I had the good fortune to take a British Isles cruise aboard the newly revitalized Caribbean Princess. And among the enhancements that were added was a new seafood restaurant that I knew I had to try. By day, this restaurant is simply a continuation of the buffet, but at night it becomes a dedicated seafood restaurant with a modest charge of $12 for adults and $6 for children. And if one would like a half pound of additional specialty seafood (4 ounces of lobster and 4 ounces of king crab legs), there’s an additional charge of $10, but this is completely optional.
The dinner starts out with an excellent Bahamian Tomato-Lime Scallop Ceviche and a basket of fresh back bread. Accompanying the bread are a sun-dried tomato cream cheese spread as well as a smoked salmon spread. While I did not happen to snap a picture of the bread, I did take one of the spreads and the ceviche.
For starters, you have the choice of a Chopped Caesar Salad or the Clam and Smoked Ham Chowder. While I was a fan of the Wedge Salad at Planks BBQ–see my review here–the chowder is what appealed to the masses, and thus I did not get a photo of the salad. However, here is a look at the chowder which was phenomenal.
For entrees, you have a couple of choices. First, you have the choice of two steamer pots–mussels or clams–which come with either scallops and kielbasa or shrimp and andouille sausage, respectively. You also have the choice of three sauces: (1) Mariniere – white wine, lemon juice, garlic, shallots, and fresh parsley, (2) Cioppino – fish stock, tomatoes, onion, fennel, garlic, and chilies, or (3) Bacon Curry – smoked bacon, garlic, ginger, and curry spices. Alternatively, you can go with a broiled platter if the steamers do not appeal to you, which includes boiled scallops, shrimp, and a crab stuffed flounder served with a side of fries and an Old Bay dipping sauce. And as previously stated, you can add a lobster tail and crab legs to any of the above for $10 additional.
I personally went with the broiled platter featured above on the right and opted for the additional lobster tail and crab legs. My wife opted for the same; however, our dinner guests both chose the Classic Clam Steamer with the Mariniere sauce and they both raved about how good it tasted. They were both big fans of their choices.
For dessert, you have the option of a Strawberry Shortcake or Key Lime Pie in a Jar. However, if you have an allergy, they will accommodate that, too. As a result, you will see a gluten-free chocolate cake pictured below, which was available on the adjacent buffet. Rather than simply serving the cake, though, they enhanced it with fresh berries and whipped cream, which was a nice touch.
All in all, this was a phenomenal meal with excellent service. In addition, being on the Lido deck, which is high up on the ship, there are plenty of window seats in which to capture the sea views and a great option when leaving a port late. At $12, this is definitely worth the splurge and I would personally choose to dine at Planks BBQ and Steamers Seafood instead of a single dinner onboard at Sabbatini’s which runs $25 per person.