Holland America Introduces Five New Shows for America’s Test Kitchen in 2019

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Joining the current lineup of 14 America’s Test Kitchen shows in January 2019 will be five new 45-minute presentations. In a partnership with the popular television show, Holland America is rolling out an additional five segments for their onboard cooking classes, some of which are broadcast on national public stations.

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Holland America Line’s president, Orlando Ashford, says the company recognizes the wild popularity of this activity onboard their ships, and they are excited to continue teaching their guests skills in a fun environment. “We’re excited to expand on the already exceptional menu of shows offered by America’s Test Kitchen to include some fun topics that easily transition to the home kitchen.” The five new shows, dedicated to helping passengers learn to use their memorable vacation to build new skills, are based on dishes that can be deliciously prepared by any home cook.

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January 29, 2019   No Comments

Princess Cruises Introduces The Salty Dog Gastropub

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Pub Dining - Courtesy of Princess CruisesPrincess Cruises recently premiered their next specialty dining experience, The Salty Dog Gastropub, now aboard the Crown Princess. This new dining experience pairs small plates of gourmet pub favorites with premium cocktails, wines and, of course, Princess Cruises’ own Seawitch craft beers.

The menu and aesthetic were designed as part of a collaborative effort with Chef Ernesto Uchimura of Los Angeles, best known for his culinary masterwork at Umami Burger and Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. Consistent with Princess Cruises’ “Come Back New” mentality, guests will be encouraged to try The Salty Dog Gastropub’s new take on pub classics like burgers, short ribs, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and more.

“A gastropub at sea is an innovative concept and it inspired me to get creative in the galley,” said Chef Ernesto Uchimura. “The Salty Dog Gastropub’s menu will not only satisfy comfort food cravings but also offer guests new pub food flavors and tastes perfectly paired with a craft beer or fine whiskey.”

Whiskey SampleSpeaking of fine whiskeys, Princess Cruises is also debuting a new international whiskey menu aboard the Crown Princess, as well as the Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Golden Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess. By mid-2016, Princess hopes to have their new whiskey menu available fleetwide, with the exception of the Pacific Princess. On top of the expansive menu of award-winning whiskeys from around the world, this new menu will also offer whiskey flights for sampling.

The Salty Dog Gastropub costs only $19 per guest and is now open aboard the Crown Princess, and will soon debut aboard the Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess in December.

The Cruise Web’s experienced cruise consultants are ready to plan your escape aboard the Crown Princess so you can experience The Salty Dog Gastropub for yourself. Contact our experts at 1-800-377-9383 or complete our online request form for more information.


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November 12, 2015   2 Comments

Princess Cruises Introduces Regional Menus Showcasing Destination Specialties

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Princess Specialty Dining - Courtesy of Princess CruisesOn August 15, 2014, Princess Cruises proudly announced its new epicurean dining program, set to begin this November. Now each cruiser will have masterfully created specialties designed to reflect the culture and character of the destinations being visited by their grand ships.

Local ingredients, spices and produce will be used to create these exciting dishes for Princess Cruises’ passengers. This new program will debut with Caribbean specialties to reflect the fall itineraries to these fascinating islands. Over time, the program will be introduced into Princess’ entire fleet to showcase the unique flavors of Alaska, Hawaii and the Mediterranean.

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August 20, 2014   No Comments

Recipe: Celebrity Cruises’ Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup

By Raquel Grinnell, Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup from Celebrity CruisesSummer, and especially August, is the time of year when you find the most gorgeous, fresh vegetables and fruits in the farmer’s market. Gardens are bursting with sunny tomatoes, crisp peppers, cool cucumbers and all kinds of bright, green herbs. If you have your own backyard garden, I’m sure that like me you find all the plants producing at once and all of a sudden you are inundated with more produce than you can possibly use! Not a terrible dilemma, to be sure, but after all the hard work of planting, weeding, watering and keeping the darned bugs and bunnies out of your plants, you don’t want a thing to go to waste. I tend to make a lot of grilled vegetables as a side dish, pastas with sauteed tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, zucchini, etc., chop and freeze what we can’t eat, and make tons of veggie soups.

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August 18, 2014   1 Comment

Holland America’s Curried Coconut Risotto with Shrimp

By Raquel Grinnell, Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Asian MarketI love to cook. I mean, REALLY love to cook. I find great pleasure in choosing the perfect ingredients, the action of chopping vegetables into a perfect dice, stirring a pot of deliciousness that fills my home with the most amazing smells and of course, savoring the end result. The best part is sharing a meal prepared with love with my friends and family. I feel the same way about travel, and I think that the two are very closely related… Both cooking and a wonderful vacation are a journey in which you experience new and amazing things, usually with the ones you love. Every trip that I’ve ever taken has resulted in me bringing back a local ingredient that I wouldn’t be able to get at home; from homemade Bahamian hot sauce and delectable rum cakes in the Caribbean, to regional cured meats from Germany, to very potent cashew wine from Belize. These local delicacies were used in my interpretation of dishes from each locale, and brought back lovely memories of our travels.

One of mine and my husband Mr. Fish’s great pleasures is to cruise and travel as often as possible, which in our opinion is not often enough! (You can read more about Mr. Fish in last month’s recipe here: https://cruiseweb.com/blog/2014/06/grilled-snapper-recipe-from-celebrity-cruises/.) Part of the fun is planning our next big adventure, and we never know when or from where the inspiration will strike us. Recently, a visit to an Asian market had us fascinated with ingredients that we’ve never used before, and that got us thinking about where these exotic dishes came from and, ultimately, where we’d like to travel next… maybe Singapore, or Thailand, or even Vietnam or Korea? There are cruises where we can visit most, if not all, of these countries in one trip! And the cuisine from each is so varied, yet uses many of the same ingredients… ginger, spicy chile peppers, coconut milk, rice, cilantro, lemongrass, garlic. All of these and more were available fresh, frozen or dried at my Asian market and motivated me to try something new. After consulting Holland America Line‘s cookbook, called Appetizers, I found the perfect foil for my Southeast Asian craving – Curried Coconut Risotto with Shrimp. Since this recipe is scaled to provide appetizer portions, I just doubled all the ingredients and made more than enough for a fantastic dinner for myself and Mr. Fish.

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July 21, 2014   2 Comments

Specialty Dining Becomes More Important in Cruising Industry

By Austin Gambino, Marketing Assistant, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Lamb chop from Le Bistro, a specialty restaurant on the Norwegian BreakawayWhen 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.

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July 8, 2013   1 Comment

Chef Cat Cora Named Godmother for Oceania Cruises’ ‘Riviera’

Courtesy of Oceania Cruises.

Oceania Cruises continues to demonstrate its commitment to create the finest cuisine at sea by honoring Food Network’s only female Iron Chef, Cat Cora, as godmother of their newest ship Riviera.

Cora will name the ship in Barcelona at a lavish, invitation-only christening ceremony on May 11, which will culminate with a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of champagne, custom-made by Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, commemoratively breaking against the hull of the 1,250-guest ship.

Riviera is the second new ship launched by Oceania Cruises in under 18 months. Designed for epicureans, Riviera features 10 dining venues – six of which are gourmet restaurants – plus a Bon Appétit Culinary Center for hands-on learning and La Reserve by Wine Spectator, a professional facility for wine tastings and pairing dinners.

“Cat Cora’s passion for fine cuisine and her focus on the dining experience captures the essence of what we do every day,” stated Kunal S. Kamlani, Oceania Cruises’ president. “We are all excited to have her christen our newest ship and are proud to welcome her to the Oceania Cruises family.” [Read more →]

March 5, 2012   No Comments

Celebrity Cruises Introduces New Specialty Dining Package Program

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises.

Apple TartCelebrity Cruises wants its guests to spend more of their time enjoying their vacation on its luxurious ships, and less time arranging the details of what they are going to do onboard. Following the success of its award-winning beverage package program, Celebrity has added new flavor to its packaging strategy by introducing a new specialty dining package program aimed at offering vacationers a simple way to explore fresh tastes while at sea. [Read more →]

July 20, 2011   No Comments

Culinary Council Dishes Debut on Holland America Line Menus This Summer

Courtesy of Holland America Line.

This summer, tantalizing new dishes from Holland America Line’s esteemed Culinary Council will begin to be featured on the main dining room menu of the line’s 15 ships. The six Culinary Council chefs are each providing recipes for signature dishes and desserts that showcase their expertise and specialties.

Culinary Council members include Council Chairman and Holland America Line Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, along with renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson, Jacques Torres and Charlie Trotter.

Master Chef Rudi Sodamin“Our Culinary Council is a ‘dream team’ of chefs from around the world, and the exceptional dishes they have shared are unique expressions of their cultural backgrounds, skills and passion for the culinary arts,” said Richard Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guests programs. “We continuously strive to provide our guests with exclusive experiences, and offering them the chance to enjoy the delights of these celebrated chefs during their cruise is an incredible opportunity.” [Read more →]

June 23, 2011   No Comments

Oceania Cruises Debuts First Ship Built Specifically for Epicureans

Courtesy of Oceania Cruises.

Oceania MarinaOceania Cruises’ new Marina is destined to set new standards for culinary excellence at sea with 10 dining venues, six of which are no-charge, gourmet restaurants. The 1,250-guest ship, which debuts later this month, was designed for food and wine lovers with an ambitious goal to offer dining experiences comparable to the very best shore-side restaurants.

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January 13, 2011   No Comments