5 Tips for Eating and Drinking on Cruises

The heart of every home is the dining room. A cruise ship isn’t much different! While onboard you should feel safe and confident to take advantage of the new flavors proposed to you. So keep on reading to find out our tips on eating and drinking onboard to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

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1. Mention dietary needs

There’s nothing worse than getting sick while on vacation. To avoid any allergic reactions inform the Celestyal staff while you’re booking your cruise and once you’re onboard a kind reminder to the Maitre d’ will ensure that you’re safe and ready to enjoy your meals. Of course, not all dietary choices are linked to allergies and intolerances. Your personal preferences and healthy lifestyle choices need to be communicated to the dining staff well before your ship sails, as this will enable them to best accommodate you at each meal.

2. Arrange your table accommodations before your cruise

Do you dream of a romantic dining setting just for 2 or a table filled with new and old friends laughing over a delicious meal? No matter the scenario you’re envisioning, the best idea, in order to avoid waiting in lines and less than desirable dinner mates, is to inform the Celestyal staff ahead of dinner. Most tables seat 4 to 8 people and you can request a more private arrangement for 2 if you so wish. And if you find that you are stuck at a table that the view or company doesn't satisfy you, you can always ask the maître d’ for another table for the next night.

3. Take advantage of the included drink package

The drink packages are staples of the cruising lifestyle. Relaxing by the pool with a cocktail in your hand...it’s a cliche for a reason. But if you are in the mood for a classier experience in one of our bars, lounges or nightclubs, we got you covered. All drinks are paid for with your cruise card, like everything else aboard ship, and the Unlimited Drinks Package is already included in the price of your cruise!

4. Try dining in

Sometimes the privacy of your stateroom and some room service is all you need. Take your pick from the special menu and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. If you don't want to take time out of your cruise vacation to go over meal plans with the maitre d' or wait in line to change your dinner seating, get your concierge to do it for you. The Suite Concierge Service staff are there to relay the special requests and any food craving you may have. The service includes complimentary room service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the dining room menu as well as in-suite cocktail drinks, morning tea, and coffee service, daily delivery of fruits, canapés before dinner, and petit fours after dinner. The pampering you need for your cruise!

5. Don’t be afraid to try new things

If there’s a safe place to experiment with local cuisine and new flavors, that’s on a cruise ship. The Celestyal staff prepares your meals daily from fresh local produce with love and new ideas in mind. Your cruise package includes three wholesome meals as well as afternoon tea every day which means that you will have plenty of opportunities to satisfy your pallet. Start your morning with our freshly-baked bread and pastries, then browse the buffet or à la carte menu for lunch and dinner. Feel like trying something new and exotic? We have lobster, sushi, surf & turf and many other special delights for you to try in our restaurants. For a unique and memorable dining experience, our four specialty menus feature both Greek and international dishes with wine pairing to enhance your stay onboard. And if you’re a 24-hour type of culinary adventurer, we have our Kwik ‘n’ Easy Menu that includes snacks as well as delicious hot meals served in our cozy lounges or in the comfort of your own cabin all day and night.

Because it’s not just your minds that need a vacation, your taste buds deserve a journey as well! Book your cruise now and embark on a trip for the senses.