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 […]

Can an Adult Couple with No Kids Have Fun on a Disney Cruise?

During the recent national conference of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. cruise sellers, I had the opportunity to sail on Disney Dream for three nights. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew I’d be able to have my photo taken with Mickey and his pals, as well as the Disney princesses if I wanted – […]

Food Souvenirs: Caribbean Goodies

Inspired by a brilliant Cruise Critic boards post on food souvenirs from the Mediterranean, Cruise Critic will run a blog series on the best food — by region — to pick up when you’re cruising. This week, we bring you suggestions for what to look for in cruising’s most popular region — the Caribbean. Certain […]

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