Meals at Planks & Steamers on the Caribbean Princess?

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#1
Ontario
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When the CB was undergoing renovations this is what I bookmarked:

PLANKS:
Breakfast (no charge): buffet with customized breakfast bowls
Lunch (no charge): buffet with freshly tossed salad, signature soup, fork-and-knife sandwiches.

STEAMERS:
Breakfast (no charge): omelets, fried eggs, and eggs Benedict
Lunch (no charge): buffet with Gourmet and Ramen Bowls with broths

Can anyone who's been on board the Caribbean Princess recently comment of these two new dining venues for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ????

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I recall a previous post that said there was a charge for dinner. Not sure about the details but would want to know too as we will be boarding next month.


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Originally posted by easyboy
I recall a previous post that said there was a charge for dinner. Not sure about the details but would want to know too as we will be boarding next month. Sent from my iPad using Forums
There's a $12 per person charge for dinner at both venues.
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Feel sure we'll get more reports on the n/c breakfast & lunch and the $12 dinners at both as soon as more are trying them.
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The online descriptions of those venues appear to have been recently updated:

https://www.princess.com/ships-and-e...bean-princess/ (click 'Specialty Dining')

STEAMERS: Our new family-style seafood restaurant offers dinner served by wait staff for a nominal fee. Choose from Black & Blue Mussels or Classic Clams “Steamers” or the Broiled Platter which includes scallops, shrimp and crab-stuffed flounder. All come with generous sides and dipping sauces as well as starters and dessert. At lunchtime, help yourself to a buffet that includes Gourmet and Ramen Bowls with regionally inspired broths—all at no charge. And join us for breakfast, also at no charge, for specialty egg dishes like omelets, fried eggs and eggs Benedict.

PLANKS: Drop by for a classic American-style dinner, served by wait staff for a nominal fee. Our casual BBQ restaurant gives you a choice of "Planks" loaded with four meats, chili, coleslaw and seasoned fries along with starters and decadent dessert. Planks BBQ also serves a buffet-style lunch at no charge, with signature soup and freshly tossed salad, as well as regionally inspired fork-and-knife sandwiches. Buffet-style breakfasts, also at no charge, include savory breakfast bowls customized for you.


But the latest revision of the Dining Options doc:


https://www.princess.com/downloads/pdf/food-and-dining/dining-options.pdf


...while repeating that Breakfast and Lunch are no charge. lists only the opening hours for Lunch and Dinner.
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Originally posted by fishywood
The online descriptions of those venues appear to have been recently updated:

https://www.princess.com/ships-and-e...bean-princess/ (click 'Specialty Dining')

STEAMERS: Our new family-style seafood restaurant offers dinner served by wait staff for a nominal fee. Choose from Black & Blue Mussels or Classic Clams “Steamers” or the Broiled Platter which includes scallops, shrimp and crab-stuffed flounder. All come with generous sides and dipping sauces as well as starters and dessert. At lunchtime, help yourself to a buffet that includes Gourmet and Ramen Bowls with regionally inspired broths—all at no charge. And join us for breakfast, also at no charge, for specialty egg dishes like omelets, fried eggs and eggs Benedict.

PLANKS: Drop by for a classic American-style dinner, served by wait staff for a nominal fee. Our casual BBQ restaurant gives you a choice of "Planks" loaded with four meats, chili, coleslaw and seasoned fries along with starters and decadent dessert. Planks BBQ also serves a buffet-style lunch at no charge, with signature soup and freshly tossed salad, as well as regionally inspired fork-and-knife sandwiches. Buffet-style breakfasts, also at no charge, include savory breakfast bowls customized for you.


But the latest revision of the Dining Options doc:


https://www.princess.com/downloads/pdf/food-and-dining/dining-options.pdf


...while repeating that Breakfast and Lunch are no charge. lists only the opening hours for Lunch and Dinner.
Says they're open 6 PM onwards.
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Ontario
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Originally posted by Astro Flyer
Have not sailed on the Caribbean but here are links to the menus:

Planks: https://www.princess.com/downloads/p...s-BBQ-Menu.pdf

Steamers: https://www.princess.com/downloads/p...afood-Menu.pdf
Thanks...... but already got these. Hoping for posts from those who've actually eaten at either of these two.
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Wondering how late Steamers is open for breakfast?
Does anyone know?
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#12
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The deafening silence coming from these two venues could be due to their being added right before the ship started its summer deployment from Southampton. Menus are clearly aimed for North American tastes.

There was this solitary post from someone who tried Planks for dinner on the Transatlantic:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showp...&postcount=171
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Debarking is a cruel procedure done to dogs.
Upgrades, Upsellls and Move Over Offers are completely different things.
As are being denied boarding and being disembarked early.
And don't get me started on Port Charges vs. Government Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses.
The Jones Act is for cargo. The PVSA is "that terrible law" that restricts USA domestic sailings. But without which there would likely be no cruise ships with casinos, duty free shops, and international crew members willing to work fantastically hard every single day.
Lots of people fly in the morning of the cruise and catch crazy early flights home. Why ask us if you can? Just to be harassed by the regulars?
No hotels have free shuttles, free breakfast, free wifi, or free parking. You pay in the rate. And could have found a better deal paying by the piece.
And don't forget: the cruise line is in complete control of the weather, political unrest, medical emergencies, and anything else that delays or re-routes your cruise. Be sure to demand compensation as it is you and only you who were affected.
#13
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Originally posted by canadarocks
Thanks everyone, but..... looking for anyone who's actually eaten at these two venues for comments.
We ate at Steamers and Planks during our TA in April. My husband wanted to try Steamers and I wanted to try Planks for the barbecue so they let us order from both menus while we were seated in Steamers. The food and service were great, there was so much food we couldn't finish it all. It was 12.00 per person which in our opinion was well worth the price. Hope this helps.
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We have eaten at Planks. We were on board shortly after the dry dock where they added it.

The restaraunt was not busy when we dined ( us and one other table) and the waitress explained that planks and steamers shared the same kitchen so she actually brought us both menus to look at and said if one or both of us preferred the steamers menu ( which is like the Crab Shack menu) we could order from that ( we chose to both dine from the Planks menu).


The meal started with some BBQ meatballs ( we didn't care for them) and corn bread that you could make a small slider out of. Then there was soup or salad and each person then selected three meats from the menu. We had brisket, chicken and sausage and there was baked beans and coleslaw as well. The meats are served on a large plank and there is a lot of meat!

We thought the meal was ok. The chicken was moist and tender. The brisket was a bit dry. Overall if we were only doing one specialty dinner in the future we would probably put our money toward a different option.

For breakfast and lunch- the area is like an extension of the buffet similar to Caribe Cafe. The best thing about breakfast there is the omelet bar. They take your omelet order, give you a number and once you are seated you give the number to the server and you get your hot delicious made to order omelet. I recommend trying the omelets.

Hope this is helpful... As always your experience may differ.
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Originally posted by 53sunset
We ate at Steamers and Planks during our TA in April. My husband wanted to try Steamers and I wanted to try Planks for the barbecue so they let us order from both menus while we were seated in Steamers. The food and service were great, there was so much food we couldn't finish it all. It was 12.00 per person which in our opinion was well worth the price. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the info. Good to know you liked both.
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Originally posted by 53sunset
We ate at Steamers and Planks during our TA in April. My husband wanted to try Steamers and I wanted to try Planks for the barbecue so they let us order from both menus while we were seated in Steamers. The food and service were great, there was so much food we couldn't finish it all. It was 12.00 per person which in our opinion was well worth the price. Hope this helps.
Originally posted by Shelly97060
We have eaten at Planks. We were on board shortly after the dry dock where they added it.

The restaraunt was not busy when we dined ( us and one other table) and the waitress explained that planks and steamers shared the same kitchen so she actually brought us both menus to look at and said if one or both of us preferred the steamers menu ( which is like the Crab Shack menu) we could order from that ( we chose to both dine from the Planks menu).

The meal started with some BBQ meatballs ( we didn't care for them) and corn bread that you could make a small slider out of. Then there was soup or salad and each person then selected three meats from the menu. We had brisket, chicken and sausage and there was baked beans and coleslaw as well. The meats are served on a large plank and there is a lot of meat!

We thought the meal was ok. The chicken was moist and tender. The brisket was a bit dry. Overall if we were only doing one specialty dinner in the future we would probably put our money toward a different option.

For breakfast and lunch- the area is like an extension of the buffet similar to Caribe Cafe. The best thing about breakfast there is the omelet bar. They take your omelet order, give you a number and once you are seated you give the number to the server and you get your hot delicious made to order omelet. I recommend trying the omelets.

Hope this is helpful... As always your experience may differ.
Thank you both so much!
#17
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Originally posted by fishywood
The deafening silence coming from these two venues could be due to their being added right before the ship started its summer deployment from Southampton. Menus are clearly aimed for North American tastes.

There was this solitary post from someone who tried Planks for dinner on the Transatlantic:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showp...&postcount=171
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#18
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Ate at both. Didn't like either. Both like ghost towns for the evening meal. They will have to do something else with these two venues !!!!


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#19
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We won't know until next March but will likely try them both - at least for breakfast and lunch.
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#20
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Been on many cruises on many different cruise lines and have not found one that can do decent bbq. I don't think they have smokers on board and it is difficult to make bbq in an oven.