Cruise holidays are known for many things. The chance to experience several destinations over a short space of time, varied on board entertainment and, perhaps above all, incredible food. Modern cruise ships are typically home to countless dining options, the likes of which often make it possible to sample a different cuisine every night of your voyage. From traditional brasseries to American burger joints with a twist, here are just a handful of the best cruise ship restaurants that are well worth trying.
Red Ginger, Oceania Cruises
Best for: Flavourful Asian fusion
With restaurants across three of Oceania’s fleet, Red Ginger is leading the way when it comes to Asian-inspired cuisine at sea. Their fresh, bold take on traditional dishes is something to be admired, with classics including spicy roast duck paired with the likes of watermelon and cashew nuts for a truly unique taste sensation. The exquisite flavours you’ll discover here are matched only by the restaurant’s interiors, which showcase a passion for presentation that also extends onto plate.
Guy’s Burger Joint, Carnival Cruises
Best for: Classic burgers and fries
Renowned restauranteur and all-round foodie Guy Fieri heads up Guy’s Burger Joint, which can be found across the Carnival fleet. Rich, juicy burgers and handmade fries are the order of the day here, while little ones are sure to love taking theirs up to the generously filled toppings bar and building their own unique burger creation.
Mistral’s, Marella Cruises
Best for: Fine-dining at sea
Marella Celebration is one of the more luxurious ships in the Marella Cruises fleet, despite being smaller in stature than her sisters. Mistral’s offers modern British dining with a subtle French twist. The menu here typically consists of six courses and the cost of dining is an additional £19.95 on top of an all inclusive package, yet it’s well worth considering if you’re celebrating a special occasion during your voyage.
Horizon Buffet, P&O Cruises
Best for: Casual all-day dining
P&O Cruises are renowned for their mammoth buffets, but it’s the Horizon Buffet on board Britannia that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Guests here can take their pick from all kinds of cuisine, from breakfast pancakes through to Indian, Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Many of the larger cruise ships feature at least one buffet on board – particularly great news for those travelling with fussy little ones.
Venchi Gelateria, MSC Cruises
Best for: A post-dinner treat
While not a restaurant per-se, Venchi Gelateria is the place to head for an after dinner treat when on board MSC Divina from MSC Cruises. Here you’ll find genuine artisanal ice cream, with flavours that range from classic vanilla through to passionfruit and mango. What Venchi are most famous for however is chocolate, and their intense extra dark gelato is sure to satisfy the cravings of even the most hardened chocaholic. Ice creams are freshly made each day on board, with a particular focus on offering cruisers something truly unique wherever possible.
Have you ever been on a cruise? If so, what are your top tips for cruise ship dining?