For many people, going on a cruise vacation is synonymous with indulging in culinary delicacies at your leisure. As you make plans for a cruise this year — and take a few days off your diet — be sure to explore some of the most luxurious dining options available on today's most lavish ships.
From over-the-top buffets to unforgettable desserts, the dining menus on these ocean liners are sure to satisfy even the most particular foodie. Check out these insider tips to enjoy the cruises with the best food.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Seven Seas Explorer
Designed for an ultra-luxe cruise experience, the Seven Seas Explorer has been entertaining guests since 2016 and boasts exquisite dining options. You can peruse the buffet at Sette Mari at La Veranda, the ship's buffet restaurant.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Seven Seas Explorer – Compass Rose
If you're after a more formal experience, opt to enjoy the continental cuisine at the Compass Rose, dine Parisian-style at Chartreuse or enjoy Pan-Asian cuisine with ocean views at Pacific Rim. If you're looking for a classic steakhouse experience, Prime 7 will fit the bill thanks to mouthwatering beef dishes and classic cocktails.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Seven Seas Explorer – Prime 7
Dining is included as part of this all-inclusive Regent Experience so you can feel like a VIP when you travel. Seven Seas Explorer cruises start at $7,499 per person, depending on the itinerary.
Cunard Queen Mary 2
Regal dining rooms and innovative menus at the Queens Grill Restaurant and Princess Grill Restaurant aboard the Queen Mary 2 are among the highlights of this cruise experience.
Cunard Queen Mary 2 – Verandah
Guests can enjoy a specialty dining experience at the Verandah restaurant, which serves up contemporary French cuisine. Sip champagne from Waterford crystal flutes at the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar and make every meal a grand celebration at Britannia, located at the bottom of the ship's famous curved staircase.
Cunard Queen Mary 2 – Veuve Clicquot
Gourmet dining experiences and 24-hour room service are included in your cruise package. A 19-night Caribbean cruise starts at $3,717 per person.
Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity
Aboard the Crystal Serenity, you can indulge in signature dishes like the Pink-Roasted Black Angus Beef Tenderloin "Chimichurri" and enjoy low-carb and vegetarian options at the Crystal Dining Room.
Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity – The Sushi Bar
The ship also caters to more eclectic palates at The Sushi Bar and the Silk Road, which features delicacies by Master Chef "Nobu" Nobuyuki. Be sure to save room for wine and dessert at Prego, one of the ship's specialty restaurants.
Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity – The Silk Road
Another all-inclusive cruise with the best food, the Crystal Serenity includes open-bar service and complimentary specialty dining at least once at the Silk Road or The Sushi Bar. Travelers should call an agent to request pricing information.
Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit
Look forward to a more intimate cruise experience aboard the Silver Spirit. Guests can enjoy Asian fusion cuisine at Seishin, classic menu favorites at Stars Supper Club and sample a menu of seasonally inspired dishes at Le Champagne, the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea.
Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit – Stars Supper Club
Because this cruise experience is all inclusive, you can enjoy several gourmet feasts at your leisure. Request a quote online.
Oceania Cruises Riviera
The Grand Dining Room aboard the Oceania Cruises Riviera isn't the only place to enjoy a multi-course meal in an elegant setting. At the Canyon Ranch, you can choose from a line of healthy signature dishes, while the Polo Grill offers a classic steakhouse experience for meat lovers. And if you prefer to indulge in French cuisine, head to Jacques, which was modeled after a Parisian bistro.
Oceania Cruises Riviera – Toscana
A celebration of Italian flavors and family tradition takes place at Toscana every evening. Meals are included with your cruise ticket, but you can purchase alcohol packages starting at $39.95 per guest, per day. Riviera cruise experiences start at $1,099 per guest for a seven-day voyage.
Crystal Cruises Crystal Esprit
The Crystal Cruises Crystal Esprit is home to the Yacht Club Restaurant, where guests can enjoy Michelin star-level culinary creations and bespoke dishes made with local ingredients. Sample tapas-style dining and street food, including wraps and burgers, at The Grill. When cravings strike after hours, pick up pastries, treats and coffee at The Pantry, a 24-hour bistro and wine bar.
It's an all-inclusive experience, so you can take your pick of specialty dining establishments. Plus, you'll enjoy open-bar service throughout the yacht. Settle in for afternoon tea and 24-hour room service when you're tired. Travelers should call an agent to request pricing information.
SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream II
Providing a boutique cruising experience, the SeaDream Yacht Club's SeaDream II is a foodie's paradise, boasting al fresco dining at the Topside Restaurant and relaxing, elegant experiences at the Dining Salon. Guests can enjoy specialties such as filet mignon, lobster and "living food" selections made with raw, organic and vegan ingredients. Don't miss the chance to indulge your sweet tooth at the Dessert Extravaganza, an after-dinner party that includes an assortment of tarts, cakes and ice cream.
SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream II – Dining Saloon
This cruise is all inclusive, so you can satisfy your craving at any of the onboard eateries. Travelers should call a travel agent or contact SeaDream Yacht Club directly for quotes.
Crystal Cruises Symphony
The Crystal Symphony is one of two Crystal ships to offer the Ultimate Vintage Room Dinner experience, where you can enjoy some of the rarest wines in the world along with an eight-course French meal. The experience starts at $1,000 per person, and the menu varies by season.
Crystal Cruises Symphony – Lido
During your ocean adventure, you can also enjoy modern, elegant dishes at the Crystal Dining Room and casual, buffet-style dining at Lido Cafe. Travelers are encouraged to call Crystal Cruises or an agent for cruise pricing information.
Seabourn Cruise Line’s Seabourn Ovation
Setting sail in 2018, the Seabourn Ovation offers an award-winning gourmet dining experience through its partnership with a Michelin chef. You'll enjoy complimentary Champagne and an in-suite bar at The Colonnade, seafood at Sushi and classic American flavors at The Grill by Thomas Keller. Seabourn is a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world's most prestigious gastronomic societies and has won numerous awards for its culinary experiences.
Meals and most beverages are complimentary on this all-inclusive cruise with the best food. Travelers can contact travel agents in their areas for pricing information.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise’s S.S. Antoinette
You'll enjoy an all-inclusive dining experience on this river cruise through Europe aboard Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette. A "Super Ship" boasting a full-service bar and river view staterooms, the luxury liner offers gourmet dining at the Restaurant de Versailles. Dinner is open seating, and you can fill your plate multiple times at the breakfast and lunch buffets held in this elegantly appointed dining room.
Travelers can request a quote online or call the cruise line directly for pricing information.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Paul Gauguin Cruises doesn't just claim to be among the best vacation options for food lovers — the cruise company won Best Cruise Ship for Dining at USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards 2017. Look forward to a five-star dining experience, with offerings that include dining al fresco on La Veranda with buffet items inspired by destinations on your cruise itinerary. You'll need dinner reservations to indulge in a special, chef-prepared menu by Jean-Pierre Vigato.
Paul Gauguin Cruises – Le Grill
Get dressed up for a fine dining experience at L'Etoile or keep things casual at Le Grill, where you can enjoy finger sandwiches, desserts and pastries with afternoon tea.
Prices start at $5,645 for a seven-night cruise to Tahiti and the Society Islands.
Windstar Cruises Wind Star
For the the ultimate in vacation luxury, Wind Star offers a rotating menu of seasonal dishes using ingredients from each port on your journey. Additionally, guests can sample cooked-to-order meals each night and buffet-style dining at Veranda for breakfast.
Windstar Cruises Wind Star – Amphora
Amphora offers an elegant seated dinner experience, complete with multi-course meals and vintage wine. If you're planning a romantic dinner, head to Candles, the signature outdoor restaurant, to enjoy your meal with a view of the ocean.
Meals and 24-hour room service are included in your cruise package. Travelers can request a quote by calling.
Cunard Queen Victoria
Like the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria boasts dining experiences fit for a royal. Your cruise purchase includes access to the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar and the Queens Grill Restaurant and Princess Grill Restaurant.
Cunard Queen Victoria – Golden Lion
Head to The Golden Lion for an authentic British pub experience or opt for table service at Britannia. Pre-dinner drinks at the Chart Room are a must, and you can enjoy pastries and coffee at Cafe Carinthia throughout the day.
Meals at restaurants, traditional afternoon tea and 24-hour room service are all included in your cruise package. Fares for one-day to five-day trips start at $299 per person, plus taxes, fees and port expenses.
Silversea Cruises Silver Muse
Debuting in spring 2017, the Silver Muse offers eight exceptional dining venues for guests to enjoy. You can indulge in a bespoke menu of offerings at La Dame by Relais & Chateaux, sample Asian-inspired cuisine at Indochine, fill up on Italian favorites at Spaccanapoli or enjoy a taste of Japanese culture at Kaiseki.
Silversea Cruises Silver Muse – Silver Note
Also, don't miss the jazz and blues performances that accompany small-plate dining at Silver Note. The price for this luxury cruise includes gourmet meals, in-suite dining and 24-hour room service for those lazy days. Travelers can request a quote online or call an agent for more information.
Ponant Le Laperouse
Head off on a discovery voyage of the Arctic Circle or the Mediterranean aboard Le Laperouse while savoring classic French cuisine. The menu includes dishes inspired by local ports of call, and the dining rooms boast expert sommeliers to share their expertise regarding fine wine and cheese. French chefs prepare sophisticated meals at the Gastronomic Restaurant, but you can enjoy a more varied menu and buffet dining in a casual setting at the Grill Restaurant. And don't miss the chance to dine with panoramic views at the back of Deck 4.
Prices vary by destination and start around $2,950 per person for 2018 departure dates.