Guests sailing on a Princess Cruises vacation over the 2022 holiday season will enjoy a host of new gourmet dining options and traditional go-to’s.
The Princess culinary arts team, led by Chef Rudi Sodamin, unveiled the Princess Cruise Culinary Collection of Holiday Menus, a new series of inspired fare available in the main dining rooms throughout the fleet ranging from a Thanksgiving feast featuring five entrees, to the meaningful and fun foods of Hanukkah, delectable Christmas dishes from traditions around the world, and concluding with a sparkling New Year’s Gala menu.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday period, Princess will offer dozens of sailings to ports of call around the world. No matter where they happen to be in their itinerary, each ship will recognize the American Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 24 in high style, with festive autumnal decorations, and Thanksgiving-inspired activities with football broadcast on outdoor big screens. Of course, the centerpiece of the Princess Cruise Thanksgiving celebration will be the elaborate Thanksgiving feast.
“Growing up in a large family, holiday meals were always extremely important to me and a source of excitement and anticipation. But it wasn’t until I was an adult and went to work at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City that I learned about the American tradition of Thanksgiving where food is the undisputed star of the show,” said the Austrian-born Sodamin, head of Culinary Arts for Princess Cruises. “The imaginative and innovative new Thanksgiving menu honors cherished holiday traditions while also introducing some exciting fresh options that we hope can become new favorites. Collaborating with our talented team of culinary artists on this menu has been a meaningful and memorable. This year will be a totally stress-free holiday as we’ll do all the shopping, cooking and clean up too.”
“The entire Food & Beverage staff sees this new Thanksgiving menu as an opportunity to go the extra mile in impressing our guests,” says Sami Kohen, Princess’ vice president of food and beverage. “Princess has always done a great job taking the stress out of the holidays and making each holiday special for our guests, and with this new Thanksgiving menu, we have elevated the experience to a whole new level.”
The four-course Thanksgiving menu offers a choice of five entrées. Naturally, there will be juicy whole roasted turkey served with apple sage dressing, giblet gravy and the rest of the traditional American Thanksgiving trimmings like caramelized sweet potato, brussels sprouts and whole cranberry sauce.
Vegetarians will appreciate the offering of homemade potato gnocchi with roasted butternut squash and sage in a light Champaign-parmesan cream or the grilled vegetable mille feuille with roasted red pepper sauce. The other entrées on offer are a grilled jumbo shrimp and seared sea scallops combination with a tomato-caper beurre blanc and a festive pineapple-glazed ham spiked with cloves served in a pineapple-bourbon sauce with mashed yams. The full menu follows below.
More information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website.
The Captain and Culinary Staff
Wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
OUR DAILY GIFT OF BREAD
Maple Corn Bread ~ Whole Wheat – Rye Rolls
WHET THE APPETITE
Chilled Winter Citrus Supreme
blood orange, pink grapefruit, satsuma tangerine
chili lime zest
poached shrimp, calamari, scallops, basil lemon vinaigrette
Duck and Pistachio Pate
autumn lettuces, roasted cherry vinaigrette
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
toasted almond oil, pumpkin seeds
Chilled Carrot Dill Soup
FROM BOUNTIFUL GARDENS AND FIELDS
Autumn Mesclun Salad
sliced apple, crumbled feta, candied walnuts, maple champagne vinaigrette
MAIN OFFERINGS FROM SEA AND SHORE
roasted butternut squash, caramelized shallots, sage leaves, shaved parmesan
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Seared Sea Scallops
jasmine rice timbale, snow peas and red bell pepper, tomato-caper beurre blanc
Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey
tender breast slices, caramelized sweet potato, apple sage dressing, steamed broccoli,
roasted brussel sprouts, giblet gravy, whole cranberry sauce
Pineapple-glazed Ham spiked with Cloves
pineapple-bourbon sauce, mashed yams, broccoli and carrots
Grilled Vegetable Mille Feuille
flaky puff pastry, arugula, red-pepper sauce, balsamic reduction, basil-infused oil
TO COMPLETE THE FEAST
Traditional Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Apple Pie
whipped cream a la mode
Bourbon Pecan Pie Sugar-free Strawberry Napoleon
a la mode mascarpone cream