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Cruise Ship Food: Things to Know

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Learning the food choices before you embark can help you experience the best cruise food the ship has to offer.

When preparing to go on a cruise, especially if it’s your first one or a different cruise line than the last time you sailed, you’ll want to know about the cruise ship food. What is included and what costs extra? Should you purchase a package for specialty food on a cruise? When it comes to the best cruise food, it all depends on what you and your traveling companions enjoy the most.

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What Food is Included in Your Cruise?

You can be sure there is plenty of food included in your fare, including the cruise ship buffet and the main dining room. Most cruises also offer free pizza and other snack type meals in venues around the ship. You will have to pay extra for dining in upscale specialty restaurants. You can purchase a dining package and a beverage package if you want to enjoy some specialty dining (and you should) and the beverages of your choice for a certain number of dinners at savings. Here at, we can set you up with the very best pricing available for dining and beverage packages. Any dining experience you choose to enjoy that is not included in your fare or a dining package will be charged to your stateroom account.

Dining Options

The main dining room is a sit-down venue. You will order your choices from a menu offering both American and Continental food choices. Dress code is often enforced when attending dinner in the main dining room, and most guests share tables with other passengers. Most cruise lines have a dress code in place for dinner, and you should be sure to pack according to your cruise line’s requirements. Casual dress is acceptable for buffet-style restaurants.

Specialty restaurants are generally themed and may include steakhouses, Italian cuisine, Japanese sushi, or French bistro. Casual dining venues could include pizza, hot dog and hamburger stands, and BBQ favorites. If you are in an upscale spa or suite stateroom, you may have an exclusive dining venue not available to other guests. Room service is generally available 24/7. Room service menus are simpler and include sandwiches, pizza, appetizers, salads, and some hot items. Most cruise lines do not charge for room service, but some will if it is requested late at night.

Do You Have Dietary Restrictions?

Every cruise line will try to accommodate any food restrictions you have. Here at, we can help you make sure your specific needs are known in advance.
• Vegan and vegetarian food
• Low salt, low carb, and gluten-free
• Food allergies
• Kosher foods (must be pre-ordered)

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At, we make it easy for you to be sure you get the right foods to meet your dietary needs. Call us at 1.888.804.CRUISE (2784), tell us the type of dietary needs you have, and we’ll be sure your cruise line is informed and prepared to provide the right foods for your vacation.

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