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Cruise Holiday Dining Options


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Cruise dining isn't just about scoring that elusive seat at the Captain's table anymore. With cruise ships packing more and more passengers on board each trip, it's important for them to be able to offer their customers a number of different dining options during a typical trip.

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Cruise Holiday Dining Options

  1. 1. Cruise Holidays Dining OptionsCruise dining isnt just about scoring that elusive seat at the Captainstable anymore. With cruise ships packing more and more passengers onboard each trip, its important for them to be able to offer their customersa number of different dining options during a typical trip.Below are some of the dining choices available on most of todays cruiseship lines. The cafeteria style and 24 hour dining are present on justabout every cruise ship line, but some companies are beginning to dropthe formal dining option in lieu of specialty dining in one of the shipsrestaurants.FORMAL DININGMost cruise ships offer you a evening formal sit down meal along withyour cruise package. This is a full, three or four course meal with all thetrimmings. There are usually two services offered: an early dinnerservice at around 5 or 6 pm, and a later dinner, served around 8 pm or9pm (times may vary). This allows those diners with a more "european"sense of dining to eat at a more comfortable time. If youre travelling withchildren, the earlier option is probably your best bet, as this will give youtime to feed the kids and then let them run around a little bit beforebedtime.Wine or other liquor is not included in the meal, although these can bepurcased separately from your Waiter.CAFETERIA STYLE DININGA large dining area, similar to an American style cafeteria, allows you topick and choose the food you want during the course of the day. Thereare no set dining times in these areas, and they are generally open fromthe morning time to early evening. Most foods are freshly prepared andoffer such options as a salad bar, omlette bar and sandwiches made toorder.24 HOUR DINING
  2. 2. The last thing that a cruise company wants is a hungry passenger, somany companies also offer the option of 24 hour cruise dining.Depending on the cruise line and ship, the cafeteria could be open up for24 hours a day, or there may be a specialized cafe or stand that cancater to your needs for a midnight snack.SPECIALTY RESTAURANTSOne of the more interesting trends in cruise dining is the addition of"specialty restaurants" on the crusie ship. These restaurants haveoptions from sushi to Italian and just about everything in between. Thereis typically a cover charge involved to dine with this option, but more andmore cruise goers are finding it worth the additional cost.FAMILIAR FACESIn addition to your other cruise dining options, you will probably findsome familiar restaurants on board. Many cruise lines are leasing outtheir interor spaces to well known restaurants like Johnny Rockets. Likethe specialty restaurants, these are not included in the price of yourcruise.Written for Cruise Holidays Guide, an online cruise holidays resourcewith news, videos and articles including mediterranean cruises.