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5 Days 5 Dinners — Caribbean Princess Dining Review

Author Mary Chong
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Dining on the Caribbean Princess is just like dining on any other Princess Cruise Ship — the cuisine is consistently well presented and mouth-wateringly delicious.

I’ve sailed on about 12 Princess cruises and there are certain things that I’ve come to love and expect — perennial favourites that the Princess Cruises dining room always does SO well. Delicious dishes such as prime rib, lamb shank and lamb curry (served in the buffet no less!), soufflés and their signature Princess Dream Mousse.

5 Days - 5 Dinners - Caribbean Princess Dining Review
Chef and Maitré D – Flambéing Bananas Foster in the Dining Room

When you think about the fact that kitchen is preparing 3,000+ dinners a night, it’s amazing that they perform as well as they do.

We were a group of 8 friends on this trip (with a 27-year history of laughter), so there was no bashfulness as we sat around the dining table. We ordered multiple appetisers, entreés, and desserts each. So, suffice it to say – there were a lot of dishes, and hence a lot of photos to share with you. I did get a chance to taste all of them and truly all are delicious… hence the reason we often cruise with Princess. Food is necessary, but great tasting food is essential.

Note: all these photos are from the Palm Dining Room.

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Caribbean Princess Dining Day 1

5 Days 5 Dinners - Caribbean Princess Dining Review - Day 2
  • Warm Crab & Artichoke Dip with Baguette Chips seasoned with old bay spice and Dijon mustard
  • Deep Fried Sushi with Bacardi Wasabi Emulsion and Kimchi
  • Cajun-Spiced Crawfish Crockpot (black mussels, bay scallops, shrimp and tomatoes baked in puff pastry, creole rice)
  • Slow-Roasted Corn-Fed Prime Rib with Natural Rosemary Jus and Horseradish Cream
  • Princess Celebration Cake — served when you have notified staff of a celebration
  • Black Forest Cake with Sour Cherries and Kirschwasser

Caribbean Princess Dining Day 2 – Breakfast

5 Days 5 Dinners - Caribbean Princess Dining Review - Breakfast
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Eggs Benedict

Caribbean Princess Dining Day 2

5 Days 5 Dinners - Caribbean Princess Dining Review - Day 2
  • Dry-Cured Parma Ham with sweet cantaloupe melon
  • Surf & Turf (beef filet mignon and jumbo shrimp with jus reduction, béarnaise sauce, string beans, gratinated fennel and château potatoes)
  • Seared Diver Scallops in Three Citrus Nage (freshly squeezed lemon, lime & orange juice reduced with white wine and bound with butter, warm vegetable juliennes and red bliss potatoes)
  • Skillet-Fried Orange Rough with Tomato & Caper Dressing on potato, green bean Bermuda onion and black olive hash
  • Beer-Braised Beef Pot Roast served with German-style red cabbage and creamy whipped potatoes
  • French Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée sugar cane cruise, lemon madeleines
  • Chocolate Lovers Delight (dark chocolate truffle mousse, tiny gateaux opera velvet, chocolate brownie)

Caribbean Princess Dining Day 3

5 Days 5 Dinners --- Caribbean Princess Dining Review
  • Honey and Rum Roasted Big Island Pineapple (strawberry-coconut relish with candied ginger chili flakes and citrus zest
  • Rosemary Rubbed Roast Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly
  • Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs hearty vegetables and whipped potatoes
  • Pan-Fried Filet of Rockfish served over creamy potato and leak ragout, truffle oil
  • Meringue Pavlova with Custard Cream and Seasonal Fruit and Sumer Berry Sauce
  • Sugar-Free Mango Cheesecake

Caribbean Princess Dining Day 4

5 Days 5 Dinners --- Caribbean Princess Dining Review
  • Pork Sparerib Marinated with Oyster Sauce over fried noodles, sticky rice croquette
  • Grilled Salmon with Herb and Lemon Compound Butter, Vegetables of the day and Parsley Potatoes
  • Grilled Seafood Skewer with Mango and Lime Salsa (combination of salmon, red snapper, shrimp, and sea scallops with bok choy and jasmine rice)
  • Slow-Braised Pork Belly with Oriental Sauce (soy-hoisin, five spice and citrus reduction served with green beans sliced shallots and smoky bacon)
  • Macadamia & Panko Crusted Mahi Mahi with Crab Bisque served with sautéed shiitake mushrooms, sweet red bell peppers and toasted sesame seeds
  • Warm Passion Fruit Soufflé with vanilla custard
  • Traditional New York Cheesecake with macerated strawberries

Caribbean Princess Dining Day 5

5 Days 5 Dinners --- Caribbean Princess Dining Review
  • Tian of Crab, Scallop and Shrimp (poached seafood layers with duo of caviar and papaya dressing)
  • Escargot Bourguignon with glazed shallots, parsley and garlic butter
  • Ravioli di Vitello in Salsa di Funghi Porchini (veal ravioli in creamy porcini mushroom sauce)
  • Lobster Bisque with Cognac Cream sweet potatoes, scallions and tomato
  • Crispy Southern Skillet Fried Chicken with Cole Slaw and French Fries
  • Grilled New York Cut Strip Steak with Green Peppercorn Sauce tomato provencale, sautéed zucchini and lyonnaise potatoes
  • Princess Love Boat Dream (rich chocolate mousse on brownie)
  • Deep Dish Apple Pie with Vanilla Sauce

And a behind the scenes look at the Caribbean Princess kitchen…

5 Days 5 Dinners - Caribbean Princess Dining Review - Kitchen Tour
5 Days 5 Dinners - Caribbean Princess Dining Review - Kitchen Tour
5 Days 5 Dinners - Caribbean Princess Dining Review - Kitchen Tour

Princess Cruises is one of the cruise lines that offers a cooking demonstration and tour of the kitchen. If you fancy yourself a chef, take this opportunity to buy a copy of the Princess Cruise Cookbook. You may just be able to get the Chef to autograph it for you!

Read our ship review: Princess Cruises — A Caribbean Princess Review

5 Days 5 Dinners - Caribbean Princess Dining Review - Calculated Traveller
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Have you sailed on the Caribbean Princess before? We’d love to hear what you thought about it…

For more cruise ship dining reviews check out:
Cruise Ship Specialty Dining – Caribbean Princess Crown Grill
MSC Divina Cruise Ship Dining Review – An Update


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Sadie Fletcher January 24, 2016 - 11:29 am

After a break of 3 years (health reasons) we are due to sail once again in 2 weeks time. Regal Princess around the Caribbean this time.
Well Mary, you have heightened my excitement and taste buds to a state expected from a 5 year old, and for that I thank you immensely!!!!!

Steelasophical Steel band March 12, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Lovely .. quality food changing the ole perception of standards and facilities on cruises

Nancy February 17, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Wow, I don’t often comment on any blogs but these beautifully assembled photos and mouth-watering descriptions are inspiring me to break from my usual Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines and book a Princess cruise!

Mary Chong February 18, 2015 - 8:57 am

In my opinion…there is no harm in trying all the cruise lines out! Each cruise line has their pros and their cons, but you won’t know for yourself until you try them all! PLUS it’s fun research! Thanks for commenting!

Alouise February 16, 2015 - 6:57 pm

All those dishes look so rich and delicious. I think I just gained 5 lbs reading this blog post :)

The idea of doing a cooking demonstration and touring the kitchen sounds like fun. I didn’t know that was something you could do on a cruise.

Mary Chong February 18, 2015 - 8:53 am

Not all cruise ships offer a cooking demo and tour but Princess does. If you are really into cooking and want a hands on experience Holland America Cruise lines has actual cooking classes in their own kitchen theatre that you can participate in. OH and trust me – I’m sure I gained 5lbs+¡

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