Sail and Savor: Vancouver to Los Angeles
“Love, exciting and new, come aboard, we’re expecting you!” If these iconic lyrics from the “Love Boat” theme song evoke a sense of adventure and culinary delight, then you’re in for a treat.
For seasoned cruisers, the shipboard routine is familiar: evenings in the main dining rooms marked by ever-changing menus that cater to the majority of guests, bypassing the buffet’s embrace.
On the Discovery Princess, the buffet sprawls across various sections, including the World Fresh Market, The Bakery, and the Horizon Café.
The buffet unfurls its culinary prowess from dawn till dusk, offering service from about 6 AM to 11 PM, then graciously whittles it down to a selection of sandwiches for the midnight snackers.
But for those with an appetite for indulgence beyond the norm, there’s a world of specialty dining options.
For those who yearn for an elevated dining affair, there’s a world of specialty options that beckon with their exceptional offerings.
Set sail on a culinary odyssey that spans from the extraordinary 360 experience, a dining sensation worth its premium, to the elegance of the Crown Grill, the charm of the French Bistro, the Italian authenticity of Sabatini’s, and the simple pleasure of gelato and the pizzeria, where the dining experience is anything but take-away.
On the magnificent Discovery Princess, you can indulge in a symphony of flavors that extend beyond the ordinary. At the pinnacle of this culinary expedition lies the 360 Experience, an extraordinary dining sensation that lives up to its premium price tag.
The Crown Grill, a testament to timeless elegance, offers an exceptional steakhouse experience that transcends the ordinary.
For a taste of Paris, there’s the French Bistro, where classic dishes and delicate crème brûlée transport you to the heart of France. Sabatini’s Italian celebrates the rich traditions of Italian cuisine, promising an authentic journey through its flavors.
So, as you set sail on the Discovery Princess, you’ll find that the ship’s culinary landscape is a world of its own with a new place for you to love, Princess style.
It’s a voyage through flavors and culinary artistry with Chef Rudi at the helm, a celebration of the joy of shared meals with fellow passengers.
From the early morning breakfast to the midnight sandwich, from the familiar main dining rooms to the enchanting specialty dining options, this cruise is not just a journey; it’s a culinary odyssey that promises unforgettable dining experiences, delightful flavors, and the pure pleasure of good food and good company. Bon appétit, and welcome aboard!
Amidst the captivating autumn landscapes of Vancouver, BC, I embarked on an extraordinary voyage aboard the Discovery Princess.
This coastal culinary adventure would lead me from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Los Angeles, making stops in Victoria, BC, Canada, and San Francisco along the way.
While we attended press trips along the way, the cruise was paid for by me, but the specialty dining experiences were hosted by the Princess Cruise Line.
- Sail and Savor: Vancouver to Los Angeles
- The 12 Great Places To Eat Aboard the Discovery Princess Cruise Ship
- Skagway and Juneau Dining Rooms
- Feasting aboard the Discovery Princess Buffet Extravaganza
- The Salty Dog Grill on the Lido Deck
- French Bistro
- Gigi’s Pizzeria
- Princess Live Café
- Salty Dog Gastropub
- Sabatini’s Trattoria: An Italian Culinary Odyssey Aboard the Discovery Princess”
- 360 Experience
- The Crown Grill
- Things To Know About The Discovery Princess Cruise Before You Go
The 12 Great Places To Eat Aboard the Discovery Princess Cruise Ship
Skagway and Juneau Dining Rooms
As the sun gently rises over the horizon, painting the sea with golden hues, the Discovery Princess awakens to a new day of culinary delights.
Breakfast aboard this majestic vessel is not just a meal; it’s a symphony of flavors that prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.
The Skagway and Juneau Dining Rooms, the primary seated dining areas aboard, offer a service that provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of the buffet.
These dining rooms share the same menu, ensuring that wherever you choose to dine, you’re in for a treat.
Breakfast – A Sunrise Symphony:
The morning sun kisses the sea, and your day begins with a breakfast that promises both comfort and elegance.
Fresh fruit, a vibrant medley of half grapefruit, orange segments, and seasonal papaya or melon adorned with sliced bananas, sets the stage for a refreshing start.
The compotes, stewed prunes, and cinnamon-flavored apple wedges offer a touch of nostalgia, reminding you of homemade breakfasts.
Cereals take on various personas, from the hearty hot oatmeal with cream or milk to a selection of cold delights, including corn flakes, granola, all-brand, grape nuts, frosted flakes, raisin bran, special K, brand flakes, shredded wheat, Rice Krispies, and mueslix. Yogurt, either plain or fruit-flavored, adds a creamy note to your morning.
Egg dishes are crafted to your specifications, from simple pleasures like fried eggs and poached eggs on toast to the classic soft-boiled eggs.
Omelettes are made to order, whether you prefer them plain, with mushrooms, or filled with the richness of ham and cheese. For the health-conscious, egg-beaters are readily available.
From the sea, you can indulge in the smoky, velvety embrace of smoked salmon served with bagels and cream cheese. More bagels, more joy!
The grilling griddle sizzles with the aroma of buttermilk pancakes drizzled with syrup, bacon rashers, ham steaks, link sausages, and golden hash brown potatoes.
The breakfast symphony continues as you peruse the bakery’s offerings – soft and crusty rolls, croissants, Danish pastries, English muffins, fruit and bran muffins, and six-grain bread.
And what’s breakfast without your choice of beverage? Tea, American coffee, hot chocolate, and milk (or skim milk) make the perfect morning companions.
For those with a hearty appetite and a taste for tradition, the English tradition awaits you with a breakfast ensemble that includes two fried eggs, baked beans, sausage, bacon, grilled tomato, and mushrooms served with white or whole wheat toast.
And if you’re in the mood for a Hawaiian surprise, a papaya filled with a fresh fruit medley awaits, served with sour cream honey dressing.
Luncheon – A Midday Interlude:
As the sun reaches its zenith, the Skagway and Juneau Dining Rooms transform into havens of culinary exploration for lunch. The luncheon offerings are a vibrant tapestry of flavors, catering to a diverse array of palates.
Lunch begins with delightful bites, from the crispy tenderness of calamari fritti to the earthy aroma of roasted cauliflower.
The corn chowder warms your soul with its creamy, comforting embrace, while the colossal fries, served with truffle aioli, cheese sauce, and mayonnaise, indulge your craving for something indulgent.
The street tacos present a choice of fish, chicken, or vegetable, all nestled in a warm corn tortilla. Thai spring rolls add an international twist to your midday meal, and the passion fruit yogurt offers a tangy and refreshing note.
If you’re feeling indulgent and willing to explore premium offerings under $20, the seafood salad is a captivating choice, showcasing the treasures of the sea. The lobster roll is a true maritime delight, and the beef tenderloin is a masterpiece of flavors and textures.
Lunch Mains – A Symphony of Flavors:
The lunch mains in the Skagway and Juneau Dining Rooms offer a remarkable variety of dishes, ensuring there’s something to please every palate. The Cobb salad is a classic favorite, boasting a medley of fresh ingredients that harmonize beautifully.
If you’re in the mood for something light and vibrant, the quinoa salmon poke bowl is a delightful choice, combining the richness of salmon with the healthful quinoa.
The Monte Cristo, a sandwich legend, brings layers of flavor with its combination of ham, turkey, and cheese, all served on golden, crisp bread.
The club sandwich is a timeless classic, while the hot chili dog adds a touch of indulgence with its bold flavors.
Vegetarian diners will appreciate the signature burger, available with a vegetarian patty upon request. For a comforting and hearty option, the baked vegetarian macaroni pasta is a must-try.
Indulge your love for cheese and pasta with the mac and cheese or savor the flavors of a farmer’s omelet. Buttermilk fried chicken and waffles add a touch of Southern comfort to your meal, and the spaghetti aglio olio is a timeless Italian favorite.
The seafood curry is a vibrant and aromatic dish, while the Mediterranean beef and pork meatballs take you on a culinary journey to the heart of the Mediterranean.
Lunch Sweets – A Sweet Note:
As your midday culinary journey nears its end, it’s time to indulge your sweet tooth with a selection of desserts.
The New York-style cheesecake with fresh strawberries is a divine treat, balancing the creamy richness of the cheesecake with the vibrant flavors of ripe strawberries.
The double chocolate tart with crème anglaise is a chocolate lover’s dream, a symphony of deep, luscious cocoa flavors.
The Sunday dessert is a delightful indulgence, with vanilla ice cream, fudge, chopped nuts, marshmallows, and whipped cream coming together to create a dessert that’s pure happiness.
For those who prefer a sugar-free option, the sugar-free coconut cake with raspberry sauce offers a guilt-free way to satisfy your dessert cravings.
The chocoholic cheesecake with hazelnut chocolate sauce is a cocoa lover’s delight, with the rich, nutty notes of hazelnut complementing the dark chocolate.
The French vanilla bean crème brûlée is a classic dessert that combines the silky richness of crème brûlée with the fragrant aroma of vanilla beans.
It’s a dessert that’s both elegant and comforting, with the sugar cane crust adding a delightful contrast in texture. The accompanying lemon madeleines offer a zesty, citrusy note to the dessert.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit more interactive, you can create your own sundae, selecting from vanilla or chocolate ice cream or orange sorbet, and topping it with your choice of strawberries, chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, or pineapple, all crowned with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
Dinner – A Night of Culinary Artistry:
As the sun dips below the horizon and the stars twinkle in the night sky, the Skagway and Juneau Dining Rooms transform into elegant venues for a memorable dinner.
Tonight and every night, the culinary magic is led by Princess Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, a luminary of Princess Culinary Arts and author of “Food Faces: 150 Feasts for the Eyes.”
With a dedicated team of over 400 cooks, assistant staff, and dishwashers, each galley boasts its own experts, including butchers, fishmongers, pastry chefs, and vegetarian culinary artists. Together, they exemplify teamwork and culinary artistry that emerges from the heart.
This evening, they’ve prepared a menu that reflects their passion for the art of cooking. It’s a selection of courses that offer a variety of flavors, each better when paired with the other. The starters set the stage for an extraordinary culinary journey.
The vegetable terrine presents layers of roasted bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, and artichokes, all crowned with a delicate tomato jelly and served with a tomato and basil coulis. It’s a testament to the art of presentation and taste.
The Vol-Au-Vent, le Grande Chef, is a delicate puff pastry that overflows with luxuriant cherry-infused, tarragon-scented lobster and shrimp bisque. It’s a delightful blend of textures and flavors that’s a true testament to Chef Rudi’s artistry.
For a refreshing start, the wild mixed greens are served with roasted shrimp and shaved fennel, creating a harmonious salad that’s both vibrant and light.
The chilled ginger carrot coconut soup is a masterpiece of contrasts, with the spicy kick of ginger balanced by the creamy coconut, all drizzled with lime crème fraiche and sprinkled with fried leek confetti. It’s a soup that awakens the palate.
The Oxtail soup en croute is a hearty and flavorful delight, with julienne leeks and seasonal vegetables topped with a light pastry crown. It’s a soup that’s a comforting embrace on a chilly evening.
The pasta course brings a touch of Italy to your dinner with the spaghetti alla carbonara, a classic Roman dish featuring bacon and peas. It’s a comforting and satisfying dish that’s simple yet rich in flavor.
For the main course, you’re presented with a selection of options that cater to a variety of tastes. The oven-baked vegetable tart is a delightful vegetarian choice, with a medley of vegetables nestled in a flaky pastry shell.
The twice-baked garlic cream goat cheese soufflé is a masterpiece of culinary artistry, with the lightness of the soufflé contrasting beautifully with the richness of the goat cheese.
The rack of lamb is a classic choice, expertly prepared and served with a delectable sauce that enhances its flavors. It’s a dish that’s both elegant and satisfying.
The grilled bone-in chicken breast is a testament to the art of grilling, with the smoky, charred flavors of the grill enhancing the succulence of the chicken.
For those who crave the ultimate indulgence, the Beef Wellington with truffle Madeira Demi glace is a must-try. It’s a dish that’s both luxurious and timeless, a true masterpiece of culinary art.
The Princess favorites showcase the best of Princess Cruises’ culinary offerings, from the iconic shrimp cocktail to the classic Caesar salad. The French onion soup is a comforting choice, with its rich, savory flavors.
The fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta lover’s dream, with its creamy, indulgent sauce. The Alaska salmon is a true maritime delight, expertly prepared to showcase the flavors of the sea.
The pan-roasted chicken breast is a classic choice, with a succulent texture and a flavorful sauce that enhances its taste.
For those looking to enhance their dining experience, there are options available at a modest additional cost. The 7-ounce filet mignon is a choice for those who appreciate the rich, savory flavors of a perfectly grilled steak.
The six to seven-ounce lobster tail is a maritime delight, showcasing the best of the sea. And for those who want the ultimate surf and turf experience, “The perfect match” offers a filet plus lobster tail, paired with your choice of sides, for a truly indulgent experience.
Desserts are the grand finale of your culinary journey, and they don’t disappoint. The Princess Love Boat dream is a heart-shaped dessert that features layers of chocolate, raspberry mousse, and vanilla raspberry cream on a shortbread cookie base. It’s a dessert that’s as delightful to look at as it is to taste.
The lychee, raspberry, and rose mousse is a delicate and refreshing choice, with the exotic flavors of lychee and rose adding a unique twist to the classic raspberry.
The chocolate tart with vanilla crème anglaise is a cocoa lover’s dream, with the rich, indulgent flavors of chocolate contrasting beautifully with the silky crème anglaise.
The iced Cointreau soufflé is a masterpiece of culinary art, with the lightness of the soufflé and the zesty kick of Cointreau creating a delightful contrast.
For those looking for a sugar-free option, the sugar-free coconut cake with raspberry sauce offers a guilt-free way to indulge your sweet tooth. It’s a dessert that’s both light and satisfying.
The chocoholic cheesecake with hazelnut chocolate sauce is a cocoa lover’s delight, with the rich, indulgent flavors of chocolate complemented by the nutty notes of hazelnut.
The French vanilla bean crème brûlée is a classic choice, with its silky texture and fragrant aroma of vanilla beans. The sugar cane crust adds a delightful contrast in texture, and the lemon madeleines are a zesty and citrusy addition to the dessert.
And if you want to create your own sweet masterpiece, the “create your own sundae” option allows you to choose from vanilla or chocolate ice cream or orange sorbet, and then top it with your choice of strawberries, chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, or pineapple, all crowned with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
Feasting aboard the Discovery Princess Buffet Extravaganza
When it comes to dining on the Discovery Princess, the culinary adventure doesn’t stop at the main dining rooms and specialty restaurants.
The ship boasts a buffet experience that spans multiple sections along the Lido Deck that cater to every craving and desire.
World Fresh Marketplace, The Bakery, and Horizon Cafe are the stars of this buffet extravaganza, each offering a delightful array of culinary delights that will leave your taste buds tingling and your heart content.
The World Fresh Marketplace is the culinary crossroads where breakfast, lunch, and dinner become a harmonious symphony of flavors. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by a bountiful spread that caters to the heartiest of appetites and the most discerning palates.
At breakfast, your senses will awaken to the scent of sautéed mushrooms, the freshness of ripe papayas, and the comforting warmth of oatmeal.
Whether you’re in the mood for peanut butter, honey, mustard, or curry paste, you’ll find every condiment your taste buds desire.
Your journey through the buffet starts with an array of options. Mixed sausages with peppers, grilled mixed vegetables, steamed cauliflower, sautéed cabbage, open-faced egg frittatas, parsley potatoes, and more await your selection. The choices are as diverse as they are delicious, from beef tacos to cold cuts and anchovies to cream cheese.
For those who prefer classic breakfast fare, there’s a tempting selection of hard-boiled eggs, biscuits, and chicken congee. While on the sweeter side, choose from plain and gluten-free pancakes, both with or without raisins.
In the evenings, dinner offerings rival breakfast in their variety. Roasted mixed sausages with bell peppers, sautéed cabbage, and beef pan brioche stand out, and the array of dishes ranges from classic American bacon to roasted red bliss potatoes.
As you step into the World Fresh Marketplace, don’t forget to visit The Pastry Shop. It’s a haven for those with a sweet tooth and a passion for baked delights.
The tantalizing aroma of freshly baked bread fills the air, setting the stage for your morning indulgence. Beautifully braided bread in the shape of a heart graces the displays, an invitation to start your day with the “bread and butter of life.”
But it’s not just about bread; it’s about celebrating the art of baking. Banana bread, açai strawberry Chia seed croissants, and crêpes topped with powdered sugar and an array of toppings are all yours to enjoy.
For those who appreciate a healthier start, yogurt accompanied by granola, dried fruit, and a variety of oatmeals is readily available. Dry cereals such as frosted flakes, cornflakes, and bran are presented with milk products to suit all tastes.
Don’t forget to pair your pastries with a delightful assortment of condiments: jellies, peanut butter, apricot jam, strawberry jam, chocolate frosting, whipped cream, and a selection of toppings including marshmallows, chocolate chips, and rainbow sprinkles.
As you move further into the Lido Deck, you’ll come across Horizon Bistro. It offers a more intimate dining experience and a perfect spot to grab some refreshments. It’s also the easiest place to grab your own cup of water, tea, or coffee.
Here, you’ll find more of the same delectable options offered in the World Fresh Marketplace but in a cozier setting. It’s a great place to grab water, iced tea, lemonade, or hot water for tea or coffee.
While you can enjoy similar foods as in the World Fresh Marketplace, Horizon Bistro is especially known for its pastry shop, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a quick yet delicious bite.
Decked with bread displays and the aroma of freshly baked pastries, this little gem offers a beautiful selection of hard rolls, soft rolls, sliced bread, crunchy rolls, and croissants. It’s the perfect place to kickstart your day, satisfying your cravings with the ultimate comfort food.
So whether you prefer the vast variety of the World Fresh Marketplace or the intimate charm of Horizon Bistro, you’re guaranteed a delightful start to your culinary adventure on the Discovery Princess.
In summary, the buffet experience on the Discovery Princess is a culinary journey that spans the globe and offers a little something for everyone.
World Fresh Market, The Bakery, and Horizon Cafe are the culinary stars of this show, each offering a unique and delightful array of dishes that cater to every palate.
Whether you’re in the mood for a global breakfast, a bread lover’s delight, or a buffet extravaganza, the Discovery Princess buffet experience has you covered. Bon appétit!
Nestled poolside on the bustling Lido Deck of the Discovery Princess, Slice is a slice of heaven for pizza enthusiasts. As you approach, the tantalizing scent of freshly baked dough wafts through the air, beckoning you closer.
The vibrant display showcases a mouthwatering assortment of pizzas, each slice a canvas of flavors waiting to be discovered.
There’s the classic allure of cheesy pepperoni, the rustic charm of a vegetarian slice, and a feast of other options to explore.
Every slice glistens with the promise of rich, bubbling cheese and vibrant toppings. It’s not just about grabbing a bite; it’s a culinary adventure.
And the best part? Slice is more than a pizzeria; it’s a rendezvous with a beloved classic served in an ambiance filled with the joyful hum of fellow diners, making it the ultimate go-to for a slice or two of pizza perfection on the high seas.
The Salty Dog Grill on the Lido Deck
For those who appreciate a taste of the classics, the Salty Dog Grill, nestled on the lively Lido Deck of the Discovery Princess, is a welcome sight.
This charming eatery embraces the nostalgia of old cruise ships with its offerings of juicy hamburgers, mouthwatering cheeseburgers, and the comforting allure of chili dogs.
The menu extends its warm welcome with veggie burgers, crispy fries, and tender chicken tenders, catering to a variety of tastes.
It’s a reassuring reminder that even as we journey into the future of cruise dining, there’s something undeniably satisfying about the flavors that harken back to simpler times.
Whether it’s a nod to nostalgia or a treat for the grandkids, the Salty Dog Grill serves up the tastes we know and love with a dash of timeless charm.
Indulging in a culinary voyage onboard the Discovery Princess isn’t limited to just its world-class restaurants. One such delightful dining destination is the French Bistro.
Nestled on the ship’s vibrant Promenade Deck, the French Bistro is a culinary haven where exquisite French cuisine blends seamlessly with a cozy and inviting ambiance.
Step into this charming eatery, and you’ll find yourself transported to the romantic streets of Paris, complete with rustic wooden accents and dimmed lighting that exudes an intimate warmth.
The menu at the French Bistro is a culinary love letter to France. It’s a symphony of flavors inspired by the country’s rich culinary heritage.
Begin your gastronomic journey with classic French appetizers like Escargot de Bourgogne, where tender snails are perfectly paired with garlic, parsley, and butter, or the delightful French Onion Soup topped with bubbling Gruyère cheese.
The well-curated wine list allows you to pair your selections with a variety of fine French wines, enhancing the overall experience.
For the main course, the French Bistro’s menu boasts a delectable array of options. Dive into Coq au Vin, a traditional French dish featuring chicken slow-cooked in red wine with mushrooms and bacon.
The Butter-Poached Lobster Tail is a luxurious treat, accompanied by a rich lobster sauce and tender asparagus. Or savor the Beef Bourguignon, tender beef simmered in red wine with carrots, pearl onions, and bacon, served over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes.
Each dish is a masterful blend of authentic French flavors, ensuring a memorable journey through the heart of France.
To complete your French culinary adventure, explore the dessert offerings. The Crème Brûlée is an undisputed favorite, its velvety custard concealing a layer of perfectly caramelized sugar.
The Tarte Tatin, a classic French upside-down caramelized apple tart, will satisfy your sweet tooth with its heavenly combination of flaky pastry and sweet, tender apples.
And don’t forget to pair your dessert with a robust espresso or a fine French liqueur for a perfect ending to your dining experience.
Eating at the French Bistro aboard the Discovery Princess is more than just a meal; it’s a journey into the heart of French cuisine.
With each bite, you’ll discover the exquisite flavors and culinary traditions of France, all within the elegant and cozy atmosphere of this enchanting bistro.
Whether you’re a dedicated foodie or simply seeking a romantic and memorable evening, dining at the French Bistro is a gourmet adventure you won’t want to miss during your cruise.
Gigi’s Pizzeria offers pizza enthusiasts a delectable escape. This Italian-inspired pizzeria is where you can experience the joy of sharing a piping hot, full-sized pizza with your party.
The menu is an ode to the classics, featuring a variety of mouthwatering pizzas crafted with premium ingredients.
Whether you’re savoring a timeless Margherita or diving into a slice of pepperoni perfection, Gigi’s serves up slices of culinary bliss.
Sit back and unwind in the open Promenade Deck atmosphere, often accompanied by live music in the atrium, providing the perfect backdrop for a delightful pizza night.
While it might come at a slightly higher price point, the experience and the taste are worth every penny, making Gigi’s Pizzeria an ideal choice for those who appreciate the finer side of pizza.
Princess Live Café
Princess Live Café, although not primarily a dining venue, plays a unique and invaluable role in enhancing the onboard experience. It serves as a central hub for something truly remarkable – the OceanNow by Princess.
With a one-time setup charge, guests can tap into the convenience of having their meals delivered to them, right where they are, whether it’s in the middle of a thrilling trivia game, during an enthralling show, or while they’re engaged in a multitude of other activities.
This innovative service is a game-changer for those looking to maximize their time onboard, offering a seamless solution for uninterrupted enjoyment.
It ensures that you can kick off your next adventure, whether it’s another trivia showdown or any other exciting pursuit, with a delicious meal delivered right to your location.
The Princess Live Café, while not the source of the meals, becomes a vital link in this culinary journey, providing the gateway to an elevated dining experience tailored to your schedule and preferences.
Salty Dog Gastropub
The Salty Dog Gastropub, a cherished gem on the Discovery Princess that comes alive in the evenings, making it the perfect dinner destination for those seeking a culinary adventure. If you’re yearning for a dining experience that’s far from ordinary, this is the place to be.
The Gastropub offers a refined twist on classic comfort foods, reimagining them with flair and creativity. It’s an ode to hearty meals and good times, where nostalgia meets innovation in a delightful fusion.
As the sun begins its descent, the cozy ambiance of the Salty Dog Gastropub beckons you to indulge in a menu brimming with delectable surprises.
From the very first bite to the last, your taste buds are in for an unforgettable journey. Expect a symphony of flavors, as each dish is a carefully crafted masterpiece that elevates the familiar to new heights.
The menu features a tantalizing selection of appetizers, main courses, and decadent desserts. The hearty fare includes classic favorites with a twist, like gourmet burgers piled high with unique toppings, handcrafted sausages, and tempting poutine creations that are pure comfort in every bite.
The Gastropub’s culinary team has a knack for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, giving each dish its own signature flair.
And let’s not forget about the libations. The drink menu is equally impressive, offering a curated list of craft beers, cocktails, and a thoughtfully chosen selection of wines.
Pairing the perfect drink with your meal is an art here, and the skilled bartenders are more than happy to assist in your selection.
The Salty Dog Gastropub isn’t just a meal; it’s an experience. Whether you’re sharing laughter and stories with friends or savoring a romantic dinner for two, the atmosphere is warm and inviting.
It’s a place where you can relish in the joy of good company and good food. So, if you’re looking for an evening filled with flavorful surprises and unforgettable moments, be sure to make a reservation at the Salty Dog Gastropub. Your taste buds will thank you, and your evening will be filled with fun and flavor to remember.
Sabatini’s Trattoria: An Italian Culinary Odyssey Aboard the Discovery Princess”
Ready to feel transported to the heart of Italy? Where the air is filled with the tantalizing aroma of freshly prepared pasta and the sound of clinking glasses resonates through charming alleyways.
Sabatini’s, the fine dining jewel of the Discovery Princess, is an Italian culinary experience that promises to whisk you away to the enchanting world of Mediterranean flavors.
Signature Pastas – Handcrafted Elegance:
Sabatini’s takes pride in crafting signature pastas from scratch every day in their pasta room. It’s a testament to their commitment to authenticity and the essence of Italian cuisine. As you embark on your culinary journey at Sabatini’s, prepare your taste buds for a symphony of pasta delights.
The meat tortellini with veal jus and sage butter is a luxurious indulgence, showcasing the impeccable pairing of tender veal, aromatic sage, and a luscious butter sauce. It’s a dish that’s both rich and delicate, a true embodiment of Italian culinary artistry.
Pappardelle noodles with chicken ragout offer a more rustic yet equally enchanting experience. The pappardelle, broad and flat, cradle the hearty chicken ragout, creating a comforting and satisfying dish that’s quintessentially Italian.
Mains – A Culinary Symphony:
The mains at Sabatini’s reflect the rich tapestry of Italian flavors. The chef’s salad is a vibrant and fresh start, with a medley of ingredients that harmonize beautifully.
For a taste of classic maritime flavors, the bagel and lox is a delightful choice. It’s a tribute to the timeless pairing of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and a bagel.
The skilled fried sole with lemon and parsley is a masterpiece of simplicity and elegance, allowing the natural flavors of the sole to shine, enhanced by the zesty notes of lemon and fragrant parsley.
Parmesan chicken is a dish that encapsulates the rich and savory essence of Italian cooking. The parmesan crust adds a delightful crunch to each bite.
Irish lamb stew brings a touch of Ireland to your Italian culinary journey, with tender pieces of lamb and a savory broth that’s both comforting and flavorful.
The baked yellow pepper is a vegetarian delight, with a vibrant pepper filled with a medley of ingredients that offer a burst of flavors and textures.
Desserts – A Sweet Italian Finale:
As your Italian culinary odyssey reaches its sweet conclusion, the desserts at Sabatini’s are a testament to the art of indulgence. The double chocolate fudge cake with a mocha sauce is a cocoa lover’s dream, with layers of rich chocolate complemented by the subtle kick of mocha.
The blueberry roulade with mascarpone cream offers a taste of Italian elegance, with the sweet-tart notes of blueberries and the creamy richness of mascarpone.
Cherry trifle is a classic dessert, with layers of pound cake, vanilla custard, cherries, and whipped cream creating a delightful and indulgent medley of flavors and textures.
For those who want to explore a variety of frozen delights, the gelato options offer a rainbow of flavors. From the vibrant torrentino to the nutty richness of pistachio, the cool mint chocolate to the refreshing honeydew, and the creamy allure of frozen yogurt, there’s something to please every palate.
Sabatini’s aboard the Discovery Princess is not just a restaurant; it’s a journey through the soul of Italy. From handcrafted pastas that celebrate the essence of Italian cuisine to mains that span a spectrum of flavors, and desserts that offer a sweet finale, every moment at Sabatini’s is a celebration of Italian culinary artistry.
Whether you’re indulging in a comforting bowl of meat tortellini or savoring the rich flavors of Parmesan chicken, Sabatini’s transports you to the heart of Italy, where every bite is a taste of la dolce vita. Buon appetito!
As the sun began its descent, casting a warm glow over the horizon, we embarked on the epicurean adventure known as the 360 Experience.
We gathered outside the Salty Dog with fashionable drinks, blue with alcohol, cream colored without with the 360-logo drawn in a chickpea foam. Formal portraits of each couple ensured memories would last past the evening as well as featuring prominently through our night.
Led by the maître d and celebrated by the crew as we entered this dining in the round, the excitement was palpable as we gathered in this enigmatic room, knowing that only 20 fortunate souls per seating, only two seatings each night, would have the privilege of joining this culinary voyage.
As the evening unfolded, the immersive qualities of the 360 Experience left us awestruck. It wasn’t just the culinary creations that dazzled our senses; it was the entire environment that came to life.
The walls that enclosed us weren’t just walls; they were an integral part of the show. As we savored each course, our attention was drawn not only to the tasteful dishes but also to the vibrant narratives that unfolded around us.
What truly added to the magic were the tables themselves, becoming dynamic canvases in this extraordinary story. At first, our gaze was drawn to the walls, where vivid colors and tales painted a fascinating narrative. But then, as if by some enchantment, the tables too became part of the spectacle.
We watched lemons seemingly roll across the tabletops, and powerful bulls stampede with a dynamic force. Enchanting bees danced through the air and bustling carts crossed our path, each element adding to the enchanting storyline.
It was a feast not just for our palates but for our imagination, a delightful twist that turned an already exceptional evening into an unforgettable journey that engaged all of our senses.
And now, let’s talk about the pièce de résistance, the real star of the show – the menu. You see, each element of this tantalizing journey was woven into a seamless narrative by the velvety voice of our storyteller, the illustrious Brooke Shields.
With her guidance, we traversed through Mediterranean flavors and culinary traditions, all through a multi-sensory experience that left us spellbound.
We began our culinary journey in Greece with Greek Mezze, mini handmade pita rolls that were the embodiment of tradition accompanied by the cooling embrace of Tzatziki yogurt sauce, where cucumber and mint danced in harmony.
On the plate, Greek Kalamata and Chalkidiki olives, marinated in crushed garlic, aromatic herbs, and citrus zest, were a revelation of taste. As we savored the harmony of flavors, the Greek extra virgin olive oil took us on a journey to the sun-soaked Greek islands.
Our next stop, Italy, greeted us with the famous Mozzarella di Bufala, a true Italian delicacy. Paired with heirloom tomatoes, basil leaves, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction, and basil oil, it was a symphony of simplicity and pure flavors. The culinary magic continued with long, thin spaghetti enveloped in an oven-roasted lemon sauce, zest, and Italian parsley.
Spain, with its rich culinary traditions, beckoned us with the finest in Spanish cured meats, Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, and Serrano, together with Pan con Tomate.
The crisp toast, crowned with juicy tomatoes, was the perfect prelude to the grand showcase – the Grilled Filet of Beef, adorned with a fried eggplant, roasted baby carrots, all dressed in Demi-glace and truffle butter. But the surprise was the harmonious partnership with grilled shrimp.
The vegetarian offering was nothing short of remarkable. Fried cauliflower on a bed of Jicama cream, green asparagus, edible flower petals, and a roasted leek, cannellini bean, and chickpea salad.
The plate was a visual masterpiece with roasted rainbow carrots and a trio of mushrooms, all brought together by a roasted eggplant sauce, black truffle, and truffle oil.
Throughout the evening, Brooke Shields masterfully narrated each course, adding a layer of depth to our culinary exploration
One of the highlights was the captivating tale of a couple who harvest wine from the depths of the sea, a place where it matures more gracefully and swiftly than it does on land. It was an enchanting revelation that added another layer of mystique to our already extraordinary evening.
In the end, this magical gastronomic journey was etched into our memories. It was a symphony of flavors, an ode to the Mediterranean, and an unforgettable 360-degree celebration of the senses.
The Crown Grill
Onboard the Discovery Princess, The Crown Grill awaits, promising an unparalleled dining experience that marries the finest aged beef, fresh seafood, delectable appetizers, mouthwatering sides, and an artisanal salt selection.
Guided by a dedicated salt sommelier, this culinary gem invites you to elevate your senses to new heights.
As we journey through The Crown Grill’s offerings, we’ll also immerse ourselves in its enchanting ambiance, explore its menu highlights, and indulge in its sumptuous desserts.
Like A Gentleman’s Retreat by the Sea
As the Discovery Princess set course from Vancouver, the coastal breeze carried with it the promise of an unforgettable culinary journey.
The dining room at The Crown Grill transported me to an era reminiscent of an old manor home, where rich, dark wood and intricate panels adorned the walls, akin to a gentleman’s study in a country estate.
This warm and inviting ambiance, enhanced by soft lighting and tasteful décor, set the stage for an evening of unparalleled dining.
It’s a place where taste and luxury harmonize, and every detail is thoughtfully curated to elevate your senses.
Exquisite Cuts and Fresh Seafood
The Crown Grill prides itself on its extensive menu, showcasing the finest cuts of aged beef, including the tender New York Strip and the delectable Porterhouse steak.
Seafood enthusiasts will relish the array of fresh catches, from succulent lobster tail to Alaskan King crab legs.
The menu reflects a commitment to sourcing only the highest quality ingredients, with a coastal touch that resonates within the rustic elegance of the dining space.
Filet Mignon, A Personal Favorite
And for those who appreciate the pinnacle of beef, The Crown Grill proudly serves my personal favorite cut, the Filet Mignon.
This melt-in-your-mouth steak is a testament to the restaurant’s dedication to offering a diverse and exquisite selection of cuts.
It’s a dish that never fails to delight the palate and elevate the dining experience to new heights.
Pair your protein selection with a fine wine from their extensive collection, thoughtfully curated to complement your meal and the breathtaking coastal views that might remind you of gazing out from a countryside estate, except it’s water, not grass.
Mouthwatering Starters and Sides
Commence your culinary journey with appetizers like the Lobster Cake or Grilled Tiger Prawns, celebrating the flavors of the coast. These dishes are expertly prepared, reflecting the chef’s dedication to creating memorable flavors.
Enhance your main course with an array of delectable side dishes, such as the indulgent Roasted Marrow Bone & Shallot Mashed Potatoes, the classic Baked Potato, the creamy Garlic and Herb French Fries, the rich Mashed Potato, the crisp Grilled Asparagus, the velvety Creamed Spinach, or the savory Sautéed Mushrooms.
Each bite encapsulates the essence of the region, while you bask in the ambiance reminiscent of a gentleman’s country retreat.
An Artisanal Salt Experience
At The Crown Grill, the dining experience goes beyond exceptional cuts of meat and seafood. It extends to the finer details, including an artisanal salt selection that invites you to embark on a unique culinary journey.
A dedicated salt sommelier stands ready to guide you through a selection of gourmet salts, each offering a distinct flavor profile. Choose from:
- Hawaiian Black Salt (from Hiwa Kai): Combined with activated charcoal, this solar-evaporated Pacific sea salt boasts a stunning black color, silky texture, and natural saline flavor that adds depth and complexity to your dishes.
- Smoked Applewood Salt (from Yakima, WA): Infused with the sweetness of applewood from the Yakima Valley, this smoked sea salt imparts a subtle fruit and wood taste, elevating the flavors of your meal.
- Himalayan Mountain Pink Salt: Experience this exotic ingredient that boasts a robust salt and mineral flavor, said to provide numerous health benefits and aid in detoxification. It adds a unique depth to your culinary experience.
A Coastal Culinary Experience
Dining at The Crown Grill aboard the Discovery Princess Cruise Ship is a distinct experience, with the coastal backdrop adding to the allure.
The attentive and friendly staff go above and beyond to ensure every guest has a memorable journey, with a hint of coastal hospitality in their service.
Their expertise in the menu, wine pairings, and the art of salt selection makes the dining experience both educational and delightful, all within the cozy embrace of the manor-like dining room.
No coastal culinary journey is complete without a sweet finale, and The Crown Grill presents an array of delightful desserts to choose from, including:
- Gluten-Free Apple and Rhubarb Cobbler: A comforting blend of sweet apples and tangy rhubarb, perfectly baked to a golden perfection.
- Key Lime Pie Bar: A zesty and creamy treat that captures the essence of the coast in every bite.
- Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée Cheesecake: A decadent fusion of caramel, cheesecake, and the classic crème brûlée, creating a symphony of flavors.
- Triple Chocolate Treasure: A delightful surprise that tantalizes the taste buds with layers of rich chocolate goodness and includes two mini chocolate macarons.
- Warm Chocolate Mousse Trifle: A heavenly concoction of warm chocolate mousse, inviting you to savor the indulgence.
Each dessert is a masterpiece designed to leave a lasting impression, capturing the essence of the coastal regions visited along the way, while you savor the ambiance that echoes the charm of an old manor home.
And yes, the server laughed, incredulous, when I requested dessert served first. I chose the Triple Chocolate Treasure and enjoyed it tremendously.
Things To Know About The Discovery Princess Cruise Before You Go
Booking a table at The Crown Grill and other specialty restaurants is essential for those seeking an extraordinary dining experience. Here’s how you can secure your place at this culinary haven:
1. Online Reservations: The Discovery Princess offers a convenient online reservation system on their website. Simply log in to your account or create one if you haven’t already and select your preferred dining date and time at The Crown Grill. It’s a straightforward process that allows you to plan your culinary adventure in advance.
2. Contact the Concierge: For those who prefer a more personalized touch, the ship’s concierge is at your service. You can contact them directly to make reservations, inquire about availability, or even request special arrangements for celebrations or dietary preferences.
3. Early Booking: Given the popularity of The Crown Grill, especially during the October coastal voyage, it’s advisable to make your reservations as early as possible. This ensures that you secure your preferred dining time and date, guaranteeing a seamless and delightful experience.
4. Special Occasions: If you’re celebrating a special occasion, be sure to inform the staff when making your reservation. The Crown Grill team goes above and beyond to make your moments unforgettable, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or any other significant event.
5. Group Dining: For larger groups or gatherings, The Crown Grill can accommodate parties of various sizes. Contact the restaurant in advance to discuss your group’s needs and make the necessary arrangements for a memorable dining experience.
As you plan your voyage from Vancouver to Los Angeles on the Discovery Princess, make The Crown Grill and 360 dining focal points of your culinary journey.
With its old-world charm, exquisite menu, artisanal salt selection, and an array of delectable desserts, The Crown Grill is a dining experience that engages all the senses and elevates your palate.
The coastal beauty of the regions visited, combined with the warm ambiance of this gentleman’s retreat, promises a dining adventure like no other.
Reserve your table early and set sail on a coastal culinary odyssey that celebrates the essence of the sea, the flavors of the coast, and the luxury of The Crown Grill.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first cruise, this dining experience is sure to leave a lasting impression and become a cherished memory of your voyage aboard the Discovery Princess.
Dining aboard the Discovery Princess is not just a meal; it’s an epicurean journey. Whether you’re savoring the flavors of breakfast in the Skagway and Juneau Dining Rooms or indulging in the culinary artistry of specialty dinners, each meal is a celebration of taste, presentation, and experience.
With a team of culinary experts led by Princess Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, the Discovery Princess offers a dining experience that’s both elegant and satisfying.
From the fresh and vibrant breakfast options to the indulgent delights of lunch and the culinary artistry.
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Gail Clifford, MD, a physician for more than 25 years, has traveled to five continents and all 50 United States. An avid traveler, she happily goes on new adventures, especially on birthdays. Multi-generational travel remains a treasured pastime. She divides her time between Ireland and the U.S. You can find her on Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.