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“SHARE” by Curtis Stone Brings Culinary Experience to Princess

Remember when cruises were known for quantity over quality — copious midnight buffets with ice sculptures and all you can eat? Princess Cruises has introduced SHARE by Curtis Stone, a unique six-course fine dining experience available on the Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess and Sun Princess. Reservations at the award-winning Maude are hard to come by but now, cruise travelers can enjoy Stone’s artfully displayed dishes for a cover charge of $39/person, including one selection from each of six courses.

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The ambiance of SHARE doesn’t feel like a cruise ship unless you glance out the porthole. The wood floors, a communal table, as well as more intimate dining seating, and artifacts lend a warm and cozy feel to the space.

The menu features a variety of seafood and meat dishes, as well as a compilation of vegetarian-friendly dishes to create an elegant experience for those who wish to avoid meat or fish.

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The starter course features a Charcuterie plate with 18-month aged San Daniele Proscuitto and a choice of fennel-infused finocchiona, a garlic-dusted Hungarian salami, or spicy soppresata. Non-meat eaters can select Pantaleo Cheese with accompaniments, as shown here. Both plates included a scrumptious herb butter that was hard to resist.

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The salad course currently includes Tomatoes and Burrata with whole roasted grape tomatoes,; Lemon Poached prawns, or Little Gem tossed in a caraway buttermilk dressing.

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The third course features pasta, fresh-made daily. I chose the Ricotta Cavatelli with roasted sunchokes, pickled beets, and brussels sprouts leaves, which took on a pinkish hue when stirred. The menu also currently features a Pork Ravioli with a green curry filling and lemongrass cream.

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The sea course had several options, including a Butter Poached Lobster Tail, resting on roasted potatoes and crispy pancetta in a white onion sourbise. Other selections currently include Day Boat Scallops, which had a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern treatment, Steelhead Trout, or for vegetarians, a White Corn Veloute.

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The meat course currently features a Duck Leg Confit, strip loin steak, lamb loin, or Mushroom Ragu of king trumpets simmered in a mushroom reduction, finished with Meyer lemon ricotta.

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Of course, no meal on a cruise would be complete without dessert. I loved the Dark Chocolate Cremeux, a chocolate hazelnut custard with crispy mousse and burnt vanilla ice cream. Other options included a Citron Tart and a Toffee Cheesecake.

The selections may vary according to season but are sure to be a memorable part of your cruise, accompanied by wine selections hand-picked by Chef Stone and his sommelier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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