PHOTO: The Caribbean Princess cruise ship. (photo via Flickr/Prayitno Photography)
Princess Cruises will debut more dining options than you can count (on one hand), along with several other notable upgrades onboard the Caribbean Princess next month.
It will be the cruise line's largest food and beverage innovation ever to occur during drydock.
The Carnival Corp. subsidiary announced Tuesday that the Caribbean Princess is scheduled to emerge from its multi-million dollar renovation on April 6, with seven brand new food and beverage offerings.
Beyond some of the exciting new additions like Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Centers, interconnecting staterooms and enhanced Movies Under the Stars, the ship's return to the sea will signal the launch of a new marketplace, a pair of casual specialty restaurants and a slew of top-deck venues.
A new World Fresh Marketplace will replace Horizon Court on deck 14. Highlights of the new breakfast offerings include 24-hour cereal stations and a designer pancake station, while hand-crafted sandwiches and regionally influenced dishes and soups will be available for lunch.
At dinner time, the Marketplace will offer breakfast at night, a PB&J bar for kids and a live-action station serving up stir-fry and customizable pasta.
Also on deck 14, Cafe Caribe will be transformed into two specialty restaurants ideal for casual dining. Planks BBQ will specialize in just that while Steamers Seafood will serve up East Coast-style seafood dishes. Both will offer complimentary buffet-style breakfast and lunch options.
Four top-deck dining spots will also be redone. The Trident Grill becomes The Salty Dog Grill; the Pizzeria transforms into Slice; Scoops is revitalized into Coffee & Cones; Blackbeard's Bar becomes The Mix.
Guests dining at The Salty Dog Grill will be able to choose from a variety of burgers and tacos, as well as loaded fries and hot dogs. Cruise Critic's No. 1 Burger at Sea, "The Ernesto" burger will also grace the menu.
Meanwhile, Slice guests will discover a plethora of new menu items, including Deep Dish Focaccia, California Artisanal Toast featuring Cali-Avocado or Caprese and Sliced Stromboli.
Passengers with a sweet tooth can stop by Coffee & Cones for dessert and a cup of specialty coffee.
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While poolside, guests can grab a cocktail at The Mix, which will be updated and redesigned with vibrant colors, the cruise line said. However, full designs aren't expected to be completed at the bar until fall 2017.
"Fresh, regionally-inspired and family friendly offerings were the inspiration behind our largest food and beverage makeover ever," Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz said in a statement accompanying Tuesday's announcement.
"With updated decor and designs that offer a welcoming atmosphere, the seven new dining options aboard Caribbean Princess are sure to please any palate and delight the senses."
The Caribbean Princess is also being wired for the highly anticipated Ocean Medallion launch. That technology will be available onboard the ship in time for 2018 summer sailings in the Caribbean.