New cruise ships to offer innovative dining experiences

Celebrity cruises currently has two new Solstice-class ships being built in Germany. The names of those ships are Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette, and Cruise Mates Newsletter reports that the plan is for both ships to add a few extra dining choices for passengers.

Already Celebrity Cruises has introduced a somewhat revolutionary restaurant experience called Qsuine.  In Qsine the food is served using whimsical plating: spring rolls are tucked into coiled springs, and the dessert menu comes on something like a Rubik’s Cube. Items are delivered for the entire table with individual portions plated in unexpected ways.

On the two new ships, additional eating experiences will include:

The Lawn Club Grill which will offer interactive demonstrations and classes focused on pizza-making, including the art of dough-tossing. There will be grilling, marinade secrets and more, led by Celebrity’s chefs as well as guest chefs from the “Savor Your Destination” program. Also, the casual lunch menu will include high-end burgers.  At dinner guests will choose from an array of top-quality meats and either grill it themselves, side-by-side with Celebrity’s chefs, or have it grilled to order. Complementing the dinner will be wines, beer and sangria, all consistent with the casual nature of the 56-seat restaurant. A $30 dinner surcharge will apply, however.

An intimate 48-seat eatery called The Porch is intended to be located near the starboard entrance to the Lawn Club.  It will boast a “chic, Hamptons-style design” and offer casual, complimentary, quick and easy breakfasts and lunches; consisting of fresh pastries, salads, Panini and other sandwiches, in addition to specialty coffees, beer and wine.

Near to the Lawn Club Frill will be The Alcoves, consisting of eight cabanas, each designed for two to four guests to enjoy themed picnic baskets and an a la carte beverage menu (for an additional surcharge). The Alcoves will be available as partial or all-day rentals. Adjacent to The Alcoves will be eight hammocks and two whimsical, oversized Adirondack chairs.

The Hideaway is inspired by the live trees suspended within the Grand Foyer of every Solstice Class ship.  The design of The Hideaway reflects an upscale, avant-garde tree house, with cosy, intimate lounging “nests,” where vacationers can try out a new Apple product from the Celebrity iLounge, or make a low-tech retreat to read a good book.

As cruising becomes more popular the cruise lines are looking at various ways to enhance their passengers’ experiences, and Celebrity Cruises’ innovations certainly give passengers more dining choices which greatly approve upon the tradition of having passengers dine by the clock on food that could be a trifle mundane.

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