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#1
Alexandria, Va
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Apologies if this has already been asked - I didn't see a thread.

We are cruising on Princess for the first time in March (Royal Princess to the Caribbean). What are some of your favorite Princess "secrets"? The must eat food, the must try specialty restaurant, the perfect spot on the ship to sit and read, etc.

Having cruised Celebrity a lot, we know the "secrets" for that line and can't wait to discover more on Princess.

So... tell me all your secrets!
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#3
Creswell, Oregon
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Not a secret, but International Cafe is pretty wonderful. Great breakfast sandwiches, donuts, salads, cookies, lunch items, open all the time...

Tom
#4
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Originally posted by tuffy0317
Apologies if this has already been asked - I didn't see a thread.

We are cruising on Princess for the first time in March (Royal Princess to the Caribbean). What are some of your favorite Princess "secrets"? The must eat food, the must try specialty restaurant, the perfect spot on the ship to sit and read, etc.

Having cruised Celebrity a lot, we know the "secrets" for that line and can't wait to discover more on Princess.

So... tell me all your secrets!
Free pub lunch
Buy One Get One for $1 happy hours
Afternoon Nachos at the Outrigger Bar
Coffee from real grinds in the buffet
Gelato for punches on the Cafe Select card
The Cafe Select Card itself
Any purchases made at a bar while the ship is in Fort Lauderdale port are subject to FL State sales tax.
Afternoon tea in the DR, look for times on the back of the Princess Patter.
Lunch in the DR is only served on sea days
If you like steak the Crown Grill is nice and at a reasonable price, $25/pp.
The Crab Shack is also nice @ $20/pp
Alfredo's, open from 11am to 11pm, waiter served pizza and other menu items, no charge, walk in, no reservations required.
All specialty restaurant reservations can only be made on board
#6
Northern California
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Joined May 2015
I'm sure I can think of more but a few immediately came to mind (and of course, shhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell anybody): ;-)

1. If you want a seat at the 4pm happy hour, do NOT arrive AFTER 4pm, rather 5-10 min. prior.* Seriously, you'll see...; and

2. The St. Honoré (AHN-or-ray) cake in the buffet. Yup, at the buffet. Even if you avoid eating here (as I generally do), DO look for this. A spectacular and rare treat (although easily obtained by us Italian-Americans here in SF). For a ship's food item, I consider it the baked Alaska of the buffet. It's not generally known about and definitely not to be missed. I DARE you to contain yourself to a single serving!

3. Since I brought it up, the Baked Alaska on Fridays. Worth cutting short your visit to Rome to get (and research beforehand what will be expected of you during the parading of same).

4. If I remember correctly, there's a very nice intimate jazz concert in one of the nicer bars. It might be a semi-regular occurrence. Grab a martini and enjoy. VERY civilized departure from being pounded with trivia contests and general melees of balloon drops and such. Check your Princess Patter newsletter for time and location.


*(Oh, and don't worry about not getting the HH price; just say you're there for that; they'll fudge it).
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#7
Hollywood, Florida & Crown Point, NY
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Joined Dec 2008
Originally posted by Chunder Worthy
I'm sure I can think of more but a few immediately came to mind (and of course, shhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell anybody): ;-)

1. If you want a seat at the 4pm happy hour, do NOT arrive AFTER 4pm, rather 5-10 min. prior.* Seriously, you'll see...; and

2. The St. Honoré (AHN-or-ray) cake in the buffet. Yup, at the buffet. Even if you avoid eating here (as I generally do), DO look for this. A spectacular and rare treat (although easily obtained by us Italian-Americans here in SF). For a ship's food item, I consider it the baked Alaska of the buffet. It's not generally known about and definitely not to be missed. I DARE you to contain yourself to a single serving!

3. Since I brought it up, the Baked Alaska on Fridays. Worth cutting short your visit to Rome to get (and research beforehand what will be expected of you during the parading of same).

4. If I remember correctly, there's a very nice intimate jazz concert in one of the nicer bars. It might be a semi-regular occurrence. Grab a martini and enjoy. VERY civilized departure from being pounded with trivia contests and general melees of balloon drops and such. Check your Princess Patter newsletter for time and location.


*(Oh, and don't worry about not getting the HH price; just say you're there for that; they'll fudge it).
Love #1!!! I never thought about doing that.

And I will def have to try #2. You don't have a picture do you?
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#8
Northern California
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Joined May 2015
Originally posted by hllwdcruiser
And I will def have to try #2. You don't have a picture do you?
There's are many variations. I usually get mine from Victoria's Pastry here in No. Beach but below is similar to the one I remember they had onboard the Emerald last Summer. That filling, OMG, you-a think you're a-gonna die...!; And of course a creme puff with every piece (if you cut it right)!

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#13
COLORADO
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Originally posted by geoherb
On our last cruise, there was a wonderful flourless chocolate cake at the buffet one day.

Yes love it!
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#14
Minnesota
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Joined Sep 2007
Here are some links to secrets threads.

from 2015
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...hlight=secrets

and from 2010 thru 2015
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...hlight=secrets

and the Princess "Cruise Answer Book"
https://book.princess.com/images/cc/...nswer_Book.pdf

and from 2014
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...hlight=secrets

Hope you find these helpful.
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#16
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Joined Jul 2006
Originally posted by sknight
Free pub lunch
Buy One Get One for $1 happy hours
Afternoon Nachos at the Outrigger Bar
Coffee from real grinds in the buffet
Gelato for punches on the Cafe Select card
The Cafe Select Card itself
Any purchases made at a bar while the ship is in Fort Lauderdale port are subject to FL State sales tax.
Afternoon tea in the DR, look for times on the back of the Princess Patter.
Lunch in the DR is only served on sea days
If you like steak the Crown Grill is nice and at a reasonable price, $25/pp.
The Crab Shack is also nice @ $20/pp
Alfredo's, open from 11am to 11pm, waiter served pizza and other menu items, no charge, walk in, no reservations required.


All specialty restaurant reservations can only be made on board


Did I see "coffee from real grinds in the buffet"? I know this is an old old topic. Have they done away with that coffee concentrate or syrup in the buffet? That nearly instant stuff they called coffee? "Looks like muddy water and taste like turpentine..." Tell us about the secret coffee in the buffet.
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#18
Minnesota
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Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by rbslos18
Is this something new? The coffee syrup is history?
That's true for the Royal and Regal, don't know about any other ships.
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#19
Syddney
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Joined Jan 2010
One of the best things to do if a coffee drinker is buy a 'coffee card' (which can even be pre-bought online and delivered to your stateroom upon embarkation). It ends up being cheaper than purchasing individual coffees and whatever is not redeemed can be used on your next Princess cruise. It also entitles free hot chocolates and tea with that card.
#20
South Carolina
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Joined Feb 2011
Originally posted by Jessiekouli1
One of the best things to do if a coffee drinker is buy a 'coffee card' ...... whatever is not redeemed can be used on your next Princess cruise. ......
Sometimes. Depends on the ship.
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