food on princess cruises during christmas

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#1
Australia
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does anyone have any pictures of holiday food onboard Princess cruises? like what kind of buffet items they had at the horizon court buffet. and maybe if anyone has a menu of the main dinning rooms what was being served?
#2
Central Florida
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I saw an image of the turkey dinner they've done on Princess - not sure if that will help, but it can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2468942...57634711540744

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I don't have any photos but do recall gingerbread souffle one evening in the main dining room, egg nog in Horizon Court on Christmas morning, egg nog lattes as a specialty coffee choice, turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas.
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#6
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Originally posted by Kinkacruiser
I was also wondering about the Christmas fare and happy to see this.
I's like to do a Christmas New Year cruise one year ...would make a nice change.
The one we are booked for on Sun to NZ is very cheap at present and goes on 17th for 13 days from Sydney
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#8
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We've been on several Christmas cruises on Princess. The special menu in the dining room has sometimes been on Christmas Eve and other times on Christmas itself. They have always had turkey and the trimmings (although I'm not a big fan of their chestnut stuffiing.)
#9
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We took many Christmas/New Year's cruises on Princess when our children were still in school and cruising with us.
Always festive food with the option of turkey as well as many other things.

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#10
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I've never been impressed with their turkey offerings.
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On our holiday cruise last December/January, two of our formal nights fell on Christmas Day and NYE. Here's some menus and dishes:







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Originally posted by xboxwoman
does anyone have any pictures of holiday food onboard Princess cruises? like what kind of buffet items they had at the horizon court buffet. and maybe if anyone has a menu of the main dinning rooms what was being served?
we just spent thanksgiving week on board crown and found the food was terrible. Very bland
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In the Valley, CA
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melon appetizer:


I think this is the turkey (I didn't have it as I'm not a fan of turkey)


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#14
In the Valley, CA
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dessert menu:


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#15
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Any chance things like eggnog and Gluhwein will be available on any of the earlier in December cruises, or are the Christmas special dishes only during the actual week of the holiday?
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#16
Virginia
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A few years ago we were on the Pacific Princess in the Amazon on Christmas. This was the Christmas Eve dinner menu:

Pastas: Sedanini Pasta with Red Snapper in Tomato, Basil and Cheese Sauce or Fettuccine Alfredo

Alternative Choices: Shrimp Cocktail with American Sauce, Classic Caesar Salad, Seared Salmon Cutlet w/Herb Butter, Broiled Chicken Breast w/ Natural Juice, Grilled Beef Filet Medallions w/Tomato Hollandaise

Appetizers: Langhirano Ham With Ricotta Flan & Balsamic Reduction, Hawaiian Fruit Cup with Macadamia Nuts, Smoked Sturgeon with Cucumber and Apple Slaw

Soups and Salad: Beef Broth with Savory Choux Puffs & Chives, Roasted Garlic Soup with Sage & Cheese Croutons, Cold Yogurt and Cucumber Soup w/ Oregano, and Dill Weed, Red and Green Mesclun Leaves with Escarole and Sunflower Seeds

Main Courses
- Baked Black Cod with Stir Fried Vegetables, Citrus Soy Sauce, Rissole Potatoes
- Nantucket Shrimp and Scallop Supper with Tomato Broth, Toasted Garlic Bread
- Slow Roasted Butterflied Lamb Leg with Mint Vinaigrette, French Kidney Beans and Roast Onion Potatoes
- Prime Rib Roast with Creamed Horseradish, Yukon Gold Potatoes
- North Carolina Pulled Pork with Lexington-Style Vinegar Sauce, Mashed Potatoes
- Tomato-Braised Three Bean Casserole, Grilled Polenta

Dessert: Frozen Lemon and Lime Souffle w/Candied Lemon Zest, Chocolate Brandy Cake w/ Raspberry Sauce, Chocolate Chip and Banana Brioche Pudding w/Caramel Sauce, Sugar-Free Passion Fruit Mousse Cake, Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream, Peppermint Ice Cream, Banana Coconut Sorbet, Domestic and Imported Cheeses with Walnut Bread and Grapes. Sweet & Nutritious Fruits, Princess Love Boat Dream, Traditional New York Cheese Cake with Marinated Strawberries, Create Your Own Sundae


Christmas lunch in the Panorama buffet included an array of foods from around the world including: Baked Stuffed Chicken (Phillipines), Baked Pasta Sicillian Style, Sauerbraten (Germany), and Chocolate & Cherry Triffle Roulade (Great Britain)

However the main draw was brunch in the main dining room which started late morning:

From the Cold Buffet
- Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
- Mixed Greens and Selection of Salads
- Stuffed Roma Tomatoes with Russian Salad
- Hard Boiled Egg Monte Cristo with Crab Meat
- Harlequin Bay Scallop Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
- Lox and Bagels with Capers, Tomato, Red Onion and Cream Cheese
- Ahi Tuna Sashimi Served with a Seaweed Salad and Japanese Teriyaki Sauce
- Sabatini’s Style Italian Assorted Antipasti with Cold Cuts and Cured Meats
- Combination of French Style Terrine & Pate with Cumberland Sauce and Warm Toast
- Fountain of Contessa Shrimps with Red Caviar, American Cocktail and Casanova Sauces
- Cold Meats and Cheeses
- Dried Fruit, Grapes, Nuts

From the Hot Buffet
- Traditional Penne all’Arrabbiata
- Meat Stuffed Ravioli with Mushrooms Ragout and Truffle Oil
- Crispy Roast Suckling Pig with Roast Onions and Buttered Broccoli (they replaced it with Primb Rib or another beef when it ran out)
- Poached Whole Alaskan Silver Salmon with Dill Butter Sauce, Roast Potato & Sauteed Carrots, Peas


From the Galley (on a menu you could select from)
- Manhattan Clam Chowder with Oyster Crackers
- Christmas Capon Broth with Meat Tortellini Spinach & Parmesan Cheese
- Tropical Fresh Fruit Collection Served with Fig Sorbet and Banana Bread
- Fresh Homemade Blueberry Pancake with Maple Syrup & Whipped Cream
- Timballo di Penne al Forno alla Siciliana (Traditional Baked Pasta Sicilian Style)
- Huevos Rancheros Traditionally Served with Refreid Black Beans and Flour Tortillas
- Scrambled Eggs with Alaskan Cold Smoked Salmon, Spring Onions and Grilled Tomatoes
- Golden Gratinated Traditional Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon on Toasted English Muffins
- Princess Style Omelette with Fresh Aparagus Tips, Swiss Cheese & Golden Hash Brown Potatoes
- Lemon Roast Duck, Served with Raspberry Red Cabbage, Glazed Carrots and Creamy Mashed Potato
- Orange Roughy Fish Filet al Cartoccio, Served with Fruit of Sea, Boiled Potatoes & Fresh Asparagus Tips
- Sauerbraten Braised Beef, Served with Traditional Canedarli (Bread Dumpling) & Fresh Market Vegetables

From the Pastry and Bakery Buffet: Selection of Freshly Baked Breads, Buns, Baguettes, Breadsticks, Focaccia, Danish, Croissants, Muffins plus a Freshly Composed Extravaganza of Cakes, Pastries, Cookies, Tarts, and Ice Cream



Christmas Dinner was the following:
Pasta: Baked Crepes with Fontina Cheese and Bacon or Fettuccine Alfredo

Alternative Choices: Shrimp Cocktail with American Sauce, Classic Caesar Salad, Seared Salmon Cutlet w/Herb Butter, Broiled Chicken Breast w/Natural Juice, Grilled Beef Filet Medallions w/Au Jus

Appetizers: Diver’s Scallops, Tiger Shrimp and Crayfish w/Three Caviar Sauce, Sweet Winter Melon and Green Apple w/Fig Sorbet, Foie Gras Pate with Port Wine Glaze on Soft Brioche

Soups and Salad: Double Strength Chicken Broth with Root Vegetables, Cream of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup w/Pistachio Croutons, Iced Saffron Infused Seafood Broth with Blue Crab, “Festive Season” Mesclun Salad w/ Red Beets and Marinated Artichokes

Main Courses
- Pan Seared Halibut with Melted Leeks, Chantrelle Mushroom Vinaigrette, Whipped Potatoes
- Slow-Roasted Vermont Turkey, Traditional Chestnut Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin Polenta, Warm Cranberry Chutney
- Pineapple-Glazed Hickory-Smoked Virginia Ham Spiked with Cloves, Almond Green Beans, Roast Red Bliss Potatoes
- Medallions of Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Demi-Glace, William Potatoes
- Grilled NY Cut Strip Loin Steak, Café de Paris Butter, French Fries
- Pumpkin and Golden Potato Gnocchi, White Truffle Cream

Dessert: Semi-Frozen Christmas Rum & Raisin Parfait, English Christmas Pudding w/Brandy Butter & Vanilla Sauce, Gingerbread Souffle w/Orange-Grand Marnier Sauce, Traditional Italian Christmas Panettone w/Marsala Sabayon, Sugar-Free Strawberry and Cream Mille-Feuille w/Berry Compote, Vanilla Ice Cream, Panettone Ice Cream, Mandarin Givree Sorbet
Domestic and Imported Cheeses with Walnut Bread and Grapes, Christmas Cookies & Mincemeat Pies, Princess Love Boat Dream, Traditional New York Cheese Cake with Marinated Strawberries, Create Your Own Sundae
#17
The West of Scotland
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Joined Mar 2006
Christmas 2010 we cruised on Sea Princess in the Caribbean. On Christmas Day we had turkey for dinner. As 99% of the passengers were British I expected the traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, stuffing, chipolatas, roast potatoes etc., but was very disappointed with the accompaniments to the turkey. It was as photographed previously. The executive chef was German so maybe that made a difference.