Ten of 2008’s hottest new restaurants will open this fall, but diners won’t need special connections to book a table. In fact, they won't even need directions, since the GPS coordinates will change daily. That's because the 10 restaurants are all on one of the world’s most eagerly awaited new cruise ships: Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Solstice.
“The dining experience has always been central to our guests’ cruise experience, and on Celebrity Solstice, we’ll present the extraordinary service the brand is known for, in venues designed to perfectly complement the spectacular cuisine,” said Celebrity’s President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. “The larger size of Celebrity Solstice allows us to offer more options for our guests, with menus created by some of the best talent in the business.”
“Celebrity has long been recognized as a leader in the culinary arena, and we’re clearly taking it to the next level with Celebrity Solstice,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Celebrity’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “In addition to outstanding cuisine, we believe the brand also will be recognized for some of the most impressive design work in the industry when Celebrity Solstice sets sail.”
Celebrity partnered with some of the world’s best designers in the hospitality business to create the restaurants onboard Celebrity Solstice; among them, preeminent restaurant and hotel designer Adam Tihany, who created such lauded restaurants as Per Se, Jean Georges, Le Cirque, The Sea Grill and Osteria del Circo in New York; Aureole, Bouchon and Seablue in Las Vegas; and Monte’s and the chic Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London.
In his first foray into design onboard a cruise ship, Tihany created Celebrity Solstice’s dramatic, two-level Grand Epernay dining room; the classic steakhouse, “Tuscan Grille,” and the stylishly casual “Oceanview Café and Grill” on the ship’s lido deck. His sophisticated, often groundbreaking design is evident on Celebrity Solstice in the Grand Epernay’s two-story wine tower, to the Napa-meets-Old-World-Italy ambience in the ship’s inviting Tuscan Grille.
Driving the creation of the tantalizing menus for each venue are Celebrity’s Vice President of Food & Beverage Jacques Van Staden, in conjunction with Celebrity’s culinary consultant Blau & Associates. Van Staden was previously one of the top chefs and restaurateurs in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. Blau & Associates is credited with shaping the dining experience at high profile destinations such as the Bellagio and Wynn Resort and Casino, and developing the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Simon kitchen + bar, named one of the best new restaurants in America in 2003 by Esquire magazine.
Together with Celebrity’s highly experienced Food and Beverage team at its Miami headquarters and across the fleet, Van Staden and the Blau & Associates team have carefully created menus for each restaurant onboard Celebrity Solstice based on a pairing of thorough studies of guests’ culinary preferences and the latest dining trends from around the world. The team will take their creations into test kitchens later this month to ensure each selection meets Celebrity’s discerning guests’ tastes.