Royal Princess features a new concept for Princess Cruises: the Chef’s Table Lumiere. Situated in Allegro (one of three main dining rooms), Chef’s Table Lumiere casts new light, literally, on the company’s popular — and the cruise industry’s first — chef’s table experience at sea.
Guests sit at a custom-made glass table in an area surrounded by strands of lights that form a curtain. The effect is a soft wall of privacy in the middle of one of the main dining rooms. The dining experience, which includes the chef’s specially prepared meal, goes for $115 per person.
The other main dining rooms, Symphony and Concerto, feature the Wine Maker’s Dinner, which goes for $40 per person, in a venue inspired by wine cellars. The circular areas, surrounded by wine bottles, seat up to 12 people each. Developed in conjunction with noted winemakers, the speciality menus are paired with wines and include classic carved meats such as crown of veal rack, lamb Baron and veal rack a l’Orlov.
You’ll likely want to make reservations for dining at the Crown Grill, a premium seafood and chop house featuring chops, seafood and premium Sterling Silver steaks. The cover charge is $25, except for the complimentary pub lunch, which is offered each day in the adjacent Wheelhouse Bar on deck seven aft.
Sabatini’s features sophisticated Italian favorites with an a la carte experience. Princess’ signature Tuscan-inspired speciality restaurant is situated on deck five, adjacent to Vines wine bar, where you may want to have a pre-dinner prosecco or a cocktail. New for Sabatini’s on Royal Princess: a wine display featuring what is arguably the sea’s widest selection of Super Tuscans. Cover charge is $25, and Super Tuscan wine events are offered for $40 per person.
Alfredo’s, on deck seven in the atrium, serves up fresh, hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizzas at no charge. There’s also a selection of complimentary Italian antipasti, soup and salads, a hearty calzone, desserts and more.
Ocean Terrace is nearby on deck seven, with a la carte items (and pricing) for seafood dishes such as oyster shooters, sushi and sashimi, chili and lime crab margaritas and much more.
The 24-hour International Cafe serves up sweets such as cupcakes, pies and an array of pastries, plus salads and sandwiches, at no charge. For a fee, the International Cafe also serves speciality coffees, and new on Royal Princess: a Tea Tower with 250 blends of tea.
I rarely passed Gelato on deck five, without stopping in for three scoops of delicious Italian-style ice cream for $2.75, served on homemade waffle cones or in cups.
Royal Princess features poolside options, including the Trident Grill, Outrigger Bar (yummy guacamole and chips); Prego Pizzeria, Swirls (for ice cream), and the Cabana Picnic, offering a variety of picnic basket options with artisan sandwiches and desserts, available with champagne packages.
Royal Princess’ Horizon Court Buffet is the largest of any Princess ship and features new action stations, with Asian cuisine, Mediterranean dishes, fresh pasta and salad-tossing stations. There’s also the Horizon Bistro, offered at dinner with specialty themes such as Brazilian churrascaria, Argentine gaucho, German Beer Fest, European Bistro, British pub and more.
Horizon Court is also home to Crab Shack, with a cover charge of $20 to enjoy crawfish in a Bayou-style “Mud Bug” boil, spiced peel and eat shrimp — and mixed steamer pots filled with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, clams and mussels. There’s also Fondues, which offers a variety of cheese fondues for a cover charge of $20.
There’s more. Check out additional dining and lounge venues in our photo slideshow.
A Super Tuscan wine presented table side during a wine pairing event in Sabatini's. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
The Horizon Court features many types of table configurations including counter-height bistro-style tables. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Tapping The Knowledge of Michael Mondavi
The son of famed-winemaker Robert Mondavi, Michael Mondavi leads a Super Tuscan wine-tasting event in Sabatini's during our June sailing on Royal Princess. Mondavi worked with Princess to develop its Super Tuscan wine menu and tastings. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Super Tuscan Wines
Sabatini's Super Tuscan wine tower, the largest collection of its kind at sea, according to Princess. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Super Tuscan Wines
A few of the Super Tuscan wines in Sabatini's. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Super Tuscan Wine Tastings
Sabatini's offers Super Tuscan wine tastings, paired with food items (Sabatini bites) from the restaurant, for $40 per person. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
With the port side SeaWalk directly behind it, the SeaView Bar is a great place for a refreshment or to gather courage before looking down 16 decks above the sea through glass floor plates at the ship and sea below. © Ralph Grizzle
Sabatini's, Italian Restaurant
Open for breakfast for suite passengers as well as dinner for all passengers ($25 per person). © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
The new Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar offers an array of a la carte seafood options, some free with a cocktail purchase. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Main Dining Rooms
Royal Princess features three main dining rooms, Allegro, which features Chef's Table Lumiere; Symphony and Concerto, both featuring wine cellar tables for a special dining experience. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Horizon Court Buffet & Bistro
Doubled in size and featuring a new layout, the Horizon Court on Royal Princess includes new "action stations" for a variety of dishes. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Horizon Court Bistro Pastry Shop
Watch the chefs in action at the new Pastry Shop at Horizon Court. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
On Deck 5 in the atrium, Gelato serves Italian-style ice cream creations: $2.75 for three delicious scoops dished out in cups or in freshly made waffle cones. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Specializing in beef and seafood. $25 per person cover charge. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Crown Grill & Wheelhouse Bar
Walls of wine surround this special seating area in the Wheelhouse Bar, adjacent to the Crown Grill. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
A new bar concept for Princess Cruises, the 1960s-style Crooners offers a menu of more than 75 martinis as well as speciality drinks and live piano entertainment. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
The Horizon Court features a dedicated pastry shop, serving free fresh-baked goods all day long. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
On Deck 6, Club 6, a nightclub and lounge. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Situated on deck 6 in the atrium, the Italian-inspired cocktail venue featuring, of course, the Bellini, inspired by Harry's Bar in Venice. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Serving hand-tossed, Neapolitan style pizzas and more, at no charge. Situated in the atrium on deck 6. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
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