Amid all the hype (and there has been plenty) surrounding the arrival this coming summer of Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, another ship due to debut in local water first has been cruising completely under the radar – Emerald Princess.

In the world of cruising where, as much as we may not like to admit, everything seems to be about going bigger and bigger, this doesn’t always mean it is better, which is a highly subjective viewpoint and one you will make up your own mind about. But while Emerald Princess may be nearly a decade older and smaller, it will still be the largest ship Princess Cruises has ever delivered to Australian waters – such is the demand in Australia for its cruising style. By the time the ship reaches local shores, it will be less than a year since it last underwent significant renovations – and the ship is certain to still be gleaming like new.

While carrying an extra 400 or so passengers than its fleet-mate Golden Princess, which itself debuted in Australia in 2015/16, Emerald is loaded bow-to-stern with ultra-impressive facilities and will also provide Australia’s first look at many of the latest enhancements Princess Cruises has put in place in recent months to boost the passenger experience, not least of which extend to both the dining and entertainment aspects onboard.

But surrounding all of that and catering to its capacity of more than its 3,000 passengers in 1,539 staterooms over 19 decks, are a wide variety of stateroom categories and options. Flick through the below as we take a look at all the accommodations on Emerald Princess.