Hot on the Forums: Lobster – Love It Or Happy To Lose It?

Chatting about crustaceans (or loss of them) is a popular recurring theme on the Cruise Critic forums. It’s now resurfaced, so to speak, following Carnival’s decision to stop serving ‘free’ lobster on cruises of five nights or less. The announcement has also triggered a new wave of comments in a thread started back in 2011 […]

If It Were Up to Me… Specialty Dining

Cruise lines spend countless hours making sure their passengers have the best cruise vacation out there. But sometimes cruisers know what cruisers want. In our new series “If It Were Up to Me,” we ask ourselves — and the Cruise Critic community — what we would do differently if we were in charge. This week, […]

Q&A with Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver

With Anthem of Seas‘ debut this month, the Royal Caribbean ship will have the second of U.K. celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s at-sea restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, onboard. The for-fee restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients, many with a unique twist, like crab and avocado bruschetta (of course, there’s more traditional items, including penne pomodoro, linguine with prawns […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Savor the Flavor with Any Diet

Dietary restrictions? No problem, use our expert cruise tips to navigate on board dining.

Is Free Room Service on Its Way Out?

One of the long-standing perks of cruising has been the ability to have food magically appear at your cabin, at any hour of the day. I remember the delight my sister and I felt on our first cruise, a Western Caribbean voyage on Carnival Fantasy, when we realized that we could order a cheese plate […]

2014 in Review: Best Cruise Dining Experience

Another year is winding down, and we here at Cruise Critic are taking stock of the hits, misses and outright surprises that made up our cruising year (and we invite you to share your own!) Today: Best Cruise Dining Experience America’s Pacific Northwest already has a reputation as a superb region for food and wine. […]

Take a Chocolate Journey: Princess Pairs with Norman Love

The world, it seems, has gone crazy for chocolate. And we’re not talking Reese’s here. Sales of premium chocolate, the kind where cacao counts and cocoa “terroir” are proudly marked, are up around the globe, particularly in luxury-minded countries within Asia such as China and Japan. At least that’s the message that chocolatier Norman Love […]

Wining & Dining: What’s Your Perfect Cruise Meal?

They say age or glasses of wine should never be counted. I’m adding ‘favorite cruise foods’ to that list. Between the main dining room, buffet, complimentary eateries and for-fee specialty restaurants, the meal options on cruise ships are endless (not to mention, all the local fare in port). Even if you’re not a foodie, everyone […]

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