Miami chef Michael Schwartz expands Royal Caribbean dining partnership

Royal Caribbean International’s newest ships will feature 18 on-board restaurant options, including a new gastropub concept from Miami restaurateur Michael Schwartz.

The Miami-based cruise giant announced dining options on its new Quantum-class ships on Wednesday night in New York. Quantum of the Seas will debut in November, sailing out of New York Harbor; Anthem of the Seas will enter service in April 2015, sharing home ports between the UK and Port Everglades.

Michael’s Genuine Pub will be “the first American gastropub at sea” when it opens aboard the two Quantum ships, according to Royal Caribbean. Schwartz first partnered with the cruise company in 2011 to create his 150 Central Park restaurant on the ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. The floating pubs will bring Schwartz’s restaurant total to nine.

The 18-deck Quantum-class ships, each equipped to carry 4,180 guests, will offer new twists on traditional cruise dining.

Each ship will have five inclusive, full-service restaurants in place of a main dining room, including American Icon Grill, serving classic comfort dishes, and The Grande, a formal-every-night affair. Also free: upscale hot dogs from SeaPlex Dog House, the cruise industry’s first food truck at sea.

The ships also will have seven “next-level signature dining” options, including Michael’s Genuine Pub and Jamie’s Italian, from British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant. Devin Alexander, chef of TV’s The Biggest Loser, will oversee Devinly Decadence at Solarium Bistro, where every dish will contain fewer than 500 calories. Signature-dining restaurants will charge guests a flat fee to dine or will have dishes priced a la carte.

Along with the new ships and dining choices, Royal Caribbean is rolling out a reservation system in May so guests can pick when and where they want to dine before or during their cruises.

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