Shipboard Dining Choices Are More Varied Than Ever

Onboard specialty restaurants treat your palate to extra dining options.

Shipboard dining has never been better. In fact, delicious cuisine is part of what makes cruising so enjoyable. But no matter how good the food is, you sometimes want to slip away from your regular onboard dinner table for some Asian food in a feng shui setting or a mouthful of French goodness, topped off with a special wine. Spending a romantic evening or celebrating a family birthday at a shipboard specialty restaurant is just another reason to love cruising. Here are seven culinary hot spots to consider (in alphabetical order).

  • Celebrity Cruises®: Blu (fleetwide)

    shipboard dining ahi tuna at blu on celebrity

    Style of cuisine: Familiar dishes prepared creatively with a light touch
    What’s on the menu? Entrees such as steak with truffle vinaigrette (replacing caloric béarnaise sauce) and blackened ahi tuna
    Atmosphere: Modern, elegant
    Service: Informal, relaxed
    Cover charge? Available exclusively to AquaClass® stateroom guests at no charge

  • Disney Cruise Line: Remy (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy)

    shipboard dining at remy on disney dream

    Style of cuisine: French-inspired
    What’s on the menu? Eight or nine small courses, such as smoked buffalo, Kurobuta pork tenderloin and belly, and wild turbot with lemon, capers and spinach
    Atmosphere: Romantic, adult-exclusive evening out
    Service: Formal and personalized
    Cover charge? $95 per person

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    Ships’ registry: The Bahamas
  • Holland America Line: Pinnacle Grill (fleetwide)

    shipboard dining holland america line pinnacle grill

    Style of cuisine: Steak and seafood
    What’s on the menu? An innovative menu inspired by America’s Pacific Northwest includes hand-selected aged beef and fresh seafood, as well as an award-winning wine list
    Atmosphere: Special-occasion elegance with Bulgari china, Frette linens and Riedel stemware
    Service: Semi-formal and leisurely for dinner; more casual for lunch
    Cover charge? $10 for lunch; $35 for adults and $12.50 for children for dinner (children under 2 eat free)

  • Oceania Cruises®: Red Ginger (Marina, Riviera)

    shipboard dining offers seabass at red ginger

    Style of cuisine: Contemporary Asian
    What’s on the menu? Interpretations of Asian classics such as miso-glazed sea bass and claypot caramelized chicken
    Atmosphere: Elegant and modern with a nod to feng shui
    Service: Leisurely, detailed
    Cover charge? None, but reservations are required

  • Princess Cruises®: Sabatini’s℠ Italian Trattoria (fleetwide)

    shipboard dining at sabatinis on princess cruises

    Style of cuisine: Classic Italian inspired by award-winning Chef Angelo Auriana, executive chef at Officine BRERA and The Factory Kitchen in Los Angeles.
    What’s on the menu? Freshly made signature pasta dishes and seafood, including home made pappardelle with shrimp broccoli, Roman seafood papillote and osso bucco alla piemontese.
    Atmosphere: Contemporary with rustic touches that recall the restaurant’s rich Italian heritage. Ideal for groups of special occasions.
    Service: Gracious and elegant, yet relaxed.
    Cover charge? $29 per person

  • Royal Caribbean®: Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse (Allure of the Seas®, Radiance of the Seas®)

    shipboard dining at samba grill on royal caribbean

    Style of cuisine: Brazilian steakhouse
    What’s on the menu? South American cocktails and buffet-style appetizers and salads, followed by meat and seafood barbecued Brazilian-style.
    Atmosphere: Food is sliced and served tableside by “gauchos” to the tune of Brazilian music. Great for families.
    Service: Informal
    Cover charge? $25 per person

  • Seabourn Cruise Line: The Grill by Thomas Keller (fleetwide*)

    shipboard dining seabourn grill

    Style of cuisine: Classic American chophouse
    What’s on the menu? Updated versions of steakhouse favorites like lobster thermidor and creamed spinach, presented a la carte, and classic Caesar salad prepared table-side.
    Atmosphere: Elegant casual
    Service: Personal, leisurely
    Cover charge? None, but reservations are recommended

    *Seabourn Sojourn added December 2017

Book a cruise with AAA and your Travel Counselor can help you reserve a table at any of these culinary hot spots.

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Marco Ruiz, AAA Travel Counselor, Monterey, Calif.

I love to suggest Italy and Spain because of the culture and the flair of the people–their fashions, language and way of life. They take time to enjoy life's pleasures. When you're there, you feel it, too.

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