Sun Princess Food Diary: Dining On The New Sun Princess

After her 7 day Mediterranean cruise on board Sun Princess, Jessica Ruth Gibson guides us through some of the best food and drink you can find on board Princess Cruises’ newest ship. 

I’d describe my self as a foodie, so I took great pleasure in getting around the new Sun Princess cruise ship and trying all of the different dining options. But with a whopping total of 30 new and signature dining outlets on the ship, getting around to eat at every single one just wouldn’t have been possible in just 7 days. Before the cruise I decided which restaurants I most wanted to try in the evening and this involved trying some brand new establishments as well as some of the returning signature restaurants I have experienced onboard other Princess cruise ships (Enchanted Princess and Regal Princess).

From fine dining to an international buffet and freshly made poolside snacks, the range of dining styles on board Sun Princess is vast – but what they all have in common is the quality of the food. Whether you’re picking up a slice of pizza by the pool or diving into a 5 course a la carte tasting menu, the food on Sun Princess is fresh, flavoursome and produced to a high standard

This became even more apparent on my recent Sun Princess Mediterranean cruise, where I got to do an exclusive behind-the-scenes Galley Tour (a tour of the ship’s kitchens). So much of the food onboard the ship is made from scratch, from the freshly baked bread and croissants to the pastries and the handmade pastas. After stepping back into the ship’s kitchens for an inside look, it began to make sense why the food tasted so good. 

Here’s an overview of everywhere I ate onboard Sun Princess and my favourite standout dishes which I would definitely recommend trying if you too will be cruising on this phenomenal ship.

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Sun Princess Food Diary: Dining On The New Sun Princess – What I Ate On Board Sun Princess

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Horizons Dining Room (inclusive)

Firstly, I will say that Horizons is one of the most spectacular dining spaces on the ship, especially if you can get a table near the vast floor-to-ceiling window. The window spans all 3 floors of the restaurant and gives the most incredible wake views of the ship – imagine dining at sea with a wake view sunset as your backdrop. The location and elegance of this restaurant set the tone for memorable dining experiences, and the best thing is that you can dine here every night inclusive of The Princess Standard cruise far as it’s the main dining room on the ship.

Both the food and service in here was exceptional and one night we did manage to get a prime spot close to the giant wake view windows (reserving a table in advance will increase your chances of this). This made for such a special and memorable dining experience which ended up being one of my favourites of the whole cruise. You can enjoy a la carte dinners here (of up to four courses) at absolutely no additional price. The menu offers traditional dining which is different every night, but many of the ‘Princess Favourites’ menu items (such as the spaghetti alfredo) are available throughout the week. 

The standout dishes for me at Horizon’s dining room included the crab cakes appetiser, the spaghetti carbonara and the seared salmon main course, and the creme brûlée for dessert. 

The Eatery (inclusive)

The Eatery (known as World Fresh Marketplace or Horizon Court on board other ships) is the Sun Princess’ buffet restaurant which is another favourite of mine. The choice and quality of food at The Eatery surpasses any other buffet I’ve come across and you’ll find new options with every breakfast, lunch and dinner that you visit. We chose to eat here for every breakfast as we loved the freshly made to order omelettes, the pistachio cream-filled croissants and all the fresh fruits. The service is also very attentive at The Eatery and we were never sat down more than 10 seconds before a waiter came to take our drinks order or pour out some morning coffee. 

Unlike other Princess cruise ships I’ve sailed on (Regal Princess and Enchanted Princess), the Eatery onboard Sun Princess has an expansive outdoor dining deck. This means that you can enjoy al-fresco meals from the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is a particularly special start to the day on a sea day, whilst you’re cruising along at sea enjoying a fresh breakfast.

Casual Poolside Dining (inclusive)

I love wining and dining, but I don’t want a long or formal experience for every meal. That’s why I really loved all of the poolside casual dining options, which were perfect on sea days or for a late lunch after getting back on board after a morning of exploring ashore. 

Compared to Regal Princess and Enchanted Princess, the poolside dining options have definitely been upgraded and expanded on Sun Princess. There are tacos, salad bowls, pizzas, hot dogs and burgers to choose from at the Lido Grill. But each of these foods had their own unique menus with various versions and flavours. On the other side of the lido deck there is also an ice-cream and coffee stand serving iced coffees, sundaes and soft serve ice cream – perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. 

Umai Teppanyaki ($45 cover charge) or Included with Princess Premier

I would definitely recommend a night at Umai Teppanyaki during any Sun Princess cruise. It was one of the most memorable dining experiences of the cruise and it’s like nothing else on board the ship. If you’re not familiar with the concept of a teppanyaki restaurant, it’s a form of show cooking where showman chefs cook your food on a hot ‘Teppan’ grill in front of you whilst entertaining diners with tricks, jokes and other surprises. If you don’t like the sound of the shared show cooking experience, individual tables are also available for the Umai Hot Pot concept. 

The chefs are highly skilled at what they do and watching them cook the food is a true spectacle in itself. At Umai Teppanyaki the food was incredibly fresh and delicious, particularly the Wagyu Beef and the Salmon, both sizzled with butter, garlic and soy on the hot plate. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I also loved the dark decor of Umi – It reminded me of a buzzy restaurant in New York or London. This is a brand new restaurant for Princess Cruises and I’d say that Umai Teppanyaki is well worth the cover charge. 

A cover charge of $15 is applied for children age 12 and under.

Crown Grill Steakhouse ($45 cover charge) or Included with Princess Premier

We dined at Crown Grill on the first formal night of the cruise, which turned out to be the perfect choice. This restaurant oozes with 1920’s glamour, so we felt right at home in our black tie dress code. Crown Grill is best known for its prime cuts of steak and sumptuous sides. My prime cut fillet steak was cooked to perfection, but other highlights on this menu I found were the black and blue French onion soup, the truffle fries, the crab cakes and the baked alaska for dessert. We also had a sommelier to advise on the best wines for our menu choices, which was a really elevated touch. 

In any speciality dining restaurants (where you pay a surcharge) you are able to order an unlimited combination of dishes from the menu, meaning multiple starters and deserts. The waiters are keen to let you know this and encourage you to try as much as you can. It does feel very indulgent, but you don’t get to cruise every day! 

My only critique with Crown Grill in my experience was that a few things were forgotten in terms of the service and we felt we were waiting a little too long for things. This was probably down to a new member of staff still learning the ropes – when I cruised ship was brand new – as were the staff. The food itself I could not fault at all – it was all cooked to perfection and bursting with fresh flavours.  

Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria ($45 cover charge) or Included with Princess Premier

Sabatini’s was another standout meal for me on board Sun Princess and was my favourite of all the speciality dining experiences we had. This was due to both the combination of the food and the exceptional service provided by our waiter Hector. He truly transformed our time at Sabatini’s into a wonderful dining experience and that is exactly what you should expect from the speciality offerings on board. 

I remember starting with the fresh basket of Italian breads including focaccia and rustic garlic bread, with a side of olive oil and balsamic which was poured out by the servers. I had to stop myself from eating it all – so simple yet beyond delicious. As an appetiser we tried the Italian Burrata which was of the freshest and highest quality – and for my pasta dish I went for the Linguini al Limone followed by perfectly grilled seabass and roasted Mediterranean vegetables. I love Italian food and this menu was a real treat.

Having dined at the Sabatini’s on board Regal and Enchanted Princess, I can safely say that the restaurant has evolved into something even more elegant and exclusive on board Sun Princess. The restaurant has a different location on ship (internal without windows) but the design of it lends itself to a darker and more romantic dining concept. The spectacular interior design really sets it apart from the rest of the ship and all the dishes here you cannot taste anywhere else on board. 

Alfredo’s Pizzeria ($15 cover charge) or Included with Princess Premier

After getting to enjoy so much delicious and indulgent dining whilst on board our cruise, we were craving the simplicity of a casual one-course meal, so on the final evening we took a trip to Alfredo’s Pizzeria. Having dined at the Alfredo’s on Enchanted Princess, I knew the wood fired pizzas are brilliant and have previously been voted the ‘Best Pizza at Sea’. We got a great table in front of the Sphere in the Piazza, just in time for the final sail away of the cruise. 

For the cheaper surcharge of only $15 per head, I could still have ordered a three course meal, but we kept it simple and went for a pizza each with an Aperol Spritz. I chose the Cappricosa pizza with olives, artichokes, ham and black olives. It’s my go-to pizza order and this one didn’t disappoint – especially with parmesan and chilli oil drizzled on top. We rounded the meal off with a cappuccino and a few cream-filled Sicilian Cannolli’s which was a delicious sweet treat to end the meal. I would say that Alfredo’s Pizzeria is one of the best value casual options for dining on board this new ship.

International Cafe

We also loved visiting the International Cafe mid-afternoon or after a day ashore for a little caffeine and a pick-me-up. I loved the iced coffees and the pastels de Nata – a Portuguese custard-filled pastry which tasted just as good as the original pastries in Lisbon. 

In terms of wining and dining, that’s as far as we got during our week on board Sun Princess. It’s safe to say we were entirely spoiled with wonderful food and drink and if I were return to the ship I would make it a priority to dine at other restaurants including Makoto Ocean, The Catch by Rudi and The Butchers Block by Daro. Each restaurant is totally unique in concept, atmosphere, menu and produce which makes dining on board Sun Princess such a diverse experience. 

What did you think of our Sun Princess food diary? What foodie highlights would you most love to try on your own cruise?


For a full overview of my time on Sun Princess, read my full Sun Princess cruise review.

For a full list of restaurants and dining venues on board Sun Princess, check out our Sun Princess Cruise Ship Bar & Restaurant Guide

Good to Know

Sun Princess will sail to Fort Lauderdale in September 2024 for her first Caribbean season, and will return to the Mediterranean at the end of March 2025 for another Mediterranean season through to Sept 2025.

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Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.

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