Pub Lunch, Sabatini's Suite Breakfast, and Unique Enrichment Programs
Among New Offerings Introduced
SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- When Ruby Princess
launches on November 8, the ship will introduce a host of new shipboard
services and special features, underscoring Princess' tradition of continually
evolving the onboard experience for its passengers. Among the new options is
a pub lunch, an exclusive breakfast for suite passengers, unique enrichment
programs from astronomy to mixology, two new stage shows, plus expanded
wireless Internet and cell phone connectivity.
The 3,070-passenger vessel will feature the familiar favorites that have
become passenger pleasers aboard its sister ships Crown Princess and Emerald
Princess but, in addition, other special touches and innovations will be found
throughout the service, dining and entertainment areas.
"The new features aboard Ruby Princess are a perfect example of our
commitment to provide passengers with the widest array of intriguing options
to customize their cruise vacation," said Jan Swartz, Princess senior vice
Many of the ship's enhancements are slated to become staples across the
Princess fleet following their debut on Princess' newest ship. Among the new
features being introduced on Ruby Princess:
Wheelhouse Bar Pub Lunch - On sea days, Ruby Princess' Wheelhouse Bar
will be transformed into an authentic English-style pub, serving a selection
of traditional fare. A menu of British favorites, including bangers & mash,
fish & chips, ploughman's lunch and cottage pie, will complement a selection
of traditional pub brews such as Stella Artois, Bass Ale or Guinness. Pub
lunch meal service is free of charge and will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sabatini's Breakfast for Suite Passengers - Suite passengers aboard Ruby
Princess will have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive breakfast in
Sabatini's. Beginning with a "Good Morning Mimosa," the menu features a
variety of breakfast favorites, plus specialty items such as brioche French
toast with apple & cinnamon compote, yogurt and super granola parfait with
raspberry swirl, soft-poached egg over potato & vegetables with hollandaise
sauce, and freshly made Belgian waffles. Suite passengers can enjoy this new
amenity, along with the restaurant's dramatic top-of-ship views, from
approximately 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Artisan Cheeses at Vines - In addition to serving more than 30 wines by
the glass and seafood appetizers that have made Vines a passenger favorite,
the atrium-area bar on Ruby Princess will now feature a selection of domestic
and imported artisan cheeses. Twelve varieties -- including unique choices
such as boschetto al tartufo bianchetto, reblochon, and cambozola -- will be
featured each day for a nominal fee. Vines will also host a series of lively
events where passengers can meet members of the ship's staff, and will
continue to offer wine flights and parings.
New Enrichment Programs - A number of new ScholarShip@Sea enrichment
programs debut aboard Ruby Princess to expand passengers' horizons, whether
they aspire to host the perfect party or increase their maritime knowledge.
The Art of Entertaining offers passengers the opportunity to learn
party-planning tips from lifestyle expert Susie Coelho via a multimedia
presentation hosted by the cruise director. Navigation@Sea focuses on the
history of navigation as well as the complexities of plotting the route of a
modern cruise ship, with a presentation by the ship's navigator. Mixology@Sea
lets passengers channel their inner bartender with a hands-on course taught by
the ship's bar manager. For star gazers, the new Astronomy@Sea program
provides passengers with the opportunity to explore the night sky through a
telescope on the top deck, with the expert guidance of a ship's bridge
officer. Developed in conjunction with Dr. Thomai Serdari, Professor of Art
History and Director of Research Collections for New York University, Art
History@Sea: Botticelli to Warhol, The Evolution of Art makes 500 years of art
come to life with a special hour-long presentation.
Two New Production Shows - Ruby Princess audiences will be able to enjoy
two new Princess-produced shows in the ship's theater. "Broadway Ballroom"
presents the music of the 'Great White Way' with a ballroom flair, pairing the
songs of hit musicals with dance numbers ranging from foxtrot to rumba. The
show also features the talents of a costume designer and choreographer from
the TV hit "Dancing with the Stars." Meanwhile, "Once Upon a Dream" uses
unique multidimensional cinematic projection to follow a dreamscape unlike
anything seen at sea. The audience will accompany a young woman's journey as
she dreams of everything from a tea party in an English garden to singing
camels in the desert, and even a trip through a waterfall and brief nightmare
before waking to a new day.
The Audience Gets in the Act - A variety of new audience-participation
events will also debut on the ship, giving passengers a number of ways to seek
their 15 minutes of fame. Karaoke fans can go a bit farther with Love Boat
Legends, where they are actually transformed into a famous artist of the past.
So You Wanna Be A Rock Star? moves beyond pre-recorded Karaoke tunes to give
audience members the opportunity to rock out with a live band on stage.
Oceans of Talent puts passenger talent center stage -- whether they play a
musical instrument or want to try out their comedic timing. The Wake Up Show
takes Princess' popular morning show with the cruise director to a new level
with an irreverent talk show format, live band, special guests and an
opportunity for passengers to join the "studio" audience, as the show is taped
in the evening before its broadcast the next morning.
A Few Fine Touches - A number of new service touches will be introduced
to delight passengers. In the Horizon Court buffet, new waffle stations will
offer fresh cooked-to-order waffles at breakfast and throughout lunchtime, and
the buffet will also begin serving complimentary lemonade as a beverage
choice. In the evening, passengers will find a selection of canapes in
several of the ship's public lounges. Passengers arriving back from shore
will be greeted with chilled face cloths, and by the pool, "misting stewards"
will offer a quick refreshing spritz with Evian to cool off.
Kid Stuff - Young passengers can enjoy a new Wizards Academy, an
exclusive presentation from the award-winning California Science Center. This
enriching new program lets children explore the connection between science and
magic in a fun and participative environment. Kids will also enjoy activities
and projects from popular arts and crafts company Klutz, or participate in
Yoga for Kids, a healthy and fun course designed specifically for children.
Wireless Internet and Cell Phones - Expanding on Princess' Internet and
phone connectivity, Ruby Princess will offer laptop users additional wireless
hotspots around the vessel, including staterooms. The ship will also be
equipped so that passengers can use their personal cellular phones, if they
have international roaming plans, while onboard.
Ultimate Ship Tour - A new exclusive opportunity to experience an array
of "back of house" areas that are key to a ship's daily operations, the
Ultimate Ship Tour will give passengers the unique opportunity to explore
beyond the public areas with visits to the ship's engine control room, medical
center, print shop, laundry, photo lab, funnel, bridge and other spaces. In
addition to getting a rare insider's view of many areas typically seen only by
the ship's crew, participants will receive a variety of themed mementos at
many of the stops along the route.
Ruby Princess also includes a dramatic piazza-style atrium featuring
small-bite eateries and an ever-changing array of performing street
entertainers, Princess' signature adults-only oasis called The Sanctuary,
Sabatini's Italian restaurant, Crown Grill seafood and steak house, "Movies
Under the Stars" giant outdoor movie screen, and Hearts and Minds wedding
chapel. The ship will feature an inaugural season of Western Caribbean
cruises roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, followed by a program of Mediterranean
voyages in summer 2009.
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 17 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 107 days. The
company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK).
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Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to
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