Bon Appetit: Fine Dining Aboard A Princess Cruises Vessel, A Myriad of Magnificent Choices for Dining

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International Dining Room
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Among the many features that exemplify the Princess cruise experience, is the fine dining aspect.

All Princess vessels have one to three primary dining rooms (with meals included in the fare) with most passengers choosing to have all or most of their dinners in one of these main dining rooms.

Diners in a main dining room have the option of Anytime Dining – where guests can arrive for dinner whenever they want – or Traditional Dining, where diners have a fixed table and time for dinner.

Every Princess vessel also has a casual eatery where (again) meals are included in the fare. Other included-in-the-fare options found on at least some Princess ships include poolside pizza outlets, as well as poolside grills serving burgers. Also, on at-sea days, Princess transforms a bar or dining venue at lunchtime into an included-in-the-fare English-style pub. They serve traditional pub food such as fish and chips and cottage pie.

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Sabatini’s – Every Princess ship also has at least a couple of sur-charge eateries. On most vessels, you’ll find the line’s signature Italian restaurant, Sabatini’s. It serves up homemade pasta, seafood and other Italian specialties in an elegant setting and comes with a flat fee of $25 per person.

Crown Grill
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Crown Grill – Most Princess vessels also have a signature steakhouse, typically called the Crown Grill. It offers premium beef and seafood cooked-to-order in an open, theater-style kitchen. On five vessels — Diamond Princess, Sapphire Princess, Pacific Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess — it’s called the Sterling Steakhouse and allows passengers to choose their cut of steak from a tray presented by their waiter.

Bayou Café & & Steakhouse – On two ships — Coral Princess and Island Princess — the Bayou Café & Steakhouse has a Cajun and Creole twist with New Orleans-style peel-and-eat shrimp, alligator ribs and gumbo on the menu in addition to steaks.

All the steakhouses come with a flat fee of $29 per person.

Chef’s Table
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Chef’s Table – Princess Cruises also pioneered a dining experience known as the Chef’s Table. Costing $95 to $115 per person, it includes pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the ship’s galley with the executive chef prior to the main dining experience at a private dining room table.

Bistro Sur La Mer
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A French eatery called Bistro Sur La Mer – One additional recent dining experience has become available on the Sky Princess and Majestic Princess, namely a French eatery called Bistro Sur La Mer. The restaurant offers dishes created by star chef Emmanuel Renaut, whose restaurant in the French Alps boasts three Michelin stars. Like the Princess steakhouses, it has a $29 per person cover charge.

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