IMO the coffee in the dining room aboard Princess is very good, however, the coffee at the buffet is absolutely terrible. It's made from some kind of syrup I'm told, and taste awful. Stick to the dining room, and you'll enjoy the coffee aboard.
I'm glad to read that there is a specialty coffee shop on board. There was one on my last Carnival cruise and it was so nice -- coffee there was much better than the 'general' coffee served everywhere else. I didn't mind paying a little extra every day to get a good cuppa
Sailing Star Princess on 11/6/2006
My friend that I cruise with has much more sensitive taste buds re: coffee than I do, and neither of us has any problem drinking the coffee in the Horizon Court or in the dining room.
I understand that the coffee from room service is quite good, too, and the only extra cost is a tip for the delivery person.
We would never even consider bringing a coffee pot on board, even if we hated the coffee. The fewer electrical appliances PAX bring onboard, the safer it is for all of us PAX.
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Rev22:17/flamomo/DianeT: I heard about the coffee from multiple reviews on cruisecritic.com. But I didn't mean to worry anyone, the pot I travel with has no warming plate. It makes the coffee/tea into a thermal urn and then shuts off. Much less harmless than an iron or curling iron!!!!!
Because the coffee is not to our liking...we bring our own French Press...and coffee. We order a pot of hot water...use our specially ground coffee and French Press and BAM we have great coffee. We even take it up to the buffet with us.
No electrical outlet needed...no fire danger...with a French Press you only need hot water, which I order by the pot from Room Service. Of course we always tip for that extra service. And it's worth it ...the only drawback...the stares from other passengers who would like a cup of GOOD coffee! The fresh coffee aroma...enough to die for!!!!
I've been on 6 Princess Cruises and I must say the number one complaint has been the coffee. I just returned from the Star Princess with good and bad news. As a coffee drinker, I was tipped off on my second cruise that the bar in the atrium serves real filtered coffee. This was great as I could avoid the terrible buffet and dining room versions (made with syrup). Unfortunately, Princess has caught on to this and now charges $1 per cup at the lobby bar. The good news is that they have actually improved the buffet coffee. I am picky and drink my coffee black--now I can drink the buffet coffee
I wouldn't take a coffee pot. It would probably be removed from your cabin due to the fact that it could be a fire hazzard. Although, if you have coffee packets there is hot water available on the buffet.
The coffee is not bad, it is stronger in the buffet area than the dining room.
You could purchase specialty coffee. I have a friend who did that each day while on our cruise.
Have a wonderful cruise and don't sweat the small stuff.
My husband and I hv cruised many times with Princess, the last time on the Sapphire in May, the Star last December, and will be on the Grand in Nov. trans-Atlantic. I hv had many conversations with Princess about their awful coffee - and will be bringing my thermostatically-controlled coffee pot with me in Nov. The coffee in the Horizon Court plus the dining room is their "new upgraded" concentrate (they chgd brands in Jan-Feb). It is only slightly better than before. What really upsets us is the new charge for brewed (drip) coffee in the Internet bar/Atrium bar. I don't mind paying for latte's, etc., but to pay (plus the 15pct tip) for brewed coffee is another "nickel and diming us to death". They charged more in May (was new charge for them) that for a Starbucks. We are booked again on the Sapphire in April 07, and new Princess Royal in Nov 07, and if the coffee isn't better this Nov., our little travel coffee pot will make the trip too.
I/WE have sailed w/ Princess 6 times. We are leaving on our next one in November. We are true coffee addicts! Princess has the worst coffee ! Especially in the horizon court. It is made from coffee syrup! You can get great coffee from room service in the morning, or in the dining rooms anytime. We have BOUGHT A 2 oz. JAR OF MAXWELL HOUSE INSTANT COFFEE TO TAKE ON THIS UPCOMING TRIP so that we can enjoy a good cup of coffee w/ our meals.
I think bringing the instant will satisfy us just fine.
I would like to know if Princess is aware of this complaint?!
I don't like the coffee anywhere on a Princess ship. However, my wife thinks it tastes good.
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