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Best Cruise Ship Restaurant Alternatives

Posted January 3rd, 2013


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One of the things many passengers look forward to when taking a cruise is the fine dining experience of gourmet cuisine.  This usually consists of an early and a later sitting with full silver table service provided by friendly efficient staff. However, whilst this means you can indulge in a little luxury, this option is not favoured by certain travellers who prefer to choose an alternative eating experience to the main dining room.

Personal Dining

Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines allow passengers to choose with whom they wish to eat, where they want to eat and to choose a time that suits them to eat. This is a very flexible form of dining where you are not tied into set meal times. There are also many venues to choose from throughout the cruise ship.

Buffet/Lido Restaurant

Most cruise ships offer this casual form of dining which is included in the price of your cruise. The selection of food available will cater to every taste and you can dine at a time that suits you.


Cruise ships have a reputation for providing melt-in-the-mouth first grade steaks.  On board you will find authentic steakhouses where passengers can enjoy succulent cuts of steak, superb veal and lamp chops and also a selection of freshly caught seafood.  Even though ‘steakhouse’ conjures up an image of a laid back form of dining these steakhouses, although suited to the casual diner, offer a refined tasteful eating experience. Bookings are necessary.

A La Carte Restaurant

Many cruise liners offer a full restaurant service where you can book a private table and then select from a comprehensive menu, as well as choose from a great selection of wines. This is a great dining option if you wish to have a romantic dinner for two or private dining with a group of friends. To enjoy this dining experience, it is advisable to make a booking directly with the restaurant. This type of dining is not usually included in the price of your cruise holiday.

Palate Pleasers

Between 6 to 11 courses are often served ‘tasting style’, to make your dining experience unique and adventurous.  Royal Caribbean, Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Eclipse and the Seabourn Cruise Line are just some of the cruise liners where you can taste the night away. This is a great way to sample a wide range of mouth-watering morsels expertly prepared by stellar chefs.  All of these exquisite pleasers have an international flair with the emphasis on experimentation using traditional and exclusive ingredients to create tantalising delicacies.

Main room dining always has a dress code.  Often a suit for the men and cocktail wear for the ladies is the preferred form of attire.  Some passengers often do not have this in their wardrobe, but you are able to hire a suitable outfit on board if required.  This is one of the reasons why many passengers prefer the option of alternative dining.  Smart casual clothing is the favoured dress standard for these diners. With the amazing choice of alternative dining venues available, you can try a different location every night.

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