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Crown Princess to serve feast of culinary options

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Thursday, 15 September 2005

Crown Princess to serve up a feast of new culinary options

When this ship debuts in June 2006, it could be the ultimate floating dining experience!

Whether savouring a seafood appetiser paired with a glass of wine in the sidewalk café-style atrium, taking in the expansive top-deck views during an Italian extravaganza in Sabatini's, or gazing at the open kitchen as a chef custom-grills your steak, passengers aboard the new Crown Princess have the opportunity to sample a variety of innovative culinary offerings.

Princess Cruises has long been known for its array of alternative dining opportunities and Crown Princess takes the line's ‘Anytime Dining’ concept to new levels with the addition of new casual and specialty dining venues.

A brand new feature aboard Crown Princess is the piazza-style atrium, designed to be the bustling hub of the ship with a street café atmosphere. With Italian-inspired décor, this charming street café environment is an inviting venue throughout the day for passengers seeking a more casual dining option. The International Café features a rotating menu based on time of day. The Vines wine and seafood bar caters to passengers with a craving for light fare, such as ceviche, escabèche, shrimp and oysters, with the perfect accompanying glass of wine.

Additionally, Princess Cruises’ hallmark restaurant Sabatini's has been expanded and relocated to the scenic aft end of the ship, giving diners a multi-course Italian dining extravaganza with a view. The line's popular Sterling Steakhouse has evolved into the Crown Grill, a steak and seafood house with a theatre-style performance kitchen.

"This ship truly offers anytime, anywhere dining, raising the culinary options for our passengers to new levels," says New Zealand manager for Princess Cruises, Shannon Currie. "And in all three of the new dining venues -- International Cafe, Vines wine and seafood bar, and the Crown Grill -- passengers can watch artisan chefs and pastry chefs prepare the various delicacies, underscoring Princess' commitment to using the freshest products available."

The 113,000- ton Crown Princess is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and debuts in June 2006, introducing Princess Cruises’ first programme of Caribbean cruises from New York.

Seven-night Caribbean cruises in 2006 are available from NZ$967 per person. Call 0800 95 12 00, see a travel agent or visit www.pocruises.co.nz

About Princess Cruises:
One of the best -known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 14 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognised leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 30 days. The company, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2005, is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

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