How cruise ships now compete with top bars and restaurants

In recent years, cruises have seriously upped their game and are now the major player on the travel scene. In fact, they are fast overtaking top bars and restaurants in terms of high quality cuisine and drinks. And we can see why...

They've shaken off their formal image
What do you picture when you think of a cruise? Formal seating? Stuffy environment? Well, with the modern cruise you can think again; cruises have shaken off their rigid image and changed their style. Dining options and menus are far trendier, the service is excellent and friendly, and the rules for dressing have been relaxed, meaning you can wear whatever makes you comfortable. Although, if you fancy feeling glamorous and dressing to the nines, it is still welcomed, particularly if you're dining at the captain's gala (although it is not essential).

Cruise dining can be sociable
Something very unique about cruise dining is that you can pick a time to eat; traditionally you'll be seated for an early sitting between 5:45 and 6:30pm or a late sitting between 7:45 and 8:30pm. Cruise guests have the option to be assigned a table and sit with the same people if they like, which means you get to make a new set of friends on holiday. Of course, if you are on a romantic trip or just want to do your own thing, you will be doing it in salubrious surroundings.

The choice of restaurants is expanding
Cruises don't just have one style of dining on board, there's something to suit everyone's taste buds and whatever you're in the mood for at the time.

Top chefs are creating high quality cruise menus
Well-known chefs are cottoning on to the fantastic opportunity creating a menu for a cruise represents.

Cruise restaurants look the part
It is not just the excellent menus created with the best produce and ingredients that are a big draw for cruise ships competing with top bars and restaurants, they also seriously look the part. The designs on new cruise interiors are beautiful, with plush dining rooms with white linen tablecloths, incredibly presented dishes and swanky bars. All with the view of the ocean, sunsets or twinkling stars at the window.

You can make the most of round-the-clock dining
There are few bars and restaurants that offer 24/7 dining, and you would be likely to end up with some unsavoury after hours food. Cruises change all that. They are by nature 24-hour places and you won't be hard pressed to find some late night eating options on board if you wish.

Cruises take drinks seriously
While on board, it quickly becomes noticeable that cruise ships pull out all the stops with their drinks offering. With a large choice of bars, including top-deck drinking boasting some pretty spectacular sea views, on-tap beer, a massive range of cocktails and the most refined wine, cruises are like a selection of high-street bars all in one place.

The value for money on a cruise is unrivalled
Value for money on a cruise is an area that knocks high-end bars and restaurants off the top spot - they just cannot compete. A one-off visit to a well-known restaurant will leave you digging deep in your pockets and that's before you've even added wine, cocktails or tips.
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