Dining Debate: Why I Choose Flexible Dining

Even in the Cruise Critic office, our staff disagree on which is better: flexible, anytime dining and assigned-seating, traditional dining. Bring up the subject, and the discussion will get heated! In this pair of blogs, two Cruise Critic editors go head to head, debating the two sides of the dining dilemma. To read the opposing […]

Dining Debate: Why I Choose Assigned Dining

Even in the Cruise Critic office, our staff disagrees on which is better: flexible, anytime dining and assigned-seating, traditional dining. Bring up the subject, and the discussion will get heated! In this pair of blogs, two Cruise Critic editors go head to head, debating the two sides of the dining dilemma. To read the opposing […]

Unluck of the Draw: 13 Tablemates to Avoid at Dinner

I rarely choose the set-seating dining option when anytime dining is available, so I generally have the option of dining alone. But on the few occasions I’ve eaten with strangers, I had delightful experiences. I wondered: What’s with the stigma? Then, on one of my most recent sailings, my travel companion and I were stuck […]

Lido Deck Test Kitchen: Oceania’s Chocolate Bread Pudding

Oceania Cruises takes food seriously. It’s the at-sea home of mega-chef Jacques Pepin, and its ships feature floating culinary studios where cruise travelers can receive hands-on cooking lessons from master chefs. The line’s focus on dining is also evident in its “Taste the World” cookbook, a hefty hardcover collection of vignettes from shipboard kitchens, glossy […]

Best Meals We Ever Ate Onboard a Cruise Ship

Cruise Critic’s staff gets around … the onboard food scene, that is. From the sublime (like indulgent Chef’s Table feasts) to the ridiculous (trying to eat four burgers in one sitting), we’ve collectively eaten it all. To kick off Dining Week — when we’ll spend five days posting about all things cruise food-related — we […]

Savor the Sea: Dining Week with Cruise Critic

Once limited to a few select, calorie-laden options, dining on cruise ships has become just as versatile, if not more so, than many vacation packages on land. Those who bear dietary restrictions, long for more variety or are just picky eaters have begun to expand their palates with a growing number of alternative restaurants and […]

Giveaway: The Man of 1,000 Cruises

After 1,000 cruises, it’s fair to say Douglas Ward has an opinion or two. One of the most esteemed names in cruise writing, Ward has spent more than 30 years taking scrupulous notes and making honest appraisals of main dining room cuisine, cruise ship cabins and at-sea service. (That’s after years working on ships in […]

Popping Into San Francisco for a Taste of Celebrity Cooking

If Celebrity Cruises pops up a restaurant in San Francisco and its loyal past passengers don’t know about it … does it actually exist? It does. We know because Cruise Critic ate lunch at the pop-up venue, created from scratch at the back patio of the Stable Café and existing for two days and four […]

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