From a new partnership with a renowned French chef to its longest-ever World Cruise, Princess Cruises has announced a lineup of new initiatives.
The line has inked a partnership with three-Michelin star Chef Emmanuel Renaut to develop the cruise line's next specialty restaurant concept. "La Mer – A French Bistro by Emmanuel Renaut" will debut aboard Majestic Princess in April 2017, the cruise line's newest ship tailored for the China market.
Followed by the partnership announcement with another Michelin star Chef Richard Chen, serving his interpretation of classic Cantonese dishes at Harmony, Majestic Princess will be the only cruise ship that offers two specialty dinner menus designed by Michelin star chefs at sea in China, Princess said.
Emmanuel Renaut is the Executive Chef of three Michelin star restaurant "Flocons de Sel," located in the French Alps village of Megève. Flocons de Sel was awarded its third Michelin star in 2012, having earned its first Michelin star in 2004 and a second in 2006. Before establishing the restaurant in 1998, Chef Renaut cooked in some of the finest kitchens in Paris and London, including Hotel de Crillon, Claridge's and three-Michelin star Auberge de l'Eridan as sous chef to the celebrated Marc Veyrat.
Billed as an authentic yet updated Parisian bistro experience, La Mer will serve a fine dining dinner menu created by Chef Renaut, including both favorites from his Flocons Bistrot menu, as well as new concepts developed for La Mer. This specialty dinner experience will include a to-be-determined cover charge. In addition, La Mer will offer complimentary lunch and breakfast options created by the Princess culinary teams.
Located in the atrium onboard Majestic Princess, La Mer has been designed by Jeffrey Beers International (JBI). The space combines French style and Parisian details with sea views through floor to ceiling windows.
Departing April 4, 2017, the Majestic Princess will sail on its inaugural voyage, a five-day Adriatic Sea cruise roundtrip from Rome with stops in Kotor and Corfu. Following its maiden cruise, Majestic Princess will tour Europe, offering guests a chance to experience the ship on seven-, 14-, 21- and 28-day cruises departing from Rome, Barcelona or Athens. A repositioning voyage will depart Rome on May 21, 2017, visiting Dubai and Singapore before arriving in Shanghai, the ship’s new home. Majestic Princess will begin its first cruise from its home-port in Shanghai on July 11, 2017, carrying 3,560 guests to a variety of destinations in Japan and Korea.
2018 World Cruise From Australia
2018 will mark the line’s 10th year of offering world cruises from Australia, and to mark the occasion Princess will offer its longest-ever World Cruise, a 106-night voyage onboard the Sea Princess.
The World Cruise will depart Sydney on June 5, 2018, visiting 40 destinations in 27 countries over a distance of 32,000 nautical miles (about 1.5 times around the Earth), the line said. Highlights include a range of new ports across Greenland, Newfoundland and Eastern Canada as well as overnight stays in destinations such as New York, Barcelona and Venice.