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The comforting smell of fresh, out-of-the-oven scones wafts through the air as you sip on tea in a tranquil garden in Ireland. Sip and swirl succulent wines in the pink-and-red flower speckled streets, perched high above the sea, on the Amalfi coast in Italy. Let your senses be filled with the scent of saffron as you dine on paella in the cobblestone streets of Valencia, Spain. These are just a few of the epicurean excursions you can savor on a Princess Cruises Bon Appétit shore excursion.
Princess Cruises is making sure the food is as appealing as the destinations with innovative partnerships with local chefs and culinary experts. After all, there’s no better way to truly immerse yourself and deepen your understanding of a region than by taking a journey that satiates your senses with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the local flavors of your destinations. A new partnership with the experts at Bon Appétit has expanded cuisine options to shore excursions that focus on flavorful local ingredients, cooking styles, demonstrations and palate pleasing tastings, to offer you an authentic taste of the world’s most popular destinations.
Some highlights include the chance to taste three types of just made pasta, with tasty wine pairings to match, as you take in views of the flower filled streets of Sorrento, Italy. In the sunny seaside town of Valencia, Spain, savor magnificent cathedrals, and with a local chef as your guide, learn about the distinct flavors and ingredients of the savory saffron-seasoned rice and seafood dish -paella - in the very town that gave birth to this famous dish. In Tokyo, Japan, shop the world’s most expansive seafood selection at the sprawling Toyosu Fish Market, savor rare sea delicacies and learn how to make sushi from a sushi master. In Juneau, Alaska you can relish just caught salmon and take a foodie walking tour of the towns standout restaurants.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can make delicate golden scones from scratch in a Victorian Farmhouse cooking school in the charming countryside of Dublin, Ireland. Spread homemade fruity jam and bite into the warm delicacy, accompanied by tea, as you relax in a picturesque herb garden. If you crave a bite of authentic Baja cuisine, then the Ensenada, Mexico Food Crawl with flavorful street tacos, open faced crunchy tostadas and Baja wines, with all tour stops selected by Bill Esparza, a James Beard award-winner and leading expert on Latin American cuisine, is sure to satisfy.
Enjoy Exquisite Cuisine from Award-Winning Chef Curtis Stone
Dining onboard a Princess Cruise Ship is feast for the senses with captivating cuisine, prepared fresh throughout the day. From fancy, relish-every-bite multi-course gourmet dinners to a hand-tossed pizza with basil infused marina sauce, you’ll enjoy fresh hand prepared food that’s crafted for every appetite.
Enjoy savory seafood, fresh local produce, and beautiful entrees, such as the charred New York strip loin steak, served on a sunchoke purée, accompanied by the finest wines with a selection of vintages from around the globe. All Princess Cruise ships offer the cuisine of award-winning Chef Curtis Stone, Los Angeles' Chef of the Year in the 2016 Eater Awards. Lauded by TIME, Travel & Leisure and Eater, Chef Stone’s Los Angeles restaurants, Maude & Gwen, are some of the city’s most sought-after reservations.
“Crafted by Curtis" dishes are available in the main dining room, plus you can now enjoy a six-course fine dining experience at Stone's first restaurant at sea, SHARE, designed to excite diner’s senses with tempting choices for every course, including vegetarian, with the option to customize your dinner to your own personal tastes and dietary preferences. Start with an appetizer, followed by salad and handmade pasta, then indulge in main courses from both land and sea, and finish with a decadent dessert.
Chef Ernesto Uchimura Gastropub Cuisine
Ernesto Uchimura, chef of the original Umami Burger restaurant and founding chef of Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, has helped Princess create The Salty Dog Gastropub, which offers a gourmet twist on traditional pub-favorites. Voted "Best Burger at Sea" by Cruise Critic, the menu features the "Ernesto," a savory rib eye burger, Pale Ale Pork Cheeks, Wild Mushroom Sauté, Beef Short Rib Poutine, and many other inventive small bites.
Satisfy Your Thirst for Adventure
Enjoy a voyage in a glass with craft cocktails or “zero-proof" mocktails. Master Mixologist Rob Floyd has refreshed the cocktail menus across the entire Princess fleet using his unique blend of knowledge and technique. His signature cocktails are made with freshly squeezed citrus, fruit muddled in the glass and fresh herbs. From light and fruit-forward to crisp, complex, and engaging, each bar has cocktails created for every taste.
Lift your spirits with a delicious coffee made just for you by a trained barista. Enjoy fifteen specialty espresso drinks!
Raise a toast with a wide variety of international beers and ciders, as well as the new expansive Whiskey Bar Menu, featuring award winning whiskies, bourbons, and ryes from around the world. Explore distiller's arts worldwide, including single malts and blends, bourbons, and ryes. Select a glass of an old favorite or try a flight that transports you to a world of new taste sensations.
Sip on world-class wines curated by one of only four people in the world to hold both the prestigious ranks of Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, Doug Frost. Frost has created a wine menu that celebrates the world's best varietals and regions. Wine connoisseurs can grow their appreciation and newbies will find surprises, as well as popular classics. From unique and unexpected picks, like wines from China's burgeoning market, to world-class favorites from France and California's incredible wineries, there is something to love for every palate and price.
Embrace the Sweet Life with Sinfully Delicious Norman Love Confections
Onboard you can also enjoy several premium chocolate experiences, with the silky, rich creations of Norman Love. Recognized by InStyle Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, and O, the Oprah Magazine—Love has designed some of the most decadent, hand-crafted treats for Princesses’ exclusive Chocolate JourneysSM program. Trained in France and named the Inaugural Inductee into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame by Dessert Professional Magazine, Love’s creations blend premium quality chocolate, unique flavors and artful designs you are sure to fall in love with! You’ll find Norman Love’s artful chocolate creations on select dessert menus.
Choose from delectable Chocolate muffins, and pastries for breakfast. In the evening, try a blissful slice of chocolate cake – rotated daily so you can sample a new flavor each night. Visit the wine bar for a special selection of premium chocolates, paired wines by Norman Love, for a sensory tasting experience. Sink your teeth into a delicious Chocolate Journeys cookie, indulge in the extraordinary, hydrating, aromatic, anti-oxidant chocolate body treatment in the Spa. You can even order Norman Love Confections and have them shipped to your home for a delectable memory of your delicious voyage with Princess Cruises.
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