Princess Cruises Unveils New Features on Royal Princess
Princess Cruises has revealed details about several of the main dining room and speciality restaurant options that will be available onboard Royal Princess when the ship débuts in June 2013, including new special venues and experiences, as well as some fresh twist on some Princess favourites.
Among the new options are several distinct dining spaces, including a special Chef's Table Lumiere, surrounded by a curtain of light to take the Chef' Table experience to a new level, as well as wine cellar-inspired private dining spaces in the main dining rooms.
Royal Princess will also offer a larger Horizon Court buffet with a brand-new layout, new action stations, intriguing bistro options - such as a crab shack and fondue restaurant - and a dedicated pastry shop, which is an industry first.
For a full evening experience, several restaurants and lounges have been located together, including the Crown Grill which has been combined with the Wheelhouse Bar, and Sabatini's Italian restaurant, which is now adjacent to Vines wine bar. "These evolutions of our dining program will offer some exciting new options, as well as showcase our signature features which have become passenger favourites," said Jan Swartz, Executive Vice President for Princess Cruises. "Royal Princess certainly will take our dining options to the next level."
The line released a preview video of the dining options featuring Princess Cruises' Executive Vice President Rai Caluori and Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations Peter Tobler, which can be viewed here.
The main dining room and speciality restaurant features include:
Chef's Table Lumiere - Known for creating the first-ever chef's table at sea, Princess will be setting a new standard for this popular event. Passengers will be magically surrounded by a curtain of light, providing them with a wall of privacy that envelopes their custom-made glass table in the Concerto dining room. The table will be set with elegantly designed china, cutlery and table accessories for an extraordinary dining experience.
Wine Cellar - Diners in the Symphony and Allegro dining rooms will enjoy a private experience in a wine-cellar inspired space. Surrounded by wine bottles, the circular area, which seats up to 12, will offer a unique atmosphere for private functions and special celebrations. Speciality menus are being developed in conjunction with noted winemakers, and we be designed to pair with hand-selected wines.
Horizon Court Buffet - Royal Princess' buffet eatery will be redefined with a completely new layout that will double the amount of seating, with 900 seats indoors and 350 seats outside on the open deck. The larger space will also allow more table choices, such as tables for two and counter-height bistro-style dining tables. New action stations will provide additional dining options, including choices such as Asian cuisine, Mediterranean dishes, a pasta corner and salad-tossing stations. Passengers will find more "grab and go" options, such as pastries, breakfast sandwiches or yoghurt and granola parfaits.
Horizon Bistro - Dinner in the Horizon Court will offer an interactive experience with themed events and speciality dinners. On certain nights passengers may find a Brazilian churrascaria, Argentine gaucho theme, European bistro or British pub. Action stations will include a hibachi grill, rotisseries and carving stations, a taqueria and a sandwich bar. The Horizon Court will also house several new speciality dining options, including a crab shack complete with mallets and bibs, or an opportunity to try fondues from around the world.
Horizon Bistro Pastry Shop - The Horizon Court will also introduce an industry first - a dedicated pastry ship. Here passengers can indulge in fresh-baked goodies throughout the day, including croissants, pastries, hot desserts, freshly baked waffles and French toast at breakfast; classic and modern desserts at lunch and dinner; cookies, desserts and waffles at tea time; and special show pieces and flambes in the evening. It will feature a dedicated speciality coffee station, and passengers will even get to see the pastry chefs in action as they demonstrate their skills in chocolate work and cake decorating.
Crown Grill & Wheelhouse Bar - The Crown Grill seafood and chop house will be blended together with the popular Wheelhouse Bar for a complete evening for dining and entertainment in one location. Combined, these spaces will feature a new contemporary look that modernises the club-like atmosphere of the Crown Grill and the nautical Wheelhouse Bar.
Sabatini's - Princess' signature Tuscan-inspired speciality restaurant will feature a fresh menu of Italian favourites with an a la carte experience. Sabatini's will be located adjacent to Vines Wine Bar, offering diners a convenient venue to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. Sabatini's will also be the venue for the new "Super Tuscan Tasting", a wine event designed to introduce passengers to rich, internationally acclaimed wines.
Additional information about other ship features will be released in the coming months.
Source: Cruise Industry News, 13 March 2012