Emerald Princess-what food is free and when?

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#21
sw, Fl - Fort Myers Area
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Originally posted by OCruisers
You'll enjoy International Cafe which is always open with very tasty food at no additional cost.
It's OK the just a quick snack but just doesn't replace real food for me.
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#22
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Don't despair about the Pizza on Princess. I really enjoy the pizza on Lido. Believe me, you haven't had baaaaad pizza until you have had what Celebrity calls pizza (ugh, what a travesty)/ Princess pizza satisfies my need for a slice or two a day, and some of their daily special ones happen to be among my all time favs, like their 50th anniversary pizza. So while you won't have an Alfredo's, the pizza on Lido is wonderful IMHO. It might also be where the Belgium waffles (for free) are in the morning.
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#24
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Originally posted by KristyMisty14
Ahhh the great pizza debate! Pizza is in the eye of (or the mouth) of the pizza holder!

I personally love the Pizza on Princess but that's just me!
I'm hitting the like button on this one too. The Pizza in Alfredo's is soooooooo good.
Tony
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#25
Southern Cal/Maui No Ka Oi
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Originally posted by Lucky TGO
I'm hitting the like button on this one too. The Pizza in Alfredo's is soooooooo good.

Tony
And even better in Alfredo's on the Royal & Regal which in addition to pizza had a full course Italian meal.
#26
sw, Fl - Fort Myers Area
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Originally posted by Astro Flyer
And even better in Alfredo's on the Royal & Regal which in addition to pizza had a full course Italian meal.
On the Royal they can serve everything else but hold the pizza.
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#27
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There is no such thing as free food - it is included in your cruise fare - but for no extra cost you can get food in the MDR at breakfast, lunch and dinner - HC is usually open 24/7 - Alfredos (if there is one) opens at 11:30 and the IC or Patisserie is included. Room sevice menu except Pizza is included
#28
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Originally posted by elfinmagic
There is no such thing as free food - it is included in your cruise fare - but for no extra cost you can get food in the MDR at breakfast, lunch and dinner - HC is usually open 24/7 - Alfredos (if there is one) opens at 11:30 and the IC or Patisserie is included. Room sevice menu except Pizza is included
Horizon Court has not been 24 hours for about 5-6 years now!! The International Cafe is now open 24 hours instead.
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Originally posted by elfinmagic
Sorry - HC closes at midnight
I was on the Royal Princess in January I think the HC closed at 11:00 p.m.??
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#31
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Originally posted by Lucky TGO
I was on the Royal Princess in January I think the HC closed at 11:00 p.m.??

Tony
I was on the Star in January & the HC closed at 11:00 PM & not at midnight.

I checked my Patters from the past couple years on various Princess ships and all of the buffets closed at 11:00 PM.
#32
sw, Fl - Fort Myers Area
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Originally posted by Astro Flyer
I was on the Star in January & the HC closed at 11:00 PM & not at midnight.

I checked my Patters from the past couple years on various Princess ships and all of the buffets closed at 11:00 PM.
11 PM has been closing time on almost all the ships for quite a few years now.
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#35
sw, Fl - Fort Myers Area
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Originally posted by elfinmagic
Princess website says midnight - please check it out
I just check most of my old patters (various ships) going back to 2007 and they all say 11 PM.

Our last Royal cruise was in 2016 so things may have changed since then but it was also 11 PM.
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#36
Southern Cal/Maui No Ka Oi
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Originally posted by elfinmagic
Princess website says midnight - please check it out
Unfortunately the Princess website is well known for not making updates in a timely manner.

Their dining webpage that states closing at Midnight also has this false information because the HC buffet is open for dinner on those ships & on other Princess ships.

5:30pm - Midnight (closed for dinner Caribbean, Crown, Emerald & Ruby Princess)

I've sailed on those ships & they have a Cafe Caribe which is basically a smaller section of the buffet area. Despite the webpage showing it's open for dinner from 5:30-Onward checking my Patters for our Crown cruises it was never open during those times. Instead the HC was open for dinner...another example of incorrect website information.

For me actual experiences from passengers are more credible than information from the Princess website which you quoted. Based on itinerary the HC could be open later than 11:00 PM but everyone who has posted actual experiences have said 11:00 PM was closing time.

Originally posted by floridalover5623
I just check most of my old patters (various ships) going back to 2007 and they all say 11 PM.

Our last Royal cruise was in 2016 so things may have changed since then but it was also 11 PM.
#37
Vancouver, BC
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Originally posted by Katwoman007
You guys are making me all sad. I was hoping Pizza would be my easy to grab thing on the Emerald! :P
I am' Gluten Free' and like Hawaiian Pizza.Guy did not have Pineapple so I went to Horizon Court asked the kitchen and came back.Had the best small Pizza I have ever eaten with lovely thin crust on Emerald Princess.If you ask for a certain filling you have to wait longer but worth in the end.......
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#38
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I'll throw my 2 cents in on the great pizza debate. I've never been wowed by the pizza on Princess. Not bad but nothing to rave about, until, we sailed on Emerald Princess in May. Both my husband and I still talk about how good it was.

I have no idea why the taste fluctuates so much between ships and it might have been the diet we were on for 2 months before the cruise but it was delicious.
#39
Omaha, NE
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Originally posted by elfinmagic
There is no such thing as free food - it is included in your cruise fare
See post #4 in this thread.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showpost.php?p=53298988&postcount=4