Recently, cruise ships have been doing the most when it comes to the food they offer on board, and we’ve noticed. Many cruise ships now have several gourmet restaurants that serve meals that would impress the most devout food lover.
These restaurants cover every area of specialty cuisine, including Mexican, French cuisine, and Asian Fusion. Everyone can find what they want on board. Some of these restaurants are regarded as “specialty restaurants,” and you pay extra to get into some of them., so in collaboration with Cruise Critic, our inside source, we’ve emphasized some of these spots you should absolutely try out when at sea.
Why it stands out: Popular Food Network star and chef Guy Fieri leads this informal burger joint that serves a variety of freshly-grilled specialty burgers and homemade fries in a cozy spot next to the pool. You can design your custom burger from the toppings bar, or try one of the numerous options available.
Where to find it: Carnival cruise line ships, particularly Carnival Breeze, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Vista.
Why it stands out: Los Lobos is a casual restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and delicious and fresh Mexican food. You can get mahi mahi tacos, care Sada, and fresh red snapper. If you want guacamole, the servers prepare it in front of you, and they serve a tasty margarita made with the private-label Patron Barrel Select, the tequila blend of the cruise line, Norwegian.
Where to find it: Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Bliss
Why it stands out: Manfredi’s menu is reminiscent of all the favorite foods of a child bred in Italy, and it has an authentic Tuscan twist to it. The menu is extensive and has so many options that you can eat there for weeks and still have something you haven’t tried yet. There are entree and pasta specials daily, and it has an amazing meats and cheese station where a chef can prepare a tasty meal of antipasti.
Where to find it: Viking Ocean ships, including Viking Sea, Viking Star, and Viking Orion
Why it stands out: Prime 7 prides itself on serving the best USDA prime beef and several seafood selections. Prime 7 is determined to keep you satisfied, and that is evident in the large portions you get for every meal. Whether you’re enjoying a juicy steak or a surf and turf meal, the portions don’t leave much room for complaints. Just remember to save room for one of their rich desserts, like a caramel popcorn sundae or a molten lava cake.
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Why it stands out: Red Ginger serves up classic Asian dishes and flavors with a modern twist, and with Jacques Pepin in charge, you are bound to find something special here. There are summer rolls, sushi, lobster pad Thai, and miso-glazed sea bass, all served in a lovely Feng Shui-style decor.
Where to find it: Oceania’s Marina, Sirena, and Riviera
Why it stands out: This French-style Disney restaurant is the epitome of fine dining, and you can leave the kids behind while splurge on yourself because of the adult-only rule. The meals are prepared by award-winning chefs and you are entitled to special treatment such as a rich cheese trolley and a lengthy wine list. Add in the free champagne cocktails you get when you arrive, and it is a complete fine dining experience.
Where to find it: Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy