Australian cruise passengers will soon have the chance to dine at two Curtis Stone restaurants close to home on Princess Cruises, with the chef’s restaurant SHARE now on two ships from Princess sailing in Australian waters.
The venue debuted on Monday on the Sun Princess in Sydney. It is also available the Emerald Princess, which arrives on November 15 for its first Australian season. Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess, which sails in the northern hemisphere, also features a SHARE by Curtis Stone restaurant.
“So much of my food ethos comes from my Australian upbringing so it means a lot to me that two of my SHARE restaurants are so close to home for Australians,” Curtis said.
“SHARE combines all the things that I’m most passionate about – being on the ocean looking over the water, escaping to visit new destinations, and sharing stories and good times over a delicious meal,” said Stone.
Stone said he had worked closely with the Princess team to bring his vision to life onboard Princess’ ships, describing the new restaurants as a “real labor of love”.
“From a food perspective, the Princess culinary team have come into my test kitchen in Los Angeles and I’ve worked with the chefs at sea to develop our offering. The menu for Sun Princess alone took about two months to finalise – I wanted to get the look and feel just right for the Aussie market, so I’ve developed a menu unique to the ship.
“I’m a very hands-on chef – I’ve been heavily involved in sourcing produce from the best Australian suppliers for Sun Princess and when the ship is at sea I’m often on FaceTime with the SHARE kitchen to see how everything in the galley is going.”
Curtis said his passion for SHARE extended to the restaurant design.
“I have a very specific vision of how I want my restaurants to look and feel as well as taste. With SHARE, I’ve shared personal family photographs for the walls and even selected the books on the shelves – they’re the same books you will find in my living room at home. It’s the personal touches that are really important to me.”