Raise your hand if you don't like chocolate. I was right—I don't see any hands! From their survey, Princess Cruises knows how much we love it and they intend to satisfy our chocolate craving in partnership with internationally acclaimed master chocolatier and pastry designer Norman Love. "Chocolate Journeys," the line's new onboard chocolate experience will entice guests with an impressive array of onboard chocolate offerings among which are custom-crafted desserts, chocolate and wine pairings, and exquisite chocolate bites created by one of the top names in artisan chocolate.
Since debuting Norman Love Confections in 2001 after a notable career as a pastry chef for luxury resorts, Love has received wide-spread recognition for his hand-crafted, chocolate-making artistry. His sea-going chocolate creations will debut this fall aboard the new Regal Princess for her inaugural Caribbean season, and will continue to roll out to the rest of the Princess fleet throughout the next year. Love has personally trained Princess Cruises' pastry team to deliver this unprecedented chocolate experience across the company's fleet of ships.
"Chocolate Journeys" will offer Princess' guests the following sweet experiences:
Decadent Desserts: Norman Love has produced 15 chocolate desserts for Princess Cruises that will be offered on a rotational basis in the ships' main dining rooms, specialty restaurants, and Chef's Table experience. Examples of the desserts include a Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Mousse and Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Pistachio Dome with Almond and Pistachio Nougatine, and a unique Chocolate Tiramisu with Mascarpone Cream and Espresso Gelato. (Complimentary in main dining rooms. Specialty restaurants carry a cover charge.)Additional information about Princess' new Chocolate Journeys experience can be found at chocolatejourneys.com.
Chocolate & Wine Pairings: In Vines, Princess' signature wine bar, wine and chocolate enthusiasts alike can sample Norman Love's exquisite Black(TM) Single Origin Dark chocolates paired with specific wine varietals designed to enhance the tasting experience, all selected by Love. (Extra charge)
Captain's Welcome Reception Treats: Guests will be able to toast the start of their cruise with a glass of bubbly along with "Chocolate Love Pop" truffles created by Love, at the signature welcome reception hosted by the Captain. (Complimentary)
Chocolate Libations: Throughout the ships' lounges and bars, guests can splurge on a number of decadent chocolate drinks including a Chocolate Salted Caramel Hard Shake, Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Bliss, or a Chocolate Chile Margarita. (Extra charge)
Chocolate Dessert Demonstrations: Princess pastry chefs will treat guests to entertaining and informative demonstrations so they can learn some simple tips for creating tasty chocolate treats for their family and friends back home. (Complimentary)
Chocolate Petits Fours at Formal Night: Chocolate bites designed by Love will accompany the dessert menu presented to guests following the formal night dinner, for guests to enjoy as they peruse the evening's sweet endings.
Norman Love Boxed Chocolates for Purchase: Passengers wishing to bring some of Norman Love's exquisite chocolate confections home to family or friends (or to enjoy themselves during the cruise) will be able to purchase the creations in the onboard shops.
Chocolate Spa Treatments: Because chocolate is not only for eating, the ship's Lotus Spa will offer guests the opportunity to relax with the aroma of pure bliss by offering a Chocolate Indulgence Body Treatment combining a chocolate renewal scrub, whipped chocolate body mask, and chocolate massage oil. (Extra charge)
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