Room service was slow and unreliable, but when the food came, if it did come, it was really good.
The phone wasn’t working very well during our trip, which made room service orders a bit difficult. On top of this, there were long wait times to order. Sometimes we never got through to place our order. We scheduled breakfast for 8:30am one day, and it didn’t arrive until 9:30.
Service aside, the choice on the menu, including soups, salads, hot dishes, sandwiches, and desserts was great, accompanied by an extensive drink list.
In some of the higher-echelon rooms, Princess serves the Ultimate Balcony Dining experience, where the staff will serve a meal, just like in the restaurants in your private stateroom. This service is available from 7 to 10am and 5 to 10pm. You can order a champagne breakfast for two, with a half bottle of champagne, pastries, smoked salmon, cream cheese, fresh fruits, and a quiche lorraine ($32 per couple). In the evening, you can get a lobster balcony dinner, which includes a cocktail per person, canapés, one flower bouquet, a half bottle of champagne, and a set menu with crab cakes, a mesclun greens salad, broiled cold water lobster tail, a grilled beef tenderloin diane, or a surf and turf combination plus dessert.
Like any other ship, room service was presented under lids to preserve the freshness and temperature of each dish.
Make selections on a door tag and hang it from your door for breakfast. Or you can call room service by 10am for in-room breakfast. The menu is small, with only cereal, yogurt, bread, pastries, eggs, and bacon.
The lunch and dinner menu was large, with a heap of variety. You can order a bunch of different salads like a mixed green garden, a caesers or a chef’s. There were many sandwiches, like a classic club, roast beef, and turkey sandwiches. There were hot dishes like hot dogs, hamburgers, lasagna, Moroccan crock pot and pita bread, and a whole pizza. All of it tasted pretty good.
There are more elegant options too, like a selection of hors d’oeuvres in regular, deluxe and dessert varieties.
In room beverages are done in packages. Beer can be ordered in sixes, for $21.25, soda in sixes for $9.75, wine with four 187 ml bottles for $21, and a combination of beer and wine for $29.50.
Bottles of liquor and stateroom bar packages are available at non-duty-free prices through room service or from designated bar locations.
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