Dining at the Crab Shack on the Star Princess Cruise Ship
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Dining at the Crab Shack on the Star Princess Cruise Ship

While sailing recently on Princess Cruises’ 7-day California Coastal cruise on the Star Princess, my new shipboard friend Angela and I decided to try the Crab Shack casual dining experience.

Crab Shack, Star PrincessThe Crab Shack is set up in part of the seating area for the Horizon Court, and is only open some nights. Reservations are required and there is a $20 per person cover charge to dine.

Crab Shack, Star PrincessAll meals at the Crab Shack begin with Popcorn Shrimp and Hush Puppies served with tartar sauce and bayou cocktail sauce for dipping.

Crab Shack, Star PrincessNext, Manhattan clam chowder is served with the clams still in the shell. This chowder is made with bacon, tomatoes and potatoes.

Crab Shack, Star PrincessNow it’s time to get messy, so the waiter ties a plastic bib around your neck.

crab shack entreesAs you can see in the photo above, there are four different seafood “boil” type entrees that you may choose from on the Crab Shack menu.


Crab Shack, Star PrincessI ordered the Steamed Alaskan King Crab Legs with Old Bay Peel & Eat Shrimp, Corn on the Cob, Boiled Potatoes and Lemon. 

The crab is delicious. The peel & eat shrimp are very messy.

Enjoying the Crab Shack on the Star PrincessIt’s all messy – but fun to eat.  You do have to fight with those crabs, but all of the proper crab-eating implements are available.

Crab Shack, Star PrincessAngela ordered The Royal’s Mixed Steamer which includes a Snow Crab Cluster, King Crab, Jumbo Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, and Kielbasa Sausage. (She ordered without the sausage.)

This is the better entree choice with two kinds of crab.

Enjoying the Crab Shack on the Star PrincessWho can resist a crab claw?

For dessert, there was some kind of non-memorable chocolate cake. But who needs dessert after all of that seafood?

In addition to being on the Star Princess, the Crab Shack dining option can be found on the Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Emerald, Golden, Grand, Island, Regal, Royal and Ruby Princess ships.  The venue operates between 6 to 9 pm on select evenings during a given cruise.

I found this to be a unique and fun cruise ship dining experience.

It is very casual for a specialty restaurant, but serves high-quality seafood in a fun environment.

Have you dined at the Crab Shack on a Princess Cruises ship? What did you think about the experience? Please share in comments below. 

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