Top Cruises for Foodies

We all have our reasons for choosing to go on vacation and for choosing a particular destination spot or activity. For some of us, it’s all about the food! You’ve heard the old adage, “getting there is half the fun.”

Well, eating there is the other half! The fine dining that you will find aboard a luxury cruise liner rates among one of the best dining experiences you will ever have, if you know how to choose and what to look for.

All cruise dining is not created equal. Like many services that you encounter which have various levels of features, cruises are no different and the cuisine aboard different ships is likewise based on custom choices. So choose the foodie cruise ship that fits your tastes.

Dominating the top of the list of cruisers’ choice awards for best dining on board are five ships in the Celebrity Cruise Line. Holding the number one position for 2017 is the Celebrity Reflection.

There are seven dining room options included with your passage. Offerings range from traditional fare that can accommodate specific dietary restrictions, to intimate settings with exceptional food and service. Throughout the decks, there are grills, cafes and “spa-inspired” food.

Additionally, there are six for-a-fee restaurants on the Reflection offering foodie delights from burgers to elegant cuisine. The list of top foodie cruise ships also includes Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Constellation.

Carnival Horizon Steakhouse
Photo By: Russell Otway

Also holding strong on the list of best foodie cruises are two ships from Princess Cruises – Regal Princess and Grand Princess. Both are equipped with traditional grills, cafes, pastry shops, ice cream bars and several casual dining venues.

They also feature fee dining options with multi-course dinners, surf and/or turf themes, Italian cuisine and intimate settings.

Rounding out the list of favorite ships for cuisine is Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape. The food aboard this ocean liner has been called “innovative” and “high quality.” The free dining has a ‘freestyle’ option – eat when you want rather than via reservations or set times.

Also, you can see the upscale influences of recent menu upgrades and exceptional service. The fee-based restaurants on the Escape are a delight; dinner shows, international steakhouses, specialty dessert shops, live music and international gourmet eateries. In addition to highly rated dining experiences, the bar and club options were a favorite among cruisers.

If you are what one might call a conservative diner, affectionately known as a picky eater, then you might want to consider these various options when booking a luxury cruise.

Be sure to find out if the traditional meals of hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, spaghetti or whatever your tastes require are available to you before you plan your trip. You crave a pleasant dining experience as much as the next guy. So if escargot is not your idea of that, then choose accordingly.

Also Read: How Not to Overeat on a Cruise – And Why It Matters

Most cruises accommodate a wide range of preferences and it is worth looking into to find the best cruises for cuisine that fits into your idea of fine dining.

Many of us have a flare for the exotic when it comes to dining and finding the best cruises that fit the bill. If you are among the set that will try just about anything, dining choices are no less important.

You want your cruise vacation to satisfy every want and wish. So, if you are among those of us whose vacation is all about the food, then don’t settle for anything less than the best.

Angela Minor
Angela Minor
Enchanted with cruising from my first voyage in the Bahamas on the SS Emerald Seas to Alaska’s Inside Passage. Professional freelance writer and published indie author. Find out more about us here.


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