Royal Caribbean International announced an innovative dining program that will be featured on two upcoming ships, replacing the traditional main dining room. According to a March 26, 2014 press release received by Examiner, the main dining room on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will be divided into five distinct restaurants. An additional 13 restaurants will round out the new concept that Royal Caribbean calls “Dynamic Dining.”
In not offering a traditional main dining room, neither Quantum of the Seas nor Anthem of the Seas will feature the first, second, and open dinner seatings that are found on today’s mainstream cruise lines. The ships, which will debut in fall 2014 and spring 2015, respectively, will offer what the line’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, refers to as a “spectacular culinary journey – with each night strikingly different from the last.”
The new, complimentary restaurants are:
- American Icon Grill, featuring regional, comfort-style menus
- Chic, featuring contemporary cuisine
- Silk, featuring a Pan-Asian menu
- The Grande, based on classic European ocean liners and where every night is formal
- For suite passengers only, Coastal Kitchen, a fusion of Mediterranean and California tastes
The first four restaurants seats approximately 400 passengers each; Coastal kitchen can accommodate 128.
The new, extra-charge restaurants are, from least to most expensive based on preliminary estimates:
- Michael’s Genuine Pub, billed as “the first American gastropub at sea”
- Jamie’s Italian, featuring a menu designed by chef Jamie Oliver
- Devinly Decadence at Solarium Bistro, featuring a healthy, low-calorie menu designed by chef Devin Alexander of TV’s “The Biggest Loser”
- Wonderland, featuring what the line calls “imaginative cuisine”
Other extra-charge restaurants, which have already been introduced on Royal Caribbean ships, are:
- Johnny Rockets
- Izumi Japanese Cuisine
- Chops Grille steakhouse
- Chef’s Table, a formal enclave within Chop’s Grille
Complimentary, casual dining spots are:
- The Café @ Two70°, featuring sandwiches, soup, and salad in a setting with a 270-degree ocean view
- SeaPlex Dog House, billed as the “first food truck at sea”
- Windjammer Marketplace, including The Grill, a 24-hour station
- Sorrento’s pizzeria
- Café Promenade
As part of this rollout, Royal Caribbean has designed an upgraded reservation system for the dining rooms, including an online tool that will be available May 15, 2014 on the Royal Caribbean website.
According to Royal Caribbean, both Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will have 18 decks, measure 167,800 gross tons, and can accommodate nearly 4,200 passengers at double-occupancy. Quantum of the Seas will be based in Cape Liberty, N.J. for the winter 2014/2015 season, and Anthem of the Seas will homeport in Southampton for the 2015 Mediterranean season.
The complete schedule of sailings may be found on Royal Caribbean’s website. For more information on Dynamic Dining, restaurants, menus, Quantum of the Seas, and Anthem of the Seas, contact your travel agent or Royal Caribbean.