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Cruising and Eating Like a Foodie: The Best Options on a Cruise Trip

Cruising and eating; eating and cruising—that's a match made in heaven! There's nothing quite like taking a cruise and indulging your taste buds with the many delicious options available on board.

Cruise ships are full of restaurants and buffets that feature everything from classic comfort foods to exotic dishes. So, if you're looking for a truly unique culinary experience, a cruise might be the perfect option for you.

Let's take a look at the best options for eating on your next cruise.

All You Can Eat Buffets: What's better than a buffet? How about a never-ending buffet filled with all your favorite foods? Think tacos, burgers, pasta, pizza, and more!

The Main Dining Room: Many people like the ease and convenience of the buffet option. But the real magic lies in the main dining room. The main dining room features a variety of dishes designed to make your mouth happy.

Don't be surprised to see everything from the classic surf and turf to amazing seafood dishes. And the best part is you don't have to choose one. You can pick as many menu items as you like. It's all included.

Specialty Dining Experiences: You can enjoy a truly unique dining experience for an extra fee. Seafood restaurants, Japanese steakhouses, and even vegan restaurants can be found on many cruise ships. These specialty dining experiences will satisfy your tastebuds and give you a unique cruise experience.

Your Port of Call: Every port has a variety of restaurants that offer local cuisine. For example, you can find classic fish tacos in Mexico, the famous jerk chicken on Ochos Rios, and the signature Haitian dish of Griot and Pikliz in Labadee. Many cruise ships actually pick up fresh ingredients in port, so you know your meals are fresh and locally sourced.

Ice Cream Machines: Finally, almost all ships have ice cream machines located all over. That means you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a big scoop of ice cream at any time of the day or night.

Now that you know the options, here are some tips to make the most of your cruising and eating experience.

Make a list: Before you board the ship, list foods you want to try. Check them off as you go.

Make your allergies and dietary restrictions known: If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, let your server know when you make your reservation. They will be able to help you select dishes that meet your needs.

Don't get too comfortable: It's easy to stick to one food place once you've found your favorite. Don't do it. Trying new things is important, especially if you're on vacation. If you get too comfortable, you might miss out on some of the best food on board.

Don't say no: Try something new! Don't be afraid to sample dishes you've never heard of before.

Make reservations: Many cruise ships require reservations for specialty restaurants, which tend to sell out quickly.

Take your diet plan... and burn it: It is virtually impossible to stick to a diet plan when you're on the cruise, so don't even bother.

Eating aboard a cruise ship will be one of your favorite things about cruising. Whether you choose buffets, specialty restaurants, main dining, or even room service, there are plenty of ways to enjoy delicious meals while sailing across oceans and rivers.

So grab a fork (or two), pack plenty of sweatpants, and set sail for some of the best food you'll ever eat!

Happy cruising and bon appetit!



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I am a retired school administrator and I enjoy helping others. Well versed in the fun, relaxation and rigors that traveling can bring. I'm living my best life through travel and I want to help you to do the same. I will design and organize a stunning itinerary so that you will have a fantabulous and one of a kind vacation.

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