One of the best new cruise ships for 2022 has just set sail! Princess Cruises’ 6th Royal Class ship, Discovery Princess, is now sailing from the West Coast. We are back from the first sailing on this ship and have put together this Discovery Princess Restaurant Guide with menus so you can see what is available at the different restaurants onboard.
Discovery Princess Restaurant Guide With Menus
Complimentary Discovery Princess Restaurants
There are several dining options that are included in your cruise fare with Princess Cruises. These include the main dining rooms, the World Fresh Marketplace buffet, and many other casual options. With so many great offerings, you certainly do not have to pay extra for dining (if you don’t want to). Though, this new ship also offers a variety of specialty restaurants that are worth a try.
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International Café (Deck 5)
The International Café is your go-to spot 24 hours a day. This venue serves up breakfast sandwiches and pastries in the morning as well as sandwiches, cookies, and other snacks throughout the day.
The International Café is also the coffee bar on Princess Cruises. This is the spot to get your favorite lattes, cappuccinos, and other espresso based drinks. These items will cost extra unless you have one of the Princess Cruises drink packages.
In comparison to similar venues on other cruise lines, we did think the food selections, especially for lunch, were a step above the competition.
Main Dining Rooms (Decks 5 & 6)
Discovery Princess has three main dining rooms. The Juneau Dining Room is on Deck 5, and the Skagway and Ketchikan Dining Rooms are on Deck 6. Given we were sailing at 63% capacity, the Juneau dining room was not open on our cruise.
With Princess Cruises Dine My Way, guests have the ability to choose a more traditional approach to dining or a more freestyle approach. You can choose to dine at the same time every night or make varying reservations based on your schedule. You can also select a private table or choose to dine with others.
Regardless of venue, each dining room offers the same rotational menu that changes nightly. In addition to the nightly selections, there are always Princess Favorites on the menu, which include pasta, salmon, and chicken options.
Princess Cruises does offer lobster on the second formal night. Some of our favorite dishes included the beef tenderloin, duck a l’orange, signature pasta dishes, beef wellington, baked Alaska, and caramel pecan cheesecake.
These venues are open daily from 5-9:30 pm for dinner.
One dining room is also open for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea. It is open daily for breakfast from 7/7:30 to 9/9:30 am. There is a standard menu, with two specials that change daily, such as a Mexican Omelet or an English Traditional Breakfast.
On our cruise, the main dining room was open for lunch on four days from around 12 to1:30 pm.
The afternoon tea service is offered daily from 3-4 pm.
Gigi’s Pizzeria (Deck 7)
Gigi’s Pizzeria is perhaps our favorite Discovery Princess casual restaurant. This sit-down venue is open daily from 11:30 am-10 pm serving up delicious gourmet pizzas day and night. Further, there is an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs craft your personal pie.
The menu also features a few soups, salads, calzones, and desserts. With classic pizza options from Margherita and Pepperoni to the signature selections, you can’t go wrong. With one bite, you’ll know why Princess is rated as having the best pizza at sea!
The best part is that this restaurant in complimentary. Though, do plan to arrive early as it is also very popular.
You can even use the OceanNow feature to have a pizza delivered to you anywhere on the ship (for a small fee).
Slice (Deck 16)
This additional pizza station is located portside on the pool deck, offering plenty of selections for a snack while lounging poolside. Try a slice of the award-winning Neapolitan-style pizza with just cheese or sample one of the daily selections.
Slice is open daily from 11 am to 10 pm.
Salty Dog Grill (Deck 16)
Also located on the pool deck, on the starboard side of the ship, is the Salty Dog Grill. This burger bar features handmade gourmet burgers, street tacos, hot dogs, select sandwiches, and loaded fries.
Whether you are lounging by the pool or have just returned from a day ashore, this grill will satisfy your cravings.
The Salty Dog Grill is generally open from 11 am to 10 pm. On port days, the venue sometimes opens later in the afternoon.
Swirls (Deck 16)
In addition to all the other snacks you can enjoy around the ship, there is also a poolside ice cream station. Swirls offers soft serve selections throughout the day from 11 am to 10 pm.
World Fresh Marketplace (Deck 16)
The World Fresh Marketplace is your typical cruise ship buffet. The buffet on Discovery Princess is divided into three sections: The Bistro, The Pastry Shop, and the Marketplace to give the large venue a more intimate feel.
The World Fresh Marketplace is open from 5 am to 10:30 pm daily, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.
Given recent health and safety protocols, staff now serve guests their food selections with a limited number of individual plated options.
Breakfast options include your typical fare complete with a custom egg station. Lunch options include deli selections, a custom salad bar, and several hot entrees.
For dinner, there were various themed nights including a Ramen Noodles bar, Caribbean dinner, Mexican dinner, Mongolian dinner, and more.
We only ate in the World Fresh Marketplace once, but from our limited experience, it appeared on par with other cruise ship buffets.
As part of the Princess Cruises MedallionClass experience, guests can order food and drinks from an on-demand menu.
With OceanNow, guests can get a number of complimentary items delivered to their stateroom (or anywhere else around the ship) whenever they want. Complimentary options include salads, soups, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and more. Up-charge items include sushi, filet, pizza, and other items for varying prices.
Guests can also pre-order complimentary stateroom breakfast which includes a selection of fresh fruit, cold cereals, pastries, and an egg, bacon, and cheese breakfast muffin.
Specialty Restaurants on Discovery Princess
While Princess Cruises does offer a number of complimentary dining venues, its cruise ships also feature a number of specialty restaurants. These restaurants do all have up-charges; though, they are certainly worth it.
If you plan to dine at any of these restaurants, you should make reservations pre-cruise, as popular dining times do fill up quickly.
Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria (Deck 5)
Sabatini’s is Princess Cruises signature Italian trattoria, with a cover charge of $25. This specialty restaurant features antipasti, handmade pastas, hearty entrée selections, and authentic sauces crafted by renowned chefs. Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria is open nightly for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.
During our dinner at this specialty restaurant, we enjoyed the burrata, fried calamari, pork tenderloin, tiramisu, and of course the dessert martinis.
The Salty Dog Gastropub (Deck 5)
The Salty Dog Gastropub is a casual up-charge restaurant found on select Princess ships. This venue has a cover charge of $18 per person which includes two main plates and one dessert.
Developed in collaboration with Chef Ernesto Uchimura, the menu offers an upscale twist to traditional pub favorites. The venue also features craft beer and premium whiskey selections.
The highlight of the menu was the signature Ernesto burger; though, we don’t think the venue was worth the up-charge.
The Salty Dog Gastropub is open 5 to 11 pm nightly.
Gelato (Deck 5)
If the complimentary soft serve selections aren’t enough, Discovery Princess also has a gelato shop in the Piazza. For a nominal fee, you can enjoy a variety of gelato flavors and other sweet treats. The selections of this Italian classic are made fresh each day and are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Ocean Terrace Sushi Bar (Deck 6)
Overlooking the Piazza, the Ocean Terrace Sushi Bar offers seafood rolls and sashimi in a casual setting. If you like sushi, then the a la carte prices make this the ideal place for a quick snack or even a full meal.
Bistro Sur La Mer (Deck 7)
Bistro Sur La Mer is the upscale French-style bistro on Discovery Princess, a newer addition to the Princess Cruises’ fleet. Created by Michelin-starred Chef Emmanuel Renaut, this specialty restaurant has a $29 cover charge.
Bistro Sur La Mer is open nightly for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.
The 4 course menu includes a welcome dish, appetizer, main course, and dessert. Appetizers include the popular lobster bisque served in a bread bowl, ahi tuna, escargot, and more.
For main courses, you can choose from classic land or sea options with a twist. If you would like an additional entrée, there is a $10 surcharge.
We enjoyed the filet mignon with sweet onion sauté and potato au gratin entrées; though, we thought our selections of appetizers and desserts were just okay. Of the three specialty restaurants, this was our least favorite personally.
Crown Grill (Deck 7)
The Crown Grill is Princess Cruises signature steakhouse. This Discovery Princess specialty restaurant serves up made-to-order premium cuts of beef and seafood selections in a warm and elegant atmosphere complete with an open kitchen.
On Discovery Princess, the venue has been updated with a more modern design and color palette, giving it a very upscale feel. The up-charge for this venue is also $29, with the Surf & Turf option costing an additional $10. This is a great value for a cruise line steakhouse.
Crown Grill is open nightly for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.
We dined at this venue once before on Majestic Princess, so we were eager to sample the latest rendition. Happily, this restaurant exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed the black and blue onion soup, premium beef chop, and salted caramel crème brulee cheesecake. The service was also superb.
We highly recommend you check out the Crown Grill; this was definitely our favorite Discovery Princess restaurant.
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