Princess Unveils Sweeping Culinary Enhancements



    
    New Dining Room Menus, Modern Presentation and Signature Surprises
    Highlight Changes Being Introduced Fleetwide

    Emerald Princess and Royal Princess First to Debut New Epicurean
Experience
    

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., April 2 /CNW/ -- Combining best-loved favorites
and traditions with contemporary culinary trends, Princess Cruises is debuting
an array of epicurean initiatives which represent the line's most sweeping
changes to its highly-regarded food and beverage program.
    Princess' two new ships debuting this month -- Emerald Princess and the
intimate Royal Princess -- will be the first vessels to feature these
enhancements, which include all-new dining room fare with a modern
presentation, enhanced buffet service, redesigned cuisine in the alternative
restaurants, and special touches such as an afternoon "cookies and milk break"
featuring fresh-from-the-oven soft-baked cookies, and in-cabin delivery of
Princess' renowned homemade pizza.
    "We always strive to keep our culinary program fresh and up-to-date,
reflecting both changing trends and what our passengers tell us they enjoy,"
said Peter Tobler, vice president of food and beverage operations for
Princess.  "Princess has a long history of signature culinary traditions, and
we wanted to celebrate these while introducing a new variety of modern
classical dishes and contemporary service.  The result is a significant re-
design of our dining room experience that we think our passengers will love,
based on the testing we've done."
    The most noticeable change will be the new menus and presentation in the
main dining rooms. Rich in choice, the menus will present dishes that offer
non-traditional combinations, sophisticated flavors, ethnic influences and
skillful preparation.  Passengers will also find a wider selection of lighter
fare, designated with a "Lotus Spa" insignia.  Oversized, contemporary white-
on-white crockery and beautiful leather-bound menus will showcase the cuisine.
    Princess' new culinary initiatives were designed after months of
collaboration among Princess' culinary operations team including the five
corporate chefs, who together bring decades of both shipboard and landside
experience to their craft.  Leading the team is Princess' master chef, Alfredo
Marzi, a 35-year culinary veteran with the cruise line, who combines his
passion for continental (and native Italian) cuisine with a dramatic flair.
    "The exciting result of our culinary team's effort is the introduction of
over 1,350 new lunch and dinner dishes," Marzi said.  He further explained
that the line's new menus were developed as part of Princess' C.H.E.F.
program, which was launched last year to celebrate Princess' Culinary Heritage
of Excellence in Food by fostering culinary initiatives to delight passenger
palates, celebrate signature dishes and dining experiences, and introduce new
products and educational opportunities for passengers and culinary staff
alike.
    The new epicurean experiences have also been extended outside of the main
dining rooms to the alternative restaurants, the 24-hour buffet restaurant or
even to passenger cabins.  "We want our passengers to know that wherever they
choose to enjoy their meal or snack, that they'll enjoy a signature Princess
experience," added Tobler.  "For example, our passengers rave about our
homemade Italian-style pizza, which they can now have delivered directly to
their cabins."
    The company's culinary enhancements include:

    New Dining Room Fare - The new menus have re-designed the dining room
meal to give passengers the ultimate in flexibility in planning their culinary
experience.  Instead of many specified courses, diners may now choose from a
greater variety of starters, main plates and desserts to compose a menu to his
or her liking.  The famous Princess pasta dishes will be re-emphasized, as
will a larger selection of healthy Lotus Spa dishes, now available on the
luncheon menu.  Those who enjoy sleeping in on lazy sea days will appreciate
the "Late-Late Riser" category - breakfast favorites offered at lunchtime.
    Among the culinary arts trends represented in Princess' latest menus are
Pan-Asian fusion dishes, Mediterranean and Latin American-inspired plates,
specialty sandwiches and bite-sized desserts.  Taking center stage will be
such global ingredients as pomegranates, figs, unique herbs and spices, aged
meats, ginger, salsas, relishes, aromatic oils, vinaigrettes and exotic
mushrooms.  A wider choice in breads such as whole-grain, flatbread and
focaccia will also be featured, as will an emphasis on pan-seared, grilled and
braised items.

    Contemporary Presentation - When sitting down to enjoy the new flavors in
Princess dining rooms, passengers will also notice a modern, new tableware
look featuring custom-made white, oversized china  to showcase the cuisine. In
addition, the menus will be presented in rich leather covers and with a
completely new layout that easily guides passengers through designing their
perfect multi-course meal.

    Signature Surprises - The long-time popularity of Princess' homemade
Italian-style pizza inspired the company to offer a new cabin delivery service
of its renowned pies.  For a nominal $3 service charge, the pizza will arrive
in a traditional pizza box with plates, napkins and cutlery.   A number of
varieties will be available, including the oft-ordered cheese, pepperoni and a
daily special pizza.
    When Crown Princess debuted last year, Princess discovered that
passengers fell in love with the warm, freshly baked cookies and the enticing
aroma that wafted through the atrium every afternoon.  After serving more
cookies in one day than during an entire cruise aboard the line's other ships,
Princess knew it had a winning combination - a daily afternoon "cookies and
milk break," featuring straight-from-the-oven soft-baked cookies, with a
different flavor featured each day.

    Alternative Restaurant Offerings - Princess' popular Sabatini's Italian
trattoria, introduced nearly a decade ago, has undergone a modernization as
the traditional fare is presented with the same number of tantalizing courses,
but with a lighter twist in keeping with the tasting menu concept.  As well,
the line's steakhouse restaurant has been re-defined to incorporate the new
steak and seafood menus which have proved so popular after debuting aboard
Crown Princess.

    Enhanced Buffet Service - When passengers visit the buffet restaurant,
they will find an experience that is more in keeping with a dining room than a
24-hour eatery.  Tables will be pre-set with cutlery and napkins meaning these
items will not have to be collected while selecting meals and snacks.  Servers
will be standing by to provide beverage service to each table, whether
passengers order self-service selections or bar items.

    Princess' new culinary initiatives will gradually roll out to the rest of
the Princess fleet this year and next.
    Emerald Princess debuts April 11 for an inaugural schedule of Greek Isles
and Mediterranean voyages.   A week later on April 19, Royal Princess joins
the fleet to offer a collection of Connoisseur Mediterranean and Holy Land
voyages.  On May 12 the two ships will meet for a historic dual christening
ceremony in Santorini, Greece, set in the port's dramatic crater-formed
harbor.
    Additional information about Princess 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 102 days.  The
company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; 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, Karen Candy, +1-661-753-1540, 
kcandy@princesscruises.com, both of Princess Cruises Web Site:
http://www.princess.com

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