I've heard cruise coffee is sometimes less than perfect. How does Princess rate? Do they have pay per cup venue like a Starbucks. Does anyone take there own? I do have a french press that I could pack .
I am pretty picky about my coffee and can tell you the coffee is not that great on the ship. The coffee in the buffet is downright terrible. They use a continuous coffee brewing system which produces weak tasteless coffee.
The best coffee I found on the Grand last week was in the lobby bar but it is a pay service. They make a pretty good expresso and capachino and the coffee is a little better just because it is made in a pot.
If you have a french press and love coffee then I say bring it. Hot water is available in the buffet area and through room service on the grand class ships.
The coffee was really bad last time I was on The Grand (and most other ships for that matter!) With as much bad PR that the cruiselines get over this matter, you'd think they'd hire Starbucks or some company experienced with coffee, to be consultants and resolve this matter! (Don't know which is the bigger "issue"....coffee or ice cream!!!)
I have read from others recently that you can order pretty good expresso/cappachino in the dining rooms for no extra charge. (And yes, the java in the lobby coffee bar is good, but you have to pay.) I haven't resorted to bringing my own coffee maker like some (already pack too much!), but I certainly have considered it!
Funny you should mention this. Got off the Golden 4/5. We all commented that the coffee was GREAT! However, our English table mates that are used to very strong coffee thought it was tastless. Our waiter acknowledged that most Brits dis like it and made them a special blend. What great service.
I've been on many Princess cruises and the coffee is not their forte. They use a canned concentrate that they mix with hot water in those urns - it isn't freshly brewed. Basically, its a glorified instant coffee. I don't know why they don't spend a few dollars and brew it fresh. They'd rather nickel/dime you to pay extra in one of their cafes I guess.
Just got off the Coral ... coffee in the Horizon stinks. You can go to the specialty coffee bar and order the regular coffee without paying for it and it's much better ... they charge for specialty coffees but not at dinner - had capacchino every night and it was delicious. You can also get coffee at Crooners for no charge but I don't know the quality.
I cruise the Emerald Princess, Eastern Caribbean on April 16, 2012
>You can go to the specialty coffee bar and order the regular coffee without paying for it and it's much better <
That's another item I did not know about. I thought all the coffee at the specialty bar was at an extra cost but it sounds like only anything other than the regular stuff. Too bad they can't make that in the dining room too.
We just got off the Star Princess(April 5-12-03). We thought the coffee was great. We even had an expert coffee drinker at our table, a cop. We did only have coffee in the Amalfi room, so it may depend on were it is made.