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Royal Princess Wins Best Cruise Ship for Dining!

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Viking Star, Viking Sea, Carnival Vista and Celebrity Reflection also winners

Gone are the days of fixed seating meals at the same table night after night (unless of course that's what you want). More and more, cruise lines are catering to their passengers' discerning palates with a whole range of dining options at sea.

  • Royal Princess

    Royal Princess
    Princess Cruises

    Passengers aboard Royal Princess can opt for traditional set-time dining in the Traditional Dining Room, or go with more flexibility at one of the ship's numerous restaurants through the Anytime Dining option. The ship's two specialty restaurants, Sabatini's and Crown Grill, serve Italian and steaks respectively, while casual eateries include Horizon Court top deck buffet, The Pastry Shop, Alfredo's Pizzeria and Vines wine, sushi and tapas bar.  
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • Viking Star

    Viking Star
    Viking Ocean Cruises

    Cruisers aboard Viking Star have plenty of options come meal time, including the spacious main dining venue, The Restaurant. Manfredi's (Italian), The Chef's Table (global), The World Cafe (buffet), Mamsen's (Norwegian deli) and Wintergarden (afternoon tea) provide variety. The Kitchen Table takes passengers on an excursion into a local market at port before returning to the ship for a multi-course feast.
    Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises

  • Viking Sea

    Viking Sea
    Viking Ocean Cruises

    All meals are free of charge aboard Viking Sea, even at specialty restaurants. The star of the ship, Manfredi's, serves a menu of hearty Italian fare in a homey setting. The Chef's Table is themed to a different region of the world each night, while The World Cafe serves global specialties buffet-style. For an extra cost, guests can sign up for The Kitchen Table, part restaurant and part shore excursion into a local market to pick out ingredients for dinner.
    Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises

  • Carnival Vista

    Carnival Vista
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Aboard Carnival Vista, the cruise line's newest vessel, guests can savor the ocean's bounty at Seafood Shack, carve into a steak at Fahrenheit 555, sip sake at Bonsai Sushi or tour Asia's culinary landscape at JiJi Asian Kitchen. Vista also has two celebrity chef Guy Fieri eateries on board, Guy's Burger Joint and Pig & Anchor Smokehouse.
    Photo courtesy of Kim / Flickr

  • Celebrity Reflection

    Celebrity Reflection
    Celebrity Cruises

    A highlight of the culinary offerings aboard Celebrity Reflection is Qsine, a quirky eatery where diners order from iPads and imaginative dishes put a twist on classics – think Sushi Lollipops! Craving a backyard BBQ? The Lawn Club Grill serves hot-off-the-grill items al fresco. AquaClass guests have their own exclusive restaurant, Blu, for breakfast and dinner.
    Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

  • Carnival Sunshine

    Carnival Sunshine
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Aboard the Carnival Sunshine, "fun ship" dining takes the form of burgers by celebrity chef Guy Fieri at Guy's Burger Joint, Seaday Brunch and classic Mexican dishes at BlueIguana Cantina – all included. Unique to Sunshine and Vista is JiJi Asian Kitchen, where diners journey through Asia with dishes like slow-braised pork belly, Wagyu beef short ribs, Hakka-style noodles and Singapore chili shrimp.
    Photo courtesy of Andy Newman / Carnival Cruise Lines

  • Paul Gauguin

    Paul Gauguin
    Paul Gauguin Cruises

    Amazing dining at sea need not come in a huge package. Boutique line Paul Gauguin Cruises treats guests aboard the Paul Gauguin to dishes by Jean-Pierre Vigato, the man behind Michelin-starred Apicius in Paris. Passengers can dine al fresco, in the main dining room or poolside.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Gauguin Cruises

  • Celebrity Solstice

    Celebrity Solstice
    Celebrity Cruises

    The first Asian restaurant of the Celebrity fleet, Silk Harvest, debuted on Celebrity Solstice. Passengers have 10 restaurants to choose from, including a French bistro serving crepes and paninis, a poolside grill, a spa buffet and a two-deck main dining room. AquaClass passengers have their own exclusive dining room from breakfast and dinner, called Blu.
    Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

  • Koningsdam

    Koningsdam
    Holland America Line

    Guests sailing on Holland America Line's newest ship, Koningsdam, have 10 dining options to choose from. In addition to the main dining room, there's Asian specialties at Tamarind, French seafood at Sel de Mar, authentic Italian at Canaletto, poolside burgers at Dive-In and the chance to take hands-on cooking classes at the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine.
    Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

  • Anthem of the Seas

    Anthem of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    Guests aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas enjoy My Dining Time one of two ways; fans of the classic cruise dining style can opt for a set time and wait staff throughout the cruise, while those looking for more flexibility can pick a new restaurant and dining time for each meal. Anthem's 18 eateries include Wonderland with its molecular gastronomy creations, Jamie's Italian, Silk and Michael's Genuine Pub, the first American gastropub at sea.
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

  • Royal Princess
  • Viking Star
  • Viking Sea
  • Carnival Vista
  • Celebrity Reflection
  • Carnival Sunshine
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Celebrity Solstice
  • Koningsdam
  • Anthem of the Seas

These 10 winners in the category Best Cruise Ship for Dining, chosen by our readers, create the perfect cruising experience for foodies with top-notch complimentary and alternative dining.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Cruise Ship for Dining are as follows:

  1. Royal Princess
  2. Viking Star
  3. Viking Sea
  4. Carnival Vista
  5. Celebrity Reflection
  6. Carnival Sunshine
  7. Paul Gauguin
  8. Celebrity Solstice
  9. Koningsdam
  10. Anthem of the Seas

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Carrie Finley Bajak (CruiseBuzz.net), Fran Golden (USA TODAY), Sherry Laskin Kennedy (CruiseMaven), Jason Leppert (PopularCruising.com), Chris Owen (ChrisCruises.com), Doug Parker (Cruise Radio) and Aaron Saunders (Fromthedeckchair.com) were chosen based on their expertise in the world of cruising.

Congratulations to all our crave-worthy winners.

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