PHOTO TOUR AND
Crown Princess has three main dining rooms,
all of which are named after Renaissance artists
- - Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli. All
three have a similar decor with the only real
difference being in the paintings. (The
paintings are copies of Renaissance
masterpieces and for the most part, the artist
who painted the original corresponds to the
name of the dining room).
The Da Vinci and Michelangelo dining rooms
are located off of the ship's central atrium. The
Botticelli is located aft on Deck 6. All three
rooms are of similar size and utilize the same
Only the Da Vinci dining room is open for
breakfast. It is also the only dining room open
for lunch but only on sea days. Any guest can
come to the Da Vinci for breakfast or lunch,
which are done on an open seating basis.
For dinner, the Botticelli restaurant 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
The Da Vinci and Michelangelo offer "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 Crown Grill is the top-of-the-line
extra tariff venue. A concept that debuted
on Crown Princess, this venue was
included in Princess' two subsequent
ships and has been retrofitted into some
of Princess' earlier ships (e.g. Grand
Princess). Seating 160 people, it is a
relatively intimate venue with the look of
a traditional up-scale steakhouse. It
specializes in premium steaks, lamb and
seafood . (See menu) (See our review of
the Crown Grill).
Sabatini's is Crown Princess' Italian specialty
Located high in the aft portion of the ship,
Sabatini's offers panoramic views over the ship's
stern. However, the room itself is beautifully
decorated, spacious and full of soft light.
Sabatini's is open for breakfast to guests staying in
the ship's suites. There is no cover charge.
In the evenings, Sabatini's is open to all. However,
there is a cover charge. Originally, Sabatini's
operated with a tratoria-style menu where you only
choose the main course and all other courses were
brought as the chef prepared them. Sabatini's has
now gone over to a more traditional-style menu
where the guests choose what courses to have and
which items will make up that course.
Princess Cruises has had a connection to Italy
almost from its beginning. One of the first ships
chartered for use by the infant line was the Italia.
Later, Princess acquired Sitmar. This tradition
continues with Sabatini's.
The Horizon Court is the ship's self-service buffet. It is pleasantly decorated and, located on Deck
15, it offers good views from the seating area.
The International Café, located off of The Piazza, offers specialty coffees and a menu that changes over the
course of the day. There are pastries in the morning; sandwiches, salads and paninis at lunch; pastries in the
afternoon, and evening. This venue has become the 24-hour dining venue taking that function over from the
Horizon Court Seats 44.
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Serving the open decks are the Trident Grill (above left) (hamburgers, hot dogs and light fare) and the Ice Cream Bar
(above right), which has both ice cream and pizza.