For the most part, meals on Princess are eaten in the Panorama Restaurant, located on the Strauss Deck. The Panorama Restaurant is a warm, comfortable space, highlighted by deep reds and navy blues. No two-person tables are available, with most tables set for six or more. As such, conversation tends to take place in two languages, and tables represent the international nature of Amadeus. Most sailings have assigned seating for all meals.
Breakfast runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and is served buffet-style, though items like fried eggs and omelets can be ordered off the menu. Selections include scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, a variety of smoked or pickled fish, cold cuts, fruit, pancakes and waffles, as well as tea, coffee and a juice selection. Early risers can head to the Panorama Bar on the Mozart Deck for coffee, tea and pastries between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.
A light lunch of snacks is offered starting at noon in the Panorama Bar. Passengers seeking something more substantial head to the Panorama Restaurant, where lunch is a combination of buffet and plated food. The buffet provides a salad option, which changes daily, as well as other items including pasta. (We had a dynamite salmon cream penne that prompted a trip for seconds.) From the menu, passengers can order soup and a main course, which always includes one meat, one fish and one vegetarian selection. Soup is consistently excellent, especially the cream-based options like traditional tomato and a tasty broccoli creation. Dessert at lunch also comes from the buffet and generally includes options like mousses and fresh fruit.
One of our favorite meals on Amadeus Princess was the German lunch buffet, which featured a full array of traditional dishes, including a variety of sausages with sauerkraut, soft pretzels and sauerbraten. The highlight was the carving station -- complete with a roasted pig -- which had passengers waiting in line. Dessert options were plentiful and included cream-frosted roll cakes and mousse.
Dinner, which starts at 7 p.m., is a five-course gourmet affair. Menus also draw on the region Princess is sailing, so you'll eat German favorites, for example, while sailing the Rhine. Regional red and white wines are complimentary and plentiful throughout the meal, and waiters make sure no glass is left empty. Each dinner includes a salad course, a soup, hot appetizer, main course and dessert. Diners can choose meat, fish or vegetarian main courses; we sampled a little from each throughout our sailing and thought all options were excellent. Our favorites included cheese- and spinach-stuffed pasta and a succulent lamb lollipop dish. Grilled chicken and salad are available as healthier options at every meal. Tea and coffee are served after every meal.
Afternoon tea, coffee and pastries are served from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Panorama Bar. A late-night snack also is available from 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each night.
Diners with specific dietary restrictions -- such as vegan, gluten-free or sodium-free -- can be accommodated, providing they notify Amadeus when they book. There is no room service.