If you're ready to dine in elegance and style, Royal Caribbean has the perfect new restaurant for you.
Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas is set to debut in early 2024, and among the many new concepts is a high-end supper club.
The Empire Supper Club was announced months ago, but reservations were not available. Today, Royal Caribbean opened up reservations to the general public.
Prices across multiple Icon of the Seas sailings list it at $200 per person. Bookings are available immediately from the Cruise Planner website.
If you have the Unlimited Dining Package, you can pay an additional charge of $130 to eat at the restaurant.
Deluxe Beverage Packages, Crown and Anchor coupons or Star Class guests, can enjoy this experience at the standard cover price.
It's arguably Royal Caribbean's most elegant restaurant to date, and will serve multiple courses while music is played. The cruise line says you can expect an evening of, "evening of glitz and glamour" with your meal.
Step into the sophisticated style of this intimate space and embark on an eight-course journey. Traditional American fare like oysters Rockefeller and modern renditions like Wagyu New York strip topped with shaved fresh truffle transcend eras and expectations. Each musical number and every libation is carefully curated and perfectly paired to complement each course, from upbeat "Beyond the Sea" to a bittersweet Campari spritz.
The combination of live music with the jazz band, along with the premium menu is what's going to distinguish this restaurant from other specialty restaurants.
Tony Abou-Ganim has worked with James Beard Award-winning chefs, Bellagio and more to come up with the meals and cocktails.
It's an intimate dinner experience, where table sizes are limited to parties of 2 to 4. If your party is larger than 4 people, you'll be seated at separate tables.
What's included with Empire Supper Club
For the price, you might be curious what you get.
Each meal is an eight-course experience, where you'll enjoy a cocktail paired with the music being played by the jazz band. Non-alcoholic options are available upon request.
There will be a three-piece band playing to provide entertainment.
There will be appetizers such as oysters Rockefeller deliciously dressed with chorizo béarnaise, sundried Roma tomatoes and micro basil.
Royal Caribbean's lists an entree as Wagyu New York strip, topped with fresh truffle and coupled with fondant potatoes, sautéed morels and green peppercorn sauce.
When you get to dessert, you can look forward to the Chocolate Beehive, comprised of a trio of ganache layers, salted caramel toffee and mango sauce.
Gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegetarian options available.
Special rules for the Empire Supper Club
There's also a set of expectations if you choose to dine at the Empire Supper Club, which are important to consider before booking.
Doors open 10 minutes prior to the start of the meal, and the cruise line implores guests to be on time to ensure the programming is set correctly.
Royal Caribbean says the meal will last 2-3 hours, and to plan your evening accordingly. In my opinion, that means don't ask for a quick meal to make a show.
Formal wear is required to dine at Empire Supper Club.
Suggested attire include suit jackets, slacks, cocktail dresses, formal pantsuits, and formal jumpsuits.
An array of suit jacket sizes will be available for guests who may need to borrow one.
There is no age limit or restriction to dine at Empire Supper Club, but Royal Caribbean says the experience is designed for adults.
Pricing remains the same for guests opting for non-alcoholic beverages.
A different dining experience, and a different price
If you're quick to compare the price of the Empire Supper Club to other Royal Caribbean specialty restaurants, the cruise line would tell you that this is unlike anything else offered.
The price of $200 per person is more than double many other specialty dining venues on Icon of the Seas, but those restaurants are not in the same league as Empire Supper Club.
The combination of premium food, paired cocktails, and live music, put Empire Supper Club in a different category of dining. It's intimate nature, dress code requirements, and inflexibility with changes to the menu are indications that this is not just another dining experience.
Royal Caribbean Vice President Food & Beverage, Linken D'Souza, said this restaurant is something completely different from what we may have seen in the past, "Empire Supper Club is what I would say is the most elevated dining experience we've created at Royal Caribbean."
He referred to it as a, "full immersive dining experience".
"It really is an elevated food experience that's tied together with a really elevated beverage experience."