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Princess Cruises Announces the Culinary Delights of the New Sun Princess


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When Sun Princess starts sailing in February, 2024, she’ll be Princess Cruises' largest and most innovative ship, packed with lots of choices for dining, activities and accommodations.


Introducing Sun Princess

Sun Princess will debut in the Mediterranean as the next generation of ships as the first in Princess' Sphere-Class. She's expected to elevate the culinary excellence at sea with an array of dining options catering to all tastebuds and desires with exciting concepts from world-renowned chef, Rudi Sodamin, and a celebrity chef to be announced soon.


Delectable dishes will be found throughout this magnificent new ship, with an astonishing selection of 29 new and signature restaurant and lounge options, offering everything from savory journeys and entertaining eats to sumptuous sips and satisfying snacks.


Sun Princess will offer her guests restaurants, bars, and sundecks that reveal stunning views, ocean vistas, sunshine, ice, and wildlife. Our chefs will serve up vibrant flavors, pour perfectly crafted cocktails, and provide personalized service that is second to none,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president.



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Umai Teppanyaki

Quick overview of Sun Princess' culinary options

Guests aboard the latest Love Boat can indulge in an array of tempting new dining experiences, ranging from the theater of Japanese Teppanyaki at Umai Teppanyaki, where world-class cuisine intertwines with captivating performance, and the innovative O'Malley's Irish Pub, reimagining the classic Irish pub concept with a refreshing twist, to a seafood bliss at The Catch by Rudi from award-winning chef Rudi Sodamin. Meanwhile, The Promenade introduces a fresh perspective, serving up delightful slices of Promenade Slice pizza, gourmet burgers, flavorful hot dogs, freshly baked bagels, and a tempting selection of ice cream.



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While the new additions promise novelty, longtime guests’ favorites aboard the ship remain a staple of the Princess dining experience. From the refined elegance of the Crown Grill and the irresistible charm of Sabatini's, to the delightful authenticity of Alfredo's Pizzeria, the artful creations at Kai Sushi, the classic tunes at Crooners, the warm ambiance of the Wheelhouse Bar, and the engaging performances at Princess Live! – these favorites continue to complement the dining tapestry that Sun Princess so artfully weaves for its guests.


The ship's multiple dining decks offer something for everyone beginning with breakfast and continuing through late-night snack time. Ethnic eats range from Mexican to Mongolian, and cruisers can enjoy coffee concoctions, frozen treats, sushi specials, artisanal pizza, tangy barbecue, deluxe burgers, and hot dogs. Vegetarian and plant-based meals give all diners plenty of options.


The Horizons Dining Room elevates the traditional main dining experience with stunning wake views and natural light that highlight a decorative sculpture, stretching from deck 6 to deck 8. Horizons will serve guests multicourse meals from friendly waitstaff with each level having its own personality, offering different dining experiences and ranges in levels of formality. Breakfast options include a Smoked Salmon Omelet and Swedish Pancakes; lunch dishes such as Corn Chowder with a Signature Burger, Cobb Salad, or Quinoa Salmon Poke Bowl; and dinner entrées like Lamb Leg Provençale, Sautéed Redfish Caponata, and Cauliflower Steak with tahini, couscous, and asparagus.




A new level of suite accommodations, the Signature Collection, includes access to the new Signature Restaurant (Deck 7) and Signature Lounge (Decks 15/16), while guests booked in the Reserve Collection of mini-suites and cabana cabins will have access to the Reserve Collection Restaurant (Deck 7). Both private dining areas offer exclusive menu options that include a Prime Rib Carving Trolley as well as an expanded list of chefs' culinary creations.


No matter where guests are aboard Sun Princess, the options are delicious and boundless.



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Sun Princess' culinary options in more detail

Piazza

  • Bellini's Cocktail Bar (Deck 7) – Sparkling like a diamond in the center of the Piazza, Bellini's Cocktail Bar is inspired by the shimmering beauty of the finest gems and geodes. Step inside and be transported to a world of glamour and elegance, where every detail has been crafted to delight and dazzle. Whether celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging in a night out with friends, sip and savor the finest bubblies while enjoying the Piazza entertainment and dazzling panoramic views from the massive Sphere window.

  • Coffee Currents (Deck 7) – Coffee lovers can awaken their senses with a classic espresso or a creamy latte exclusive to Sun Princess. Skilled baristas whip up the perfect drink to suit every taste. Located on the first level of the three-story Piazza, an array of delectable snacks including fresh-from-the-bakery croissants, Danish, and muffins complement that perfect artisan brew along with afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches, and other treats. Guests can grab their caffeine fix to go or linger over a coffee while enjoying Piazza entertainment or the magnificent ocean views from the Sphere window in the comfortable adjacent lounge.

  • Good Spirits At Sea (Deck 7) – Good Spirits takes guests around the globe in search of extraordinary everyday people, sharing stories of spirits and collecting farm-fresh, local ingredients to inspire one-of-a-kind cocktail creations. Immerse yourself in the region as skilled bartenders lead you through an immersive cocktail experience. On Sun Princess this Princess lounge favorite is a distinct venue, and will also offer an immersive Martini experience as well as an immersive royal tea experience.

  • O'Malley's Irish Pub (Deck 7) – A popular new pub now on Enchanted Princess, O'Malley's joins Sun Princess as a traditional Irish pub with live music, interactive entertainment and mouthwatering menu items including the freshly ground ribeye-blend Bushmills Blue Burger and the O'Malley's Burger patties, dressed with Bushmills Whiskey glaze. Located in the heart of the ship adjacent to the Piazza and open for lunch, dinner, and late-night fare, O'Malley's serves up comfort food at its best - pub-style Fish & Chips, Traditional Bangers & Mash, Shepherd's Pie - along with casual and friendly banter and possibly even a wee bit of blarney. ;-)


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Specialty Dining

  • Crown Grill (Deck 7) – The iconic Crown Grill experience goes to the next level with a modern, sleek design and theater-style kitchen. Featuring premium aged beef and fresh seafood items, this specialty restaurant offers an intimate dining experience in a classically elegant setting, offering a guests'-eye-view into the show galley buzzing with top chefs on a mission to serve top-quality cuts of beef, chops and seafood. Aboard Sun Princess, guests will find this favorite go-to restaurant adjacent to Princes Live! and the Princess Arena.

  • Kai Sushi (Deck 8) – A modern sushi bar adjacent to the heart of the Piazza, Kai Sushi offers spectacular views from the Sphere window with a vast array of sushi and sashimi specialties, plus signature rolls like Crispy Lobster Tempura, Wagyu Tataki, and Asparagus and Salmon. Guests can enjoy mouthwatering bites from intimate tables or watch sushi crafting at its best from expert chefs at the traditional sushi bar.

  • Sabatini's (Deck 8) – Watch pasta being made fresh every day in an all-new pasta room with sweeping circular windows. This Princess favorite features an inspired interior design with intimate bistro-style nooks and a dramatic circular dining room. Families and friends share stories over unique, handmade pasta courses made with the finest ingredients in a trattoria-style dining experience. Irresistible Sicilian fried mozzarella rice balls scented with black truffle, creamy Burrata Caprese, and Classic Beef Carpaccio are just the beginning. Seafood dishes and primavera pasta round out a menu peppered with savory meat dishes featuring lamb chops, veal tenderloin, and strip loin steak. Il Dolce caps the experience with an Italian classic, Tiramisu, as well as a selection of pastries, tortes, and a Ricotta Cheesecake.

  • Umai Teppanyaki (Deck 8) – Exclusive to Sun Princess, Umai Teppanyaki is a feast for the senses, offering a fusion of top cuisine and showmanship. Here, highly skilled masters of teppanyaki take center stage, using their fiery skills and flair to create a dazzling display on a sizzling hot grill. Masters of slicing and dicing, chefs mesmerize guests while juggling meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables on the iron "Teppan" grill that serves as their stage. Guests have front-row seats at the table to witness the fun while sipping signature drinks like the Wasabi Cocktail and Japanese Martini. This three-act show begins with a selection of starters like Pork Belly Yakitori or Spicy Tuna on the Rocks; progresses to entrées like Black Cod in soy reduction and Filet Mignon with Champagne Cognac flambé; then takes a bow with a charming Chocolate Bento Box dessert with green tea ice cream.

  • Adjacent to World Fresh is The Catch by Rudi (Deck 9), a pop-up dinner concept from renowned Chef Rudi Sodamin showcasing treasures from the sea like Oysters on the Half Shell with red-and-pink peppercorn Mignonette; Calamari with seasoned panko coating and lemon aioli; Mussels Provençale with crusty bread for dipping; and a Catch of the Day lineup sure to make pescatarians and omnivores smile.


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The Promenade

Casual/Outdoor Dining

  • World Fresh Marketplace (Deck 9) – World Fresh Marketplace has undergone a remarkable transformation, inviting guests on a tantalizing journey of flavors and experiences from around the world. Here at this all-day gastronomy experience conveniently located adjacent to the Piazza with expansive windows overlooking the Promenade and designed for enhanced traffic flow, chefs serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at nine food stations ranging from Mongolian barbeque and Tapas stations to Asian stir fry and Panini stations. There's something for every guest at stops that features carving boards of roasted meats, bread and salad selections, fruits, hot dishes, and desserts for every sweet tooth.

  • International Cafe (Deck 9) – This Princess favorite serves up convenient eats around the clock from savory breakfast sandwiches to focaccia and flatbreads, along with delightful desserts.

  • The Promenade (Deck 9) – Boasting a fresh, beachy California vibe, The Promenade features al fresco dining, adjacent to World Fresh Marketplace, with great views close to the waterline. The Promenade Grill and Bar outdoor food counters serve up quick and tasty favorites. Guests can sit at a mix of covered tables and lounge seating open to the sky or an aft view, covered deck.

  • Lido (Deck 17) – With a laid-back resort vibe and collection of good eats, the reimagined dining venues on the Lido Deck quite literally have something for everyone, from sizzling burgers and bright salads to spicy tacos, and fresh and fruity colorful cocktails and mocktails. Savor these delectable bites poolside or overlooking the beautiful and breezy ocean views, then head for a treat to Coffee & Cones, where gourmet ice cream sandwiches, free ice cream cones, and specialty coffees and teas delight. To top it all off, hit the lively MIX, a top-deck bar, to enjoy a favorite libation.

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Previously revealed as a first for Princess, the Horizons Dining Room introduces a stunning, three-story main dining venue with a total capacity of 1,931 guests. This open and flexible space elevates the traditional main dining experience with stunning wake views and natural light that highlight a decorative sculpture, stretching from deck 6 to deck 8. The three dining levels will serve guests multicourse meals from friendly wait staff and each has its own personality, offers different dining experiences, and ranges in levels of formality, including the Horizons Diner on Deck 8 offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites all day long.




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Princess still has more tricks up its sleeves. They have not yet unveiled details about two additional venues – a new high-end specialty restaurant located on deck 17 overlooking the scenic wake of the ship and a mysterious, extraordinary experience that's been hinted at behind an unmarked black door midship on Deck 8. I wonder what's coming next? Hmmm!



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Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through Connie George Travel Associates. We have booked thousands of guests through individual reservations as well as mid-size and large groups (up to 500+ participants. Let us help you plan your next cruise adventure. Reach us by calling 610-532-0989 or email us.


Happy Traveling!

-Connie

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