Princess Cruises has released more details on its newest ship, the upcoming Sky Princess, this time with a look at the ship’s French restaurant: La Mer. Already popular with Chinese guests onboard the Majestic Princess, Princess said La Mer will be the first time in its history that it will introduce a new French restaurant to North American guests.
La Mer will be helmed by three-Michelin-star Chef Emmanuel Renaut, who is the owner and executive chef of the Flocons de Sel restaurant in the French Alps village of Megève. Flocons de Sel was awarded a third Michelin star in 2012, having earned its first in 2004 and a second in 2006. Before founding the restaurant in 1998, Renaut worked in restaurants including Claridge’s, Hotel de Crillon and Auberge de l’Eridan. He also holds the title “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (MOF), which translates to One of the Best Craftsmen of France.
Located in the ship’s atrium, La Mer will be a casual, French bistro-style dining experience with a modern twist, Princess said, drawing inspiration from both the flavors of the French Alps and the ocean. It will have a $35 per person cover charge. The restaurant first debuted in 2017 onboard the Majestic Princess, which serves the China cruise market. Here’s a video previewing what guests can expect:
The 3,660-guest Sky Princess is the fourth Royal Class ship from Princess Cruises. It is scheduled to debut this October in the Mediterranean, followed by a deployment in North America in December, where it will sail a season of Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the new French restaurant, the ship will also offer a number of new and returning amenities for the cruise line, including Sky Suites with extra-large balconies, the OceanMedallion wearable device, a new jazz lounge, a Sanctuary with eight private cabanas, more than 25 restaurants and bars and The Enclave at Lotus Spa, Princess Cruises’ largest thermal suite at sea.
Looking ahead, La Mer will also debut onboard Princess Cruises’ next new cruise ship, the Enchanted Princess, when it sets sail in 2020.