On a cruise – options for dining vary on taste and budget

AT SEA ABOARD THE DIAMOND PRINCESS BETWEEN JAPAN AND RUSSIA — Sushi or Steak? Like other cruise lines, Princess offers specialty restaurants on board for which you pay an extra fee. “The dining room is like cafeteria food; if you want better food, you have to go to the specialty restaurants,” offered on veteran Princess cruiser. I wouldn’t go that far but it is true that like on other cruise lines, the specialty restaurants offer an enhanced …

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HAL in the Baltic: Never judge a restaurant on one meal

ABOARD THE EURODAM – On our previous cruise aboard the Eurodam we had the pleasure of sampling two of the ship’s special additional-cost restaurants, the Canaletto and the Tamarind. On our first week during this sailing, we experienced a wonderful meal at The Pinnacle Grill. So during our last few days of this cruise, we are giving all three a second go-round. First up is the Canaletto charging an extra $10 per person. Canaletto A restaurant with …

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Norwegian Cruise Line introduces à la carte specialty dining

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today the introduction of à la carte specialty dining at the line’s signature specialty restaurants, providing guests the freedom to savor an array of tastes and gourmet dishes and the flexibility to choose how many courses they wish to enjoy during their meal. Guests will experience the ultimate in Freestyle Cruising beginning this October on the all-new Norwegian Escape, where they can choose to dine at any of 11 complimentary dining options or …

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Seabourn partners with world-renowned chef Thomas Keller to create new menu items and signature restaurant for all Seabourn ships

Dining is about to reach new heights in the cruise industry as Seabourn announces its partnership with world-renowned American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller. The culinary genius behind a trio of Michelin-starred restaurants – The French Laundry, Per Se, and Bouchon – Keller will bring his award-winning French and American cuisine to the ultra-luxury cruise line in 2015, adding new flavors and flair to complement Seabourn’s already celebrated cuisine. Chef Keller will develop an array of dishes, ranging …

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AmaCerto: Dining in ship’s no-charge specialty restaurant is a taste treat

ABOARD THE AmaCERTO – Today I learned a new word. And had a marvelous dining adventure. I also discovered why AmaWaterways is the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest international gastronomic society. The reason? They deserve it. My first night on the cruise, I signed up to dine in AmaCerto’s exclusive restaurant. The dinner-only restaurant with its own chef and menu is named Erlebnis – a German word for “something …

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Fine cuisine is a very important part of the Crystal Cruises experience

ABOARD THE CRYSTAL SERENITY – No question about it, food … rather, make that “cuisine” … is a very important part of the Crystal Cruises experience and a major reason that people choose this cruise line and usually become loyal passengers. During my earlier Crystal Cruises, dating back 15 and 20 years, there really were only two options: The main dining room and the Lido. However, even then Crystal was known for fine dining. They have only …

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Royal Caribbean hopes to lure new cruisers with Quantum of the Seas’ flexible dining

Cruise lines have not come close to enticing all the potential cruisers in North America to try at least one vacation at sea, or so they say. But cruising may already have exhausted the pool of people who want to sit each evening for a week, during long, three-course dinners in a big dining room. That would explain the trend away from huge dining areas and toward the growing numbers of alternative eating choices at sea, including such …

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Carnival Magic Prime Steakhouse is prime dining

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MAGIC – Why pay $35 extra to dine in Prime Steakhouse when the food in the other Carnival Magic dining rooms is so great? Because it is worth it. I made a reservation my first full cruising day and ate in Prime Steakhouse that night. I had heard about its excellent reputation and how the 69-seat steakhouse books up quickly. So I wanted to be sure I ate there on this cruise. Although the …

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Dining aboard the Seabourn Odyssey

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Where to eat? What to eat? Such delightful dining decisions on the Seabourn Odyssey. Didn’t take me long to find my favorite dining spot. First, I’ll tell you about the places available on this marvelous ship and how dining is done on the Seabourn yacht. No reservations are required for three of the main dining spots. You can decide at the last minute and show up wherever you want to eat. That …

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Dining aboard the Eurodam

ABOARD THE EURODAM– So close. And yet so far away. The Eurodam is stopped off Half Moon Cay. Strong winds and rough seas have made it dangerous to dock for a day at  the private island of Holland America Cruise Line. This was to be our final hurrah before the cruise ends tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale. I was looking forward to seeing the island named in honor of Henry Hudson’s ship – the ship that is depicted …

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