Published on March 8, 2016 by Lola Augustine Brown

To the uninitiated, cruise dining may conjure up images of long lines at buffets serving mediocre food. In truth, modern cruising serves up some spectacular dining experiences.

You’ll find everything from menus developed by world-renowned chefs, upscale burger joints, decadent dessert bars, and all manner of different cuisines onboard the bigger ships. Here’s a run-down of some of the best cruise ship dining options currently sailing the seven seas:

Silk Road. On Crystal Cruises Serenity and Symphony ships the chefs at Silk Road are trained by world-renowned sushi master Nobu Matsuhisa, who has restaurants all over the world. Not only is the sushi there outstanding, but there’s also great sake included with your cruise package (as is the restaurant, but you will need to book a table as it is a very popular onboard dining option). If you’re lucky, Matsuhisa may actually be onboard delivering a food or sake activity.

Sindhu. If you love Indian food, then this restaurant on P&O Cruises will be heaven for your belly. Atul Kochhar was the first Indian chef to get a Michelin star, and has developed a delectable menu that serves up modern Indian food with a British influence (think classic dishes with interesting and unexpected ingredients).

Remy. This French styled restaurant onboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy ships serves up incredible fare with menus devised by Michelin starred French chefs, and has its own wine room featuring 900 different bottles! You’ll need to book in advance, and dining at Remy isn’t included in most packages. The ambiance is very romantic, and it is adults only so you won’t be interrupted by little ones as you enjoy every morsel of your beautiful meal.

Guy’s Burger Joint. Flamboyant celebrity chef Guy Fieri teamed up with Carnival Cruises to put roadside diner style eating poolside on their ships. Burgers come topped with spicy onions rings, smothered in chili or Fieri’s infamous Donkey Sauce, and dripping with “melty cheese.” The fries are hand-cut, and coated in spicy seasoning. This onboard diner is a casual carnivores paradise.

Chocolate Buffets. On Norwegian ships, there’s a free late night chocolate buffet that is truly excellent. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then this is the ultimate way to indulge that.

Prime 7. Classic steakhouse fans will love eating at this restaurant on the Regent Seven Seas, where the steaks are dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days, and everything else served up, from sides to appetizers to desserts, is just amazingly delicious. The seafood at Prime 7 is excellent too, so surf and turf is another great way to explore the menu.

150 Central Park. Miami chef Michael Schwartz’s “farm to ship” menu on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas brings in ingredients from Florida farms to create delicious seasonal and sustainable menus. Schwartz is a James Beard award-winning chef, and the food is of course wonderful.

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