Princess Cruises’ superliner, Ruby Princess made its debut in Sydney last week as the first new ship welcomed to Australia this summer cruise season. Along with its arrival in the harbour — celebrated with a spectacular display of ruby-coloured fireworks — was LA-based, Australian celebrity Curtis Stone showcasing his new fine dining menu for his onboard restaurant SHARE.
The Michelin-star chef who currently operates two restaurants in Los Angeles (Gwen and Maude) has endeavoured to make his highly sought-after food more accessible to fans and foodies with SHARE restaurants onboard three Princess Cruises, including Ruby and Sun Princess in Australia.
While Ruby Princess docked at Circular Quay on Wednesday, Curtis Stone unveiled his new six-course fine-dining menu, speaking of his love of locally-sourced fresh ingredients and the value of fine dining at sea.
“I’m especially excited as SHARE on Ruby Princess will now feature Australian Wagyu beef from the same supplier I use at my Los Angeles-based restaurants,” Stone revealed.
“The value we can offer at sea is incredible; for example, guests can experience my six-course dining menu for less than $40,” he added.
Record summer season
Princess Cruises Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Stuart Allison said the arrival of Ruby Princess to Australia will make for a record summer season for Princess Cruises with a 25 per cent increase in capacity in just two years.
“For the first time ever, we will have two mega-liners sailing from Sydney with Ruby Princess joining award-winning ship, Majestic Princess.”
This, in turn, is expected to contribute close to $100m into the NSW economy over the next 12 months, according to Mr Allison.
Ruby Princess will also be the first smart ship to sail in Australia when she is activated with Princess MedallionClass Holidays in late January 2020 — an app-driven experience that instantly connects passenger’s wearable dongles to onboard services, directions and Wi-Fi.
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