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Cruising with Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess – Part 2, F&B

Cruising with Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess – Part 2, F&B
Bon Appétit!

Bon Appétit!

In this second post, I will cover on the F&B aspect on board Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess. The ship offers a mix of free dining options and speciality diners. Specially for the Asian cruises, there are Asian cuisines catered such as laksa, hot pots and even century eggs! For those who cannot stomach all western diets, fret not if you are cruising with Sapphire Princess.

Check out these items on their Asian menu:

Yes, they serve laksa on board Sapphire Princess!

Yes, they serve laksa on board Sapphire Princess!

Hot pot ingredient (cash top-up required)

Hot pot ingredient (cash top-up required)

Char Siew Pork - this was really good and I had two servings

Char Siew Pork – this was really good and I had two servings

Nasi briyani

Nasi briyani

Satays

Satays

Chinese-style sweet and sour pork

Chinese-style sweet and sour pork

Hainanese chicken and century eggs

Hainanese chicken and century eggs

I was really surprised to see century eggs as it is definitely not something which most westerners would enjoy - it's clearly catered for the Asian market

I was really surprised to see century eggs as it is definitely not something which most westerners would enjoy – it’s clearly catered for the Asian market

For lunch on the first day, we dined at the buffet bar:

Buffet dining area

Buffet dining area

The buffet spread

The buffet spread

Bread

Bread

Pastry breads

Pastry breads

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Meat items

Meat items

Breaded shrimps

Breaded shrimps

Cookies and muffins

Cookies and muffins

Deserts galore

Deserts galore

Fruits

Fruits

We enjoyed our first night dinner at the a la carte dining hall:

Meatball spaghetti for Asher

Meatball spaghetti for Asher

Spring rolls

Spring rolls

Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup

Clear soup

Clear soup

Avocado, orange and shrimps starter

Avocado, orange and shrimps starter

Pork loin

Pork loin

Pasta main

Pasta main

Steak main

Steak main

Chocolate souffle

Chocolate souffle

Chocolate cheesecake

Chocolate cheesecake

Sweet desert

Sweet desert

The a la carte dining hall

The a la carte dining hall

For the next day breakfast, we went back to the a la carte dining hall again:

Assorted breads and pastries to choose from

Assorted breads and pastries to choose from

Pancakes

Pancakes

Bacon strips and eggs

Bacon strips and eggs

Egg benedicts

Egg benedicts

After a hearty breakfast

After a hearty breakfast

There are five main dining rooms on the ship. Dining options include Sabatini’s trattoria; Sterling Steakhouse; International Café; Vines wine bar; Alfredo’s Pizzeria; Trident Grill – poolside hamburger grill; Prego – poolside pizza bar; Sundaes ice cream bar; Horizon Court – buffet/bistro; and 24-hour room service.

Poolside bar

Poolside bar

My personal favourite was Sterling Steakhouse. For a cover charge of US$25 per pax, you get quality grilled steak and seafood in very generous portions:

The menu - cover charge of US$25 per pax

The menu – cover charge of US$25 per pax

Various cuts available in the steakhouse

Various cuts available in the steakhouse

Wine

Wine

Shrimp and pancetta bisque

Shrimp and pancetta bisque

Black tiger prawn and papaya salpicon

Black tiger prawn and papaya salpicon

Salad

Salad

Grilled fish main with breaded shrimps

Grilled fish main with breaded shrimps

I ordered an awesome surf n turf

I ordered an awesome surf n turf

The wait staff de shelled the lobster for me

The wait staff de shelled the lobster for me

#foodporn!

#foodporn!

14 ounces ribeye steak

14 ounces ribeye steak

10 ounces Filet Mignon

10 ounces Sterling cut Filet Mignon

That's a lot of meat to get you bangs for your bucks

That’s a lot of meat to get you bangs for your bucks

Pink

Pink

Assorted side dishes

Assorted side dishes

Creme brulee

Creme brulee

Chocolate lime tart

Chocolate lime tart

Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake

Kids’ favourite would have to be Alfredo’s Pizzeria, the poolside Trident Grill and the Sundaes ice cream bar. Asher loves pizzas and can wolf down half a pizza on his own:

Sundaes for everyone

Sundaes for everyone

Asher enjoying a chocolate cone

Asher enjoying a chocolate cone

Pizzeria by the pool

Pizzeria by the pool

Fresh from the oven

Fresh from the oven

Enjoying pizzas and fries with a view

Enjoying pizzas and fries with a view

Healthy pizza with avocado, tomato and mushroom toppings

Healthy pizza with avocado, tomato and mushroom toppings

Pizza always makes Asher happy

Pizza always makes Asher happy

Pizza with ham and cheese toppings

Pizza with ham and cheese toppings

Whenever we pop by the pool for a swim or to catch the breeze or a movie, Asher would always remember to ask me to get him a sundae or some fries and pizzas from the poolside F&B kiosks.

Poolside dining with a view

Poolside dining with a view

For the full dining experience on board Sapphire Princess, we even went for high tea once:

And everything stopped for tea

And everything stopped for tea

Fancy some cakes?

Fancy some cakes?

Enjoying high tea on board the ship

Enjoying high tea on board the ship

Little sandwiches

Little sandwiches

The wait staff will go around the tables serving small food items

The wait staff will go around the tables serving small food items

Scone with butter and jam

Scone with butter and jam

Taitai lifestyle

Taitai lifestyle

Throughout the 4D3N on board the ship, my family and I mostly dined at the à la carte dining halls for a more refined dining experience:

Asher enjoying his starter and learning to eat like a gentleman

Asher enjoying his starter and learning to eat like a gentleman

Meatloaf main

Meatloaf main

Steak main

Steak main

Occasionally when we feel a hunger pang in between breakfast, lunch or dinner, we will head to the buffet halls for a munch.

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This year happens to be the 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises and the kitchen has specially prepared an unique anniversary menu for guests to savour some of their best creations through the years.

We got to try this as well during one of the dinners and enjoyed ourselves very much:

The special anniversary menu

The special anniversary menu

Assorted starters

Assorted starters

Porcini mushroom cappuccino soup

Porcini mushroom cappuccino soup

Salad with balsamic and walnut vinaigrette

Salad with balsamic and walnut vinaigrette

Blueberry mojito sorbet with candied lemon

Blueberry mojito sorbet with candied lemon

Fillet of turbot with truffles chive sauce

Fillet of turbot with truffles chive sauce

Malabar peppered beef tournadoes

Malabar peppered beef tournedos

If food is what you are most concerned about when cruising, this picture-filled post should be able to address your concerns. There are plenty of food options on board the Sapphire Princess, including Asian menu items. For a pleasant surprise, do try out their anniversary menu if you cruise with them this year.

If you are interested to try out cruising with Princess Cruises, further information about their roundtrip Singapore cruises is available by calling (+65) 6922-6788,or toll- free for Malaysia at 1 800 806656, or by visiting www.princess.com.

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2 Comments

  1. grace0289

    Hi Alvin. Just to check with you. Does the Sapphire Princess offer any behind the scene tour like the one u posted in Mariners of the Sea? TQ. I’m going with my 2 year old son and family next year Jan. After reading your post, we are getting more excited. Thanks for the sharing of ur thoughts on the cruise

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  2. grace0289

    Hi Alvin. TQ for the review of the ship. My family and I will be going on this cruise in Jan 2016. Would like to find out from you, does Sapphire Princess have any behind the scene tour like the one u posted for Mariners of the Sea? Excited for our coming cruise trip. I think my 2 year old son will be happy like Asher! =)

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