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The Definitive Guide to Dining on a Cruise Ship

The Definitive Guide to Dining on a Cruise Ship

Ask anyone that’s ever been on a cruise to describe cruising and we’re sure one of the first things they’ll mention is the food. It’s what everybody always say’s and you know what…?

They should!

The dining experience (and the food in general) is one of the biggest (and best) parts to cruising and once you get past the luxury of the ship and the amazing destinations you’ll visit, it’s probably one of the things you’ll remember the most!

It’s with that thought in mind that the www.CRUISE.co.uk team put together this guide on all things food related on your cruise…..


What to Wear to DinnerTuxedo – Before they even get to dinner many people get hung up on what they’ll need to pack and wear on a cruise. That’s why we put together this helpful guide comparing all the different cruise lines dress codes so you can see at a glance what you might need.


Cruise Line Dinner Menusmenu – Have you ever wondered if you’d like the food on a cruise ship? (Obviously you will!) If you’re a fussy eater though we’ve helpfully collected all the menus from every ship we’ve been on so you can see what the food is like before you even book!


Restaurant Comparisonrestaurant – Gone are the days when you’d just eat in the main restaurant on your cruise ship. Modern cruises have a plethora of dining venues to choose from with each ship in the fleet giving you different choices. We’ve put together a handy guide for you to compare what’s on offer on each ship at a glance.

Room ServicePizza – One of the mistakes many first time cruisers make is in assuming that they’ll have to pay for room service. On most cruise ships this just isn’t true so if you fancy breakfast in bed just pick up the phone! If you’re worried check out our room service guide to see who offers complimentary room service and who doesn’t

Can You Still Get Your Fast Food Fix?Fast Food –  As we’ve already said, a cruise holiday is all about the fine dining but what about on those occasions when you really, really just need a burger? Not to worry, most cruise ships will cater for that too, as we explain here.


21 Foods You’ll Probably Only Ever Try On A CruiseCruise Food– People tend to be a lot more adventurous on holiday than they will be when they’re at home. That’s the idea behind our list of foods you’d never normally try unless you’re on a cruise. How many have you tried?


Top 5 Cruise Ships For Alfresco DiningCruise Food – What could be better than sitting out in the sun, surrounded by the ocean and dining on some of the best food you’ve ever eaten? We rate the best five cruise ships for their alfresco dining experience


Unusual Foods – On Land And At SeaCruise dining – Cruise food isn’t just about eating on the ship; it’s also about trying some of the amazing food available in the exotic ports you’ll visit! We put together a bucket list of the most unusual, (and tasty) foods to try when you’re out and about.

Grossest Foods To Try In Vietnam And CambodiaDead Rat – Some foods you’ll try abroad will be delicious…. Others not so much! Helpfully the www.CRUISE.co.uk team tried as many of the grossest foods as we could find when we were in the Far East so you wouldn’t have to!

Dynamic Dining vs Freestyle DiningNCL vs RCCL – Many cruise lines have moved away from the more traditional dining options in favour of more casual choices. Royal Caribbean offer Dynamic Dining whilst Norwegian Cruise Lines offer freestyle dining – We put them in a head to head to see which was best!

Norwegian Cruise Line…

Dining With Norwegian Cruise Lines Food–  Norwegian Cruise Lines have dozens of different specialty restaurants on-board their ships, you can learn more about what each restaurant has to offer here.


Royal Caribbean

Top Ten Dining ExperiencesRoyal Caribbean food – We list our top ten dining spots with Royal Caribbean.



Dining On Anthem of the SeasFood on anthem of the Seas – Anthem of the Seas came with eighteen (yes eighteen) different restaurant choices – We reviewed them all here for you.


Celebrity Cruise’s

Dining On Celebrity CruisesWine glass Celebrity offer a stylish and modern five star experience for their guests and their dining options reflect that. We list them all here for you to check out before you even step on-board!


Dining On Luxury Cruises

The food on all cruises is great but as you’d expect, on a six star luxury line the food is taken to another level again. Below you’ll find guides to dining on all the major luxury cruise lines out there…

The Seabourn Dining Experienceluxury dining – Seabourn pride themselves on what they refer to as their ‘signature experiences’, those je ne sai quois moments that are so hard to explain but make a cruise so special. We tried to explain their dining here but it really does need to be seen to be believed!

Dining On A Regent Seven Seas CruiseAsparagus – All the food on a luxury cruise will be great but everyone will have their favourite. You can compare thow Regent compares to other cruise lines here.


Dining On An AzamFood on a plateara Cruise – Azamara call themselves the destination experts and their cuisine reflects that. Their chefs will even get off in each port of call looking for fresh, local delicacies to tempt you with that night. You can see examples of the dining on-board here.


Open Dining On OceaniaPrawn – Oceania, more than any other cruise line out there, pride themselves on their food. They spend twice as much on raw ingredients as any other cruise line and that quality shows! Just take a look if you don’t believe us.


Silversea DiningFine Dining If you thought you knew what fine dining was you were wrong – Take a look at how Silversea treat their guests and you’ll see what we mean!


Dining On A River Cruise

Viking River Cruises Beef– Luxury dining isn’t just limited to the oceans though. You can get great (and some would argue better) food on many of the world’s rivers these days – Check out what Viking river cruises have to offer!


Emerald River Cruiseslamb 2 Emerald are an up and coming river cruise line, only created in 2014 but they’re determined not to be outdone by anyone. Why not take a look at some of the culinary delights you can find on-board.


And Finally….

If all this talk of food has got your mouth watering then why not try before you buy? The www.CRUISE.co.uk team have got their hands on several recipes you could only normally try on a cruise with instructions on how you can make them at home!


Jacques Pepin’s Rotisserie ChickenChicken – Do you remember when we said Oceania really knew their food? Well this is the recipe for one of the signature dishes in their main dining room – It’s simple to make and tastes great!


Franck Garanger’s World Famous Mashed PotatoesMashed Potatoes – Warning! Don’t read this if you’re on a diet! For everyone else though these will be the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever eaten!


lambHopefully this will have answered any questions about food on a cruise that you may have but if you’ve still any questions then you can ask them in the comments below or take a look at our Q&A section here.









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