Princess Cruises is making what it calls
"sweeping changes" to its food and beverage program, debuting an
array of initiatives on its two newest vessels, the Emerald
Princess and the Royal Princess, which launch this spring.
include new dining room fare, enhanced buffet service and
redesigned cuisine in the alternative restaurants, Princess said.
It will also include additions such as an afternoon "cookies and
milk break", with soft-baked cookies, and in-cabin delivery of
"We always strive
to keep our culinary program fresh and up-to-date, reflecting both
changing trends and what our passengers tell us they enjoy," said
Peter Tobler, vice president of food and beverage operations for
Princess. "The result is a significant redesign of our dining room
experience that we think our passengers will love, based on the
testing we've done."
The new menus and
presentation in the main dining rooms will be offer
"non-traditional combinations", Princess said, and a wider
selection of lighter choices the line will call "Lotus Spa" fare.
On sea days guests will be able to have "Late-Late Riser"
breakfasts at lunchtime.
Princess said the
culinary initiatives were designed after months of collaboration
among Princess' culinary operations team including its five
corporate chefs, led by Princess' master chef, Alfredo Marzi, a
35-year culinary veteran with the cruise line.
result of our culinary team's effort is the introduction of over
1,350 new lunch and dinner dishes," Marzi said.
The menus will have
Pan-Asian fusion dishes, Mediterranean and Latin American-inspired
plates. The alternative restaurant menus will also
Trattoria will have its traditional fare with a "lighter twist" and
the line's steakhouse restaurant has been redefined to incorporate
the new steak and seafood menus which Princess said proved very
popular aboard Crown Princess.
The enhanced buffet
will have tables pre-set with cutlery and napkins, and servers
providing beverage service to each table.
Princess said its
new culinary initiatives will be gradually rolled out to the rest
of the fleet over the next two years.
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