Intimate Chef's Table to Debut on Emerald Princess



    
    Culinary Enthusiasts Can Savor a Private Gastronomic Gathering With
    Executive Chef
    

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., March 27 /CNW/ -- When Emerald Princess sets sail
for the first time this spring, she'll offer "foodies" a unique treat:  a rare
opportunity to be welcomed into the inner sanctum of the ship's galley by the
executive chef for pre-dinner cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a
specially prepared multi-course tasting dinner in the dining room.
    While many passengers are able to enjoy a tour of the ship's galley
during the quiet, off hours, the new Chef's Table offering will give a select
group of gourmands the opportunity to visit the galley at its most busy time
-- during dinner -- and treated to a full evening of memorable sights, tastes
and conversation.  After the Maitre d' personally escorts the passengers to
the galley and introduces them to the executive chef, the group will enjoy
French champagne with appetizers.  The chef will preview the details of the
menu he created for them that evening, and the group will be welcomed to their
special table in the dining room.
    The multi-course menu will be specially created at the chef's choice, and
will not be offered anywhere else on the ship.  The fare might include
anything from a focus on regional cuisine to a showcase of indigenous
ingredients from a recent port.  Each course will be accompanied by a detailed
explanation of special features, preparation methods, and tasting suggestions.
Red and white wine, selected by the Maitre d' to complement the meal, is
included in the evening.
    During the dessert course, the chef will rejoin the group at their
private table to participate in a lively discussion about the evening's meal,
answer any questions the guests may have, and share culinary secrets that have
been perfected through the chef's many years of experience at sea and on land.
 On average, Princess' chefs have been honing their culinary arts skills both
shipside and shoreside for at least 25 years, and all chefs are also members
of the prestigious international Chaine des Rotisseurs gastronomic society.
    "Our chefs are continuously asked by passengers how they manage to create
such an impressive culinary experience for thousands of passengers each
voyage," said Rai Caluori, Princess' executive vice president of fleet
operations.  "This will give a select group of guests an incredible close-up
view of how our dishes are created and served, as well as introduce them to
our talented executive chefs.  They're sure to come away with a memorable
experience, and perhaps some cooking secrets as well!"
    Additionally, each couple at the Chef's Table will receive a personalized
autographed copy of Princess' best-selling cookbook, Courses, A Culinary
Journey, which has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide and is now
available on amazon.com.  Guests will also enjoy a complimentary photo taken
at the private table with the chef.
    The Chef's Table experience can be reserved by up to 10 passengers on
select nights during the sailing, at a cost of $75 per person.  After its
debut on Emerald Princess, Chef's Table will be gradually introduced on all
Princess ships fleet wide.
    The 113,000-ton Emerald Princess, a sister ship to the line's Crown
Princess, will make its debut April 11 and offer an inaugural summer season of
cruising in the Greek Isles and Mediterranean.  The ship will feature the many
design innovations introduced aboard Crown Princess last year including a
dramatic piazza-style atrium with casual dining venues and an adults-only
retreat called The Sanctuary.
    Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a
professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the
company's website at www.princess.com.

    
    About Princess Cruises:
    
    One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global
cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 15 modern ships renowned for
their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.  A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the
opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings
to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 30 days.  The company
is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:   CCL; LSE) (NYSE:   CUK).
    Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America,
Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.
Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value,
our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together
we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.

    News, background information and photography are available 24/7 at
www.princess.com/news.





For further information:

For further information: Julie Benson, +1-661-753-1530, 
jbenson@princesscruises.com, or Karen Candy, +1-661-753-1540, 
kcandy@princesscruises.com, both of Princess Cruises Web Site:
http://www.princess.com

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