Princess Introduces Immersive Caribbean Cultural Experiences
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Beginning this summer, Princess Cruises’ guests sailing the Caribbean will experience a new immersive cultural experience with the ‘Rhythm of the Caribbean’ – a program that offers an authentic dive into island life, including traditional cuisine, cocktails, entertainment, enrichment and other regional experiences.
“We passionately opened our hearts and minds to the diverse local experiences to design ‘Rhythm of the Caribbean,’ ultimately allowing our guests to be inspired by the wonders of the Caribbean and instill a passion for discovering new cultures and destinations,” said Rai Caluori, Princess Cruises executive vice president of guest experience and product development.
‘Rhythm of the Caribbean’ launches aboard Caribbean Princess in May 2018 and is scheduled to roll out to additional ships for the upcoming fall/winter Caribbean season. Some of the offerings include:
Caribbean Festival – Presented in association with Princess Cruises' ‘Festivals of the World,’ guests celebrate the local sights and sounds of the islands with themed parties, enriching activities, and lively musical performances.
Authentic Island Cuisine – A focus on regional cuisine from the Caribbean’s coasts, with dishes like Jamaican jerk chicken, dried snapper, creole black mussels, Puerto Rican mofongo, pineapple crème brulée and more.
Indoor Planetarium Experience – Princess Cruises and Discovery at SEA invite guests to view constellations, the moon, planets and spectacular galaxies from the Caribbean night sky.
Stories from Deep Sea Explorers – Guests will meet real-life treasure and shipwreck hunters onboard as they share first-hand tales of exploring the Caribbean. Or gain a greater understanding about the lives of sharks during an onboard encounter from a real-life shark diver, Martin Graff (on select voyages).
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