Fresh air, breathtaking views, the soothing sound of ocean waves… the list of reasons to book a balcony cabin could go on. One cruise line, however, ups the ante with another perk: Ultimate Balcony Dining on Princess Cruises.
Princess' Ultimate Balcony Dining treats passengers to an intimate dining experience in the comfort of their own balconies.
Ultimate Balcony Dining on Princess Cruises is an upgraded room service that combines alfresco dining with higher-quality food items for breakfast or dinner. Available to passengers in balcony cabins of any category, it's perfect after a long day in port or for those who want to spice up their routine with a quiet, romantic dinner amid ocean breezes.
Both dining experiences take place on your balcony, where you will be provided with an adequately sized table (some balconies are only equipped with cocktail tables). Dinner tables are dressed with fresh flowers and a flameless candle.
The Ultimate Balcony Dining dinner package includes a four-course meal, half a bottle of Champagne and a cocktail or glass of wine -- all served by your very own waiter, who leaves while you eat and returns after a respectful wait to serve the next course.
Dinner kicks off with a salad and appetizer (such as crab cake), followed by an entree such as lobster tail or steak (or a combination of the two), then ends with dessert (flavored mousse is a popular choice).
Diners are limited to only a few meal choices, but special requests -- including those for any dietary needs -- can be arranged ahead of time. The assistant maître d’ will confirm your choices in advance.
Breakfast treats diners to an assortment of fresh fruit and pastries, as well as smoked salmon and quiche. Drinks include a chilled half bottle of Champagne, coffee and fresh orange juice. Unlike dinner, the wait staff at breakfast leaves food and drinks at the table versus serving them in courses.
Both the breakfast and dinner Ultimate Balcony Dining experiences can be reserved ahead of the cruise by going to the Cruise Personalizer section of the Princess Cruises website, or while onboard by contacting room service. If pre-booking, you must wait until you’re onboard to set a date and time.
Dinner costs $50 per person, while breakfast is $45 for two people. Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change.
Ultimate Balcony Dining is available on all Princess ships.