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Best Cruise Ship for Dining (2019)

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Gone are the days when fixed seating meals in a single dining room are your only option aboard cruise ships. Modern cruisers enjoy their choice of several restaurants–over two dozen aboard some of the bigger mega-ships, cooking classes, creative menus and dishes created by some of the world's top chefs. 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 three specialty restaurants, Sabatini's, Crown Grill and Crab Shack, serve Italian, steaks and fresh succulent seafood respectively, while casual eateries include Horizon Court top deck buffet, Chocolate Journies, Alfredo's Pizzeria and Vines wine, sushi and tapas bar.  
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • Scenic Eclipse

    Scenic Eclipse
    Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

    Scenic Eclipse brings 10 dining experiences to guests, representing flavors from around the globe – sushi and teppanyaki at Koko’s, contemporary French at Lumiere and casual fare from the poolside Yacht Club, among others. Passengers can see culinary art in action at open galleys or get involved in the ship’s Epicure cooking school.
    Photo courtesy of Richard Brierley / Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

  • Marina

    Marina
    Oceania Cruises

    The only trouble foodies face aboard Marina (Oceania Cruises) is the problem of deciding what to eat. Culinary highlights include Parisian bistro classics at Jacques and contemporary Asian fusion at Red Ginger. La Reserve by Wine Spectator takes wine tastings, seminars and pairing dinners to sea.
    Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises

  • Seabourn Encore

    Seabourn Encore
    Seabourn Cruise Line

    The culinary program aboard Seabourn Encore focuses on quality ingredients infused with regional flavors. Seabourn was one of the first cruise lines to introduce open-seating dining in the ship's main venue, The Restaurant. Guests can also choose between iconic American chophouse favorites at The Grill by Thomas Keller, fresh seafood at Sushi, a casual breakfast and lunch buffet at The Colonnade or casual poolside dining at The Patio.
    Photo courtesy of Seabourn Cruise Line

  • Koningsdam

    Koningsdam
    Holland America Line

    Guests sailing on Holland America Line's 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

  • Celebrity Edge

    Celebrity Edge
    Celebrity Cruises

    Guests aboard Celebrity Edge can choose from 29 food and beverage experiences onboard, each crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. Four complimentary main restaurants draw inspiration from specific regions of the world, while specialty dining runts the gamut from Fine Cut Steakhouse and Le Grand Bistro to the creative Raw on 5 and Dinner on the Edge.
    Photo courtesy of Quentin Bacon / Celebrity Cruises

  • Carnival Horizon

    Carnival Horizon
    Carnival Cruise Line

    Dining options abound aboard Carnival Horizon – feast on barbecue at the world’s first Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse, sink your teeth into a juicy burger at popular Guy’s Burger Joint, enjoy some culinary theater at Bonsai Teppanyaki or tuck into seafood with ocean views at the Seafood Shack. Both included and specialty dining shine, with something for everyone.
    Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

  • Star Pride

    Star Pride
    Windstar Cruises

    Sailing aboard the Star Pride feels like vacationing aboard your own private yacht, and that feeling extends to the table as well. Guests can dine at any venue, any time (including 24-hour room service), and the chefs try to source as many local ingredients as possible while in port.
    Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises

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

  1. Viking Sea - Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Viking Star - Viking Ocean Cruises
  3. Royal Princess - Princess Cruises
  4. Scenic Eclipse - Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
  5. Marina - Oceania Cruises
  6. Seabourn Encore - Seabourn Cruise Line
  7. Koningsdam - Holland America Line
  8. Celebrity Edge - Celebrity Cruises
  9. Carnival Horizon - Carnival Cruise Line
  10. Star Pride - Windstar Cruises

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise ships!

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