Royal Caribbean International announced today that the inaugural of Quantum of the Seas in November 2014 will include the opening of renowned chef Jamie Oliver’s first restaurant at sea. The addition of Jamie’s Italian to the restaurant portfolio aboard the Royal Caribbean ship followed by sister ship – Anthem of the Seas in April 2015 – reflects the company’s plan to unveil a new vision of dining at sea. The Quantum-class ships will introduce expanded restaurant concepts to exceed the expectations of today’s food-conscious traveller. Modern, distinct eateries, such as Jamie’s Italian will be a focal point of the smaller, more diverse and more personalized dining options giving guests flexibility and control to shape their own culinary journey.
“I’m thrilled to partner with Royal Caribbean, a brand that continually pushes the limits of what’s possible, to debut my very first restaurants at sea onboard the new Quantum-class ships,” said Oliver. “Royal Caribbean shares my approach to food and dining, which is to serve simple, fresh ingredients in a warm, inviting ambience. I couldn’t be more excited to bring my love of Italian cooking to their guests with Jamie’s Italian. It’s going to be brilliant!”
Since its debut in May 2008, Jamie’s Italian has become one of the chef’s most successful restaurant concepts. It is known for high quality food and service at a very affordable price which has earned a loyal audience of repeat diners. The menu is based on tasty, simple Italian food, made from only the best fresh ingredients and the casual dining experience is welcoming to everyone. The restaurants aboard the Royal Caribbean ships will be no different.
Royal Caribbean’s Dynamic Dining on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will give guests choices as varied as the world’s most cosmopolitan cities as well as the freedom and flexibility to decide when, where and with whom they dine each evening. A new smart reservation system will empower them to create a dining itinerary to complement their cruise experience whether that is romance, adventure or family travel.
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International, explains, “Jamie Oliver is known for pushing the boundaries within the world of food, and Royal Caribbean has a history of pioneering many firsts within the cruise industry. With Jamie’s Italian creating unique, but approachable dining, with food that is at its freshest and ethically sourced, we are able to guarantee that guests will only be served the freshest Italian dishes possible while on a cruise holiday with Royal Caribbean. This is just one element of a reimagined dining concept to ensure the options we have on board reflect what today’s modern family expects from their holiday.”
Quantum class will debut in autumn (northern hemisphere) 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in spring (northern hemisphere) 2015. Quantum ships span 18 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms. Quantum of the Seas will sail out of the New York Harbour from her homeport of Cape Liberty on seven- to 12-night itineraries during the winter (northern hemisphere) 2014/15 season. Anthem of the Seas will call Southampton, UK, home in April 2015 and offer cruises to the Mediterranean before being based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the winter (northern hemisphere) months.