Starting off this article with a very important question – who does not love food? More importantly, who does not love eating good food while traveling? While the food served to you when traveling may sometimes be disregarded, such is not the case with food served to you in cruise ships.

In a cruise, the food choices are endless as most cruises offer beautifully laid out buffets, complete with everything imaginable. If you are one that does not enjoy buffets, worry not as cruise lines have multiple restaurants with a la carte menus available so you can choose a specific meal to your liking. What makes it even better is the freshness of the food, most especially the seafood as it is accessible.

With the number of cruise lines out there, though, how do you know which cruise will best satisfy your foodie heart? Seems like a tough one, but in this article, we are going to narrow the list and provide you with some of the Best cruise lines for vacation with a list of restaurants that best fit your foodie lifestyle. For the seafood lovers out there, do not make the mistake of missing out on the seafood when you are there – sail away and eat away.

Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian (Norwegian Getaway Cruises)

Zakarian is known to be a chef and restaurateur in New York City and is also a Food Network star. What makes this one so special, you ask? Well, think about it like this – it’s a combination of two cities, namely New York and Miami, in one savvy place. This place features an exclusive menu with dishes such as the Caribbean lobster risotto and the Florida grouper. Sold yet? We know we are.

The Crystal Dining Room (Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony)

One look at this dining room and you will understand why this place always makes the list of best restaurants in cruise lines. Besides the amazing dining room set up, the food itself is extraordinary, serving up dishes such as truffled chicken liver parfait with pear confit and roasted wild pheasant breast with pistachio stuffing on champagne sauerkraut. As if the Chinese food is not at its finest already – all dishes are served in real china, too.

Jacques (Oceania Riviera)

What is not to love about France, right? Though you may not be heading to France while on the cruise, you sure can have a taste of it with this restaurant. Created by acclaimed chef Jacques Pepin, this space is a classic French restaurant that features a Provencal- inspired setting and of course, classic French food such as truffle and pistachio warm sausage over Lyonnais potato salad as well as gratinated traditional scallops in the shell with mushroom duxelle.

Oh, and here is a quick tip: Keep room for dessert. You will not want to miss out on signature French desserts such as crème brûlée, mille feuille framboise, and chocolate mousse.

150 Central Park (Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas)

From the world’s largest cruise ship comes one of the best restaurants. It is created by Michael Schwartz, a known Miami chef; offers a six-course tasting menu, which includes dishes like Florida lobster and lychee salad, red pepper soup with goat cheese crostini, and jumbo lump crab cake with carrot butter sauce.

Also 150 Central Park is known as the “farm-to-ship” restaurant as it sources its ingredients from small South Florida farms. Talk about giving back to the community – definitely a must-visit.

So there you have the top restaurants in the Best cruise lines for vacation. Traveling can be tough, but traveling and being a foodie is really tough (No, seriously, it is). If you are on a cruise, you may be tired of going for a buffet every single night. Do your research beforehand and find out about the different restaurants on the cruise line you will be going to. More importantly, do not forget to make reservations beforehand as these restaurants are usually fully booked. Switch it up a little bit – trust us, you will not regret it.
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