Royal Caribbean food: The ultimate cruise guide to restaurants and dining on board

Melinda Crow

Cruise food and cruise fun go hand-in-hand. Gone are the days when your only food choices were a main dining room and a buffet venue. Royal Caribbean ships are loaded with options — some that are included in your cruise fare and some that cost extra. From the largest ship in the fleet to the smallest, the choices are mind-blowing — especially for new-to-Royal cruisers.

But even if you've sailed with Royal Caribbean in the past, you need a food guide to keep up with what's available on which ship. Sometimes, you want to repeat a dining experience you had on a previous cruise. Other times, you'd prefer to try a new eatery. Knowing which food choices a ship has might impact which ship you pick.

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Good examples are the Italian restaurants across the fleet. Do you know the difference between Giovanni's Table and Giovanni's Kitchen? How do the Jamie's Italian restaurants stack up to either of the Giovanni's? And do you know which ship is the only one in the fleet without an Italian restaurant? (Answer: Enchantment of the Seas.) I don't know about you, but I've gotta get my pasta fix when I cruise.

Then there are Royal Caribbean's food secrets. Okay, maybe they aren't actual secrets, but there are things to eat on board that aren't highly publicized. You need to be in the know to seek them out.

Let's start with a list of all the places you can snag a bite, and which ships they are found on. After that, I'll run through some of the most frequently asked questions about Royal Caribbean food.

150 Central Park

Fixed price; dinner

150 Central Park serves six-course dinners featuring meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes accompanied by produce that is "locally sourced" and harvested at peak flavor. Menu examples include beef tenderloin, halibut, venison and cauliflower steak. The location in the Central Park neighborhood , surrounded by live plants, adds an ambience not found on most cruise ships.

Available on: Allure , Harmony, Oasis, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

Aquadome Market

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Included; all-day dining

Icon of the Seas introduces a five-station food hall serving five types of mac and cheese, Asian and Mediterranean bowls, salads and sandwiches and custom crepes. It's located adjacent to the AquaDome, and its long hours means you can grab a bite before or after an acrobatic AquaTheater show.

Available on: Icon of the Seas

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Included and a la carte options; all-day dining

Basecamp is a fast-casual snackery within the Thrill Island neighborhood. Things like hot dogs and warm pretzels are complimentary, while comfort food options like burgers, cheese curds and chicken waffle bites cost extra. Covered outdoor seating is available.

Boardwalk Donuts

Included; snacks

Freshly topped and decorated doughnuts line the glass cases at this one-of-a-kind restaurant. It makes a fun spot to snag an early morning pre-breakfast bite.

Available on: Allure of the Seas

Cafe @Two70

Just outside the entrance to the Two70 entertainment space, this eatery often goes unnoticed by many cruisers. It's an ideal spot to grab a sandwich or a bowl of the day's soup. Breakfast goodies include pastries and even burritos — perfect before you dash out on your day's adventures.

Available on: Anthem, Odyssey , Ovation, Quantum, Spectrum of the Seas

Related: The ultimate guide to Royal Caribbean cruise ships and itineraries

Cafe Latte-tudes

Included and a la carte; snacks

This is the in-house specialty coffee hot spot on the line's smaller ships. Coffee drinks cost extra but are included in beverage packages; cookies, bite-sized pastries and even sandwiches are complimentary. Some ships also have a nearby ice cream parlor with scoops and cones available for purchase.

Available on: Brilliance, Enchantment, Grandeur , Jewel, Radiance, Rhapsody, Serenade, Vision of the Seas

Cafe Promenade

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Similar to Cafe Latte-tudes, Cafe Promenade is exactly what it sounds like — a coffee counter with grab-and-go snacks. Specialty coffees and teas cost extra, and most snacks are complimentary, though a few fancier options are extra-fee. Some ships also have a drink station nearby serving the usual array of complimentary hot and cold beverages like tea, lemonade and drip coffee.

Available on: Adventure, Allure, Anthem, Explorer, Freedom, Harmony, Independence , Liberty, Mariner, Navigator, Oasis, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum, Symphony, Utopia, Voyager, Wonder of the Seas

Celebration Table

Want to host your own dinner party onboard? Reserve this private dining room for 12 and enjoy a catered meal featuring a fixed-price menu of American, Italian, Asian or seafood dishes. It's located inside Hooked Seafood in the AquaDome neighborhood.

Chef's Table

Most ships in the fleet offer a Chef's Table experience on select nights of select sailings. Reservations are required for a private gourmet dinner with wine pairing hosted by a chef and sommelier for a small group. It is a night and a meal you will remember.

Available on: Adventure, Allure, Anthem, Brilliance, Enchantment, Explorer, Freedom, Grandeur, Harmony, Independence, Jewel, Liberty, Mariner, Navigator, Oasis, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum, Radiance, Rhapsody, Serenade, Spectrum, Utopia, Vision, Voyager, Wonder of the Seas

Chops Grille

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Fixed price; dinner plus lunch on sea days

Royal Caribbean's specialty steakhouse is available fleetwide. The Chops Grille menu leans heavily toward prime beef cuts, but also includes chicken, lamb and seafood. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed, and the food delicious. Sides are served family style, and you'll want to try several.

Available on: Adventure, Allure, Anthem, Brilliance, Enchantment, Explorer, Freedom, Grandeur, Harmony, Icon, Independence, Jewel, Liberty, Mariner, Navigator, Oasis, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum, Radiance, Rhapsody, Serenade, Spectrum, Symphony, Utopia, Vision, Voyager, Wonder of the Seas

Coastal Kitchen

Included; breakfast, lunch and dinner

Coastal Kitchen is a restaurant exclusive to suite guests and upper-tier members of Royal Caribbean's Crown and Anchor loyalty program . Though it's styled like a main dining room, serving three meals a day with menus that change daily, the experience is on par with specialty dining, both in service and food quality. It's an ideal alternative to the main dining room for those who are eligible to dine here.

Star and Sky Class suite guests can dine in Coastal Kitchen for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sea Class suite guests can come for dinner if space is available. Pinnacle-level loyalty members can also eat here at any mealtime, space permitting.

Available on: Allure, Anthem, Harmony, Icon, Oasis, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

Cupcake Cupboard

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A la carte; hours vary

The name of this sweet treat eatery tells you almost everything you need to know. Stop by for extra-fee cupcakes when you're craving sugar. Alternatively, look for decorating classes to join and cupcake kits to purchase, so you have everything you need to return home and bake your own goodies.

Available on: Freedom and Liberty of the Seas

Desserted Milkshake Bar

A la carte; snacks

Here's an idea that's long overdue on a cruise ship – custom milkshakes overflowing with sweet treats like brownies, cookies and popcorn. Adults can upgrade to boozy versions.

Dining Room

Included; breakfast, lunch (sea days) and dinner

The main dining rooms can get a little confusing on a fleet as varied as Royal Caribbean's. Most ships have one large, multideck dining space that serves complimentary meals, but the venue's name varies by ship. Quantum Class ships have four separate dining rooms, each with a different name.

On all ships, one deck or area is reserved for guests with assigned early and late dining times, with the remaining area set aside for those participating in the flexible My Time Dining plan. All guests order from the same menus, which are standard for breakfast daily and change each day for lunch (when it's open) and dinner.

Available on: All ships

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Included; hours may vary

If gourmet hot dogs topped the way you want them is your idea of the perfect lunch or snack, pop in at the Dog House. There are too many choices to try them all on a single cruise.

Available on: Allure, Anthem, Harmony, Mariner, Oasis, Ovation, Quantum, Radiance, Spectrum, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

El Loco Fresh

From breakfast burritos to heaps of nachos and cheesy quesadillas, this Mexican-themed eatery is a quick and filling spot to grab a bite during the day. Pool wear is allowed since this is basically an outdoor restaurant. On four ships, it's located near the pool. The five Oasis Class ships with an El Loco Fresh have it closer to the sports court than the pool, but on all ships, eating here can save you from having to get dressed to go inside for food at the Windjammer.

Available on: Allure (Wipe Out Cafe), Freedom, Icon, Navigator, Oasis, Odyssey, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

Empire Supper Club

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When Royal Caribbean says "dinner and a show," the line really means it. This intimate, multicourse dinner features live jazz performances and drink pairings. The experience is one of a kind, but the cover charge for dinner is one of the highest at sea.

English Pub

When I mentioned "secret food," the English pubs were what I had in mind. The pubs on each ship have different names, but the atmosphere is always warm and welcoming. Not every pub serves snacks, but definitely ask if you don't see a food menu. What you find to munch on might turn out to be one of the highlights of your cruise. Smoked cheddar ale soup and deep-fried apple pie with Nutella are top of mind for me.

Available on: Adventure, Allure, Anthem, Brilliance, Explorer, Freedom, Harmony, Icon, Independence, Liberty, Mariner, Navigator, Oasis, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum, Radiance, Serenade, Star, Symphony, Utopia, Voyager, Wonder of the Seas

Fish & Ships

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Included and a la carte; lunch

Grab a basket of deep-fried deliciousness (fish, shrimp and chicken) near the pool for a quick lunch or a snack between afternoon activities. Only the lobster tails cost extra.

Available on: Independence and Ovation of the Seas

Giovanni's Italian Kitchen

Fixed price; lunch (select days) and dinner

From a prime cut filet mignon to pizza, Royal Caribbean's second generation of its classic Italian food restaurant serves up an excellent meal. The service is always gracious and the portions generous.

Available on: Freedom, Icon, Odyssey, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

Giovanni's Table

Royal Caribbean's original Italian restaurants feature a traditional mix of pastas and meat or seafood entrees. The differences between the two Giovanni's are subtle. Lasagna and pizza are available at the Kitchen, but not at the Table. The best eggplant parm I've ever had is only available at Giovanni's Table, as is a gigantic platter of osso buco.

Available on: Adventure, Allure, Brilliance, Explorer, Grandeur, Independence, Jewel, Liberty, Oasis, Radiance, Rhapsody, Serenade, Vision, Voyager of the Seas

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Hooked Seafood

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From chowder to mussels to whole Maine lobster, Hooked is where you get your seafood fix on select ships. Personally, I'd go for the lobster mac and cheese, but you do you.

Available on: Icon, Navigator, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

Royal Railway — Utopia Station

We'll know more once Utopia of the Seas launches, but this new restaurant sounds more like a Disney ride, taking you on a culinary journey as if you were inside a luxury railcar — while you're sailing at sea. Windows will display scenes from various destinations, and the menu items will be inspired by those regions of the world.

Available on: Utopia of the Seas

A la carte; lunch and dinner

Across the fleet, Izumi manages to take on several different looks. On Quantum Class ships, it's got a sidewalk sushi bar feel. On other ships, it's a quiet enclave tucked away on the top deck. Wherever you find it, it's the place to be for sushi and Japanese-American fusion eats.

Available on: Adventure, Anthem, Brilliance, Explorer, Grandeur, Jewel, Navigator, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum, Radiance, Rhapsody, Serenade, Spectrum, Vision, Voyager

Izumi Hibachi & Sushi

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A la carte and fixed price; lunch and dinner

On select ships, Izumi also includes a fixed-price teppanyaki option with your choice of beef, chicken, shrimp or a combination of proteins as your entree. Sit around the cooking surface and watch the show from your entertaining chef. Alternatively, you can order sushi along with a selection of hot Japanese dishes a la carte.

Available on: Allure, Freedom, Harmony, Icon, Independence, Mariner, Oasis, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

Izumi in the Park

A la carte; all-day dining

Icon and Utopia of the Seas have more takeaway food options than any other Royal Caribbean ships, including a to-go window passing out sushi at a la carte prices. You'll find the venue in Central Park, next to the main Izumi restaurant.

Available on: Icon and Utopia of the Seas

Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

Royal Caribbean's third Italian option features a Tuscan-inspired, celebrity-chef-curated menu that is a bit more modern than either version of the Giovanni's restaurants found on other ships. You can still find a luscious lasagna, but the menu holds surprises like crispy squid and pan-roasted salmon.

Available on: Anthem, Harmony, Mariner, Navigator, Ovation, Quantum, Spectrum, Symphony of the Seas

Johnny Rockets

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Fixed price; all-day dining

Johnny Rockets is the original specialty restaurant on Royal Caribbean ships. Its juicy burgers, fries and shakes have become a beloved part of Royal Caribbean food culture. It's a well-kept secret that the apple pie is hands down the best on board any ship afloat. You'll pay a flat fee per person to dine there, but beverages, such as the venue's famous shakes, cost extra (unless they're included in your drinks package).

On Oasis Class ships, you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast of eggs, omelets, breakfast sandwiches and pancakes at Johnny Rockets.

Available on: Adventure, Allure, Anthem, Explorer, Freedom, Harmony, Independence, Liberty, Mariner, Navigator (Express), Oasis, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

La Patisserie

Looking to put a French twist on your vacation, regardless of your cruise destination? Here's your chance to indulge in French pastries (for purchase) paired with luscious coffees or tea. Think macarons and artisan chocolates that are a step above the complimentary snacks at Cafe Promenade. Order cake or cheesecake by the slice or pick up a whole cake to share with the gang. The best secret here is that you can order your coffee or hot cocoa with a shot of chocolate liqueur.

Available on: Anthem, Ovation, Quantum, Spectrum of the Seas

If you're looking for a poolside snack, you'll find right-sized bites in the form of sliders, pizza, taquitos and sweet treats at Mini Bites.

Available on: Harmony of the Seas

Included; Breakfast and lunch

The Park Cafe is home to the Royal Kummelweck Roast Beef Sandwich, which has garnered serious social media buzz. I hear about people who rush to Park Cafe on embarkation day to start indulging in their Kummelweck binging. Look for other deli treats, paninis and hot pizza in most Park Cafe locations along with fresh fruit, salads and desserts. At breakfast, you'll find grab-and-go options and a bagel bar.

The Park Cafe is found in Central Park on Oasis and Icon Class ships and near the solarium on smaller ships. On those vessels, the venue's location allows you to spend long luxurious hours poolside with plenty of snacks nearby.

Available on: Allure, Brilliance, Enchantment, Grandeur, Harmony, Icon, Oasis, Radiance, Rhapsody, Serenade, Symphony, Vision, Wonder of the Seas

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Icon of the Seas' new take on the Royal Promenade coffee-and-snack shop is a winner. Comfy seating with stunning ocean views makes it an ideal spot to hang with friends as you munch your way through a sandwich or tartlet. Specialty coffee and teas are available for a charge. The Pearl Cafe is open around the clock, so you can grab a snack at any hour.

A la carte; breakfast, lunch and dinner

The concept here starts with California beach food like fish tacos or shrimp tostadas, then adds the coolest three words to ever be combined in the English language: "All Day Brunch." When you wake up at noon craving breakfast food, head to the Surfside neighborhood for favorites such as pancake platters and smoked salmon eggs Benedict. As befitting a family-friendly specialty restaurant, kids under 12 dine free.

Playmakers Sports Bar

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A la carte; lunch, dinner and late night

It's crazy that the Playmakers menu is still somewhat of an unknown for many Royal Caribbean cruisers. Perhaps those who know work hard not to spread the word. Expect gourmet burgers, wings and, yes, truffle fries. Or pop in after a night of clubbing for a sweet treat like a sundae or the infamous Campfire Cookie topped with melted marshmallows and Nutella.

Available on: Freedom, Icon, Independence, Mariner, Navigator, Oasis, Odyssey, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

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Portside BBQ

Whether you go for a platter of ribs or a sandwich dripping with sauce, expect an abundance of flavors from the Deep South. And don't skimp on dessert – you really can't eat barbecue without finishing it with nanna pudding, y'all.

Available on: Oasis of the Seas

Fixed price; lunch and dinner

Billed as "modern Mexican" cuisine, Sabor offers up guacamole, empanadas and a variety of tacos, quesadillas and sides. Save room for flan or churros for dessert.

Available on: Allure, Harmony, Liberty of the Seas

Samba Grill

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Samba Grill is similar to the Brazilian steakhouses you've visited on land. You choose starters from an appetizer station, followed by your choice of meats (including chicken) carved tableside. The chocolate layer cake makes a delightful finish to your meal — if you still have room left after all that meat.

Available on: Allure and Radiance of the Seas

Solarium Bistro

Included, with a la carte extras; breakfast, lunch and dinner

Tucked away inside the Solarium, the Bistro is a multipurpose food space. Complimentary breakfast and lunch minibuffets are served here, making the venue a quieter option for those meals. No reservations are required.

Dinner, on the other hand, though still complimentary, is by reservation only and is a combination of buffet and table-served dishes, with a menu focused on healthy Mediterranean options. As in the main dining room, a handful of optional charged items are on the menu (upgraded steaks and lobster). Children are allowed to eat in the Bistro, even though the Solarium has a minimum age of 16.

Do not be surprised to discover that the space is not always available during your cruise. Apparently, its location means it has its own kitchen, making it ideal for private functions where food sourcing is important. I've heard of its being used exclusively on some cruises by gluten-free and kosher groups.

Available on: Allure, Anthem, Harmony, Oasis, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

Sorrento's Pizza

Whether you're looking to grab a slice or a pie, Sorrento's Pizza is your pizza go-to spot on more than half the fleet. You can order a custom pie or choose from what's on hand. Seating specific to Sorrento's is fairly limited on some ships, but shared dining space is usually somewhere nearby. It's not open 24/7 but doesn't shut down until well after midnight.

Available on: Allure, Anthem, Freedom, Harmony, Icon, Independence, Liberty, Oasis, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum, Spectrum, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

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If you're screaming for ice cream, Sprinkles is Royal Caribbean's go-to for soft-serve ice cream in multiple flavors.

Available: Fleetwide

Freestanding Starbucks locations serve the same drinks and snacks you can find in land-based outlets. You can use your Starbucks gift cards (if you bring them onboard) and your Starbucks app to order and pay at these locations. You'll earn Starbucks stars for purchases but cannot redeem them.

Other Royal Caribbean cafes might serve Starbucks-branded beverages, but they are operated by Royal Caribbean. In those locations, you can only pay for drinks with your Sea Pass card (including via either the Refreshment or Deluxe Beverage Package) or a coffee card purchased onboard.

Stand-alone Starbucks locations available on: Allure, Harmony, Icon, Mariner, Navigator, Oasis, Odyssey, Symphony, Utopia of the Seas

Sugar Beach

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You can purchase colorful candies, fudge and cupcakes at Sugar Beach.

Available on: Allure (Candy Beach), Icon, Independence, Oasis, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

Surfside Bites

Surfside Bites is the place to grab kid-favorite finger food on the fly. Think popcorn chicken, hot dogs and churros.

Surfside Eatery

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Surfside is Royal Caribbean's new family-friendly, stay-all-day onboard destination with multiple pools and attractions. Surfside Eatery provides a place for families to sit down to a meal without leaving the neighborhood. The buffet serves three meals daily with dishes for both kid and grownup palates.

Though both Odyssey and Spectrum have an Izumi Sushi location, Teppanyaki is a separate Japanese steakhouse located on Deck 14 on these two ships. Choose from either a single protein or a combo for the fixed-price meal, similar to Izumi Hibachi. Appetizers are priced a la carte.

Available on: Odyssey and Spectrum of the Seas

The Bamboo Room

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The Bamboo Room is another onboard bar with somewhat secretive bar snacks — including Hawaiian barbecue sliders and coconut crab bruschetta. Don't miss this treat if you're sailing on Mariner of the Seas, the only ship in the fleet with this venue.

Available on: Mariner of the Seas

Included; all day dining

The Grove is the exclusive sun deck snack bar for Sky- and Star-tier suite guests on Icon of the Seas. The venue serves upscale Mediterranean mezes (small dishes) in an outdoor setting.

The Mason Jar

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Fixed price; brunch and dinner

If you're looking for an out-of-the-ordinary brunch or dinner on board the newest Oasis Class ships, the Mason Jar is your spot. The atmosphere is relaxing, the menu is deeply Southern and the iced tea (sipped from Mason jars, of course) is sweet. Expect shrimp and grits, barbecue and fried chicken.

Available on: Wonder and Utopia of the Seas

The Spare Tire

Royal Caribbean brings a food truck-themed eatery poolside for handheld favorites like burgers and fries.

Trellis Bar

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Say yes to upscale bar bites Icon of the Seas' version of this Central Park watering hole. Snack on mac & cheese poppers or truffled french fries while you sip your wine or commit to a meal with a drink with options like steak bites, Chops dry-aged burger and a chicken Caesar salad.

Vintages is home to another secret bar snack menu you might not know about. Expect bruschetta, olives, meat platters, seafood bites and other tapas, served from 5 p.m. until they're gone.

Available on: Allure, Anthem, Freedom, Harmony, Independence, Liberty, Oasis, Ovation, Quantum, Symphony of the Seas

Vitality Cafe

Included; breakfast and lunch

Located next to the spa and workout facilities on select ships, Vitality Cafe is what you would expect to find in such a health-oriented spot. Custom-blended fruit and veggie smoothies and protein shakes cost extra but are included in the Deluxe and Refreshment beverage packages. On some ships, the cafe also serves fruit cups and granola bites to get you through your workout.

Available on: Allure, Harmony, Icon, Oasis, Symphony, Utopia, Wonder of the Seas

Windjammer Marketplace

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Expect an extensive multistation buffet with ample choices for everyone. In addition to the food, complimentary beverages include drip coffee, various hot teas, hot cocoa, milk, lemonade, punch and iced tea. Soft drink machines are available for those who have bought beverage packages. Larger ships have a bar within the Windjammer and servers rotate regularly.

The menu is described as "imaginative" as befits a restaurant inspired by "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Expect a multicourse dinner experience featuring food that is deconstructed, reconstructed and otherwise created to generate an entertaining gourmet meal.

Available on: Anthem, Harmony, Odyssey, Ovation, Quantum, Spectrum, Symphony, Wonder of the Seas

Royal Caribbean food: Frequently asked questions

How does the main dining room work?

At booking, you are offered a choice between traditional times designated as early or late, or flexible dining called My Time Dining , allowing you to show up anytime during restaurant open hours.

Do I need reservations for dinner in a specialty restaurant?

Waiter-served, extra-fee restaurants — whether fixed price or a la carte — typically require reservations. On the rare occasion when a ship is sailing at lower than full occupancy, you might find you can walk up during nonpeak hours and be seated at a specialty restaurant without a reservation. Those opportunities are the exceptions. Better to make a reservation to ensure you get the time slot you prefer.

What do "a la carte" and "fixed price" mean on Royal Caribbean ships?

A la carte pricing refers to restaurants where the food is individually priced. You only pay for the dishes you order. An entire menu might be individually priced, or you might only see a few items with prices on an otherwise complimentary menu.

Fixed price indicates that dining at the restaurant has a single cover charge for the full meal. This may also be stated as "Prix Fixe." You will generally choose an appetizer or salad, an entree, sides and a dessert. Beverages other than tea, coffee and water are an added charge unless specifically stated that they are included.

What beverages are included with my cruise fare?

Drip coffee, tap water, hot and iced tea, milk, and one or more flavored drinks like fruit punch or lemonade dispensed from drink machines. All other beverages may be purchased individually or you can buy a beverage package to pay for unlimited drinks in advance (fine print applies). Read our complete guide to Royal Caribbean drink packages for details.

Is there room service and what does it cost?

Room service is available in all cabins. Continental breakfast, including coffee, pastries, fruit and cold cereal, is free. Hot breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks incur a delivery charge of $7.95 plus 18% gratuity. The food itself is mostly complimentary, but selected dishes are priced a la carte.

How do specialty dining packages work?

To reduce the cost of specialty dining, you can buy a three- or five-restaurant package or an unlimited dining package. Some sailings also offer a combo option of Chops plus one other restaurant. These are all available for purchase in the cruise planner before your sailing. The unlimited package allows you to dine at any specialty restaurant each night of your cruise, plus lunches where they are available.

Can children eat in the specialty restaurants on board?

Most Royal Caribbean specialty restaurants cater to children with special menus and reduced prices. There are a few examples where children are allowed, but not catered to. Empire Supper Club is an example of that. The line states that children under 12 are allowed, but the experience is designed "for adult guests."

Does Royal Caribbean charge extra for lobster?

Lobster tails may be ordered any night of the cruise at Chops Grill or for an extra charge in the main dining room. Only one lobster tail is included when complimentary lobster is served in the dining room as part of the menu. Additional lobsters are charged to your bill.

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Royal Caribbean Food Review – EVERYTHING I Ate During my Cruise: (Photos and Menus)

If you are taking a cruise with Royal Caribbean, you may be wondering what the food will be like. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all included at no extra cost on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

I’ve just disembarked a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas and in this post we will look at everything I ate in the main dining room, buffet, two70, cafe promenade and Sorrentos Pizza.

This was my second Royal Caribbean cruise.

Buffet – Included

The buffet on Anthem of the Seas was open from early in the morning until around 9 pm.

The buffet area is huge with lots of choice.

We always found the quality of the food in the buffet to be good. The food was hot and there was lots of variety.

The buffet is back to self-service but hand washing was strictly enforced.

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The buffet at dinner time consisted of things like:

  • A Themed Section – British food – American food – Italian food etc
  • A Grill Section (Burgers, Hot Dogs, Steaks etc.)
  • Salads/Breads
  • Tacos/Nachos
  • Pasta and Noodles

The sections would be different for breakfast and lunch.

Below is a photo of me with the first lunch I found onboard. They had Yorkshire puddings which I LOVE.

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The great thing about the buffet is that you can combine anything that you think looks interesting. Cookies and vegetables on the same plate? Sure!

Below is an example lunch that I had one day, I particularly enjoyed the carrots and the bread with dips.

I liked how the dips were prepared on a small plate ready for me to take.

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I did end up with some strange combinations, but that’s the fun of a buffet. All of the food is unlimited and there aren’t any rules about what you can put on your plate.

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There was waiter service in the buffet which was always very efficient. We had refillable soda cups and usually filled these here.

Royal Caribbean are VERY good at desserts. We had lots of yummy cakes and cookies during the cruise.

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The cookies were always available and were always a consistent size and flavour. The cookies were also available in the cafe promenade and two70 cafe.

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Below is one of my favourite buffet creations. It was a doughnut which I added sprinkles and chocolate to.

These were all freshly made in front of us.

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The below drinks machines were located around the buffet and these are free to use at any time. There is also a coffee and tea machine with lots of types of tea available.

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Main Dining Room -Silk – Included

There are multiple main dining rooms onboard Anthem of the Seas. We decided to pick flexible dining and were sat in Silk restaurant each time we went to dinner.

The flexible dining didn’t work well very for us during the cruise as we were never able to get a booking before 8.30 pm.

I didn’t like the restaurant much as it felt very dark and cramped compared to other cruise ship dining rooms.

This is the first cruise I’ve ever taken where we preferred to eat in the buffet than the main dining room. This may have been different if we could eat earlier and were seated in a different section/restaurant.

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Menus can be viewed in advance on the Royal Caribbean app.

I am vegetarian and for my starter and main course, I decided to eat from the vegan menu. Royal Caribbean have made great process with vegan dining but I still think it has a way to go.

My pasta was okay but very plain.

My boyfriend Jono said that the steak wasn’t very good and was quite fatty and chewy. I’ve spoken to lots of other people since the cruise who agreed that the main dining room food was disappointing.

There wasn’t anything WRONG with the main dining room food, the portions were always a good size and the food was hot but we preferred the food in other venues.

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The staff were always friendly and helpful.

We never had to wait long for anything and they were always available to get us more drinks or anything else that we needed.

The desserts were always good.

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Room Service Continental Breakfast – Included

On a lot of cruise lines, there is a charge for room service breakfast. When I saw that the continental breakfast was included we decided to order it.

We ended up ordering room service most days.

We were cruising on the Norwegian Fjords so being able to have breakfast while sailing into a fjord was incredible. Especially if you have a balcony.

I am usually an inside cabin girl but for Norway, I thought it was worth getting a balcony and I’m glad I did.

To learn more about cruising to Norway, check out this post: How Much Does a Norwegian Fjord Cruise ACTUALLY Cost? (16 Examples)

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We ordered the room service on our cabin TV and were able to pick a time for delivery.

Almost every time we received a phone call before the food arrived to let us know that the food was on the way.

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The food quality was always good. I particularly liked the breakfast doughnuts. I wouldn’t normally eat doughnuts for breakfast but it was on the menu so I decided to.

Note: On the room service menu muffin was spelt as maffin which made me laugh. We ordered a blueberry maffin most days.

Two70 – Included

By the Two70 lounge, there is a cafe where you can pick up sandwiches, wraps, or salads. The food here is cooked freshly in front of you and they have display cases with examples of the food in them.

My personal favourite was a cheese pitta but I also tried the wraps and sandwiches.

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There was a drinks section here similar to the buffet where you could get some water, juice or iced tea.

These were all included in the cruise fare.

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There was also a small dessert section here which often had cakes and cookies.

The seating area for the two70 cafe is just inside the two70 lounge, here there is bar service.

Sorrentos Pizza – Included

Sorrentos pizza is a restaurant in the middle of the ship that services pizza until 3am.

Pizzas are freshly cooked along with a few other small sides like olives or grilled vegetables.

There was usually a vegetarian option here. I never saw anything marked as vegan but pizzas are available by the slice or as a whole pizza so I’m sure if requested you could order a vegan pizza of some sort.

It was really easy just to pop into Sorrentos to pick up a slice or two.

There are two of the soda refill machines here so we would get a drink to enjoy while we ate.

The pizza was American-style.

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Hot Dog Stand – Included

By the sports court Seaplex, there is a hot dog stand. My meat-eating friends tell me that these were tasty but sadly there was no vegetarian option for me.

I would usually just eat at the buffet to grab something to eat.

Hopefully, they’ll add a vegetarian option here soon.

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Cafe Promenade – Included

In the middle part of the ship is a small cafe called the cafe promenade. This is open 24 hours a day and serves sandwiches and little snacks.

I would often come here for a sandwich and a cookie.

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There’s also a machine here to get water and iced tea.

Iced tea was readily available on our cruise in the buffet, cafe promenade, and two70 cafe.

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Did We Enjoy The Food?

We loved the number of food venues included in the cruise fare and we had some great meals in the buffet and other locations. The free room service breakfast was a great perk and we definitely weren’t ever hungry during the cruise.

Royal Caribbean do desserts particularly well and the 24/7 access to cookies was AMAZING.

We were disappointed by the quality of the food in the main dining room, as were many others on the cruise but perhaps our expectations were too high.

I hope that Royal Caribbean will continue to improve their vegetarian options but overall we definitely enjoyed the food on the cruise.

To find out more about my Royal Caribbean cruise onboard Anthem of the Seas, check out this video:

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  • Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas ship accommodates 9,950 people: 7,600 guests and 2,350 crew.
  • The cruise ship has over 40 restaurants, bars, and lounges.
  • Tour one of its 37 kitchens responsible for 2,400 dinners a day.

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Most people don't go on airplanes just to get airplane food. Some travelers do, however, go on cruises just to get cruise food .

And for these hungry sailors, Royal Caribbean's new Icon of the Seas could be the closest thing to culinary heaven on earth (or at sea).

On the new world's largest cruise ship , dining is more than just a traditional buffet and poolside grill with burgers and pizza. It's that, of course, plus a feast of spaghetti Bolognese, raw oysters, and even rabbit — enough of it to feed up to 9,950 people (7,600 guests and 2,350 crew).

As you can probably guess, feeding everyone isn't cheap: Food is Royal Caribbean's second-highest expense after fuel, Linken D'Souza, the cruise line's senior vice president of food and beverage, told reporters in late January.

Icon's food preparation process begins on land in Miami, where the ship takes delivery of its provisions before every sailing.

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Icon of the Seas currently operates seven-day cruises from Miami to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Fresh goods like berries, cheeses, and herbs are refreshed weekly, Germán Rijo, the executive chef, told said during a tour of the kitchen.

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But frozen items — think prime rib, lobster, and fish — are received every two to three cruises.

A mega cruise ship means mega food orders.

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Icon of the Seas stocks up on about 20,000 pounds of rice and 3,500 pieces of lobster for a typical weeklong cruise.

On a smaller sailing, let’s say one with 4,000 guests, the ship would still carry about 2,500 pieces of prime rib and 120 to 200 pieces of beef tenderloin.

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Over the last few years, Royal Caribbean has been trying to source more of its ingredients domestically, where its ships are homeported, D'Souza said.

Icon of the Seas' restocked food supply is then distributed to its 37 kitchens.

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The ship has more than 20 restaurants and cafés. Upcharged options include a grab-and-go sushi stand and a luxurious $200 per person dinner (the one that serves rabbit).

Travelers who don’t want to splurge on specialty dining could frequent the ship’s complimentary Main Dining Room.

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The restaurant pumps out more rice, potatoes, lobster, beef tenderloin, and prime rib than any other dishes. But its menu rotates every night, giving repeat diners options like crab cakes, fried chicken, and escargot.

Just be sure to reserve your table in advance: The three-floor venue can feed 6,000 guests over 3 ½ hours.

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To keep operations running smoothly, every floor of the restaurant has its own kitchen.

The one that services the bottom level is responsible for 2,400 people during a busy dinner service.

The first-floor kitchen isn’t your grandma’s 'heart of the home.'

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The kitchen is a sterile and stainless steel land of giant pans, ovens, and mixers.

Unlike your decorative KitchenAid stand mixer at home, these tools aren't collecting dust.

Of Icon’s 425 cooks, 45 work in this kitchen, churning out 10 or 11-hour workdays.

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Preparing food is an around-the-clock affair: Some work night shifts.

Besides servicing the Main Dining Room, the kitchen also prepares the ship’s breads and pastries.

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It's no small feat for a ship of Icon of the Seas' size : Every day, the bakery churns out 35,000 to 40,000 baked goods, which include baguettes, muffins, and the most popular item: croissants, according to Alexander Perberschlager, a traveling executive corporate baker with the cruise line.

Nearby, soups and sauces (of large enough quantity to satisfy Bigfoot) simmer in 40 to 120-gallon pots.

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Cooks also have typical tools like vegetable slicers, machines that portion meats, and pineapple peelers.

Like the ship’s buffet, guests in the Main Dining Room can order as much food as their hearts and stomachs desire.

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To maintain portion sizes and decrease food waste, Royal Caribbean uses in-house historical data to determine what food and how much of it to cook, adjusted according to the demographic of its guests.

"If we have a lot of Latinos, we're going to need a lot of rice, beans, and chicharron," German Rijo, the executive chef, told reporters in late January.

Food waste could be a daunting problem on a ship that services the equivalent of a small town.

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Some overproduced foods are stored in a blast chiller and reused later, mitigating waste.

Take rice, for example. Instead of tossing extra batches of the little carby morsels, the kitchen can blast chill and reuse it for fried rice or paella. Or, it can be reheated and served again as is.

According to the cruise line, non-reusable leftovers are put through a "waste-to-energy" system.

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The tech, called Microwave-Assisted Pyrolysis (MAPs), can use organic waste to generate 200 to 300 kilowatts of energy — enough to run Icon of the Seas' waterpark , a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean told Business Insider.

But the best part about being on a cruise vacation (besides the unlimited food)? There’s no need to clean your dishes.

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The kitchen's larger-than-life dishwashers will do it for you.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Dining vs. Royal Caribbean Dining : Which is Better?

Last updated on January 22nd, 2024 at 01:19 pm

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When it comes to cruising, one aspect that delights passengers is the incredible dining experiences available onboard. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and Royal Caribbean International (RCI) are two well-known cruise lines that boast a wide array of dining options to satisfy every palate.

A note on food sensitivities and special diets. This article is a general overview of the differences, but if you have specific dietary requirements, reach out to the cruise line as they can often accommodate such requests. Gluten-Free dining options are available and you can also work around a Keto Diet when you’re on a cruise .

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Royal vs. Norwegian Dining Room Differences

Both NCL and RCI feature traditional main dining rooms offering an assortment of culinary delights. The main dining room on both ships serves the meals that are part of your cruise package, and so are at no additional cost to you.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Complimentary Dining

Norwegian Cruise Line presents a Freestyle Cruising dining concept, allowing guests to dine at their convenience without assigned seating or fixed dining times. This flexible approach provides passengers with more freedom and allows them to explore different dining venues.

On Norwegian, you can choose to dress up and enjoy a four-course meal or to dress down and get a hamburger off the grill. There are no “formal nights” like on other cruise lines and the only stipulation is you can’t wear your bathing suit in the main dining rooms.

For complimentary dining , the ship will have up to three main dining rooms, the Beyond Buffet, and a variety of casual eateries. It works like land-based restaurants – you show up to the venue whenever you’re hungry and the host will seat you. The main dining rooms will have the same menu, but you’ll get a different view and wait-staff each time.

The main dining rooms have chef-crafted menus with modern and classic dishes. The Beyond Buffet is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll find a meat carving station, made-to-order omelets, pasta, and more.

NCL has food available around the clock with 24-hour eateries with classic pub fare. Reuben sandwiches and Fish n’ Chips are a couple of the items offered.

Check out Norwegian’s Freestyle Dining here:

Royal Caribbean Complimentary Dining

Royal Caribbean offers a traditional dining experience with assigned seating and fixed dining times. This setup enables passengers to develop a rapport with their wait staff and fellow diners over the course of the cruise.

While NCL’s freestyle dining appeals to those seeking flexibility, Royal Caribbean’s traditional approach may suit those who prefer a more structured dining experience.

You will have your choice between two times for eating in the main dining room, and that will be your time for dinner on the entire cruise. Your table is also assigned to you. While you can choose to skip dinner and eat elsewhere, the assigned time and eating does offer you a schedule that you can count on.

If you don’t want to sit with anyone else or you want to adjust the time, sign up for “My Time Dining” which gives you more flexibility on the timing of your dinner and the guests you may be seated with.

Check out Royal Caribbean’s Main Dining room here: We tried Royal Caribbean’s new Main Dining Room Menus

Specialty Restaurants – Norwegian vs Royal Caribbean

When it comes to specialty restaurants, both cruise lines excel in offering a diverse range of options to cater to various tastes. Specialty dining will be an additional charge on both RCI and NCL.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Specialty Dining

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its exceptional specialty dining venues, such as Cagney’s Steakhouse, offering succulent cuts of meat, and Le Bistro, providing a sophisticated French dining experience. Guests pay extra for these restaurant options and reservations must be made in advance.

Other notable options on NCL ships include Teppanyaki (Japanese hibachi grill), La Cucina (Italian cuisine), and Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse).

There is also Wasabi, a sushi and yakitori bar, American Diner with lobster rolls and crispy chicken, Le Bistro, an elegant French restaurant, and Dole Gelato, Italy’s answer to ice cream.

Norwegian offers a Specialty Dining Package (SDP) for cruisers. With this package, you can sample the specialty restaurants onboard for one set price.

You can also select the number of meals that you would like to eat at these restaurants during your cruise.

Specialty Dining Packages are honored in the following restaurants: American Diner, Cagney’s Steakhouse, Food Republic, Italian, Le Bistro, Los Lobos, Moderno Churrascaria, Pincho Tapas Bar, Q Texas Smokehouse, Raw Bar, Seafood, Sushi and Teppanyaki.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Specialty Restaurants

Royal Caribbean’s specialty dining options are equally impressive. Jamie’s Italian, created in partnership with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, serves up delicious Italian fare.

Chops Grille is a popular choice for steak lovers, while Izumi offers delectable Asian cuisine. Additionally, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships boast innovative concepts like Wonderland, a whimsical restaurant with imaginative dishes that tantalize the senses.

Coffee and Casual Dining

When it comes to casual dining and coffee options, both cruise lines have their own unique offerings. Norwegian Cruise Line features the Garden Café, a buffet-style restaurant offering a wide variety of international cuisines.

O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill provides a relaxed pub atmosphere with comfort food favorites.

Royal Caribbean’s Windjammer Marketplace (included in your fare) offers a similar buffet-style dining experience with an extensive selection of dishes.

For casual dining, the Boardwalk Dog House is a standout choice, serving up gourmet hot dogs with a range of toppings. Moreover, Royal Caribbean’s partnership with Starbucks ensures that coffee enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite brew while at sea.

The Bottom Line: They’re Both Good!

Whether it’s your very first cruise or you’re an experienced cruiser, choosing between Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International for the ultimate dining experience is no easy task. Both cruise lines offer an impressive selection of dining options, catering to various tastes and preferences.

While the loyalty rewards accrued on cruises will often make you stick with one brand, it’s the dining opportunities that just might sway you over to the other side.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s freestyle dining approach allows for flexibility, while Royal Caribbean’s traditional dining concept fosters a sense of familiarity and camaraderie.

When it comes to specialty restaurants, NCL’s offerings are exceptional, with diverse culinary experiences available throughout its fleet. Royal Caribbean’s partnership with renowned chefs and their Oasis-class ships’ innovative concepts showcase their commitment to providing unique dining experiences.

Ultimately, determining which cruise line offers the better dining experience comes down to individual preferences. Whether you prioritize flexibility or a structured dining schedule, both Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International are sure to leave your taste buds delighted and your culinary cravings satisfied.

Bon voyage and bon appétit!

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Jonathon is the tech guy behind CruiseportAdvisor.com. When he's not stuck in front of his computer, Jonathon enjoys travel & cruising (even after being on a cruise ship that caught fire - a story for another day!)

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My First-Ever Cruise Was on the Largest Ship in the World—Here’s My Honest Review of Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas

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When you think of a cruise vacation, what comes to mind? Breakfast buffets, Elvis trivia and the unlikely but not totally implausible threat of pirates? Same. That is, until I actually went on one.

I was raised by two adventure-loving nomads (who have since settled in New Jersey because, life), so the urge to travel is in my blood. I’ve been lucky enough to ski the mountains of New Mexico , hike the Swiss Alps, trail race around Jackson Hole and safari through Kenya, but in my 30 plus years on this planet, I’ve never taken a cruise. And to be honest, I’ve never really wanted to.

So, how did I, a self-proclaimed land lover, end up on the maiden voyage of the largest ship in the world? It’s simple: Cruises are cool again.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association industry report, 2024 is shaping up to be the year we all go cruising. With post-pandemic bookings steadily rising since 2022, 35.7 million passengers are projected to set sail in 2024, a whopping 20 percent more than in 2019. And with this increased interest comes a whole new customer base. As more millennials and Gen X travelers dip their toes in the proverbial waters, gone are the days of the stereotypical cruiser repping a Hawaiian shirt and a boomer birthday. Plus, with both solo and multi-generational family travel firmly on the rise, cruises seem to be at the top of everyone’s bucket list—not to mention their “For You” page.

Between the nine-month world cruise making waves on social media to a number of new ships launching in 2024 , I couldn’t resist kicking off the year with a floating getaway. At the top of my maritime list was Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas , the newest kid on the block that everyone (from The New York Times to TikTok ) couldn’t stop talking about. Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or a seasoned vet, this ship has a little bit of something for everyone. Here’s my honest review.

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Ship Features & Onboard Activities

True to its moniker, the world’s largest ship is a stunning behemoth that, upon arrival, made all the other ships casually parked in the port look like bath toys. Powered by liquefied natural gas—a more energy-efficient and cleaner burning fuel source—the Icon of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s most sustainable ship to date. At full capacity, it can house 7,600 passengers with 28 different types of accommodations ranging from an infinite ocean-view balcony to a $100,000 three-story family townhouse .

To keep all those people happy, the ship features seven different pools, nine hot tubs and over 40 restaurants with cuisines ranging from coastal seafood to Japanese hibachi. Marketed as the ultimate family vacation , the ship’s stand-out features shine a light on multigenerational fun, from epic waterslides and mini golf to comedy shows and craft cocktails.

As a first-time cruiser, the boat can be overwhelming with 20 decks full of places to explore and activities to book. Luckily, the Royal Caribbean app makes it easy to both prep for your trip prior to leaving and organize your stay while on board. Though I logged way more steps than I ever anticipated (a plus!), the ship’s layout made its size feel less daunting. Divided into eight different neighborhoods each with their own unique function and theme, the overall flow felt seamless and convenient with numerous elevators, easy accessibility and tons of open space. Here are a few of my favorite neighborhoods onboard:

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  • Thrill Island: Highlights include Category 6 (the largest waterpark at sea featuring the tallest drop slide and the first family raft slide at sea), Crown’s Edge (a part ropes course, part zip line experience that suspends passengers out over the open ocean), as well as cruise classics like the FlowRider surf simulator, a sport court, a rock-climbing wall and family-friendly mini golf.
  • Chill Island: The place to be to have the ultimate lounge day, featuring swim-up bars, whirlpools and tropical refreshments.
  • The Hideaway: An adult only (18+) area featuring the first suspended infinity pool at sea with ocean views and a dedicated DJ and bar.

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  • Surfside: As the first neighborhood designed specifically for kids, Surfside has everything young families would need to stay and play all day, including a splash pad, a baby pool, an arcade and an underwater-themed carousel, plus five different dining options the whole family can enjoy.
  • Central Park: This open-air hub features tons of live greenery for a full-theme immersion. Similar to its stateside namesake, there are seven unique bars and restaurants that call this neighborhood home, including a blues club and a walk-up Champagne bar.

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  • AquaDome: With panoramic views of the open ocean, the AquaDome is home to the most epic aqua show this writer has ever seen. Hosted at the AquaTheater, the highly anticipated experience features high divers, synchronized swimmers and the first-ever aerial pas de deux (duet dance). It’s weird and wonderful in the most extraordinary way. A must-see for anyone lucky enough to snag a seat.
  • Royal Promenade: A mainstay in many Royal Caribbean vessels, the Royal Promenade is located at the heart of the ship. In addition to 15 bars, restaurants and lounges, this neighborhood includes a dueling piano bar, music hall and comedy club. At the center of it all is The Pearl, a multi-sensory immersive structure that features kinetic tiles and specialized lighting to mimic the movement of water.

Stateroom Accommodations

Upon arrival, we made our way to an ocean-view balcony stateroom on the 12 th deck, our home away from home for the next few days. At 204 square feet, the room was perfectly suitable for two people. Cozy, inviting and surprisingly quiet, with smart storage options, well-placed charging ports and a good amount of room to move about freely without feeling like you were on top of each other. The on-suite bathroom was on the smaller side, but the spacious shower made up for the crowded toilet and sink area. My favorite part of the room was the outdoor balcony, which felt private and secluded while bringing in tons of natural light.

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Food & Drink

Though the number of dining options onboard is impressive, the quality at certain locations was a little lackluster. My favorites included Izumi for sushi and hibachi, Sorrento’s for all-you-can-eat thin-crust pizza and Pearl Café for 24-hour snacks, both sweet and savory. I was also pleasantly surprised by the breakfast and lunch buffet options at both Windjammer and Surfside Eatery (which has a menu catered to a much younger age bracket but hey, sometimes you just need a chicken nugget).

The main dining room, however, was a miss for me. A standard in all Royal Caribbean ships, the table service offerings were perfectly fine (I did like my salmon), but largely boring and mass-produced. After ending the meal with a curdled crème brûlée that resembled scrambled eggs, it was a one-and-done experience.

In addition to the standard buffet options, Icon of the Seas also features laidback brunch spots, kid-approved bites and extravagant dining experiences like the Empire Supper Club complete with a live jazz band, an eight-course meal and cocktail pairings.

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Unlike some of the food offerings, the specialty cocktails on board were a memorable highlight. Each bar has its own curated list of libations that are intriguing and innovative—not to mention delicious. The 1400 Lobby Bar, a mainstay in the Royal Promenade, features unique twists on classic cocktails like a pineapple pisco sour and a rose and grapefruit Aperol spritz. And if you’re still on the espresso martini train (no shame) both Point and Feather and Rye & Bean offer top-notch blends. So whether you like Bombay or Bulleit, there’s truly something for everyone–including a handful of zero-proof options.

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Destinations & Pricing

More interested in the destination than the journey? The Icon of the Seas currently offers six different routes sailing to both the Western and Eastern Caribbean with highlights including the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. All round-trip voyages depart from Miami, Florida , and most include a stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas—a private island resort owned by Royal Caribbean.

Though the cruise I went on was a shortened version of their standard week-long package, we did spend a few sunny hours on Perfect Day at CocoCay, which features white sand beaches, tons of pools, overwater cabanas and a massive waterpark with heart-pounding thrills (including the tallest waterslide in North America). My favorite part of the island had to be Hideaway Beach, the brand-new adults-only oasis with swim-up bars, in-water hammocks and stunning views of the ocean.

As the newest vessel in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, a vacation on the Icon of the Seas does not come cheap. Prices vary depending on your preferred travel route, but for a standard seven-day cruise, dynamic pricing starts at $3,600 per week for two people in an interior stateroom when booked directly through Royal Caribbean. Luckily, this price also includes meals and beverages at select restaurants, most entertainment options and a number of daily activities, but if you’re traveling with multiple people or are looking for a bigger room with a better view, prepare to shell out even more.

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Final Thoughts

What we like.

  • the ship is the star of the show—it’s both the main attraction and the destination
  • great for large groups and young families
  • tons of dining and entertainment options
  • excellent craft cocktails

What We Don't Like

  • lackluster food
  • limited destinations and departure port

To all the hardcore cruisers out there, I see you. Though I still prefer exploring the world on my own two feet (there’s so much to see beyond the port), I can honestly say that I understand the appeal. Aside from only having to unpack once, the benefits of vacationing on a cruise are undeniable. Feel like hitting a comedy show tonight? Done. Prefer to spend the day lounging by the pool? Easy. Offspring too old for the kid club but too young to wander around a city on their own? Stick ‘em on a boat!

If you’re traveling as a family or in a large group, cruises just make sense, and that’s especially true on the Icon of the Seas. Like a fully planned vacation with minimal effort and the added bonus of a zero-commitment itinerary, this ship offers something for every generation to enjoy (yes, even Elvis trivia).

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Royal Caribbean makes a major dining change based on feedback

C ruise ship dining, at least on more casual family cruise lines including Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line, has gotten less formal over the years. It was a slow evolution that happened as passengers became less enthralled with the idea of wearing tuxedos, suits, and cocktail dresses for a two-hour dinner.

Currently, both Royal Caribbean ( RCL ) and Carnival offer a sort of variation of the traditional formal cruise ship dinner. The two cruise lines offer two seating times per night where passengers will have the same table and the same waitstaff taking care of them.

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Having the same waiters each night has long been an important part of the dining experience. After the first night, your service team knows some of your preferences, and the dining experience gets more personal. Maybe it's something like your son wanting extra rolls while grandma likes her glass of wine waiting for her, a set dining time allows your waiters and waitresses to cater to your desires. 

Royal Caribbean and Carnival also both offer flexible "any time" seating. That's an option where passengers can dine during a window of a few hours. You may have to wait in line and you don't have the same waitstaff each night, but you have more flexibility to not be tied to an early or late seating for an entire cruise. 

In many cases, passengers find early dining (usually 5 or 5:30) too early and late dining (7 or 7:30 depending upon the ship) too late. They like being able to pick a time in the middle, so they're not eating super early but also not missing out on nighttime entertainment. 

Many passengers, however, don't like having different waiters and sitting at different tables each night, but want a time more in the middle. That's a problem the cruise line plans to solve, according to an exclusive report from Matt Hochberg of the Royal Caribbean blog .

Royal Caribbean adding a third fixed dining time

Royal Caribbean Blog, which is not affiliated with the cruise line, spoke to Royal Caribbean Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage Linken D'Souza about the addition of a third dining time. He told Hochberg that the decision to make the change came after listening to feedback from passengers.

"We're just trying to create more convenience, variety, and options for our guests," he said.

The exact time for the third seating will vary based on the ship and further guest feedback. It will be somewhere between 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Royal Caribbean has tested the new dining time on Wonder of the Seas and Icon of the Seas, its two newest ships. D'Souza told Hochberg that the change would be rolled out slowly across the fleet with it being fully deployed by the end of the year.

D'Souza made it very clear that adding a third time was an idea driven by passengers wanting to have the same waiters each night but not having to eat early or late.

Royal Caribbean adds new restaurants

Icon of the Seas, the cruise line's first Icon-class ship, features a number of new restaurant concepts and some changes for some popular passenger favorites. Izumi, for example, the popular sushi and hibachi restaurant has moved to Central Park and added a walk-up counter that sells sushi as well as new soft-serve bubble cones.  

The new ship also includes an enhanced version of the Cafe Promenade at the Pearl Cafe, a coffee shop, and a snack/light meal spot located inside the brand new "Pearl." Royal Caribbean has also added its take on a European Food Hall, the AquaDome Marketplace to its newest ship.

That was an important addition because it gives the world's largest cruise ships some added free dining choices aside from Pearl Cafe and Sorrento's after the Windjammer Buffet closes for the night.

AquaDome Marketplace offers five food stands. They include Creme de la Crepe which offers sweet crepes, Feta Mediterranean, Mac's, a macaroni and cheese eatery, GNGR, which serves up Chinese, and Toast and Garden, a sandwich shop.

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Everything You Should Know About Royal Caribbean's Private Island, Perfect Day at CocoCay

Here’s what you need to know about Perfect Day at CocoCay before your next Royal Caribbean voyage.

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Private islands aren't only for billionaires — they're for cruise lines, too. Many Royal Caribbean cruises include a stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay, the cruise line's private island in the Bahamas. Spanning 125 acres, Perfect Day at CocoCay has a little bit of everything for everyone, whether you're seeking some laid-back beach time, family fun at a water park, or a Vegas-style pool party. 

The island underwent a $250 million overhaul in 2019, and its list of attractions includes the tallest waterslide in North America (one of 13 waterslides in total), overwater cabanas, a 1,600-foot zip line, and an adults-only zone. The renovation also added a two-ship-capacity pier to the island, so guests can simply walk off their ship and onto the island rather than take a tender. 

If you want to book excursions or private cabanas for Perfect Day at CocoCay, do so as early as possible. Excursions are bookable online before your cruise's departure — although Royal Caribbean tends to periodically unlock excursions rather than open all bookings at once. Check around six months prior to departure to see what's available. Anything that's left at the time of departure can be booked onboard.

Ready to plan your adventure at Perfect Day at CocoCay? I recently visited during a sailing on the new Icon of the Seas , so here's everything you need to know about Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean's fleet is enormous, with a whopping 26 ships — and counting. Many of them spend the entire year in the Caribbean, and that means you can visit Perfect Day at CocoCay any month of the year. Of course, not every single sailing calls at this port, so be sure to check the itinerary before booking.

Once your ship pulls alongside the pier at Perfect Day at CocoCay, you'll have anywhere from eight to 10 hours to explore the island. Depending on the day, your ship might be the only one at the pier, or you might be sharing it with another Royal vessel. In the latter case, there might be more than 10,000 guests on the island at once.

After you make your way down the pier, you're greeted by island staff, who can guide you to the attractions. At this point, you can hop on a free tram to bring you to some of the more distant areas, like the adults-only Hideaway Beach or the family-friendly Breezy Bay at Chill Island. But the whole island is also walkable, and it takes about 15 minutes to get from one end to the other. Beach-access wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, too — ask a crew member to point you in the right direction.

The only things you need to bring onto Perfect Day at CocoCay are your SeaPass Card and a towel — towels are handed out onboard before heading to the island unless you've booked a cabana, where towels are provided. There are a few towel-swapping stations on the island if you need a fresh one.

While general admission to Perfect Day at CocoCay is free, certain zones and attractions do require a fee. As such, I'll be sharing things to do on the island in two sections: complimentary activities and ones that come at an extra cost.

Free Things to Do 

For zero charge, guests have access to Splashaway Bay and Captain Jill's Galleon (two splash pads for kids); Oasis Lagoon (the Caribbean's largest freshwater pool, spanning three-quarters of an acre); and the beaches Breezy Bay at Chill Island and South Beach (loungers are free, but daybeds and cabanas must be rented for a fee).

Options Available for a Fee 

For an extra charge, the fun really kicks in. Thrill Waterpark, with 13 slides and a wave pool; the 1,600-foot zip line; and Up, Up, and Away (a helium balloon ride) all cost extra. You must also pay to enter the exclusive Coco Beach Club and Hideaway Beach zones — the former is where you'll find the overwater cabanas, while the latter is the adults-only beach club. Other extra activities include snorkel and kayak rentals, as well as formal excursions, such as jet skiing and scuba diving.

Dining is included at Skipper's Grill, Chill Grill, and Snack Shacks on Perfect Day at CocoCay; here, you can find burgers, tacos, sandwiches, salads, and even soft-serve ice cream. Then there's the restaurant Captain Jack’s, which is known for its chicken wings, where you have to pay per dish. If you pay to enter Coco Beach Club, your admission includes dining at a Mediterranean restaurant. Similarly, Hideaway Beach admission covers food at its Snack Shack and Slice of Paradise pizza bar. 

The food at Hideaway Beach was a highlight of my afternoon ashore. At the Snack Shack, the ceviche was a stunner, with a touch of spiciness that was perfect with a sweet piña colada. And the mozzarella sticks hit the spot, too. At Slice of Paradise, I was impressed that the menu included Bahamian seafood escabeche pizza, a nod to a favorite local dish.

Royal Caribbean is a family-friendly cruise line , and pretty much all of Perfect Day at CocoCay is family-friendly — except for Hideaway Beach, which is a designated adults-only zone.

If your kids are looking for some action, there's plenty to keep them entertained. Toddlers might enjoy the splash pads at Captain Jill's Galleon or Splashaway Bay, while older kids might want to head straight for Thrill Waterpark with towering waterslides and a wave pool. Then there are the "dry" activities like the 1,600-foot zip line and the helium-filled balloon ride. 

For a more relaxing island day, consider visiting one of the three family-friendly beaches, where you'll find free loungers and free beach strollers on a first-come, first-served basis. If you'd prefer a pool, Oasis Lagoon has a zero-entry cove. And if you'd like to maximize privacy, consider booking a cabana for the whole family. The Coco Beach overwater cabanas are the star of the show, each with a two-person overwater hammock, a slide into the sea, a private shower, and concierge service.

Interestingly, there's no dedicated daycare or kids club on the island, so sorry parents — you'll have to bring your kids with you. That said, Adventure Ocean will remain open onboard your ship, so you can drop off the kids if you want to slip out to Hideaway Beach for a few hours.

As I visited Perfect Day at CocoCay without kids, I made a beeline for Hideaway Beach, the adults-only area of the island. Admission comes at a cost — anywhere from $39 to $89, depending on the day. But if you're looking for a Vegas-style pool party — with club music blasting throughout the majority of the horseshoe-shaped cove — this is where you'll find it. There's a DJ in the middle of the lagoon-style pool, where you'll find a swim-up bar, too. (That's just one of four bars here, mind you.) Island staff were even walking around with Champagne water guns, shooting right into the mouths of thirsty guests. Find a little more peace over on the far side of the beach, where the cabanas with semi-private pools are located. The music drifts over here, but no speakers are pumping it in. I spent the majority of my afternoon in a hammock on this calmer side of the beach.

  • Use the app to book activities and excursions, like a ride down the zip line and entrance to the beach clubs and water park.
  • Speaking of the zip line, closed-toe shoes are a requirement, so bring a pair ashore if you plan on riding it.
  • The crowds are usually largest in the morning, as many guests head back to the ship in the afternoon. Consider heading ashore later in the day for less congestion. 
  • If you've paid for Wi-Fi on the ship, you'll also have access to Wi-Fi on the island. Similarly, drink packages extend to all the bars on Perfect Day at CocoCay.
  • Don't forget to bring your towel back onboard. If you don't return your towel, you'll be charged $25.
  • The slides do have height requirements and weight limits. Minimum height requirements are usually 42 or 48 inches tall, while maximum weight limits top out at 300 pounds per person.
  • If you plan on shopping at the straw market, bring some cash — vendors can't charge purchases to your SeaPass.
  • Lockers and showers are available on the island, though you can return to the ship and come back ashore as many times as you want.

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Princess Cruises Unveils New Dining Experiences Aboard Sun Princess

  • February 26, 2024

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Ahead of Sun Princess’ Feb. 28 maiden voyage, Princess Cruises unveiled new dining experiences aboard the ship, including Afternoon Tea with Royal Chef and wine tasting, according to a press release.

“With its unrivaled blend of creativity, quality, choice, and expertise, Sun Princess will set a new standard for food and beverage excellence,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises. “Food and drink excellence is synonymous with experience excellence aboard Princess ships.”

Spellbound by Magic Castle will be the latest in the new category of “Extraordinary Experiences,” following the success of 360: An Extraordinary Experience, the culinary journey that debuted last year aboard the Discovery Princess and Enchanted Princess.

Blending the world of magic with the art of culinary and mixology, a Spellbound by Magic Castle evening begins in an exclusive area of the Horizons Dining Room for a shared dinner before moving to Spellbound Bar, where Magic Castle-sponsored magicians perform feats of illusion in themed rooms while guests sip their cocktails. Three nightly offerings are available at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm, with advanced bookings are required at a $149 per person charge.

Travelers will also have the chance to taste Kai Sushi by Makoto Okuwa. The Master of Edomae-style sushi, Chef Makoto Okuwa will craft dishes paying tribute to Japanese traditions. Available at a cover charge of $39/person.

Guests aboard the Sun Princess will have the opportunity to join a Royal Afternoon Tea hosted by Chef Darren McGrady, personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince William and Harry, in the Good Spirits at Sea Lounge. Tea pairings include Earl Grey and English Breakfast, along with options like Lapsang Souchong, Assam and Matcha. Priced at $30 per person, Royal Afternoon Tea is offered on select sea days and can be reserved in advance.

Additionally, French winemaker Gérard Bertrand, renowned for his Cote des Rosés wines, will host a special wine tasting for wine enthusiasts at the Good Spirits at Sea Lounge Guests can reserve this special event, priced at $40 per person.

Guests can also look forward to Horizons Dining Room menus created in collaboration with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and offered during the ship’s inaugural Mediterranean season. Under Head of Culinary Arts and Master Chef Rudi Sodamin’s supervision, a team of CIA master chefs will be onboard the Sun Princess training the brigade of 252 galley team members to serve up dinner menu items.

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A dark underground cave in the empty Manjanggul Lava Tube Cave on Jeju Island, South Korea

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A dark underground cave in the empty Manjanggul Lava Tube Cave on Jeju Island, South Korea

The impressive Manjanggul Cave is one of the world's longest lava tubes, a geological remnant left behind when lava deep within the ground rises during an eruption. See remarkable lava stalactites 70 centimeters tall and the famous turtle rock formation that some say is shaped like Jeju Island itself. The tunnel takes roughly 50 minutes to explore.

The path to Seongsan Ilchulbong on Jeju Island, South Korea

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The path to Seongsan Ilchulbong on Jeju Island, South Korea

Formed thousands of years ago by an erupting underwater volcano, Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Mountain) juts out of the ocean in the shape of a crown. The hike takes 40 minutes (with breaks) and rewards you with a sweeping view of the crater and sparkling east sea.

Pond of famous Cheonjiyeon Falls on Jeju Island of South Korea

Where the Nymphs Bathe

Island legend has it that seven nymphs descended at midnight to bathe in the waters of Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. With three waterfalls and a deliciously refreshing pool you can swim in, you'll quickly be enchanted. Cruise to Jeju Island and be sure to catch a look at the seven nymphs emblazoned on the Seonimgyo Bridge.

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Stop by the Dongmun Market, which sells local delicacies like tender Jeju black pork (made from the highly prized black pigs that inhabit the island), spicy kimchi and even chocolate. The locals also pride themselves on their delicious fresh seafood, piled into a hot pot or served raw, sashimi-style. For the adventurous, try the fresh raw octopus that's still wriggling on your plate.

Stone statue dolls souvenir that are symbolic to Jeju Island

The Cheju Underground Shopping Street is the perfect place to get all your shopping done during your Jeju Island cruise. Pick up some famous Korean cosmetics, or keep it traditional with Korean dolls and ginseng. Typical souvenirs include mini replicas of Jeju guardian statues and sweet Jeju citrus made into chocolates or teas.

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Good option to explore Moscow - Flotilla Radisson Royal

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Good option to explore Moscow

Have been on this cruise for a few times by now mainly with visitors. Great cruise and great yacht. You can buy tickets over internet, vending machines and ticket offices (quite convenient having the development level of Moscow). Food is good but nothing special. Great if you want to make great pictures of Moscow (in front of St. Basels, Red Squire and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior) Could be quite chilly if you stay on the upper deck to make pics and see Moscow (even it is +25C outside) Good value for money.

The cruises gives you a wonderful opportunity to see some of the most spectacular parts of Moscow in a relaxed way, floating along the river. Food and drinks are served, but alas, the entrees are not of high quality, and definitely not worth the price. The cruise itself, however, was well worth the money, especially the one we took in the evening.

Very easy way to see the best of Moscow by sitting at a restaurant table with good food and wine. Strongly recommended at dinner time, when you can see the sunset and all buildings lighting up when the dark comes

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This is a very nice way to see Moscow: the boat is very comfortable, with a lot of wiindows and light coming through. It is set up as a restaurant with different size tables. We only had a drink ande some light food (italian cheese and cold cuts platter), all of which was very good. Service also good. The boat was impeccably clean (including the restrooms). The cruise was int he afternoon, with some music in the background but not too loud. All in all, a very pleasant way to see Moscow.

I've been on other river cruises in Moscow, but this is by far the best. The ships are new and much better quality than any other ships sailing on the river. We were sitting next to the window which offers a great view. Service was excellent, quick and professional. Food was good, the type you expect to get in a Radisson hotel. The music in the background added to the pleasant ambient. Following the meal, we went outside on the top deck, which was also quite good, you don't hear the boat engine, no smell of exhaust fumes, it's not travelling at a high speed, so you are not blasted by wind (compared to other river cruises sailing on the river). It's more expensive than other cruises, but well worth it. Overall a pleasant experience.

This 3.5 hour cruise is run through the Radisson Hotel. You can board the tour near the Hotel Ukraine. I think the cruise caters mainly to the guests staying at the Hotel Ukraine (which is run by the Radission Hotel Company); however, I did see signs advertising the cruise around the city. Be sure to arrive about 45 minutes early to get a good seat; the boarding process begins early! You can choose to sit upstairs on the deck (which we did since it was summer and beautiful outside) or downstairs in the restaurant area. On the deck there isn't a "bad" seat. What ever you don't see from your side on your way down the river you will see on the way back when the boat turns around and heads back up the river. Drink service is available on the deck. I saw people order tea and bottles of wine. We ended up moving downstairs to the restaurant when it got windy upstairs. There wasn't any pressure to purchase food or additional drinks. I saw other people having dinner. I can't comment on the food since we didn't eat on the boat. This cruise is a great way to see Moscow; however, there was no commentary in Russian or English so unless you know what you are seeing it is just a river cruise and not really a tour. I heard later that we could have purchased an audio set to explain what we were seeing in English, but I don't know where or who we would have asked about this. Overall a nice, relaxing cruise down the Moscow River. If you want to know what you are seeing bring your own guidebook and/or inquire about the English audio set before the cruise begins.

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