Caribbean Princess Dining Options

Getting ready for a cruise, one thing that doesn’t go through my mind is that I’m going to starve.  But I am a foodie, so I’m very interested in what we might encounter on the ship.  I looked online for sample menus and descriptions and boy, am I ready for this cruise!

For casual dining, we have a wide variety of selections.  Starting in the Piazza, we can go to the International Cafe.  This isn’t just a place to get coffee and tea!  From quick bites to light meals, you can get pastries in the morning, paninis and salads in the afternoon and evening, plus desserts at night.  All day long they have fresh-baked cookies.

While this sounds good, you will likely find me over at Vines Wine and Sushi Bar.  Flights and wines by the glass are offered here along with sushi and tapas.  Food is complementary here with any beverage purchase.

Up on the Lido Deck you’ll find Horizon Court.  This buffet is open from 5 am until 11 pm or midnight and offers meals and snacks.  The atmosphere in this food court however is more like a dining room as the tables are set with cutlery and napkins and servers are there to help you with beverage service, whether it is the self-service options or bar items.

Next to the pool, you are able to get grilled items as well as pizza and ice cream.  Afternoon Tea is offered on days at sea.  Also available in the Wheelhouse Bar (or alternative location) is a Pub Lunch.  The bar is turned into an authentic pub feel with fish & Chips or Ploughman’s Lunch.

Room Service is complementary and available 24 hours a day.

Remember when Midwest Express would advertise warm chocolate chip cookies on every flight?  In the afternoons on Princess Cruises you can get your warm cookie and ice cold milk on the open decks and in the Piazza.

I mentioned this before, but it’s worth mentioning again.  Ultimate Balcony Dining!  This experience is not reserved just for those in suites or with balconies, anyone can get this (though for inside and ocean view rooms you’ll have to pretend you are on a balcony).  For dinner you will get a hosted cocktail party, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal (including lobster and/or steak).  For breakfast, you would get specialty pastries, fruit, quiche, smoked salmon with a half bottle of French champagne.

Another option worth repeating is the Chef’s Table.  Here the executive chef will have up to 10 people in the galley to see, taste and smell the fare for the evening.  To start the evening, you will receive Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a multi-course tasting dinner paired with wines in the dining room.  This menu is not offered anywhere else on the ship and is something designed by the executive chef.  Each course comes with a detailed explanation of the features, preparation and tasting suggestions from the chef.  During dessert, the chef rejoins the group to discuss the meal, answer questions and share secrets.  Each couple will receive a personalized, autographed copy of the cookbook, Courses, A Culinary Journey and a complimentary photo of the private table with the chef.

There are two specialty restaurants on the Caribbean Princess.  One is an Italian restaurant called Sabatini’s.  The menu for this restaurant reminds me a bit of Palo on the Disney ships.  I’ll take one of each please!  The Crown Grill is a steakhouse and has some interesting dishes on the menu, in addition to steaks.  The Black and Blue Onion Soup looks very tasty along with the Grilled Tiger Prawns in Whiskey, Chili and Garlic Marinade.  Or how about a nice Porterhouse with Crown Grill Scalloped Potatoes or Sauteed Wild Mushrooms?

Even the sample menus from the dining room look appetizing.  There is a little something for anyone with Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar Salad, Broiled Chicken Breast, Salmon, Grilled Beef Filet, cheeses and fruits as alternative choices.  There is at least one vegetarian main dish selection each night.  There also are a couple signature pasta dishes each night as well.  For the dessert menu, there are different choices each night with a few staples – Chocolate mousse on a brownie, New York Cheesecake with strawberries and create your own sundae.

The lunch menus include breakfast items, appetizers, burgers, soup & salad combos, pasta, main courses and desserts.

No we certainly will not go hungry on this cruise.  I’m definitely hungry now though!


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