When Princess Cruises launched the majestic Grand Princess in May 1998, she was the largest and most expensive passenger ship in the world, and twelve years on she is still a magnificent ship and is often referred to as the ‘Floating palace’. In keeping with her first-class reputation the culinary delights onboard are a splendiferous combination of traditional dining and superb speciality restaurants.
The option of Personal Choice Dining is a welcome alternative aboard the Grand Princess, which means that you no longer have to dine at a specific time, fantastic if you have been on an excursion and would prefer to eat later in the evening. The extremely obliging restaurant staff will cater to your every whim, and will sit you at a table from just 2 to 20, depending on whether you wish to socialise or have a more intimate meal for two. If you prefer to sit at the same table with the same waiting staff each evening Tradional Dining allows you to dine at set times, both of these options offer a range of creative and sumptuous dishes.
There is an array of speciality restaurants; Sabatini’s is famous with those who cruise aboard the Grand Princess. A dining experience set amongst the three dimensional murals depicting idyllic scenes giving the overall feeling that you are sitting in an ancient Roman Piazza. Start with the famous antipasti then journey through the tempting pastas, Ricotta Ravioli with truffles, egg noodles with asparagus, followed by sea bass and lobster tails, the culinary list is endless. But leave room for the finale, Sabatini’s amazing deserts. Try their traditional Tiramisu or their heavenly White Chocolate Mouse.
The Crown Grill offers the most marvellous seafood and steaks cooked to order. You can view your meal being prepared from the theatre style kitchen. Set in opulent surroundings it is a great place for a more intimate dining experience. Choose from fresh fish to filet mignon, all accompanied by the Sommeliers chosen wines.
If you are looking to dine and listen to live music dine at the Bayou Cafe & Steakhouse, a New Orleans style restaurant the first of its kind at sea. A range of traditional Cajun and Creole influenced dishes such as the seafood Gumbo Ya-Ya, a seafood extravaganza of shrimp, grab and scallops. Deserts are a fantasy come true, with the Fried Yellow Peach Pie (a must try), to the heavenly Chocolate Pecan Fudge cake.
Princess Cruises have made sure that the culinary delights aboard Grand Princess will not be outdone. So if you looking for more informal dining make your way to the Horizon Court. Here you will find the famed 24hr buffet, which offers a huge choice of salads, sides, hot and cold food, and again fabulous deserts. Or just laze beside the pool and if you’re peckish order a Naples style pizza and a cold glass of Chardonnay.
The Piazza is where you will find the International Cafe a great place to have breakfast, offering a wide selection of gorgeous pastries and freshly baked croissants. Just follow your nose. Throughout the day the Cafe bakes its famous cookies, if you love your cakes, pastries, and fresh ground coffee this is where you will gravitate to.
For the wine connoisseurs, you will find a unique range of new and old-world wines at the Vines Wine and Seafood bar, which also offers gourmet delicacies, a great place to meet up with friends and wile away the hours.
Aboard the Grand Princess the Chef’s Table is the ultimate dining experience, for all budding chefs it is the chance to observe at first-hand the inner sanctum of the ships galley. Here you can enjoy a multi-course menu accompanied by selected wines, and discuss the preparation of the cuisine aboard, all of this is hosted by the executive chef.
This wonderful plethora of dining is made possible by Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, who has catered for Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana of Wales, and King Umberto of Italy. So when dining aboard the Grand princess you know that you are experiencing first class food that is fit for royalty.
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