Many cruise lines have alternative dining venues not included in the cruise fare. Almost universally, they offer the best of the best that cruise line chefs have to offer, commonly for a nominal extra fee. We have reviewed a number of these, on several different lines and all are unique.
On Princess Cruises, having evening cocktails in one of the ship’s cozy lounges or swanky bars is a perfect place to meet up with shipboard friends and swap stories about the afternoon’s adventures.
Sailing on Princess Cruises Grand Princess, we had already reviewed the revamped Sabatini’s Italian restaurant earlier in the voyage. That awesome experience will be remembered for quite some time with their version of pasta serving in our minds as the benchmark to compare all other attempts in the future. I fear many will fall short.
Thankfully, the Crown Grill on Grand Princess is a totally different experience from beginning to end so a direct comparison would be literally impossible. A general comparison of, say, overall quality, enjoyment, and ambiance is fair though and Crown Grill fared every bit as well as Sabatini’s, giving discerning passengers two distinctly different, must-do options when sailing. There is a down side to that though: to dine in either one we have to miss our regular Anytime Dining option. It’s a tough call but worth missing one for experiencing the other and our waiter in Anytime Dining seemed to understand.
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- Anytime Dining just one way to Escape Completely with Princess Cruises (chriscruises.net)
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