The comfort level on Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess has been stepped up to a new level, with the ship becoming the first in Australian waters to offer the line’s new ‘SHARE by Curtis Stone‘ specialty dining concept.
As part of the recently announced partnership with the Aussie celebrity chef, the SHARE dining experience has been designed to bring travellers together over a fine multi-course Italian dining menu featuring handmade pastas, meats, charcuterie and desserts. Tables in the new restaurant are set up deliberately for diners to sit in groups, with the experience priced at $39 per person, which allows each to select one appetizer, main, side, cheese plate and dessert, all presented in a share platter style.
SHARE is also available on fellow Princess ships Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess, the latter due to arrive in Australia for the first time in November for its maiden summer season cruising from Sydney. Emerald Princess will also feature the ‘Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone’ premium dining experience, which includes a galley tour, champagne and hors d’oeuvres before guests are led through the Main Dining Room for the multi-course extravaganza.
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Further dining improvements made to the ship include the transformation of the Kai Sushi Restaurant into the Kai Seafood Bar, complete with a new menu and sampling menu. Guests can participate in a wine and seafood tasting experience which includes Australian oysters, prawns, sashimi and shellfish, paired with matching wines and champagnes. Elsewhere, a new coffee and cakes menu has been rolled out at the Amuleto Café, while the Pool Deck has been fitted with a New Zealand Natural Ice Cream parlour.
In addition, the dry dock refurbishment delivered another first for Princess in Australia as each stateroom was fitted with the line’s new luxury bedding. The special custom sleep design has been based on some of the world’s most comfortable beds and features a 5cm thick mattress topper, a single-sided medium-firm mattress, European duvet and woven cotton linens.
Other enhancements to Sun Princess has seen the installation of the Legends Sports Bar – already available on sister-ship Sea Princess – which screens sports broadcasts from around the world including AFL and NRL matches. Evening entertainment has also been boosted with Princess’ highest-rating worldwide show Bravo now performing in the main theatre. The show pays homage to some of the world’s most iconic musicians and musical styles featuring many of the ship’s vocalists, dancers and bands.
Completing a multi-million dollar refurbishment in Singapore today, the 2,010-passenger ship has now set sail on a 12-day ‘Treasures of Southeast Asia’ voyage back to Fremantle. After a 17-night sailing around the north of Australia back to Sydney, Sun Princess will then cruise the South Pacific until mid-June when it sets off on a mammoth 75-day adventure around the Pacific Ocean via Asia, Alaska, North America and Hawaii.