What sane person would want an “atrium” when they could have a … Piazza? With that thinking in mind, one of the Princess Cruises‘ top priorities during Grand Princess‘ recent makeover was to swap the atrium, with its shlubby Caribbean carpeting, white baby grand (and shlub with shorts), for the line’s now-signature Piazza, a lively space with Italian mosaic floors where people actually wear pants.
The new Piazza features Vines, a wine, sushi and tapas bar; Alfredo’s, a pizza counter with seating; and the International Cafe, a venue formerly known as the shore excursion desk. The I.C. is a coffee bar/all-day dining spot with delicious tapas, quiche, pastries and desserts. What’s also appealing is that the food is available at no extra charge. It’s a great place for a low-key nosh.
Here’s the before shot of the cafe’s future home (again, note the carpeting):
And the after:
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For a full run-down of major cruise ship refurbishments, check out our multi-million dollar makeover chart.