Chef's Table offers own journey on Princess Cruises

Dining experience offers behind-the-scenes look on Princess Cruises' western Caribbean itinerary
BY TRACEY TEO Published: June 2, 2013

Part of the beauty of a cruise is returning to the ship for a scrumptious, impeccably served meal after an active day ashore. Princess Cruises' western Caribbean itinerary offers a special option focusing on food.

Ever wondered what it takes to prepare meals for thousands of discerning palates every evening? The Chef's Table, a dining experience designed for up to 10 hard-core foodies, offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the bustling galley during dinner. Passengers sip Champagne and nibble hors d'oeuvres as they observe a well-choreographed production where food is beautifully plated, then whisked away by tuxedoed waiters.

Executive Chef Giuseppe De Gennaro, the culinary impresario who stages it all, explains how it's done and answers questions.

The real fun begins in the dining room. Sparkling crystal and tranquil candlelight are a stark contrast to the fast-faced action in the kitchen.

The menu varies, but creamy risotto with tiger prawns, lamb chops, filet mignon and fresh lobster are all delicious possibilities. Carefully selected wines complement each course.

Presentation is as important as flavor, and no detail is overlooked. Every course is a work of art, often garnished with carved fruits and vegetables.

Just when you think you can't hold another bite, the piece de resistance arrives — perhaps a dome of Belgian chocolate accompanied by a sculpture of spun sugar. It's a dramatic finale to a meal that's sure to be the gastronomic highlight of your vacation.

The Chef's Table experience can be reserved by up to 10 people on select nights during the sailing for $95 per person. Each couple receives a copy of Princess' best-selling cookbook, “Courses, a Culinary Journey.”