Royal Caribbean International introduces a completely reimagined culinary experience on Quantum of the Seas.
A visit to a major metropolitan city like New York means the opportunity to eat at a different restaurant each night, experiencing a range of international flavors, cutting-edge trends and dining environments. In November 2014, this same multi-faceted eating experience will become a reality at sea.
Royal Caribbean has elevated the industry dining standard on board Quantum of the Seas by doing away with set dining times, assigned seating and required formal nights and offering Dynamic Dining, a landscape of 18 restaurant concepts as varied in style, ambiance and cuisine as those of the Big Apple.
“We are recreating a true land-based opportunity to go and eat wherever you would like,” says Royal Caribbean International CEO and President Adam Goldstein. “If you want to eat at the same restaurant a lot of times you can do that, if you want to be in more formal environment, you can do that, if you want to be casual all the time, you can be casual all the time. The degree of flexibility is unprecedented.”
The refreshing Dynamic Dining concept includes five complimentary, full-service restaurants in the main dining room. American Icon Grill features regional favorites like Louisiana Gumbo and New York Cheesecake; Chic boasts elegant, contemporary cuisine; Silk brings the spices of the Far East to heat up its Pan-Asian menu; The Grande relives the era of classic European cruise dining with timeless dishes like lobster and filet and Coastal Kitchen fuses Mediterranean flavors with Californian farm-fresh ingredients.
Quantum of the Seas will also feature specialty restaurant collaborations with chefs Jamie Oliver (Jamie’s Italian), Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine® Pub) and Devin Alexander (Solarium Bistro) and the experiential, mysterious Wonderland, which features an elaborate dreamscape of never before-seen fare and sensory surprises, such as tender pork belly topped with flash-frozen ice cream.
“Wonderland is about the aromas, the flavors and the textures,” Goldstein says. “Everything is an experience. The meal is a journey within itself.”
Aside from the restaurant dining experience, Royal Caribbean is also offering Quantum cruisers an even broader choice of complimentary, come-as-you-are eateries, which include Windjammer Marketplace, The Café @ Two70˚ and SeaPlex Dog House — a gourmet hot dog spot and the first food truck at sea.
Key to today’s big city eating experience is the opportunity to plan and book restaurant reservations online before or during a trip. By recognizing guests’ desire to control their dining plans on board, Royal Caribbean has developed an all-new smart reservation tool, which will become available on May 15, 2014.
So what are the rules for Quantum cruisers when it comes to Dynamic Dining? There is really just one: let your appetite be your guide.