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Royal Princess Offers Dining Options for Every Craving
Ship Serves Up New Special Spaces and Fresh Twists on Favorite Restaurant Features
The classic elegance of the main dining rooms, specialty restaurant options with new experiences, and fresh twists on casual dining all take Royal Princess’ dining options to the next level. Among the new options, passengers will find several special dining spaces, including a special Chef’s Table Lumiere surrounded by a curtain of light to take the Chef’s Table experience to a new level, as well as wine cellar inspired private dining spaces in the main dining rooms.
The ship offers a larger Horizon Court buffet with a brand-new layout, new action stations, intriguing new bistro options – such as a crab shack, and fondue restaurant – and even a dedicated pastry shop, an industry first.
For a full evening experience, several restaurants and lounges have been located together, including the Crown Grill which has been combined with the Wheelhouse Bar, and Sabatini’s Italian restaurant which is now adjacent to Vines wine bar.
The expansive atrium houses a variety of options, including Alfredo’s pizzeria, the new Ocean Terrace seafood bar, and the favorite International Café. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy ice cream and crepes at Gelato, while tea lovers will relish the new tea tower. The poolside Trident Grill will transform into a traditional smokehouse barbecue in the evenings and the Outrigger Bar will feature a range of margaritas accompanied by made-to-order Mexican fare.
Dining and libation options aboard Royal Princess include:
Main Dining Rooms/Unique Experiences
Dining Rooms – Royal Princess features three main dining rooms, Allegro (which also houses the dramatic Chef’s Table Lumiere), Symphony and Concerto (both of which feature tables surrounded by wine cellars). All have been designed with an elegant and stylish décor, featuring a unique use of light.
Chef’s Table Lumiere – Known for creating the first-ever chef’s table experience at sea, Princess is now setting a new standard for this popular experience with the debut of the Chef’s Table Lumiere, located in the Allegro Dining Room. Offering a spectacular dining experience that takes the chef’s table to a new level, passengers sit at a custom-made glass table and are magically surrounded by a curtain of light – providing a soft wall of privacy that envelopes them as they enjoy the chef’s specially prepared meal. Cover charge: $115
Wine Maker’s Dinner– Diners in the Symphony and Concerto dining rooms can enjoy a unique dining experience in a private space inspired by a wine cellar. Surrounded by wine bottles, the circular area, which seats up to 12, offers a distinctive atmosphere for private functions and special celebrations. Wine cellar specialty menus developed in conjunction with noted winemakers have been designed to especially to pair with matching wines. Menu items include classic carved meats such as crown of veal rack, lamb Baron and veal rack a l’Orlov. Cover charge: $40
Crown Grill & Wheelhouse Bar – The Crown Grill premium seafood and chop house has been blended together with the popular Wheelhouse Bar for a complete evening of dining and entertainment in one location. These traditional spaces feature a new contemporary look that modernizes the rich club-like atmosphere of the Crown Grill and the nautical Wheelhouse Bar. With its signature theater-style open kitchen, the Crown Grill sets the stage for a menu of chops, seafood and premium Sterling Silver steaks. Meanwhile the Wheelhouse Bar offers a comfortable place to sip a drink and enjoy live piano entertainment. The location also features a free daily pub lunch. Crown Grill cover charge: $25
Sabatini’s – Princess’ signature Tuscan-inspired specialty restaurant, Sabatini’s features a fresh menu of sophisticated Italian favorites with an a la carte experience. Sabatini’s is located adjacent to Vines wine bar, offering diners a convenient venue to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. With an elegant décor merging glass, marble, wood and mirror details, the centerpiece of the new space will be a grand wine display, offering an impressive selection of Italian varietals – including Chianti, Sangiovese, and Brunello di Montalcino. The lunch menu of Mediterranean-influenced options makes it the perfect place to dine after a treatment in the adjacent Lotus Spa. With a refined yet casual Italian ambiance, Sabatini’s offers attentive personal service and the feeling of having just stepped into a ristorante in the heart of Tuscany. Cover charge: $25
Alfredo’s –Serving up fresh, hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizzas hot out of the oven, Alfredo’s pizzeria, already a passenger favorite on several vessels, will take Princess’ reputation for serving the best pizza at sea to a new level. Aboard Royal Princess the sit-down restaurant’s complimentary menu has been expanded to include a variety of Italian antipasti, soup and salads, a hearty calzone and pizza baguette, and delicious baked pastas in addition to desserts. With 121 seats, Alfredo’s is the largest such pizza restaurant at sea, and features an open kitchen where passengers can watch as chefs craft their pizza.
International Café –Aboard Royal Princess the popular International Café serves up some new savory and sweet items including cupcakes, pies, and muffins to go with the café’s array of pastries, panini sandwiches, fresh-baked cookies and specialty coffees and teas. In addition, a new variety of hot sandwiches with international flavors debuts, including Cuban sandwiches and Mexican tortas. Open 24 hours, the space also has an expanded seating area, making it the perfect area to grab a light meal, meet friends for coffee or enjoy a snack while watching the array of Piazza entertainers.
Vines – Vines wine and tapas bar serves a selection of exclusive new- and old-world vintage wines along with wine sampling, food pairing and unique events. In addition to the full wine and spirits bar, Vines serves up small plates to go with the wines, including Spanish tapas, Greek mezes, Venetian cicchetti, Latin American pinchos and Caribbean cutters. Vines is also be a convenient pre-dinner gathering place for Sabatini’s diners, and tempts with Sabatini’s Bites where passengers can sample small tastes of such dishes as Tuscan Brochettes, Beef Carpaccio and Lamb Chop Lollipops.
Ocean Terrace –The new Ocean Terrace seafood bar will indulge those who love treats from the sea. The bar offers an array of à la carte ocean treasures, including a flight of oyster shooters, fresh sushi and sashimi, ahi tuna poke, king crab cocktail, chili and lime crab margarita, a royal lobster dish, a chilled seafood sampler, and the world-renowned smoked Balik salmon, the salmon of the tsars. (A la carte pricing)
Tea Tower – Featuring a tea sommelier and a choice of 250 blends, tea lovers will revel in Royal Princess’ unique tea tower located in the ship’s central Piazza. Here passengers can enjoy pre-blended tea varieties or create their own custom flavors. The ship’s tea sommelier, an expert on tea blends, will host tea tasting events and a new Royal Afternoon Tea Experience, inspired by some of the most famous tea spots in London.
Pub Lunch – The complimentary pub lunch, which has become a big hit with passengers since it debuted in 2008, is served daily across the combined space in the Wheelhouse Bar and the Crown Grill. Previously available only on select sea days, Royal Princess offers the full traditional pub-style lunch on all sea days – and on port days serves fish and chips and a ploughman’s lunch – along with signature brews.
Gelato –A gelateria and creperie, Gelato offers delicious Italian-style ice cream creations – including designer sundaes, creamy fruit smoothies, and frosty shakes, plus sweet crespelle (Italian crepes) and delightful homemade waffle ice cream cones. Passengers can have their favorite flavors in a delicious waffle cone or ice cream sandwich. The extensive menu includes 20 toppings and sauces, including house-made hot fudge. Specialty items such as alcoholic and non-alcoholic sundaes are also on the menu, as are sweet crespelle with a choice of either nutty banana or spiced Washington Apple filling. Or passengers can indulge in a classic banana split—or a pineapple split for an old favorite with a new twist.
Princess Live! Café – Adjacent to Royal Princess’ unique television studio, the café serves up barista-style coffee and tea selections, accompanied by daily changing quick-bite food selections. After 5 pm, the bar offers up a menu of aperitifs and digestifs.
Trident Grill –In addition to the hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken sandwiches passengers love at the Trident Grill, aboard Royal Princess this poolside spot transforms into a traditional smokehouse-style barbecue each evening, serving up hearty plates of jumbo chicken wings, Route 66 beef chili, Texas-style barbecue brisket, Kansas City Sweet & Smoky Pork Spare Ribs, and North Carolina Pulled Pork.
Outrigger Bar – This top-deck bar celebrates throughout the day and includes a Margarita Bar starting a lunch time, accompanied by made-to-order burritos, crispy pork flautas, barbecued pork fajitas, fresh tortilla chips with guacamole and Mexican salsa to keep the fiesta going into the night. The drink menu includes 12 specialty margaritas, Sunsational Slushies, and a morning Bloody Mary bar.
Prego Pizzeria – A perennial Princess passenger favorite, Prego serves up freshly made Italian-style pizza by the slice, featuring classic flavors and a daily special.
Swirls – Passengers can enjoy a refreshing soft-serve cone complete with dipping sauces and sprinkles or splurge on other ice cream treats.
Horizon Court – Buffet and Bistro
Horizon Court Buffet – One of Princess’ most popular casual dining options, the Horizon Court buffet on Royal Princess has been redefined with a completely new layout and doubled in size. New action stations provide additional dining options, including choices such as Asian cuisine, Mediterranean dishes, a pasta corner and salad-tossing stations. For early risers on the go, new “Grab & Go” options are available, while healthy breakfast options offer the fuel passengers need to make the most of a day at sea or ashore. Those who love to sleep in will even find a special “late, late risers” breakfast corner. At lunch, a variety of new live stations feature a regional flair, including a rotisserie, and Japanese Hibachi Grill.
Horizon Bistro – Dinner in the Horizon Court will offer an interactive experience with themed events and specialty dinners. On certain nights passengers may find a Brazilian churrascaria, Argentine gaucho theme, German Beer Fest, a European bistro or British pub. Actions stations found here include a hibachi grill, rotisseries and carving stations, a taqueria, and a sandwich bar.
Horizon Court - Specialty Dining
Two fun specialty dining choices are housed within the Horizon Court – a Crab Shack and Fondues.
- Crab Shack – Seafood lovers will have a full crab shack experience, complete with mallets, bibs and buckets. Diners can enjoy crawfish in a Bayou-style “Mud Bug” boil, spiced peel and eat shrimp, or a mixed steamer pot filled with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, clams, and mussels. Cover charge: $20
- Fondues – A variety of cheese fondues highlight this special experience, including classic Swiss with white wine, German cheddar fondue with beer, and a French cheese fondue with champagne. Other Swiss, German or Austrian specialties round out the menu. Cover charge: $20
Horizon Bistro Pastry Shop -- The Horizon Court introduces an industry first: a dedicated pastry shop. Here passengers can indulge in fresh-baked goodies throughout the day, including croissants, pastries, hot desserts, freshly baked waffles and French toast at breakfast; classic and modern desserts at lunch and dinner; tea sandwiches, cookies, desserts and waffles at tea time; and special show pieces and flambés in the evening. This completely separate space features its own unique design, décor, function and seating area, plus a dedicated specialty coffee section. Passengers even get to see Princess’ pastry chefs in action as they demonstrate their skills in chocolate work and cake decorating.
Horizon Court for Kids – The Horizon Court has a special area just for kids, where they can feel comfortable with seating that is suited to them in size and décor. Here kids can eat, play, and sit in their dedicated section with the rest of their family still nearby. The space will also be used by the Youth Center for activities such as pizza parties and ice cream socials.
SeaView Bar – Opposite the ship’s signature SeaWalk, the SeaView bar also extends over the waves for dramatic views. This beach-style bar serves up tropical cocktails while bartenders dazzle the crowds with daily flair bartending shows. At midday and sunset, talented bartenders will show off their impressive bottle-tossing and mixing skills.
Bellini’s –This brand new Italian-inspired cocktail venue is a perfect place to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Atrium’s activities, while indulging in Bellini-inspired cocktails. Based on the famous drink from Harry’s Bar in Venice that mixes prosecco with white peach puree, Bellini’s serves a variety of refreshing sparkling wine cocktails. Passengers will also enjoy views of the Piazza below in this “floating” space.
Crooners – Princess’ famed 1960s-style martini bar offers a menu of more than 75 unique martinis, shaken tableside. Gourmet olives, specialty drinks and live piano entertainment add to the “Rat Pack” era feel.
Club 6 – While passengers dance the night away in the ship’s ultra-lounge nightclub, they can also choose from an illuminated menu of fun specialty cocktails and premium spirits. Wine and champagne orders light up the club with glowing buckets, and a trolley offers tableside service of shooter cocktails.
Whiskey Flights at Wheelhouse Bar – Inspired by the growing popularity of whiskey, the line’s signature Wheelhouse Bar features a menu of three different whiskey flights – each featuring three whiskeys. Passengers can choose from single malts, three “Glens,” and other iconic whiskey options, each featuring tasting notes.
Largest Collection of Super Tuscan Wines at Sea – More than 20 choices of these headline-making wines from Tuscany are available in Sabatini’s. Ranging from recognizable Super Tuscans such as Masseto, Solaia or Tignanello to some lesser known vintages such as Castello del Terricio 'Cappuanino' or Il Bruciato Bolgheri, these wines will be featured by the bottle and in a new Sabatini’s Super Tuscan Wine Tasting event, where passengers can enjoy the rare opportunity to sample the wines accompanied by delicious small plates from the Italian restaurant. Participation will include five wines at a cost of $40 per person.
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