Cocktail hour from Dining aboard 'Royal Princess': This is not your mother's cruise food

Dining aboard 'Royal Princess': This is not your mother's cruise food

Dana McMahan
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Cocktail hour

Every day I looked forward to the nightly occasion of cocktail hour. Each evening, after an intensive day of sightseeing, friends and I would gather in one of the Royal Princess' half-dozen options for libations to sip and compare notes about our experiences that day. Some nights a glass of bubbly, in the form of Nicolas Feuillatte, fit the bill; others a cocktail ranging from a classic like a whiskey sour to inventive margaritas (think strawberry and black pepper!) in the Outrigger bar (the perfect spot for sail-away) hit the spot. But no matter the beverage, the small bites from master chef Alfredo Marzi's kitchen were a star.  Decadent foie gras encased in tomato gelée, sweet and crunchy caramelized eggplant crisps, luscious ahi tuna in a cone, shark's fin wontons… the treats were unending. The only drawback was the temptation to fill up before dinner!