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Modern cruise ships give travellers a wealth of choice when it comes to dining. Whether you’re in the mood for fusion food, a delicious grilled steak or a selection of sushi, you’ll find a restaurant to suit you on every large cruise ship.

When it comes to narrowing down the very best, it’s really up to the cruisers themselves. Cruise Critic’s Cruiser’s Choice Awards 2018 revealed the very best large cruise ships for dining, and the results were interesting! Here we look at the 5 best large cruise ships for dining, according to the travelling public.


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Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Cruises

Feast with a view on the top deck at the Mast Grill and Seaside Grill, enjoy a nightcap at the Martini Bar & Crush, or indulge in authentic Tuscan cuisine, all on one ship. We can see why the cruising public chose Celebrity Eclipse as one of the best cruise ships for dining. The entire Celebrity Cruises fleet has a remarkable selection of dining options. Some of the foodie highlights onboard Celebrity Eclipse include the Sky Observation Lounge, where you can enjoy an evening cocktail and dance the night away, Sushi on 5, an atmospheric restaurant serving Japanese cuisine, and Café Al Bacio & Gelateria, which serves authentic gelato in freshly-baked waffle cones.

Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

Indulge in dishes created by award-winning chefs, gourmet Japanese cuisine and authentic Italian pizza onboard Oasis of the Seas. They say variety is the spice of life, and this is the mantra which Royal Caribbean International has used in creating all of its luxurious ships. Whether you’re in the mood for a delicious cupcake, rustic Italian cooking or James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s amazing creations, you can find it all on board. Families will love the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlour.


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Brilliance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

Complete with ocean-facing glass elevators, cutting-edge technology and a plethora of dining options, Brilliance of the Seas is certainly a sought-after ship. And with up to 2,142 mouths to feed, Royal Caribbean International have made sure there’s a tantalising range of eateries on board. As well as the main dining room and cafes, the ship has speciality restaurants for those wishing to indulge in a taste of Tuscany, Japan, or Mexico. Rita’s Cantina, a Tex-Mex inspired restaurant, has proved popular among guests and even serves margaritas for those gorgeous summer days on the sea.

Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Cruise Line

Boasting an impressive 17 dining options, it’s little wonder why Norwegian Spirit has made the cut. The ship has a multitude of free dining restaurants, each beautifully decorated and offering an indulgent spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether you’re in the mood for comfort food or pan-Asian cuisine, the ship has it all. For an additional fee, guests can enjoy exceptional dining experiences in restaurants like Cagney’s Steakhouse (think succulent steaks smothered in green peppercorn sauce), or Le Bistro, an elegant French eatery with decadent décor. For dinner with pizazz, check out Teppanyaki, where the chefs will create delicious meals right before your eyes.

Freedom of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

The luxury cruise line is a firm favourite among travelling food connoisseurs, as the final large ship to make the top 5 cruise ships for dining is Freedom of the Seas. Sample the first ever dry-aged steaks at sea, fresh seafood and sumptuous desserts at Chop’s Grille, classic Italian dishes packed full of flavour at Giovanni’s Table and juicy hamburgers and refreshing milkshakes at American-style diner Johnny Rockets. For the flavours of Mexico, pay a visit to Sabor Taqueria, and enjoy a selection of world wines at Vintages Wine Bar.

So, there you have it! The top 5 best large cruise ships for dining, as chosen by the public in Cruise Critic’s Cruiser’s Choice Awards 2018. Have you particularly enjoyed a restaurant or the range of food on offer during your cruise? We’d love to hear your recommendations!

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