks 7 to the higher decks. One at the front of the ship, one mid-ship and one at the aft. The mid-ship and aft staircases are open to passengers, which means they actually get the least use – because everyone uses the elevators.

The staircase at the front of the ship is for crew only, and some guests have reported that there can be some noise early in the morning when the crew are moving around between floors to get everything ready for guests waking up.

It’s not a comment I saw a lot, but I did see it a couple of times, so it’s worth being aware of it you like a lie-in.

6. Obstructed View Rooms if a View is Important to You

Any OV, OW, OY or OZ cabin (Deck 8), L101 to 104 (Deck 14)

There are a number of Oceanview cabins on Deck 8 that have an obstructed view caused by the ship’s lifeboats. And equally in the Oceanview cabins at the front of Deck 14, the bridge causes an obstruction too.

This isn’t a problem if you don’t want a view and only want some natural sunlight – you’ll still get that, and you can save money. But if you want a good view, it’s best to book an unobstructed room since you don’t know just how much you’ll be able to see.

7. Connecting Cabins if You Don’t Need Them

Various

The connecting cabins are great for travelling families, but if you aren’t planning on booking both connecting rooms then it’s a good idea to avoid booking one of them at all.

The connecting door will always remain locked, so you don’t have to worry about a stranger wandering in. But that door is not as well insulated for sound as an actual wall, and so you may hear your neighbours a lot – and they might hear you.

If you like privacy, then avoid a connecting room unless you need it.

8. Aft Cabins if You Don’t Want to Risk Soot

R748 to 751, A750 to 753, B748 to 757

Some guests have reported that when they’ve booked an aft balcony room, there have been some soot build-ups coming from the stacks.

It’s not something that you’ll always have to deal with, but it is a risk for the cabins that are higher up. You may notice a fine dusting of soot on the deck and if you leave any clothes out there, they may get a coating too.

Booking a lower balcony will minimise the risk, but will sacrifice some of the view, so it’s something you need to balance.

The Best Cabins on Emerald Princess

1. Family Suites

The two family suites are a great option for any larger groups who want to sail on Emerald Princess. They aren’t necessarily packed with fun activities for the kids, like some family-oriented suites are on other cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, but they’re really spacious and they have a good-sized balcony that everyone can enjoy.

The only real downside is their forward location, which means some amenities on the ship will be a long walk away. But that’s worth it to not be living underneath each other’s noses or having to book multiple cabins.

2. The Cheapest Cabins

The cheapest cabins on Emerald Princess are some of the inside cabins, especially those situated towards the front of the ship. They’re not the biggest, and they’re a decent walk from many of the amenities, but for someone who plans on spending a very small amount of time in their room they are ideal.

You’ll save a lot of money – often paying half of what a guest in a Premium Balcony or Mini Suite may be paying – which can go towards all your onboard experiences or even your next cruise holiday.

3. Staterooms Adjacent to the Terrace Pool

Specifically, the Interior rooms R744 and R745, Balcony cabins R746 and R747 (which have slightly extended balconies too) and the Premium Balcony cabins R748 to R751.

These are right next to the Terrace Pool at the back of the ship, which gives you first dibs on a relaxing deck chair overlooking the wake. Not many people tend to rush here in the morning and you can literally step out of your room and be by the pool in around 10 yards. It’s like your own little private haven.

Emerald Princess terrace pool

Other guests will sometimes come this way and so there can be increased traffic, but if you’re awake then you will never miss a deck chair from these rooms.

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To Conclude

There really aren’t any bad cabins on Emerald Princess, but depending on your preferences for noise, location and how prone you are to feeling sick, there may be some that are better for you than others.

I took a lot of this feedback from Facebook groups and forums, so it’s always a good idea to check those out yourself too. You can even ask about a specific cabin – someone on the groups will normally be able to tell you about their own experiences, and they often post their own Emerald Princess cabins photos so you might see exactly what yours looks like!

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Emerald Princess Accommodation FAQs

When was Emerald Princess last refurbished?

Emerald Princess was refurbished in 2019. While the main focus of the refurbishment was adding some new dining venues to the top deck, some of the décor and fixtures throughout the ship were updated too. All of the Crown-Class ships were refurbished around this time.

How many suites are there on Emerald Princess?

There are 28 Suites on-board Emerald Princess, as well as 178 Mini Suites. The other cabin types include 463 Interior rooms, 218 Oceanview rooms and 682 Balcony rooms, including Premium Balcony. The total number of cabins and suites combined Is 1,542.

Is Emerald Princess a big ship?

Emerald Princess is not one of the biggest ships you can book a cruise on, but with a maximum passenger capacity of 3,080 and 15 public decks, she is definitely a relatively large ship and offers a lot of space for guests to relax and explore.

What’s the difference between Balcony and Premium Balcony on Princess?

There are two main differences between Balcony and Premium Balcony cabins on Emerald Princess. Premium Balcony cabins are larger, and they also tend to be situated in prime locations including at the aft with a view overlooking the wake.

What class of ship is Emerald Princess?

Emerald Princess is a Crown-Class ship along with Crown Princess and Ruby Princess. The three ships are a sub-class of the Grand Class of ships which were built for Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises.

What is the best deck on the Emerald Princess?

The best deck on the Emerald Princess is subjective, but you should choose one with cabins above and below to minimise the noise levels. You can also check the Emerald Princess deck plans to see which cabins are close to your favourite facilities onboard.

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