All the flavors of…. the Enchanted Princess

The Enchanted Princess promises to serve a variety of dishes and flavors from around the world, inspired by its itineraries, according to Mario Siebaldi, Senior Vice President, an expert in product development and Princess Cruises guest experiences.

“We will continue to offer, on the whole ship, packages with dinner included,” he said, “combined with our themed restaurants.” Like the Medallion class, the guests can also take advantage of the benefits of having food and drinks delivered to them upon request and without contact with others, through OceanNow.”

Combining tradition with innovation, the Enchanted Princess has three main restaurants: Santorini, Capri and Amalfi, which all offer a first and second seating or lunch at any time, where guests can reserve a table just like at a restaurant on land.

Another area is the World Fresh Marketplace (the traditional self-service restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Siebaldi had this to say: “We are rethinking the entire approach to informal dining. Actually, we had already begun redesigning the World Fresh Marketplace product long before this pause, introducing new offers that reflect a more modern approach with a regional touch.”

“As soon as we return to cruising, we will further improve the experience by widening the selection of dishes that are individually wrapped single-portions, moving away from the traditional self-service approach.”

The Royal-class ship, built by Fincantieri and delivered in September last year, will begin service later this year. It weigh 145.000 tons and can accommodate 3,600 people in double cabins plus 1,350 crew members.

Among the theme restaurants there is the Bistro Sur La Mer which offers French cuisine and the Italian signature restaurant by Princess Cruises called Sabatini’s Trattoria. An alternative restaurant is the Crown Grill with beef, veal and lamb ribs as well as New York Strip Steak, Kansas City Strip Steak, ribeye steak and corn fed beef filet mignon. There are even some seafood dishes like mussels and smoked sausage, Chilean sea bass, grilled tiger prawns and Maine lobster tail.

Another restaurant is the Salty Dog Gastropub, created by Chef Ernesto Uchimura. Siebaldi says that guests will find “dip sticks” (crispy breadsticks with beer fondue and cheddar and smoked salt flakes) that are described as a savory appetizer, as well as Pale Ale Pork Cheeks, sautéed wild mushrooms, Poutine rib of beef and a variety of other tasty dishes . The Salty Dog is also known for its ribeye burger that was created by Uchimura for Princess Cruises.

“Each new ship offers an opportunity to improve our food and beverage selection, as well as to adapt our onboard operations to industry as well as onshore trends,” Siebaldi noted. “We have the luxury of working with chefs from all over the world, drawing inspiration from the destinations we visit. We also listen to the requests of our guests, so we offer a balance of regionally inspired dishes, favorite foods and themed menus to enhance the culinary journey during each holiday.”

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Lucia Angeli