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Old August 1st, 2009, 05:47 PM
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My wife and I are cruising on the Ruby Princess on Jan. 9th. We are very interested in the Chef's Table. Have any of you experienced this? Any information would be appreciated.
I am particularly interested in how you reserve a spot, and how quickly you have to act. It appears that space is very limited with a 10 person maximum and I would like a heads up, if it is better to call the reservations in or go to the table that will be set up to handle reservations for the various resturants. It appears you can not sign up prior to the cruise.
Thanks you for any help.
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 11:52 AM
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I think they did it three times on the TA this past April. We were in the first group. We boarded a little after noon, and I called immediately to be placed on the list. Before we sailed I got a call telling us when and where to meet for the interview before the dinner. It was worth every penny. We had a fabulous meal with even more attentive service than the usual terrific service which is pretty hard to beat. We started with a kitchen tour with appetizers and wine, and then we went to the dining room for the rest of the meal. There was a beautiful flower arrangement on the table, and everyone stares at you as you come in as a group. There is a wine with every course, and the sommelier explains each wine. At the end you get a picture, the Princess cookbook and a rose for the women. It took most of the evening. I would do it again without hesitation--and probably will because we're taking the Ruby TA again next April.
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 01:02 PM
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Hi there RonNix, as huebie has already answered your question, I thought I would just add our experience as confirmation of how good it is ....

Having spoken to a passenger about it on a previous cruise we decided to go for it on Sea Princess last August & see for ourselves if it was as good as they thought.
The answer "Yes!" it was a really something out of the ordinary. You start off with a tour of the Galley where you can see the chefs & waiters in full swing, then the Executive Chef (Antonia Costantino on ours) explains the food that wil be served whilst you sip a couple of glasses of Champagne with appetizers (1 each of Blue Crab Margarita with Avocado & Mango, Salmon tartar, Mini Quiche with Truffle & cherry tomoatoes, Potato Crepes with sour cream & Caviar).

We were then escorted to our table which was laid up beautifully, and the meal commenced with Lobster & Asparagus Risotto, followed by Bloody Mary Sorbet (interesting), then on the serving area behind us, they lit up 3 hanging 'spikes' of meat chunks consisting of Beef, veal & pork tenderloins. These were initally served, then left to self serve, and along with vegetables had various warm sauces, such as Bernaise and Café de Paris butter, drool, drool.

For those who could face more food, the next course was baked Camembert with pine nuts in a port jus and walnut bread.

The desert was Iced Cointreau Parfait, French Vanilla Compote & Brandy Snap.

To finish with Teas & Coffees were served with Biscotti, whilst you had a chance for a quick chat with the Maitre D' & Exec Chef.

Each course was accompanied with a choice of 2 wines selected for that course.

Finally you were presented with 2 photos, one personal and one group, and the Princess Cruises Culinary Journey cook book - one per couple - which the Exec Chef had signed.

The only thing I wasn't please about was that it was very rushed, we met up at 19:30, and were being ushered out of the restaurant before 22:00. I would have much prefered meeting up at say 18:00 & leaving at your own leisure so that you had time to fully relax & appreciate the food.

I believe that it was a different menu on each of the 2 nights that it was held on our cruise. But we didn't know the menu ahead of the night.

Was it worth it, Oh Yes, would we do it again, Yes - but would love to get a discount as we don't need another cook book, or is that what eBay is for

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Old August 4th, 2009, 11:33 AM
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Great info!! My thanks to both of you for sharing your experiences and advice. This is a definite "must do" for us if we can get a reservation soon enough.
Thanks again
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Old August 4th, 2009, 05:57 PM
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That sounds awesome! I hope that RonNix will forgive me for thread-treading, could I ask the group how good a solo female would fit in at the Chef's table? Is this uncommon?

Thanks in advance,

Sweet Sailing!

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Old August 4th, 2009, 06:11 PM
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There was a solo woman at our Chef's Table. She was very friendly and did just fine. It really wasn't a couple type of event.
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