Best of Cruising: All-Around Dining

060216_cruisedining.jpgWith over 2,000 passengers, today’s large cruise ships simply can’t offer elegant, restaurant-quality food on such a vast scale. However, most cruise lines do manage to provide good food to their passengers. A few do even better, and you may be surprised to find that they aren’t always the most luxurious lines.

SeaDream Yacht Club. A true gourmet meal is hard to come by on land, let alone at sea, but SeaDream chefs accomplish just such a feat. With only 110 passengers on board, every meal is individually prepared.

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. Creative dishes spiced just so and wines chosen to complement all menus are a hallmark of Radisson ships. Service is attentive, but not hovering or intrusive.

Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity made its mark with food and service that was decidedly a cut above the average and hasn’t wavered over the years. While serving hundreds of diners at set mealtimes, the waiters manage the illusion that yours is the most important meal being presented.

Carnival Cruise Line. Yes, Carnival! The line offers what is possibly the most-improved dining experience at sea. The waiters still take time out to dance and sing, but the food is tastier, more sensibly portioned, and nicely presented.

Photo courtesy of SeaDream Yacht Club