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#1
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Where is the best place to head for complimentary lunch upon arrival besides the buffet?
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Originally posted by lauren0309
Where is the best place to head for complimentary lunch upon arrival besides the buffet?
I assume you mean embarkation, boarding day.
One DR open from noon to 1:30.
International Cafe
Grill with all the normal grill stuff and pizza by the slice outdoors by the Lido Pool*
Alfredo's waiter served individual pizza and other menu items**
*The Caribbean Princess has enhanced menus in these areas
**Royal class ships, plus the Grand Princess and the Sapphire Princess.
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I'd recommend the dining room. Only one is open so you may have to search a little to find the one. Princess does tend to keep this a secret. When you ask some crew members they simply tell you the buffet is open.
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Originally posted by lauren0309
Where is the best place to head for complimentary lunch upon arrival besides the buffet?
You don’t say what ship you will be on. As others have said the one of the Main Dinning Rooms will be opened. The staff usually says the buffet but MDR is great for a nice sitdown lunch, less crowded & relaxing.

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#6
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I think Alfredo's is open (if on your ship.) Good time to try it with all the other options one faces for the rest of the cruise. And on some ships, the location is pretty good to watch the new boarders strolling on by.
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Regal Princess embarkation day
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#8
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Originally posted by lauren0309
Regal Princess embarkation day
The Concerto DR midship on Fiesta deck should be open for lunch from noon until 1:30 but the doors may close a bit early. That would be my first choice and where we try to eat at the start of each of our cruises. If you arrive late then I would suggest Alfredo's which is also midship on Fiesta deck. Other choices are the International Cafe midship on Plaza deck which is nice for a sandwich, salad or soup, and on Lido deck you have Prego Pizzeria for take away pizza buy the slice or Trident Grill for take away burgers, hot dogs, bratwurst and grilled chicken sandwiches served with fries. There are a lot of complementary alternatives to the buffet on embarkation day.

The buffet on the Regal is much larger than most Princess ships with a great assortment of food but we didn't eat there on embarkation day on our cruise so I don't know about crowds on embarkation day for lunch.

The only extra charge dining venue open for lunch is the Ocean Seafood Bar on the Promenade deck.


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Originally posted by Tak8
I'd recommend the dining room. Only one is open so you may have to search a little to find the one. Princess does tend to keep this a secret. When you ask some crew members they simply tell you the buffet is open.
It's always listed in the embarkation day Patter which will be in your cabin mailbox, or you can pick up an extra copy at Guest Services.
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Originally posted by lauren0309
Regal Princess embarkation day
Lauren,
We love to go to Alfredo’s. The food there is sooooooo good. The Horizon Court is a madhouse stay away.
By the way there’s no charge at Alfredo’s.
Tony
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#11
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Originally posted by Lucky TGO
Lauren,
We love to go to Alfredo’s. The food there is sooooooo good. The Horizon Court is a madhouse stay away.
By the way there’s no charge at Alfredo’s.
Tony
We are on our first Princess cruise next May (the Sapphire) and I think we will head to Alfredo's upon embarkation. Just need to convince the wife (daughter will be no problem to persuade). Is it just Pizza or are there other options?
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Originally posted by Burgmeister
We are on our first Princess cruise next May (the Sapphire) and I think we will head to Alfredo's upon embarkation. Just need to convince the wife (daughter will be no problem to persuade). Is it just Pizza or are there other options?
The Alfredo's menu on the Sapphire and Grand is only pizzas but they may allow you to bring in food from the International Cafe across the Piazza.

Alfredo's on the Royal, Regal and Majestic have an expanded menu of Italian dishes in addition to very good pizza.


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Originally posted by Burgmeister
Ah. OK. Thanks IECalCruiser. Might be a tough sell then.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news


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Originally posted by IECalCruiser
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news


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That's OK. I appreciate that you are merely the messenger!

At least I know that I need to start softening the wife up in preparation!
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Originally posted by IECalCruiser
The Alfredo's menu on the Sapphire and Grand is only pizzas but they may allow you to bring in food from the International Cafe across the Piazza.

Alfredo's on the Royal, Regal and Majestic have an expanded menu of Italian dishes in addition to very good pizza.


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Glad to see that Alfredo's on Royal will have expanded menu for us in December
#18
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Originally posted by Burgmeister
Can you ask for items to be left off of the pizzas?
Yes. They have set pizzas for the sake of having a menu, but you can have any or none of the items that are offered. Plain cheese if you want it, or just "hold the" whatever.

They are almost gourmet pizzas, in my opinion, not the greasy stuff the gang gets after a softball game. They almost seem healthy.

Alfredo's is my choice on embarkation day because it's quieter than the buffet and less time-consuming than the MDR, also open later.

Jim
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Originally posted by Burgmeister
Thanks Jim
Thanks Jim what about me?? I told everyone to go there first. Just kidding have a great cruise!!
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