Princess Cruises’ new Royal-class cruise ship Enchanted Princess will offer a mix of new dining experiences, as well as enhanced popular venues Princess passengers have come to love, reports Cruise Industry News.
According to an interview with Mario Siebaldi, Senior Vice President, Guest Experience & Product Development, Hotel Services-shoreside at Princess Cruises, the ship will feature dining venues serving a variety of dishes and flavors from around the world.
The global cuisine on offer will be inspired by the itineraries sailed by Enchanted Princess, according to Siebaldi.
“We will continue to offer inclusive dining options throughout the ship, combined with our specialty restaurants,” Siebaldi told Cruise Industry News. “As a Medallion-class ship, guests can also enjoy the benefits of touchless on-demand food and beverage delivery via OceanNow.”
Princess Cruises’ OceanNow feature within its OceanMedallion technology enables guests to make food and beverage orders and have them delivered directly to their location, wherever they may be aboard the ship.
Servers will track their location via the OceanMedallion, a wristband the size of a US quarter, or roughly the size of a five rand coin in South Africa, or slightly larger than a dirham in the UAE.
Guests can place orders using their smart device, their stateroom TV or with a crew member. The same technology is available across the Princess fleet.
Enchanted Princess was built by Fincantieri in Italy and delivered to Princess Cruises in September last year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she has not been able to officially enter service with the cruise line.
Enchanted Princess is now scheduled to enter service later this year as cruising resumes around the world, although itineraries have yet to be confirmed.
The ship is approximately 145,000 gross tons and at double occupancy can accmomodate 3,600 guests, served by 1,350 crew.
Enchanted Princess has three main dining rooms: the Santorini, Capri and Amalfi, offering traditional first and second seatings or the cruise line’s anytime dining, wherein guests reserve a table as they would at a shoreside restaurant.
The World Fresh Marketplace (the traditional self-service breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant) has been enhanced aboard Enchanted Princess, with regional options based on the ship’s itinerary.
“We are rethinking the whole approach to casual dining,” said Siebaldi. “We actually started redesigning the World Fresh Marketplace product long before the pause, when we introduced new offerings that reflect a modern approach with a regional flare.”
“As we return to service, we will further enhance the experience expanding the selection of pre-plated and pre-portioned dishes, moving away from the traditional self-service approach,” he added.
Among the specialty restaurants aboard Enchanted Princess is Bistro Sur La Mer, which features French cuisine. Princess’ signature Italian restaurant Sabatini’s Trattoria will also be one of the ship’s specialty restaurants.
Another alternative venue is the Crown Grill featuring beef, veal and lamb chops in addition to New York Strip, Kansas City Strip, ribeye and filet mignon steaks from corn-fed beef, as well as some seafood choices: mussels and smoked sausage, Chilean sea bass, grilled tiger prawns and Maine lobster tail.
The Salty Dog Gastropub, created by Chef Ernesto Uchimura, will be one of the ship’s standout casual dining options.
Siebaldi said that guests can look forward to “dip sticks” (crunchy bread sticks with beer-cheddar fondue and flaked smoked salt), as well as different plate selections of Pale Ale Pork Cheeks, Wild Mushroom Sauté, Beef Short Rib Poutine, and a variety of other smaller bites.
Salty Dog has also become known for the ribeye burger created by Uchimura for Princess.
“Each new ship presents an opportunity to enhance our food and beverage options as well as adapt industry and shoreside trends to our onboard operations,” Siebaldi said.
“We have the luxury of working with chefs from around the world, while taking inspiration from the destinations we visit,” he added.
“We also listen to our guests’ requests, so we offer a balance of regionally inspired dishes, comfort food favorites and themed menus to enhance the culinary journey during every voyage.”