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PostSubject: Two Princess Ships to be Remodeled   Two Princess Ships to be Remodeled Icon_minitimeFri May 02, 2008 1:33 pm

Press Release

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (April 30, 2008) - Two
Princess ships will be remodeled to incorporate a number of the most
popular amenities that have become passenger favorites on the line's
newer ships. The upcoming makeovers of Star Princess and Caribbean
Princess will include a transformation of the Deck 5 atrium into the
inviting piazza-style street cafe currently found on Crown Princess and
Emerald Princess; plus will add the company's signature adults-only
Sanctuary and showplace Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant, along
with a more centrally located casino and seven new suites. Star Princess will receive these new features during her September
drydock in San Francisco and Caribbean Princess will follow in January
2009. The ships' updated atriums will not only feature the
specialty coffees, freshly baked goods, paninis and tapas of the
International Cafe, but will also introduce an expanded Vines wine bar
concept, which will now include rare vintage wines, a selection of
artisan meats and cheeses, plus a wine shop where passengers can
purchase their favorite bottle. In addition, passengers will be able to
relax in the tranquility of The Sanctuary, Princess' signature
adults-only retreat, featuring plush padded lounge chairs and the
services of dedicated Serenity Stewards. The ships will also replace
their current steakhouse with the Crown Grill restaurant featuring an
open show kitchen where passengers can enjoy watching as chefs prepare
chops, steaks and seafood, including live lobsters. As part of the
renovation, each vessel will also receive seven new suites with
ocean-view picture windows, and the casino will be relocated one deck
higher to deck 7, bringing it into the ship's central entertainment
area. "After Crown Princess and Emerald Princess debuted, we
knew we had struck a chord with our passengers who loved the
piazza-style atriums, new dining experiences and the peaceful
environment of The Sanctuary," said Jan Swartz, Princess senior vice
president. "And so we're delighted to bring these hallmark features to
two of the other vessels." To make room for the new features,
passengers may find that some of their favorite areas have been
relocated. In addition to the casino, the sports court, Internet Cafe
and wedding chapel are also among the spaces that will be moved in the
renovation process. The new features passengers will find aboard these vessels include: The Piazza
- This piazza-style atrium has been a popular area on the new ships,
with its sidewalk cafe feel and casual dining options. The ships will
offer this lively area on Deck 5, designed to be the bustling hub of
the ship with a street cafe atmosphere, featuring live music and
entertainers throughout the day and evening. With Italian-inspired
decor, this charming area serves as an inviting venue throughout the
day for passengers seeking a more casual dining option. Within this
space, passengers can relax over coffee and pastries at the
International Cafe or a glass of wine at Vines, or keep in touch with
home at the Internet Cafe. Vines - The expanded Vines
concept features a wine bar serving a selection of rare and unique new-
and old-world vintage wines along with gourmet delicacies. Here
passengers can enjoy an assortment of fine wines by the glass, wine
flights, a wine shop and a walk-in glass artisan cheese and cured meat
humidor. Designed to resemble a wine cellar, the venue hosts unique
wine tasting sessions, while the chef makes special appearances to pair
selections with some of the world's most desirable artisan cheeses.
Food-lovers can also sample a daily selection of sushi, sashimi,
antipasti or ceviche. A signature feature in Vines, wine lovers will
have the opportunity to sample a Swiss specialty, Raclette, a
traditional melted cheese dish. The Vines shop offers an extensive
collection of hard-to-find wines available for purchase, as well as
Princess-branded favorites such as extra virgin olive oil, aged Italian
balsamic vinegar and a selection of related gift items. International Cafe -
Serving up a variety of tasty options throughout the day, the
International Cafe features an ever-changing array of quick bites and
light meal choices. In the morning, passengers will be attracted by the
aroma of freshly baked croissants, Danish pastries and beignets; while
in the afternoon the Cafe serves grilled-to-order paninis, quiches and
salads. At dinnertime passengers can stop by for tapas or dessert -
including the popular chocolate fondue. Throughout the day, the cafe
features the line's famous fresh-baked cookies, and coffee lovers can
also select from a variety of specialty coffee drinks and Revolution
teas. The Sanctuary - The adults-only "pocket of
tranquility" that has been so popular on Crown Princess and Emerald
Princess, will be added to the uppermost forward deck of the ship,
which currently houses the ships' sports court. The Sanctuary offers a
relaxing alternative to the myriad activities available throughout the
ship. Solitude seekers will be able to escape completely to this plush,
outdoor spa-inspired setting with refreshing beverages and healthy
fare, massages, relaxing personal entertainment and attentive service
from the area's Serenity Stewards. Crown Grill - The
ships will trade their Sterling Steakhouse restaurants for a Crown
Grill premium seafood and chop house concept as found on Crown Princess
and Emerald Princess. This showplace restaurant entertains passengers
with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs custom-prepare steamed
shellfish - such as lobster, scallops, clams and mussels - and
cooked-to-order steaks and chops. Passengers can choose to sit at the
kitchen's eat-up counter and watch the show as they dine. Suites -
Seven new oceanview suites will be added on deck six, offering
additional options for passengers who enjoy the luxury and amenities
that come with Princess' most spacious accommodations.
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PostSubject: Re: Two Princess Ships to be Remodeled   Two Princess Ships to be Remodeled Icon_minitimeFri May 02, 2008 3:47 pm

Thanks for posting that Ajani.
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