Princess Cruises’ $450 million multi-year product innovation and cruise ship renovation has led to an exclusive and exciting partnership with Curtis Stone, an award-winning chef who recently launched his first restaurant at sea aboard Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess. SHARE by Curtis Stone, the high seas restaurant highlighting Chef Stone’s passionate and innovative culinary skills, offers specialty dining experiences designed to create a deeper connection between families, friends and other cruisers while at sea.
The communal tables with freshly prepared meals served in a family-style dining environment are sure to enhance onboard experiences for all guests. This signature dining, which is currently exclusive to Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess, comes with mouth-watering dishes such as Charcuterie starter course; Butter Poached Lobster with Caramelized Endive; Twice Cooked Duck Leg with Fennel, Bacon Jus and Parmesan Crumb; Tagliatelle with Roasted Alaskan Crab, Chili and Parsley; and Potato Gratin with Truffles and Cream. SHARE will debut next on Sun Princess in April 2016, giving cruisers departing from Australia and a few other ports the chance to experience this inclusive and memorable dining option.
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February 23, 2016 No Comments
MSC Cruises has boosted its passion for world-class onboard services by partnering with widely-acclaimed chocolatier and pastry chef, Jean-Philippe Maury, to bring new culinary delights aboard its prestigious ships. As the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line, MSC Cruises has demonstrated its dedication to improving dining experiences by seeking the culinary services of one of France’s best pastry chefs and two-time gold medalist of the World Pastry Team Championship. According to the president of MSC Cruises USA, Jean-Philippe Maury is a “world pastry champion who embodies passion, elegance, innovation and excellence – the same characteristics that distinguish MSC Cruises.”
The first of Maury’s top-notch dessert offerings will be featured aboard the ultramodern MSC Divina, sailing from Miami to the Caribbean all-year-round. Original recipes served in specialty restaurants, buffets and MSC Yacht Club will receive a touch of Maury’s culinary twists. After the initial introduction of his products on MSC Divina, his menus will be rolled-out on other ships as well. Guests are assured of constant surprise and delight with new culinary experiences, in addition to the authentic Mediterranean and international culinary currently offered on all fleet.
February 19, 2016 No Comments
Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced a new way of dining at the line’s signature specialty restaurants. This new experience will provide guests with the freedom to choose a variety of different dishes in a flexible way. Cruisers will be able to choose from any of the 11 complimentary restaurants or experience new flavors at the specialty restaurants including La Cucina, Le Bistro, Cagney’s Steakhouse and the brand new Bayamo restaurant. The à la carte options will first be featured on the new Norwegian Escape debuting in October of this year.
The à la carte will allow for per-item pricing at the specialty dining restaurants. For example, when dining at Cagney’s Steakhouse you can expect the starters to range from $4.99 to $7.95 and main courses from $17.99 to $29.99, featuring Certified Angus Beef steaks. At Le Bistro, guests will find delicious new main courses in addition to traditional French favorites starting at $15.99. La Cucina will also feature an extended menu with antipasti, pasta, risotto and traditional second courses starting at $12.99. Moderno Churrascaria and Teppanyaki will remain at a cover charge from $19.95.
Guests who purchase a Norwegian Specialty Dining Package will be able to enjoy La Cucina, Le Bistro and Cagney’s Steakhouse at no additional charge, or the new Bayamo restaurant for an additional fee of $15. In addition to Norwegian Escape‘s specialty restaurants, Ocean Blue on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway will also begin offering à la carte options on October 3, 2015, and the new à la carte dining will be available fleetwide beginning January 1, 2016.
July 14, 2015 No Comments
Norwegian Cruise Line has just announced a new way to enjoy the variety of wonderful specialty dining restaurants across their entire fleet for sailings departing August 7, 2015 and beyond. Specialty Dining Packages are available for cruisers to purchase as an extra option to be able to enjoy multiple restaurants. The special packages also come with a great amount of flexibility on the number of dining nights desired, as well as which restaurants guests would like to try. The packages range from three nights to the full length of the cruise, with pricing starting at $59 per person for the three day package. When you pair Norwegian Freestyle Cruising with their new Specialty Dining Package, you’ll discover that you really can decide when, where and how you’d like to dine.
Cruisers who purchase the Norwegian Specialty Dining Package can choose from Cagney’s (Norwegian’s signature steakhouse), La Cucina Italian Restaurant, Le Bistro or Teppanyaki. Norwegian guests additionally have the flexibility to indulge in their hearts’ desire at select à la carte priced restaurants and entertainment-based dining venues for a small upcharge, as shown below:
• Ocean Blue (Norwegian Getaway / Norwegian Breakaway) – $15
• Cirque Dreams (Norwegian Breakaway / Norwegian Epic) – $10 general seats / $15 premium seats
• The Illusionarium – $10 general seats / $15 premium seats
• For the Record: Dear John Hughes (Norwegian Escape) – $15
• Bayamo (Norwegian Escape) – $10
• Pincho Tapas Bar (Norwegian Escape) – $7
• The Raw Bar (Norwegian Getaway / Norwegian Breakaway) – $7
• Sushi Bar (fleetwide) -$7
Specialty Dining Packages can be pre-purchased prior to your cruise for additional savings, or onboard during the first two days of the cruise. For 3-day sailings, the dining packages are exclusively sold on the first day of the voyage. Norwegian passengers who pre-purchase a Specialty Dining Package prior to sailing can even reserve their dining reservations online within 90 days of their sail date. Alternately, passengers can go the “Freestyle” route and decide when and where to dine once onboard. Specialty Dining Packages are purchased individually and guests traveling in the same stateroom do not need to purchase packages as a group.
To book your Norwegian cruise and experience this exciting new dining option, call us today at 1-800-377-9393!
June 12, 2015 No Comments
Norwegian Cruise Line pretty much revolutionized the cruising world with the idea of specialty dining years ago. Now they are working on ways to make their specialty dining restaurants more accessible to their passengers. This month they introduced The Ultimate Dining Package. This package gives passengers the chance to eat at any of the ships’ specialty restaurants every night.
The only restaurants excluded are those that are priced a la carte like the Sushi Bar and the Noodle Bar. Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian, which is on the Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway, is also excluded. However, those that did purchase the package will receive 20 percent off their bill at these venues. Entertainment-based dining like the new Wine Lover’s lunch on the Norwegian Getaway and Chef’s Table dining are not included in the package either. [Read more →]
January 19, 2014 No Comments
By Austin Gambino, Marketing Assistant, The Cruise Web, Inc.
When I first cruised as a mere boy, I was marveled by the excitement of dinner time. Always the hungry child, I lived for the moment when the whole family, as well as many others on the ship, headed to the main dining room for our nightly meal. Top-notch service from the same waiter each night (with whom we built a great rapport), as well as the cheeky personality and humorous jokes, made every dinner service a delight and left us with timeless memories.
July 8, 2013 No Comments
By Erica Kritt, Social Media Coordinator, The Cruise Web, Inc.
The Norwegian Breakaway is quite a ship, and there are 28 dining venues to choose from, so I was delighted when one of our cruise consultants made a dinner reservation for a few of us at Le Bistro on our last night on the ship. I have to say, living in the suburbs, it’s not often you find a french restaurant, so it was exciting to get to experience the food from a country famous for its beautiful landscapes and decadent cuisine.
Le Bistro is one of Norwegian’s signature specialty restaurants appearing on all of their ships except for Pride of America, which has her own french cuisine restaurant called Jefferson’s Bistro. Not only was the food delicious, the restaurant evoked a Parisian bistro. On the Breakaway, the entrance to Le Bistro looks and feels like a cobblestone street and there is “outdoor” seating where you can get a great view of 678 Ocean Place, the heart of the ship. Inside the restaurant the lights are low, making for a wonderfully intimate atmosphere. The plush seats and clean white tablecloths evoke a simple elegance. [Read more →]
May 15, 2013 7 Comments
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.
Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime gourmet dining experience by introducing the Chef’s Table fleet-wide. Guests who attend the Chef’s Table dining experience will marvel in an incredible culinary adventure as they feast on a nine-course, upscale menu consisting of unique and contemporary creations using the highest quality ingredients, sophisticated cooking techniques, flavor compositions and captivating presentations. All courses are accompanied by wines that are specially paired by the line’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
The two-and-a-half hour Chef’s Table dining experience begins with an intimate reception where guests enjoy a glass of champagne as they mingle with the ship’s Executive Chef, Food and Beverage Director, Restaurant Manager, Assistant Maître d’ and Head Wine Steward. Following the reception, guests are invited to take a group photo before sitting down to begin their gourmet culinary experience in a luxurious and intimate restaurant setting that provides privacy and exclusivity. The Executive Chef welcomes the group and then goes on to describe the first two courses: an Amuse Bouche ‘Molecular Gastronome’ consisting of Spherical Mango, Vodka & Jalapeno Ravioli and an Orange-Wasabi Glazed Ahi Tuna Tartar with freshly-baked Sesame Crisp. [Read more →]
March 12, 2012 No Comments
Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.
Royal Caribbean International’s Splendour of the Seas will reemerge from an extensive revitalization on November 25, 2011, with more than twice the number of dining options previously available to guests. The enhancements, including a variety of new restaurants first introduced aboard Oasis-class ships, stay true to the cruise line’s commitment to deliver the Royal Advantage, providing guests with the industry’s most innovative cruise ships, exciting destinations and superior Gold Anchor service. [Read more →]
November 22, 2011 No Comments
Courtesy of Seabourn.
As the sun set over the waterfront of this Spanish Mediterranean city, Seabourn introduced the new 450-guest Seabourn Quest to the world on June 20th during a glittering naming ceremony presided over by Blythe Danner. The award-winning actress served as godmother to the new luxury vessel, Seabourn’s third new ship and the sixth to join its fleet, completing a three-year expansion for the line. [Read more →]
July 20, 2011 No Comments