Crown Grill – Perhaps the Finest Steakhouse at Sea

On every cruise that I’ve taken, I’ve made it a point to try the steakhouse offered onboard. And up until my most recent cruise on the Caribbean Princess, NCL’s Cagney’s Steakhouse has been my favorite. This all changed a few weeks ago after dining at the Crown Grill, which is a bargain at $29 as most cruise lines charge significantly more than this for their equivalent steak houses.

What really sets the Crown Grill apart from the competition is its menu, which can be found here. I also believe that any good steak house should offer both a Porterhouse, which some lines charge additional for, and a Rib-Eye Steak. Crown Grill offers both of these. More importantly, since my wife is not a fan of steaks, having quality seafood is always a nice option, and the Crown Grill offers this as well. Thus, both of us were able to dine and be happy with our selections.

Our meal started with the Black Tiger Prawn and Papaya Salpicon, which was essentially a traditional shrimp cocktail atop a shrimp salad. We also had the Bay Scallops, which were very good, but the standout appetizer was the shrimp dish. We also tried the Black and Blue Onion Soup, which was very good, but really no different than any other onion soup I’ve had elsewhere.

Of course, for the entree, I had to go with a steak and on the advice of our server I opted for the 22 ounce Porterhouse, which is described as the best filet and sirloin grilled on the bone. My wife chose the Chilean Sea Bass, one of her favorites, which also came with a side of prawns. And for good measure, she added a lobster tail to her entree which was included in the $29 cover charge. In addition to the entrees, you get to select from a number of sides, and we tried the Garlic and Herb French Fries, the Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes, and the Sauteed Mushrooms. And to compliment both the entrees and the side dishes, a selection of salts were provided and included Hawaiian Black Salt, Smoked Applewood Salt, and Himalayan Mountain Pink Salt.

Dessert completed our meal and included a special dish of Bananas Foster, one of my favorites, and the Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar.  The later is part of Princess Cruises Chocolate Journeys program and was a phenomenal dessert.

This was a fabulous meal from start to finish. To often, I have tried specialty restaurants on ships, and while they have all been good, none have succeeded as well as the Crown Grill. Every dish was stellar from appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and even dessert. There was not a single miss! And at $29, the meal was a steal and well worth the surcharge, particularly when comparing the Crown Grill to the likes of Chops Grill on Royal Caribbean which not only costs more, but has a much more limited menu. Not surprising, I will be booking at least one meal at the Crown Grill on my next Princess cruise.