PHOTO TOUR AND
Island Princess has two main dining rooms - -
the Provence and the Bordeaux. They are very
similar in decor and layout. Both utilize the
same dinner menu. (See examples of menus).
The Bordeaux is open to all passengers for
breakfast, lunch (sea days), and afternoon tea
on an open seating basis. For dinner, it is open
to guests who have selected Anytime Dining,
which gives passengers some flexibility as to
when they will have dinner. Guests can arrive
anytime the restaurant is open. However, there
is no guarantee that you will have the same table
or servers throughout the voyage.
The Provence is only open for dinner. It
operates on the traditional passenger ship
system. Each guest who opts for the traditional
system is assigned to either the early or the late
seating. Each guest also has a specific table
assignment throughout the voyage. The chief
advantage of this option is that you get to know
your fellow guests and your servers during the
course of the cruise.
Unique to Island Princess and her sister ship Coral Princess is the Bayou Café. This venue offers steakhouse and New
Orleans-style cuisine. It has live entertainment as well as its own bar. (See review)
Sabatini's is Island Princess' Italian specialty restaurant.
Decorated to recall a Tuscan villa, the room is elegant and
Sabatini's is open for breakfast to guests staying in the
ship's suites. There is no cover charge. (See review).
In the evenings, Sabatini's is open to all. However, there is
a cover charge. Sabatini's has replaced its original
tratoria-style menu with a menu where each guests chooses
what courses to have and which items will make up that
Island Princess's buffet restaurant is laid out like those on
Princess' Sun class ships. There are buffet stations on
either side of the ship. Forward of these is a large seating
area that spans the ship. Its floor-to-ceiling windows
overlook the bow as well as the port and starboard sides.
In addition, the Horizon Court is decorated, not like a
cafeteria, but rather as a tasteful lounge. It has its own
bar and an area for dancing.
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Serving the open decks and pool areas are the
Princess Pizzeria; the grill portion of the Bar
and Grill (above right) (hamburgers, hot dogs and
light fare) and the Ice Cream Bar (left).
The Bordeaux is also the venue for the Chef's Table
experience. These events are held once or twice during
a cruise. To begin, a small number of guests are
brought into the galley to meet the Executive Chef and
to have a series of appetizers along with champagne.
They are then brought into the main dining room where
they enjoy a multi-course feast that has been prepared
especially for them along with wine pairings. During
the meal, they receive insights from the chef, the ship's
maitre d' and the sommelier. At the end of the meal,
the guests receive a copy of Princess' cookbook. There
is a $95 per person charge. This experience is in
considerable demand so it is best to book early.
Left: Executive Chef Klaus Baumgarten shows a course
to the table.
Middle: Maitre d'Hotel Ignazio D'Agostino with a bowl
of extra lobster tails.
Below: A dessert made only for the Chef's Table guests.