Partnering with a celebrity chef is now de rigueur on the cruise scene. P&O Australia has Luke Mangan, Royal Caribbean has gotten Jamie Oliver onboard Anthem of the Seas, and Guy Fieri has opened burger joints on the Carnival fleet. Stepping the game up another notch, Princess Cruises will soon be offering not only chocolate journeys by master chocolatier Norman Love but also a range of culinary concepts designed by reputed chef, author, TV personality and restaurateur Curtis Stone - and their celebrity cooking encounters aren't limited to the specialty restaurants.
Born in Melbourne, Stone began cooking at the tender age of 18 and has worked his way across London before entering the TV chef circuit, appearing on programs including My Restaurant Rules, All-Star Academy and Rachael Ray and hosting the soon-to-be-aired Beach Eats. He has opened a restaurant (Maude) in LA to rave reviews, developed a line of kitchen utensils and accessories and written six cookbooks.
He's a bit of a looker too.
The man himself commented on the partnership: "Princess Cruises is known for visiting great worldwide destinations - I'm set on bringing a new culinary experience to the sea to enhance and complete a cruise holiday. Since I travel often, I know that discovering delicious food and sharing a great meal can create some of the most memorable moments and I've designed my restaurants with this in mind. It's important to me that guests have the experience that I would want and food that I'd be thrilled to eat myself, at sea or anywhere else in the world."
Curtis for everyone
The collaboration between Stone and Princess Cruises is the start of something wonderful for the line's passengers. On many other lines, the celebrity chef's creations are limited to a for-fee specialty eatery. However, as they have done with Love's chocolate masterpieces, Princess is bringing their A-game to the main restaurant too and will offer "Crafted by Curtis" menu items in the dining room, available across the entire fleet.
We appreciate that Princess has made premium dining experiences like their celebrity chef collaboration dishes available as part of the cruise fare, and we know their loyal guests will too! In even more good news for Aussie cruisers, the menu items will debut right here in Australia in October, onboard the Golden Princess which will be sailing from Melbourne for the summer season. From there, they will roll out fleetwide and all Princess ships should have Curtis on the menu by the end of 2015.
The main dining room menus were our favourite part of Princess's announcement, but that's not all that the partnership entails. There will also be a specialty restaurant concept designed by Curtis, to debut on the Emerald Princess in the Caribbean in December, and a Chef's Table by Curtis Stone dining experience which will make its first appearance in early 2016.
These are an additional cost but will add a fantastic option for anyone who wants a special night out, and they also bring an extra taste of Australian cooking expertise to the global Princess fleet.
Princess is yet to release detail of the menu items, the name and concept of the specialty restaurant and a full roll-out schedule, but we are looking forward to hearing more! With Norman Love's chocolate masterpieces on the dessert menu and Curtis Stone's creations gracing the main course, cruisers on the line's many Australia-based ships are in for a real treat.
Meanwhile, take a look at our Princess cruise deals and you could be among the first to try the Curtis Stone culinary experience at sea.