The 3,560 passenger Royal Princess was launched in 2013, and Princess Cruises kept many of the great dining options seen on other Princess ships. In addition, the cruise line added some new eateries where guests can savor interesting dishes. The ship has 14 different places that offer food.
On each voyage, the Royal Princess also offers special extra-surcharge meals designed for a special dining experience. For example, guests can dine at the Chef's Table Lumiere. This small private dining experience is in a lovely section of the Allegro dining room with a sheer curtain enclosing the amazing table and providing just the right amount of privacy.
Another special meal is the Wine Maker's Dinner, which is held in private wine cellar rooms of the Symphony and Allegro dining rooms. This dinner for up to 12 guests focuses on the pairing of wines with each dinner course.
The Royal Princess also offers guests the opportunity to have a special dinner or brunch on their own balcony. This Ultimate Balcony Dining has been very successful on other Princess ships and is a perfect romantic dinner or brunch. Waiters serve the meal by courses and dining al fresco on your own private balcony is certainly memorable.
All of these special meals require advance reservations.
Let's take a detailed look at the dining options of the Royal Princess cruise ship.
- Main Dining Rooms - Symphony, Allegro, Concerto
- Crown Grill
- Horizon Court and Bistro
- International Cafe
- Alfredo's Pizzeria
- Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar
- Casual Take-Away Restaurants - Trident Grill, Prego Pizzeria, Swirls
Main Dining Rooms
The Royal Princess has three main dining rooms, all of which look similar and have elegant decor and more space between tables than some other ships. Diners order from a menu, with multiple selections for appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, and desserts. There's also a selection of simpler items (shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, grilled salmon, chicken, steak) that can be ordered if none of the nightly specials appeal to you.
Allegro (deck 6 aft) is the ship's traditional dining room, with two seatings for dinner. With traditional dining, guests sit with the same other assigned travelers at the same table each dinner.
Symphony (deck 5 midship) and Concerto (deck 6 midship) offer Anytime Dining at every dinner. Guests who select this option can eat anytime during dining hours. It's also possible to make reservations at a specific time.
Open seating breakfast from a menu is also offered in one of these dining rooms each day.
The Crown Grill is a popular classic steakhouse found on all Princess ships. On the Royal Princess, it's located just off the Wheelhouse Bar aft on deck 7. This location provides a nice place to meet and have a drink before or after dinner.
This specialty restaurant has a surcharge, but most agree the extra cost is worth it. The premium seafood and meats are exceptional.
Like the Crown Grill, Sabatini's is found on all the Princess ships. As its name suggests, this specialty restaurant features an Italian menu. On the Royal Princess, Sabatini's is on deck 5 forward near the reception desk. In addition to dinner, the restaurant serves a delicious, relaxing breakfast to those guests staying in the suites.
The menu at Sabatini's starts with a selection of antipasti, pasta, main courses, and desserts.
The sommelier staff does wine tastings on the Royal Princess cruise to northern Europe and the Baltic States. The wine and dining room staff pair the wines with appropriate snacks.
The Horizon Court and Bistro cover much of deck 16 aft on the Royal Princess. This venue is the casual buffet and has multiple action stations serving a wide variety of international cuisines. The buffet is crowded at all meals, but the area is very large and there are never any long lines, so people move quickly through the various stations.
The Horizon Court and Bistro are open most of the day. A continental breakfast is served in the Bistro, followed by a regular breakfast with favorites that will suit travelers from all over the world. Some of the action stations are closed late in the morning to set up for lunch, which then rolls into dinner. One of the action stations is devoted to pastries and desserts and also has premium coffees.
During the cruise, two specialty meals are served at the Horizon Court for an extra surcharge. One is a Crab Shack dinner with many seafood favorites. The second is called Fondues and features several different cheese fondues.
The International Cafe on the Royal Princess is open 24 hours a day and is located on deck 5 in the Piazza. Although the premium coffee and tea are served a la carte, the breakfast, lunch, and dinner items are included in the basic fare. The morning pastries and hot sandwiches for lunch were especially good.
Alfredo's is a sit-down pizzeria on the Royal Princess that can seat 121 guests. It is located on deck 6 in the atrium. The complimentary menu includes a variety of Italian antipasti, soup and salads, pizzas, a calzone and pizza baguette, and delicious baked pasta in addition to desserts.
Gelato serves Italian-style ice cream and crepes for a fee. In addition to ice cream cones and cups, this gelateria offers sundaes, banana splits, and other temptations. It's a tempting addition to a Royal Princess cruise.
Vines is located in the Piazza on deck 5. This casual bar on the Royal Princess also serves Spanish tapas, Greek mezes, Venetian Cicchetti, Latin American pinchos, and Caribbean cutters to accompany the wine.
Over 30 different wines can be purchased by the glass, and some of the bites are also featured as appetizers in Sabatini's.
Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar
The Ocean Terrace seafood bar on the Royal Princess offers a variety of a la carte ocean treasures, including oyster shooters, fresh sushi and sashimi, ahi tuna, and king crab.
Casual Take-Away Restaurants
Along with the numerous sit-down restaurants with their own seating areas, the Royal Princess has several casual takeaway restaurants, most located around the swimming pool on deck 16. These include the Trident Grill, which serves hot dogs, hamburgers, and other grilled items; Prego Pizzeria; and Swirls ice cream bar, which has complimentary soft-serve ice cream in both chocolate and vanilla.