Rudi Sodamin's The Catch

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Why Sun Princess is a food-lover’s paradise

Enjoy an array of delectable dining experiences, including some exclusives, on our newest ship

April 2024

By Liz Darke

The newest ship to our fleet, Sun Princess, is our biggest, chicest and most innovative vessel yet. Along with brand-new, super-luxury Signature Collection accommodation; plus The Dome, a multi-level glass-enclosed entertainment space; our first-ever Princess Arena and its spectacular live productions; Park19, a cutting-edge activity space for all the family; and a two-storey Lotus Spa, Sun Princess also boasts 30 restaurant and bar venues.

The line-up includes plenty of much-loved Princess favourites, like Sabatini’s and Crown Grill, but many Sun Princess exclusives, too, including some brand-new expert collaborations. Get ready to tuck into this lot…

The Butchers Block by Dario on Sun Princess

Sample succulent steaks and grills at The Butchers Block by Dario © Princess

The Butcher’s Block by Dario

With more than 48 years of experience, butcher Dario Cecchini is known around the world for his shop and restaurants in the Tuscan village of Panzano in Italy. Cecchini appeared on the Netflix series Chef’s Table, showcasing his passion for responsible sourcing of produce and nose-to-tail cooking, as well as his grandmother’s recipes that he fell in love with as a child. Most recently, Cecchini has brought his butchery skills and signature cuts to deck 9 on Sun Princess, in the form of The Butcher’s Block by Dario, a pop-up-style venue, where guest can take a seat at the shared family-sized table to devour succulent grilled meats. It’s a carnivore’s paradise.

Love by Britto

Located on deck 17, at the aft of Sun Princess, this high-concept restaurant brings together the bold, passionate work of world-renowned Brazilian artist Romero Britto and the mouth-watering food of culinary genius Rudi Sodamin. An art-inspired dining experience celebrating the essence of love and joy, Love by Britto welcomes its guests with a glass of champagne before they embark on a seven-course tasting menu featuring oysters, lobster thermidor, wagyu chateaubriand and chocolate soufflé. It will be love at first bite, that’s for sure.

Kai Sushi on Princess

Experience the flavours of Japan at Makoto Ocean sushi bar © Princess

Makoto Ocean

Wherever you’re sailing to on Sun Princess, you’ll find an authentic taste of Japan at Makoto Ocean. Chef Makoto Okuwa, master of edomae sushi (a sushi style from Edo, now called Tokyo), brings 25 years of experience to this modern sushi bar, serving fun and exquisitely presented dishes that pay tribute to Japanese traditions. Celebrating the fruits of the sea, delicacies like salmon roe nigiri, jumbo shrimp tempura, scallop sashimi, spicy tuna maki roll, and matcha ice cream to finish off, all feature on his menu.

Brand-new Horizons Dining Room

Sun Princess debuts our first-ever three-storey Horizons Dining Room, with each floor offering a different eating experience. Not only does it serve up the high-quality fine dining that our guests know and love from our previous ships, but it also offers exclusive menus created in collaboration with the Culinary Institute of America, as well as jaw-dropping aft views, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows.

Crown Grill on Sun Princess

Crown Grill looking very smart on Sun Princess © James Morgan/Getty Images for Princess Cruises

Plenty of old favourites

It’s not all new on Sun Princess, however, as you’ll find many of our most popular longstanding dining venues onboard, too. Book your table at The Catch by Rudi, a dedicated seafood restaurant curated by Rudi Sodamin; or try Crown Grill, a stylish take on the New York steak house, serving up succulent ribs, chops and sirloin; or head to Sabatini’s, our modern Italian trattoria, to sample fresh focaccia, hand-made pasta, authentic regional mains and plenty of local wine to accompany it all.

Wash it all down with a drink

On top of the great eating options onboard, Sun Princess offers a drinking experience like no other. Combining the world of magic with the art of mixology, Spellbound by the Magic Castle is an immersive evening designed to capture the essence of Hollywood’s exclusive Magic Castle, a private magicians’ clubhouse. Hidden behind an unremarkable door, Spellbound is a warren of themed rooms – brimming with curiosities, illusions and interactive elements – where captivated guests will be brought out-of-this-world cocktails by sleight-of-hand servers.

Two of our stalwart bars also return on Sun Princess. Good Spirits at Sea with Rob Floyd will continue to offer exciting, destination-inspired cocktails designed and taste-tested by expert mixologist Rob Floyd, while Crooners will serve superlative versions of the classics (Sidecar or French Martini, anyone?) with a sleek, new-look design.

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About the Author

Liz Darke

Liz Darke

Liz is a journalist who specialises in travel, food and lifestyle. Always on the hunt for a hit of sunshine and fantastic regional cuisine, she's heading to Hong Kong, Provence and the Dalmatian Coast next. Oh, and bring on the local wine, too!