Cruise ship dining has evolved significantly and cruise lines now offer an abundant number of restaurant choices and dining options. One night you may want to enjoy casual dining with the kids and the next night a romantic dinner in an elegant gourmet restaurant. Some ships now offer more than twenty dining venues allowing guests to experience a variety of different flavors and atmospheres each day.

Dining times have also changed. Traditional dining is still available on many cruise lines where guests can choose a specific dining time and table size and usually will enjoy the same wait staff throughout the cruise. In addition to traditional dining guests can now also choose more flexible dining times on most cruise lines. Open dining options allow guests to eat when they want each day in a variety of complimentary restaurants. Reservations can also be made at specialty restaurants, usually for an additional fee.

Select your cruise line below and explore the different dining options and culinary experiences that are offered. Browse each restaurant type and get your taste buds ready for an amazing culinary experience at sea!

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Dining

Carnival Cruise Line takes pride in catering to foodies. With options like the Seafood Shack, Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina, the latter for those who love Mexican cuisine, there’s something for everyone. From fan favorites to fine dining, explore all of the options that Carnival Cruise Line has to offer!

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruise Dining

Famous for their enticing Italian restaurants, Costa Cruises will take you on a culinary adventure that you’ll never forget. Costa has partnered with world famous Michelin-star chef Ettore Bocchia to combine Italian hospitality with some of the most memorable meals ever to be served at sea. Italian food is just one of many available cuisines on available on a Costa Cruise.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises Dining

With all of the amazing dining options on an MSC cruise, no matter the choice you make you’re bound to have a great meal. With options like Tex-Mex specialties, great Italian fare at Eataly, an up tempo treat at the Galaxy Disco Restaurant or many of the other onboard eateries, both simple and complex, you’ll have to be sure to make time to enjoy everything the MSC Cruises team of chefs has to offer.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Dining

NCL offers a wide variety of complimentary dining options in the main dining rooms, buffet areas and even their amazing Asian-fusion eatery. The culinary adventures continue in Le Bistro, with fine French cuisine that will tantalize your palate. Churrascaria, a Brazilian Steakhouse is another popular option with travelers that you won’t want to miss. Norwegian Cruise Line can take your cruise vacation to the next level with their stunning array of dining options.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises Dining

Fame chef Curtis Stone has partnered with Princess Cruises to bring the best flavors in the world to your plate. The Salty Dog gastropub, Share, Sabatini’s and Crown Grill are some of the most popular dining options onboard. Princess Cruises also features the unavoidable delights of the Chocolate Journeys program to bring you sinfully delicious chocolate creations. This and much more make Princess Cruises a great option for cruising foodies.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean Cruise Dining

Royal Caribbean is all about Taking pride in ushering in the next era of dining at sea. Rediscover American fare at the American Icon Grill after a long stay at the pool. Experience the height of contemporary cuisine at Chic where the food is as beautiful as it is delicious. And whatever you do, don’t miss Wonderland, where the atmosphere is a mixture of exciting tastes and presentations straight out of a magic show. Royal Caribbean has something for every member of the family.

Azamara Cruises

Azamara Cruises Dining

Azamara Cruises has a vast array of dining options for you or any member of your traveling party. Azamara offers six different dining options, including room service, specialty dining, fine dining and everything in between. Some of their more popular restaurants onboard are Aqualina, Prime C, Discoveries Restaurant and the Patio, all with their own distinct offerings. They also cater to those with special dietary needs and restrictions.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises Dining

Celebrity Cruise allows fans of the hit cooking competition Top Chef to experience the excitement of fine cuisine in person. You can participate in Quick Fire challenges yourself or let the pros do the work in one of their many legendary eateries. Main restaurant, Luminae, Qsine, Blue and Murano are just a few of their highly recommended restaurants serving up cuisine from around the world. From interactive experiences to haute-cuisine with the most amazing views, Celebrity Cruises will satisfy whatever craving you have.

Holland America Line

Holland America Cruise Dining

Holland America cruise travelers get to enjoy the ‘As You Wish’ dining only offered on this cruise line. With restaurants to suit every mood and palate, you can pre-schedule dining at the time of your choice or be spontaneous and, you guessed it, dine as you wish. Try the Pinnacle Grille or Le Cirque for whimsical, award-winning dishes sure to delight the entire family. Dining with a large group? Check out Canaletto, where dishes are served to be share with your friends and family. Holland America has everything from poolside snacks to the finest dining experiences.

Cunard Line

Cunard Cruise Dining

The Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria aren’t new to the world of high end cuisine. Anyone who has enjoyed a meal at the Verandah can tell you the chefs on these ships are the best at sea. Try the a la carte menu at the Princess Grill for some of the most mouth-watering seafood you’ll ever have the pleasure of enjoying. Cunard also has many more laid back dining options and even the opportunity to have the meal of your dreams in your own luxury stateroom.


Seabourn Cruise Dining

Seabourn Cruises restaurants may have simple names (Restaurant and Restaurant 2, just to name a few) but the food offerings from these eateries are far from ordinary. You’ll enjoy the finest plates served up by some of the most renowned chefs at sea on a Seabourn Cruise. In-suite dining is available 24/7 in case you fall in love with your amazing stateroom but those who venture out will find meals they won’t soon forget. Cruise on one of the luxurious ships in the Seabourn fleet and see what fine dining is all about.

Star Clippers

Star Clippers Cruise Dining

Star Clippers dining options are varied, as you would imagine. Start your day staring at the most stunning river views with an impressive buffet-style breakfast, loaded with your favorites. And end your day with a five course menu with dishes destined for social media posts that will make even your best friends jealous. Come see what Star Clippers Cruises has to offer and you’ll leave with a new taste for the finer things in life.