Princess Cruises has just announced that its new gin-based ‘Sapphire Princess’ cocktail is now being served on its main UK ship.
The bespoke cocktail has been created in partnership with the Bombay Sapphire Distillery and will be named after the returning Sapphire Princess cruise ship.
It will be served exclusively on the ship itself which is due to spend April – October 2019 sailing to various destinations from Southampton, including the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords and Canada & New England.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Sapphire Princess back for another summer of sailings from Southampton and I really cannot think of a better way to greet her arrival than with a glass of this perfect summer cocktail.”
The bright blue-hued drink is inspired by the ship’s Mediterranean ports of call and will be the cocktail menu’s newest addition and will complement the wide range of beverage options already available onboard.
Guests can note that the drink includes a generous measure of Bombay Sapphire gin, which is itself made with botanical ingredients sourced from several of the countries and destinations Sapphire Princess sails to.
Sam Carter, Senior Brand Ambassador for the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, said: “The Sapphire Princess cocktail is a silky smooth, well-balanced libation that takes its inspiration partially from the deep bright blue colour of the Mediterranean Sea and also the countries that the Sapphire Princess sails around.”
The cocktail’s mixers include Blue Curacao to evoke the sea, and a splash of Prosecco to signify the fizz and bubbles created by waves in the water.
The line has also introduced a brand new excursion for 2019 to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstoke, Hampshire.
The tour is available on the day of disembarkation in Southampton to learn the process of gin production, taste the signature botanicals for which the distillery is renowned and toast their holiday
Roberts continued: “Guests can enjoy a glass or two of this delicious drink in one of the many bars onboard throughout their cruise and by offering a brand new tour to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, they have the opportunity to continue their holiday even after they have left the ship.”
The new cocktail is available on sailings including:
-An 11-day Canary Islands cruise, departing October 8th 2019 on Sapphire Princess, sailing roundtrip from Southampton.
Ports of call include Vigo, Spain, Madeira (Portugal), Santa Cruz De Tenerife (Spain), Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), Lanzarote (Canary Islands).
-A 14-day Mediterranean Adventurer cruise, departing August 17th 2019 on Sapphire Princess, sailing roundtrip from Southampton.
Ports of call include Seville (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Marseille (Provence – France), Livorno (Florence/Pisa – Italy) Civitavecchia (Rome – Italy), Alghero (Sardinia), Ceuta (Spanish Morocco – Spain).
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