Read Between the Wines: Princess’ Collection Honored

‘Wine Spectator’ gives the cruise line its Award of Excellence for 2023
Princess cruise ship at sea
Princess’ entire fleet was honored in the recent awards. Princess photo

Raise a glass in appreciation of Princess Cruises’ wine program. More than any other cruise line, Princess Cruise’s fleet of 15 ships’ main dining rooms has once again received an Award of Excellence in Wine Spectator’s 2023 Restaurant Awards.

The world’s foremost authority on wine, Wine Spectator, launched its awards program in 1981 to honor the greatest wine lists. There are three categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award. The Award of Excellence, given to establishments with 90 or more wine options that also complement the cuisine in terms of both style and price, was attained by 2,001 restaurants this year. 

Princess sails out of Florida’s Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale but has announced plans to sail from Port Canaveral soon.

More than 250 different wines are available on Princess’ well-crafted wine list. Visitors can sample the best wines from all around the world because every significant varietal and wine-growing location is represented.

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“Receiving this highly regarded recognition from Wine Spectator once again reaffirms our commitment to curate a collection of wines that encompass noteworthy, exceptional and familiar varietals to explore,” said Sami Kohen, vice president of food and beverage for Princess Cruises. “We believe we offer the most extensive wine list in the industry that reflects our guests’ shared passion for travel and celebrating with wines from many of the destinations we visit.”

The wine menu, which is offered in the major dining rooms across the whole fleet, is user-friendly with a range of pricing points and descriptions to make it simple for casual wine drinkers and connoisseurs alike to taste. There are wines from all around the world, including New Zealand, Argentina, Italy, and even China. Princess also offers several options by the glass, highlights female winemakers with a unique list, and lists wines that are biodynamic, organic, vegan, and sustainable. Wines are referred to as “refreshing,” “light and mild,” “fruity and vibrant,” and “rich and textured” in the descriptions for simple selections.

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 In order to present the special Caymus Vineyards Winemaker Dinner, Princess most recently teamed with the renowned Caymus Vineyards. The new Winemaker Dinner, available for $140 per person, makes use of Chuck Wagner’s extensive experience as the owner and winemaker of the renowned Caymus Vineyards in the Napa Valley to produce a five-course cuisine designed to go along with the tasting notes of his wines. Depending on the length of the voyage, the meal is served two to three times per cruise. Interested passengers can reserve a place once they are on board.

The complete list of award winners is available in the August 21, 2023 issue of Wine Spectator, available at newsstands July 11, and at

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