Princess Cruises introduces expanded wine list

Princess Cruises has announced a new wine list across its fleet of 17 ships.

The new main dining room wine list, which took a year to develop, has doubled to include over 140 choices. A range of options have been introduced from across the world including France, Italy, Australia, South America and the USA.

Two-thirds of the bottles are under £40 and one-third under £30, including traditional favourites such as pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz. At the other end of the scale are the likes of a Chateau Lafitte Bordeaux which sells for £1,250. 

The menu denotes the wines that are biodynamic, organic or vegan.

The selections were made by wine expert, Doug Frost, who is one of only four people in the world to have both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier certification. He focused on three areas to help improve the menu:

·        Value for money
·        Variety
·        Quality of the producer

Earlier this year, Princess Cruises unveiled a series of culinary-focused shore excursions around the world, which pair local food and wine together.

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The line has also overhauled its cocktail and beer menus with 20 new spirits, 17 international and craft beers and 39 new wines by the glass added to its menu. 

UK guests can sample the new menus on the 2,670-guest Sapphire Princess, which will sail out of Southampton to northern and southern Europe from April to October 2019.

The complete wine list can be found here.

Doug Frost said: “Princess Cruises’ guests have a passion for culinary travel so our goal in creating this new wine menu was to find fascinating wines from some of the memorable destinations Princess visits. This way guests can return from shore and still experience local tastes with exciting wines at all prices. Plus, what better way to celebrate any occasion than with a special bottle of wine that can be shared with friends and loved ones on a cruise.” 

A 14-day Baltic heritage cruise on Sapphire Princess, sailing roundtrip from Southampton and departing August 31, 2019, has culinary excursions in both Copenhagen and St Petersburg. The Copenhagen tour combines a traditional smorgasbord lunch in a waterside cafe with local drinks while the St Petersburg tour includes hand-making traditional ‘pelmini’ meat pies in a city centre restaurant along with vodka tasting.

Other ports of call are Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn (Estonia), Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Gdansk (Poland). Prices from £1,298pp.

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For more information or to book visit www.princess.com, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663.

About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year to more than 380 destinations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England and World Cruises. Itineraries range in length from three to 111 days. 

Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship, Sky Princess, under construction scheduled for delivery in October 2019. Princess recently announced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests with expected delivery in 2023 and 2025.  Princess now has five ships arriving over the next six years between 2019 & 2025. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).

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