Best Cruise Lines for Specialty Dining
Princess Cruises, which first set sail in 1965, invites you to eat like royalty with a variety of dining experiences. The selection of complimentary options ranges from a traditional pub to the casual Piazza café to 24-hour room service.
The company has also partnered up with renowned chef Curtis Stone for SHARE restaurant, serving charcuterie, top-quality meats and handmade pasta on three vessels (Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess, and Australia-based Sun Princess). Open for dinner only, the experience is a six-course menu priced at $39. It includes a starter, salad, fresh daily pasta, a main course from the sea, another one from the land, and dessert to finish; see the exclusive video and photos in the photo gallery above. "Share" is not about sharing what's on your plate, but sharing memories, love and good times... Passengers can also get a taste of the chef's savory creations with the Crafted by Curtis Stone menu, available in the Main Dining room on all of the cruise line's 18 ships.
Don't pass up a meal at the Salty Dog Gastropub, developed in collaboration with chef Ernesto Uchimura. Enjoy his signature creation, the "Ernesto" — a juicy ribeye burger made exclusively for Princess.
Dining venues vary by ship, but other specialty restaurants may include Sabatini's, an authentic Italian eatery featuring pasta and seafood specialties in a setting reminiscent of a Tuscan villa. There's also Crown Grill, a classic American restaurant with a theater-style kitchen focusing on aged beef and fresh seafood.
Remember "The Love Boat" TV series? Back in 1977, the Pacific Princess was the star of the show. With more than 150 different voyages, it won't be difficult to find a Princess Cruise that best fits your desires. The company is currently the third largest cruise line in the world.
Reservations are suggested at all specialty restaurants and nominal cover charges apply.