FAQ: Dining & Nightlife

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Shortly after we welcome you onboard your spectacular Princess ship, you're invited to relax and dine at the Horizon Court or in one of the ship’s multiple dining rooms.

Open from 5 am to 11 pm (12 am on select itineraries), the Horizon Court offers a wide selection of buffet meals or snacks. A primary feature of Princess ships, the top-of-the-ship restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning sea views as a backdrop.

Or join us in one of our main dining rooms for lunch served up by a staff -- from chefs to waiters -- dedicated to making your dining experience something special.

Together, Princess' unique combination of gracious dining staff, fine continental cuisine and new friends make every meal onboard a memorable occasion.


*Anytime Dining offers a flexible dining experience – just like a restaurant would – and gives you the freedom to dine with whomever you wish, at your convenience between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in elegant, upscale venues.

Should you need to change this request, call your travel consultant no later than three weeks before you sail. Requests for preferences and changes are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is not always possible to alter dining preferences or seating arrangements once they are reserved.

Once onboard and subject to availability, you may attempt to switch preferences with 24 hours notice to the Maitre D’. We will do our best to accommodate your preference.

*Anytime dining is not available on Pacific Princess. It will be available on Sea Princess voyages starting September 19, 2017.


Traditional Dining is the classic cruise dining experience. Indulge in our freshly-prepared, award-winning cuisine, served at set times in an elegant dining room with the same waitstaff and table mates each evening.

Should you need to change this request, call your travel agent no later than three weeks before you sail. Requests for preferences and changes are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is not always possible to alter dining preferences or seating arrangements once they are reserved.

Once onboard and subject to availability, you may attempt to switch preferences with 24 hours notice to the Maitre D’. We will do our best to accommodate your preference.

Dining Hours are posted onboard and are subject to change.  Actual times may vary based on itinerary per season.


Variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to gourmet fare. That's why Princess offers several Specialty Dining options for you to choose from on every ship.

These distinctive restaurants provide intimate dining in an upscale atmosphere. Reservations are suggested at these popular venues. And because these restaurants at sea are truly a special treat, a cover charge will apply per person.

Sabatini's serves up an authentic Italian dining experience in a remarkable eight-course meal. The stellar menu features both local seafood specialties and other regional favorites.

Bayou Café & Steakhouse
Experience the first New Orleans-style restaurant at sea, and enjoy fabulous Creole and Cajun traditional cuisine, such as jambalaya, etouffee and crawfish gumbo.

Crown Grill
Crown Grill entertains guests with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs custom-prepare steamed shellfish - such as lobster, scallops, clams and mussels - and cooked-to-order steaks and chops.

Sterling Steakhouse
Experience a more refined approach to the traditional steakhouse. Enjoy the best, most tender cuts of beef, such as New York steak and porterhouse, plus a prime-rib carving station.

Specialty restaurants vary on a ship basis.


When a casual mood calls, you have plenty of choices – even on formal nights. Whether it be the buffet at the Horizon Court, the pizzeria, burger & hot dog grill, or 24-hour room service, you’re able to choose how you dine with us.


Princess is happy to meet your request for low-sodium, low-fat, low-sugar and vegetarian diets. Visit Cruise Personalizer® to indicate your dietary preferences.

In addition, kosher meals and baby food are available upon advance written request. Any other special diet requests must be authorized in advance by the Princess corporate office.

You or your travel consultant must advise Princess in writing of any special diet, allergies or medical needs. Requests must be received no later than 35 days prior to departure for cruises to Alaska, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal and Coastal Getaways.  For all other cruises, requests must be received no later than 65 days prior to departure.  Once onboard, please check with the Maitre D' to confirm your request.

Any special dining requests (name brands, daily food order requests, sample menus, etc.) not related to medical or allergy requirements should be directed to the onboard dining staff and is not handled by our Dietary Office.

Guests Booked on Ocean Medallion™ Cruises

Later this summer, Ocean Compass™ will become available at Ocean.com, and will replace Cruise Personalizer as your go-to resource for Medallion Class voyages. At that time, your information will automatically transfer over and you can start getting Ocean Ready™. For now, you can keep using Cruise Personalizer for all your preparations, including indicating your dietary requests. For more details, visit the Ocean Medallion FAQ.


Guests may call for personal complimentary Room Service at any time of the day or night. To have continental breakfast delivered to the stateroom, fill out the breakfast card included in the stateroom portfolio (one is also placed on the pillow) and hang it out at night on the stateroom door in order to receive delivery the next morning at the time of your choosing. For a full stateroom menu, guests may review the stateroom portfolio, call the number listed in the telephone directory or press the "Room Service" button on their phone.

Below are some examples of what's offered on the complimentary Room Service Menu. Please note that Coffee, Iced Tea and Milk are available 24 hours a day.

Sandwiches (served with your choice of french fries, potato chips or coleslaw).

  • Club House
  • Roast Beef
  • Roast Turkey Breast
  • Tuna Salad
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Vegetarian

Soups and Salads

  • Soup of the Day with Saltine Crackers
  • Assorted Mixed Garden Greens
  • Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken Strips
  • Chef's Salad

Hot Dishes

  • Beef Chili with Black Beans and Tortilla Chips
  • Baked Italian Lasagna
  • Moroccan Vegetable Crock Pot with Pita Bread
  • Croque Monsieur
  • Grilled Hamburger or Cheeseburger
  • Hot Dog
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich

From the Pastry Shop

  • Caramel Flan
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to know what to pack and what to wear when you’re dining onboard. See below for an example of formal night schedules based on the length of your cruise.

Length of CruiseNumber of Formal Evenings
1 - 4 Days0
5 - 6 Days1
7 - 13 Days2
14 - 20 Days3
21 - 28 Days4
29+ Days5 Minimum

Princess offers formal wear rental on all cruises – this can be arranged prior to embarkation.


Princess offers formal wear rental on all cruises; this can be arranged prior to embarkation.

Dress with an elegance and style that is perfect for all the formal activities on your cruise with Princess. Cruiseline Formal Wear delivers beautifully-tailored clothing directly to your stateroom.

To order your formal wear, please visit cruiselineformal.com, call 800-551-5091 or 305-252-8572. For questions, email: custservice@cruiselineformal.com.


Fill every day with a wide variety of exciting onboard activities from paddle tennis to painting lessons. Take a galley tour; enjoy wine tasting; experience our traditional Champagne Waterfall; or join in games by the pool. You can even take a backstage tour, or take center stage at our karaoke lounge. Ships filled with amenities, equal in luxury to the finest landbased resorts - that's what makes Princess Cruises the ultimate vacation and a complete escape.

Or opt for an exciting array of stage shows, most of which are written, costumed and choreographed exclusively by Princess. Curtain times vary; check your onboard newsletter, the Princess Patter, for show times.

Don't forget to bring along your dancing shoes, because Princess has several dance venues and live entertainment to get you into the swing of things. We start early and finish late. Just check Princess Patter for the times and places to give your partner a whirl.

Every cruise also features a great selection of first-run feature films for your viewing pleasure. On select ships, guests can also experience Movies Under the Stars®, our 300-square-foot outdoor movie screen and watch the latest films, sporting events and concert videos - all from a comfortable deck chair. Movies Under the Stars lights up your life - day and night.

Guests can also be stars. You can kick up your heels at our Country & Western Party - bring your cowboy boots and hats and join the line dancing. Or bring your tropical wear for our Island Night deck party on all warm weather sailings. There will be limbo contests, games and calypso music for "dancin' in the aisles." And don't be shy - audition for Princess Pop Star and share your vocal talents with the world.


Our casinos offer the most popular table games, including blackjack, roulette, Caribbean stud poker and craps (available on most ships). We also feature a full range of exciting slot and video poker machines, as well as regular Snowball Jackpot Bingo sessions held throughout the cruise.

Complimentary gaming lessons for slots and table games are held on each cruise, along with exciting tournaments. Please check Princess Patter for our daily special promotions and opening hours. Plus, if you want to surprise your friends with a lucky side bet, you can choose a $25, $50, or $100 credit, redeemable in the shipboard casino.

Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to gamble or remain in the casino. For those guests interested in playing at our higher limit tables, please contact our Casino Department at 1-800-5CASINO (1-800-522-7466) for more details.

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