Emerald Princess Pools and Sunbathing
The Emerald Princess has 4 pools, and all of these are filled with freshwater. The Calypso Reef and Pool is located on Deck 15 (Lido Deck) forward of Horizon Court, and boasts the 300 square foot Movies Under the Stars screen. Movies are shown throughout the day and evening. The Calypso has two adjoining whirlpools.
Also located on Deck 15 (Lido Deck), forward of the Calypso Pool, is the Neptune Reef & Pool. It has two whirlpools adjacent and is about the same depth (about five feet) as the Calypso Pool.
The Terrace Pool is located aft on Deck 14 (Riviera Deck). This pool is smaller than the others, and is designed more for relaxing than swimming. When you want a pool away from the crowds, we recommend this pool.
The little kids have a "Paddling Pool," located adjacent to the Youth Center on Deck 17 (Sports Deck). In addition, teens have a small pool called Chill Out, which is adjacent to the Teen Center also on Deck 17 (Sports Deck).
The adults only pool is the Lotus Pool, and it is located forward on Deck 16 (Sun Deck). There is also an adults only relaxation area known as the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is the choice for ultimate peace and quiet for adults only. Shaded lounge chairs are thickly padded for your comfort, and Serenity Stewards provide soft plush towels, smoothies, and MP3 players pre-loaded with songs with various themes that lend to the tranquil experience. The Sanctuary is located one deck up on Deck 17 (Sports) Fwd.
Emerald Princess Pools and Sunbathing Tips:
When arriving in the pool area, you will need to sign-out a towel. There will be a $22 charge per towel to your onboard account for each towel you fail to return. These are sturdy towels and if you want to purchase one, you can from the order form in your room.
Babies & Infants in Pools: Princess's official policy is "no swim diapers, children must be potty trained." Princess stresses this point to all the families that bring their kids. We have not heard reports on whether or not the policy is strictly enforced.
While Princess does its best to discourage this, sunbathers do show-up at 8 AM and try to hog the lounge chairs for the day.
The "Sanctuary" is not free. It costs 40 USD per person for a half day and 80 USD for a full day.
Headphones are a must if a movie is playing in the "Calypso Pool". Ask your "Serenity Steward" for details. The fees for each half day block of time in the Sanctuary does cover the cost of MP3 Players.
There's free popcorn at the Calypso Pool during the movie.