These include a restaurant, SHARE by Curtis Stone, a fresh approach to dining created by the Australian celebrity chef. His first restaurant at sea, it encourages connecting and sharing over food with family, friends and other cruisers by offering dishes served family-style. The menu features a charcuterie starter course, composed salads, handmade pastas, premium quality meats, an array of decadent desserts and more.Also introduced on Emerald Princess is the Salty Dog Gastropub. This new dining venue pairs gourmet small dishes inspired by pub favourites such as a rib eye burger, beef ribs and pork cheeks with craft beers, cocktails and wines. The Gastropub only appears on two further Princess Cruises’ ships.
Other additions from the refurbishment are the fitting of 200 interconnecting doors to 100 staterooms for those families who book rooms next to each other; a luxury mattress on every bed as part of Princess Cruises’ recently-introduced ‘Sleep’ programme; and the onboard gymnasium has new equipment and weights.
Tony Roberts, vice president of Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “Emerald Princess’ refit is a real coup for us in the UK, as when the ship arrives here in April our guests sailing from Southampton will be among the first to experience all the enhancements.
“SHARE by Curtis Stone will be the perfect place to connect with family and friends, whilst enjoying delicious and fresh cuisine, while the Salty Dog Gastropub will be a home-from-home premium dining experience. When you add in the other improvements we’ve made along with our unbeatable onboard service and the fact we travel to more destinations than any other cruise line, it’s clear that there’s more reasons than ever to travel with Princess Cruises next year.”
The refit took place in Freeport, Bahamas and lasted two weeks.