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Our early seating dinner was scheduled for 5:45 PM in the Botticelli Dining Room on deck 6 aft. Due to the safety drill, we were running behind schedule. A waiter escorted us to our assigned table (#39) for two, at the rear of the dining room. There were a few more tables of two near us, as well as one larger table which was occupied by an extended family group. It was in a nice location, near a window, so we were content.
As usual, the assistant waiter helped seat us, gave us our menus, put the napkins on our laps and took our drink order. We like ice tea with our meal and regular water. This would be the last time we'd have to tell them since from then on, they remembered and had it waiting for us shortly after we were seated every night. This is one of the things we love about traditional dining.
Dining on a Princess cruise ship is equivalent to fine dining at home. The daily menu consists of Starters, Soups & Salads, Signature Patas, Mains, Featured Beverages, and always available Princess Favorites. Typically you select an item from Starters or Princess Favorites, a soup and /or salad and a Main entree. It is possible to select one of the pasta as one of your starter choices as well. Desserts are presented in a separate menu at the conclusion of the meal. You can purchase alcoholic beverages and wines from your wait staff if desired. There also was a nice selection of rolls and bread sticks on the table to complement your meal.
Our Selections included: Crispy Hand-Rolled Vegetable Spring Rolls (peanut dip), Frozen Rum-Infused Pina Colada Soup (chilled), and Roasted Pork with Apricot Glaze (for me) Slow-Roasted Corn-Fed Prime Rib (husband). See the menu for complete details and alternate choices.
We picked two different desserts as well: Milky Chocolate-Hazelnut Souffle and French Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee.
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