Princess Ships Get $450 Million in Upgrades

Princess Cruises has announced a new campaign aimed at innovation and renovation: The Come Back New Promise.  As we all know, the cruise line’s catchphrase has been “come back new” for quite some time, and this new initiative builds off of that.

The campaign will be a $450 million multi-year cruise ship renovation and product innovation plan that will enhance Princess’ guest experience.  Recently, they introduced new initiatives to deliver that promise and elevate the line’s dining and wellness experiences, as well as expand their partnership with Discovery Communications.

Stein Kruse, CEO Princess Cruises (left) and Jan Swartz, President Princess Cruises (right) joined by partners Chef Curtis Stone, Designer Candice Olson, Sleep Expert Dr. Michael Breus and Chef Ernesto Uchimura who were together to announce the Come Back New Promise.
Stein Kruse, CEO Princess Cruises (left) and Jan Swartz, President Princess Cruises (right) joined by partners Chef Curtis Stone, Designer Candice Olson, Sleep Expert Dr. Michael Breus and Chef Ernesto Uchimura who were together to announce the Come Back New Promise.

New Initiatives

  • Chef Curtis Stone – the cruise line partnered with award-winning chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone to bring a new restaurant onboard, called SHARE, as well as new menu items to the main dining room.
  • The Princess Luxury Bed – a new specially designed bed was developed with Dr. Michael Breus “the sleep doctor” and designer Candice Olson from HGTV created new luxury bedding for the staterooms.
  • The Salty Dog Gastropub – A variety of small bites inspired by pub favorites and adapted for an upscale experience are what you’ll find at The Salty Dog.  Developed in partnership with founding chef of the original Umami Burger, Ernesto Uchimura, guests can enjoy food as well as beer, whiskey, and cocktail creations.
  • Style at Sea with TLC – With the help TLC fashion expert Stacy London, this new program will provide tips and tricks for guests to look great while onboard their ship, as well as what to pack, what to wear, and how to look stylish.

Previous Initiatives

  • Chocolate Journeys – Master Chocolatier Norman Love partnered with Princess to create delectable chocolate desserts, wine and chocolate pairings, and speciality cocktails for the cruise line.
  • Discovery at Sea – A partnership with Discovery Communications brings new activities and shore excursions to Princess guests through shows like Shark Week and Deadliest Catch.
  • Original Music Productions – In partnership with Stephen Schwartz, Princess created an original musical show called Magic to Do, and combines magic with some of his most famous songs.  Plus, the show features a new song written just for Princess.  It runs aboard Crown, Emerald, and Ruby Princess.
  • Festivals of the World – Festivals throughout the world bring people together to celebrate their culture and heritage, and Princess hosts festivals onboard that originate from nearly every area of the globe.  From Rio Carnival to Mardi Gras, guests can enjoy activities, parties, musical performances, festival-related movies, and specialty shopping.
  • Craft Beer Series – Princess started their craft beer series with an award-winning west coast IPA from Strike Brewing Company in California, and followed it with a special 50th anniversary blend.  They’ve since added the Alaska Denali Red Ale, East Coast Blonde Lager, and the Australian Gold Ale.
  • Princess@Sea Messenger – An instant message feature available to guests while they’re on the ship is keeping them connected.  It’s integrated into the free Princess@Sea app, and is a great way for friends or family cruising together to make plans, confirm a meeting location, and any other reason they need to stay in touch.  It can be accessed via tablet and smartphone.

The big announcements about the ship renovations, accommodations, and entertainment associated with this new campaign will be released soon.

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