NEW YORK — If you find yourself catering to chocoholics, then planning a vacation with Princess Cruises might be in your future.
The cruise line has partnered with chocolatier and pastry chef Norman Love to create Chocolate Journeys. Starting in November aboard the new Regal Princess ship (and soon after expanding to the entire Princess fleet), guests will be able to enjoy Love-designed chocolate desserts, drinks, spa treatments and more.
"Around the world there's incredible passion for chocolate," Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said during a media event here last month to promote the line's partnership with Love.
"We're excited to partner with one of the best chocolatiers in the world to bring some additional moments of decadence and delight to our guests with truly amazing chocolate experiences that we know they'll love."
Love's chocolate additions can be found in all forms throughout the ships, the most prominent treats being the 15 chocolate desserts made exclusively for the cruise line.
The dessert options, such as the chocolate pistachio dome, chocolate hazelnut bar and chocolate tiramisu, will be served in the main dining rooms and specialty restaurants on a rotational basis.
Love also created 16 cocktails such as the chocolate bourbon bacon special, tropical white chocolate martini and captain's cocoa daiquiri, all of which can be purchased throughout the ships' lounges and bars.
Spa treatments and snacks
There will be complimentary chocolate dessert demonstrations and extra chocolate snacks available during formal nights and the captain's cocktail reception. Chocolate spa treatments and chocolate and wine tastings will be offered for an additional fee.
Though Love himself will not be sailing on the cruises, each of the Princess pastry chefs has been trained in Norman Love Confections' Florida facilities, and each will receive more training once onboard their respective ships in order to replicate Love's creations.
During the media event, Princess pastry chefs guided attendees through a selection of the confections, desserts and wine pairings that will be offered onboard.
Love is no stranger to the cruise industry, having recently guest-hosted an AmaWaterways Chocolate Connoisseurs river cruise through Eastern Europe aboard the AmaCerto.
"The Chocolate Connoisseurs cruise was a one-time event where I prepared items onboard for passengers," Love explained. "Chocolate Journeys is a new corporate initiative that will be fleetwide and hopefully the beginning of a long partnership.
"One thing is for certain: Chocolate makes people happy," Love continued. "So what I create and what Princess Cruises offers its guests are quite similar.
"What could make people smile more than savoring decadent chocolate creations while enjoying their cruise vacation?"